XAT 2020
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XAT 2020 – XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct the Xavier Aptitude Test, better known as XAT 2020 in the first week of January 2020. XAT is a national level entrance test which is held annually for admission in postgraduate management programmes in 150 management institutions that accept XAT score. The registration for XAT 2020 shall start by the second week of August 2019 in online mode and will continue until the fourth week of November 2019. As per the exam pattern, XAT 2020 is a computer-based test which will consist of two parts. Part A will consist of MCQ questions from topics such as English Language and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability, whereas, the second part consists of General Knowledge. Around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for the examination across 46 cities. Check the complete details of XAT 2020 exam below, such as important dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, admit card details, cutoff, etc.

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XAT 2020 Overview

Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test, also known as 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 hours

Annual No. of Test Takers

Approx. 75,000

Exam Pattern

Objective and Subjective questions

Negative Marking

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

XAT 2020 Convenor

Notified soon (XAT 2019 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 2020 Important Dates

It is important to keep track of all the important dates related to the exam. The official dates for XAT 2020 will be released by XLRI in  August 2019. The following table brings you the major dates related to XAT 2020 exam. 

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XAT Important Dates 2020


Important Dates

XAT 2020 Notification

Second week of August 2019

Application process starts

Third week of August 2019

Application Process ends (without late fee)

Fourth week of November, 2019

Late application deadline (with late fee)

Second week of December, 2019

Admit card availability

Third week of December 2019

XAT 2020 Mock Test Release

First week of January 2020

XAT 2020 Exam

First Sunday of January 2020 (10 AM-1 PM)

XAT Official Answer Key and candidate response sheet released

Second week of January 2020

Objection filing to XAT Answer key

Second week of January 2020

XAT 2020 Result

Third week of January 2020

XAT 2020 Cutoff

Third week of January 2020

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Management aspirants who wish to seek admission through XAT entrance exam, must fulfil the eligibility criteria as prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur.

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  • One must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised board or university. The duration of the graduation should be a at least of three years. 

  • Final year graduation students can also apply for XAT 2020 if they complete their degree by June 2020. 

  • XLRI has not prescribed any age limit to apply for the exam under the XAT eligibility criteria 2019.

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

XAT Registration 2020

The registration for XAT 2020 will commence online from third week of August. The last date of the application process without late fee will be fourth week of November, 2019. XLRI Jamshedpur will also offer a late registration window after this, in the first week of December 2019.

How to fill XAT Application Form?

Steps for XAT Application Process are as given below-  

  • Visit the official site of XAT (xatonline.in) or click on the link given above (link will be available in this article as soon as XAT 2020 registrations open)

  • Enter basic information like name and contact details to register. 

  • The login credentials will be sent via SMS and email on the registered phone number and email ID. 

  • Log in again to the website and complete the XAT 2020 application process.

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

  • Finally, pay the application fee.

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

XAT Application Fee

  • The XAT application fee last year was Rs. 1700 (without late fee). According to last year XAT exam fees, the application received after the deadline had to 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.

  • The application fee for XAT 2020 is likely to remain along the same lines. Payment Modes - Candidates need to pay the fee online through Credit Cards, Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), and Internet Banking.

XAT Admit Card 2020

The hall ticket of XAT 2020 can be downloaded from the official website of XAT. It will be available for download only for the candidates who successfully fill the XAT application form along with the application fee. The admit card of XAT 2019 will be available from the third week of December 2019 onwards. Candidates must login using their XAT ID and password to download the document. Without XAT 2020 admit card, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam. XAT admit card will have the candidate’s name, date of birth and contact details mentioned along with the test centre name and address. Exam day instructions will also be mentioned on the admit card of XAT 2020.

XAT Exam Pattern 2020

XAT 2020 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. From last year onwards, the Essay writing section has been removed from the exam. The table below explains the exam pattern of XAT 2020 in depth:

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 one mark. 1/4th of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is negative marking of 0.10 marks for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.

XAT Syllabus 2020

XLRI doesn’t release any specific syllabus for XAT. However, a list of topics for the exam based on the previous years’ pattern has been suggested by expert. The below-given table explains the XAT syllabus in depth-

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 2020

XAT 2020 will be conducted in almost 46 cities across India. Candidates could also write to XLRI to change the preference of test centre last year. Here is the list of XAT exam centres in India-

XAT Exam Centres

Exam Centres - India

















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XAT Answer Key 2020 

The official XAT 2020 answer key and candidate response sheet will be released by XLRI after one week of the exam. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check the answers marked by them and also the actual correct responses using the XAT key. It will allow them to estimate the list of probable colleges they’re likely to get a call from based on their score. 

XLRI will also offer the facility to file objections and challenge the answer key of XAT for candidates. 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 2020

The result of XAT will be declared online in the third week of January 2020. 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 to March end. XAT 2020 scorecard will have the sectional, as well as the overall percentile. XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body, might also send the hard copy of XAT 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 of last year- 68 percentile

XAT Cutoff 2020

Last year, the cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur was released online on January 21, 2020. It is likely to release for XAT 2020 around the same time in January 2020. The XAT 2020 cutoff percentile depends on multiple 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 cutoffs will be declared separately by each of the XAT participating institutes. Check below the previous year cutoff of XAT: 

XAT Cut off for BM Programmes
















XAT Cut off for HR Programmes
















XAT Participating Institutes 2020

XAT 2020 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 Selection Procedure 2020

The selection procedure of XAT 2020 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 of colleges may vary each other. Usually, it’a two-step process.

First, candidates would be shortlisted on the basis of their XAT score and cutoff of the specific institute. 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.

XLRI Address:


Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur– 831001 (Jharkhand, India)

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205

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