Important Dates for XAT 2018

Start Date End Date Remark
Application Form Date 16-Aug-2017 30-Nov-2017
Examination Date 07-Jan-2018 N/A
Result Date 28-Jan-2018 N/A Result is coming up

XAT 2018 Hall Ticket (Available), Exam Date, Syllabus

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is organized by XLRI Jamshedpur, for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Almost, 90,000 aspirants appear for XAT each year. There are approximately 600 B-Schools that accept XAT Score.


  • XLRI is available XAT 2018 Hall Ticket at from December 27- January 7. 7 Pointers to Check-in XAT Hall Ticket 2018
  • The expected XAT Cut off for HRM course is 92.55%, 96% for Business Management and 22 marks & above for GMP. 
  • To score well, you can exercise XAT 2018 Mock Test, announced by XLRI.
  • XAT paper is divided into 2 parts. Part A has 78 questions & Part B has 25 questions. Exercise  XAT Question Papers
  • In a first, XAT 2018 will be organized in the online method.The exam is scheduled for January 07. Check  XAT Syllabus

XAT 2018 Highlights

Exam NameXavier Aptitude Test
Exam LevelNational
Exam CategoryPost Graduate
Organizing BodyXLRI Jamshedpur
XAT EligibilityBachelor’s Degree
Exam MethodOnline 
Selection ProcedureWritten Test, Group Discussion/ Individual Interview
Number of Test Takers90,000 approx.
XAT Contact Details1800 419 2929 |

XAT 2018 Exam Dates

The registration window for XAT 2018 is over. Aspirants can go via the following table to know the clear schedule of XAT 2018:

Announce of XAT 2018 NotificationAugust 13, 2017
Availability of XAT 2018 Application Form August 16- December 16, 2017
Availability of XAT 2018 Hall TicketDecember 27, 2017, onwards
XAT 2018 Exam DateJanuary 07, 2018 (10:00 am to 01:30 pm)
Announce of XAT 2018 Official Response Keys January 19, 2018
Releasement of XAT 2018 ResultJanuary 31, 2018

Check all  XAT Exam Dates

XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants applying for XAT 2018 should cautiously go via the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria requires aspirants to meet the below-mentioned conditions:

  1. Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years period 
  2. Final year students can also apply
  3. Aspirants who did graduation in 1980’s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not applicable. 
  4. No, at least aggregate marks criteria 
  5. NRI and Foreign Aspirants are also applicable to apply on the basis of the GMAT Scorecard (except Dubai and Kathmandu aspirants)
  6. No age limit or restriction on number of attempts

Registration for XAT 2018

XAT Registration concluded on December 15. The Application Form for XAT 2018 was available on the official website i.e. xatonline.inXAT 2018 Registration primarily involves the below steps:

Step 1- Registration- Visit the official website and register using your individual details (Name, Contact Details and Email ID). You will receive a unique ID and Password to clear the further procedure.

Step 2- Fill Application Form- Fill-in your individual and academic details, work experience, preferred course, and exam center.

Step 3- Fee Payment- Pay the requisite application fee in either online or offline method. The Application Fee for XAT is INR 1650 (INR 2000 if you pay the late fee) for all categories. The Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/intimation charges will have to be borne by the aspirant.

Step 4- Upload Documents- Upload scanned images of your recent photograph and signature.

Step 5- Confirmation Page- Post previewing all the filled data, you will receive a confirmation page. 

Note- All aspirants who pay XAT Application Fee via Demand Draft must send a copy of confirmation page besides the Demand Draft within 15 days from the date of issuance of demand draft. The contact details are offered below:


Jharkhand, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East)

The Chairperson Admissions,

Jamshedpur – 831001

Important- Aspirants can also apply to XAT Colleges via their GMAT scores. Visit for more information.

XAT Hall Ticket 2018

  • XAT Admit card will be available from December 27 onwards.
  • Hall Ticket for XAT can be retrieved via online method only. 
  • XAT Hall Ticket is a compulsory document that must be preserved till the admission procedure. It must all time be supported with a valid photo id allotted by the government of India.
  • XLRI will not send XAT Hall Ticket through email or courier to any aspirants.

Read More 7 pointers to Check-in XAT Hall Ticket 2018

How to download XAT Hall Ticket?

  1. Visit the official website of XAT 2018.
  2. Click on “Download XAT 2018 Hall Ticket” link
  3. Enter your XAT Registration ID and XAT password or your Date of Birth in DD/MM/YY pattern.
  4. Download your hall ticket which will be available in PDF pattern
  5. Obtain multiple hard copies for further use.

Discrepancy in XAT Hall Ticket

Aspirants must cautiously go via the details on XAT Hall Ticket before downloading and taking print out of the same. In the case of any mistake or discrepancy in the information, aspirants should immediately contact XAT office address mentioned below:

Admission Office, XLRI,

Circuit House Area (East),

Jamshedpur 831001

Exam Centers for XAT 2018

Last year, XAT was organized in 47 cities across India and in two international cities in Dubai and Kathmandu. This year too, it is expected to be organized in around 49 cities. XLRI Jamshedpur, the organizing body, will aim to increase the number of XAT Exam Centers to make it more convenient and reachable for XAT 2018 participants.

