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XAT MBA Entrance Exam

About XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an aptitude test conducted by XLRI on behalf of the XAMI for admission to various postgraduate programs. XAT is conducted on the first Sunday of January every year for taking admission in various post graduate management courses in over 100 institutes across the country for the commencing session in 2017. XAT-2018 will be held in the 1st week of January 2018.

For more than 60 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education.

Candidates who have completed bachelor's degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university from India/abroad are eligible to apply. The test will be of 3 1/2 hours (10:00am to 1:30pm). The format of XAT exam is Online mode.


XAMI Members

Institute Name Website Location Email
Loyola Institute of Business Administration Chennai
St. Joseph's College of Business Administration Bangalore
St.Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology Mangalore,
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar
Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Bangalore
Xavier Institute of Management & Research Mumbai
Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur M.P
XLRI Xavier School of Management Jamshedpur
Xavier Institute of Social Service Ranchi

Institutes using XAT Score

Institute Name Website Location Email
Accurate Institute of Management and Technology Greater Noida
Acharya Bangalore B-School Bangalore
Acharya School of Management Bangalore
Acharya Institute of Management & Sciences Bangalore
Adarsh Institute of Management & Information Technology (AIMIT) Bangalore
Alliance University, Alliance School of Business Bangalore
Amrita School of Business Coimbatore
APG Shimla University Shimla
Aryans Business School Punjab
ABS Asian Business School (NOIDA) Uttar Pradesh
Asia Pacific Institute of Management New Delhi
Asian School of Business Management, Odisha
Balaji Institute of Modern Management(BIMM) Pune
Bengal Institute of Business Studies Kolkata
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM) New Delhi,
Bhavan's Centre for Communication and Management Bhubaneswar
Birla Institute of Management Technology Odisha
Birla Institute of Management Technology Greater Noida
BLS Institute of Management Mohan Nagar
BML Munjal University Gurgoan
BNM Institute of Technology Bangalore
Centurion University of Technology and Management Dist.Khurda
Chandragupta Institutre of Management Patna Bihar
CMS Business School Bangalore
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Management and Higher Studies Kanpur
Delhi School of Professional Studies and Research Delhi
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management & Computer Sciences Amloh
Development Management Institute Bihar
Disha Institute of Management and Technology Dist.  Raipur
Doon Business School Global Uttarakhand
Driems Business School Cuttack
EMPI Business School Delhi
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDlI) Gandhinagar
First India Group of Institutions Gurgaon,
Flame School of Business Pune
Fortune Institute of International Business New Delhi
FORE School of Management,New Delhi New Delhi
GIBS Business School Next to KTM, Bangalore
Gitam Institute of Management Vishakhapatnam
Gitam School of International Business Visakhapatnam
Globsyn Business School Kolkata
GNIMS Business School Maharashtra
Goa Institute of Management Goa
Great Lakes Institute of Management Tamilnadu
HDF School of Management Cuttack
Hyderabad Business School,Gitam University Telangana
IBMR - Business Schools Bangalore
ICBM - School of Business Excellence Hyderabad
Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship& Leadership Lonavala,
IFIM Business School Bangalore
IILM College of Management Studies Greater Noida
IILM Graduate School of Management Greater Noida
IILM Institute for Business and Management Haryana
IIMT School of Management (ISM) Gurgaon
Indian Institute of Finance Greater Noida
Indian Institute of Forest Management M.P
Indian Institute of cost and management studies & research Pune
Indus Business Academy Bangalore
Indus World School of Business NCR
Institute for Financial Management and Research Andhra Pradesh
Institute for Technology and Management Navi Mumbai
Institute of Business Studies and Research Navi Mumbai
Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur
Institute of Management & Information Science (IMIS) Bhubaneswar
IMS-Noida Noida
Institute of Management Technology ( Dubai) Dubai - UAE
Institute of Management Technology ( Hyderabad) Hyderabad
Institute of Management Technology ( Nagpur) Nagpur
Institute of Management Technology (Ghaziabad) Ghaziabad
Institute of Rural Management Anand Gujarat
Institute of Science & Management Ranchi
International Academy of Management & Entrepreneurship (IAME) Bangalore
International Institute of Business studies Bangalore
International School of Business & Media Pune
International School of Management Excellence Bangalore
Invertis Institute of Management Studies Bareilly
ISBR Business School Bangalore
Jagan Institute of Management Studies NewDelhi
Jagran Institute of Communication and Management Bhopal
Jaipuria Institute of Management Indore
Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow
Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida
Jaipuria Institute of Management Jaipur
O.P. Jindal Global University Haryana,
JK Lakshmipat University Jaipur
JRE Group Of Institutions Greater Noida
Kaziranga University Assam
Kejriwal Institute of Management & Development Studies Ranchi
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies Harihar
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research Mumbai
Kohinoor Business School, Khandala Khandala,
Krupajal Business School Bhubaneswar
Lovely Professional University Distt.Kapurthala
Management Education & Research Institute New Delhi
Mangalvedhekar Institute of Management (MIM) Solapur
Manipal University Jaipur Jaipur
Marian Institute of Health Care Management Panaji
Master School of Management Meerut
MATS Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore
MISB Bocconi Mumbai
MIT Pune's, MIT School of Telecom Management Pune
MIT School of Business Pune
M S Ramaiah Institute of Management Bangalore
Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) Ahmedabad
MVRR Institute of Business Management Krishna
Myra  School of Business Mysore
NIIT University Rajasthan
National Institute of Securities Markets Navi Mumbai
National School of Business Bangalore
New Delhi Institute of Management New Delhi
Praxis Business School Kolkata
Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research Mumbai
Pune Institute of Business Management Pune
Raffles University Japanese Zone Rajasthan
Ravenshaw Management Centre Cuttack
Regional College of Management Autonomous Bhubaneswar
Regional College of Management Bangalore Bangalore,
RICS School of Built Environment,Amity University Noida
Sharda University Greater Noida
Shanti Business School Ahmedabad
S P Jain Institute of Management & Research Mumbai
School of Management Bangalore
School of Management Sciences Varanasi
School of Management, KIIT University Bhubaneswar
School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gujarat
SCMS Cochin School of Business Cochin
Shiva Institute of Management Studies Ghaziabad
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development Mysore
SIET Institute of Management Bangalore
Siva Sivani Institute of Management Secunderabad
Sri Shrada Institute of Indian Management Research New Delhi
Sri Sri University Cuttack
Suryadatta Group of Institutes Pune
T A Pai Management Institute Udupi Dist
Taxila Business School Jaipur
The National Management School Chennai
Training & Advanced Studies in Management and Communications Ltd (TASMAC) Pune
United World School of Business Kolkata
Vanguard Business School Bangalore
VIT Business School Vellore,
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management Hyderabad
Vivekananda Insititute of Professional Studies - Technical Campus New Delhi
Vivekananda Global University Jaipur,
WLC College India Noida

