XAT 2018: Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, Exam Date, Cutoff

XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test 2018 is the MBA entrance exam for admission to XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other 130 MBA colleges across the country. XAT 2018 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XLRI has been convening Xavier Aptitude Test for the last 60 years.

Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT is the second largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in 11 member institutes and 125 Associate institutes accepting XAT exam scores. XLRI and other top rated MBA colleges in India will accept XAT 2018 exam scores. XAT exam 2018 will be conducted by XLRI for admission to MBA/PGDM 2018-20 batch in about 140 MBA colleges accepting XAT exam scores in the academic year 2018-19.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the two most important MBA entrance exams in India and is the second largest exam after CAT. Conducted by XLRI, XAT is the gateway to top B-schools including XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other top B-schools in India. XAT is the oldest MBA entrance exam being conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for the last 60 years.

There are 11 member institutes and more than 140 Associate institutes who would accept XAT 2018 exam scores. XLRI and other top rated MBA colleges in India will offer admission for the academic session 2018-19 on the basis of XAT 2018 exam scores


XAT 2018: Important Dates

Date of Commencement of Application August 16, 2017
Last Date to apply without late fee November 30, 2017
Last Date to apply with late fee December 15, 2017
Downloading of Admit Cards December 20, 2017 onwards
Date of Exam January 7, 2017
Test Timings 10.00 am to 01.35 pm
Mode of Examination Online computer based


Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 16-08-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)Registration – Online: 16-08-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)Late Registration – Online: 30-11-2017 05:00 PM (Confirm)Admit Card Release: 20-12-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)

    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 7, 2018 – 10:00 to 13:30 (Confirm)

    Result: 31-01-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)

XAT Verbal & Logical Ability: Critical Reasoning & Reading Comprehension areas have historically dominated this section. Thrust is on reasoning skills. Purely vocabulary-based questions are rarely asked. This section requires a very fine balance between quick reading and comprehension skills. Practicing across Mock Tests is essential for superior performance.

XAT Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning: This forms the most unique part of the XAT exam. Consisting of various business and everyday situations, you are meant to establish what the various stakeholders should do in the situation given. In general, the situations given in these questions set up interesting dilemmas for the parties involved, and most of the choices involve an analysis of the possible gains and losses with each course of action adopted. Different types of questions probed in these areas include: ethical dilemmas, financial issues involving sales, revenues etc. of a company, employee management issues and general management scenarios. As far as what kind of decisions you should make, ensure that the decision taken is unbiased and does not favor one particular party, ethical, balanced and from the perspective of all stakeholders involved. Do not lose your objectivity in the entire process and do not let your own biases cloud your judgment.

XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: Majority of the questions featured in this area have come from Geometry, Number Systems, Functions, P&C, Probability and Data Interpretation. Strong conceptual base in the above topics, with a good application orientation is the key to doing well. Thrust areas are Geometry, Number Systems, P&C, Probability and Functions.

XAT General Knowledge: As far as XAT is concerned, general knowledge made its first appearance in the exam in 2013. Put greater emphasis on economics and business related facts. Preparing current events for the last 6 months is essential. In static GK part, focus on awards, books & authors and geography.


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