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XAT Exam 2023

Xavier Aptitude Test Pattern
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
Essay 1 (To be evaluated upon shortlisting)
Total 100 100

The exam pattern is designed to evaluate candidates' knowledge on different subjects like:

  • Language Comprehension
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness

The exam pattern changes frequently. But most of the time the total number of questions, the marking scheme and time duration of the exam that changes. The sections and the basic syllabus of these sections remain more or less the same.

XAT 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 5 sections
  • There is no sectional time limit.
  • Each question carries 4 marks.
  • In total, there will be 100 questions holding 400 marks.
  • For incorrect answers, 1/4 mark will be reduced.
  • For percentage calculation GK section is not counted
  • There is no negative marking for GK
  • 1 marks for correct answer

2023 Test Structure:

  • There is essay writing
  • XAT Exam Date for 2023 is to be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in an online mode
  • 25 minutes extra is given to visually impaired candidates to complete the first 3 sections
  • NAT question pattern has been introduced by XLRI. To answer NAT candidates have to use the virtual key pad appearing on the computer screen and enter the numerical answer.
  • Candidates will get a negative marking penalty of 0.10 mark for each un-attempted question beyond 8

XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission in management programmes. More than 90,000 candidates appear in the exam every year. The marks are accepted by XLRI and more than 150 business schools.

General XAT Exam Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree of minimum three years or equivalent
  • Post graduate candidates will have to put their PG percentage in application instead of graduation percentage
  • Final year students are also eligible to apply
  • There is no minimum aggregate marks criterion for the exam
  • There is no limit to attempting for the exam
  • There is no age limit
  • All backlogs have to be clear before the admission through the exam
  • NRI and foreign candidates can apply through GMAT (except for Dubai and Kathmandu, where they have the provision for XAT)

Apart from General criteria, there is programme-wise criteria for HRM, BM and GM.

XAT Admit Card:

  • The conducting body will release XAT Admit Card through online mode on 20th December 2023
  • It is an important document which the candidates need to carry on the day of examination with a photo identity proof
  • Registered candidates can download the admit card by logging in the official website https://xatonline.in/ with their XAT ID and password
  • The exam will be conducted in 71 test cities
  • They can download the admit card till the day of examination

Documents required to carry - any of the following for valid id proof to the examination centre:

  • Aadhar card
  • Driving License
  • Voter ID card
  • Employee ID card
  • Valid college ID
  • Passport
  • PAN card

XAT Exam Date 2023 is on Sunday, January 8 2023

Candidates must check for the details mentioned in the admit card:

  • XAT ID and password (to be used for login in the computer at the exam centre)
  • Instructions and guidelines for the examination day
  • Exam duration
  • Photograph and signature of the candidates
  • Google link
  • Name of the candidate
  • Name and address of the centre
  • Date of birth
  • Test city
  • Reporting time and examination time
  • Reference number
  • Exam date
  • Gate closure time

XAT stands for Xavier Aptitude Test, which is a national-level management entrance test
The exam is conducted by XLRI – Xavier School of Management.
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.
There is no age limit.

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