XAT 2021 – Dates, Registration, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Notification

XAT 2021 registration will begin in September. Get all the details related to XAT 2021 exam here, including exam dates, eligibility, fees, exam pattern, syllabus, books and preparation tips.

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT 2021 will be conducted on the first Sunday of January. The exam is conducted for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur’s PGDM, PGDM-HRM and PGDM-BM programmes. Apart from XLRI, XAT score is accepted for admission to over 800 B-schools in India. XAT registrations 2021 will begin in September and continue till end of November 2020. XAT 2021 dates are expected to be announced in the first week of September 2020.

XAT question paper comprises questions from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge in MCQ format. Read below, all about XAT 2021 including exam dates, eligibility, application process, fees, admit card, result, cut off, exam pattern, syllabus, question papers and preparation tips.

XAT Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates appearing for XAT must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Students in their final year of Bachelor’s degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply
  • There is no age limit or minimum aggregate cut off for applying for XAT exam

XAT 2021 Important Dates

XAT 2021 EventsXAT 2021 Dates
Registration process beginsFirst week of September, 2020
Registration process endsFourth week of November, 2020
Admit card download beginsThird week of December, 2020
XAT 2021 examFirst week of January, 2021
Result announcementSecond week of January, 2021
Admission cut off releaseThird week of January, 2021
XLRI shortlistingFourth week of January, 2021

XAT 2021 Registration Process

XAT application form will be available on the official website from the scheduled date. Interested candidates can apply for the exam by creating a login ID on the official website. Check XAT 2021 registration cum application process.

  • Log on to the official website
  • Click on ‘new user’ and create a login ID using email ID and phone number
  • A unique XAT ID and registration link will be shared via registered email
  • Log in again using the XAT ID to fill the application form
  • Enter all the relevant details and upload scanned photograph and signature in prescribed dimension
  • Review the application form and move to may fee payment
  • Make fee payment via credit card, debit card or net banking to complete XAT registration process

XAT 2021 Application Fees 

XAT registration fee is same for students belonging to all categories. Those opting for XLRI programme will have to pay additional amount of Rs 300 per course.

CategoryXAT Application Fee
XAT registration feeRs 1,700 (+ Rs 300 for XLRI programmes)
XAT registration fee (with late fee)Rs 2,000 ( + Rs 500 for XLRI programmes)

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT exam is conducted in online mode and the duration is 180 minutes. The candidates have to solve 99-100 questions in MCQ format. Take a look at the key features if XAT question paper and test structure.

Exam StructureDetails
Number of sections4 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge)
Duration of exam180 minutes
Number of questions99
XAT Exam Total Marks100
Language of paperEnglish
Number of answer choices4
Mode of examinationOnline
XAT Marking scheme+1 mark for correct answer- 0.25 marks for incorrect answer0.10 marks will be deducted for more than 8 un-attempted questionsNo negative marking in GK section

XAT Syllabus

XAT syllabus covers all the topics of Verbal Ability, Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. Check key points of XAT syllabus 2021 below.

SectionsImportant topics
Verbal and Logical AbilityThere will be 26 questions in VA sectionImportant topics in this section include RC, FIB, CR, Poem, Analogy, Antonym and Parajumble
Decision MakingThere will be 22 questions in Decision making sectionThe question asked in this section are situation-based
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationThere will be 27 questions in this sectionImportant topics include: Arithmetic, Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Time Zone and Mixed Graph
General KnowledgeThere will be 25 questions in General Knowledge sectionImportant topics include, History, Geography, Economy & Business, Current Affairs, Personality & Awards, Science & Technology

XAT 2021 Admit Card

XAT admit card 2021 will be issued to registered candidates from the scheduled date. They can download their admit cards using their XAT login ID. Given below are the steps to follow to download the XAT 2021 admit card.

  • Visit XAT website
  • Click on ‘Login’ tab
  • Enter XAT User ID, password and click on login
  • Click on Admit Card/Hall Ticket tab
  • Click on ‘Download’ and print your XAT admit card 2021

XAT 2021 is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre and will be available for download till the exam day.

XAT Result 2021

XAT result will be released in to form of scorecard containing each candidate’s sectional scores, sectional percentiles, overall score and overall percentile. Candidates can download XAT 2021 result from the official website. Given below are the steps to download XAT result cum scorecard

  • Log on to XAT website
  • Click on ‘Login’ and enter XAT ID
  • Scorecard tab will appear on screen
  • Click on scorecard tab to download your result
  • Save a copy on desktop

XAT Cut Off Percentiles

XLRI releases XAT cut off percentiles for admission post the declaration of result. The cut offs are different for different courses. Check XAT 2020 cut offs below.

Business Management (BM)

XAT sectionsMaleFemale
VALR7472
DM7874
QA8575
Overall9593

XAT cut offs for HRM programme are different for engineering and non-engineering candidates. Check HRM cut offs of XAT 2020 below.
Human Resource Management (HRM): Male candidates

XAT sectionsMale EngineerMale Non-Engineer
VALR7978
DM7373
QA7570
Overall9390

Human Resource Management (HRM): Female candidates

XAT sectionsFemale EngineerFemale Non-Engineer
VALR7473
DM6868
QA7065
Overall9188

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