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XAT 2022: Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Syllabus, Cutoff

XAT 2022 exam date is January 2022 (tentative). XAT Exam is conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Xavier's Aptitude Test is a 3 hour long exam of 100 marks. XAT 2022 Registration will tentatively begin from the second week of September, 2021. Check XAT 2021 Registration Process & Fee

  • XAT Syllabus covers Verbal, Decision Making, GK, Quant & DI. The paper is 3 hours long and has negative marking.
  • XAT Exam is level is comparatively harder than MBA tests such as CAT or CMAT. Check XAT 2021 Exam Analysis
  • XAT Cutoff ranges between 91 to 95 for BM and HRM program. The cutoff is different for male and female candidates.

XAT Exam or Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, one of the top MBA Colleges in India. XAT score is accepted in 160 institutions offering a variety of management programs. Candidates have to attempt the Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by these for admission. Read How to Crack GD & PI Rounds?

XAT Exam Highlights

XAT 2022 Highlights

XAT Full form Xavier Aptitude Test
XAT conducted Body XLRI (Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur)
XAT Application Form Online only
XAT Application Fee INR 1750 (without late charges)
INR 2500 (Indian Candidates applying via GMP through GMAT)
INR 5000 (NRI or Foreign Candidates applying for one or multiple programs via GMAT)
XAT Exam Mode Online Mode
Counselling Yes
Courses Offered MBA/PGDM/Executive Diploma
Acceptance Rate <1% for XLRI Jamshedpur
Total Intake 180 seats
Number of Attempts No Restriction
XAT Official Website xatonline.in

022 61306224


XAT Imp Dates

XAT 2022 Exam Date

XAT Exam Dates for all important upcoming session has been given below:

Main Events Important Dates (Tentative)
Releasing of official notification 2nd week of September 2021
XAT Registration Date 2nd week of September 2021
XAT Registration Last Date (Without Late Fee) Last week of November 2021
XAT Registration Last Date (With Late Fee) 2nd week of December 2021
XAT Admit Card Date 3rd week of December 2021
XAT Admit Card Last Date 1st week of January 2022
XAT Exam Date 1st week of January 2022
Declaration of XAT result Last week of January 2022

What are the Important Dates for XAT 2022? Check Here

XAT 2022 Eligibility

Here are some of the major highlights of XAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria. Check detailed program wise XAT Eligibility Here

  1. Age Limit: No Minimum Age/Maximum Age
  2. Educational Qualification: 3 year bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  3. Stream: Any
  4. Foreign Candidates: Through GMAT Scores (except candidates from Dubai and Kathmandu)
  5. Citizenship: India or NRI
  6. Additional requirement: Applicants must clear any backlog before registering for XAT 2022.

XAT Registration

XAT 2022 Registration

Candidates can fill XAT Application Form once released online. Last date for XAT Registration is the final week of November, 2022.

  • XAT registration fee is INR 1750 for Indian nationals. It can be paid via can be paid via RuPay, Visa, Master Card / Maestro, Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards, Mobile Wallets.
  • XAT registration fee for Indian Candidates applying via GMP through GMAT is INR 2500. NRI or Foreign Candidates applying for one or multiple programs via GMAT must pay  INR 5000.
  • Candidates can apply after XAT registration last date by paying INR 2050.
  • XAT application form can be filled via the steps illustrated below:
xat registration

XAT 2022 Admit Card

XAT admit card for 2022 will be available for download on the official website in the third week of December, 2021. Generally, it is released at least 3-4 weeks before the Exam. Official website for XAT admit card download is xatonline.in.

XAT Admit Card will have details such as exam center, date and timing of the exam, instructions for candidates, as well as the candidate’s registration details. Check How to Download XAT 2022 Admit Card

XAT Exam Centre

XLRI will release the exam centre cities along with the official notification. In order to capacitate thousands of XAT aspirants, almost all major cities in India have at least test centre.

