XAT Entrance Exam 2021

XAT 2021 Exam Information

What is XAT?
XAT is a notable B-School Entrance examination. It is conducted in the form of a Computer based Test (CBT). The XAT score is being accepted by more than 150 institutes and B-Schools for the admission to their management programmes. In 2021, XAT will be conducted on First Sunday of January 2021.

The Xavier’s aptitude test, XAT exam is most favored MBA entrance exam after the CAT exam. The governing body for the XAT colleges is XLRI Jamshedpur.

Know about the Top MBA colleges in India accepting XAT Score

XAT exam and the Xavier’s institutions has come a long way from being an institution aspired only by the HR candidates to steering its way into courses and full time programs on business leadership and entrepreneurship.

The XAT exam becomes very important to the MBA aspirants for two important reasons:

  • More than 150 colleges accept the XAT results for admission into their MBA colleges
  • XAT gets conducted in January every year and therefore provides two more months of time of preparations after CAT and IIFT exams.

A candidate can ensure not to repeat the mistakes made in earlier exams and yet get into premier colleges of India

Who conducts XAT?
Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) conducts XAT on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). For over 55 years XLRI is conducting XAT at the All-India scale to select the most appropriate students for management education.

XAT 2021 Exam Date

The important dates for XAT 2021, including the XAT exam date are discussed here and the experts at PaGaLGuY have made the XAT exam analysis to make educated guess about the tentative dates based on the dates of XAT 2019, XAT 2018 and previous years’ dates.

Important Dates of XAT 2021 are as follows:

XAT Exam 2020-2021

Important Dates

XAT Notification Date Third week of August 2020
XAT 2020 Exam Date for Registration start Last week of November 2020
Last date for Registration & Application submission online (without late fees) Last Week of November 2020
XAT 2020 Registration Deadline with late fee Second week of December 2020
XAT 2020 Exam Admit Card download (Start) Third week of December 2020
Deadline to Download XAT 2020 Admit Card First week of January 2021
XAT 2020 Exam Date First Sunday of January 2021 (9.30 AM -12.30 PM)
XAT 2020 Exam Result date Anytime

The most important reason as to why an MBA aspirant should know important dates is to be well prepared both for the registration process and for the XAT exam. However, for XAT exam preparations, the sooner it is better.

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XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The XAT exam is highly fair and allows all degree holders, both fresher and the experienced to take the examination. Following table can help you understand better about XAT exam eligibility:

Particulars Eligibility criteria

There are no age restrictions for XAT exam whatsoever


All degree holders and the students in final year of their degree can appear for CAT 2020, provided they completed their degree before June 2020

Qualifying Percentage in degree

Minimum 50% for General category and 45% for SC/ST students

 The eligibility criteria for the foreign candidates appearing in CAT exam 2020 will remain the same as above. Apart, GMAT score can also be considered as qualifying exam for foreign students only.

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XAT 2021 Registration

While the registration process for the XAT 2020 is expected to start by third week of August 2019, we suggest you to keep the documents ready by understanding the following process:

  • The XAT exam aspirants are expected to register by filling XAT form on xatonline.in (XAT official website) with their basic details and create their login credentials
  • The phone number and the email address used for XAT registration will be verified by OTP and verification links
  • The next set of processes would include filling up forms to disclose personal details, academic details, work experiences, special achievements, additional certificate programs etc. You will also need a soft copy of your photograph with white background and scanned image of your signature
  • The candidate will also have to select the programs interested after the XAT exam during the application process. This is because, there is an additional fee of INR 300 (based on XAT 2018 and XAT 2019 data) for courses at XLRI
  • The final part of the registration process is pay fees for XAT exam and download the receipt

The XLRI allows the candidate to apply in two different stages, but the second stage will make the candidate to pay late fees.

A wise candidate keeps all this ready and enrolls himself/herself for the XAT exam as early as possible. This will help them to avoid last minute rush and helps them for better XAT preparation.

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XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Similar to most of the MBA entrance examinations, XAT exam pattern also considers the major subjects as Quantitative aptitude, Verbal and reading comprehension, data interpretation and Logical reasoning. The following table explains the details better:

Subjects/Topics Number of questions Time allotment
QA – Quantitative Aptitude


180 Minutes – 3 Hours
VARC – Verbal ability and reading comprehension
DILR – Data interpretation and logical reasoning
GK – General Knowledge


The XAT marking scheme awards 1 mark for every right answer and 1/4th of the marks (0.25), is deducted for every wrong answer. Therefore, the capability to understand the solvability of a question has to be developed by XAT aspirants during XAT exam preparations.

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XAT 2021 Syllabus

The following table gives you fair idea about the XAT exam Syllabus:

Section What is it about?
Quantitative Aptitude – QA

It is all about the ability of a candidate to comprehend numbers and be able to get meaningful results – Mathematics and basics of statistics are involved

Verbal ability and reading comprehension – VARC

The test here is about the ability of a candidate to comprehend and understand the English language, to such an extent that they can handle businesses later in real time world

Data interpretation and logical reasoning The capabilities to apply both Mathematical and English skills to arrive at a logical decision
General Knowledge

Current affairs, Books and authors, films, science, Awards and recognitions, politics, currencies, history with dates, culture, personalities etc. – Both static and current general knowledge is to be prepared for XAT exam

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XAT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card for XAT 2020 will be issued to all successfully XAT exam applicants. The candidate can expect the admit card for XAT 2020 between Dec 10 2020 to Dec 25 2020.

The candidate is expected to login to their registered accounts on XAT official website and download their admit cards.

Once the admit card is received check for the details like Name, roll number, centre of examination and any mismatches with actuals can be reported through XAT official website, provided the details during the registration process and the admit card details mismatch.

The admit card will be signed on the day of XAT exam and should be saved till the end of counseling sessions.

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XAT Result 2021

The results for XAT 2020 can be expected in the third week of Jan 2021.  The tentative date as per the PaGaLGuY experts is Jan 18 2021.

To access one’s result, the candidate need to login on XAT official website and can check their results.

The online copy of results can be printed for further processes.

While understanding of the XAT exam, XAT syllabus and XAT exam patterns and doing XAT exam analysis are equally essential, the next step to this becomes highly crucial, which is planning and preparation.

For better preparation of XAT exam and even post that till your admissions, PaGaLGuY promises to be with you.

Join our XAT 2021 group here now and get going ahead with your preparations. Don’t forget to get your friends along.

All the best!!

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XAT Cut off

XAT 2018 cutoffs as stated below can be used as a guideline for candidates to prepare for XAT 2020.

Program Cutoff
VA-LR DM QA-DI Overall
Business Management 79.46 76.84 88.70 96.00
Human Resource Management 79.67 71.628 70.07 92.55

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