Here is a list of exam cities for XAT 2018: 

XAT Exam Centers 2018
BengaluruGreater NoidaMangaloreTiruchirapalli
Bhopal GuwahatiNagpurUdaipur

XAT Exam Format 2018

  • From this year onwards, XAT will be organizeed in online method.
  • XAT 2018 is scheduled for January 07, 2018. 
  • In total, there are 78 questions in Part A and 25 questions in Part B.
    • Part B contains questions on General Knowledge and an Essay writing question.
    • Part A contains 3 sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Judgement Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • XAT Exam Format is divided into 2 Parts (A & B).

The following infographic and table give the highlights of XAT Exam Format:

PartSection NameNo. of QuestionsTotal TimeNegative Marking
Part AVerbal and Logical Ability26170 minutes-0.25 for each inaccurate response
Judgement Making23
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation29
Part BGeneral Knowledge2540 minutesNo negative marking
Essay1 Essay

Read  Latest Changes in XAT Exam Format 2018

XAT Paper Analysis 2017

XAT 2017 took place in a single slot on January 08, 2017. While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate, questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard and the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the earlier years’. The Paper was divided into two parts (as mentioned above).

The Paper 1 constituted Objective Type Questions from Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability. The analysis of the paper is given below.

SectionsQuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal & Logical Ability24Low to moderate
Judgement Making & Analytical Reasoning21moderate to High
Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability27High

The Paper 2 of XAT 2017 constituted General Knowledge and Essay. The Structure of Paper 2 was:

General Knowledge25
EssayGlobalisation & Jingoism always co-exist

Check XAT Paper Analysis

XAT Syllabus 2018

  • The exam has 2 papers and the syllabus for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is various for both the papers.
  • XAT Syllabus contains questions from Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability, Judgement Making, General Knowledge and a question on Essay Writing.
  • Although there is no official XAT Syllabus that is declared by XLRI, it is generally based on past years’ format. 

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 1

XAT Paper 1 consists of objective type questions based on Judgement Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Paper 1 of XAT is issued 3 hours to attempt all 78 questions.

SubjectImportant Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Judgement MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement Tets

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 2

XAT Paper 2 contains questions from General Knowledge and an essay. It is a subjective paper. There will be a total of 30 questions with half an hour of time issued to this paper. There is no negative marking in this section.

Important topics for GK in XAT
PoliticsNation and States
SportsAwards and Recognitions
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--

Preparation Books for XAT 2018

Aspirants can take reference from the preparation books for XAT for a more extensive preparation. Some of the most prominent preparation books for XAT are indicated below.

Target XAT Simplified by Disha ExpertsData Interpretation by Arun Sharma
Jabbing XAT with solved papers by R.K. JhaGeneral Knowledge by Manohar Panday
XAT XLRI – MBA Entrance Exam A/4 by Chandresh AgarwalVerbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma
Concepts of number for XAT and other quantitative exams by Gajendra KumarVerbal ability for XAT by Ajay Singh
Target new XAT – Past papers and five mock papersQuantitative Aptitude Quantum XAT by Sarvesh K Verma
XAT entrance test for MBA examination by Gautam PuriQuantitative aptitude for XAT by Arun Sharma
XAT Xavier Aptitude Test solved sample papers by Gautam PuriThe hand on guide to analytical reasoning and logical reasoning by Peeyush Bhardwaj

Read  Best XAT Preparation Books & Material to rely on

XAT Question Papers with Solutions

You must exercise as many XAT Question Papers as possible, to score excellent marks in the exam. They cater as a great tool during your exercise sessions. Most toppers heavily rely on them, along with XAT Preparation Books. 

Benefits of XAT Question Papers

  • This can, in turn, help you analyze what questions to expect in the paper. 
  • XAT Sample Papers are a helpful tool in managing your total exam time. 
  • They carve out your strengths and weaknesses so that you know the loopholes. 
  • They help you gain a fair idea about XAT Exam Format and syllabus.

XAT Results 2018

  • XAT Scores will be valid for one year only.
  • All aspirants who complete XAT 2018 and meet the cutoff will proceed towards subsequent selection rounds- GD/PI.
  • XAT Score Card will contain the rank and marks obtained by aspirants.
  • The result for XAT 2018 will be declared on January 31, 2018 by XLRI Jamshedpur.
  • Aspirants can visit the official website of XAT i.e. to download their scorecards.
  • They must enter their Registration Number, Date of Birth and Security Text in the login window to reach XAT Result

Expected Cutoff XAT 2018

  • XAT Cut off varies for various programs provided by various institutes.
  • On the basis of XAT Cut off, aspirants will be shortlisted for further GD, PI and Essay writing round.
  • The cutoff for XAT would comprise the at least percentile to be scored by each aspirant in the exam.