  • In keeping with centres of previous year, XAT 2022 is expected to be conducted in 72 cities across India.
  • While filling the XAT Application Form, candidates can select up to 2 test centres that are convenient to them.
  • The final allocated test centre will be mentioned on the Admit Card of XAT Exam.
  • Test centre can be changed when the form correction portal is live.

Check List of XAT 2022 Test Centres

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

XAT exam pattern for the 2022 session is expected to remain same as 2021. Each correct answer will fetch one mark. XAT negative marking is -0.25 marks/ incorrect answer for all 3 sections of part 1. There is no negative marking in GK. XAT negative marking pattern is beyond 8 unanswered questions, 0.05 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.

All questions will be objective type. XAT Exam Pattern and syllabus based on past trends. Click on each section to learn the best preparation tips, sample questions and syllabus.

Section of XAT Exam No. of Questions XAT cutoff

XAT Time Duration

XAT Syllabus
XAT Verbal Ability 26

9-10 marks

165 minutes
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Completion
  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy etc.
XAT Decision Making 21 8-9 marks
  • Short caselets
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Situational sets etc.
XAT Quant 27
10-12 marks
  • Geometry
  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • etc.
XAT GK 25 XTA GK marks are not considered for score calculation. 15 minutes
  • Politics
  • History
  • Sports
  • Nation and States
  • etc.
Total 100 27-31 marks 180 minute -

Check :

XAT Exam Analysis

XAT Exam Analysis

Section Name No of Questions  Difficulty Level
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 Easy
Decision Making 21 Moderate
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28 Difficult
General Knowledge 25 Moderate
Overall 100 Moderate-Difficult

XLRI Placements

XLRI Placements

Candidates that clear the cut off for XAT get admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, one of the best management colleges in India. XLRI has ranked in the top 10 of various management course ranking frameworks such as NIRF. XAT Scores are also accepted by other major colleges in India. Here is a brief summary of the placements in XLRI Jamshedpur: 

Category Details
Number of recruiters 108
Number of New Recruiters 24
Median Salary INR 23 LPA
Average Salary INR 24.30 LPA
Highest Domestic Offer INR 50 LPA (S & M Domain)
Highest International Offer INR 58.5 LPA (S & M Domain)


XAT Coaching Preparation

XAT 2022 Preparation

One of the best alternatives for XAT Preparation is through online preparation. Check Best XAT Online Coaching Centers with Pricing Details and Key Benefits

Section Number of Questions Good Attempt Preparation
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 15-17 questions Read questions before the passage, improve vocabulary
Decision Making 21 13- 15 questions Do not let your biases affect your answers, do not choose passive options, understand the ethics of the situation
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 17 – 20 questions Clear all the basics, learn shortcuts, plenty of practise and mocks
General Knowledge 25 12- 14 questions Read Newspapers/magazines daily, maintain regular notes


Check How to start preparing for XAT 2022?

XAT Topper Tips by Utkarsh Gupta

Utkarsh joined a coaching centre which offered recap batches every week. He took 2 mock tests on a weekly basis. He maintained a schedule like waking early, solving sudoku puzzles, and reading newspaper/magazines. To crack XAT reading comprehension and verbal ability, he read the Guadian newspaper on a regular basis. GMAT Club and CR bible helped him with the Critical Reasoning section. Utkarsh solved all the question papers of previous years to crack XAT DM questions. He aced the Quant section by solving mock tests and analysing his weak areas afterwards by going through the solutions. Ultimately, working on basics and being stress-free on exam day helped him score a 99.99 percentile.

