XAT Exam 2021: Results (Released), Exam Dates, Eligibility, and Syllabus

XAT Exam

Popularly known as XAT, Xavier Aptitude Test is an all-India management aptitude exam organised by Xavier Labour Relation Institute on behalf of XAMI. XLRI conducts the exam to scan out the best students for management education. Every year, more than 1 lakh aspirants appear in the exam to pursue higher studies at XLRI and its associated institutes. The XAT score is accepted by more than 150 management institutes in India and abroad. For the year 2021, Xavier Aptitude Test is all set to be held on 03rd January 2021, while the XAT registrations 2021 has started from 12th September and continue till 30th November 2020. Let’s check out more on the upcoming XAT exam i.e. XAT 2021.

XAT 2021 Latest Notification - The XLRI i.e. Xavier’s Institute of Labour Relations has released the XAT result 2021 on 18th January. Candidates appeared for the exam on 3rd January 2021 can visit xatonline.in to download their scorecards.

Earlier, XAT admit card 2021 was released on 21st December 2020. Registered candidates can download their respective admit cards from the official website by using their XAT 2021 login credentials. The admit card will be available till XAT 2021 exam day. The exam will be held on 03rd January 2021.

Test-takers must download and take a print out of their respective XAT admit card 2021, as hard copy of the same will not be issued to anyone. The XAT admit card will contain candidate's name, photo, roll number, test venue and reporting time.

XAT Exam 2021 Overview:

Name of Exam

Xavier Aptitude Test

Popularly Known as


Conducting Authority

Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur

Exam level

National level

Exam mode


Mode of application


Exam Type

Objective and subjective-type

Official Website


Exam Commencement

03rd January 2021 (Sunday) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM


XAT Exam 2021 Important Dates

The XAT 2021 application process has begun on 12th September 2020 and will continue until the end of November 2020. Here are the important dates for the exam.

XAT 2021 Events

Important Dates

Availability of online XAT application form

12th September 2020

Last date to submit application form

30th November 2020

Last date to apply (with late fee)

07th December 2020

Issuance of admit card

20th December 2020

Commencement XAT 2021 exam

03rd January 2021

Availability of official answer key

21st January 2021

Announcement of XAT 2021 Result

18th January 2021

Download XAT scorecard

18th January 2021

XAT Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

XAT 2021 will be conducted in the online mode. It has two papers - Paper I and Paper II. The Paper I is objective-type and tests the candidate’s scholastic aptitude.

  1. Mode of exam: Online
  2. Total papers: Two papers – Paper I and Paper II
  3. Total number of questions: 98 questions
  4. Negative marking scheme: Yes, there is negative marking for every wrong answer. 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Candidates who do not attempt questions (beyond 8) will have to face 0.05 marks deduction.
  5. Sections: 5 sections. They are English Language & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Decision Making, Essay and GK.
  6. Sessions: 1 session. The exam will be conducted in one session. However, there will be a 5-minute break between Paper I and Paper II.





Paper I

Quantitative Ability


170 minutes

Decision Making


English Language & Logical Reasoning


Paper II


1 Topic

40 minutes


General Knowledge



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 XAT Exam 2021 Syllabus

Mostly management exams don’t have any specific syllabus. XLRI too follows the same pattern for Xavier Aptitude Test. Candidates appearing for the 2021 exam will not be prescribed any particular syllabi. They need to understand the exam structure and chalk out the syllabus accordingly.

Based on the previous years’ exam pattern, the experts at Exams Planner have outlined a few sections that can aptly be called the syllabi of XAT 2021. The sections and their topics are mentioned as follows –

Verbal and Logical Ability

Decision Making

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

General Knowledge

Essay Writing





For essay writing, candidates need to be very diverse and well-versed with current affairs. Essay topics are basically abstract in nature.

