XAT 2024 Exam: Admit Card, Syllabus, Exam Date, Result & Counselling

XAT 2024

XAT 2024 Overview

Xavier Aptitude Test mostly known as XAT is a popular national level entrance examination for postgraduate management courses. It was conducted  on the first Sunday of every year. Various PG MBA programs offered through XAT. Qualified candidates of XAT will get an amazing chance to take admission in XLRI or other top notch B-schools in India. The XAT 2024 will be held in January 2024. 

XAT exam date for session 2024-2025 is first Sunday of January of 2024 but due to new year, it might be held on the following sunday. However, the registration process will be started from the second week of August, 2023. Last date of filling the application form is should be the last week of November 2023. 

XAT 2023 Highlights

Exam name  Xavier Aptitude Test
Conducting body XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI.
Application mode Online 
Application fees 1750 Rupees. 
Difficulty level of Exam Moderate 
Level of Exam National level examination 
Number of colleges accepting XAT scores More than 150 MBA colleges
Duration  3 Hours
Number of Question  100 questions
Validity  1 year.
XAT 2021 Official Website  https://xatonline.in/

XAT 2023 Important Dates

Events Dates
Official XAT Notification 2023 In August 2023
Beginning of registration  Second week of August  2023.
XAT 2023 registration last date  last week of November, 2023 (till 12 P.M midnight).
Admit card released on last week Of December 2023.
Last date of downloading admit card Day before exam.
XAT 2021 Exam date First or Second Sunday of Jan, 2024
XAT results  Last week of January 2024.

XAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria 

The XLRI, conducting authority of XAT entrance examination has fairly introduced the required eligibility criteria for the candidates who are interested in giving XAT. XAT Eligibility criteria remains the same as last year. 

  1. Applicants should be an Indian Citizen.
  2. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized University/Institute in any field. 
  3. Candidates who have completed their final year examinati2can also apply for the XAT entrance examination. 
  4. There is no criterion regarding minimum required percentage. Therefore, anyone having even lowest marks can also apply for XAT and it is clearly confirmed by official notification. 

XAT 2024 Application form

Filling the application form of XAT is completely online. Process of filling the form is simple and quick. Registration of XAT is completely online. It began from the second week of August, 2023 and will last till the midnight of last week of November, 2023. It is necessary to register yourself, if you want to take admission.

How to fill an application form? 

Applicants have to generate XAT ID and Password for further process. For generating ID and password, candidates have to visit the official website, click on the registration tab and fill general details such as name of Candidate, Date of Birth, Mobile number and a valid e-mail ID. 

After filling these details, submit it, within a few minutes, you will receive a confirmation mail containing (XAT user ID and Password) on your registered mail address. Once you receive ID and Password, move on to the next step. 

Second step is filling the application form. Fill the application form of XAT by entering your personal details, Academic details, work experience and profile (if any). Also you have uploaded your photograph, certificates and Signature. After completing registration, submit it. 

In the next step you have to choose a program as per your preference for XAT 2023. It is followed by choosing the Test center. Candidates have to choose a test center according to their convenience. 

Finally, you have to pay application fees. Charges of XAT can be paid through any online payment method. After making payment don’t forget to take an e-payment receipt for confirmation.  

XAT 2024 Application fees

Application fees of XAT are similar for all categories, there is no variation unlike other entrance examinations in the examination fees of XAT. However charges may vary, if you registered after the deadline period. Additionally, you have to pay extra charges if you want to apply for multiple programs. 

Particulars Charges
Registration fees of XAT (without late charges) 1750 Rupees
Additional charges for XLRI programs  300 Rupees per program
Candidates applying through GMAT for GMP 2500 Rupees
Charges for NRI/Foreign Candidates  5000 rupees for one or multiple programs

Exam Pattern 

Well, the exam conducting authority is still not releasing the examination pattern. Therefore, it is expected that the pattern of XAT examination remains the same as last year. Since, the management has removed the Essay writing part from the examination. Thus, there are only four sections in XAT this year. 

Sections of XAT 2024

  1. Verbal and Logical Ability.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. 
  3. Decision Making.
  4. General Knowledge. 

There is no time limit set by the XLRI for Paper-I that contains VA & LR, DM, QA & DI subjects. On the other hand only 15 minutes are provided for solving Paper-II comprising General Knowledge queries.  

Marking Scheme of XAT

  1. 1 mark is awarded for the correct answer. 
  2. 0.5 mark will be deducted for incorrect answer. 
  3. Management also deduct some marks for unattempted questions. 
  4. After leaving 8 questions in a series, each additional attempt question will cost deduction of 0.1 marks.
  5. There will be no negative marking for the General Knowledge section. 
Subjects  Total Questions Time allotment 
(Paper-I) Verbal and Logical Ability  22 No time limit (165 minutes)
Decision making 21  No time limit (165 minutes)
Quantitative aptitude and Data interpretation  27 No time limit (165 minutes)
(Paper-II) General Knowledge 25 15 minutes
Total 180 minutes means 3 Hours

XAT Syllabus 2024

As we already mentioned that the Question paper of XAT comprises four parts. Therefore, candidates have to practice the topics that fall under the major sections for actual examination. General knowledge, verbal ability and reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude and decision making are the main sections for scoring high XAT percentile. 

Exam Centers 

XAT 2021 will be conducted in more than 60 cities and 100+ test centers in different cities of India. No international test centers will be entertained by XLRI for session 2021-2022. Due to increased numbers of applicants, management has increased test centers from 46 to 72 test centers for XAT 2021. 

Candidates have to choose two preferred test cities as per their convenience. It is expected that this year test centers may increase for accommodating increased XAT aspirants by maintaining social distance. 

XAT 2024 Admit Card

Admit cards of XAT will be released on last week of December, 2023. It will be released on the official website. Candidates can download their admit card by login into the official website. Taking an admit card at the examination hall is compulsory. Admit cards act as hall tickets for the test takers. You cannot enter the examination hall without an admit card. Thus carrying hall tickets is mandatory. 

Step to download Admit Card

  1. Go to the official website.
  2. Enter your ID and Password.
  3. Click on download “Admit card”.
  4. Take a print out of your admit card.

Note: Candidate has to paste their passport size photograph on it. 

XAT 2024 Results

XAT results will be announced in January, 2024. XLRI is a dependent body to evaluate the total score of candidates and will release the results on its official website. Candidates can download their scorecard after the declaration of the results on the official website. XAT results will not contain your raw scores. It only displays your XAT percentage and Percentile only. 

For downloading the scorecard, you have to enter your Login credentials on the official website. In a few moments your scorecard will be displayed on the screen. Click on download and simply take a print out. 

XAT selection process

Selection process for admission of MBA programs will be started after the announcement of XAT results. Admission in XLRI is only based on the XAT scores and its admission procedure. However, admission in other associated colleges will depend on their admission criteria. 

Selection process of XAT will be started from the first week of February, 2024 and last long till end of February, 2024. After preparing the merit list. Candidates will be invited for further selection rounds namely, Writing ability test, Group discussion and Personal Interview. 

Final selection of the candidate will depend on the exam scores, performance in selection rounds, academic performance, etc. List of qualified candidates will be released in the month of April/May, 2024. 

Preparation tips

  • Students are required to check latest updates or notifications released by the authorities, to stay updated.
  • Prepare a time table for studies and follow it on a regular basis. 
  • Give equal attention to each subject because every subject is important. 
  • Try to cover the latest topics. 
  • Solve test papers online. 
  • Use the latest edition books and relevant sources/sites for studies, especially when you are reading information on the internet. 
  • Be mentally strong and fit. 


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