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Comprehensive Guidance for XAT 2017 Exam -  Exam Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Exam Centres, Strategy for Preparation

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XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), is one of the most reputed management exam which is conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relation Institute or Xavier School of Management), Jamshedpur. It is organized on national level on behalf of XAMI by XLRI. This is a pen and a paper based examination which aims to evaluate the managerial aptitude of candidates. XAT Exam scores are validated and are accepted by 150 B-schools of India. This exam opens a doorway of very promising career for students. This article will fetch you all the important inputs, facts and figures about the XAT exam. It will facilitate you with all necessary information about the exam process, different stages of exam and the various aspects of the examination that will help you to prepare effectively for this exam.

Eligibility for XAT Exam

  • Applicant should have done a Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years’ duration or equivalent, in any discipline from any recognized university.
  • Applicants who are appearing for their final year exams can also apply. 

XAT Exam Admission Process

The XAT application should be filled online.

  • Applicants must visit the official website of XAT, Here the applicant will be required to create a new account of himself. On this account he will be given a registration link.
  • The applicants wishing to apply for XLRI also can select the management programme of their choice from the given options. If the applicant is not interested in any of the programmes of the XLRI, then he simply needs to skip this step.
  • Further he will be asked to fill his basic details in the application form, like citizenship, educational qualifications, date of birth, work-experience etc.
  • Applicants will be given choices of test centres.

Finally, it is mandatory to upload one’s digital photograph and signature.

XAT Exam Fee

  • Those candidates who are applying for XAT only should pay Rs 1600/.
  • If a candidate is applying for XLRI also, he is required to pay an additional amount of Rs. 300/ per course.

The payment of Examination Fee can be made by the 3 modes.

Mode 1- Through online payment

  • Net banking
  • Credit or Debit Card VISA/MASTER.

Mode-2 –Through Cash Payment

  • The applicant should take the print of the XAT Pay-in-slip and make payment from the nearest IDBI bank.

Mode 3- Through Demand Draft

  • The applicant can make a DD drawn in favour of “XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT”, Jamshedpur.

Note – Applicants who are making the payment of their examination fee through the mode 2 and mode 3 should fill their application form with these details. Otherwise their form will be rejected.

XAT Exam Pattern (Syllabus)

XAT Exams have two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. The Paper 1 tests candidate’s scholastic aptitude, whereas Paper-2 tests candidates level of General awareness.

Name of Paper Areas of Paper No. of Questions. Time allocated
Paper 1 Verbal and Logical Ability 23 170 Min.
  Decision Making   26  
  Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation 29  
Paper 2 General Knowledge  25 35 min.
  Essay 1 topic  

Mode of Exam -  It is a pen and a paper based exam.

Test Centres

There are 47 test centres in India and 2 International centres abroad, where the XAT 2017, Exam will be conducted.

International Centres

  • Dubai
  • Kathmandu

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

XAT Exam Important Dates

The sale of Application form begins in the month of August every year and it closes by the end of November. The XAT Exam is usually conducted in the month of January and its results are announced within a month, i.e. in the month of January itself.

Check yourself with the following dates of XAT 2017, Exam

XAT Exam Important Dates.
Avail Application Form from 17 August, 2016
Final date of submission of Application Form ( without late fee) 30 November, 2016
Final date of submission of Application Form ( with late fee) 11 December, 2016
Admit Card issuance 20 December, 2016
Exam Date 8 January, 2017
Result announcement 31st January, 2017
Beginning of counselling process Soon afterwards the announcement of result

Some tips for preparation of the XAT exam

In order to crack the XAT exam it is important for student to cover every area of the syllabus. It is better to do preparation topic wise. The student must do exhaustive study on every topic. It should be covered from every possible angle. For reference purpose one can see the previous year’s questions. It will help student to plan and devise an effective strategy for the exam.


Q. For the XAT 2017 Exam when will the Application forms be made available?

For the XAT 2017, the application forms are made available online from 17th Aug., 2016.

Q. What is the mode of the XAT Exam?

It is a pen and a paper based exam.

Q. How much fee is charged for the application form?

For XAT 2017, Exam Rs 1600/ is charged as the application fee.

Q.  How many B-schools will accept XAT 2017, Exam scores?

For XAT 2017, exam, 150 B-schools will accept its score for admission in its various management programmes. 

Q. If one needs to apply separately for XLRI and XAT exam?

On the same XAT exam application form, an option is given to choose for the XLRI exam. One can opt for it as per his choice. For this he will be required to pay an additional amount of Rs. 300 per course of the XLRI.

Q. What is the qualification required to apply for the XAT exam?

One simply needs to have a Bachelor’s degree of minimum of three years’ duration in any discipline from a recognized university or institution.

Q. When does the counselling begins for XAT exam?

Soon after the announcement of the results.

Q. How many question papers are there in the XAT exam?

There are 2 question papers in the XAT exams, namely Paper -1 and Paper -2.

Q. What are the areas of questions in XAT exam?

The Paper-1 asks questions about aptitude whereas Paper-2 tests the candidate level of general awareness.