CAT result is out. Some are elated some are dejected. But it’s not the end of the road. Results of some more widely accepted exams are also due sooner than later. So you can expect calls from many of the B-schools based on the score of the other exams if you have missed it after CAT result.
XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is one of the most popular and prestigious exams in our country for B-school admission. The exam is conducted in 47 cities in India by XLRI and about 90,000 appear for the exam every year. There are many A+ rated institutes which accept XAT scores. The most popular among these are XLRI, Jamshedpur and XIM Bhubaneswar. The format of the exam is pen and paper based. Selection process starts with the written test i.e. XAT. Based on XAT cut-offs, candidates are called for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. The criteria for final selection include the XAT score, candidate's academic record, overall profile of the candidate, work experience in months etc.
There are more than 100 colleges accepting XAT score. Following are some of the top institutes:
1. Xavier School of Management - School of Human Resource and Management (XLRI HRM)
2. Xavier School of Management- Business Management (XLRI BM)
3. Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Bhubaneswar
4. Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai
5. Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi
6. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore
7. Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Jabalpur
8. SP Jain (SPJIMR) Mumbai
9. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research
10.Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi
11.Birla Institute of Management Studies (BIMTECH), Greater Noida
12. Goa Institute of Management, Goa
13. Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai
14. Great Lake Chennai
Clearing the Cut off score of a particular B-school is just the first step in securing the berth in a coveted B-school. The minimum score for which a college calls a candidate (in their respective category) for inviting a candidate for the selection process is called Cut-off score. The next step after clearing the test cut offs is the selection process, mostly GE (Group exercise), PI (Personal Interview) & WAT (Writing Ability Test) process conducted by each of these institutes. This process may varies from institute to institute. Some institutes have case study based GDs in which the candidate has to write the points after the discussion and submit the answer for evaluation.
All major players have projected the cut off score for the major B-schools accepting the XAT score. The expected cut-offs for the general category of these players is as given below:
This information will give you an idea about what percentage is accepted by different B-schools and also talk a little about if you get the percentage what college should you select.
A few of these institutes also ask for sectional cut off. And most of these do not take your score of GK and Essay into account for selection unless there is a tie.
Our experts in Collegedekho.com found the test was slightly on the tougher side than the past two years and predicts the following to be good scores to clear cut off:
Cut off score for some other institutes could be as below:
**The Cut off scores are only indicative of the trend. It may vary depending on various other factors.