XAT – 2018 – Registration Process

Visit choose the tab "Click here for New Registration" and enter Name, Contact details and Email-id. A Provisional XAT ID and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional XAT ID and Password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional XAT ID number and Password will also be sent.

  1. In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he / she can save the data already entered by choosing "SAVE AND NEXT" tab. Prior to submission of the online application candidates are advised to use the "SAVE AND NEXT" facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. Visually Impaired candidates should fill the application form carefully and Verify / get the details verified to ensure that the same are correct prior to final submission.
  2. Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no change will be possible/ entertained after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  3. The Name of the candidate or his /her Father/ Husband etc. should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates/ Mark sheets/Identity proof. Any  change/alteration found may disqualify the candidature. Validate your details and Save your application by clicking the 'Validate your details' and 'Save & Next' button.
  4. Candidates can proceed to upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph and Signature detailed under point “C”.
  5. Candidates can proceed to fill other details of the Application Form.
  6. Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT.
  7. Modify details, if required, and click on 'FINAL SUBMIT' ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct.
  8. Click on 'Payment' Tab and proceed for payment.
  9. Click on 'Submit' button.


Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees / intimation charges will have to be borne by the candidate. XAT Registration Fee (without late fee)  –Rs. 1650/-   Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each. XAT Registration Fee (with late fee)  –Rs. 2000/-   Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500/- each.

  1. The application form is integrated with the payment gateway and the payment process can be completed by following the instructions.
  2. The payment can be made by using Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.
  3. After submitting your payment information in the online application form, PLEASE WAIT FOR THE INTIMATION FROM THE SERVER. DO NOT PRESS BACK OR REFRESH BUTTON IN ORDER TO AVOID DOUBLE CHARGE
  4. On successful completion of the transaction, an e-Receipt will be generated.Non-generation of 'E-Receipt' indicates PAYMENT FAILURE. On failure of payment, Candidates are advised to login again using their Provisional XAT ID and Password and repeat the process of payment.
  5. Candidates are required to take a printout of the e-Receipt and online Application Form. Please note that if the same cannot be generated, online transaction may not have been successful.
  6. For Card charges are listed in Indian Rupee. If you use a non-Indian credit card, your bank will convert to your local currency based on prevailing exchange rates.
  7. To ensure the security of your data, please close the browser window once your transaction is completed.

There is facility to print application form containing fee details after payment of fees.

  1. The candidates are required to download the Challan Form and visit nearest IDBI Bank and make the payment.
  2. The Bank Shall retain Bank’s Copy and return Candidate’s Copy of the challan to the candidate.
  1. Please make a DD made from any bank in favour of “XLRI JAMSHEDPUR” payable at JAMSHEDPUR.
  2. After making Demand Draft applicant need to visit XAT login page and update the DD details (DD Number, Date and Bank Name).


Before applying online a candidate will be required to have a scanned (digital) image of his / her photograph and signature as per the specifications given below.

