XAT ExamXavier Aptitude Test

Introduction - XAT

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) which is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, for all aspiring candidates seeking admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Approximately, 90K+ candidates appear for XAT every year and the selected students are granted admission to nearly 600 B-Schools.

  • XAT 2018 will be conducted in online mode and the exam is scheduled on 7th January, 2018. And Results will be declared on 28th January, 2018
  • Paper will be divided into 2 parts. Part A has 78 questions & Part B has 25 questions
  • XAT 2018 will be conducted in over 49 cities in India

XAT 2018 - Exam Highlights

Conducting Authority XLRI Jamshedpur
Mode of Exam Online
Eligibility Criteria Bachelor’s Degree
Selection Process Written Test, Group Discussion/ Personal Interview
Official Website xlri.ac.in

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for XAT:

  1. There is no age limit. However, candidates who did graduation in 1980’s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible
  2. There are no minimum aggregate marks criteria for appearing in XAT 2018
  3. Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration or equivalent from a recognized authority in any discipline
  4. Those appearing in the final year examination of their graduation degree in June 2018 are also eligible to apply for the examination
  5. NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply on the basis of the GMAT Scorecard (except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates)

Syllabus

Although, there isn't a declared official syllabus, we are putting below the important topics as per the previous year's pattern:

  • The exam has 2 papers and the syllabus for both the papers is different. XAT Syllabus contains questions from Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, General Knowledge and a question on Essay Writing
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI): It includes 15 important topics having a weightage of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is always high. An accuracy of 70 percent is good as loss of a single mark to negative marking is making you lose in percentile.
  • Verbal & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR): There are 7 important topics and the section can have moderate to high difficulty level. Last year, this section had a moderate difficulty level. About 26 questions are expected this year
  • Decision Making (DM): Generally, 20-23 questions come from this section. The data is provided and answers are to be identified on the basis of the same. The data graphs or pie charts can become difficult to comprehend sometimes
  • GK syllabus: Questions come from politics, geography, history, economics and recent trends of the market. The section always has moderate difficulty level as questions are designed from recent changes in any field
  • Essay Syllabus: No set syllabus. Any topic of examiners interest, which will involve some brainstorming, can come up. The grammatical rules and clarity of thought are most important in essay writing

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 1

XAT Paper 1: Objective type questions based on Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Paper 1 of XAT is allotted 3 hours to attempt all 78 questions.

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 2

XAT Paper 2: Subjective paper based on General Knowledge and An Essay. There will be a total of 30 questions with half an hour of time allotted to this paper. There is no negative marking in thissection.

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • QA and DI section is counted as part of Paper 1 of XAT exam. And is considered to be one of the highest difficulty level. Also, there isn't any set percentage defined between the numbers of questions asked in QA & DI section
  • All questions carry 1 mark each. And there are almost 27 questions asked from this section
  • Numbers, Geometry, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Venn diagrams, functions and questions on Data Interpretation (Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts, diagrams) are more likely that forms the syllabus for QA & DI in XAT

Marking scheme for QA/ DI

  • 1 mark for every correct answer. And 0.25 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer
  • Also, 0.05 mark is deducted once the count of 12 unattempted questions has completed

Exam Dates

XAT 2018 will be conducted in online mode and the exam is scheduled on 7th January, 2018.

Exam Pattern

  • From this year onwards, XAT will be conducted in online mode
  • The paper of XAT is divided into 2 Parts (A & B). In total, there are 78 questions in Part A and 25 questions in Part B
  • Part A contains 3 sections – Verbal and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • Part B contains questions on General Knowledge and an Essay writing question

Exam Centers

XAT was conducted in 47 cities across India, last year. This year, it is expected to be conducted in around 49 cities.

The Xavier Aptitude Test seems difficult to crack because of its variable exam pattern.

XAT 2018 Colleges

  • XAT Score will be accepted by over 150 B-Schools across India, this year
  • There were 156 XAT Participating Institutes in total, last year. The number is expected to rise this year
  • The participating Institutes of XAT can be classified into two broad types: Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) and non-XAMI. The number of XAMI was 11 and the non-XAMI was 145, last year

Results

  • Results for XAT 2018 will be officially declared on 28th January, 2018
  • XAT Scores will be valid for one year only. And XAT Score Card will contain the rank and marks obtained by candidates

CutOffs

  • XAT Cut off varies for different programs offered by different institutes. The cutoff for XAT would include the minimum percentile to be scored by each candidate in the exam. On the basis of XAT cut off, candidates will be shortlisted for further Group Discussion/ Personal Interview and Essay writing round
  • The expected minimum XAT Cut off for: HRM course should be 92.55%, Business Management should be 96% and General Management Program (GMP) should be 22 marks & above
  • A candidate’s performance in all selection rounds and his previous academic records, work experience, and overall profile will decide his selection

Contents

Introduction

Exam Trends

Exam Highlights

Eligibility

XAT Syllabus

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 1

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 2

XAT Syllabus 2018 for QA and DI

Marking scheme for QA/ DI

Exam Dates

Exam Pattern

Exam Centers

XAT 2018 Colleges

Results

CutOffs