Our emphasis is on diversity in terms of ‘thinking’: Fr E Abraham, Director, XLRI Jamshedpur
Updated on Oct 20, 2015 - 10:21 a.m. IST by Ashish Jha
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XLRI Jamshedpur is among the top B-schools in India and placed above many Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in prestigious B-schools Rankings.


In this interview, XLRI Director Fr E Abraham speaks what makes this institute different from other B-schools. Contrary to the emphasis on gender, educational, and work experience based diversity, which is reflected in admission process of top B-schools including IIMs, the XLRI Director believes in the word diversity only in terms of “'hinking'.


He advises MBA aspirants to choose a B-school which focuses on refining thinking ability; and teaches cross- functional competence, functional domain knowledge and team work. He also advises aspirants to visit the B-school campus to verify their claims prior to making a final decision on admission.


Read interview with XLRI Director Fr E Abrahm below:


Careers360: How management education is evolving in India?

Fr E Abraham: With the Indian economy getting more mature and diversified the importance and need for high-end, skilled professional programs like MBA is definitely on the rise. In the years ahead, alongside the start-up boom, various sectors of the Indian economy will require business leaders who have specialized expertise across management domains like finance, marketing, human resources, operations management, IT etc.


Careers360: What is the total intake in the flagship PG programme in Management in XLRI Jamshedpur? Please also mention annual fee (excluding hostel charges) for the same?

Fr E Abraham: Our flagship BM & HRM Programmes has a capacity for a total of 360 students. The fee for PGDM -HRM/BM programme is Rs. 8.10 lakh per annum for 1st year and Rs.8.65 lakh for 2nd year (excluding boarding and lodging charges).


Careers360: How have been the placements at XLRI for 2015 batch? Any trend you noticed during the placement season?

Fr E Abraham: There was 100% placement at XLRI in 2015. The Final Recruitment process saw participation from 108 recruiters, inclusive of 45 new recruiters with 321 offers made for a batch of 300 students over a period of 3.5 days. The median salary offered to the batch is Rs 17.00 lakh per annum. The top 3 best practices in placements this year at XLRI were –

  • Sales & Marketing - 40%

  • Finance - 23%

  • Consulting - 16%

Careers360: How was PPOs at the campus? How was the share of e-commerce players in the job offers that were made at campus?

Fr E Abraham: It was pretty impressive this year. A total of 99 students were offered PPOs (Pre-Placement Offers) from their summer internships, a near 25% increase over the past year.


Further, job offers from ecommerce companies doubled this year. More than 8% of students got offers from e-commerce/start-ups as compared to around 4% last year.


Careers360: What will be your selection criteria for PGDM programme for academic session 2016? Is there any institutional emphasis on gender and academic diversity to accommodate more female and non-engineer students?

Fr E Abraham: Like every year, our selection criteria are based on XAT/ GMAT score, besides the GD & PI rounds.


XLRI has been conducting Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) for over 45 years at All India level. The paper pencil mode and has always aimed to select the most appropriate candidates who wish to pursue management education.


We do not believe in diversity for diversity’s sake. Hence, gender, educational, work experience based diversity is rather restricted way of looking at it. For us, diversity is in terms of “thinking”.


Careers360: What is the USP of your flagship programme which differentiates it from the others?  How do you plan to enrich your management programme in next 1-2 year?

Fr E Abraham:  XLRI with its singular vision of Magis, i.e., pursuit of excellence, focuses on three areas - academic excellence, personal values and social concern. Over many years XLRI has developed its own identity. The hallmark of this identity is, not to walk on the beaten path but to strike new routes; not to benchmark but to be benchmarked, to be second to none but to be the first to respond to the needs of the people and the nation, by taking up the tasks which are bold but necessary which nobody has hitherto taken up. This enterprising and pioneering spirit can be witnessed throughout the history of XLRI.


XLRI spares no effort to make its curriculum world-class and deliver it in the most effective manner. It constantly scans the developments in business and in society and tries to proactively meet the challenges. Its world-class faculty with its commitment and deep sense of service delivers the curriculum very effectively.


Careers360: How has been the XAT registration so far? What are your expectations on total number of registrations for XAT 2016?

Fr E Abraham: We have had a good response for XAT 2016. We expect the registration to cross last year’s figures.


Careers360: Any message to B-school aspirants?

Fr E Abraham: It is important that students should analyze multiple parameters while deciding to join an MBA institute such as unique pedagogy, culture prevailing at the institute, updated and relevant curriculum, faculty, infrastructure, alumni and placements. Before taking admission, one should try to visit the campus to get an idea whether the institute fulfils all the parameters or not. A good MBA institute hones your thinking ability, teaches cross- functional competence, functional domain knowledge and team work.

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I got 8.6 cgpa in class 10 , 77 percentage in class 12 and 7.8 cgpa in my graduation (bcom hons) what percentile should I aim for in cat 2020 to get iims or other top MBA college like FMS, MDI gurgoan , XLRI , NMIMS. can scoring 95 percentile can help me?

Abinesh 19th Feb, 2020

yes girish bro!! dont worry about ur future and dont  neglet ur future thoughts. I think you should remember onething in  your whole life, i.e  fix one goal and do hard work for that goal again and again and dont  compare with others by yourself but you should improve by yourself  and  once again all the best for your future.


i am commerce student can i get admission in xlri.if yes then which types of streams are there?