XAT Practice Paper

XAT 2022 Sample Papers and Mock Tests

To score well in the XAT 2022 Exam, practise using plenty of practise papers and sample papers. While solving XAT mock tests, attempt it like how you would in the exam hall. Put a timer of 200 minutes before attempting and carefully analyse your attempt before moving forward, and learn from any mistakes you might have made. Download Free XAT 2021 Practice Papers, Official Mock Test, Previous Years' Question Paper PDF

XAT Result 2022

  • XAT answer key will be released before the announcement of XAT result.
  • Results for XAT 2022 will be tentatively announced in the last week of January, 2022. 
  • The results will be available on the official website of XAT. 
  • To download the XAT 2022 Results, candidates have to login through their registered email id and password and download the XAT scorecard as a pdf. 
  • It is necessary to take out a printout of the XAT Mark Sheet for the selection process. 
  • Candidates can analyse their ranks using Collegedunia Rank Predictor

Difference between XAT Score and Percentile

XAT Cut Off

XAT 2022 Cut Off

Here are the XAT Cut Offs for XLRI and other participating colleges - 

XLRI Cut Off

Section Male Female
Overall 93-95 91-93
VALR 74-79 72-74
DM 73-78 68-74
QA 75-85 70-75

XAT Cut Off for Other Colleges

Name of College Score Percentile
XIMB Bhubaneswar 30.5-32.5 90-93
SPJIMR Mumbai 32.5-34.5 93.50-95
IMT Ghaziabad 30.5-32 90-92
Great Lakes Institute of Management 26-27.5 80-85
LIBA Chennai 26-27.5 80-85
KJ Somaiya Mumbai 27.5-30.5 85-90
GIM Goa 27.5-30.5 85-90
TAPMI Manipal 26-27.5 80-85
IRMA Anand 26-27.5 80-85
MICA Ahmedabad 26-27.5 80-85

Check detailed breakdown of XAT Cut Off

XAT Colleges

XAT 2022 FAQ

Ques. How can I change my details that I have entered while filling XAT application form?

Ans. Candidates must re-check all the information before submitting XAT application form as after submitting the application there is no provision of editing the discrepancies in the application form and the application form will be rejected

Ques. Will the candidates be able to choose the order of sections according to their choice?

Ans. Yes, the applicants can choose any section, to begin with. However, the GK section can be attempted by the candidates after they’re done with the first 3 sections. 

Ques. Will there be any sectional time limit or overall time limit?

Ans. The first 3 sections have to be completed within 165 minutes, and 15 minutes will be given to complete the GK section.

Ques. How do I know that my XAT application is successful?

Ans. After successfully filling the XAT application form and fees payment, the screen displays registration successful and displays “XAT ID”. Candidate must note down the id as without it the candidate will not be able to login and download his/her admit card.

Ques. In the second year of Graduation can you apply for XAT 2021?

Answer: No. Candidates must have graduated or should be in the last year of graduation to apply for the XAT 2021 exam.

Ques. Name top 5 institutes which accept XAT scores?

Ans: Following are the top 5 institutes which accept XAT scores:

  • XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
  • TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Ques. Is XAT difficulty level more than CAT?

Ans. XAT is tougher than CAT in some respects as there is an additional decision making section in XAT. Quantitative aptitude questions in XAT are also challenging to attempt. IIFT is considered comparable to CAT in terms of difficulty. Go Through XAT Exam Pattern

Ques. By registering and paying for XAT 2021, am I eligible for XLRI and other Associate Member Institutes?

Ans. Candidates interested in XLRI need to apply for the programs of their choice. Please note that each institution independently decides the weightage to be given for each of the test components on the basis of its needs. XLRI does not play any role in the selection of the candidates in these institutes. For XAT Associate Member Institutes (refer XAT Associate Institutes website) XAT is a common test for admission into academic programs of XLRI.

Ques. In how many months can you prepare for XAT ?

Ans: The ideal number of months required for XAT preparation is between 4 to 6 months. However, candidates can make their own schedules which need not be restricted to the given time.

Ques. Who do I have to contact if I have questions regarding my XLRI Admission?

Ans: You can contact the admissions desk through the following information:

The Chairperson Admission, XLRI

Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur-831001

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


Test Comment HC 32
Which other management level entrance exam is similar to XAT exam?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Shubham, greetings from Collegedunia. SNAP, IIFT, CMAT, etc. are some of the similar management level exams conducted across the country.

can we get admission through xat in pgdm in pr and event management?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Ananya, greetings from Collegedunia. For details regarding the counseling of XAT, click here. For the list of participating colleges, click here.

