XAT 2019 - The national-level management aptitude test, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019, will be conducted in the first week of January 2019 by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The entrance exam would be conducted in online mode. The online registration for XAT 2019 is expected to begin in the third week of August 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. 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.
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 are not released yet by XLRI. The following table brings you the tentative dates for the exam.
XAT Important Dates 2019
Application process starts
Third week of August 2018
Application Process ends
Fourth week of November 2018
Late application deadline
Second week of December 2018
Admit card available
Fourth week of December 2018
XAT 2019 Mock Test Release
First week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Exam
First week of January 2019
XAT Official Answer Key Release
Last week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Result
First week of February 2019
The exact dates will be updated here as and when released by XLRI.
Management aspirants who wish to apply for XAT 2019 must fulfil the eligibility criteria as prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur. Here are the XAT 2019 eligibility criteria based on last year’s data.
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 will be available online most probably from the third week of August 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.
XAT Application Fee
The XAT 2019 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 - Candidates can either pay the fee online (Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking) or offline (Cash and Demand Draft - make a DD in favour of “XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT” payable at Jamshedpur from any bank).
The figures given are based on the XAT 2018 data. It may or may not change.
XAT 2019 will be a computer-based test (online) of 215 minutes duration. The exam will be divided into two parts – Part I which will carry objective-type questions and Part II with a combination of objective and subjective questions. The official exam pattern for XAT 2019 hasn’t released yet. Based on last year’s pattern, the following table explains the most probable exam pattern of XAT 2019:
XAT Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
Verbal and logical ability
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
Note: There will be a break of 5 minutes between Part I and Part II.
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.
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.
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.
Generally, the topics are abstract in nature where tests takers can actually relate to an event of importance instead of keeping the content simple.
XAT Admit Card 2019
The admit card of XAT 2019 will be available online for the candidates who successfully fill the application form along with the application fee online. The admit card is expected to be available from the fourth week of December 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.
XAT Exam Centres 2019
Last year, the exam was conducted in 47 cities across India and two international cities. The number of exam centres this year is expected to be more or less same. Here is the list of last year’s exam centres:
XAT Exam Centres
Exam Centres - India
Exam Centres - International
XAT Answer Key 2019
The official XAT 2019 answer key and OMR sheet will be released by XLRI in the last 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.
XAT Result 2019
The result of XAT 2019 will be declared online in the first week of February 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 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.
XAT Cutoff 2019
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 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, 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.
Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)
Jamshedpur– 831001 (Jharkhand, India)
Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205