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XAT 2020

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Overview


XAT 2020 Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Registration, Books, and Preparation
 
XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a National Level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for their admission to Post Graduate management programmes. XAT is a single session exam and has remained the same for the last 60 years. XAT exam will be held in 46 XAT test cities across the country and in 2 cities abroad namely, Kathmandu and Dubai.
 
Following are the XAT Frequently Asked Questions:

 Exam Name

 Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

 Exam Date

 January 5, 2020

 Conducting Body

 XLRI, Xavier School of Management

 Exam Level

 National Level Exam

 Exam Frequency

 Once a Year

 Exam Mode

 Online

 Exam Duration

 180 minutes

 Exam Purpose

 Admission into XLRI, XAMI members and 160 other B-schools

 Course Offered

 MBA/PGDM

 No. of Test Cities

 46 cities in India

 Colleges accepting XAT Scores

 XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, XIME and other more than 140 other top   MBA colleges.

 XAT 2020 Application Fee &   Process

 Rs.1700/-, the application process is online only

 Maximum Age Limit to apply

 No Age Limit, No minimum qualifying marks

 

Eligibility Criteria


  • XAT eligibility is probably the simplest among all the other National Level MBA entrance exams. XAT exam eligibility requires the candidates to be passed in the Bachelor’s degree while the other exams require a particular percentage of marks. The XAT exam eligibility criteria over the years has remained unchanged. XLRI does not propose to change the XAT Exam eligibility either.
  • No Age Limit: XAT Exam Eligibility prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the XAT exam.
  • No Minimum Qualifying Marks: According to XAT Eligibility Criteria, a candidate is eligible to appear in XAT Exam, if he/she holds a valid recognized Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Candidates in the final year of their Graduation are also eligible to apply for XAT. As per the XAT Eligibility Criteria, the candidates in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally. It is sufficient if the candidate submits a certificate from the Principal/ Registrar of College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Mere fulfillment of minimum XAT Eligibility Criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by XLRI or other B-schools in which the applicant applies for admissions.
  • One of the key points prescribed by XLRI is that the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the entire selection process.
  • XAT Exam Eligibility for NRIs: While XAT Eligibility Criteria for domestic candidates requires the candidates to appear in XAT Exam, whereas the XAT exam eligibility for NRI and foreign candidates is relaxed as they may apply through their valid GMAT scores. However, Candidates in Dubai and Kathmandu have one more relaxation in XAT Exam Eligibility as they have the option of appearing in XAT or applying through GMAT scores.

Important Dates

 

Events

Important Dates 

XAT 2020 Registration Start Date

August 23, 2020

XAT 2020 Last Date for Registration (without late fee)

November 30, 2020

XAT 2020 Last Date for Registration (with late fee)

December 07, 2020

XAT 2020 Admit Card download

December 20, 2020 onwards

XAT 2020 Exam 

January 5, 2020 

XAT 2020 Result 

January 31, 2020

 

Exam Analysis


XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

Part-1 in XAT 2019 had 74 questions divided into three sections which included MCQs and did not have NAT questions although XLRI had announced to introduce such type of questions this year. XAT 2019 exam paper was on moderate to difficult level. Here is Section wise XAT 2019 Exam Analysis:

XAT 2019 Analysis: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 

Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning was tougher than last year, mainly due to Verbal section. The section was dominated by Reading Comprehension with 4 passages of 3 questions each. There was one poem of 2 questions and that was very difficult. The 2 para jumble questions were easy. The FIB questions were difficult and some of the CR questions were really difficult. The vague reasoning used in some RC questions made life difficult for the candidates. The RC passages were from familiar areas of Psychology, Art and Social issues

Topic

Number of questions

Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

12(4 passages of 3 questions each)

Moderate - Difficult

Critical Reasoning

5

Moderate - Difficult

Poem Comprehension

2 (1 poem)

Moderate

Analogy

1

Difficult

Antonym

1

Moderate

Para-jumble - 5 sentence

2

Moderate

FIB - 3 blanks

3

Difficult

Total

26

Difficult

XAT 2019 Analysis: Decision Making

The level of the Decision Making was similar to last year. There were no singlets and it made the task of reading easier. Situational decision making dominated the section with 18 questions. There were no questions from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning. However, there were more sequencing questions which lead to lesser attempts. There were 3 caselets (Raket, Limo, ice-cream = music) which were similar to those that were there in previous year papers.