  • Photograph must be a recent passport size colour picture.
  • The picture should be in colour, against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.
  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face.
  • If the picture is taken on a sunny day, have the sun behind you, or place yourself in the shade, so that you are not squinting and there are no harsh shadows.
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there's no "red-eye".
  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.
  • Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred).
  • Size of file should be between 20kb-50kb.
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50KB. If the size of the file is more than 50KB, then adjust the settings of the scanner such as the DPI resolution, no. of colours etc., during the process of scanning.
  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
  • The signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by any other person.
  • The Signature will be used to put on the ADMIT CARD and wherever necessary.
  • The Applicant’s signature obtained on the ADMIT CARD and attendance sheet at the time of the examination should match the uploaded signature. In case of mismatch, the candidate may be disqualified.
  • Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred).
  • Size of file should be between 10kb —20kb.
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20KB.
  • Set the scanner resolution to a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch).
  • Set Color to True Color
  • File Size as specified above.
  • Crop the image in the scanner to the edge of the photograph/signature, then use the upload editor to crop the image to the final size (as specified above).
  • The image file should be JPG or JPEG format. An example file name is: image01.jpg or image01.jpeg Image dimensions can be checked by listing the folder files or moving the mouse over the file image icon. Candidates using MS Windows/MS Office can easily obtain photo and signature in .jpeg format not exceeding 50KB & 20KB respectively by using MS Paint or MS Office Picture Manager. Scanned photograph and signature in any format can be saved in .jpg format by using 'Save As' option in the File menu and size can be reduced below 50KB (photograph) & 20KB (signature) by using crop and then resize option

**Please see point “C’ above for the pixel size+ in the 'Image' menu. Similar options are available in other photo editor also. If the file size and format are not as prescribed, an error message will be displayed. While filling in the Online Application Form the candidate will be provided with a link to upload his photograph and signature. Procedure for Uploading the Photograph and Signature

  1. There will be two separate links for uploading Photograph and Signature.
  2. Click on the respective link "Upload Photograph / Signature".
  3. Browse & Select the location where the Scanned Photo/ Signature file has been saved.
  4. Select the file by clicking on it.
  5. Click the 'Upload' button

Important Dates

XAT 2018

Important Events


Commencement of on-line registration of application


Closure of registration of application


Commencement of editing completed application details


Closure for editing completed application details


Last date for printing your application 15/12/2017
Online / Offline Fee Payment 16/08/2017 to 30/11/2017
Commencement of Downloading  Admit Card 20/12/2017
Exam Date 07/01/2018 (10.00 AM to 01.35 PM)

XAT Registration Fee (without late fee) –Rs. 1650/-  

Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.

XAT Registration Fee (with late fee) –Rs. 2000/-  

Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500/- each.


Important Points

  1.  Basic Info  :   Once you complete filling the Basic Information, an email will be sent to your email id with a provisional XAT ID and password.
  2. Please quote your email (provided during the registration) and XAT ID for all future communication
  3. Please ensure that you provide a valid email address.
  4. Please ensure that you use your personal email address only as your primary email address in the application. (If you use your official email address and in case you switch jobs, it would be difficult for us to communicate with you).
  5. Please add as trusted sources in the anti-Spam software of your email. Otherwise, either you will not receive important emails or they will get delivered to your Spam/junk folder.
  6. Please access your emails regularly and ensure that your inbox is accessible.
  7. Please note that the XAT ID and password gives you an individual login on and on frequent intervals, you need to check for mails from XAT & other associated institutes.
  8. Please ensure that you give your correct mobile No. to receive SMS alerts.

Note: If you do not receive the registration confirmation mail, with your XAT ID & Password, within 24 hours of signing up, please check your spam/junk folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox. If you are unable to locate the email, please write to citing your primary email id. or call us up on 1800 419 2929 between 08.00 a.m. and 08.00 p.m. ( IST ) if you are unable to reach the customer care executive, please write to We shall get back to you in 48 hours. (Excluding Holidays)

Test Cities

XAT 2018 would be conducted across India in the following cities.

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.

Two International Cities: Dubai and Kathmandu.


Test Structure

The exam shall consist of the following sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK
  • Essay


NRI / Foreign Students Definition as per "Regulation for admission of NRI/Foreign Nationality/Person of Indian Origin", AICTE letter dated 24 April 2002 is as follows:

NRI : "NRI" in this context means Non-Resident Indian as defined in Income Tax Act, 1961 with the following clarifications: An individual is Non-Resident when he is "not a resident" or who is "not ordinarily resident". A person is treated as "not ordinarily resident" when any of the following conditions is satisfied:

  1. If he/she has not been resident in India in nine out of ten preceding years; or
  2. If he/she has not been in India for a period of 730 days or more during the preceding seven years.

Persons of Indian Origin : "Persons of Indian Origin" (PIO) in this context means a person having foreign citizenship (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) without "NRI" status, but who holds a Foreign Passport at the time of sending application, consideration for admission and during the period of his study and he/she or anyone/ both of his/her parents or anyone / both of his /her grandparents is (or was) / are (or were) citizen (s) of India by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of India or Section 2 (b) of Citizenship Act, 1955 (Act No. 57 of 1955).

Foreign National: "Foreign National" (FN) in this context means an individual having citizenship of a foreign country (citizens of all countries other than India) and not having the status of "NRI" and/or "Persons of Indian Origin" (PIO).

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