XAT Selection Process 2020

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 17 Jan, 2020 11:57 IST

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XAT 2020 Selection Process

XAT 2020 has been conducted on 5th January 2020, at 46 different cities. The examination of the most in-demand entrance exam for the management aspirants, score of which is accepted by a number of reputed and known B-Schools in India. Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is the second-largest test taken by MBA aspirants. More than 150 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. Mostly, the B-schools consider marks of the Group Discussion and Personal Interview along with the marks of XAT for selecting candidates.

The first step of the XAT 2020 selection process is conducting XAT. After the XAT result declaration, XLRI along with other management institutions releases XAT cut-offs list. The candidates are then called for the Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round. A few B-Schools may include other processes along GD and PI comprising of WAT, Group Exercise, Presentation, etc. The criteria for final selection include the XAT score, candidate's academic record, overall profile of the candidate, work experience in months, etc. Candidates must remember that they will have to apply to each desired B-schools in order to get a call for the selection process. The most popular among the B-schools in which the candidates can apply are as under:

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur

Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Bhubaneswar

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore

Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Jabalpur

SP Jain (SPJIMR) Mumbai

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

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

Birla Institute of Management Studies (BIMTECH), Greater Noida

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai

Great Lake Chennai

XAT 2020 Selection Process Important Dates



XAT 2020 Exam Date

5th January, 2020

XAT 2020 Result

16th January 2020 (Released)

Release of the Cut-Off

Second Week of February 2020 (tentative)

Selection Process Starting From

Fourth Week of February 2020 (tentative)

Selection Process Ending On

First Week of March 2020 (tentative)

Steps of XAT 2020 Selection Process

The XAT 2020 selection process will start with the announcement of the XAT 2020 result. After the result, each Participating Colleges of XAT  will release a cut-off list. Candidates who will successfully clear the examination will be eligible to apply for the XAT 2020 selection process and admission procedure, considering the cut-off list of colleges. The selection process for XAT 2020 will begin from the fourth week of February 2020 and is expected to end in the first week of March 2020. Candidates are advised to keep checking the site for all the latest updates regarding the selection process, here.

The process generally includes Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), leading to the Final Selection round. However, some management includes Writing Aptitude Test (WAT) in their selection procedure to judge the candidates in a better way with a new perspective. It is important for candidates to understand these steps of the selection procedure in detail, so that the preparation for these may become easy and simple.

Group Discussion (GD)

  • GD round is the first round of the selection process that the candidates will have to face after clearing the cut-off list of the desired management institution.

  • Candidates can apply for more than one colleges considering the dates of the selection process. GD for more than one college can also be applied by the candidates.

  • A good number of candidates face the GD rounds every year in the different management colleges. But only a few are selected for the next round.

  • The main aim of conducting this round is to judge the candidates on their expression of thoughts and understanding related to the topic given.

  • Group of 7-8 candidates are selected for every GD round. The candidates are then provided with a topic along with a timee limit to prepare for it.

  • The Group Discussion then starts, where each participating candidates needs to put their views and statements and counter questions the opposing candidates.

  • Candidates are advised to site valid and meaningful statements related to the topic as these points will help them clear the GD round.

  • As the name of the round signifies, it is all about discussing on a particular topic or issue. Therefore, remember to discuss the points instead of just mentioning them.

  • Different area and sectors are covered under the GD round. Candidates can be given topics related to politics, economics, sports, social, media and communication, aspiring leaders and their achievements, law and amendments, etc.

  • Candidates who will successfully clear this round will be forwarded to the next round of selection process.

Writing Aptitude Test (WAT)

  • The Writing Aptitude Test may and may not be conducted by the management schools.

  • As the name suggests the round is about writing skills and the analytical approach of the candidates towards a topic or subject-matter.

  • They are judged on their writing skills, command over language and grammar and the approach towards the given topic.

  • Each candidate will have to write on the any of the given topics within a time limit and word count as prescribed by the concerned authorities.

  • Now the trick to pass this round is to write the article with critical analysis, siting suitable examples and logical statements.

  • The topics for the round can emerge from any of the prominent subjects mostly including Economics, Management, Business, Politics, Science and Technology, Media and Mass Communication, Law, Sports, Literature, etc.

  • Candidates clearing this round will be eligible for the next round of selection process, Personal Interview.

Personal Interview (PI)

  • The last stage of the selection process is the Personal Interview round.

  • Candidates here will be judged on their knowledge about the course that they are about to take, understanding and use of management, IQ level and personal behaviour and approach towards particular issues.

  • The area of questions can be anything and everything depending upon the experts and the candidates’ previous track record and the score of the cleared rounds.

  • The round includes panel of judges and experts to question each candidate separately.

  • There is no fixed time for this round, it may take the experts to interview a candidate in 10 minutes and another in 30 minutes. The amount of time completely depends upon the panel of experts, their questions and candidate’s answers.

  • Candidates who will clear this stage of the selection process will then be recommended for the final process before finalizing the admission of the candidates.

Final Selection

  • This is the round that will finalize the candidates’ position and status regarding the admission process in the respective course and college.

  • In the final selection round, the scores of the XAT 2020, Group Discussion, Writing Aptitude Test and Personal Interview, of the candidates who have cleared Selection Process round, will be calculated to make a final list of the candidates eligible to take admission in the respective institution.

  • Past academic and professional records of the candidates are also scanned in this round of selection.

  • Selected candidates will then be called for taking admission in their desired course.

XAT 2020 Sectional Score VS Sectional Percentile

Section-1: Verbal & Logical Ability:

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Section-2: Decision Making:

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Section-3: Quant & DI:

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