Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) Exam xat exam decision making data interpretation quantitative ability question papers eligibility syllabus

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 Exam has been conducted in online mode on 7th January 2024 and the results have been declared on 20th January 2024.
  • XAT 2024 has been conducted across India in the 75 cities.

Exam Highlights: XAT Exam

Conducting Authority XLRI Jamshedpur
Exam Type National Level
Mode & Duration of Exam Online mode - 3.5 hours
Periodicity Once in a year
Score / Percentile Validity One Year
XAT Eligibility Criteria Bachelor’s Degree
Selection Process Written Test, Group Discussion/ Personal Interview
Official Website xatonline.in

XAT Exam – Important Dates

Dates Exam Dates
20th Jan 2024 XAT 2024 result
11th Jan 2024 XAT 2024 response sheet release
07th Jan 2024 XAT 2024 Exam
26th Dec 2023 XAT 2024 admit card download starts
28th Oct 2023 XAT Mock Test by XLRI
15th Jul 2023 - 10th Dec 2023 XAT 2024 Exam registration

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XAT Eligibility Criteria

The XAT Eligibility Criteria:
  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
  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 2020 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)

XAT Syllabus

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

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI):
It includes 16 important topics having a weightage of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is always high. An accuracy of 70% is good as loss of a single mark to negative marking is making you lose in percentile.

Verbal & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR):
There are 8 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.
  • Decision Making
  • Semi-Quantitative topics
  • Situational questions
  • Analytical Reasoning
General Knowledge (GK):
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.
  • Economy
  • Indian Polity and Constitution
  • Business and Corporate GK, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science and Technology
  • Current Affairs (last 12 months)
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Sports

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XAT Exam: Exam Dates

XAT exam for has been conducted in online mode on 7th January 2024.

Exam Pattern: XAT Exam

XAT Exam Exam Pattern
Mode & Duration Online Exam – 3.5 hrs
Number of Sections Four
Sections Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK
Number of Questions 100 Questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation – 27 Questions
  • Verbal & Logical Ability – 26 Questions
  • General Knowledge – 25 Questions
  • Decision Making – 22 Questions
Marking Scheme Students have a choice of not attempting 8 questions. Beyond this, any un-attempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. The negative marks for unattempted questions shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.

XAT Question Papers

Year: 2018

XAT Question Papers PDF Resources
XAT 2018 – Question Paper Download

Year: 2017

XAT Question Papers PDF Resources
XAT 2017 – Question Paper Download

Year: 2016

XAT Question Papers PDF Resources
XAT 2016 – Question Paper Download

Sample Papers

XAT Sample Question Papers PDF Resources
XAT (Sample Question Paper 1) Download
XAT (Sample Question Paper 2) Download

XAT Exam: Exam Centers

XAT 2024 has been conducted across India in the following 75 cities - Agra, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad City (Maharashtra), Allahabad, Ambala, Amravati, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhatinda, Bhilai Nagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh/Mohali, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi-NCR, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Durgapur/Asansol, Ernakulam, Gandhinagar, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hooghly, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kota, Kottayam, Kurnool, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysuru(Mysore), Nagpur, Nashik, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Roorkee, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Siliguri, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupathi, Tiruvallur, Udaipur, Udupi Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal, Tejpur, Jorhat, Rajkot, Shillong, Naharlagun.

XAT Colleges:

  • The XAT score is being used by more than 160 institutes for the admission.
  • 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

XAT Results

  • Results for XAT will be officially declared on 20th January 2024
  • XAT Scores will be valid for one year only. And XAT Score Card will contain the rank and marks obtained by candidates

XAT Cutoffs

XLRI BM Program Interview Cutoffs 2024 (Percentiles)
Stream Gender Total QA VALR DM
Engineer Male >=96 >=86 >=83 >=85
Engineer Female >=91 >=81 >=80 >=80
Non-Engineer Male >=95 >=85 >=83 >=86
Non-Engineer Female >=90 >=80 >=80 >=81
XLRI HRM Program Interview Cutoffs 2024 (Percentiles)
Stream Gender Total QA VALR DM
Engineer Male >=95 >=80 >=90 >=85
Engineer Female >=90 >=73 >=85 >=78
Non-Engineer Male >=93 >=75 >=90 >=85
NON-Engineer Female >=88 >=68 >=85 >=78



Exam Highlights

Important Dates

Eligibility Criteria

Syllabus – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI), Verbal and Logical Reasoning (VA and LR), Decision Making (DM) and General Knowledge (GK)

Exam Date

Exam Pattern

XAT Question Papers and Sample Papers

Exam Centers




XLRI BM and HRM Program Interview Cutoffs 2024 (Percentiles)