XAT 2021 Exam

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 12 Sep, 2020 23:53

Registration Starts On August 23, 2020

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About XAT 2021 (Registration Begins)

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level examination conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, for the aspirants of management studies all over the nation. XAT 2021 official notification has been released and the registration for XAT 2021 will begin from September 12, 2020, onward. The last date for filling the application form is November 30, 2020. XAT 2020 will be conducted on January 3, 2021.

The XAT 2021 will be conducted across the country in January 2021 at the different allotted centres. XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). More than 150 institutes use XAT score for providing admission to their management programmes.

Candidates appearing in the examination will have to score well in order to crack good management institutions for their desired courses. Candidates must know the list of participating colleges so that they may prepare for it accordingly. It is also important to remember that the cut-off of a top-ranked B-School will be more than that of the others. Therefore, in order to get the top college, preparation for XAT becomes very important. To do so candidates can go through the'How to Prepare' section and check out a strategical plan to crack XAT.

Preparation for an all India level examination must include practicing XAT mock tests and previous years’ question paper. This will help candidates in understanding the exam pattern and structure of XAT, making the preparation plan smooth and easy. A good preparation plan also includes knowing and following the rules and regulations prescribed by XLRI, so that candidates do not miss out important points or fall in any kind of misconduct and lose their candidature by any means.



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XAT Conducting Body

XLRI was founded in 1949 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India. XLRI began by offering courses for management and trade unions in 1949 before setting up a two-year, full-time programme in industrial welfare in 1953. In 1955, it took on the name Xavier Labor Relations Institute and became India's oldest business management school.

XAT 2021 Important Dates


XAT & XLRI Registration Process Start Date

September 12, 2020

Registration Process End Date 

November 30, 2020

XAT 2021 Admit Card

December 20, 2020, onward

XAT 2021 Exam

January 3, 2021

XAT 2021 Official Answer Key

To be announced

XAT 2021 Result Date

By January 31, 2020

All About XAT 2021

The XAT examination is usually held around January every year. A large number of students who wish to do pursue Management courses from Xavier Labour Relation Institute must know all about XAT 2021. Here is a quick overview of all the sections of the XAT 2021 examination. 

What is XAT?

XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level examination conducted for candidates who wish to do management courses from Xavier Labour Relation Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI) and other institutes that consider XAT score for PG management admissions. The XAT 2021 is a computer-based entrance examination and more than 75000 candidates appear for this exam every year. The scores of XAT 2021 will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur also by some of the B-Schools all over India. XAT 2021 has undergone certain changes which have been denoted here read to know more. 

XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There are no specific age criteria for MBA courses through XAT 2021 because MBA can be done at any age. Candidates will have to be graduate at any discipline from any recognised University. A candidate who applies for XAT 2021 must check the XAT 2021 Eligibility criteria before applying for the examination. Candidates are appearing for the final year can also appear for this examination providing a providential certificate or mark sheet of the previous year. 

XAT 2021 Admit Card

XAT 2021 applicants must download the XAT 2021 Admit Card from the official site of XLRI. The XAT 2021 admit card will be available on the official site from three weeks before the exam is to be held. If the applicants wish to download the XAT 2021 admit card, then they will have to log in with the password and view the XAT admit card to check the contents of the admit card. If there are no discrepancies found in the XAT 2021 admit card, then the candidates can download it.

XAT 2021 Application Form 

The applicants of XAT 2021 must first register themselves on the official site of XAT 2021 then fill up the XAT 2021 application form. The XAT application cum registration process starts from the month of August every year and goes on till the month of November. Candidates will have the option to choose the city of their choice in order to choose the centre as near as possible. 

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

The XAT 2021 is an MCQ based examination. The question paper is objective-based. There will be 4 sections in the XAT 2021 exam pattern. Earlier the duration of XAT used to be 3.5 hours, but now it has been reduced to 3 hours. The number of questions keeps on changing every year.

