About XAT 2020

Xavier Aptitude Test or popularly known as XAT is a national-level management entrance test conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, for admission to management programs at XLRI and other XAT participating institutes across the country. XAT 2020 was conducted on January 5, 2020, in online (computer-based) mode. Around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for XAT 2020. 

The registration cum application process for XAT 2019 has begun from August  23 and will continue until November 30, 2019 (without late fee) and December 7, 2019 (with late fee). To apply for the exam, candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised institution. The scores of XAT 2020 will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and around 150 B-schools across India for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. XAT 2019 had undergone some major changes in terms of exam pattern and application fee. It is expected that these changes will be applicable for XAT 2020 as well. The overall difficulty level of XAT is high. 

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: XLRI Jamshedpur
Duration 3 Hours

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XAT 2020 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

16 Jan, 2020 - 31 Mar, 2020

Score card | Mode: Online Ongoing

Past Dates and Events

16 Jan, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

09 Jan, 2020 - 11 Jan, 2020

Answer Key Objection Filing Deadline | Mode: Online

09 Jan, 2020

Answer Key | Mode: Online

05 Jan, 2020

Exam | Mode: Online

20 Dec, 2019 - 03 Jan, 2020

Admit Card | Mode: Online

23 Aug, 2019 - 10 Dec, 2019

Application - Without Late Fee | Mode: Online

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As per the XAT 2020 eligibility criteria, one must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised board or university. The duration of the graduation should be a minimum of three years. 

One can also apply for the test if s/he is a final year graduation student and completing the degree by June 10, 2020. 

XLRI has not prescribed any age limit to apply for the exam under the XAT eligibility criteria 2020.

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Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

The registration cum application process for XAT 2020 has started from August 23, 2019. The process continued till December 10, 2019 midnight, without late fee. Earlier the last date to register for XAT 2020 without late fee was November 30, 2019. Eligible candidates can fill the application form online. 

The fee for XAT 2020 application process all categories (General, SC, ST, PWD, OBC, etc.) was Rs. 1700, unless increased by XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting authority. Candidates who fill the application form after the last date will have to pay Rs. 2000. The application fee had increased in 2019. Candidates can pay the application fee in online mode only (Net Banking, Credit or Debit card). 

While filling the XAT application form 2020, candidates need to enter their personal and academic details. So, keeping the records handy is a good idea. Candidates also need to upload their passport size photograph (size – 20 KB to 50 KB) and signature (size – 10 KB to 20 KB) in jpeg/jpg format. 

XLRI may also allowed the candidates to change the test city preference like last year. Candidates can write to admis@xlri.ac.in mentioning their XAT ID, Father's Name, Date of Birth, chosen exam city and updated city latest by the requisite date. Remember, a candidate can apply for this change only once. Change of XAT test city option is provisional and XLRI will have the final decision on it.

Candidates who successfully submit the XAT 2020 application form and pay the application fee will appear for the test.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, ST, SC, OBC Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 1700

XAT 2020 Syllabus

Verbal and logical ability
Decision making
Quantitative ability and data interpretation
General knowledge

XAT exam pattern states that it has objective (multiple choice questions) questions. The exam has four sections - Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability (DI & QA), and General Knowledge. The XAT 2019 exam pattern had undergone some major changes. The duration was reduced from 3.5 hours to 3 hours, and the essay writing section has been cancelled in last year. It is expected these changes would be applicable for XAT 2020 exam pattern as well.  

The number of question in each section keeps changing every year. Each question carries one mark. So, for every correct answer, one mark will be awarded and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Unattended questions beyond eight will also result in negative marking of 0.05 marks per question. 

The duration of XAT 2020 will be 3 hours (180 minutes).

XAT 2020 Mock Test

XLRI is expected to release the official XAT 2020 mock test in the first week of January 2020. To ace in the preparation of XAT 2020, candidates are advised to appear for the mock test released by the conducting body. In order to access the online assessment/mock test of XAT 2019, test takers had to enter the User ID and Password created during the XAT 2020 Registration. Mock Test will help candidates understand the XAT exam pattern and design of the online XAT 2020 test.

Candidates applying for XAT 2020 exam must download the admit card from December 20 2019 till January 3, 2020. The XAT 2020 admit card is a must-have document for candidates as they will not be allowed to write the exam without it. The admit card of XAT 2020 will be available in online mode only.

To download the admit card, candidates need to login to the official website with their XAT user id and password received at the time of XAT registration. 

Name of the candidate, photograph, exam centre name and address, date of the exam, etc. details will be mentioned on the XAT 2020 admit card. 

Test takers must keep a copy of the admit card until the entire admission process gets over as it will be required at every stage.

XAT 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Surat
Punjab Amritsar
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Greater Noida
Kanpur
Lucknow
Noida
Varanasi
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Indore
Jabalpur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Tiruchirappalli
Delhi New Delhi
Haryana Gurgaon
Rajasthan Jaipur
Udaipur
Maharashtra Pune
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nashik
Karnataka Bengaluru
Mangalore
Odisha Berhampur
Bhubaneswar
Cuttack
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Kerala Kochi
Thiruvananthapuram
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Goa Panjim
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Jamshedpur
Ranchi
West Bengal Kolkata
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
Vijayawada

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Photo identity proof
  • Coloured passport size photograph

After conducting the exam, the exam conducting body, XLRI Jamshedpur, released the XAT official answer key 2020 on January 9, 2020. Candidates can also file objections against the Answer Key of XAT 2020 within the given deadline. 

The answer key will help the test takers to match their answers with the official answers which allows them to calculate their estimated score. Once they know an approximate overall score, they can actually check the list of probable colleges. 


