XAT 2019 Exam will be held on January 6, 2019, from 10 AM to 1 PM at around 46 test centres across the country. XAT has syllabus similar to other MBA entrance exams. The only difference is the Decision-Making section which is unique for the XAT exam and important. In this article, we bring to you a detailed analysis on XAT Score vs Percentile.

Experts have predicted this fact based on the changes announced by XLRI in the XAT 2019 Exam Pattern and referring to the past trends in the XAT Exam. The XAT score for percentile calculation will be counted for the first 3 sections consisting a maximum of 75 questions as against 72 last year. A low score of 35 marks in XAT 2019 may award you 95 percentile, elimination of Essay Writing Test in the exam has provided more room to attempt the question paper with 100 questions in 3 hours’ time duration.

There are nearly 150 MBA colleges including top B-schools who will accept XAT 2019 scores for their MBA admission 2019. 

XAT Score Vs Percentile

Application closes on November 30, 2018

There are about 150 MBA colleges who offer MBA admissions 2019 based on XAT 2019 scores. The last date to apply for XAT 2019 Exam is November 30, 2018, without payment of late fee. The last date to apply with the payment of late fee is December 7, 2018. 

GK Section: Excluded for Percentile Calculation
Out of 100 questions in MCQ format, 25 questions are from GK section. This section in XAT 2019 exam is not counted for calculation of percentile.

Essay Writing: Eliminated
There will be no subjective Essay Writing test in XAT 2019 exam. Since the number of questions is to remain the same in XAT 2019, the other sections in XAT will consist of 3-4 additional questions.

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XAT is considered more difficult compared to other MBA entrance exams. It has a scoring pattern of +1 mark for each correct answer and -0.25 mark negative mark for an incorrect answer makes it difficult to score beyond 35-40 marks.

Moreover, since last year the XAT exam has gone as computerized format and number of questions which determine the percentile score in XAT have been reduced to a total of 72. The difficulty level, as well as the reduced number of questions, will fetch high percentile at low scores in the XAT exam.

Expert Prediction
The experts are unanimous that a score of 35-36 marks would lead to around 95-96 percentile in XAT 2019.

XAT Score Vs percentile cut off in top MBA colleges

XAT 2019 percentile score cutoffs are applicable in 150+ MBA colleges accepting XAT 2019 score for their MBA admission 2019. The XAT 2019 cut-offs in top MBA colleges in India like XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB, BIMTECH, Great Lakes, LIBA, GIM Goa, FORE, XIME  among others are based on the XAT 2019 raw scores. These institutes will offer MBA Admission 2019 based on XAT 2019 Exam Score.

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Expected XAT 2019 Score Vs Percentile

List of MBA Colleges Cities Raw XAT 2019 Score Expected XAT 2019 Percentile
XLRI Jamshedpur 35.5-38.5 96-98
SPJIMR Mumbai 32.5-34.5 93.50-95
XIMB Bhubaneswar 30.5-32.5 90-93
IMT Ghaziabad 30.5-32 90-92
GIM Goa 27.5-30.5 85-90
TAPMI Manipal 26-27.5 80-85
Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon 26-27.5 80-85
IRMA Anand (Gujarat) 26-27.5 80-85
MICA Ahmedabad 26-27.5 80-85
K J Somaiya Mumbai 27.5-30.5 85-90
LIBA Chennai 26-27.5 80-85

XAT Score Vs  XAT Percentile equivalence

It is estimated that with a score of 30 you could get 90+ percentile while with 32 your percentile would go up to 93 in XAT 2019. Section-wise and Overall XAT 2019 Score Vs Percentile data are stated below:

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Raw score Percentile
6.5 80
7.5 85
8.00 90+

Decision Making

Raw score Percentile
6.5 80
7.5 85
8 90+

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

Raw score Percentile
8 80
10 85
12 90+


Raw score Percentile
32 93
34.8 95
35.5 96
37 98

XAT 2019 is expected to remain as a moderate to difficult level exam and almost the same as that of last year. Decision Making is the most important section in XAT which may pull down the XAT Cut offs for XLRI programmes as compared to last year.

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According to the experts, the XAT Cut offs for top B-schools may slightly be lower than the last year’s level. XLRI may shortlist you at an overall raw score of around 34-35 marks out of maximum 75 marks. Total candidates who register for XAT exam over the years are more than 90000 and the last day to register and apply for XAT 2019 closes on November 30, 2018, without late fee payment and on December 7, 2018, with late fee payment.