XAT 2019 Exam


20 Aug, 2018

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About XAT 2019

XAT 2019 will be conducted across the country on January 6, 2019 (Sunday) from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT on behalf of the XAMI. XAT is conducted at an All India level every year to shortlist eligible candidates for management education. More than 150 institutes use XAT score for providing admission to their management programmes. 

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XAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria has remained the same over the years. XLRI does not recommend changing the criteria for eligibility for XAT exam 2018 either. There is no age limit for candidates to appear in the XAT exam.

According to XAT Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates should have done their bachelor's degree of minimum three years duration from any recognized university or institute.
  • Those candidates who will complete their final year examination by 10th June 2018 may also appear for XAT 2018 exam.
  • Only Indian, Dubai and Kathmandu candidates can apply directly for XAT Exam 2018. While NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score.
  • There is no minimum percentage in Bachelor's Degree required for the XAT Exam 2018.

XLRI Programme: XAT Eligibility Criteria

After applying for XAT Exam, candidates have the option to apply for admission to 11 member colleges of XLRI, which use XAT scores.

  • XLRI has 180 seats each in its programmes: Business Management (BM) and Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • 20 seats in its two-year Global Business Management
  • 180 seats in the one-year GMP programme popularly known as General Management Programme.
  • HRM and BM candidates must have a 3-year Bachelor's degree from any recognised university or institutes.
  • GMP candidates should have a Bachelor degree in India or 5 year managerial/ supervisory experiences in abroad by 31st March 2018. Also, candidates can apply through either XAT Exam 2018 or GMAT score.

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XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 Exam Pattern is prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of the exam. Those who are planning to take the exam must know the details related to the exam such as its structure, marking scheme, time duration, etc. Knowing these details beforehand will help you in being more organised with your preparation.

The XAT examination will be 3 hours long and it will comprise of a single paper with four sections. All the sections will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). 

XAT's exam pattern and the difficulty level is slightly different from other management entrance exams like CAT, MAT, CMAT. Those who successfully clear the XAT exam are invited for further selection rounds, which may include Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

XAT, which is meant for admission to XLRI and associate institutes, has been an offline test for more than 60 years but it was conducted online for the first time in 2018. 

Highlights of XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • The medium of the XAT exam is English.
  • The exam has only one part and it is divided into 4 sections.
  • All the four sections have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • The total duration of the exam is 180 minutes.
  • The exam will have 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • A total of 100 marks have been allotted to the paper.

Changes Introduced in XAT 2019

The exam pattern of XAT 2019 has undergone some change, which is an important news for all those who are gearing up for the exam next year in January. 

As per the latest news, the section having Essay Writing in XAT 2019 has been scrapped and there will be only one section now consisting of 100 MCQs. 

The popular management entrance exam will have four sections only - Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

Until 2018, the XAT question paper used to be divided into two parts, where Part 1 had sections including Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; while Part 2 had sections like General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

In the Essay Writing section, candidates had one question to tackle along with 25 MCQs in the General Knowledge section.

Now that the essay writing bit has been removed, the XAT 2019 question paper will be divided into four subjects as given in the table provided below.

For the next year's XAT paper, one extra question will be asked in the Decision-Making section in order to round up the total number of questions to 100. 

Sectional Break-Up of Questions in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Sections No. of Questions

Decision Making


Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


General Knowledge


XAT Marking Scheme 2019

It is important for candidates to have a clear understanding of the XAT marking scheme before they take the examination. For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded one mark. A negative marking of 0.25 marks or 1/4th marks is applicable for every incorrect response. There will also be a penalty of 0.05 marks for every unanswered question if the number of unattempted questions exceeds 8. 

  • For every correct answer, one mark will be given to the candidates.
  • There is 0.25 (1/4) negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • Candidates can leave only 8 questions unattempted during the XAT Exam. Beyond this number, every unattempted question will lead to a deduction of 0.05 marks.

XAT Exam Pattern Trend of Previous Years


No. of Questions & Marking Scheme


XAT 2018 

  • 74 MCQs, 25 GK & 1 Essay

  • 1 mark for every correct answer

  • 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

  • Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 8 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2017

  • 72 MCQs, 25 GK, 1 Essay

  • 1 mark for every correct answer

  • 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

  • Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 12 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2016

  • 78 MCQs, 25 GK, 1 Essay 

  • 1 mark for every correct answer

  • 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

  • Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 13 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2015

  • 84 MCQs

  • 1 mark for every correct answer

  • 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

140 minutes 

XAT 2014

  • 83 MCQs, 20 GK, 1 Essay 

  • 1 mark for every correct answer

  • 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

150 minutes 

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XAT 2019 Syllabus

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 syllabus includes all the topics that management aspirants must cover in order to prepare for the exam. You will find the complete syllabus of XAT 2019 below. Although XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of the exam, has not prescribed any official XAT syllabus, we will provide to you an estimated XAT 2019 syllabus, which is based on the question papers and exam pattern of previous years.

