XAT 2025 is expected to be conducted on 5th January 2025. It is an important MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI. Last year, around 1.35 lakh people appeared for this exam. So you can imagine the competition. Not only that, it is considered one of the toughest MBA entrance exam. You will get to know everything about this exam in this blog.

What is XAT Exam?

XAT exam full form is the Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT is a national MBA entrance exam been conducted every year in the first week of January. XLRI conducts this test for the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). Its score is used for students to get into top MBA Colleges in the country like XLRI, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB, SP Jain, KJ Somaiya, and TAPMI. Other than the 11 XAMI member schools, over 150 other famous schools accept XAT scores for their management programs. In total, more than 1,000 business schools across India accept XAT scores for various programs like MBA, PGDM, and Executive MBA programs.

XAT 2025: Overview

Total Number of Sections5
Name of the SectionsVerbal & Logical Ability
Decision Making
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
General Knowledge
Essay Writing'
Time Duration3 hours & 30 Minutes (210 Minutes)
Total number of Questions105
Mode of ExaminationOnline
Marking Scheme+1 mark for correct answer
- 0.25 marks for incorrect answer
- 0.10 marks for more than 8 consecutive un-attempted questions
No negative marking in the GK section '
Total Marks105

XAT Exam 2025: Important Dates

Registration Start15 July 2024 (Now Open)
Last date of registration1st December 2024
Admit Card Release23rd December 2024
XAT exam dateJanuary 5, 2025
Answer Key Release Date8 January 2025 (Tentative)
XAT Result Date22 January 2025 (Tentative)

XAT 2025: Eligibility Criteria

You can check the eligibility criteria for XAT 2025 and see if you are eligible for XAT 2025:

  • Academic Qualification: Candidates must hold a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of at least 3 years duration or an equivalent qualification in any discipline. Unlike some other exams (e.g., CAT and the corresponding IIMs admission criteria), there is no minimum qualifying marks requirement for the XAT 2025.
  • Final Year Students: Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree and will complete their degree by June 2025 are eligible to apply for XAT 2025.
  • Age Bar: There is no age restriction for candidates wishing to appear for the XAT 2025 exam.
  • Unified Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility criteria for the XAT exam and admission to XLRI’s programs are the same.
  • NRI and Foreign Candidates: NRI and foreign candidates can apply using valid GMAT scores, which is a relaxation compared to the requirement for domestic candidates.

XAT Exam 2025: Registration Process

To register for XAT 2025, follow the following steps:

1. Visit the Official XAT Website: Go to the official website of XAT (XLRI Jamshedpur). The website URL will be provided by XLRI. Registration has started. 

2. Navigate to New Registration Link: Look for the "New registration" link on the website's homepage or in the navigation menu.

3. Create a New Account: Click on the "New registration" link and provide accurate details to create a new account. This will include your name, email address, mobile number, and other necessary information.

4. Generate Login Credentials: After creating the account, generate your XAT login credentials, which typically include a login ID and password. Make sure to keep these credentials safe and secure.

5. Log In and Access Application Form: Use the login credentials to log in to your account and access the XAT application form.

6. Fill in Application Details: Enter all the required details in the application form accurately. This includes personal information, educational background, work experience (if applicable), and other relevant information.

7. Choose Exam City Preference: Select the exam city for XAT 2025 according to your preference. Choose a city where you can easily travel to for the exam.

8. Upload Photograph and Signature: Follow the specified guidelines to upload your recent passport-size photograph and signature. Ensure that the uploaded images meet the specified size and format requirements.

9. Pay Application Fee: Pay the XAT 2025 processing fee using the available payment options on the website. The fee amount and payment methods will be mentioned on the website.

10. Submit Application: After completing all the steps and verifying the information provided, submit your XAT 2025 application form.

XAT 2025: Exam Pattern

XAT has a different exam pattern. Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections are the only sections which help you get a shortlist. The other two sections don't carry any negative marking and neither plays any role in getting you a shortlist. But, that doesn't mean you don't prepare for these section. Your main aim is not only getting shortlist, but getting admission in top college i.e XLRI. In the stage 2 of the admission process, these two sections plays an important part in the selection criteria as they have separate weightage. You can check the detailed exam pattern below:

Exam SectionsNumber of questionsOverall Time Duration
Part-175 Total MCQs175 Minutes
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning26No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making21No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28No Sectional Time Limit
Part-225 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test30 Minutes
General Knowledge25No Sectional Time Limit
Essay Writing1 Descriptive TopicNo Sectional Time Limit

XAT 2025: Complete Syllabus

The syllabus for the XAT exam is mostly similar to that of other MBA exams in India. However, it stands out with unique sections like Decision Making and Essay Writing. Here's a concise overview of the XAT syllabus across all sections:

SectionMain Topics
Verbal & Logical AbilityVocabulary, Para jumble, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Analogy, Reading Comprehensions, Poems, etc.
Decision MakingSelection of the best decision among the available options in a particular set of situations
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationArithmetic, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Caselets, Data Interpretation, Data charts, Tables, etc.
General KnowledgeAwards, Economics and Finance, Books, Authors, Sports, the Constitution of India, Current Affairs, etc.

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XAT 2025: Admit Card

The XAT Exam 2025 Admit Card is an important document that you need to have to enter the exam hall. Here's what you need to know about it:

  1. Availability: You can download the XAT admit card starting from the last week of December until the day of the exam.
  2. How to Download?: Log in to the official XAT website using your User ID and password. Look for the "Download Admit Card" tab and click on it to get your admit card in PDF format.
  3. Details Included: Your XAT admit card will have important information such as your name, XAT ID, date of birth, exam date and time, reporting time, exam duration, test center address and city, reference number, emergency contact number, your signature and photograph, supervisor's remarks and signature, and instructions for XAT 2025.
  4. Entry Requirement: Remember to carry your XAT admit card with you when you go to take the exam. Without it, you won't be allowed to enter the exam hall.

XAT 2025: Result

The XAT 2025 Result is expected to be announced in the last week of January 2025. To check your result and download the scorecard, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Official Website: Log on to xatonline.in, which is the official website for XAT.
  2. Login: Enter your enrolment ID and registered password in the respective fields to access your account.
  3. Access Scorecard Section: Once logged in, navigate to the 'scorecard' section on the website.
  4. View Your Result: Your XAT 2025 result will be displayed on the screen. Check your scores and other relevant details.
  5. Download and Print: After viewing your result, download the XAT 2025 result document.

XAT 2025: Expected Score Vs Percentile

The table below shows the XAT scores versus expected percentile based on XAT 2024 XLRI admission in 2025:

XAT %ileScore (Expected)

The percentiles and scores displayed in the table are based on the assumption that the exam in 2025 will have the same level of difficulty as it did in 2024.

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