XAT 2018

XAT 2018XAT 2018: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the popular and competitive MBA entrance exams. Conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, XAT is held in the first Sunday of January every year. It is a paper pencil based test of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration and consists of both objective and subjective questions. More than 150 B-schools across India will conduct admission through XAT scores. Around 90,000 candidates apply for XAT every year. XLRI Jamshedpur is expected to announce XAT 2018 by the last week of July and the application process will commence from third week of August, 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, 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: Offline


Test Duration – 210 Minutes


Question pattern - Objective and subjective


XAT Important Dates 2018


The following table brings to you the tentative schedule of XAT 2018. XLRI Jamshedpur is expected to announce the XAT important dates 2018 by the fourth week of July or first week of August, 2017.


XAT 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates

Notification related to XAT 2018 by XLRI Jamshedpur

Fourth week of July, 2017

XAT 2018 application process starts

Third week of August, 2017

XAT application end date

Fourth week of November, 2017

XAT 2018 admit card

Third week of December, 2017

XAT to be conducted on

First Sunday of January, 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

Fourth week of January, 2018

XAT Eligibility Criteria 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.


XAT Application Form 2018


The application process of XAT 2018 is expected to commence from third week of August, 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 login to the website and complete the XAT 2018 application form filling process. The online application form will be 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.


Last year onwards, 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. 1600. 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.


XAT Application Fee

Application Fee

Additional Charges for Late Fee

XAT Late Application Fee

Rs. 1600

Rs. 400

Rs. 2000

Rs. 300

Rs. 200

Rs .500

XAT Admit Card 2018


The admit card of XAT 2018 is expected to be available from December third week. The XAT admit card 2018 will 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 Exam Pattern 2018


XAT is a paper pencil based test of 210 minutes duration. It is a combination of objective and subjective questions, although majority of the questions are objective multiple choice type. XAT question paper 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 2018Marking 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.


XAT Syllabus 2018


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 mention the section wise important topics for the test.


XAT Test Centres 2018


Last year, XAT was conducted in 47 cities across India and two international cities in Dubai and Kathmandu. This year too, it is expected to be conducted in around 50 cities. XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body will 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


















Greater Noida































Note – Exam centres are listed on the basis of last year


XAT Answer Key 2018


Since XAT is a paper pencil based test, the answer keys will be released by exam officials as well experts from coaching institutes. The experts will release the XAT answer key 2018 right on the exam day. 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.


XAT Result 2018


The result of XAT 2018 will be declared by the fourth week of January 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 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.


XAT Cutoff 2018


The cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur will be released in the fourth week of January, after the declaration of result. The cutoff percentile will depend on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, 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 150 B-schools across India. Last year, the number of XAT participating institutes was 156. The number of XAT 2018 participating institutes may increase this year. 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.


Address: XLRI
Admission Office – C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur – 831001 Jharkhand India

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205

Fax: +91-657-2227814
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.xatonline.net.in


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