Before we start giving details of XAT 2018 syllabus, it is important that you go through the exam pattern of XAT. The XAT exam is divided into Paper I and Paper II. Paper I consists of objective-type questions from Quantitative Ability, English language and Logical Reasoning and Decision-Making sections and the Paper II consists of General Knowledge and Essay Writing sections. Mentioned below is the syllabus of XAT 2019 revealing all the major topics in five sections.

XAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability:

  • In XAT exam, the Quantitative Ability(QA) & Data Interpretation (DI) section is counted as one part of the paper.
  • In this section, there are 29 questions and we advise you to solve each question in 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
  • The difficulty level of QA & DA section is high. Below is the list of topics from where the questions are asked:

Distance and Speed

Partnerships and Averages


Linear & Quadratics Equations

Data Interpretation: Table, Combination

Direction Time and Sense

Critical Path

Arithmetic logics



Distance and Heights




Mensuration: 2D and 3D

Profit & Loss

Algebra Functions


XAT Syllabus for English Language and Logical Reasoning:

In this section, 26 questions are asked from the 7 important topics that are listed below. Last year, the difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Reverse Analogies or Analogies

Paragraph Jumble

Reading Comprehension

Paragraph Completion



Critical inference/Reasoning


XAT Syllabus for Decision Making:

There are 23 questions from this section. Decision-making section includes different categories, namely:


Decision Making in a situation

Analytical Reasoning



Semi-Quantitative topics

Numeric Grid

Conditions & Grouping Test

Family Tree

Data Arrangement Test

Coding and Decoding


Pie chart's

Logical Matching

XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge (GK):

In this section, questions are asked about politics, geography, history and current affairs. There are 25 questions expected in this section. General Knowledge section comprises of the following:

Merger and Acquisitions


International Relations

Nation & States



Awards & Recognitions




History Literature


XAT Syllabus for Essay Writing:

There is no defined syllabus for the Essay Writing section. During the XAT examination, candidates have to write an essay on the given topic. The topics are usually based on the current issues. Candidates are advised to take care of the grammatical rules and clarity of thought in essay writing.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided above is based on XAT 2018. It will be updated as and when an official notification on XAT 2019 is available.

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XAT 2019 Participating Colleges

Aspirants who want to pursue management studies from top B-Schools of India must appear for the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019. The examination is scheduled to take place on 6th January 2019 and will enable selected candidates to take admission in the participating colleges. Candidates can check the list of XAT 2019 Participating Colleges and start preparing for the one they desire for. There are 11 Associate Member Institutes and more than 100 management institutions accept the scorecard of XAT exam. In order to take admission in any of the participating colleges, candidates need to clear the examination and mark a place in the cut-off marks list and selection rounds. Once the examination is done, candidates can check the XAT 2019 Results and XAT 2019 Cut-off list.

XAT test-takers should most importantly remember that candidates clearing the cut-off marks, Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test rounds will be eligible for the admission process offered by the participating colleges of XAT 2019. The list of participating colleges as prescribed by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) is divided into two sections consisting of XAMI Members (XLRI Associate Member Institutes) and Institutes Using XAT Score. Candidates can check the list of these colleges and must also check the below-mentioned pointers for understanding how to do selection of the colleges.

How to Provide College Choices During Form Filling

  • At the time of filling the application form for XAT, candidates can select the desired college/s and course/s.

  • Candidates can also select more than one college at the time of form filling.

  • Candidates can choose up to five preferences as per their choice in the application form.

  • It is very important for candidates to lock their selected choices by clicking on the 'Submit' button. If candidates fail to make the selection, then the submission process will remain incomplete.

  • Before clicking on the 'Submit' button, candidates are advised to cross-check the form twice, as any mistake made cannot be changed.

Important Points to Remember

Let’s look at some of the important factors that candidates must know with context to participating colleges of XAT 2019.

  • Before selecting a college for pursuing management courses, remember to check the details of the institution in terms of the year of establishment and number of batches passed.

  • B-School with good career opportunities and a better placement cell must be the first preference for candidates.

  • Candidates must check the affiliation and accreditation of the B-school where they wish to pursue their management studies.

  • It is important for candidates to know the cut-off marks of the institution they wish to select along with the final selection procedure of that institution.

  • Once documentation is complete, no changes in terms of college or course can be done.

  • Candidates who fail to turn up for the final admission procedure will automatically lose their candidature.

XAT 2019 Participating Colleges – XAMI Members

XLRI Associate Member Institutes

Xavier Business School (XBS), St.Xavier's University, Kolkata

Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Xavier Institute of Management & Research

Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Jabalpur

Xavier Institute of Social Service

XLRI, Xavier School of Management,  Jamshedpur

Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

St.Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology

St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)

St. Joseph's Institute of Management

XAT 2019 Participating Colleges – Institutes Accepting XAT Score

Management Institutes Accepting XAT Score

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

Institute of Management Technology(IMT), Ghaziabad

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai

Amity Business School (ABS), Noida

Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi

T. A. Pai Management Institute

Birla Institute of Management Technology

Calcutta Business School

FORE School of Management, New Delhi

Institute of Management Technology (Dubai)

International School of Business & Media, Pune (ISB&M)

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow

Jaipuria Institute of Management (JIM), Jaipur

Jaipuria Institute of Management (JAIPURIA), Indore

O.P. Jindal Global University

 Disclaimer: Please note that this list is not exhaustive and it only includes some of the popular B-Schools in India that accept XAT scores.

