XAT 2019 - The registration for XAT 2019 has started on August 20, 2018. Management aspirants who wish to study at XLRI and other institutes which accept XAT score for the admission process would be able to fill the application form online until November 30, 2018. Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur will conduct Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 on Sunday, January 6, 2019 (10 AM- 1 PM), on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The entrance exam would be conducted in online mode. Around 90,000 students appear for the exam every year. 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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- 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. Untill last year the exam duration was 3:35 hours.
- Test Centre- Agartala has been removed. Now the exam will be held across 46 cities in India.
- 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).
XAT 2019 Overview
Xavier Aptitude Test aka XAT
National Level Post-Graduate exam
Purpose of Test
Qualifying Test for admission to XLRI and 150+ B-schools
Mode of the Exam
Duration of the Exam
Annual No. of Test Takers
Objective and Subjective questions
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)
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
XAT 2019 Notification
August 14, 2018
Application process starts
August 20, 2018 (commenced)
Application Process ends
November 30, 2018
Late application deadline
Second week of December 2018
Admit card available
December 20, 2018
XAT 2019 Mock Test Release
First week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Exam
Sunday, January 6, 2019 (10 AM-1 PM)
XAT Official Answer Key Release
Second week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Result
Last week of January 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. Candidates from Dubai or Nepal are exempted from applying through GMAT scores as XAT will be conducted in these two international cities.
The registration for XAT 2019 has been made available online from August 20, and the last date of the application process is November 30, 2018. Candidates can register for the exam by filling the application form along with the application fee online.
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.
To fill XAT 2019 Application form - Click here
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.
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 0.05 marks also involved for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.
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.
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.
QA & DI
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.
The admit card of XAT 2019 will be available online for the candidates who successfully fill the application form along with the application fee. The admit card will be available from December 20, 2018. Candidates would be able to download the admit card using their XAT ID and password. Without the XAT 2019 admit card, candidates will not be 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.
Last year, the exam was conducted in 46 cities across India and two international cities. The number of exam centres this year is expected to be more or less the same. Here is the list of last year’s exam centres:
XAT Exam Centres
Exam Centres - India
Exam Centres - International
The official XAT 2019 answer key and OMR sheet will be released by XLRI in the second week of January. Candidates who would appear for the exam can check their number of correct answers and estimate their scores. It will allow them to know the list of probable colleges they’re likely to get a call from.
The result of XAT 2019 will be declared online in the last week of January 2019. Candidates would be able to check the result from the official website using their XAT id and password. XAT 2019 result will be announced in the form of the scorecard and the sectional, as well as the overall score, will be mentioned in it. XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body, will also send the hard copy of XAT 2019 scorecard to the candidates’ registered address. Candidates are advised to preserve the scorecard until the admission process gets over.
The cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur will be released after the announcement of the result. The XAT 2019 cutoff percentile will depend on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, the number of test takers and a number of seats offered in the programme among others. The cutoff of XAT 2019 will be based on these factors and 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 Cut off for GMP Programme - 68 percentile
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.
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.
Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)
Jamshedpur– 831001 (Jharkhand, India)
Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205
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