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XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test 2019 will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019 as online exam. XAT 2019 is the MBA entrance exam for admission to XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other 150 MBA colleges across the country for the MBA admission 2019. XAT 2019 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur as an online computer based test. XLRI has been convening Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) for more than 60 years.


Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT is the second largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in 11 member institutes and 140 Associate institutes accepting XAT exam scores. Till 2017 XAT remained a paper based test. With effect from 2018, XAT has become an online computer based test.


XLRI and other top rated MBA colleges in India will accept XAT 2019 exam scores. XAT exam 2019 will be conducted by XLRI for admission to MBA/PGDM 2019-21 batch in about 150 MBA colleges accepting XAT exam scores in the academic year 2019-21.


XAT 2019 will be a single session exam on January 6, 2019 from 10 AM to 1.30 PM. The exam will be held in 47 XAT test cities across the country and there will be 2 XAT exam  cities abroad namely, Kathmandu and Dubai.


XAT exam information will be released on XAT 2019 official website in the 3rd week of August 2018. XAT 2019 Notification containing XAT exam details, XAT exam format, XAT exam centres, will be released in the leading news papers also. All the XAT 2019 exam details will be available on XAT 2019 official website. XAT 2019 registration and XAT exam 2019 application process is to begin in the last week of August 2018. XAT admit card for the XAT exam 2019 will be out in the 2nd week of December 2018.


It is expected that around 1 lakh candidates will appear in XAT 2019 exam since the number of candidates going for XAT 2019 registration are expected to increase again. In 2018 more than 92000 candidates had registered and applied for XAT exam. Over the years the candidates applying for XAT aptitude test leading to admission in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB and other top B-schools have been increasing year after year as the data for past XAT exam registration also reveal this fact.


XAT MBA entrance exam attracts the cream of talent in India. The best talent of country aspires for XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT among others. The admission to XLRI is possible only through high scores in XAT MBA entrance exam. Return on investment at XLRI is high. 2 years fee and other expenses at SPJIMR, XLRI come to around Rs.15 to 20 lakhs.  Top recruiters from India and the world eye these institutes for their placement season. The offered salary packages go as high as Rs.25 to 35 lakhs per annum to the students of XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT among others who offer admission on the basis of XAT exam scores.


XAT 2019 exam is to have a time duration of  3 hours 30 minutes. Earlier XAT exam used to be of 3 hours. XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI.  XLRI believes that single testing session with same difficulty level will provide level playing field to all the XAT test takers without any discrimination. Around 90 thousand to 1 lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and associate MBA colleges accepting XAT scores.


XAT 2019 will be divided in 5 sections namely Verbal and Logical Ability; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation; General Knowledge+ Essay Writing. Out of the 5 sections in XAT exam, 4 XAT sections will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while the Essay Writing section will be of descriptive type.


Key facts about XAT 2019 exam

  • XAT is one of the oldest MBA entrance exams being held for last 60 years.
  • XAT exam pattern is now changed to online computer based test
  • XAT 2019 exam will be of 210 minutes duration
  • XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT exam every year in the month of January
  • XAT exam is divided in 5 sections
  • 3 sections in XAT exam are taken into account to calculate the XAT percentile score and XAT merit list for written exam
  • Total questions are 98, out of them 97 are MCQs and 1 on essay writing is descriptive.
  • Apart from XAT registration and filling up the XAT exam application, candidates need to apply separately to their preferred MBA colleges including XLRI, SPJIMR and others. Correct answer for each MCQ will get 1 mark
  • Maximum 3 marks awarded for Essay writing
  • Negative marking 0.25 (¼) for MCQs from Sl no.1 to 72
  • No negative marking for MCQs from Sl No. 73 to 97 (GK questions)
  • Candidates are allowed to submit test paper after 30 minutes of the test commencement time
  • 200 words will be the maximum word limit for Essay Writing
  • Each MCQ is followed by 5 answer options

XAT 2019 Exam date and XAT 2019 exam schedule

XAT exam events
XAT exam dates & schedule
XAT 2019 exam Notification Release date
3rd week August 2018
XAT 2019 exam Registration opens
3rd week August 2018
XAT 2019 Registration last date without late fee
November 30, 2018
XAT 2019 Registration last date with late fee
December 15, 2018
XAT 2019 Admit Card download date
3rd week December, 2018 onwards
XAT 2019 exam date
January 6, 2019 (10AM to 1.30PM)
XAT 2019 Result date
By January 31, 2019

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 23-08-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 24-08-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Late Registration – Online: 30-11-2018 05:00 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 27-12-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 31-01-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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XAT Exam Eligibility

XAT exam eligibility over the years has remained unchanged. XLRI does not propose to change the XAT exam eligibility criteria for XAT 2018 exam either.

