Over view of XAT 2018 Exam
XLRI Jamshedpur conducts Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT for admission to postgraduate management programmes at more than 150 business schools across India. XAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted online on January 7, 2018 across 47 cities in India and 2 abroad. Online registration for XAT 2018 started from August 16 and the last date for submission of the application form is November 30, 2017. To be eligible for XAT, aspirants should have completed their Bachelor’s in any discipline from a recognised university. XAT 2018 admit card will be issued from December 20, 2017 onwards. The exam will be held for 3 hours and 30 minutes consisting objective and subjective type questions on Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK and Essay. According to XLRI officials, the exam format of XAT will remain same as previous years. XAT 2018 result will be declared by January 31, 2018. XAT scores are accepted by 11 Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) members and 146 other participating institutes. Over 90,000 aspirants appear for XAT every year. Candidates can check below for more details on XAT 2018 such eligibility, appplication, exam dates, exam pattern, syllabus, result and admit card.
|1||Exam Name||Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)|
|4||Conducting body||XLRI Jamshedpur|
|5||Commonly known as||XAT|
|6||Programmes offered||Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management Programme (BM), and Global MBA Programme|
|7||Exam duration||3 hours and 30 minutes|
XAT 2018 will be conducted on January 7, 2018 and the admit card for the same will be issued from December 20. For more details on XAT exam dates candidates can check the below table.
|1.||XAT 2018 notification||August 14, 2017|
|2.||XAT 2018 application form||August 16, 2017|
|3.||XAT application form last date to apply||November 30, 2017|
|4.||XAT 2018 admit card||December 20, 2017 onwards|
|5.||XAT 2018 exam||January 7, 2018 (10 am to 1.35 pm)|
|6.||XAT official answer key||Third week of January 2018|
|8.||XAT 2018 result cum scorecard||January 31, 2018|
|9||Hard copy of XAT scorecard||First week of February|
The application form of XAT 2018 is available online from August 16, 2017. The last date to fill XAT application form is November 30, 2017. Fee payment can be done through credit or debit card, cash (through XAT Pay-In-Slip method at a bank) and demand draft. The application fee for XAT is Rs 1,650 for all categories. Late applicants have to pay Rs 2,000 as the fee. Candidates are advised to keep their scanned images of photograph and signature, mark sheets of class 10, 12, graduation and masters ready before filling the application form. XAT application form can be filled in five steps. Candidates can check the steps below to fill the application form of XAT 2018.
Step 1: Registration by submitting details such as name, mobile number and email ID.
Step 2: Uploading scanned images of photograph and signature.
Step 3: Filling basic details, educational qualification, experience and languages known.
Step 4: Previewing XAT application form.
Step 5: Payment of examination fees.
XAT eligibility criteria have been prescribed by XLRI. As per XAT eligibility criteria 2018, candidates who have completed their bachelor’s degree with minimum three years in any discipline are eligible to apply for XAT 2018. Final year bachelor’s students can also apply for XAT provided they have passed their exam by July 10, 2018. Candidates can check below XAT eligibility criteria 2018 as per different programmes.
|Programmes||XAT eligibility criteria|
|Human Resource Management (HRM)||Bachelor’s Degree of at least three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised institutes|
|Business Management (BM) programme||Three year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline|
|General Management Programme (GMP)||Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years managerial/ supervisory experience by March 31, 2018.|
XAT will be conducted in 47 Indian cities and two international cities – Dubai and Kathmandu. Applicants are required to choose their preferred exam cities while filling the application. XLRI reserves the right to add or remove XAT test cities depending on administrative feasibility. In the table given below, candidates can find the names of all the cities where the test will be conducted.
The admit card of XAT 2018 will be available for download from December 20, 2017 onwards in online mode. The hall ticket will be issued to candidates who applications are accepted by XLRI. To download and print XAT admit card applicants have to enter their registration number and date of birth. The admit card will carry information such as name, date of birth, time, test centre name and address and exam day instructions. Candidates are required to paste a recent passport size colour photograph after downloading it. The exam conducting authority will not sent XAT hall ticket by post. Aspirants have to carry XAT admit card along with two photo identity card such as voter ID card, passport, driving license, aadhaar card to the examination centre.
