XAT 2023

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XAT Exam 2023

XAT Highlights:

  • Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level examination conducted by XLRI or Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI.
  • The exam is for admission to MBA/ PGDM programmes in XLRI.
  • For 70 years XLRI is conducting XAT to select students at all India level to select students for management education.
  • Candidates can apply by registering online
  • Apart from XLRI and Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) member, 150 b-schools accept admissions in B-schools for the management programmes
  • The exam pattern: Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.
  • XLRI offers courses like PGDM HRM, PGDM BM (Full-time residential programmes), Exec- FPM, and BM (Part-time Programmes for Working Executives), to name a few.
  • More than 1,00,000 candidates from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities, Science, Law apply and appear in the exam every year
XAT Exam 2023
XAT exam January 8, 2023
Registration dates 10th August to Nov 30th 2022
Admit Card Released On 20th December 2022
Registration fees 2000
Application Fee 200
2023 Test Structure
Sections Negative Marking Marks Allotted
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 1 mark for correct answer; 0.25 for wrong answer; Un-attempted question beyond 8 carries -0.10 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 1 mark for correct answer; no negative markings 25

XAT Application 2023

Application Highlights:

  • Registration cum application process for the 2023 exam will start from 10th August to Nov 30th 2022
  • The application process will end by Nov 30th 2022
  • The fee for all category is 2000 Rs, unless increased by the conducting authority
  • Candidates need to enter their personal and academic details while filling the form
  • The application form can be completed in a few simple steps
  • Candidates need to visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur.
  • While filling the form candidates need to pay the application fee as well as they need to upload the requisite documents.

XAT Syllabus

Verbal Ability Syllabus
English Vocabulary based questions Reading Comprehension
Jumbled Paragraphs Grammar
Completion of paragraph Completion of sentences
Correction of errors in sentences, correct use of words Antonyms and Synonyms
Fill in the blanks Interpretations
Vocabulary-Based Analogy
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretations Syllabus
Number Systems Ratio and Proportions
LCM Simple and Compound Interests
HCF Venn Diagrams
Simplification Geometry
General Awareness Syllabus
Politics Books and Authors
Sports Awards and Honors
Technology Countries – Capital/Currency
Logical Reasoning
Statements-Based Logical Reasoning Semi-Quantitative topics
Paragraph-Based Logical Reasoning Situational questions

XAT Preparation

This exam has no age limits which is conducted online annually like CAT but with less time duration. The exam is divided into four sections:

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge

Some of the preparation tips for the exam:

  • First is to start early
  • Get familiar with the syllabus- while most of the questions are based on the basic concepts, some of the questions can be tricky and may require a lot of logical thinking.
  • Indentify and analyze the strong and weak areas. Work on the areas of improvement
  • Practicing mock tests is one of the most important tips that will provide useful insights into the exam. It makes easier for the students o understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Revise the concepts. Try to brush up the mathematical and quantitative ability concepts as it is one of the toughest section to clear
  • Time management is an important matter for entrance exam. Students must have a clear idea on how much time to spend in each sections.
  • Having a good fundamental knowledge. Most of the questions to come in the exams are basic fundamental concepts
  • Prepare a timetable

XAT Exam

XAT Exam Pattern 2023
Section No. of Questions Total Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 27 27
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 26 26
Decision Making 21 21
General Awareness 25 25
Total 99 99

Exam highlights:

  • It is consists of Multiple Choice Questions
  • All the MCQ have five options with one correct option
  • Duration is 3 hours
  • The exam has 4 sections
  • There is no sectional time limit.
  • Each question carries 4 marks.
  • In total, there will be 100 questions holding 400 marks.
  • For percentage calculation GK section is not counted
  • For incorrect answers, 1/4 mark will be reduced.
  • Exam pattern for 2023 is expected to be same as 2021
  • There is no negative marking for GK
  • 1 marks for correct answer

XAT Ranking

XAMI Member Institutes
Institute Location
Loyola Institute of Business Administration Chennai
XLRI Xavier School of Management Jamshedpur
Xavier Institute of Social Service Ranchi
St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR) Chennai
Xavier Institute of Management Jabalpur, MP
Xavier Institute of Management & Research Mumbai
Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Bangalore
Xavier Business School (XBS), St .Xavier's University Kolkata
St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology Mangalore
Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar
St. Joseph's Institute of Management Bangalore
Colleges accepting XAT
Institute Location
MICA Ahmedabad
XLRI Jamshedpur
XIM Bhubaneswar
IMT Ghaziabad
S.P.Jain Mumbai
GIM Panaji
IIFM Bhopal
K J Somaiya Mumbai
Acharya IOM Bangalore
Amity Noida

XAT Counselling

Stages of Counselling: The counselling procedure has various stages. The detailed description of these stages are given below -

  • Firstly, students will have to register online and apply for the counselling process. Without registration they cannot participate in the selection round.
  • Students need to pay the registration fee (fee will vary according to the colleges/universities).
  • Second stage is to fill their choice and lock the same. It is to be noted that after the choice section is locked, the data cannot be altered
  • Third is the seat allotment round. Students will get seats according to their rank, preference of the course and availability of the seats. Candidates with good ranks will have the first choice to select colleges according to their interest.

XAT stands for Xavier Aptitude Test, which is a national-level management entrance test.
The exam is conducted by XLRI – Xavier School of Management.
The registration process for XAT 2023 started on August 10, 2022.
  • MICA, Ahmedabad
  • S.P. Jain, Mumbai
  • XLRI, Jamshedpur
  • ITM, Navi Mumbai
  • Christ College, Bangalore
As per the official website, the XAT application fee is Rs 2,000.
There is no age limit.
Yes, XAT is more difficult than CAT. According to students and experts alike, the questions in XAT Quant, DI, and Verbal Ability are more difficult than those in CAT.
The duration is 3 hours and 35 minutes.
No, there is no restriction on the number of times you can attempt the XAT exam. XAT is conducted once every year.
No, IIMs will not grant admission based on XAT 2023 exam scores.

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