Sentence Correction



Books and Authors

Paragraph Formation Questions

Analytical Reasoning

Time & Distance


Fill in the Blanks




Reading Comprehension


Data Sufficiency


Analogy-based on Vocabulary


Profit & Loss





Important Dates



Time & Work

Science and Business



Scatter Plots and Bar Charts

Current affairs




National Capital



Permutation and Combination







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XAT Exam 2021 Eligibility

To sit in the exam, candidates only have to hold the Bachelor’s Degree certificate. XLRI Jamshedpur has set simple eligibility criteria for all the XAT aspirants. Take a look at the details beneath –

  • To apply for the XAT exam, candidates should be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised university. Or they should have completed 3 years’ bachelor degree programme from a well-known Institute.
  • Those appearing in the final year are eligible for the test.
  • Interested foreign nationals or NRIs (except Dubai and Kathmandu) can apply through GMAT scores
  • There’s no age bar to take the XAT exam.

XAT Exam 2021 Application Process

XAT 2021 registrations commenced on 12th September on the official website. The complete schedule of XAT 2021 released on 09th September announcing conduct of the exam on 03rd January 2021. Candidates interested in appearing for the exam can apply by paying application fee of ₹ 1,750 before deadline and ₹ 2,000 after deadline. 

The XAT 2021 application form can be filled online by visiting the official website. To do that it is important to follow the below procedure for XAT and XLRI registration –

  • Log on to www.xatonline.net.in. Here, check for the link ‘Click here for New Registration’ to create provisional ID and Password. Use your active email ID, name and contact details.
  • Read the instruction carefully before filling up the application form. The online forms once submitted won’t be changed or modified.
  • While entering your father’s/ mother’s name, ensure that the spellings are correct. Any alteration or change in the name may result in the cancellation of your candidature.
  • ‘Validate your details’ and click on the ‘Save & Next’ tab.
  • Upload the scanned images of photograph and signature (50 KB for photograph & 20 KB for signature) as per the instructions mentioned.
  • ‘Preview’ the application form if all the required fields are filled before clicking on the ‘FINAL SUBMIT’ button.
  • In case of any discrepancy, modify the details before hitting the SUBMIT button.
  • Proceed further with the ‘Payment’ tab.
  • Now, ‘SUBMIT’!

Payment of Fees -

The application fee amount can be released through both the online and offline modes.

  • Online Mode of Payment – Online payment can be done via credit card, debit card, net banking (only for IDBI and SBI account holders).
  • Offline Mode of PaymentCash payment and the demand draft in favour of “XLRI Jamshedpur payable at Jamshedpur” are the offline payment options available to the candidates. Those who make DD need to visit the login page of XAT and update the Demand Draft details such as Bank Name, Date and the DD Number. Moreover, such students need to send the application form along with the Demand Draft to “The Chairperson, Admissions, XLRI, Circuit House Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001”. This process of sending the DD should be done with 15 days from the date of issuance of the Demand Draft.

XAT Registration Fee (without late fee)

₹ 1700

XLRI Programmes

₹ 300

XAT Registration Fee (with late fee)

₹ 2000

XLRI Programmes

₹ 500

NRI & Foreign Fee

₹ 5000

What to Remember while filling up for New Registration?

  • After providing all the basic information, candidates will be sent an email on their registered email ID. This email will carry the provisional XAT ID and Password.
  • Ensure that the email ID remains valid for all future communication.
  • For working professionals, personal email ID should be the primary email address. In case, they switch jobs, they don’t have to switch their email address.
  • Make sure you have added - [email protected] in the anti-Spam software as a trusted source. Otherwise, you might not receive any emails in the inbox from XAT. Instead, you might get them in the junk folder.
  • Make certain that you are able to access all emails from time to time. Also, log in to - www.xatonline.net.in with your personal XAT ID and Password to keep a check on emails from XAT and its associates.
  • Along with the email ID, ensure that the mobile number that you have provided is correct and active.

XAT 2021 Test Centres

The Xavier Aptitude Test 2021 will be held across India and in two International cities. They are mentioned underneath.

Test Centres in India -

  • 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

Test Centres across Two International Cities -

  • Dubai
  • Kathmandu

Other Details

XAT 2021 Mock Test -

XAT 2021 mock test is designed to resemble the actual online exam that is scheduled to be held on 3rd January 2021. Just like the exam, XAT 2021 Mock Test will have to be attempted in total time duration of 180 minutes. The mock test consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions with each question having 5 options as answers. Moreover, the XAT 2020 Official Mock Test consists of Two Parts and the Exam Pattern for the same is given below:




Number of Questions

Part 1


165 Minutes


Design Making


Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation


Part 2

General Awareness

15 Minutes


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XAT Mock Test Highlights

In terms of marking policy, the XAT 2021 exam will follow negative marking policy as well.