What is the first phase application fee for XAT 2021?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Gouri, greetings from Collegedunia. The application fee for XAT is INR 1750. An additional fee of INR 300 is to be paid if applying to particular programs of XLRI.

What is the exam pattern of XAT 2021?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Neha, Greetings from Collegedunia. For details regarding the exam pattern and the syllabus for XAT, click here.

I have forgotten my XAT password. How can I retrieve it?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Ramesh, Greetings from Collegedunia. While logging in through the official website, a link is available on the bottom right corner of the log-in tab labeled as ‘Forgot Password’, click on that link and provide the necessary details to reset your XAT password.

How do I re-confirm that my application is saved?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Lakshay, greetings from Collegedunia. Try logging in again once the application process has been completed by you to re-check the details you have provided.

Which top colleges, other than Xavier group, accepts XAT scores?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Lakshay, greetings from Collegedunia. For the list of participating colleges, click here.

Do students from humanities background don't get a good placement in management colleges?
shekhar suman

Hi Karishma, it is completely a myth that students from arts & humanities background don’t get a good placement. For example, economics graduate are much successful after pursuing MBA and they also have a benefit in context to similar branch like MBA in Finance. Placements in management colleges depends upon your performance in the exams and your managerial skills. If you are from humanities background it will be beneficial to you instead.

What is the minimum cut off that I need to score to become eligible for admission process of XLRI Jharkhand?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Nikkil, greetings from Collegedunia. For cut-off trends of the XAT exam, click here.

How should I prepare for Decision Making to score good in XAT 2021?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Urvashi, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for comprehensive details about how to prepare for the XAT exam. 

What does basically comes in xat? I came to know that it is something for MBA but somewhere I saw that it also includes medical field education. Can you provide some clarity on this?

Hi Aryan, you can check the complete syllabus of this exam on following this link provided here: XAT Syllabus

How can I apply in sp jain using my XAT score? Will I be shortlisted with a 97.4 over percentile but a 66 percentile in Decision making

Hi Chaitanya, The Students are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles. They are also expected to meet the qualifying scores in at least one of the Entrance Exam and I am giving you the qualifying score in the table format which is given below:

Entrance Test



CAT 2017

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability







XAT 2018

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Decision Making

Quantitative Ability







GMAT( Jan 01, 2015 to 31 Dec 2017)



Integrated Reasoning





6 (Score)


Can anyone please give a little bit brief about essay section in xat. We have to write essay online or offline? And also most of the time what is the topic about? Is it taken from current affairs or history or anything else?

Hello Poornima,The Xavier Aptitude Test was conducted in online mode

XAT Essay Topics

  1. There is no right way of doing a wrong thing.
  2. Ships are safer in the harbour. But they are not meant for the same.
  3. Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
  4. Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era.
  5. To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity.
  6. Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
  7. India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.
I want to my XAT score to be reviewed, what to do?

Hi Kritika, The authorities have defined no provision in this regard but if you can send an email or a letter on the official address i. e XLRI Jharkhand, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East) The Chairperson Admissions, Jamshedpur – 831001

What is the marking scheme for the XAT essay writing section?
Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.
How many times can I appear for XAT in this year? What is the mode of XAT 2018 exam?
Hi Pushpendra, You can only appear for XAT only once in a year. Also, your score will be valid just for a year. From this year, XAT will be conducted in an online mode. It is a computer-based exam where candidates have to answer online. The exam is on January 28, 2018, at various centers across the country.
If I have some work experience, does it increases my chances of selection?
Hi Deeksha, It will give you an edge but it does not support your chances of selection over others, as they will look on overall development and requirement of candidates
I have done an integrated 5-year course, what is the percentage that I should fill in the percentage section?
Hi Deeksha, Fill your percentage of the past 5 years if you have completed the degree, it is treated as post-graduation.