Topic      

Number of questions

Difficulty

Situational

21

Moderate

XAT 2019 Analysis: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation was slightly tougher than last year’s. However, one of the DI sets was tricky. There were 21 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra (including co-ordinate and Trigonometry).  Majority of the questions from Arithmetic were doable whereas the questions on Geometry were difficult in nature. In Data Interpretation, there were 2 sets comprising 6 questions in total. There were a few questions which were a little ambiguous. The break-up was as follows:

Topic

Number of questions

Level of Difficulty

Arithmetic

4

Easy

Algebra

7

Easy-Moderate

Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigonometry

4

Moderate

Geometry

4

Moderate-Difficult

Data Sufficiency

2

Moderate

DI (Time Zone)

3

Moderate-Difficult

DI (Mixed Graph)

3

Easy-moderate

Total

27

Easy-moderate

XAT 2019 Analysis: General Knowledge

The level of difficulty of the General Knowledge section was similar to last year. This section comprised 25 questions. Most of the questions were single-statement based. Some of the questions having multiple-statements had more than one correct statement. The key areas from where the questions were asked were static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology) and Current GK (Business economy, personalities, awards, sports and miscellaneous). Overall the difficulty level of the GK section lies in the “moderate-difficult” range. 

Section

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

History

1

Moderate

Geography

4

Moderate-Difficult

Economy & Business

7

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs

2

Easy

Personality & Awards

3

Moderate

Science & Tech

2

Moderate

Polity

2

Easy

Miscellaneous

2

Moderate-Difficult

Sports

2

Easy-Moderate

Total

25

Moderate

Exam Pattern


XAT Exam pattern will consist of the following 4 sections divided into two parts. There are 3 sections in part 1 of the XAT 2020 exam with a total of 74 questions. The 3 sections are Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (26 questions), Decision Making (21 questions) and Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation (27 questions). Part 2 of XAT 2020 will have a time duration of 15 minutes with 25 GK questions. The candidates will be allowed to go to Part 2 in XAT 2020 after completing the time duration of Part 1. XAT 2020 exam will have a time duration of 165 minutes. All the questions in XAT 2020 exam would carry a uniform marking pattern with maximum 1 mark awarded for each correct answer. Negative marking for every incorrect answer is 0.25 mark. Negative marking for unattempted question beyond 8 unattempted questions is 0.10 mark. No Negative Marking for General Knowledge section in Part 2 of XAT 2020.  

 

Sections

Number of questions

Overall Time Duration

Part-1

74 MCQs

165 Minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

No Sectional Time Limit

Decision Making

21

No Sectional Time Limit

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

No Sectional Time Limit

Part-2

25 MCQs

15 Minutes

General Knowledge

25

15 Minutes

Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)

99

   180 Minutes

Exam Syllabus


XAT exam syllabus and pattern tests the candidate on Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation as the key sections to determine the percentile and merit position. The General Awareness (GK) section also does not have any pre-defined syllabus in XAT exam.
 
Section-1: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning
 
Section Highlights: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) exam Syllabus for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning section is divided into 3 parts. The 1st part of XAT 2019 syllabus covers questions based on Verbal Ability and the 2nd part of XAT exam the syllabus covers Reading Comprehension passages and the 3rd part on VARC & LR section is based on questions from different topics on Logical Reasoning.
 
Major Topics Covered:  
 
Part-1: Verbal Ability
 
Topics on which VA questions are based:
  • English Vocabulary based questions such as fill in the blanks with correct words; synonyms/antonyms; contextual usage on vocabulary words
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Correction of errors, correct use of words
  • Completion of sentences
  • Completion of paragraph

Part-2: Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • Topics on which RC passages are based include Abstract topics, Literature, Social and Economic issues, Science & Culture, History & fiction among others.
  • There is no clear cut definition of RC topics in XAT syllabus. The RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in XAT exam.
  • Type of RC passages: Moderate and short
  • Type of Questions: All MCQ type 
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage, explanation of the words & phrases used in the passage, In context of the passage –True/false statements, Author’s view on various issues raised in the passage, Inference from the passage, the main idea of RC passage, Purpose of the RC passage.

Part-3: Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Usually, there are few critical reasoning and few LR based questions in XAT exam. All the questions are of MCQ type.
  • Topics covered in XAT exam syllabus on which LR questions are based: Analogy, Clocks, calendars, Fact, Inference, Judgement, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion among others.
  • XLRI entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in Logical Reasoning can be individual or can be in the sets.

Section-2: Decision Making

Section Highlights: XAT Syllabus on Decision Making section is unique as no other national level entrance exam has Decision Making as one of its exam sections. Decision-Making section examines the problem or case solving expertise of a candidate.