  • As part of this policy, candidates will be awarded +1 mark for each correct answer while -0.25 marks will be dedicated from the total for every wrong answer.
  • -10 mark would also be deducted from the total marks scored for every unattempted question after first 8 unattempted questions.
  • The mock test instructions also state that the negative marking policy will not apply in case of Part II or General Awareness Section.

How To Apply for Official XAT 2021 Mock Test?

In order to make attempting the XAT 2020 Official mock test easier for the candidates, the link for the same has been placed on the homepage of the official XAT 2021 website i.e. xatonline.in. Alternatively, candidates can also follow the simple steps listed below to attempt the Official XAT 2020 Mock Test

  1. Visit official website i.e. xatonline.in.
  2. Find and Click on Link for Mock Test given in the top menu.
  3. You will be redirected to Mock Test Login Page.
  4. Click on Sign In Button given on the page to attempt the test.
  5. New Pop-up window will showcase the mock test instructions.
  6. Click Next Button to attempt the Mock Test.

XAT Admit Card 2021

Candidates who have submitted the application forms along with the prescribed fee are eligible to download the XAT 2021 admit card online. The XAT aspirants are advised to use their login credentials (ID and Password) to download and take a printout for future use. The call letter is supposed to possess details like the name of the candidate, DOB, centre name & address and exam day instructions.

How to Download XAT Admit Card 2021?

Candidates can download their XAT admit card/hall ticket from the official XAT 2021 website using their User ID and password. Check the steps to download the admit card below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of XAT 2021.
  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Login’ tab.
  • Step 3: Enter details like XAT User ID, password and click on login.
  • Step 4: Click on Hall Ticket tab.
  • Step 5: Option to download XAT hall ticket will appear.
  • Step 6: Click on download and save as pdf.

Details Mentioned on XAT Admit Card 2021

Each candidate's XAT 2021 admit card will contain following information:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Candidate’s photo
  • Candidate's date of birth
  • Candidate's category
  • Candidate’s XAT ID
  • Exam date
  • Exam time
  • Exam venue
  • Instructions regarding exam/exam day

XAT Answer Key 2021

Xavier Labour Relation Institute, Jamshedpur will release the answer key of Xavier Aptitude Test 2021 on 21st January. It will be available in PDF format, which will further help the candidates check their answers and estimate scores accordingly. With the help of the answer key, the students can easily make out from which colleges they will get a call from.

XAT Result 2021

To check the XAT result 2021, students can log on to the official website (already mentioned above) and use XAT ID and Password. The result has been declared on 18th January 2021. The hard copy of the results will be sent by the authority to the registered address of the candidates. It would mainly contain the scorecard (overall score). The scorecard needs to be preserved well until the admission process is accomplished.

Here are the steps to check your XAT 2021 result –

  • Visit the official website – www.xatonline.in.
  • An “Important Notice” will pop up on the screen.
  • Look through it and click on the link “XAT Score Card Click Here”.
  • Enter details like XAT ID, DOB and login in the desired fields.
  • This will then bring up the XAT result.
  • Check your scorecard and click on the link “Download XAT Score Card”.
  • Now, take a printout of the scorecard for future use.

XAT Scorecard 2021

After the declaration of result, the authority will release the XAT scorecard 2021 at the official website. It can be accessed in between 1st week of February 2021. The scorecard will carry overall as well as individual subject marks.

XAT Cut-off 2021

Various factors determine the XAT cut-off 2021 – difficulty level of the entrance test, the number of seats offered in the programme, the number of test takers, etc. The cut-off will be declared after the results are out.

XAT Selection Procedure:

The selection procedure comprises two major stages –

  1. Students are shortlisted based on the XAT score and the cut-off of the participating institutes.
  2. Writing Ability Test (Essay Writing or Group Activity or Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview)

The selection process varies from institute to institute. The overall profile of the candidates will be checked and verified.

XAT Preparation Tips for 2021 exams:

  • Be well-versed with the syllabi and exam pattern
  • Prepare an exam-like timetable
  • Practice mock test series and previous years’ sample papers and question papers
  • Follow the best study materials and books
  • Take ample rest and follow a healthy diet

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