All About XAT

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a popular MBA Entrance Exam which grants the eligible candidates admission into around 150 Management Colleges across the country. It is conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur which is considered by several aspirants to be one of the best colleges in the country and in the same category as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta. While people still tend to prefer the IIMs because of the stronger brand name, XLRI Jamshedpur has built its own niche and is well sought-after.


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XAT was always primarily a pen-and-paper test but has shifted gears in recent times. XAT 2019 was the first time that the XAT Exam was conducted online. The XAT Exam contains two papers: the aptitude paper and the general knowledge paper. The candidate needs to attempt both sections to complete the test although the first paper scores are the only ones counted by most colleges.

As mentioned above, the XAT Exam is quite popular and is expected to attract over 75000 candidates in XAT 2021. The XAT 2021 Exam will likely be conducted in the month of January with the result being declared a couple of weeks after the test.

XAT 2021 Tentative Dates


XLRI Jamshedpur has announced XAT 2021 application process will begin in September. Check tentative XAT 2021 dates below.


XAT 2021 Dates

Salient Features

XAT 2021 registrations begin

First week of September, 2020

Registration process is online

Registrations end

Fourth week of November, 2020

Deadline to fill the form online

Admit card download begins

Third week of December, 2020

Admit card to be available on XAT website

Admit card download ends

First week of January, 2021

Admit card can be download till exam day

XAT Exam 2021

January 3, 2021 (tentative)

Exam to be held online in single session in 46 cities

Result announcement

Third week of January, 2021

XAT scorecards to be available on the official website for download


XAT 2021 Application Fee

The XAT 2020 Application fee is expected to be around:

  • Rs 1700 for XAT 2020 Registration on time
  • Rs 2000 for XAT 2020 Late Registration

The XAT 2021 Registration is likely to contain a field where the candidate is expected to fill their preferences in terms of programs. The fee for each program is Rs 300 if the candidate fills it on time and Rs 500 if it is filled during the late registration window. The candidate can make the application fee payment through debit card, credit card, or net banking.

XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

 One thing that each candidate has to keep in mind when they decide to give XAT 2021 is the XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria. 

  • Candidates should have at least a graduate degree with a minimum duration of 3 years. Due to this, candidates with 2-year diplomas are ineligible unless it is from a program with a duration of 3 years.
  • There is no age limit in the XAT 2021
  • Candidates in their final year can also appear for XAT 2021 but their selection is conditional on their completing the bachelor’s degree.

XAT 2021 Exam Patter:

The XAT 2021 Exam Pattern is likely to follow the XAT 2020 Pattern and will be as follows:

Section Name

Number of Questions

Marking Scheme

Total Marks

Verbal and Logical Ability




Decision Making




Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation




General Knowledge









XAT 2021 Syllabus:

The XAT 2021 Exam does not have a definitive syllabus because of which the XAT Preparation can become quite difficult. In order to study the XAT 2021 Syllabus, one should ideally go section by section so that they can cover as much ground as possible even if it is impossible to completely cover it owing to its ambiguous nature. The sections, as mentioned above, are:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge

The Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Section basically consists of three parts:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Ability
  • Logical Reasoning

The QA section is a combination of Mathematical problems and Data Interpretation questions. It consists of several different components such as:

  • Geometry
  • Percentages
  • Arithmetic
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Commercial Maths
  • Speed and Distance
  • Clocks

XAT 2021 Colleges

The XAT 2021 Colleges that attract most of the candidates are:

  1. XLRI Jamshedpur
  3. IMT
  4. XIMB
  5. GIM

Out of these XAT 2021 Colleges, the colleges which are most sought after are XLRI Jamshedpur and SP Jain (SPJIMR). These two colleges are some of the best in the country and XAT 2021 represents a chance to get into these esteemed institutes. XLRI Jamshedpur uses only the XAT 2021 and the GMAT Exam as the qualifying exams while SP Jain is comparatively more liberal by allowing candidates to qualify through CAT 2020, XAT 2021 and the GMAT.

Overall there are over 150 colleges that are likely to accept the XAT 2021 Score as the qualifier for their admission processes. 

XAT 2021 Cut Off 

However, the cut off for the top colleges in XAT 2021 has remained relatively constant over the past few years. The cut off for the BM program at XLRI Jamshedpur is likely to remain around 96%ile while the same for the HRM program is likely to stay at around 94%ile. The reason for the difference between the two percentiles is the fact that there are fewer candidates interested in the HRM Program at XLRI Jamshedpur. 

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