Major Topics Covered:

  • Conditions and Grouping Test
  • Data Arrangement Test
  • Complex Arrangement
  • Decision Making in a situation
  • Caselets

Section-3: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Section Highlights: Syllabus of XAT exam for Quant and DI section is very wide. QA & DI is the 3rd and last section in the revamped XAT Exam Syllabus. This section in XAT is taken into account for XAT percentile calculation.  Syllabus of XAT Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics.

Major Topics Covered:

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio and Proportion
  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Geometry including Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Pure Math
  • Venn diagrams
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Trigonometry

Data Interpretation (DI)

Questions in Data Interpretation section in XAT exam are in sets in most cases. Sometimes individual questions are also asked. Topics on which DI questions are based are:

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis and comparison

Section-4: GK

General Knowledge

As per the changed pattern of XAT exam, there would be Multiple Choice type questions in XAT exam on General Awareness. Scores secured in GK section will not be counted for XAT percentile calculation.

Major Topics Covered:

  • Economics, finance
  • National and International current affairs
  • Conventional GK
  • Constitution of India
  • Company profiles, logos
  • Business & Economy
  • Who’s who
  • Books & Authors
  • Capitals & Currencies

Top Colleges


Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for their admission to Post Graduate management programmes. 
 

Name of College

XAT Cutoff

Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI)

  • BM Course - Overall 95 Percentile (70 in VA-LR, 90 in QA and 80 in Decision Making)
  • HRM Course - Overall 90 Percentile (75 in VA-LR, 80 each in QA and Decision Making)

Xavier Institute of Management,  Bhubaneswar - Core MBA Course

  • Core MBA Course (BM) - Overall 93 Percentile (75 in VA-LR, 75 in QA and 75 in Decision Making)
  • HRM Course - Overall 87 Percentile (60 in each section)
  • Rural Management and Sustainability Management - Overall 70 Percentile (50 Percentile in every section)

Goa Institute of Management

  • PGDM (Full time)-Overall 85 Percentile (No Sectionals, but profile is considered along with the score)
  • PGDM(Health Care)- Only profile based admissions

SP Jain Mumbai

  • PGDM
  • PGPM
  • GMP

 Overall 85 Percentile (70 in every section, profile is considered   along with the score)

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

  • PGDM
  • PGDM DCP

 Overall 90 Percentile (No Sectionals)

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur and Hyderabad

  • PGDM - Full Time
  • PGDM- Finance
  • PGDM- Marketing

 Overall 70 Percentile (No Sectionals)

TAPMI Manipal

  • PGDM- Overall 85 Percentile (No Sectionals)
  • BKFS- Overall 90 Percentile (No Sectionals)
  • HR- Overall 85 Percentile (No Sectionals)

 (In case if the experience is greater than 12 months, profile is   considered along with the score)

KJ Somaiya, Mumbai

  • PGDM - Overall 85 Percentile
  • PGDM (Retail Management)- Overall 85 Percentile
  • PGDM (International Business)- Overall 85 Percentile
  • PGDM (Communications)-Overall 85 Percentile

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

  • PGPM-Overall 85 Percentile
  • PGDM-Overall 85 Percentile

 (Profile is considered along with the score)

FORE, Delhi

  • PGDM
  • PGDM IB
  • PGDM FM
 Overall 80 Percentile (No Sectionals)

Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

  • Full-time PGDM Programme
 Overall 75 Percentile (No Sectionals)

Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

 Overall 75 Percentile (No Sectionals)

BIMTECH Noida

  • Full-Time PGDM
  • PGDM International Business
  • PGDM Insurance Business Management
  • PGDM Retail Management
 Overall 70 Percentile (No Sectionals)

XIME Bangalore

  • PGDM

 Overall 70 Percentile (No Sectionals)

XISS Ranchi

  • PGDM- HRM
  • PGDM-RM
  • PGDM-IT
  • PGDM-Finance
  • PGDM-Marketing
 Overall 60 Percentile (No Sectionals)

IFIM Bangalore

  • PGDM
  • PGDM-Finance
  • PGDM-International Business
  • PGDM-Marketing
 Overall 60 Percentile (No Sectionals)

IRMA Anand

  • PGPM- Rural
 Overall 75 Percentile (No Sectionals)

MICA Ahmedabad

 50% weightage to XAT Score. Composite score calculated as   weighted average of MICAT Score and XAT Score (with 50%   weightage of both) - No specific XAT Score cutoff.

Courses


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Past Results


  • 45 students with 99+ Percentile in XAT 2019
  • 66 students with 98+ Percentile in XAT 2019

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