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How to Prepare for XAT 2019

XAT is the second most popular MBA Admission Test in India. More than 100 MBA institutes, including the XLRI, XIM, XIME, XISS and many other top institutes, use the test score as a primary screening tool for admission to their MBA courses. Most candidates for the CAT also undertake preparation for the XAT as it opens the gates to some of the most reputed MBA institutes in India. 

How to prepare for XAT is a question that boggles many a test taker. You need to handle your XAT preparation in a planned manner to succeed by getting a good score. Here, we will try to provide you XAT preparation tips for the written part. Successful XAT preparation necessitates that you be familiar with the test and study as per a plan, supplemented by enough XAT practice tests. It would not be easy to quantify the number of hours you require for XAT preparation as people differ in their academic profiles, previous XAT preparation and subject proficiency.

Therefore, it would be impractical to have a one-size-fits-all XAT preparation plan, which suits everyone. Your XAT preparation plan will depend on familiarity, time and learning speed. Actually, how to prepare for XAT is a subjective question as the preparation for XAT has to be customised in each case.

Preparation Tips for XAT Paper I

  • Your XAT preparation for Paper I requires you to be comfortable with four major test domains: Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Decision Making. 
  • Quantitative Ability contains questions on numbers, algebra, geometry, sets, functions, algebraic equations, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, mensuration, probability, profit-loss, simple interest, time-calendar, surds and indices, linear equations, quadrilaterals and polygons, progressions - A.P., G.P., H.P.
  • Verbal Ability contains questions based on Reading Comprehension passages, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Verbal Analogies, Fill in the Blanks and Vocabulary Usage. This part of the XAT preparation puts great store by extensive good reading on your part.
  • Data Interpretation features some questions on graphs, charts, and tables.
  • The Decision Making segment contains a mix of questions on Tables and Caselets, Probability, Linear Arrangements, Puzzles, Blocks, Sequential Arrangements etc.

Things You Can Do:

  • To brush up your Maths for XAT exam preparation, revisit your old books from classes 5 to 10. Relearn the basics and solve the problems given in these books. Try to work on tables, fractions-decimal conversions, squares, cubes for fast mental calculations as it will help you save time. 

  • For Verbal Ability, read good novels, newspapers, and periodicals on regular basis, with a clear focus on new words and grammar. 

  • Improve your Decision-Making ability with the help of puzzle books and solve the problems found in other books.

Preparation Tips for XAT Paper II

Paper II is divided into two parts:

1. General Awareness

This segment has 30 questions about current events and Static GK. The GK questions in XAT may be featured on the following topics: 

Awards and winners, Government and Politics, Science, Famous Personalities, Business and Economy

2. Essay Writing

Going by the past trends, you must prepare for abstract topics for the essay writing question. The topics are based on either a common phrase or an idiom with a philosophical hint implied within. You may not also come across a straightforward essay topic on the current issue. You have to be ready for all kinds of essay topics. The essay is timed for 20 minutes only; so you need to practice writing essays in a time-bound fashion.

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XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

XAT is the gateway to top rated B Schools in India. Candidates who take the exam can explore admission possibility in colleges like XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI. There are more B-schools accepting XAT scores than the number of management colleges accepting CAT scores.

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is considered to be one of the most challenging MBA entrance exams in the country. While it is organised by Xavier Labor Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, it is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and many other top-tier management institutes of India.

XAT 2018 Exam Analysis

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018, the second most popular management entrance exam in India, was conducted on January 7, 2018 (Sunday) from 10 am to 1:35 pm in 47 cities across the country along with 2 cities abroad. The exam was held in online mode, instead of offline. While the test-taking mode has changed, there were some changes in the exam pattern as well, including the marking scheme and number of questions. The level of difficulty of XAT 2018 was expected to be on the tough side. 

From our observation of XAT Exam Analysis over the years, it is quite clear that XAT exam introduces some significant changes every year in its paper pattern, which leads to a different analysis for XAT exam year after year. For example, XAT 2017 comprised of 72 questions in total, whereas there were 78 questions in XAT 2016. 

XAT 2018 was almost on the same lines as XAT 2017. For XAT 2018, 92000 candidates had registered out of which around 85000 appeared for the exam. Students taking the XAT 2018 had to face some technical challenges as the exam was getting stopped abruptly at some exam centres. Read: XAT 2018: Re-Examination to be Conducted in Two Centres Due to Technical Glitch. The exam was conducted again on 3rd February 2018 for the centers that faced technical issues on the original day of the exam. 

Detailed XAT 2018 Exam Analysis 

XAT 2018 Question Paper Pattern

PART 1 - There were 74 questions to be solved in 170 minutes

PART 2 - It comprised of GK and Essay Writing having 25 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes.

