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What is XAT Exam?

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is an online computer based entrance exam which grants the eligible candidates admission for MBA courses offered by XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI etc along with other 160+ management institutes in the country. The exam is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, which is the same league as that of the top IIMs of the country, in association with XAMI (Xavier Association of Management Institutes). It is the one of the most widely attempted entrance exams after CAT exam with more than 100000+ students enrolling each year.

Syllabus for XAT Exam

XAT exam analyses the skills of the aspirant in 3 sections. Some of the core concepts in this are –

  1. Verbal and Logical Ability 
  1. Paragraph Jumbles
  2. Correction of Errors in Sentences, Correct Usage of Words
  3. Sentence Completion  
  4. Paragraph Completion 
  5. Cloze test
  6. Reading Comprehension
  7. Vocabulary Based Questions
  8. Clocks & Calendars
  9. Analogy
  10. Fact, Inference and Judgment
  11. Binary Logic
  12. Seating Arrangement
  13. Blood Relations
  14. Logical Sequences
  15. Assumption, Premise and Conclusion
  1. Decision Making
  1. Conditioning and Grouping tests
  2. Data Arrangement test
  3. Complex Arrangements
  4. Situational decision making 
  5. Caselets
  1. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  1. Numbers and its applications
  2. Percentages and its applications 
  3. Ratio and Its applications 
  4. Algebra and its applications
  5. Geometry and its applications
  6. Tables and Bar, Pie & Line Graphs 

XAT 2023 Exam Important Dates

XAT Particulars

XAT Dates

Notification update of XAT 2023


XAT 2023 registration form date


XAT 2023 registration last date



XAT exam 2023 admit card date



XAT exam date 2023


Response sheet of XAT 2023


Release of XAT 2023 answer key


Last date to file an objection against the XAT answer key

To be announced

XAT exam 2023 result date



XAT 2023 Exam Pattern

While the notification has been released, the XAT 2023 exam pattern has not been included in it apart from the duration of the test (3 hours) and thus XAT 2022 exam is expected to be held along the same lines as XAT 2021 exam. Here is a descriptive overlay of XAT 2022 exam pattern based on XAT 2021 exam pattern – 



Exam Mode

Computer Based

Exam Duration

3 hours and 10 minutes (190 Minutes)

Name of the sections

Paper 1 – 

Verbal and Logical Ability

Decision Making

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Paper 2 – 

General Knowledge

Essay Writing

Section wise time duration

Paper 1 consists of the first 3 sections and has a time limit of 165 minutes (no sectional limit). Paper 2 consists of General Knowledge and Essay Writing and has a time limit of 25 minutes.

Number of questions per section

100 questions in total

Paper 1 – 

Verbal and Logical Ability – 26 questions

Decision Making – 21 questions

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation – 28 questions

Paper 2 – 

General Knowledge – 25 questions

Essay Writing – 1 question

Total Marks 

Marking Scheme

+1 for every right answer

-0.25 for every wrong answer

-0.1 for every additional question not attempted over 8 questions

XAT 2023 Eligibility


The XAT 2023 exam has a fairly simple eligibility criteria and is expected to remain the same as last year. The eligibility criteria is expected to be as follows:

  • Any candidate wishing to gain admission through the XAT 2023 exam has to have a graduation degree (duration of 3 years or more) from a recognized Institute.
  • There is no minimum percentage that candidates need to achieve in order to qualify for the XAT 2023 exam unlike other entrance exams. The only criterion for the XAT 2023 exam is that the candidate should pass their undergraduate exam.
  • NRI students can apply through GMAT.

Apart from this, there are not too many eligibility criteria that one has to follow. There are no restrictions expected in terms of the work experience in XLRI or other colleges associated and will be confirmed by the notification.

XAT 2022 Application Fee

As per the official website, the XAT application fee is Rs 2,000 which can be paid by using a credit or debit card/net banking. It should be noted that there is no relaxation in the XAT form fee for the candidates belonging to the reserved category.

Before filing the XAT 2023 registration form, candidates should check the XAT eligibility criteria. Those candidates who have completed their graduation in any discipline or are in the final year are eligible to apply for XAT 2023.

XAT Exam Cutoff

The cutoff for XAT 2023 exam will be released by XLRI Jamshedpur for each program tentatively in the month of February 2023. Candidates who meet the cutoff prescribed by the institute will have to appear for the further round of selection procedures which include group discussion, personal interview and written ability test rounds.