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XAT or XLRI Admission Test is rated as among the most challenging national level competitive MBA entrance test in India. Cracking XAT paves the way for admission to premier B schools primarily XLRI, Jamshedpur and alternatively 100 other affiliated management colleges in India. Here is information on XAT eligibility, test format and list of colleges across India that considers XAT score for MBA admission.

Jesuits or as they are known commonly as the Society Of Jesus since the time of their inception in 1548, have believed that a high quality education is the best path to meaningful lives of leadership and service. Committed to provide excellence in education as part of their drive to develop leaders with the potential for influencing and transforming society, Jesuits have established hundreds of premier educational institutions around the world in the last 500 years. In India, they have established 41 University colleges, 11 Business Administration Institutes, 23 Technical Institutes and hundreds of High Schools. XAT Entrance Examination scores will be considered for all these 11 Business Administration Institutes in addition to other institutions listed in this page.

XAT entrance exam

XAT is conducted by XLRI or Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, a premier management institute in India run by the Roman Catholic Jesuits. XAT is conducted every year to select students for management education in XLRI management programme as well as 100 other affiliated management institutes in East, West, North and South of India.

The XAT results are considered for management programmes such as Business Management, Human Resource Management, General Management and Fellow programme in Management.

XAT date and test centers

The test is usually conducted on the first Sunday in January every year. Metros and large cities may have multiple test centers. Here is a sample list:
Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam.

Eligibility criteria for XAT

  • There is no specific age limit.
  • Aspiring candidates must be graduates (10+2+3 system) in any discipline from a recognized university or deemed university. The candidates must have a minimum score of 50 percent in their finals (45 percent for reserved and handicapped candidates). Candidates awaiting final year results may also apply.
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Non Resident Indian (NRI) and foreign nationalities may also apply for the XAT exam. They are required to have a graduate degree with more than 50% marks.
  • For General management program, a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience after graduation is required.

Registering for XAT exam

Notification will appear in leading newspapers. The notification will specify availability of application forms at designated places for a specific period of time. After the release of the notification, candidates can start register online at The application form may also be obtained from the administration office of XLRI, Jamshedpur.

XAT exam pattern

Duration of XAT is two hours. After the mandatory two hours test followed by a break for 5-10 minutes, additional 20 minutes is provided for essay writing. The two hours question paper will have 101 questions for 101 marks with multiple choices that tests candidates' proficiency in three different sections.

Verbal ability and logical reasoning : This may include reading comprehension, critical reasoning, inductive reasoning, jumbled paragraph, English usage that tests grammar and vocabulary, picking the odd one out etc.

Data Interpretation and quantitative ability : Being conversant with basics in maths syllabus from standard IV to XII is highly advantageous. Areas tested in quantitative ability include numbers, geometry and algebra. Data interpretation typically involves interpreting data from the bar graphs and line graphs.

Analytical reasoning and decision making: Caselets are provided and candidates would be required to scrutinize and arrive at the best possible answer within the stipulated time.

XAT Essay writing: Being well tuned with current affairs helps. Essay writing tests writing skills and ability to substantiate views with facts and figures. It's also considered to be a pre-interview yardstick. The duration for essay writing is twenty minutes. A page long essay of approximately 250-300 words should be written. Topics may range from national to international affairs, economy or business issues, political issues, those with social relevance, propositions to abstract.

XAT results

The results are declared usually on 31st of January. Candidates can check results online.

II phase of XAT

Based on written test performance, candidates are short listed for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

The affiliated colleges may follow the same II phase of admission procedure or can have additional requirements as deemed necessary for the specific management programme.

B schools accepting XAT score

  • Xavier Labour Relations Institute, XLRI Jamshedpur
  • Xavier Institute of Management, XIMB Bhubaneswar
  • Asian Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • Goa Institute of Management, Panaji, Goa
  • Lal Bahadur Institute of Management, New Delhi.
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
  • Institute of Finance and International Management, IFMR, Chennai
  • We School Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research - Full time Courses, Mumbai.
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi
  • Praxis Business School, Kolkata.
  • Alliance Business School, Bangalore
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • National Management School, Chennai
  • Assam University, Department of Business Administration, Silchar
  • College of Management Studies, Kanpur
  • Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Jabalpur
  • Jagan Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi.
  • Proton business school, Indore
  • ITM Business School
  • Delhi School of Professional Studies and Research, New Delhi.
  • Institute of Business Management and Technology – IBMT, Bangalore
  • VIT Business School – Vellore
  • Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior
  • Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Institute of Management and Computer Application – Tarsadi
  • IILM Business School – Delhi
  • Institute of Management Education & Research – Belgaum
  • Integral Institute of Advanced Management, Vishakapatnam.
  • Indian Business Academy - IBA – Bangalore
  • Institute of Business Management Research – Ahmedabad
  • Management Education & Research Institute – Delhi
  • Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade – GIFT, Vishakapatnam
  • Graduate School of Business and Administration, Greater Noida
  • International School of Management Excellence - ISME, Bangalore
  • International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS), Bangalore
  • Park Global School of Business Excellence – Tamilnadu
  • GITAM - College of Management Studies, Vishakapatnam.
  • New Delhi Institute of Management Studies, Delhi
  • Bangalore School of Business, Bangalore
  • HDF School of Management, Bhubaneshwar
  • Business School for Women, Grater Noida
  • Suresh Gyan Vihar School of Business Management – Jaipur
  • Institute of Management Bhubaneshwar
  • Asian School of Management, Pune
  • Affinity Business School, Bhubaneshwar
  • Master School of Management, Meerut
  • Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh
  • Institute of Advance Management Education and Entrepreneurships, Secunderabad.
  • Aryans Business School, Chandigarh.
  • Shri Vaishnav Insitute of Management, Indore
  • Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad
  • St Josephs College of Business Administration, Bangalore
  • Suryadatta Education Foundation, Pune
  • Training and Advanced Studies in Management and Communications Ltd, Pune.
  • Universitas 21Global, Delhi
  • Viswanadha Institute of Technology and Management, Visakhapatnam.
XAT Entrance Exam