  • The questions in the three sections for Part 1 were in the MCQ format.
  • There was a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer.
  • There was a penalty of 0.05 mark per unattempted question but the same was not applicable to a maximum of 8 unattempted questions.
  • There was no negative marking for Part 2.

Section-wise Analysis XAT 2018

XAT 2018 – PART 1 was divided into three sections:

  • Verbal & Logical Ability with 26 questions
  • Decision Making with 21 questions
  • Quant & DI with 27 questions

The section of Verbal and Logical Ability and Decision Making was moderate to difficult and more or less similar to the XAT 2017 exam but on the other hand Quantitative and Data Interpretation was difficult.

Part 1 - Sectional Division of Questions & Good Attempts

Section No. of Questions Difficulty Level Goof Attempt Good Score Expected Cut-off
Verbal & Logical Ability 26 Moderate to Difficult 16 to 18 12 to 15 9-10
Decision Making 21 Moderate to Difficult 13 to 15 12 to 14 8-9

Quantitative & Data Interpretation

27 Difficult 15 to 17 11 to 14 8-9
Total 74        

Section A: Verbal & Logical Ability

This section focuses on the students' command on the language and its logical implication and critical skills. This section was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. Questions asked are usually based on the following topics.

  • Analogy
  • Grammar
  • Cloze test
  • Understanding& drawing conclusions
  • Para jumbles
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading Comprehension

Section B: Decision Making

This section focuses mainly to analyse a candidate’s critical assessment of a given situation and apply keen observation, sense and logic to solve a particular problem. It tests a person’s perception and ability to handle adverse situations in a practically best possible way. It also covered mathematical and analytical reasoning. This section was trickier and was easy to moderately difficult.

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This sections QA was the toughest of the three sections. It was a mixed bag of moderate and difficult questions. Questions were asked from the following topics.

  • Data Interpretation tables
  • Data Interpretation grids and histograms
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Time, Speed, distance
  • Work, Algebra, Puzzle, Caselet, Profit & Loss, Number System
  • Series, Probability, Trigonometry, Functions, Set Theory

Part II - General Knowledge

Marks scored in GK are not added for the final XAT result and merit list. It may be used for final selection in XLRI Jamshedpur and other top B schools accepting XAT scores. There were 25 questions in all and 40 minutes to complete it. Overall its difficulty level was Moderate to Difficult. The questions asked were from areas such as Geography, Economy, Current Affairs, Personality and Awards, Science and Technology and History.


Overall, the test was moderate to difficult and those who attempted the test with judicious time management may expect to get through with a high percentile. A fair attempt of 53 to 58 questions with not more than 6-7 incorrect may expect a call from leading B schools like XLRI, XIME,

XAT 2018 Question Paper

Students who had appeared for the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 can now also check the pattern of 2018 XAT exam. The XAT 2018 Question Paper is now available for download. Students can also check colleges accepting CAT 2018 score, along with their cut-offs. Candidates may download the XAT Question Paper to know the type of questions asked in this year's examination. Also, scroll down further to get XAT 2018 Exam Analysis.

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XAT 2017 Exam Analysis

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017 was conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on 8th, 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The paper consisted of two parts where the first part had three sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The second part comprised of two sections – General Awareness and Essay Writing.

To attempt questions from the first part of the XAT paper, students had a total duration of 170 minutes. While the time allotted to the section section was 35 minutes.

The Verbal and Logical Ability Section comprised of a total of 24 questions, while the Decision Making section had a total of 21 questions. In the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section, students had to attempt 27 questions. Every question 5 options out of which candidates had to choose the right one in order to score marks. As for the marking scheme, all the questions carried equal marks. For every incorrect answer, there was a penalty of one-fourth marks. There was a negative marking of 0.05 marks for every un-attempted question after the first 12 such questions. Overall, the paper was quite challenging for test takers, while some parts were slightly easier.

Analysis of XAT Paper - Part I

Section No. of Questions Optimal Time in Mins Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability  24 50 Moderate to Tough 16-18
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27 65 Moderate 17-19
Decision Making 21 55 Moderate to Tough 14-16
Total 72 170 Tough 50-55

Analysis of XAT Paper - Part II

General Knowledge: The General Knowledge section was more or less on the same lines as the last year's XAT paper. With a total of 25 questions, this section tested candidates' knowledge of Economy, Geography, Science and Technology. Apart from static GK, students had to answer questions based on Business economy, personalities, awards, etc. No questions were asked from Sports or Politics. While most of the questions were a single statement based, some questions had multiple-statements with more than one correct statement. Overall, this section was in the “moderate-difficult” range in terms of difficulty level. Answering 12-14 questions with a score of 9-10 can be considered a good attempt.

Essay Writing: In this section, candidates were given the topic of “Globalization and jingoism always coexist”. The topic for the essay is usually interesting every year and the case was no different for XAT 2017. However, the difficulty level of the topic was slightly higher as compared to topics given in the past years. In the past, students had abstract or philosophical topics, which was not the case with XAT 2017.

