XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Exam 2020

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national level examination conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur for the admission into Post Graduate Management Programs over 150 Business Schools across the India. The entrance exam would be held in online mode and online application forms are accepted once in a year. XAT is the second largest MBA entrance examination after CAT, for candidates who pursue their career in MBA/PGDM. It is a single session examination which will be within 10 AM to 1.30 PM. The applications are invited from the candidates usually in the month of august in the official website of XAT i.e. www.xatonline.in. And the exam is normally conducted in the month of January every year.


  • Candidates should have Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized institute or university.
  • There is no percentage cutoff for applying to XAT but they should obtain pass percentage in graduation.
  • Final year Bachelor’s Degree students may also apply provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria during the time of admission.

XAT 2020 Application Fees

The common application fee for the examination is 1700 INR(without late fees) and 2000 INR(with late fees)  for all the categories of candidates.

XAT 2020 Examination Pattern

The XAT entrance exam is conducted in online mode. The examination consist both objective and subjective types of question and is divided into two sections.

Part I

Part one consists of 74 marks which has to be attempted within the duration of 170 minutes and 0.25 marks is deducted for any wrong answer.

Section No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21

Part II

Part one comprises of 25 marks multiple choice questions on general knowledge and an essay has to be written in 200 words. Duration of 40 minutes will be given to complete this part. And there will be no negative marking in this section.

There will be a break of five minutes between the two parts.

XAT Syllabus

Section Topics
Verbal & Logical Ability Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble, Vocabulary, Sentence correction, Grammar, Critical Reasoning/Inference etc.
Decision Making Analytical Reasoning, Arithmetic, Situational etc.
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Algebra, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Table, Bar Charts, Scatter plots, Arithmetic etc.
GK/Current Affairs History, Culture, Books, Films, Geography, Personalities, Economics, Ecosystem, etc.
Essay Writing Topics are generally abstract in nature

Selection Process

After the completion of the entrance examination candidates are shortlisted for the next phase of selection that is the Personal Interview. Selected candidates can download Call letters for the interview from the official website. XAT also conducts group discussions among the candidates. The academic records of the students are also taken into account while preparing the result. The final list of successful candidates will also be uploaded in the XAT website.

XAT 2020 Important Dates

Event Date(Tentative) Links
XAT 2020 Registration Start date  20th August, 2019 www.xatonline.in
XAT 2020 Registration Last date 30th November, 2019 www.xatonline.in
XAT 2020 Admit Card Avalibality 20th December 2019 onwards www.xatonline.in
XAT 2020 Exam Date 6th January, 2020 www.xatonline.in
Mode of Exam Online www.xatonline.in
XAT 2020 Result Date Last week of January 2020 www.xatonline.in