XAT 2021 Syllabus

XAT 2021 syllabus must be found out before starting with the preparation for XAT 2021. Applicants will have to make a strategy in order to cover the XAT 2021 syllabus. We have discussed the XAT 2021 syllabus here along with the best-recommended books for XAT 2021. 

XAT Previous Years’ Question Paper

We have given out the XAT previous years for the candidates of XAT 2021. The XAT 2021 question papers are an important part of the preparation for XAT 2021. More practice of XAT old question papers will make the candidates well habituated with the XAT exam pattern and syllabus. 

XAT 2021 Cut-Off 

The XAT 2021 cut-ff score is the marks that one has to score in order to qualify the XAT 2021 Admission Process. The XAT 2021 cut-off varies for all the categories such as reserved category and economically backward classes. Often there is women quota also, which has different cut-off from other general reservations. 

XAT 2021 Results

The XAT 2021 results are expected to be announced within three weeks from the date of the examination. Candidates can request for scorecard by paying Rs.300 to the exam conducting body for a hardcopy of the XAT 2021 scorecard. After the release of the XAT 2021 result, the XAT 2021 cut-off will be declared.

XAT 2021 Answer Key

After the XAT 2021 is held the XLRI, Jamshedpur will give out the XAT 2021 answer key after the examination. The XAT 2021 provisional answer will be released first and then if the candidates raise any issue then the exam conducting body recruits for the scrutiny and then finally releases the XAT 2021 final answer key

XAT 2021 Selection Process

The XAT 2021 Selection process will start from the month of February after the XAT 2021 result is declared. The XAT 2021 selection process includes Group Discussion and Personal Interview of the XAT 2021. Through this process, the candidates of XAT 2021 also chooses the best colleges affiliated to XLRI or the institutes which accepts the score of XAT 2021.

XAT 2021 Participating Colleges

The XAT 2021 participating colleges can be chosen through the XAT 2021 selection Process. The XAT 2021 test-takers will be able to choose the best colleges out of the ones which are affiliated to XAT 2021 or the institutes which consider the XAT 2021 score.

Contact Details

The Chairperson Admission
XLRI, C. H. Area (East)
Jamshedpur - 831001
Jharkhand, India 

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205


XAT 2021 Exam Centers

XAT 2021 is likely to be held in 46 Indian cities and 02 International cities. The candidates will be required to fill one XAT Test City in the application form. The following list of cities is based on the list of exam centers for XAT 2020. You must wait for the official notification to know the exam centers for XAT 2021.

BerhampurCochinGreater NoidaJaipur

Two International Cities : Dubai and Kathmandu.

Important Dates

XAT 2021 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 23 Aug to 30 Nov, 2020 (*Tentative)
Admit Card Date 20 Dec to 03 Jan, 2021 (*Tentative)
Exam Date 05 Jan, 2021 (*Tentative)
Declaration of Result Date 31 Jan, 2021 (*Tentative)

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FAQs about XAT

Does any IIM accept XAT score?

No, all the IIMs accepts the scores of CAT examination. Candidates will have to score well in CAT examination in order to get admission at any IIM.

When will XAT 2021 be conducted?

The final dates of XAT 2021 are not yet released. All important dates will be updated on the official website of XAT 2021.

What are the International exam centres for XAT 2021?

The International exam centres for XAT 2021 are Dubai and Kathmandu.

How many exam centres are available for XAT 2021?

XAT 2021 is expected to be conducted in 46 Indian cities and 02 International cities.

Who is the conducting body of XAT?

XAT is conducted by the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur.

How many candidates appear for XAT 2020?

More than 95,000 candidates appeared for the XAT 2020 entrance exam.

How many times is XAT conducted?

XAT is conducted once a year. The exam is conducted on the first Sunday of January of every year.

Does XLRI accept CAT score?

You will have to appear for XAT instead of CAT to get admission in XLRI.

What is the XAT exam for?

XAT is a common admission test conducted for admission in the MBA/ PGDM Program offered at XLRI and other top MBA colleges.

Is XAT tougher than CAT?

Yes, XAT is tougher than CAT especially the Quantitative Aptitude part.

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