XAT Exam

Feb. 13, 2018
Xavier Aptitude Test

XAT 2018XAT 2018: XLRI Jamshedpur has been declared XAT 2018 Result on February 12, 2018. The cutoff and scorecard will be released after the declaration of result. As per experts, the cutoff of XLRI for BM programme will be more than 96 percentile while it will be more than 92.5 percentile for HRM. On the basis of XAT score, 11 Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) members and 146 other participating institutes will offer admission to candidates for its various management programmes. XAT 2018 was conducted on January 7 while the re-examination was held on February 3 at some centres. Over 90,000 candidates had appeared in the exam. Read below for more details on XAT 2018 answer key, cutoff, Score Card and result.

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XAT 2018: Exam Overview

S.No Features Exam Overview
1 Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
2 Exam category Postgraduate
3 Exam level National
4 Conducting body XLRI Jamshedpur
5 Commonly known as XAT
6 Programmes offered Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management Programme (BM), and Global MBA Programme
7 Exam duration 3 hours and 30 minutes
8 Exam type Online

XAT 2018 Important Dates

 Candidates can check in the table below XAT important dates.

XAT Important Dates 2018

S.No. Event Date
1. XAT 2018 notification August 14, 2017
2. XAT 2018 application form August 16, 2017
3. XAT application form last date to apply November 30, 2017
4 XAT application form last date to apply with late fee December 15, 2017
4. XAT 2018 admit card December 27, 2017
5. XAT 2018 exam January 7, 2018 (10 am to 1.35 pm)
6. XAT official answer key February 7, 2018
8. XAT 2018 result  By February 12, 2018
9 XAT scorecard to be released in  February, 2018

XAT 2018 Answer Key

XAT answer key has been released by XLRI. Candidates can check the answer key by entering registration id, date of birth and test date. XAT answer key contains the correct answers to all the questions asked in the exam. The answer key allows candidates to calculate probable score based on their correct and incorrect answers and analyse their performance.

XAT 2018 Result

XRLI announced XAT result online by February 12, Candidates can download their result by entering XAT ID and date of birth. On the basis of the result, candidates will be shortlisted by XLRI and other participating institutes for next round of selection process that is Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and WAT. The percentage and percentile of Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation will be included for calculation of total percentage and percentile. The percentage and percentile of General Knowledge, as well as Essay, will not be included for calculation of total percentage and percentile. The XLRI and XAMI will adopt separate selection procedures and there will be no common admission process.

XAT 2018 Scorecard

XAT scorecard will be released online after the declaration of result. The examination authority will also sent the hard copy of XAT scorecard by post. The scorecard will carry information such as XAT registration ID, date of XAT exam, percentage as well as percentage of quantitative Ability and Data interpretation, verbal and logical ability, percentage of Decision Making and Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge. The overall percentage and percentile are also included.

XAT 2018 Cutoff

XAT cutoff will be declared by XLRI Jamshedpur, after the declaration of result. On the basis of cutoff score XLRI will release the list of candidates shortlisted for next rounds of selection process. Other participating institutes will release their cutoff score separately. XAT cutoff is the minimum marks candidates should obtain to become eligible for the next rounds of selection process. XLRI releases XAT cutoff for Business Management, Human Resources, and Global Management Programme. XAT 2017 cutoff is given below.

XAT 2017 Cutoff

Section BM HR GMP
Verbal Ability 79.46 76.69 5 and above
Decision Making 76.84 71.628 5 and above
Quantitative Ability 88.7 70.07 6 and above
Total XLRI XAT 2017 Cutoff 96 92.55 22 and above

XAT 2018 Selection Procedure

XLRI and other participating institutes release their cutoffs to shortlist candidates. Candidates who meet the cutoffs are invited for further rounds that include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. It must be noted that the XAT selection procedure may vary from institute to institute. While some of the institutes conduct Group Discussion, others may include Group Activity to shortlist candidates. If we talk specifically of XLRI, the selection process includes GD and PI rounds. Apart from the XAT 2018 score, a candidates performance in GD and PI will also be taken into consideration for final selection. Moreover, many of the participating institutes also take into account other important factors to shortlist candidates that include past academic record and work experience. In some of the institutes, work experience can give the students an edge over fresh graduates.

XAT 2018 Participating Institutes

XAT participating institutes can be divided into two types XAMI and Non-XAMI. There are 11 XAMI and 146 Non-XAMI that accepts XAT scores. The lists of some member institutes and institutes accepting MAT scores are given below.

Lists of XAT participating institutes

Member Institutes Other participating institutes
Loyola Institute of Business Administration Asia Pacific Institute of Management
Mount Carmel Institute of Management Amrita School of Business
Xavier Institute of Management Birla Institute of Management Technology
Xavier Institute of Management & Research Acharya School of Management
XLRI Xavier School of Management EMPI Business School

Contact details
Admission Office C.H. Area (East)
Jamshedpur 831001 (Jharkhand, India)

XAT 2018 Application Form

The application form of XAT 2018 is available online from August 16, 2017. The last date to fill XAT application form is November 30, 2017. Fee payment can be done through credit or debit card, cash (through XAT Pay-In-Slip method at a bank) and demand draft. The application fee for XAT is Rs 1,650 for all categories. Late applicants have to pay Rs 2,000 as the fee. Candidates are advised to keep their scanned images of photograph and signature, mark sheets of class 10, 12, graduation and masters ready before filling the application form. XAT application form can be filled in five steps. Candidates can check the steps below to fill the application form of XAT 2018.