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XAT 2019 Result

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) result is usually available online in the form of a scorecard. XAT scorecard displays overall scores/percentage scored in the exam. In order to access the XAT 2018 scorecard, candidates have to use their XAT ID and Password. 

Every year, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur conducts XAT at various test centers for admission of deserving candidates into management programmes. XAT results are accepted by most of the B-schools in India. XAT results are declared online in the form of a scorecard. To view XAT result, candidates must enter their login credentials, i.e. XAT ID, Date of Birth and a Security text. XAT scorecard is displayed section wise scores/percentile of the candidate. 

Candidates must note that after result declaration, XLRI and other participating institutes shortlists candidates for the next rounds of the selection process, which may include Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test.

Note: After declaring XAT result, XLRI Jamshedpur also releases an official XAT cut-off list, which features the names of the qualified candidates for further selection rounds.

XAT Result 2019 Important Dates:

XAT 2018 Exam Date (Original)

6th Januar 2019

XAT 2018 Scorecards

February 2019

How to View XAT Scorecard 2019

Candidates can follow the steps given below in order to view their XAT results.

  • Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur and click on the link available to access XAT 2019 Results.
  • Enter your login credentials - XAT ID, Password and a Security text.
  • XAT 2019 scorecard will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download and Print the XAT 2019 scorecard for future reference.

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XAT 2019 Selection Process

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is the second largest test taken by MBA aspirants. More than 100 B-schools offer admission basis this test and many of them are in the top bracket. Of these institutes, not all follow the same selection process. For example, XLRI does not have any cut-off based on any of the following X, XII, graduation marks but some of the institutes do have. In most of the B-schools, evaluation of candidates' academic competence will be evaluated holistically based on candidates' performance in the interview, group discussion, and XAT written test.

The most popular among the B-schools are:

The selection process in most of these B-schools 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. A few may have another process that includes WAT, Group Exercise, Presentation etc.
If you are willing to know the detailed process, please refer to the official site of the target B-school for admission procedure. Remember that you have to apply to the individual B-school to get a call. Once the XAT 2018 is declared, the B-school you have applied to will give you call for the next level of the selection process. However, NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates also have an option of appearing for XAT).

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XAT 2019 Cut-Off

XAT 2019 Cut-Off will be announced by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur after the declaration of the XAT 2019 Result. The cut-off scores will be based on the minimum marks that candidates must score to get shortlisted by the institutions for the various management courses. It is important for candidates to get successfully placed in the cut-off list in order to be eligible for other rounds of the selection process. Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test comprise the selection rounds that must be cleared by the candidates to be placed in the final list forwarded for the admission process.

XLRI prepares the XAT Cut-off list course-wise and institute-wise. Therefore, candidates must justify both the cut-off marks so that they may decide the institution for the management course of their choice. Candidates are also advised to check the list of the participating colleges once the results and cut-off list are announced by XLRI.

XAT 2019 Cut-Off Important Dates

The following table indicates the tentative dates scheduled for the release of the cut-off list.



Exam Date

6th January 2019

Result Declaration

Last Week of January 2019

Cut-Off Release

First Week of February 2019

Steps to Check XAT 2019 Cut-Off

  • Go to the official website of XAT.

  • Go to the 'Home' page of the official website.

  • Click on the link in the runners denoting the ‘Cut-Off Marks’.

  • You will be redirected to a new page for login details.

  • Fill in the credentials and login to the official website.

  • After successful login, a new page will open with the cut-off marks.

  • Check, save and take a print out of it for future references.

Factors Determining XAT 2019 Cut-Off

There are different parameters that decide the cut-off marks for any examination. Candidates must keep these factors in mind while checking the cut-off marks. To be placed in the cut-off list, candidates must work hard and prepare well for the XAT 2019. Let’s look at the factors determining XAT 2019 Cut-Off :

  • Total number of candidates appearing for XAT 2019.

  • Difficulty level of the examination.

  • Total number of seats available.

  • Total number of candidates qualifying the XAT 2019.

  • Rankings of the participating colleges.

  • Previous Year’s Cut-Off.

XAT 2019 Programme Based Cut-Offs

Along with the result, students should also check the cut-offs for various programmes offered by XLRI. XAT scores are widely accepted by Indian business schools. Students with a valid XAT score can apply for more than 100 institutes. Among these is the prestigious B-school XLRI, Jamshedpur.

The expected XAT 2019 cut-offs for the programmes offered by XLRI, are given below:


Business Management (BM) Human Resource (HR) General Management (GMP)


79.46 percentile 79.69 percentile 5 and above


76.84 percentile 71.628 percentile 5 and above


88.7 percentile 70.07 percentile 6 and above


96 percentile 92.55 percentile 22 and above

Note: The cut-off marks are tentative and based on the previous years’ XAT Cut-Offs.

XAT 2019 Sectional Cut-Offs


Cut-Offs (Tentative)

Verbal Ability (VA)


Decision Making (DM)


Quantitative Ability (QA)




Note: The cut-off marks are tentative and based on the previous years’ XAT Cut-Offs.

