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XAT 2017
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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is national-level pen and paper based management aptitude test. It is conducted every year by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur.

 XAT 2017 will be held on January 8, 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Registration process closed on November 30, 2016. Candidates can apply till December 11, 2016 with late fee.  

XLRI conducts the exam on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes for admission to MBA, PGDM and other management courses.

XAT 2017 would be conducted across India in the following cities.
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.


Last year, XAT authorities announced quite a few significant test pattern changes on the official website:

  1. In the main question paper (Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation sections), the total number of questions has been brought down to 78.
  2. Candidates will have 170 minutes to answer the main question paper, which means the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. Earlier, the total time for objective part of the test was 150 minutes. 
  3. Now comes the tricky part. In order to encourage students attempt more questions with accuracy, XAT 2017 question paper will be created in such a manner that that the top hundred students will be able to complete the test within 170 minutes. The idea behind this is to reduce the low range of scores and encourage good students to do well. 
  4. Aspirants have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any non-attempted question will carry a negative mark of 0.05 marks per question.
  5. There’d also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
  6. Number of questions in GK section has been reduced to 25. However, the time to answer GK and Essay section remains same – 35 minutes.
  7. There’s no negative marking in GK section.


Minimum Criteria


Here are the eligibility criteria for XAT 2017:

  • Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Final year students can also (completing final examination by June 10, 2017) can also apply. 


The eligibilty for XLRI programmes like Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management (BM) is similar. Candidates with three years of work experience will be given preference in Global Business Management.

NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT scores.

Note: There’s no specific age limit for XAT exam.

Application Process

Registrations for XAT 2017 ended on November 30, 2016. Those who missed it, can apply till December 11, 2016 with late fee.


To register for XAT, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account with personal email id. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.

One needs to click on the link and create their own password for future logins.

Post that, candidates will be guided through a few more steps to complete registration.

XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:

  • Business Management (BM)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Global Business Management(GBM)
  • General Management Programme (GMP).

“Candidates not interested in any of the XLRI programmes can skip this step,” informed the official website.

Exam Pattern

XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. The idea behind conducting XAT in written mode is to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds are at par. It also ensures that XAT aspirants are tested on exactly the same set of questions.


XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are:


  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. English Language & Logical Reasoning
  3. Decision Making
  4. GK & Essay


XAT exam pattern is one of the most difficult management entrance exams to crack. It is important to select the right balance of questions since the beginning of the exam. Here are some tips for XAT exam preparation.


The total number of questions in the main part (VA, DI, DM) has been brought down to 78 and the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. The candidates would have 170 minutes to answer the questions. Students can choose have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unattempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. There would also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer. The number of questions in the GK has been reduced to twenty-five and there would be no negative marking in this section.


XAT is a pen and paper-based exam. The test is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Here are some syllabus details, based from last year’s XAT paper pattern.


Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)


In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are some of the quant topics that are covered in the exam:

  •          Percentage
  •          Profit and Loss
  •          Ratio
  •          Variation
  •          Time and Work
  •          Time, Speed and Distance
  •          Tables and Caselets
  •          Probability
  •          Critical Path
  •          Averages and Partnerships
  •          Alligations and Mixtures
  •          Algebra
  •          Linear and Quadratics Equations
  •          Surds and Indices
  •          Inequalities
  •          Logarithms
  •          Numbers
  •          Mensuration and Geometry, etc



English Language & Logical Reasoning


Topics in this section include:

  •          Fill in the blanks (vocab and grammar based)
  •          Grammar questions
  •          Para Completion and inference
  •          Reading Comprehension
  •          Verbal Logic
  •          Parajumbles.



Decision Making


Topics under this section includes:

  •          Decision making
  •          Sets
  •          Logical reasoning



General Knowledge


The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topis:

  •          Awards and winners
  •          Business
  •          Economy
  •          Government and Politics
  •          Science
  •          Famous Personalities
  •          History
  •          Geography
  •          Current affairs
  •          Important happenings around the World
  •          Static GK

XAT GK section is dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram. 





Essay section has no fixed subject. Essay topic could vary from general affairs to abstract subject. The idea to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order.


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