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The national-level management aptitude test, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019, will be conducted in the first week of January 2019 by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The entrance exam would be conducted in online mode. The online registration for XAT 2019 is expected to begin in the third week of August 2018. Management aspirants who wish to study at XLRI and other institutes which accept XAT score for the admission process would be able to fill the application form online. Around 90,000 students appear for the exam every year. XAT score is accepted by around 150 B-schools across the country. In this article by Career Mantra, management aspirants can check all the information related to XAT 2019 including important dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, admit card details, cutoff, etc.

XAT 2019 Participating Institutes

XAT 2019 score will be accepted by more than 150 B-schools in the country. The participating institutes are either Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) or non-XAMI. Last year, number of XAMI was 11 and number of non-XAMI was 145. Here are some of the top colleges in the list:

1.XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
2.Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
3.SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
4.TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
5.Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
6.Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar


Important Dates: XAT 2019

Events Important Dates
Application process starts August 20, 2018 (commenced)
Application Process ends November 30, 2018
Late application deadline Second week of December 2018
Admit card available December 20, 2018
XAT 2019 Mock Test Release First week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Exam Sunday, January 6, 2019 (10 AM-1 PM)
XAT Official Answer Key Release Second week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Result Last week of January 2019

Eligiblity Criteria

Management aspirants who wish to apply for XAT 2019 must fulfil the eligibility criteria as prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur. Here are the XAT 2019 eligibility criteria based on last year’s data.
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University or Institute. The minimum duration of the programme has to be three years.
Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they complete the programme within the stipulated schedule, which is most likely to be by June 2019.
Age limit - There is no age limit to apply for XAT 2019.
XAT Eligibility for NRI/Foreign candidates - NRI or foreign national candidates have to apply through GMAT scores. Candidates from Dubai or Nepal are exempted from applying through GMAT scores as XAT will be conducted in these two international cities.

Exam Syllabus

Section Topics
Verbal and Logical Ability Vocabulary, Analogy-based on vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Sentence correction, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Formation Questions, Poem, etc.
Decision-Making Arithmetic, Analytical Reasoning, Situational, etc.
QA & DI Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Equations, Polynomials, Numbers, Progressions, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Data Sufficiency, Scatter Plots and Bar Charts, etc.
GK History, Currency, Invention, Geography, National Capital, Culture, Books and authors, Personalities, Important Dates, Films, Science and Business, Current affairs, etc.
Essay Writing Generally, the topics are abstract in nature where tests takers can actually relate to an event of importance instead of keeping the content simple.

XAT Exam Pattern 2019

XAT 2019 will be a computer-based test (online) of 215 minutes duration. The exam will be divided into two parts – Part I which will carry objective-type questions and Part II with a combination of objective and subjective questions. The official exam pattern for XAT 2019 hasn’t released yet. Based on last year’s pattern, the following table explains the most probable exam pattern of XAT 2019:

Parts Section No. of Questions Duration
Part I Verbal and logical ability 74 170 minutes
Decision Making
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
Part II GK 25 40 minutes
Essay Writing 1 Topic

Note: There will be a break of 5 minutes between Part I and Part II.
Marking Scheme - Each question will carry 1 mark and for each wrong answer, 1/4th of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted. There is negative marking of 0.05 marks also involved for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.

XAT Admit Card 2019

The admit card of XAT 2019 will be available online for the candidates who successfully fill the application form along with the application fee online. The admit card is expected to be available from the fourth week of December 2018. Candidates would be able to download the admit card using their XAT ID and password. Without the XAT 2019 admit card, candidates will not be allowed to take the entrance test. XAT admit card 2019 will display the candidate’s name, date of birth and contact details along with the test centre name and address. Exam day instructions will also be given on the admit card of XAT 2019.

Minimum CutOff

The cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur will be released after the announcement of the result. The XAT 2019 cutoff percentile will depend on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, the number of test takers and a number of seats offered in the programme among others. The cutoff of XAT 2019 will be based on these factors and will be declared separately by each of the XAT participating institutes. Check below the previous year cutoff of XAT:


XAT Cut off for BM Programmes

VALR DM QA Overall
Male 79.460 76.840 88.700 94.000
Female 75.000 75.000 80.000 94.000
XAT Cut off for HR Programmes

VALR DM QA Overall
Male 79.660 71.628 70.070 92.000
Female 75.000 70.000 65.000 92.000