XAT 2020
Aditi Garg, 09 Sep 2019, #XAT
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XAT - Xavier Aptitude Test 2020
Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

XAT 2020 - XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct the Xavier Aptitude Test, better known as XAT 2020 on January 5. The registration for XAT 2020 began on August 23 and will continue till November 30 without late fee. XAT admit card 2020 will be available for downoading from December 20 to January 3. The result of XAT 2020 will be announced on January 31 and candidates can download it till March 31. XAT is a national level entrance test which is held annually for admission in postgraduate management programmes in 150 management institutions that accept XAT score. As per the exam pattern, XAT 2020, questions will be asked from verbal ability and logical reasoning, decision making, quantitative ability and data interpretation and general knowledge. Around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for the examination across 71 cities. Check the complete details of XAT 2020 exam below, such as important dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, admit card details, cutoff, etc.
Latest: XAT Registration 2020 begins from August 23, 2019. XAT 2020 to be conducted on January 5.

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XAT 2020 Overview

Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test, also known as XAT

Conducting body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Exam type

National Level Post-Graduate exam

Purpose of Test

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

Mode of the Exam

Online (Computer-based)

Duration of the Exam

3 hours

Annual No. of Test Takers

Approx. 75,000

Exam Pattern

Objective and Subjective questions

Negative Marking

Yes (0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks for each wrong answer)

XAT 2020 Convenor

Notified soon (XAT 2019 Convenor - Fr Antony Uvari)

Programmes Offered by XLRI

Business Management (BM), Human Resource Management (HRM), Global Business Management (GBM) and General Management Programme (GMP)

XAT 2020 Important Dates

It is important to keep track of all the important dates related to the exam. The official dates for XAT 2020 will be released by XLRI in August 2019. The following table brings you the major dates related to XAT 2020 exam.

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XAT Important Dates 2020


Important Dates

XAT 2020 Notification

August 23, 2019

Application process starts

August 23, 2019

Application Process ends (without late fee)

November 30, 2019

Last date to change XAT test cityOn or before November 30, 2019

Late application deadline (with late fee)

December 1-7, 2019

Admit card availability

December 20, 2019 onwards

XAT 2020 Mock Test Release

First week of January 2020

XAT 2020 Exam

January 5, 2020 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM)

XAT Official Answer Key and candidate response sheet released

Second week of January 2020

Objection filing to XAT Answer key

Second week of January 2020

XAT 2020 Result

January 31, 2019

XAT 2020 Cutoff

Third week of January 2020

What's New In XAT 2020

According to XAT 2020, there has been an increase in the total number of cities where the entrance exam will be held. The test will be conducted in 71 cities. Last year the exam was conducted in 45 cities.

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XAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Management aspirants who wish to seek admission through XAT entrance exam, must fulfil the eligibility criteria as prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur.

  • One must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised board or university. The duration of the graduation should be a at least of three years.

  • Final year graduation students can also apply for XAT 2020 if they complete their degree by June 2020.

  • XLRI has not prescribed any age limit to apply for the exam under the XAT eligibility criteria 2019.

XAT Eligibility for NRI/Foreign candidates - NRI or foreign national candidates have the option to apply through GMAT scores.

XAT Registration 2020

The registration for XAT 2020 commenced in online from August 23, 2019. The last date of the application process without late fee is November 30, 2019. The aiuthorities have mentioned that the last date to change the XAT test centre is on or before November 30. Candidates can fill the application form by paying the late fee from December 1 to December 7. XLRI Jamshedpur will also offer a late registration window after this, in the second week of December 2019.

How to fill XAT Application Form?

Steps for XAT Application Process are as given below-

  • Visit the official site of XAT (xatonline.in) or click on the link given above (link will be available in this article as soon as XAT 2020 registrations open)

  • Enter basic information like name and contact details to register.

  • The login credentials will be sent via SMS and email on the registered phone number and email ID.

  • Log in again to the website and complete the XAT 2020 application process.

  • To complete the application process, candidates would need to enter personal details, academic details, and professional details. They would also need to select XLRI programmes (optional), and upload photograph and signature.

  • Finally, pay the application fee.

XAT application process is conducted in two stages. The first stage is the ‘Early’ stage and the second is ‘Late’ application stage. The application fee for the late stage is higher than that of the original application window.

XAT Application Fee

  • The XAT application fee last year was Rs. 1700 (without late fee). According to last year XAT exam fees, the application received after the deadline had to 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.

  • The application fee for XAT 2020 is likely to remain along the same lines. Payment Modes - Candidates need to pay the fee online through Credit Cards, Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), and Internet Banking.

XAT Admit Card 2020

The hall ticket of XAT 2020 can be downloaded from the official website of XAT from December 20 to January 3.It will be available for download only for the candidates who successfully fill the XAT application form along with the application fee. Candidates must log in using their XAT ID and password to download the document. Without XAT 2020 admit card, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam. XAT admit card will have the candidate’s name, date of birth and contact details mentioned along with the test centre name and address. Exam day instructions will also be mentioned on the admit card of XAT 2020.