XAT 2019 Institutional Cut-Offs

Managment Institutions

Cut-Offs (in percentage)

Xavier Labor and Relations Institute(XLRI), Jamshedpur


Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar


Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi


SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai


Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai


Institute of Management Technology(IMT), Ghaziabad


Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore


T. A. Pai Management Institute


K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai


Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Jabalpur


Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi


Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai


Amity Business School (ABS), Noida


Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida


 Disclaimer: Please note that this list is not exhaustive and it only includes some of the popular B-Schools in India that accept XAT scores.

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Best Books for XAT 2019

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur has announced the date of examination for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019. It is scheduled to take place on 6th January 2019. Candidates interested in pursuing management courses from XLRI and other distinguished B-Schools in India must start preparing for XAT 2019. This examination is conducted on a national level for management aspirants. Therefore, the preparation needs to be extremely good as the level of competition is extremely high.

In order to secure good marks and get placed in a good management institution, candidates must clear this examination. Books can be the best medium to help candidates ace this examination. If aspirants want to prepare well and in a strategic manner, then they must go through the highly recommended for XAT. Candidates must search for books that suit their preferences. Books for XAT will not only help candidates in good preparation but will also help them adopt a good practice of reading books to acquire knowledge and insight about a topic or subject-matter. Mentioned below are the top and best books for XAT 2019 that can be considered by candidates at the time of preparation.

How to Select the Best Books for XAT

Before selecting a book for preparation, it is important to keep a few important factors in mind. To help you with this, we have mentioned few important pointers that must be considered while selecting books for XAT 2019 preparation.

  • It is very important for you to first check the year of publication of the book that you are about to pick for your preparation. Checking the year of publication is important because the syllabus and the subject-matter changes with years passing by. To be updated with the topics and syllabus, read the books with the recent years marked on it.

  • While selecting books for XAT 2019, also remember to check for the latest edition of the book. In order to get updated contents and information, you should always choose the latest edition of the preparatory books.

  • If you want to study the correct contents and information, then go for renowned authors and publication houses. Reading books by known authors is recommended even by experts as you can rely on the theories and topics explained by them.

  • Books and study materials issued by coaching centers or training centers can also serve as a good source of information on important topics covered in the examination.

  • Books that focus mainly on exam preparation consisting of sample papers and previous years’ question papers are also a good source and reference materials for the aspirants of XAT 2019.

  • It is always advised to compare the contents and topics of two or more books in order to get the authentic and correct explanation of important topics. It also helps in cross-checking the information of the book and study material.

Best Books for XAT 2019 Preparation

Books for XAT Quantitative Ability & DI

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) Rajesh Verma
  • Arithmetic for General Competitions
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) R.S.Agarwal
  • Data Interpretation Magical Book Series

Books for XAT Logical Ability

  • Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning By R.S. Agarwal (S.Chand)
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (S.Chand) by R.S.Agarwal
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (Arihant) by BS Sijwali
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey.

Books for XAT Verbal Ability

  • Word Power made Easy By Norman Lewis
  • Descriptive General English by SP Bakshi and Richa Sharma
  • Objective General English By R. S. Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
  • High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin.

Common Books for XAT 2019

  • XAT Solved Papers (2008 - 2018) 2019: XAT 2019 Eleventh Edition by Gautam Puri

  • Target XAT 2019 (Past Papers 2005 - 2018 + 5 Mock Tests) 10th Edition by Disha Experts

  • Target XAT Simplified by Disha Experts

  • Concepts of number for XAT and other quantitative exams by Gajendra Kumar

  • Jabbing the XAT consisting of solved papers by R.K. Jha

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XAT 2019 Admit Card

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, which is also the conducting authority of XAT, is expected to issue XAT 2019 admit card in the month of December. For XAT 2018, the admit cards were released on 27th December 2017. Therefore, one can assume that the admit card for XAT 2019 will be out around the same time in 2018. 

The admit card is usually available online, and those who successfully complete the XAT application process (registered candidates) are able to download their respective admit cards by entering their login credentials – XAT ID and Date of Birth.

XAT admit card comprises of all the exam related details such as venue/ center details, exam date, and important instructions. Candidates must verify all the details given in the XAT admit card. Any issue/discrepancy (if there) must be immediately reported to the exam authority of XAT.

Note: No hard copy of the XAT admit card is sent to candidate's address via post. All the candidates must download and print their admit cards and carry the same on the exam day, along with a valid photo identity proof.

Important Dates of XAT Admit Card 2019

Events Dates
Issue date of XAT admit card 2018 Yet to be announced
XAT 2018 exam 6th January 2019

Steps to Download XAT Admit Card

By following the below steps, candidates can download the XAT Admit Card.

Step 1 - Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur and click on the link available for downloading the ‘XAT Admit Card’.

Step 2 -  A new page will open where you will be required to enter your login details (XAT Registration ID and Password).

Step 3 - Click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ tab.

Step 4 - XAT admit card will be displayed on the screen

Step 5 - After downloading, take a print out of the XAT admit card for future use.

