XAT 2018: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the popular and competitive MBA entrance exams. XAT is being conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). It will be an online test of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration and consists of both objective and subjective questions. Till last year, Xavier Aptitude Test was an offline paper pencil based test. XAT 2018 is scheduled to be held on January 7, 2018. More than 150 B-schools across India accept XAT scores. Around 90,000 candidates apply for XAT every year. The application process for XAT 2018 is commencing on August 16, 2017. MBA aspirants passing Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or institute in any discipline will be eligible to apply for XAT 2018. In this article, candidates can check all the details of XAT 2018 in terms of eligibility criteria, application procedure, important dates, admit card, exam pattern, cutoff, result and many more.
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All About XAT 2018
Exam Name: Xavier Aptitude Test
Commonly Known As: XAT
Exam Type: National
Exam Category: Post Graduate
Conducting Institute: XLRI Jamshedpur
Exam Mode: Online
Test Duration – 210 Minutes
Question pattern - Objective and subjective
The following table brings to you the schedule of XAT 2018. XLRI Jamshedpur has announced the XAT important dates 2018 on August 14, 2017.
XAT 2018 Important Dates
Notification related to XAT 2018 by XLRI Jamshedpur
August 14, 2017
XAT 2018 application process starts
August 16, 2017
XAT application end date
November 30, 2017
XAT 2018 admit card
December 20, 2017
XAT to be conducted on
January 7, 2018
XAT Official Answer Key
Third week of January 2018
XAT 2018 OMR Sheet & Score Card
Third week of January 2018
Announcement of XAT Result
January 31, 2018
According to the eligibility criteria of XAT 2018 stated by XLRI Jamshedpur, applicants have to pass Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute.The minimum duration of the programme has to be three years.
Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they complete the programme within the stipulated schedule, which is most likely to be by June 2018.
The application process of XAT 2018 has commenced from August 16, 2017. XAT 2018 application form is completely online. Aspirants willing to apply for the test have to visit the official website of XAT and register by entering their basic information like name and contact details. They will receive the login credentials through which they have to log in to the website and complete the XAT 2018 application form filling process. The online application form is divided into categories like personal details, academic details, professional details, applying to XLRI programmes, uploading photograph and signature and the final step is to pay the application fee.
XAT application process is conducted in two stages, early and late application stage. The application fee for the late phase is higher than that of the original window. Applying for XLRI programmes is optional for the applicants.
XAT Application Fee 2018
For the early applicants, the XAT 2018 application fee is Rs. 1650. For each XAT programme, the application fee is Rs. 300. For late application window, the application fee for XAT and XLRI programme is Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 respectively.
The admit card of XAT 2018 is to be available from December 20, 2017. The XAT admit card 2018 is to be available only in online mode and the hard copy will not be sent to the candidates’ address. To download the XAT 2017 admit card, candidates have to enter their registration number and date of birth in DD/MM/YY format. XAT Admit Card will carry information of the candidate such as name, date of birth and contact details along with the test centre name and address. Exam day instructions are also given in the admit card of XAT 2018.
XAT 2018 is going to be an online or computer based test of 210 minutes duration. However, until last year it used to be an offline paper. It is a combination of objective and subjective questions, although majority of the questions are objective multiple choice type. XAT is divided into two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2.
XAT Paper 1 – The duration of Paper 1 is 170 minutes or 2 hours 50 minutes. There are three sections in this paper, Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation.
XAT Paper 2 – This paper is a combination of objective and subjective type questions. The sections of Paper 2 are General Knowledge/Awareness and Essay Writing. There are 25 questions in the GK section. Candidates are given only one topic for essay writing. The duration of this paper is 35 minutes.
XAT 2018 Marking Scheme - Each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. There is negative marking of 0.05 marks involved for unattempted questions as well, beyond 13.
There is no specific syllabus for XAT 2018 announced by XLRI. However, based on the past years’ XAT analysis, experts suggest a probable XAT 2018 syllabus, which mentions the section wise important topics for the test. The XAT syllabus comprises of the below topics:
English Language & Logical Reasoning
General Knowledge & Essay
XAT Test Centres 2018
XAT is to be conducted in 47 cities across India and two international cities in Dubai and Kathmandu. Last year too, it was conducted in these many cities. XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body may aim to increase the number of test cities or centres to make it more convenient and accessible for the XAT 2018 applicants.
XAT Exam Centres in India
XAT Answer Key 2018
XLRI Jamshedpur will declare the answer key along with the explanation of the solution and your answer sheet in the third week of January 2018. With the help of the answer key, candidates will be able to check their number of correct answers and estimate their scores. Till last year, XAT was a paper pencil based test which allowed experts from top coaching institutes to release XAT answer key on the exam day itself. Since this year XAT will be held in online mode, there will be no unofficial source of answer keys.
The result of XAT 2018 will be declared on January 31, 2018. XAT officials will release the score cards stating the section wise and overall scores and percentiles. Test takers can download the score cards and take the requisite number of print outs. XLRI Jamshedpur will also send the hard copy of XAT 2018 score card to the address of candidates. The score card has to be preserved till the admission process gets over.
The cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur will be released along with the result. The cutoff percentile will depend on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, the number of test takers and number of seats offered in the programme among others. The XAT 2018 cutoff will be based on these factors and will be declared separately by each of the XAT participating institutes.
XAT Cut off for BM and HR Programmes
XAT Cut off for GMP Programme
5 and above
5 and above
6 and above
22 and above
XAT Participating Institutes 2018
XAT scores will be accepted by over 156 B-schools across India. The participating institutes can be classified into two types, Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) and non-XAMI. Last year, the number of XAMI was 11 and the non-XAMI was 145.
XAT Selection Criteria 2018
The selection criteria and XAT 2018 participating institutes vary from B-School to B-School. It is generally a two step process. In the first phase, candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their XAT performance and institute cutoff. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Essay Writing or Group Discussion/Group Activity and Personal Interview rounds. The B-schools may also consider criteria like past academic records, work experience etc. or the overall candidate profile. Work-experience before graduation will not be counted by the selection panel. Candidates who were in their final year of graduation while applying for XAT must have completed their Bachelor’s Degree at the time of selection procedure in order to be eligible for selection.
Admission Office – C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur– 831001 (Jharkhand, India)
Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205
Email: [email protected]
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