XAT 2019
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XAT 2019 - XLRI has announced XAT 2019 Result on January 16, 2019 and the XAT 2019 cutoff on January 21. XLRI conducted XAT 2019 on Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 10 AM- 1 PM in computer-based mode. Around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for the examination across 46 cities. XLRI Jamshedpur had released the XAT admit card 2019 on December 22, 2018. Candidates could download the XAT admit card 2019 from the official website. The last date to register for XAT 2019 with the late fee was December 9, 2018. The registration for XAT 2019 had started on August 20, 2018, and the last date to register (without late fee) was November 30, 2018. Management aspirants who wish to study at XLRI and other institutes which accept XAT score for the admission process had to fill the application form online. Candidates who have applied for XAT, but not for the XLRI programmes, can register for the programmes till December 28, 2018, by paying Rs. 500 through Demand Draft, in favour of XLRI, Jamshedpur, payable in Jamshedpur. XAT 2019 was conducted from 10 AM- 1 PM in computer-based mode. Around 75,000 candidates had appeared for the exam. XAT score is accepted by around 150 B-schools across the country. In this article by Careers360, management aspirants can check all the information related to XAT 2019 including important dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, admit card details, cutoff, etc.
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What's New

  • Application Fee- The application fee has been revised from Rs. 1650/- to Rs. 1700/- from this year onwards (XAT 2019)
  • Test Duration- XAT 2019 will be conducted in 3 hours duration. Until last year the exam duration was 3:35 hours.
  • Change of XAT Test Centre- Agartala has been removed. Now the exam will be held across 46 cities in India. This year, XLRI has also allowed the candidates to change their XAT Test city preference. They can write an email to [email protected] mentioning their XAT ID, Date of Birth, Father's Name, City Chosen and updated city latest November 30, 2018. A candidate can apply for the change only once. Change of XAT Test City option is provisional and XLRI will have a final decision on it.
  • Exam Pattern- Essay Writing section has been removed. Now the exam has four sections. They are Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI), General Knowledge (GK). The negative marking for unattempted questions beyond eight has been doubled from 0.05 to 0.10.

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XAT 2019 Overview

Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test aka XAT

Conducting body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Exam type

National Level Post-Graduate exam

Purpose of Test

Qualifying Test for admission to XLRI and 150+ B-schools

Mode of the Exam

Online (Computer-based)

Duration of the Exam

3:00 hours

Annual No. of Test Takers

Approx. 90,000

Exam Pattern

Objective and Subjective questions

Negative Marking

Yes (0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks for each wrong answer)

XAT 2019 Convenor

Notified soon (XAT 2018 Convenor - Fr Antony Uvari)

Programmes Offered by XLRI

Business Management (BM), Human Resource Management (HRM), Global Business Management (GBM) and General Management Programme (GMP)

XAT Cutoff 2019

The cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur has been released on January 21, 2019. The XAT 2019 cutoff percentile depends on various factors such as difficulty level of the exam, the number of test takers and a number of seats offered in the programme among others. The cutoff of XAT 2019 are based on these factors and will be declared separately by each of the XAT participating institutes. Check below the previous year cutoff of XAT: 

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XAT 2019 Important Dates

Candidates who are planning to appear for the exam must know about all the important dates related to the exam. The official dates for XAT 2019 have been released by XLRI. The following table brings you the dates related to XAT 2019 exam. 

XAT Important Dates 2019


Important Dates

XAT 2019 Notification

August 14, 2018

Application process starts

August 20, 2018 (commenced)

Application Process ends (without late fee)

November 30, 2018

Late application deadline (with late fee)

December 9, 2018

Admit card availability

Saturday, December 22, 2018 (5 pm onwards)

XAT 2019 Mock Test Release (released)

January 3 2019

XAT 2019 Exam (conducted)

Sunday, January 6, 2019 (10 AM-1 PM)

XAT Official Answer Key and candidate response sheet released

January 12, 2019

Objection filing to XAT Answer keyJanuary 14, 2019

XAT 2019 Result

 January 16, 2019

XAT 2019 CutoffJanuary 21, 2019

XAT Admit Card 2019

Candidates could download the hall ticket of XAT 2019 from the official website or from the link provided in the article. The admit card was available only online for the candidates who successfully filled the application form along with the application fee. The admit card of XAT 2019 had been issued online from Saturday, December 22, 2018 (5 pm onwards). Candidates had to login using their XAT ID and password to download the document. Without XAT 2019 admit card, candidates were not allowed to take the entrance test. XAT admit card 2019 will display the candidate’s name, date of birth and contact details along with the test centre name and address. Exam day instructions will also be given on the admit card of XAT 2019.

XAT Exam Pattern 2019

XAT 2019 will be a computer-based test (online) of 180 minutes duration. The exam comprises of four sections, namely VA & LR, DM, QA & DI, and GK. The official exam pattern for XAT 2019 has removed the essay writing from XAT 2019 exam pattern. The following table explains the exam pattern of XAT 2019:

XAT Exam Pattern

Name of Sections

No. of Questions


Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR)


180 minutes/ 3 hours


Decision Making (DM)

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

General Knowledge (GK)


Marking Scheme - Each question will carry 1 mark and for each wrong answer, 1/4th of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted. There is negative marking of 0.10 marks also involved for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.