LAKSHMI AMBIKA 6th Feb, 2020

Hello Ayush Singh,

There are 3 programmes in the XLRI. i.e., PGDM,FPM,

Yes you can get the admisiion in XLRI if you clear the eligibility:

Eligibility Criteria (For PGDM (Human Resource Management Programme)):-

  • Candidates should be holding a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from any recognised university.

  • Admission Procedure:-

    • Candidates have to qualify/pass the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) conducted by XLRI or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
    • Candidates will be shortlisted based on the marks in these exams.
    • Shortlisted candidates have to appear in an interview, which is the final stage for the final selection.
  • Eligibility Criteria (For PGDM (Business Management Programme)):-
    • Candidates should be holding a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from any recognised university.

    • Admission Procedure:-

      • Candidates have to take XAT/GMAT Exams.
      • Shortlisting will happen on the basis of their performance in XAT/GMAT.
      • Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview, which is the final stage for admission.
  • Eligibility Criteria (For PGDM (General Management Programme)):-

    • Candidates must be holding a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years in any discipline.
    • Candidates must be employed in a full-time job and must have at least five years of managerial experience in an organisation of repute in the public, private or non-governmental sector as on the last week of March of the admission year.

    • Admission Procedure:-

      • Candidates have to appear in XAT/GMAT, and qualify in the same.
      • Candidates can apply for more than one programme. Such candidates may be called for multiple interviews and group discussions.
      • Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the XAT/GMAT by the last week of January of the admission year.
      • Factors like academic ability and relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration whilst preparing the shortlisted candidates for the interview.
      • Whilst preparing the final selection list after the personal interviews and group discussions, XAT performance, relevant work experience, academic ability, extra-curricular activities etc. are also taken into consideration.
  • Eligibility Criteria Fellow Programme in Management (FPM):-

    • Take XAT and qualify. Eligibility for XAT is as follows-

    • Candidates must be holding a postgraduate diploma from universities with at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates) with the bachelor's degree/ equivalent qualification with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST candidates).

    • or,

      • Candidates must be holding an Integrated Master's Degree programme in any discipline, with at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates), after completing higher secondary education (10+2) or equivalent.

    • or,

      • Candidates must be holding a BE/B.Tech degree or its equivalent with at least 60% marks (50%for SC/ST candidates) with two years of relevant work experience.
    • or,

      • Candidates must be having professional qualification like CA, ICWA or CS with at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates) may opt for appearing in XAT.
      • Candidates with any of the above qualification may submit UGC JRF/NET; GMAT / GRE / GATE scores for admission to FPM. Such candidates will not have to appear in XAT.
      • Candidates who have done their PGP from XLRI, any IIMs, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, XIM Bhubaneswar, IRMA, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, School of Management of IITs, TIFR, TISS, ISI and other comparable Institutes with a CQPI of at least 6.000/8.000 or equivalent will not have to appear in the XAT.
    • Admission Procedure:-

      • Candidates have to pay the registration fees for XAT through XAT/GMAT and appear for the same.
      • Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the XAT/GMAT.
      • Plus candidates meeting the eligibility criteria are also eligible for admission through UGC JRF/NET; GMAT / GRE / GATE scores.
      • Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for a personal interview for final selection.
    • Eligibility Criteria (For Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EXEC-FPM)):-

      • Candidates must have an MBA / Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) or equivalent or GMP/PGPX
    • or,

      • Candidates must have a one-year full-time residential programme in Management with 60% marks. Candidates from Premier B-Schools will be given preference.
      • Candidates must be currently employed in a full-time job.
      • Candidates must have at least five years of full-time executive/managerial/ teaching/research experience as on the last week of March of the admission year.
    • Admission Procedure:-

      • Candidates will have to apply online on the official website and have to submit the information along with the required documents and ‘Statement of Purpose (SOP)’.
      • Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for a personal interview for final selection.

here is the link for your further reference:


Hope it helps.

All the best.


I have got a call from XLRI on scoring 95.26 percentile. what are my chances of conversion? 10th/12th/B.tech - 95/82/8.63(cgpa)

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
Your final conversation will completely depend on your performance in the GD, WAT and PI rounds. 65% weightage  is given to the XAT percentile and the rest on the GD, WAT and PI rounds. You'll have different interviews based on the programs you've applied for. Since your academic record is pretty good so with some extra effort in the selection rounds you can easily get into the college. Moreover XLRI focuses much on general business questions as per the goings on in the economy. So just focus on that and you'll be good to go.

All the very best

XLRI Jamshedpur admission procedure

Leon George 10th Jan, 2020

Hello Shanta,

In order to be eligible to apply for XLRI Jamshedpur you need to have a bachelor's degree with minimum three years of duration and from recognized university. The criteria for NRI or foreign students is different and they are required to apply through GMAT or XAT entrance exam.

Getting selected after entrance exam you are required to appear for group discussion and personal interview.

I hope it helps and all the best.

Thank you


xat cut off marks for admission in xlri

Aman Raj Student Expert 9th Jan, 2020




VALR - 75, DM - 75, QA - 75

Overall - 95


VALR - 79.46, DM - 80, QA - 90

Overall - 96



VALR - 80, DM - 70, QA - 67

Overall - 93


VALR - 85, DM - 75, QA - 72

Overall - 94

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