XAT 2018 will be held in the online mode. The exam is divided into two parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 consists of three sections -Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The paper carries 70 objective type multiple choice questions. Paper 2 comprises two parts – General Knowledge and Essay and carries objective and subjective type questions. The number of questions in XAT varies year to year and all questions carries equal marks. As per XAT marking scheme candidates for each correct answer will score 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong answers. Candidates can check below XAT exam pattern based on previous year’s paper pattern.
|Paper||Section||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Total Time||Negative Marking|
|Paper 1||Decision Making||21||21||170 Min||0.25 for any wrong answer OR|
0.05 for more than 12 unattempted questions
|Verbal and Logical Ability||24||24|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)||27||27|
|Paper 2||General Knowledge (GK)||25||25||35 Min||No Negative Marking|
|Essay Writing||1 essay|
XAT syllabus has been not been prescribed by XLRI. However based on previous years’ questions papers coaching institutes provide a tentative syllabus. Candidates appearing in XAT 2018 should prepare the topics given in XAT syllabus to ace the exam. Aspirants need to focus more on the verbal ability and general awareness. To crack the exam, aspirants should read newspapers, magazines and books to build on vocabulary skills. Here are the lists of important topics for XAT 2018.
|Section||Topics to be covered|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||Critical Reasoning, Usage of Words, Statement and Argument, Analogies|
|Decision Making and Logical Reasoning||Decision Making (which involves choosing the best option according to a given situation), Analytical Reasoning|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Profit and Loss, Number System, Set Theory|
|General Knowledge||Static GK and Current GK questions based on Geography, Famous Personalities, Politics|
|Essay Writing||Candidates are advised to get familiarized with as many topics as they can, especially Technology, Nature, Economic and Social Issues etc.|
XAT sample papers are released by coaching institutes for candidates to get an idea of the paper pattern. XAT sample papers are available online at Entrance Corner for Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General Knowledge as well as Essay. XAT 2018 sample papers include questions that were asked in exams conducted in previous years. Practicing XAT question papers above will help candidates to improve their question-solving skills and speed. Apart from sample papers, aspirants should also attempt XAT mock tests, which help aspirants to get familiar with the test-taking environment.
XAT question papers will be released by XLRI after the completion of exams. However, Entrance Corner has the list of XAT previous year papers from the last 10 years. XAT question papers are available in .pdf format. The question papers will help candidates to get an idea of the question pattern, sectional weightage, important topics, marking scheme etc.
XAT 2018 Cutoff
XAT cutoff will be declared by XLRI Jamshedpur, along with the result. On the basis of cutoff score XLRI will release the list of candidates shortlisted for next rounds of selection process. Other participating institutes will release their cutoff score separately. XAT cut off is the minimum marks candidates should obtain to become eligible for the next rounds of selection process. XLRI releases XAT cutoff for Business Management, Human Resources, and Global Management Programme. XAT cut off is given below.
XAT 2017 Cutoff
|Verbal Ability||79.46||76.69||5 and above|
|Decision Making||76.84||71.628||5 and above|
|Quantitative Ability||88.7||70.07||6 and above|
|Total XLRI XAT 2017 Cutoff||96||92.55||22 and above|
XAT 2018 Selection Procedure
XLRI and other participating institutes release their cutoffs to shortlist candidates. Candidates who meet the cut offs are invited for further rounds that include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. It must be noted that the XAT selection procedure may vary from institute to institute. While some of the institutes conduct Group Discussion, others may include Group Activity to shortlist candidates. If we talk specifically of XLRI, the selection process includes GD and PI rounds. Apart from the XAT 2018 score, a candidate’s performance in GD and PI will also be taken into consideration for final selection. Moreover, many of the participating institutes also take into account other important factors to shortlist candidates that include past academic record and work experience. In some of the institutes, work experience can give the students an edge over fresh graduates.
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