XAT 2019 Syllabus

XLRI doesn’t release any specific syllabus for XAT. However, experts suggest a list of topics for the exam based on the previous years’ pattern. The below-given table explains further.

XAT Syllabus



Verbal and Logical Ability

Vocabulary, Analogy-based on vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Sentence correction, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Formation Questions, Poem, etc.


Arithmetic, Analytical Reasoning, Situational, etc.


Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Equations, Polynomials, Numbers, Progressions, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Data Sufficiency, Scatter Plots and Bar Charts, etc.


History, Currency, Invention, Geography, National Capital, Culture, Books and authors, Personalities, Important Dates, Films, Science and Business, Current affairs, etc.

XAT Exam Centres 2019

XAT 2019 will be conducted in 46 cities across India and not in any international cities. Last year, the exam was conducted in 47 cities pan India and two international cities. Also, candidates can also write to XLRI to change the preference of test centre. However, the institute will have a final decision on it. Here is the list of exam centres-

XAT Exam Centres

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XAT Answer Key 2019 

The official XAT 2019 answer key and candidate response sheet has been released by XLRI on January 12, 2019. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check the answers marked by them and also the actual correct responses. It will allow them to know the list of probable colleges they’re likely to get a call from. 

XLRI has also offered the facility to file objections and challenge the answer key of XAT for candidates before January 14, 2019. In order to raise objections, candidates must write to [email protected] While raising the objection, candidates must mention the following details-

a. XAT ID 

b. Full Name 

c. Question ID 

d. Mention the objection you have on the particular question and response 

e. Enclose the evidence for the objection 

f. Mention the subject line of the email as  <XAT ID> Objection <Question ID>

XAT Result 2019

The result of XAT 2019 has been declared online on Thursday, January 16, 2019. Candidates would be able to check the result from the official website using their XAT id and password. The scorecards would be available for download from January 16 to March 31, 2019. XAT 2019 result will be announced in the form of the scorecard and the sectional, as well as the overall percentage and percentile. XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body, will also send the hard copy of XAT 2019 scorecard to the candidates’ registered address if requested by paying Rs. 300 by Demand Draft in favour of XLRI Jamshedpur, payable at Jamshedpur. Candidates are advised to preserve the scorecard until the admission process gets over.

XAT Cut off for GMP Programme - 68 percentile

XAT 2019 Participating Institutes

XAT 2019 score will be accepted by more than 150 B-schools in the country. The participating institutes are either Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) or Non-XAMI. Last year, the number of XAMI was 11 and number of non-XAMI was 145. Here are some of the top colleges in the list:

Candidates can check the full list of XAT participating institutes by clicking here.

XAT 2019 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of XAT 2019 for all the participating institutes will begin after the announcement of the result and cutoff. It’s important for the candidates to know that the selection process may vary from B-School to B-School. Usually, it’a two-step process - First, candidates would be shortlisted on the basis of their XAT score and institute’s cutoff. Then, the shortlisted candidates would be called for Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Essay Writing or Group Discussion/Group Activity and Personal Interview rounds.

Some participating institutes conduct GD and PI for the final selection while some conduct WAT and PI. It varies from institute to institute. The B-schools may also consider criteria like past academic records, work experience or the overall profile of a candidate.

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

Management aspirants who wish to apply for XAT 2019 must fulfil the eligibility criteria as prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur.

  • 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 2019.

Age limit - There is no age limit to apply for XAT 2019.

XAT Eligibility for NRI/Foreign candidates - NRI or foreign national candidates have to apply through GMAT scores.

XAT Registration 2019

The registration for XAT 2019 was made available online from August 20, and the last date of the application process without late fee was November 30, 2018. The late registration window was open from December 1 to December 9, 2018. The original application deadline with late application fee was December 7, which was later extended by two days. 

Steps for XAT Application Process - Management aspirants will be able to register for the exam on the official website of XAT. To register:

  • Candidates would need to enter their basic information like name and contact details.

  • Then, they will receive the login credentials through which they have to log in to the website and complete the XAT 2019 application process.

  • To complete the application process, candidates would need to enter the personal details, academic details, and professional details. They would also need to select XLRI programmes (optional), and upload photograph and signature.

  • And, the final step is paying the application fee.

XAT application process is conducted in two stages, ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ application stage. The application fee for the late stage is higher than that of the original window.

XAT Application Fee

  • The XAT 2019 application fee is Rs. 1700 (without late fee). The application received after the deadline should include the late application fee of Rs. 2000.

  • For each XLRI programmes, candidates need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300. The late applications would be charged Rs. 500.

  • For late application window, the application fee for XAT and XLRI programme is Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 respectively.

Payment Modes - Candidates need to pay the fee online through Credit Cards, Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), and Internet Banking.



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