XAT 2018

XAT 2018XAT 2018 - The registration process for XAT 2018 has commenced from August 16, 2017. XLRI Jamshedpur will be held Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 on January 7. From this year the entrance exam will be conducted in computer based (online) mode. XLRI conducts the XAT on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other 150 B-schools across India. XAT 2018 is a 3 hours 35 minutes duration test of single session (10 am to 1:35 pm) and consists of both objective and subjective questions. The essay writing section will be in paper pen mode only. The admit card of XAT 2018 will be available from December 20, 2017. SIFY will be the online testing agency for XAT 2018. There are 11 member institutes and 145 associate institutes who accept XAT scores. The result for XAT 2018 will be announced on January 31, 2018. Candidates can check all the details of XAT 2018 in terms of eligibility criteria, application procedure, important dates, admit card, exam pattern, cutoff, result, etc. from this page.

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XAT Overview



Exam Name

Xavior Aptitude Test

Purpose of Test

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

Conducting body

XLRI Jamshepur

Exam type

National Level PG exam


Once in a year

Annual No. of Test Takers

Approx. 90,000

Exam Pattern

Objective and Subjective questions

Duration of Test

3:35 hours

Negative Marking

Yes (.25 marks for each wrong answer)


Questions are asked from Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK, Essay

Examination Mode

Computer-based test (Online mode )

XAT 2018 Convenor

Fr Antony Uvari


XAT 2018 Important Dates


XLRI Jamshedpur has announced the important dates of XAT 2018 on August 14, 2017. The following table brings to you the schedule of XAT 2018. 


XAT 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates

XAT 2018 Notification (Released)

August 14, 2017

Application process starts

August 16, 2017

Application end date

November 30, 2017

Late application deadline

December 15, 2017

Admit card Releasing

December 20, 2017

XAT 2018 to be conducted on

January 7, 2018 (10:00 am to 1:30 pm)

XAT Official Answer Key

Third week of January 2018

Announcement of XAT 2018 Result

January 31, 2018

XAT Score Card

February 1 to 25, 2018

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2018


XLRI Jamshedpur has stated the eligibility criteria for XAT 2018. Below are the XAT 2018 eligibility criteria. 

  • Education Qualification - 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. 

  • Age limit - There is no age limit for applying in XAT 2018
  • 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

XAT Application Form 2018


The application form of XAT 2018 is available from August 16, 2017. XAT application process is completely online. The last date for XAT registration without late fee is November 30, 2017 and with late fee the last date to apply is December 15, 2017. Know the details of applying for XAT 2018 below:

  • 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

  • The XAT 2018 application fee is Rs. 1650 (without late fee). For each XLRI programmes candidates need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/-.

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

Payment Modes


There are two modes of paying the application fee, online and offline. The processes include the following:

  • Online - Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking

  • Offline - Cash and Demand Draft (make a DD in favor of “XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT” payable at Jamshedpur from any bank.)

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern


XAT 2018 is going to be an online or computer based test of 215 minutes duration. Until last year it used to be an offline paper. The other aspects of the XAT 2018 exam pattern are given below:

  • Number of parts -  XAT is divided into two parts, Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 is completely objective, Paper 2 is a combination of objective and subjective questions

  • Number of sections - There are three sections in Paper 1 - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Decision Making and Verbal & Logical Ability. The number of sections in Paper 2 is two - General Knowledge and Essay Writing. Candidates have to write the Essay on paper unlike the rest of the sections which will be computer based.

  • Number of questions - There are 72 objective type questions in Paper 1. In Paper 2, there are 25 objective type questions and one essay writing question.

  • 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.

XAT Exam Pattern



Number of Question

Paper 1

Verbal and logical ability


Decision Making


QA and DI


Paper 2



Essay writing

1 topic

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 mentions the section wise important topics for the test. The XAT syllabus comprises of the below topics:

  • Quantitative Ability - Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration etc.

  • English Language & Logical Reasoning - Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar etc.

  • Decision Making - Arithmetic, Analytical Reasoning, Situational, etc.

  • General Knowledge - Static, Current Affairs, Politics, Business, Art & Literature etc.

  • Essay Writing

XAT 2018 Exam Centres


XAT 2018 is to be conducted in 47 cities across India and two international cities. 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 2018 Exam Centres in India


















Greater Noida






























XAT Exam Centres in International Cities

  • Dubai

  • Kathmandu

XAT Admit Card 2018


The admit card of XAT 2018 is to be available from December 20, 2017. The XAT 2018 admit card will be available only in online mode and the hard copy will not be sent to the candidates’ address. To download the admit card of XAT 2018, candidates have to enter their registration number and date of birth in DD/MM/YY format. Without the XAT admit card candidates will not be allowed to take the entrance test.


What does XAT Admit Card 2018 contain?

  • XAT 2018 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 Answer Key 2018


XLRI Jamshedpur will release the XAT 2018 official answer key along with the explanation of the solution and your answer sheet in the third week of January 2018. According to the exam officials, it will be released within 10 days of holding XAT 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.


XAT Result 2018


The result of XAT 2018 will be declared on January 31, 2018. XAT 2018 result will be announced in the form of score card. XLRI Jamshedpur will release the score cards stating the section wise and overall scores & percentiles. Test takers can download the score cards and take the requisite number of print outs. The score card of XAT 2018 will be available from February 1 to 25, 2018. 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 along with the result. The XAT 2018 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 cutoff of XAT 2018 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 2018 Participating Institutes


XAT scores will be accepted by over 155 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. Some of the top XAT participating institutes.

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


XAT Selection Procedure 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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