XAT Exam Pattern 2020

XAT 2020 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. From last year onwards, the Essay writing section has been removed from the exam. The table below explains the exam pattern of XAT 2020 in depth:

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 one mark. 1/4th of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is negative marking of 0.10 marks for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.

XAT Syllabus 2020

XLRI doesn’t release any specific syllabus for XAT. However, a list of topics for the exam based on the previous years’ pattern has been suggested by expert. The below-given table explains the XAT syllabus in depth-

XAT Syllabus



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.


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.

XAT Exam Centres 2020

XAT 2020 will be conducted in almost 71 cities across India. Last year the exam was held in 45 cities. Candidates could also write to XLRI to change the preference of test centre last year. Here is the list of XAT exam centres in India-
XAT Exam Centres

Bhilai NagarBokaro Steel CityDhanbadDibrugarh
GwaliorHooghlyHubbali (Hubli)Kannur

Udupi- Vadodara


XAT Answer Key 2020

The official XAT 2020 answer key and candidate response sheet will be released by XLRI after one week of the exam. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check the answers marked by them and also the actual correct responses using the XAT key. It will allow them to estimate the list of probable colleges they’re likely to get a call from based on their score.

XLRI will also offer the facility to file objections and challenge the answer key of XAT for candidates. To raise objections, candidates must write to [email protected] While raising the objection, candidates must mention the following details-


b. Full Name

c. Question ID

d. Mention the objection you have on the particular question and response

e. Enclose the evidence for the objection

f. Mention the subject line of the email as <XAT ID> Objection <Question ID>

XAT Result 2020

The result of XAT will be declared in online mode on January 31, 2020. Candidates would be able to check the result from the official website using their XAT ID and password. The scorecards would be available for download from January 31 to March 31. XAT 2020 scorecard will have the sectional, as well as the overall percentile. XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body, might also send the hard copy of XAT scorecard to the candidates’ registered address if requested by paying Rs. 300 by Demand Draft in favour of XLRI Jamshedpur, payable at Jamshedpur. Candidates are advised to preserve the scorecard until the admission process gets over.

XAT Cut off for GMP Programme of last year- 68 percentile

XAT Cutoff 2020

Last year, the cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur was released online on January 21, 2020. It is likely to release for XAT 2020 around the same time in January 2020. The XAT 2020 cutoff percentile depends on multiple factors such as difficulty level of the exam, the number of test takers and a number of seats offered in the programme among others. The cutoffs 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 Participating Institutes 2020

XAT 2020 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.

In addition, institutes like MICA also use XAT scores for screening students applying for MICAT 2020 exam for their PGDM programmes

XAT Selection Procedure 2020

The selection procedure of XAT 2020 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 of colleges may vary each other. Usually, it’a two-step process.

First, candidates would be shortlisted on the basis of their XAT score and cutoff of the specific institute. 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.

XLRI Address:


Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur– 831001 (Jharkhand, India)

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - XAT 2020

Question: Will I receive any confirmation mail upon registration?


Yes, Candidates will be sent XAT ID and password on their registered email ID. Candidates can log in through their XAT ID and password to download the application form and admit card. 

Question: Can I edit my application form ?


Candidates can edit the information on the application form prior submission. However, students must remember that they cannot edit their basic information.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria for students appearing in final year examination?


Candidates who are appearing in the final examination can also apply, however, their admission will be on a provisional basis. 

Question: Can I receive my admit card for XAT 2020 via post?


No, candidates will have to download the admit card from the official website. Students will be required to enter the login credentials to download the online XAT 2020 admit card. 

Question: How should I add my percentage details if i have done 5 years integrated course?


If a candidate has done a 5 years integrated course, they shall enter the same percentage for graduation and post-graduation.

Question: Is it compulsory to have work experience prior admission?


No, it is not compulsory to have work experience. 

Question: Can I switch between sections while appearing for examination?


Yes, candidates can switch between sections according to their preference.

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What are the best colleges for MBA through XAT 2020 exam?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019


Best colleges for MBA through XAT 2020 are as follows-

  • XLRI Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service,Ranchi
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • Xavier Institute of Management & Research,Mumbai
  • GIBS Business School,Bangalore
  • K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
  • Hyderabad Business School,Gitam University, Telangana
  • International Academy of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • ICBM - School of Business Excellence
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai
  • New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi
  • Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar

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Is EWS category included in XAT 2020 entrance exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

XAT examination has no reservation system for admission to its programme. All Candidates irrespective of their Category should score a minimum aggregate of 50% in their Bachleor's degree to be eligible for XAT. So, just to answer your question, EWS Category is not included in XAT examinaiton.


does a canditate for mba after giving cat/mat/xat exam have to go for GD and PI to every private institute or do each private institute conduct GD and PI in some states?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 8th Oct, 2019
In short, yes. Each and every college has a different selection process and it is independant of each college. So, if you apply to say 10 colleges, you have to apply for each college Group discussion and personal intervuew process. The shortlisting process abd final merit list is separate for each College.
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