XAT Admit Card – Important Instructions

  • Two copies of XAT admit card should be printed by the candidates. One copy must be submitted to the examiner, and the other must be retained by the candidate.
  • Candidates should paste a recent coloured passport size photograph on the admit card.
  • Candidates must carry any two photo identity proofs (Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Passport or Driving License) along with the XAT admit card.

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How to Apply for XAT 2019

The XAT 2019 registration is going to start on 20th August 2018. Those who wish to apply will have to first register for XAT 2019. Once registered, candidates will be able to fill the application form online. The filling of XAT 2019 application form will carry on until the last week of November (without late fee) and second week of December (with late fee). The XAT application process 2019 involves three steps: Registration for XAT, filling the application form and fee payment.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the most popular management entrance exams, which is conducted by XLRI for admission to over 150 B-schools in the country. Every year, around 90,000 candidates take the exam. XAT 2019 will be conducted on January 6, 2019. Candidates who are planning to appear for the exam this year can check all the details related to XAT registration, XAT application form, application dates, application fee, etc. here.

XAT 2019 Application Dates

Events Dates
XAT 2019 Registration Process Start Date 20th August 2018
XAT 2019 Registration Process End Date (Without Late Fee) 30th November 2018
XAT 2019 Registration Process End Date (With Late Fee) Second Week of December 2018

Step by Step XAT 2019 Registration Process

  • Go to the official website of XAT 2019 and register for the exam if you haven’t already created a login ID.
  • A prompt window will open consisting all the important points that you need to keep in mind while filling the XAT 2019 application form. Read them carefully and click on the ‘continue’ button.
  • Fill in the details asked in the registration page i.e. your first name, middle name, last name, mobile number, email ID, etc. Fill in the security code and click on the ‘save & next’ button.
  • You will receive an email and SMS on the respective email ID and mobile number that you have entered. These will comprise your login credentials basis which you can start filling the application process.

XAT 2019 Application Form Filling Process

  • Log into your account and start filling the details in the application form. Also, upload your recent passport size image and your signature in the required image size.
  • Fill in the centers where you wish to take the exam.
  • Select the courses offered by XLRI that you wish to take after clearing the exam. You can also skip this step if you don’t want to apply for programmes offered by XLRI.
  • The next step will require you to fill your personal details such as date of birth, the name of your parents, gender, permanent address, etc.
  • Fill in the academic details asked in the application form including class 10, class 12 and graduation details.
  • Also, provide the details of your work experience (if any). Candidates applying for the GMP programme must have a work experience of five years until March 2019.

XAT 2019 Application Fee

  • Candidates applying only for XAT 2019 and not for programmes offered by XLRI will have to pay Rs. 1700.
  • Candidates applying for both XAT and XLRI programmes will have to pay Rs.1700 + Rs.300 for each programme

Mode of Payment:

  • Online Payment Gateway: Application fees can be paid through VISA/ Credit, MasterCard or Debit cards. Candidates can also pay through Net banking if they possess an account in IDBI bank. Also, note that American Express Cards are not accepted.
  • Cash Payment: Application fee can also be paid through the nearest branch of IDBI bank by taking a print out of the XAT Pay-In-Slip.
  • Demand Draft: You can send a Demand Draft (DD) in favour of ‘XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT’ payable at Jamshedpur at the following address.

Demand Draft Details:

The Chairperson Admission,


Circuit House Area (East),

Jamshedpur - 831001

Note: Payments through cash or DD must be done in accordance with the updates mentioned in the payment details section mentioned on the registration page.

XAT scores are accepted by more than 100 B-schools for admissions to MBA and PGDM programmes. Exams will be held across 50 cities in the country as well as in Kathmandu and Dubai.

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XAT 2019 Answer Key

XAT 2019 answer key will be published by XLRI Jamshedpur. The answer key of XAT 2019 will be available on the official website of the exam i.e. xatonline.net.in. Candidates can calculate their probable marks and evaluate their performance in the entrance exam with the help of XAT official answer key 2019. 

The answer key of XAT 2019 will be published after the completion of entrance exam for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA/PGDM courses in top B-schools. With the help of XAT answer key 2019, candidates will get to know the answers to all the questions asked in the entrance exam. Additionally, by checking and calculating the XAT 2019 answer key, candidates get a brief idea about their total scores in the entrance exam.

Important Dates of XAT 2019 Answer Key



XAT 2018 Exam Date

6th January 2019

XAT 2018 Answer Key


XAT 2018 Result

February 2019

Steps to Download XAT 2019 Answer Key

In order to check the correct responses mentioned in the XAT 2018 official answer key, candidates will be required to follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website of XAT i.e.xatonline.net.in to view the answer key of XAT 2018.

Step 2: Login by using XAT User ID and Password.

Step 3: A link indicating “XAT 2019 Answer Key” will appear on your screen. Click on the link.

Step 4: After clicking on the link, a PDF format of the XAT 2018 answer key will be displayed on the screen.

Step 5: Download and take a print copy of the XAT 2018 answer key for future use.