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The result of XAT 2020 announced on January 16, 2020. The XAT 2020 result is available online in the official website of the exam. Using the XAT user id and password, candidates will have to login to the official exam website to check their result and download the scorecard. The scorecards would be available for download till March 31, 2020.

Candidates can request for the hard copy of the scorecard by paying Rs. 300 by Demand Draft drawn in favour of XLRI Jamshedpur, payable at Jamshedpur. The XAT result 2020 shows the overall and sectional scores along with the XAT registration id, candidate’s name, date of the test, etc. 

After the result, the exam cutoff will be released by XLRI and other member institutes to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure – GD, WAT and PI.

The cutoff is the minimum marks to be scored by a candidate in order to qualify for the admission process. If a candidate meets the XAT 2020 cutoff criterion, s/he will be shortlisted for the selection rounds – Writing Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. 

The cutoff will be released in the Male and Female category. The cutoff of XAT 2020 will be released by XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body, and its 11-member institutes along with the result. The XAT cutoff is usually different at each institute. 

Meeting the XAT cutoff criterion is the first stage of the admission process. If the test taker qualifies, s/he attend GD, WAT and PI. The overall performance in each round along with the candidates' academic scores will be considered before the final selection. 

Around 75,000 candidates appear for the exam. So, it’s a huge challenge to get shortlisted as the competition is really high.

The selection procedure of XAT usually starts in the month of February after the announcement of the result. The selection process includes GD, Essay Writing, and Personal Interview.

First, XLRI, its 11-member institutes and other XAT participating institutes shortlist the test takers on the basis of cutoff. Then the shortlisted one attends the mentioned selection rounds. Many institutes do not conduct all three rounds. 

Past academic scores, work experience (if any), profile, XAT score will be considered along with the performance in XAT selection rounds for the final admission.

XAT 2020 GD and PI Process

When a candidate appears for GD and PI rounds, his/her communication skills, self-confidence, interaction skills, etc. are checked. If s/he performs well and meets the standards of the respective institute, the chances of admission increases. However, writing test, XAT score, and some other factors such as 10th, 12th and graduation score, professional work experience, etc. are also considered for final admission.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Admit card
  • Scorecard
  • Photo identity card
  • Mark sheets and certificates of bachelor's degree, class X and class XII

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I have 67.93 percentile in xat can I get seat in imt hyderbad or nagpur

Sampriti Student Expert 28th Jan, 2020
The minimum XAT percentile required for IMT Nagpur is 80 percentile and that for the Hyderabad campus it is 70 percentile. So you may not get a call from either of these campuses but you'll get a call from the Dubai campus if you've applied for IMT.

Moreover you can also check out these colleges with your XAT scores
  • IPE Hyderabad
  • ITM Navi Mumbai
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon campus
  • Alliance Bangalore
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Bangalore campus
  • Praxis Kolkata and others.

All these colleges are decent and the placements there are more or less similar to IMT Hyderabad with an average compensation package offered is 5-6 lakhs. But they have a strong alumni base which can help you in future growth.

Good Luck
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with 82 percentile in XAT, should i apply for BIMTECH?? Is it a good college for MBA

Sampriti Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020
BIMTECH Noida is an excellent college for MBA and is now a days performing really well in the fields of marketing and finance. With your XAT percentile you should definitely apply for it and must keep at least 5-6 colleges to choose from as the competition in the selection process is usually very high.

The fees is nearly 12 lakhs but the placements are really good. Reputed companies like Accenture, ICICI, Maruti Suzuki, EY, Amazon and others visit the campus and the average compensation package offered is nearly 8-10 lakhs. Moreover they have a residential campus and good infrastructure. And they also have a pretty strong alumni base so you can have good career advantages afterwards.

Good Luck
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I scored 81 percentile in XAT and I am from agricultural engineering background. Can I expect a call from XSRM?

Sampriti Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020
With your XAT percentile you can definitely get a call from XSRM as they require a minimum of 80 percentile in XAT. Moreover there isn't a huge competition for the rural management program of XUB so with a little hard work you can get through.
The placements of XSRM are also decent and the average compensation package offered there is nearly 5-6 lakhs and the program is well reputed among corporates. Most of the organizations recruit for the CSR roles only.

Good Luck
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I have 82.05 percentile in XAT Class X - 92.6 Class XII - 87.4 BE - 83.1 Work Ex - 3+ Do I have chance to get a call from KJ Somaiya

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
You have a pretty decent XAT percentile but KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research requires a minimum of 85 percentile in both CAT and XAT exams. The Institute considers only the overall percentile. So it may be a little difficult for you to get a call. But you can still get some very good colleges with your XAT scores like
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • XIME Bangalore
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon and others.

These colleges will also offer you good placement opportunities and good academics and you must try to attend as many interview processes as possible to get enough options to choose from.

Good Luck
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I have scored 69.903 percentile in XAT 2020 and based on this percentile which college is better in decreasing order from best to not so good : IMT Nagpur, BIMTECH(for IB), IMI Kolkata, FOSTIIMA, SIESCOM, IMI Bhubaneshwar and Universal School of Business Mumbai. I really need to join MBA this year.

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
If you're getting a call from all these colleges then you must attend the selection process of all of them because you should always keep some options to choose from as the competition is always very tough. But if you get selected in all of them you must go for IMT Nagpur first. IMT campuses are good for marketing programs and several reputed companies visit the campus. After that IMI Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. They are also pretty decent colleges in terms of marketing, finance and HR programs. The average package offered there is nearly 5-6 lakhs.

The rest of the colleges you've mentioned are not very good as per your percentile. You can still get some average placements there with the average compensation package offered being 3-4 lakhs but you should keep them as your last resort.

BIMTECH Noida is good for the PGDM program but the career scope for the specialized programs is very poor. It cannot assure you a placement.

Good Luck

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