Steps to fill XAT application form 2018

Steps How to fill XAT application form?
Step 1 Registration by submitting details such as name, mobile number and email ID
Step 2 Uploading scanned images of photograph and signature
Step 3 Filling basic details, educational qualification, experience and languages known
Step 4 Previewing XAT application form
Step 5 Payment of examination fees

XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

XAT eligibility criteria have been prescribed by XLRI. As per XAT eligibility criteria 2018, candidates who have completed their bachelors degree with minimum three years in any discipline are eligible to apply for XAT 2018. Final year bachelors students can also apply for XAT provided they have passed their exam by July 10, 2018. Candidates can check below XAT eligibility criteria 2018 as per different programmes.

Programme-wise XAT eligibility criteria

Programmes XAT eligibility criteria
Human Resource Management (HRM) Bachelors Degree of at least three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised institutes
Business Management (BM) programme Three year Bachelors degree in any discipline
General Management Programme (GMP) Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years managerial/ supervisory experience by March 31, 2018.

XAT 2018 Exam Centres

XAT was conducted in 47 Indian cities and two international cities - Dubai and Kathmandu. Applicants are required to choose their preferred exam cities while filling the application. XLRI reserves the right to add or remove XAT test cities depending on administrative feasibility. In the table given below, candidates can find the names of all the cities where the test will be conducted.

XAT Exam Cities

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

XAT 2018 Admit Card

The admit card of XAT 2018 was available online for download from December 27 to January 7. The hall ticket is issued to candidates whose applications are accepted by XLRI. To download and print XAT admit card applicants have to enter their registration number and date of birth. The admit card carries information such as name, date of birth, time, test centre name and address and exam day instructions. Candidates are required to paste a recent passport size colour photograph after downloading it. The exam conducting authority will not sent XAT hall ticket by post. Aspirants have to carry XAT admit card along with two photo identity card such as voter ID card, passport, driving license, aadhaar card to the examination centre.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

XAT 2018 will be held in the online mode. The exam is divided into two parts Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 consists of three sections -Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The paper carries 70 objective type multiple choice questions. Paper 2 comprises two parts General Knowledge and Essay and carries objective and subjective type questions. The number of questions in XAT varies year to year and all questions carries equal marks. As per XAT marking scheme candidates for each correct answer will score 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong answers. Candidates can check below XAT exam pattern based on previous years paper pattern.

Exam Pattern of XAT

Paper Section No. of Questions Total Marks Total Time Negative Marking
Paper 1 Decision Making 21 21 170 Min

0.25 for any wrong answer OR
0.05 for more than 12 unattempted questions

Verbal and Logical Ability 24 24
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) 27 27
Paper 2 General Knowledge (GK) 25 25 35 Min

No Negative Marking

Essay Writing 1 essay

XAT 2018 Syllabus

XAT syllabus has been not been prescribed by XLRI. However based on previous years questions papers coaching institutes provide a tentative syllabus. Candidates appearing in XAT 2018 should prepare the topics given in XAT syllabus to ace the exam. Aspirants need to focus more on the verbal ability and general awareness. To crack the exam, aspirants should read newspapers, magazines and books to build on vocabulary skills. Here are the lists of important topics for XAT 2018.

XAT syllabus

Section Topics to be covered
Verbal and Logical Ability Critical Reasoning, Usage of Words, Statement and Argument, Analogies
Decision Making and Logical Reasoning Decision Making (which involves choosing the best option according to a given situation), Analytical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Profit and Loss, Number System, Set Theory
General Knowledge Static GK and Current GK questions based on Geography, Famous Personalities, Politics
Essay Writing Candidates are advised to get familiarized with as many topics as they can, especially Technology, Nature, Economic and Social Issues etc.

XAT 2018 Sample Papers

XAT sample papers are released by coaching institutes for candidates to get an idea of the paper pattern. XAT sample papers are available online at Entrance Corner for Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General Knowledge as well as Essay. XAT 2018 sample papers include questions that were asked in exams conducted in previous years. Practicing XAT sample papers will help candidates to improve their question-solving skills and speed. Apart from sample papers, aspirants should also attempt XAT mock tests, which help aspirants to get familiar with the test-taking environment.

XAT Previous year Question Papers

XAT question papers will be released by XLRI after the completion of exams. However, Entrance Corner has the list of XAT previous year question papers from the last 10 years. XAT question papers are available in .pdf format. The question papers will help candidates to get an idea of the question pattern, sectional weightage, important topics, marking scheme etc.