About XAT Exam - 2023

XAT 2023 details have been released and this time XAT will be conducted on January 08, 2023. The registration process for the exam has been started and remains open till November 30, 2022. All interested candidates have to visit the official website of the XAT exam in order to fill up their application forms. Like the past few years, the registration process is completely online and there is no provision for offline form submission.

XAT 2023 notification was officially released by XLRI who is the conducting body of the exam. As detailed mentioned in the notification there is a major change introduced in the exam pattern, syllabus, or in marking scheme. Also, essay writing will be part of the examination that was reintroduced by XAT last year. Scores obtained from essay writing will not be considered while calculating the percentile but they will be part of the assessment in the personal interview round. Complete clarity about the essay writing section will be known after XLRI released the mock test series.

About XAT Exam

What is XAT Exam?

XAT or Xavier aptitude test is a management entrance exam organized at the national level by Xaviers School of Management, Jamshedpur. XAT is conducted for offering seats to management courses offered by various colleges. It is designed to filter the most deserving candidate among all applicants. Not only XAT and 10 XAMI member colleges, but more than 1200 business schools consider the score of XAT for admissions in PG management courses. Like other management entrance exams in India, it also tests the aptitude-related skills of candidates. The XAT exam syllabus includes - Logical reasoning, Verbal ability, Data Interpretation, General Knowledge, Quantitative ability, and essay writing. In total 100 MCQ-based questions are asked in the exam on above-mentioned topics.

Imporant Information and Updates of XAT 2023 Exam

Point Details
Full Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Level National
Motive Admission into MBA/PGDM/EPGDM/PGCM courses offered by AICTE approved colleges
Conducting Body XLRI, Jamshedpur
XAT Exam Date January 08, 2023
Duration 190 minutes (3 hours + 10 Minutes)
Exam Mode Online Computer Based Test (CBT)
Medium of Exam English
Number of Questions 100
Total Marks 100
Number of Applicants Around 1,00,000
Fee of Exam Form For All Candidates - 2000/- INR
Exam Centers 75+ Cities in India
Sections in Exam Mainly 5 Sections - Essay Writing, Logical and Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge

Eligibility Criteria of XAT 2023

If you are looking to participate in XAT then you need to satisfy the below-mentioned criteria :

  • Candidates need to have a 3 year graduatiom degree in any stream from any recognised university.
  • FInal year students or the candidates waititng for result are eligible for this exam.
  • Unlike other entrance exam here no minimum marks required.
  • Also there is no limitation on age.
  • Candidates with professional degree or working expiernce are also eligible.

Exam Registration

As mentioned earlier in this article, the registration process for this exam started on August 10, 2022. Interested students can fill up their exam form by visiting the official XAT site on or before November 30, 2022, as it is the last date to apply. The XAT 2023 registration process will be online like any other exam and mandatory for everyone who wants to appear in this exam. XLRI will charge 1800/- INR from all the candidates for exam registration.

XAT Syllabus

Classification of XAT Exam Syllabus
Topic Sub-Topic
General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • Scienece, Business & Economy
  • Constitution of India
  • World
  • Sports & Awards
Quanatative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • Profit and loss, Interest, Average & Percentage
  • Arithmetic Ratio
  • Data Interpretation
  • Linear and Quadratic equation
  • Pie Chart and Table
Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Articles
  • RC Passages
  • Grammer
  • JCritical Reasoning
  • Fill in the blanks
Desicion Making
  • Assumptions
  • Data Arrangements
  • Grouping and Conditioning
  • Conclusions
  • Caselets

In 2022, essay writing was reintroduced in the exam and become part of the overall syllabus. Although the number of essay writing will not be considered during the calculation of the percentile. But it will be taken into count while the personal interview round.

Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

  • All the questions asked in the exam will be MCQ (multiple choice questions) based.
  • A total of 100 questions will come in the exam.
  • XAT 2023 will have 5 compulsory sectionn.
  • The exam mode will be online computer based.
  • Candidates will get 1 marks for every right answer they do.
  • There is a negative marking in this exam and -0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • No marks will be deducted for an empty answer.
  • Candidates have to solve the question paper in 190 minutes.

XAT Selection Process

Many students think the XAT Selection process only consists of online exams but that's not the case all the time. Almost all the top management institutes conduct a complete XAT selection process which includes - Exam, Group Discussion and Personal Interviews. As mentioned earlier that each business school has its own criteria for XAT Scores and according to that they give weightage to all the rounds which can be different. For securing admission a candidate needs to clear all the rounds of selection process mentioned below.

  • Candidates who have scored marks more than the qualifying xat exam cutoff will be shortlisted for further rounds. After successful qualification in the exam, candidates are required to fill up the application form and book their slot for GD and PI rounds.
  • Participating in the GD and Personal Interview Rounds.
  • After All three round institute will declares the final merit list.

XAT Exam Expected Cut-Off of Top MBA Colleges

XAT Expected 2023 Cut Off
No. Name of College Cutoff Percentile 2023 Location
1 XLRI Jamshedpur 96+ Jamshedpur
2 IMT 92+ Ghaziabad
3 XIMB 93+ Bhubaneshwar
4 Great Lakes Institute of Management 85 Chennai
5 KJ Somaiya Institute of Management 90 Mumbai
6 FORE School of Management 85 Delhi
7 TAPMI Institute 80 Bangalore
8 XIME 80 Bangalore
9 Birla Institute of Management Technology 83 Greater Noida
10 LIBA Chennai 82 Chennai

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is XAT Exam?
XAT also known as the Xaviers Apitutes test is a management entrance exam conducted on a national level. XLRI Jamshedpur conducts this examination every year. In total 1200+ management institutes across India accept the scores of this exam for the admission process.
Any person with a graduation degree of a minimum of three years in any stream from any recognized university is eligible for this exam. Unlike other entrance exam there is no provision of minimum marks for candidats. Also, students in the final years of their graduation can take this exam.
XAT exam syllabus consists of 5 sections - General Knowledge, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Essay Writing. Although essay writing marks will not consider while calculating the percentile.
XAT exam registration fee is 2000/- INR and it is the same for all categories of students. All the candidates have to pay the fee online during the registration process.
XAT is less difficult in comparison to CAT, GMAT, or CMAT. With 85+ percentile a candidate can secure a seat in the best MBA colleges accepting XAT scores. Also in this exam students have 190 minutes to solve the question paper which is almost twice the of other MBA entrance exams.

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