XAT eligibility for 2018 exam prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the XAT 2018 exam. XLRI also does not restrict any candidate to seek admission in XAT MBA eligibility to seek admission on the basis of age bar.


According to XAT 2018 eligibility criteria, a candidate is eligible to appear in XAT 2018, if he/she holds recognized Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final graduation exam by June 10, 2018 may also apply.

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XAT 2018 Registration & XAT 2018 Application form

XLRI Jamshedpur has closed the XAT 2018 registration and application process on December 15, 2017. Candidates cannot apply for XAT 2018 exam which is to be held in a single session on January 7, 2018 as an online computer based test in a single session. The XAT 2018 Admit card will be released by XLRI on the XAT 2018 website on December 20. The XAT Admit card will remain available for view and down load till the XAT 2018 exam date.


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XAT Admit Card 2018

Have you completed the process of XAT 2018 Admit card download, taken print and checked all the details and kept your documents ready as per the instructions in XAT admit card? If not, download your XAT 2018 admit card now without waiting for the XAT exam date of January 7, 2018.


Please note that your XAT 2018 Admit Card is your passport to the XAT exam centre on XAT exam date on January 7, 2018. If you do not have the hard copy of your XAT admit card affixed with your photograph on it, you will not get entry to the XAT exam centre.


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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Significant changes announced in XAT 2018 exam pattern
XAT Mock Test 2018 with the significant changes in XAT 2018 exam pattern has been released by XLRI. The XAT Mock test 2018 reflects the actual XAT 2018 question paper pattern and has been released to familiarise and apprise the candidates about the revised XAT pattern. XAT 2018 will be conducted as online computer based test on January 7, 2018.  

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XAT 2018 Exam Syllabus

The Syllabus for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is not strictly pre defined. XAT Exam Syllabus for XAT 2018 does not have any boundaries.

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XAT 2018 Preparation

XAT 2018 preparation strategy or the question how to prepare for XAT over the years is answered on the basis of  2 important things – XAT previous years test papers and the anticipated XAT pattern with expected changes in XAT. In every XAT exam, there are some changes. The XAT 2016 and XAT 2017 exams were different from each other and very much changed from XAT 2015. Although XAT 2017 exam followed the XAT 2016 exam pattern, it brought changes in the number of questions


Major tools that would help you in XAT preparation 2018 are 

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XAT 2018 Analysis

Updated Jan 9, 2018

‘This year, for the first time Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was conducted in Online Mode in 314 centres across 49 cities including Dubai and Kathmandu on 7th January, 2018. However, at 2 centres due to server related technical issues, the exam couldn’t be conducted. Re-examination will be conducted at these centres for the affected students. The new date will be will be announced very soon and communicated to the affected students.’ – Official Spokesperson, XLRI – Xavier School of Management.


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XAT Previous Test Papers

On January 8, 2017, XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2017 exam in 47 test cities in India for admission to MBA/PGDM 2017-19 at XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB and more than 140 B-schools. To help XAT 2017 aspirants prepare better, experts at MBAUniverse.com have prepared XAT Previous test papers with answer keys.  

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XAT Result

XLRI has declared the XAT 2018 result. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 was the first online computer based exam conducted by XLRI for admission to more than 150 MBA/PGDM colleges in 2018 on January 7, 2018.


After declaring the XAT result, XLRI makes public the cut offs in different PGDM programmes and announces the shortlists. The candidates who score around 96 percentile in XAT 2018 have been considered for flagship PGDM-BM in XLRI. The individual messages to shortlisted candidates will also be sent by XLRI.  


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XAT 2018 Cutoff

XAT 2018 exam analysis reveals that XAT cut offs for XLRI can be 96 and for SPJIMR it would be beyond 93.  XAT 2018 result is declared by XLRI. A low score in XAT carries higher percentile and offers admission opportunity in  150+ MBA colleges accepting XAT 2018 score for MBA admission 2018. The XAT 2018 cut offs will be applied not only in XLRI or SPJIMR but also in other top MBA colleges in India like IMT, TAPMI, XIMB, BIMTECH, Great Lakes, LIBA, GIM Goa among others.


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XAT Essay Topics and Essay Writing Tips

XAT essay topics list consists of XAT essays which appeared in XAT paper based or online computer based test. Essay topics for XAT in 2019 will have to be written in changed pattern on computer screen. The key changes introduced by XLRI in XAT Essay Writing Test are:

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XAT Percentile Predictor 2018 & XAT Score Calculator

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XAT 2018 exam will held on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Read detailed Exam Analysis here.


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