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XAT Exam: Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility and Tips

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MBA PREPARATION Published on 06 November 2020

Xavier Admission Test or XAT is an all India level management entrance test conducted by XLRI(Xavier Labour Research Institute), Jameshedpur and is a very prestigious one. Apart from XLRI, there are more than 80 other management institutes that consider XAT score as one of the criteria for admission into their management programs. XAT is usually conducted across 46 cities across the country. In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about XAT.


XAT is the only step toward taking the admission in the XLRI and other 80 institutes who accept this test score. In addition, a candidate has to undergo the selection process of the desired institute to qualify for the admission to the Post Graduate program of the institute.


XAT Exam Pattern


XAT is an examination consisting of four sections to be solved in 180 minutes. There is no sectional time so students have ample amount of time to solve questions but it is advised to students to set a time limit for each of the four sections so they can solve least numbers of questions to pass sectional cutoffs. The question paper consists of 100 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions). For every correct answer a candidate gets 1 mark and ⅓ marks is deducted for an incorrect answer.


XAT Eligibility Criteria


The minimum eligibility criteria for XAT is given below:


  1. A candidate appearing for XAT exam should have Bachelor’s degree (or Equivalent) in any discipline, recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as eligible for Postgraduate studies, in Management.
  2. A final year Degree course student can also apply for XAT, provisionally.



Know the XAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme


  1. Number of Section : 4
  2. Total Questions : 100
  3. Total Marks : 100
  4. Score awarded for each correct answer : 1
  5. Score deducted for each wrong answer : -0.25
  6. No Negative Marking in General Knowledge



 Tips and Strategies for XAT


One needs to know the complete XAT exam guide to prepare for the exam. Here we will discuss various tips and strategies for the XAM examination. However, one should know that XAT is one of the toughest exam to crack, and requires dedicated time and efforts. The exam consists of four sections so there should be equal attention given to each section.


  1. Analyze the topics which you have good hold on and the topics which need your attention. 
  2. Practice mock tests regularly.
  3. Join study groups on social media like: Facebook, WhatsApp and telegram.
  4. Focus on shortcuts techniques and strategies. It will help candidates to solve complex problems in a shorter time frame.
  5. Do SWOT analysis ( Identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat)


This was all you need to know about XAT. Remember to know the complete details such as the exam patter, syllabus, eligibility criteria, etc before applying for the exam. For more updates, visit the official portal of XAT. Good luck!

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