XAT 2023 Exam – Exam Dates, Syllabus, Admit Card

XAT exam Date 2023

XAT Exam Date 2023 is a national entrance examination organized by XLRI, Jamshedpur, for admission to the MBA/PGDM programs of 150 B schools each year. This online (CBT) exam is being conducted in 71 cities across India. The next session will take place on 8 January 2023.


XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national management entrance examination administered by XLRI, Jamshedpur, for admission to MBA/PGDM programs. In addition to XLRI and 10 other XAMI participants, over 700 B-schools approve XAT scores for admission to their postgraduate management programs. The XAT question paper consists of 100 questions from the MCQs of Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Skill, Quantitative Ability & Data Analysis and General Knowledge.

XAT Exam Date Highlights 2023

Features  Details 
Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Conducting Body XLRI, Jamshedpur
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Syllabus Decision MakingVerbal & Logical AbilityQuantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeneral Knowledge
Exam Pattern 99-100 questions in MCQ format
Language English
Exam Fees Rs 1,750 (General category)
Exam Purpose Admission into 800+ MBA colleges
Course Offered MBA/PGDM
No. of test takers Nearly 95,000
No. of Test Cities 72

XAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements in order to appear for XAT. The XAT eligibility requirements are-


  • Applicants must have completed a 3-year bachelor’s degree or accepted equivalent in either stream.
  • Applicants shall not have any backlogs on their mark sheet.
  • Applicants with Indian citizenship can apply for XAT 2023.
  • International candidates and NRI applicants can register with their GMAT scores (except for candidates from Dubai and Kathmandu where XAT centers are available)
  • Applicants in their final year are eligible and must meet all admission requirements before the necessary deadline.
  • Candidates of any age group can apply for XAT 2023. There is no age limit bar for the XAT entrance test.

XAT 2023 Exam Pattern and Test Structure

The XAT test is performed in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs to be resolved in 180 minutes. There is no sectional time limit in XAT, but candidates are recommended to set a time limit for all four sections so that they can solve at least as many questions in each section in order to reach the sectional cut-off. Each correct answer carries one mark and each incorrect answer carries-0.25 marks. Here are some highlights of the XAT exam pattern.

Sections Number of Questions Total Marks
Decision Making 21 21
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 26
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27 27
General Knowledge 25 25
Total 99 99


XAT Syllabus

Subject Important Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Geometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks, Probability, Algebraic Function, Mensuration -2D and 3D
Verbal and Logical Ability Grammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Completion of Sentences
Decision Making Analytical Reasoning, Situational, Case sets, Data Arrangement, 
General Knowledge Current Affairs, Politics, Literature, Sports, History, Awards and Recognitions, Business, Economics, International Relations, Society, Merger, and Acquisition

XAT Seat Intake

The following table shows the list of Top MBA Colleges that accept XAT Score along with their Seat Intake and respective Program Fees:

XLRI Jamshedpur 360 23.00
XIM Bhubaneswar 360 17.30
IMT Ghaziabad 180 17.50
TAPMI Manipal 285 16.90
MICA Ahmedabad 180 18.50
IRMA Anand (Gujarat) 180 12.10

XAT 2023 Selection Procedure

Applicants will be shortlisted for the XAT 2023 Exam application procedure based on their results in the entrance examination and the XAT Cut Off scores. Although some institutes have both the GD (Group Discussion) and the PI (Personal Interview) rounds, others have just one of them.

Group Discussion

In the group discussion, groups of 8-15 participating candidates are formed and asked to discuss the subject for approximately 20 minutes. The subjects will be mainly related to current affairs, politics, trending social issues, or any other issues related to advertising, technology, business or education, etc. Applicants are judged primarily in soft skills such as communication skills, assertiveness, team management skills, dispute resolution, leadership skills, etc.

Personal Interview

PI is normally the last round of the selection process. Candidates are expected to appear for an interview with the interview panel if they are chosen on the basis of their results in GD. Questions in the Personal Interview round are focused on the background of applicants, academics, accomplishments, and encouragement to choose a career in management. The purpose of this round is to evaluate the communication skills, trust and ability to think under pressure among candidates.

XAT 2023 Admit Card

Candidates applying for the examination will be able to download the XAT Admission Card from 20 November 2022 to 18 December 2022 The Admission Card will only be accessible in online mode. Candidates must login to the official website with their user ID and password obtained at the time of the registration of the exam to download the admission card. The XAT Admission Card is a must-have document for applicants, as they will not be able to write the exam without it.

The name of the applicant, the photograph, the name and address of the Exam Center, the date of the Exam, etc will be indicated on the XAT 2023 Admission Card. Test takers must hold a copy of the admission card until the entire admission process is completed as necessary at each point.

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