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About XAT Exam

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI member colleges, over 1,000 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post-graduate management programmes. The XAT question paper consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. XAT cut offs for XLRI’s PGDM-BM programme are usually around 95 percentile for male candidates and 92 percentile for female candidates.

Eligibility Criteria

To be able to appear for the exam, it is mandatory to fulfill the below given XAT eligibility criteria. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university. Students in their final year of bachelor’s degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply. There is no minimum marks criteria for XAT exam Working professionals and candidates with professional degrees (CA/CS) are also eligible to apply.


XAT Details 

XAT Full Form 

Xavier Aptitude Test

Conducting Body

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3.30 hours

Exam Syllabus

·         Decision Making

·         Verbal & Logical Ability

·         Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

·         General Knowledge

·         Essay Writing

Exam Pattern

100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

INR 2,000 (all categories)

Exam Purpose

Admission to 1,000+ MBA colleges

Course Offered


No. of test takers

Nearly 98,000

No. of Test Cities

79 (in 2023)

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