About XAT Exam

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is an MBA Entrance level exam conducted in order to get admission into XLRI. The aspirants planning to appear in the upcoming XAT exam must check all the details, including exam dates, registration, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, and more.

Registration is now ongoing on the XLRI official website. The aspirants who are thinking of appearing in XAT 2023 should first complete the registration before 30th November 2022. XAT 2023 notification was released on 9th August 2022 by XLRI on its official website. As per the latest update, the XAT exam is to be held on 8th January, 2023. 

XAT Exam Highlights

XAT Full formXavier Aptitude Test
Conducting BodyXLRI Jamshedpur (Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur)
Exam LevelNational
Mode of the ExamOnline
Number of Questions100 MCQs carrying 1 mark each + 1 Essay (250 words)
Number of Sections in XAT5 (3 sections in Part 1 and 2 sections in Part 2)
XAT Exam Syllabus

Part 1: 

Verbal and Logical Ability

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation

Decision Making

Part 2: 

General Awareness/ Knowledge

Essay Writing

XAT Time Duration190 minutes (Part 1- 165 minutes & Part 2 – 25 minutes)
Mode of XAT Application FormOnline
XAT 2023 Application Fee

INR 2000 (without late charges) + INR 200 for every XLRI program.

INR 2500 (Indian Candidates applying through GMP through GMAT)

INR 5000 (NRI or Foreign Candidates applying for one or multiple programs through GMAT)

Eligibility CriteriaBachelor’s degree
Courses OfferedMBA/PGDM/Executive Diploma
Number of AttemptsNo Restriction
Official Website for XAT 2023xatonline. in

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XAT Eligibility Criteria

The applicants who are aiming at XAT Exam 2023 must check the XAT Eligibility before registering for the exam. The XAT Exam includes educational qualifications, nationality, and age limit. Go through the following points in order to know the exact XAT exam eligibility.

  • The candidate must have completed 3 years of Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university in India
  • Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to appear for the XAT exam.  
  • Working professionals and individuals with professional degrees (CA, CS, CMA, etc.) are also eligible to apply.
  • There is no upper age limit for XAT; candidates can apply for the exam irrespective of their ages.
  • XAT eligibility requirement for foreign candidates and NRI is that they can apply through their GMAT score.

XAT Exam Important Dates

Xavier Aptitude Test 2023 ScheduleXAT 2023 Important Dates
Date of Release of XAT Notification 2023August 9, 2022
XAT Registration 2023 startsAugust 10, 2022 ( 12 Noon Onwards)
Last date for XAT 2023 online Registration without late feeNovember 30, 2022 (Till 12 midnight)
XAT Registration Last date with late feeNot Announced
XAT Admit Card 2023 download Start DateDecember 20, 2022
Deadline to Download XAT 2023 Admit Card January 8, 2023
XAT Exam Date 2023January 8, 2023 
XAT 2023 Result dateJanuary 20, 2023

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Exam StructureDetails
Exam section

Part 1:

Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part 2:

General Knowledge

Essay Writing

XAT Exam Duration180 minutes
Number of questions101 (100 MCQs + 1 Essay)
XAT Total marks100
XAT 2023 MediumEnglish
Number of Answer ChoicesFour
Exam ModeOnline
XAT Marking Scheme

+1 mark for the right answer

-0.25 marks for the wrong answer

-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questions

No negative marking in GK section

XAT Exam Syllabus

Section & Weightage in XAT Exam Important XAT Syllabus Topics

Verbal & Logical Ability: % Wt 35%

(26 Questions Out of 75)

Verbal & RC

Vocabulary, fill in the blanks with correct words, synonyms/antonyms, contextual usage, Completion of paragraph, RC passages based on Abstract topics, Correction of errors, Correct use of words, Completion of sentences, Literature, Social and Economic issues; Science & Culture; history & fiction, Jumbled Paragraphs.


Analogy, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, Clocks, calendars, Judgment, binary logic, seating arrangement, Fact, Inference.

Decision Making (DM): 28% Wt

(21 Questions Out of 75)

Conditions and Grouping Test;Decision Making in a situation; Case lets; Data Arrangement Test; Complex Arrangement

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QADI): 37% Wt

(28 Questions Out of 75)


LCM and HCF, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm, Progressions, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion, Binomial Theorem, Surds and Indices, Number System, Algebra, Probability, Functions, Set Theory, Mixtures and Alligations, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Pure Math, Venn diagrams, Inequalities, Permutation and Combination.


Analysis of comparative Data Tables, Pie charts, Graphs, Data charts, Bar diagrams

General Awareness (GK): No Wt (Not counted for XAT percentile calculation)National and International current affairs, Business & Economy, Who’s who, Books & Authors, Conventional GK, Constitution of India, Company profiles, logos, Capitals & Currencies
Essay Writing Test – No weightage 

Essay writing in XAT is a test that measures an aspirant’s writing ability.

Essay topics might be current or abstract, such as ‘Technology and nature are natural adversaries’ or ‘Red is Blue.’

The test taker is required to write an essay on one topic, although sometimes there is an option between two themes and other times there is no choice at all.

After the shortlisting process is completed, the essays are evaluated based on the scores received in the Part-1 sections.


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