The premier Indian business school (B-school) Xavier Labor Relations Institute Jamshedpur (XLRI Jamshedpur) will retain the pen and paper format for the Xavier Aptitude Test 2015 (XAT 2015), according to institute officials. A number of Indian B-schools conduct their entrance examinations online, such as the Common Admission Test (CAT) held by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
As per XLRI Jamshedpur officials, the pen and paper format is being retained to provide equal opportunity to all the aspirants. It will ensure that candidates of all backgrounds are at par, so that those who have pre-familiarity of operating computers, specially belonging to privileged backgrounds, or those who have been employed in the Information Technology (IT) sector, do not get any advantage over others who have had lesser access to computers.
The paper-pen mode also ensures that all candidates are tested on exactly the same set of questions and not on different sets.
XAT aims to assess the multidimensional capability of the aspirants as well as achieve fairness in evaluating the ability of business leaders of tomorrow. Essay writing, along with the other sections, will also be accounted to calculate the percentile. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in all the sections, added the officials.
The application process of XAT 2015, which started on Tuesday, August 12, will continue till Saturday, November 22, 2014, according to the official website.
XAT 2015 will be held from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday, January 4, 2015 in 47 cities in India and two cities overseas (Dubai and Kathmandu). The examination will include the sections of Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making as well as General Knowledge & Essay.
The XAT common entrance examination is conducted annually by XLRI Jamshedpur to grant admission into different management programs offered by the institute as well as for admission to Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIM B) and other premier B-schools in India.
Source: The Economic Times