Marking Scheme of XAT 2019 Answer Key

To estimate the probable marks scored in the entrance exam, it is important to have a detailed knowledge of the marking scheme of XAT 2019.

  • For every correct answer, 1 mark is given to the candidate.

  • For any wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted.

  • If any question is left unattempted, then there is a negative marking of 0.05 marks.

Type of Answer


For Correct answer


For Wrong answer


For No answer/unattempted question


Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided above is based on XAT 2018. It will be updated as and when an official notification on XAT 2019 is available.

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XAT 2019 Mock Test

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 is a national-level examination conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. The exam is scheduled to take place on 6th January 2019 with the release of its admit card expected in the month of December 2018. Candidates can start practicing the XAT 2019 mock test here. Series of XAT mock test will be provided below for candidates to practice and polish their preparation from time to time. Candidates are advised to solve mock tests on a regular basis to strengthen their preparation for XAT 2019. In order to be better prepared for the mock tests, candidates must go through the XAT 2019 exam pattern and syllabus first.

The XAT mock test papers are currently unavailable on the official website of XAT. However, candidates can check for other related and relevant information regarding the scheduled test on the official website.

XAT Mock Test Series at CollegeDekho

The XAT Mock test series will be available soon.

How to Access XAT Mock Test with Solutions

In order to practice the mock tests, candidates can take the following steps to access XAT 2019 mock tests on our website.

  • Click on the link given above.

  • You will be redirected to the candidate's login page.

  • Register or login with the credentials asked.

  • After successful login, you will be redirected to the mock test.

  • Once you see the mock test page, start solving and practice as much as you can for better preparation.

Importance of XAT Mock Test

  • The more you solve mock tests, the more confidence you will gain for the actual exam day.

  • The mock tests help you understand the structure and pattern of the examination in a better way.

  • For better preparation, experts advise solving the mock tests and practice as many times as possible.

  • Mock tests also help in brushing up the sections that you have practiced well and work on the sections that need more attention.

  • If you want to work on your time-management skills, then you must start practicing mock tests on a regular basis.

  • In order to be correct and quick with tricky questions, solve the mock test papers regularly. 

Quick Look at XAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme 2019

  • XAT 2019 is an offline examination (pen & paper based), which must be answered in English.

  • There are two parts of XAT 2019 – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

  • XAT 2019 Syllabus for Paper 1 consists of three sections including Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning and Decision Making.

  • XAT 2019 Syllabus for Paper 2 consists of General Knowledge and Essay.

  • There will be a total of 100 questions including 74 questions from Paper 1 and 26 questions from Paper 2 that are to be solved in 230 minutes.

  • Marks allotted for all the sections are different. However, total marks for XAT 2019 is 100.

  • There will be a negative marking of 1/4 marks (0.25) for every wrong answer.

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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 2019 Important Dates

Events Dates
XAT & XLRI Registration Process Start Date 20th August 2018
Registration Process End Date (without late fee) 30th November 2018
Registration Process End Date (with late fee) Second Week of December 2018
XAT 2019 Admit Card Fourth Week of December 2018
XAT 2019 Exam 6th January 2019
XAT 2019 Official Answer Key Last week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Result Date First Week of February 2019
XAT 2019 Cut-offs Second Week of February 2019

XAT 2019 Exam Centers

The following list of cities is based on the list of exam centers for XAT 2018. You must wait for the official notification to know the exam centers for XAT 2019.

Agartala Bhopal Cuttack Guwahati
Ahmedabad Bhubaneswar Dehradun Hyderabad
Allahabad Chandigarh Delhi Indore
Amritsar Chennai Goa Jabalpur
Bengaluru Cochin Greater Noida Jaipur
Berhampur Coimbatore Gurgaon Jammu
Jamshedpur Kanpur Kolkata Lucknow
Mangalore Mumbai Nagpur Nasik
Noida Patna Pune Raipur
Ranchi Rourkela Sambalpur Surat
Tiruchirapalli Trivandrum Udaipur Vadodara
Varanasi Vijayawada Visakhapatnam  

Two International Cities : Dubai and Kathmandu.

Contact Details

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



1. What is XAT?

XAT is conducted at an All India level to choose the best candidates for admission in postgraduate programmes. XAT score is accepted at a total of 144 institutes for admission in their respective management courses.

2. In how many cities will XAT be held?

XAT is likely to be held in 47 Indian cities and 02 International cities. The candidates will be required to fill one XAT Test City in the application form.

3. Which are the best B-Schools that allow admission on the basis of XAT score?

Some of the best B-Schools that offer admission on the basis of XAT score include XLRI-Jamshedpur, SPJIMR, Mumbai, GIM-Goa, TAPMI-Manipal, XIM- Bhubaneswar, LIBA-Chennai, IMT-Ghaziabad, Welingkar- Mumbai, IFMR-Chennai, etc.

4. For how long is the XAT score valid? 

The XAT score is valid for just one year.

Important Dates

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XAT 2019 Important Events Dates
Registration 20 Aug to 30 Nov, 2018
Exam Date 06 Jan, 2019

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