XAT Exam 2021 - Important Dates, Notification, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus and Result

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 - XAT 2021 registration process has been started to offer admission to the Xavier School of Management along with 149 other institutes. Candidates are advised to fill the XAT application form 2021 on or before 30th November with any late fee charges and 07th December with the late fee.

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

Likely to be 31st January 2021

Download XAT scorecard

1st week of February 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 Admit Card

Candidates who have submitted the application forms along with the prescribed fee are eligible to download the XAT 2021 admit card online. The hall tickets of XAT 2021 will be issued by the 20th December 2020. 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

XAT 2021 Answer Key

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 2021 Result

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 of the same will likely to be declared on 31st 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.

XAT 2021 Scorecard

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 2021 Cut-off

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 2021 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 2021 Preparation Tips:

  • 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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