The below tables describes the percentage need for various programs of XLRI:

Program ProvidedVerbal Ability and Logical ReasoningJudgement MakingQuantitative Ability and Data InterpretationOverall (Percentage/ Marks)
Business Management79.46%76.84%88.7%96%
Human Resource Management79.67%71.628%70.07%92.55%
Global Management Programme5 marks and above5 marks and above6 marks above22 marks and above

XAT 2018 Colleges

  • This year, XAT Score will be accepted by over 150 B-Schools across India.
  • Last year, there were 156 XAT Participating Institutes in total. The number is expected to rise this year.
  • Last year, the number of XAMI was 11 and the non-XAMI was 145.
  • The participating Institutes of XAT can be classified into two types, Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) and non-XAMI.

XAMI Members

The management examination is organized by XLRI on behalf of XAMI or Xavier Association of Management Institutes. Listed below are the names of all the official XAMI Members: 

XAMI Members
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)Xavier Institute of Social Service
Mount Carmel Institute of ManagementXavier Labour and Relations Institute
St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur
St. Joseph's College of Business AdministrationXavier Institute of Management and Research 
St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information TechnologyXavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
Xavier Institute of Mangement--

Selection Process of XAT 2018

Aspirants are shortlisted for GD/PI on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam and XAT cut off. While some colleges have both GD (group discussion) and PI (Individual Interview) rounds, others only have either of the two: 

Group Discussion

  • The topics for XLRI GD would consist of topics concerned to present affairs, politics, social allots such as women’s rights and emancipation, or any other allot concerning advertising, technology, education or business in India.
  • The groups are divided into groups of 8-15 participating aspirants.
  • All the groups need to discuss a topic usually for 15-20. Minutes.

Individual Interview

  • The panel of jury members set up for this round aim to determine the communication skills, confidence and ability to think under pressure among aspirants.
  • The questions in the Individual Interview round are centered around aspirants’ background, academics, achievements and motivation behind going for an MBA.
  • Aspirants need to appear for the individual interview if they get shortlisted on the basis of their performance in Group Discussion.

Read more about  XAT Selection Process

Preparation of XAT 2018 Merit list

The score for the final selection of aspirants would be calculated by assigning weight to various components such as XAT 2018 score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, Earlier academic records, work experience, and the overall profile of aspirant. The weight of these various components in XLRI is offered in the table below. It applies to all the programs provided by XLRI.

XAT score60%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video15%
Note: There is no centralized counseling procedure and aspirants will have to personally apply for each Member Institutes of XAMI with their XAT 2018 score. Aspirants will be admitted to these Institutes on the basis of XAT cut off, scores obtained in the GD/PI round and the final merit list prepared for all the successful aspirants.

What is XAT Exam?

Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level management entrance exam. Via this exam, an aspirant’s aptitude in management field is tested. 

  • From 2018, the exam will be organized in Online Method.
  • The exam will have objective and subjective type of questions
  • XAT Scores are used by more than 150 B-schools across India. 
  • The difficulty level of exam is moderate
  • XAT exam is organized by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of the XAMI.

Insights on XAT Exam

Interestingly, the maximum number of aspirants register from Northern India (27%), followed by Southern (25%). Apart from this, the maximum number of XAT followers belong to Maharashtra (16%), followed by Delhi (11%). The least number of aspirants register from the North-Eastern part of India (1%).

We have also carved out the academic performance of the total exam followers. Have a look below:

XAT 2018 Frequently Ask Questions

Ques. I have done 5 years integrated course, so how will I enter my percentage?

Ans. Aspirants who have done 5 years integrated course can fill up the same percentage as Graduation and PG.

Ques. How do I calculate the aggregate marks for CBSE /SSC? Is it the best 5 or all the subjects?

Ans. The aspirant should take the aggregate of all the subjects for 10th.

Ques. Does internship/Articleship count as work experience?

Ans. No, these are not counted as work experience

Ques. I have less than 50% in graduation, am I applicable to apply for XLRI?

Ans. Yes, you are applicable to apply for XLRI.

Ques. How is past academic performance considered in the selection procedure?

Ans. The evaluation of aspirants' academic competence will be evaluated holistically by XLRI based on aspirants' performance in the interview, group discussion, and XAT written test. XLRI does not have any cut off based on any of the following X, XII, graduation marks.


Ans. You can log in to to download the confirmation page.

Ques. Can I edit the information given to me?

Ans. Once edited you will not be allowed to make any further edits. You are allowed to edit your information only once until November 20, 2017.

Ques. What should I do? I have paid twice using online payment option.

Ans. Kindly send an email to with your XAT ID, date of payment, card holders name and the credit/debit card details (first four & last four digits and card expiry date).

Ques. What do I do if I am unable to make the payment online?

Ans. If you encounter any such problems, we suggest you make the payment by Cash Method via any discipline of IDBI Bank.  Online payments involve multiple agencies and there are chances that your payment is timed out or declined.

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