Juhee Prasad Updated On: 17 Apr, 2019 13:22 IST
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XAT 2019 has been scheduled to be conducted on 6th January 2019, 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 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 the can apply are as under:
XAT 2019 Exam Date
6th January 2019
XAT 2019 Result
First Week of February 2019
Release of the Cut-Off
Second Week of February 2019 (tentative)
Selection Process Starting From
Fourth Week of February 2019 (tentative)
Selection Process Ending On
First Week of March 2019 (tentative)
The XAT 2019 selection process will start with the announcement of the XAT 2019 Result. After the result, each Participating Colleges of XAT 2019 will release a cut-off list. Candidates who will successfully clear the examination will be eligible to apply for the selection process and admission procedure, considering the cut-off list of colleges. The selection process for XAT 2019 candidates will begin from the fourth week of February 2019 and is expected to end in the first week of March 2019. 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 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.
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 2019, 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.
1. By registering and paying for XAT 2019, am I eligible for XLRI and other Associate Member Institutes?
Each institution independently decides the weightage that has to be given to each of the test components on the basis of its needs. XLRI does not play any role in the selection of the candidates in other institutes.
2. Is internship/Articleship counted as work experience?
These are not counted as work experience
2. Is the work experience before Graduation counted?
No, it is not counted as work experience.
3. How are the candidates selected for admission in XLRI after XAT exam?
The admission to XLRI has been categorised into two stages:
Stage 1 – Short-Listing of Candidates: The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in XAT Entrance Examination. XAT score will consist of three sections: Verbal Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Aptitude. General knowledge and Essay Writing marks will be included in Stage 2 of the selection process.
Stage 2 – Final Selection: Most of the B-schools follow Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds for the final selection process. Once these rounds are completed, the total score is calculated on the basis of XAT 2018 score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, General Knowledge, past Academic records, work experience (if any), and overall profile. On the basis of these scores, merit list is prepared and the admissions are offered.
4. 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.