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XAT Score VS Percentile Analysis 2021

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: January 18, 2021 | XAT

XAT 2021 concluded on January 3, 2021, for students interested to study MBA and PGDM courses at XLRI, Jamshedpur. Check XAT Score VS Percentile for admission at XLRI Jamshedpur in 2021. Check the detailed analysis of the XAT score vs percentile here.

XAT Score Vs Percentile

XAT 2021 was conducted on January 3, 2021, across India. Xavier Aptitude Test, XAT is one of the leading MBA exams in India used by over 150 leading MBA colleges, besides XLRI & SP Jain Mumbai. Almost all popular B-Schools in India accept XAT scores for MBA admissions. Students interested in appearing for XAT 2021 can check the eligibility criteria and apply for it after the result declaration. The result of XAT 2021 has been released on January 18, 2021.

 Many students may be looking for a brief analysis of XAT score vs percentile to understand the cutoffs of XAT 2021. Never assume that there will be a low cut-off in XAT. Score and percentile are two different concepts as far as XAT exam concerned. Mostly, students are confused between XAT score and percentile. Scan through the article to understand the essence of XAT score vs percentile in detail.

Overview of XAT Score Vs XAT Percentile Analysis 2021

After analyzing XAT Scorecards, we estimate that a score of 35 in XAT 2021 can fetch you 95 percentile and 32 marks can get you 93 percentile. A score of 30 will comfortably place you in the 90+ percentile bracket. XAT Scorecard 2021 will display only XAT Percentage and XAT Percentile. The XAT Score will not be included here. To access this, candidates need to login to the XAT official website and download the XAT Scorecard.

MBA experts predict that the XLRI XAT cut off will most probably be around 96 percentile for XLRI's flagship PGDM-BM. Basis XAT exam trends in the past few years, a low score of 35 in XAT 2020 will lead to a high percentile. XAT is considered to be one of the more difficult papers in the MBA entrance exams list because of its scoring pattern.

XAT percentile denotes the percentage of students who have scored less than you have scored in the exam. Imagine there are 100 students in the class, and a student scored the highest mark in the XAT exam than any other student. It means that the score of that particular student is better than 99 students. Therefore, the percentile scored by a student is 99. XAT score denotes the total marks obtained by you in the entrance exam.

Factors Determining XAT 2021 Percentile

XAT 2021 percentile is purely based on the candidates' performance in the entrance test. The percentile of XAT is determined by considering the following factors.

Factors Affecting XAT Percentile

Also Read: XAT Cutoff Requirements, GD and PI

XAT 2021 Marking Scheme

Compared to other management entrance exams such as CAT, SNAP, NMAT and CMAT, XAT is regarded as the most difficult entrance exam for MBA admission, essentially because of its marking scheme. XAT 2021 has negative marking as well. Check the detailed XAT 2021 Marking Scheme below.

XAT Marking Scheme 2021

XAT Score vs Percentile

Understanding the relationship between XAT score and a percentile is not only complex but also confusing. XAT result is published in percentile format, and students make a note of the same. In simple words, XAT percentile indicates the candidate’s position among all the candidates who have appeared for the XAT exam. Candidates who will appear for XAT 2021 can estimate their percentile through our XAT 2020 Percentile Predictor Tool.

The detailed analysis of XAT score vs percentile can be checked below. We have listed the section-wise XAT score vs percentile and XAT 2021 overall score vs percentile –

Name of the Section

XAT Raw Score vs Percentile

English Language and Logical Reasoning

Raw Score (Three Examples)

Percentile (Three Examples)







Decision Making







Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation







Overall Score







Note* - The GK section in the XAT paper is not accounted for the XAT percentile. 25 questions out of the 99 in the MCQ section of the XAT paper are not taken into account for [percentile calculation.

Also Read: XAT 2021 Important Dates

Here are some more examples that help you to understand the difference between the XAT score and percentile –

XAT Raw Score (Overall)

XAT Percentile (Overall)











Note: - The above XAT raw scores and overall percentile are prepared by considering previous year trends. The overall percentile which is prepared on the basis of XAT 2021 may vary. You can also check the XAT sectional score VS XAT sectional percentile here.

You can also check the detailed XAT 2020 paper analysis here to estimate XAT 2021 paper cutoffs. Students preparing for XAT 2021 may have a look at the following links.

XAT Syllabus

XAT Previous Year Papers

XAT Best Books

XAT Mock Test

Once XAT 2020 result is out, students can apply at colleges according to their respective cutoffs at different colleges that accept XAT. Candidates who have questions regarding XAT or any other management entrance exam may ask them on Collegedekho QnA zone. For any admission related assistance, feel free to dial the toll-free number 1800-572-9877 and talk to our admission experts!

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What all details are mentioned in the scorecard of XAT?

The scorecard of XAT contains important details like name of the candidate, gender, XAT id, exam date, address, validity date, date of birth, percentage and percentile obtained in each section and overall performance of the candidate.

What is the basic difference between XAT Scores and XAT Percentile?

XAT Score is the marks an individual has acquired in the exam while XAT Percentile is the percentage of candidates who have obtained less marks than the applicant.

How many marks are allotted for every correct answer in XAT?

For every correct answer in XAT 2020, an individual is granted +1 mark.

Are marks reduced for unattempted questions in XAT?

Yes, if the total unattempted questions exceeds the number 8 then 0.10 marks are deducted for each unattempted question.

Which factors are responsible for determining the XAT Percentile?

The factors that are responsible for determining the Percentile of XAT are overall and section-wise difficulty level of the exam, total number of test-takers & their performance, XAT Normalization scores and previous year’s XAT percentile.

Is the GK section considered while calculating the XAT percentile?

No, the GK section is not considered while calculating the XAT percentile

What is the difference between XAT scores and percentile?

XAT scores are the marks secured by you in the exam while percentile shows what percentage of aspirants are behind you

How can I check my XAT scores?

You can check your XAT scores by entering your login credentials on the official website of XAT.

What is the marking scheme of XAT?

One mark will be awarded for each correct answer while 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer

What factors determine the XAT Cutoff?

Some of the factors that determine the XAT Cutoff are section-wise difficulty level of XAT, previous year XAT percentile and total number of candidates that appeared for XAT 2021

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