XAT 2023 - Xavier Aptitude Test


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level entrance test for admission into XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and many other prestigious b-schools in India. XLRI Jamshedpur is the exam conducting body for Xavier Aptitude test (XAT). The exam is conducted online on the first Sunday in January. Xavier School of Management (earlier called Xavier Labour Relations Institute - XLRI) is among the top 10 b-schools in India, and considered to be the best for HR. Along with this, a lot of b-schools accept the XAT score. This makes XAT one of the most widely taken tests after CAT, and therefore, competitive.


You must have at least a 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university to apply for the exam. You can also be in your final year of graduation.
Minimum aggregate marks are not required to apply for XAT.
Eligibility criteria do not impose any maximum age bar to appear for the exam.
NRI or foreign nationals can apply through GMAT or XAT scores.
Once you are shortlisted by XLRI or the relevant b-schools, you have to clear the selection process to get selected.


XAT exam is conducted in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs to be solved in 180 minutes. The essay writing section has been restored for XAT 2022. There is no sectional time limit in XAT exam, except for GK and essay writing which has a combined time frame of 25 minutes making the entire exam 190 minutes long.

Number of sections - Question in each section Verbal and Logical Ability - 26
Decision Making - 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation - 28
General Knowledge - 25
Essay writing test - 1 essay of 250 words
Total 5 sections - 101
Type of question MCQ with 5 answer choices for each
Mode of exam Online
Marking scheme Each correct answer carries +1 mark
Each wrong answer carries -0.25 mark
If more than 8 question are un-attempted, then each unattempted question (after 8) carries -0.1 mark
The GK section does not carry any negative marks for errors
Total Time 190 minutes in total, of which 165 minutes are allotted for Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation combined.
The remaining 25 minutes has been allotted for General Knowledge (GK) and Essay writing test.


XLRI does not release an official syllabus, but the structure has remained constant over the last few years. XAT has 3 unique sections: Decision Making, General Knowledge and Essay writing test. Marks in the General Knowledge and Essay writing test sections are not considered for percentile calculation, however it plays a crucial role in the selection process.

Verbal and Logical Ability Reading Comprehension (includes a poem), Inference, Jumbled Paragraphs, Grammar Questions, Fill in the Blanks, Analogies
Decision Making Caselet Questions where a suitable course of action is required.
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Arithmetic - Percentage, Profit and Loss, Ratio, Proportion and Variation, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Speed, Time and work, Average, Mixture and Alligation.
Algebra - Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Logarithm, Inequalities and Functions.
Modern Maths - Permutation and Combination, Probability, Set theory and Sequence and Series.
Geometry - Lines and Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Coordinate geometry, Trigonometry and Menstruation.
Numbers - Number Theory, Factors and Reminders, Divisibility, Number systems, Surds and Indices.
Miscellaneous Quant
DI - Set Theory, Scatter Plot, Venn Diagram, Table based, Reasoning-based questions, Data Sufficiency, Game based, Mixed Graph, Combination.
General Knowledge Economics, National and International Current Affairs, Business, Constitution of India and Laws, Politics, Capitals and Currencies, Geography, Famous Personalities, Books and Authors, Science and Technology, Awards and Recognition.

Important Dates

The XAT 2023 application will be made available on the official XAT site . You can choose to apply for Business Management (BM) and/or Human Resources (HR) for XLRI.

XAT Registration Date
XAT 2023 Registration 10th August 2022
XAT Registration Charges without Late Fee Yet to be announced
XAT 2023 Registration ends Yet to be announced
XAT Registration Charges with Late Fee Yet to be announced
XAT Exam Date 8th January 2023

XAT Registration link: XAT XLRI

Colleges & Cut-offs

Top Colleges that Accept XAT Scores

90-100th Percentile 1. Xavier School of Management (Xavier Labour Relations Institute - XLRI), Jamshedpur
2. Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar
3. Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
80-90th Percentile 1. Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad (XAT cut-off can vary, as the final selection of candidates will be based on MICAT, GE & PI)
2. Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai
3. TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
4. Goa Institute of Management, GIM, Goa
5. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
6. FORE School of Management (FSM), New Delhi
7. Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand
70-80th Percentile 1. Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur
2. Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WE School), Mumbai
3. Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida
4. Alliance University, Anekal
5. Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai
6. Institute of Financial Management & Research (IFMR), Sri City
7. Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani