Despite change in test mode, XAT to be conducted in single seating, says XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari
Sreetama Datta, 18 Sep 2017, #XAT
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XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test has taken a major shift in terms of its testing mode where it has turned computer-based. Breaking the traditional norm of paper-pencil based mode that it followed for over 60 years, XLRI Jamshedpur has now introduced XAT in computer-based mode while still continuing the essay part in paper-pencil mode. The test, however, will be conducted in single seating only.

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In this exclusive interview with Careers360, XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari talks the factors that led XAT to turn in CBT mode. He also clarifies that despite the change in the mode of the test, XAT exam pattern will remain same as XAT is tried and tested method of assessing candidates’ ability.  Fr Uvari is a faculty member of Organizational Behaviour at XLRI Jamshedpur

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Read the full interview of XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari below:


Careers360: What are the factors which led you to decide to conduct XAT in computer-based mode?

Fr Uvari: The CBT eco-system has grown in the country in last two to three years. It has reached the level where it is possible for us to conduct XAT in a single seating.

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Careers360: Which testing agency will administer computer-based XAT 2018?

Fr Uvari: The test administration will be done by SIFY but the question paper will be designed by XLRI. The test will be designed by in-house team of XLRI.


Careers360: Will there be any change in XAT 2018 in terms of exam pattern or sectional time duration for XAT?

Fr Uvari: The exam pattern will remain similar to the previous XAT, with some changes. The sectionals and timings of the sections will remain similar to XAT-2017. The marking scheme will also remain same as last year, i.e. one mark for each correct answer and 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer. Beyond 12 un-attempted questions, test takers will be penalised with 0.05 marks.


Careers360: Will candidates have to type the essay on the keyboard or a virtual keyboard will be provided for them?

Fr Uvari: Although XAT 2018 will be conducted in computer-based mode, candidates have to write the essay on paper. The final decision has not been taken on this.


Careers360: What is the last date to apply with late application fee?

Fr Uvari: Last date to submit XAT application form without late fee is November 30, 2017. Candidates can apply after the aforementioned date until December 15, 2017, with late fee of Rs. 2000.


Careers360: Apart from the change in the mode of the test, what are the other changes in exam pattern which candidates can expect?

Fr Uvari: Apart from changing the mode of test, we have not introduced any other major changes. XAT is tried and tested method of assessing candidates’ ability.


Careers360: The application form for XAT 2018 is available from August 16. How has been the application trend so far?

Fr Uvari: It is too early to say. Though, initial numbers look better than last year.


Careers360: What was the XAT 2017 application number vis a vis actual number of test takers?

Fr Uvari: The total number of applications received for XAT 2017 was89,000, out of which 79,500 candidates had appeared for the test.


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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019

Across India, as of 2019, there are approximately 591 colleges that accept XAT scores. You can check the list at:


i had 6 subjects in 12th how do i calculate the aggregate of 12th class for filling in XAT FORM

ashutosh gupta 8th Nov, 2019

Hi rohhan

Xat is a national level entrance exam. Through xat you can get admission in best business schools of india like xlri jamshedpur, xmb bhubneshwar and ximb banglore.

You can sum up the marks of all the 6 subjects and than you can find out the percentage or the cgpa whatever the case may be and then you can add the information in the form.


Do we need to fill the college forms before appearing for XAT exam? Also if we missed to fill the college form, we can not apply for any college?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

While filling the form candidates will be required to enter their program details which they would like to opt for. Aspirants can choose from the following courses:

  • Business Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • General Management Programme (A minimum of 56 months of work experience is compulsory as on March 31,2020)

  • Fellow Programme in Management

As the candidate will select the programme, the form will ask to fill the first preference of campus for each programme.

So you have to fill the college preference before hand, however there are many other colleges accepting XAT score for whom you do not have to fill the separate forms.

Hope this helps, thanks.


IF CANDIDATES GETS 54.80 IS HE/SHE ELIGIBLE FOR TAKING PART IN lpunest exams .eligibilty for scholarship are only ones who gives CAT/MAT/XAT.??????

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Kajal, you haven't mentioned your highest qualification and the course you are enquiring about. LPUNEST is an entrance exam for admission to B.Tech courses. For detailed information on their scholarship programmes, please visit their official page at: . Do please revert for the programme and scholarship information you are looking for in particular if this link doesn't help you with all the information you are looking for.


For admission in LIBA 2020, what is the admission process after appearing cat/xat?

ashutosh gupta 9th Nov, 2019

Candidates are short-listed for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the eligible candidates who have a valid entrance exam score and have applied to the programme of LIBA. The GD-PI process will be conducted at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai After the GD-PI round, admission offers are made by LIBA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in entrance exam, performance in PI round, academics, Quality of Work Experience among others.

Last date to apply for admission in LIBA is to close on January 10, 2020. To explore admission opportunity in LIBA, Chennai, the candidates need to apply for admission by using and filling up the online application form. LIBA will accept CAT 2019 and XAT 2020 scores, so you can apply with the CAT scores and also XAT scores. Better of the two scores will be considered. The Application fee for admission to PGDM 2020 at LIBA is Rs.1500/- as was last year.

The number of students that can be admitted to the PGDM 2020-22 batch is 180 at LIB the Total Programme fees payable by PGDM students at LIBA is Rs. 15,26,300 last year.t he Fee includes Admission Fee, Tuition Fee, Library Fee, Computer Fee, Alumni Membership Fee, Insurance, Fee for foundation courses, Alumni

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