Xavier Aptitude Test


XAT is a national-level exam that is very similar to CAT. It is conducted by XLRI – Xavier School of Management to shortlist candidates for admission to its MBA programme. Several other B-schools in the country accept XAT score. XAT is a paper-pencil based examination.

List of colleges accepting XAT score

A few colleges that accept XAT score are:

  1. Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur
  2. Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar
  3. S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research
  4. T.A.Pai Management Institute
  5. Goa Institute of Management
  6. K.J.Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research
  7. Welingkar Institute of Management and Research
  8. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  9. Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
  10. Indian Institute of Forest Management


Any candidate who is a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university can apply for XAT. Also, candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for the exam.


The XAT Syllabus is as follows:

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
    • Number Systems
    • Linear Equations
    • Inequalities
    • Quadratic Equations
    • Progressions and Series
    • Averages, Ratio and Proportion
    • Time, Distance and Work
    • Profit, Loss and Interest
    • Logarithms, Surds and Indices
    • Probability, Combinatorics
    • Venn Diagrams
    • Functions, Graphs and Statistics
    • Geometry
    • Data Sufficiency
    • Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Grammar and Sentence Correction
    • Para Jumbles
    • Para Completion and Summary
    • Vocabulary
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Miscellaneous
  • Decision Making
  • General Knowledge

Exam format

XAT is a 3-hour exam and is divided into 2 parts. Part A consists of 3 sections and Part B consists of 2 sections. The number of questions in each section generally varies from year to year. In the table below, we give the approximate number of questions in each section. Part A is for 140 minutes and there is no time limit on individual sections. Part B is for 40 minutes after completion of Part A and there is no time limit on the individual sections in Part B as well. The number of options in each question is 5. Every wrong answer carries a penalty of 1/4th marks allotted to the question.

Part A

SectionNumber of questionsDuration
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation35140 min
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning30140 min
Decision Making25140 min

Part B

SectionNumber of questionsDuration
General Awareness2540 min
Essay140 min

Important Dates

The notification for XAT 2016 has not yet come out. The tentative dates are as follows:

Commencement of ApplicationsAugust
Last Date of RegistrationDecember
ExamFirst Week of January
ResultsLast Week of January