Xavier Aptitude Test – 2018 (XAT – 2018)

Xavier Aptitude Test – 2018 (XAT – 2018)

XAT 2018

Last updated on May 15th, 2018 at 07:13 pm

XAT 2018 results have been declared. Follow the link http://forms.xatonline.in/xat2018/resd_jan18/login.php?appid=58928163e4f1248beccbccac317b9b81 to download the score card.

XAT 2018 question paper is available for download. Follow the link http://www.xatonline.in/downloads/XAT-Question-Paper.pdf to download the paper. 

XAT 2018 Application portal is closed now. 


Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is a national-level entrance examination conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) every year. XAT scores are used by more than 150 institutes all over India like XLRI, XIMB, SPJIMR, BIMTECH, TAPMI etc. for admission to their MBA, PGDM and other management courses. Almost a lakh aspirants appear for XAT every year. XAT 2018 was held on 7th January 2018.

List of Contents

  1. XAT Important Dates.
  2. XAT Exam Date.
  3. Medium of Examination.
  4. Mode of Examination.
  5. Courses at XLRI.
  6. XAT Eligibility Criteria.
  7. XAT Exam Pattern.
  8. How to Apply?
    1. Application Fee.
    2. Photograph and Signature Specifications.
    3. Registration Procedure.
  9. XAT Syllabus.
  10. XAT Test Centres.
  11. XAT Admit Card.
  12. XAT Answer Key.
  13. XAT Results.
  14. XAT Cut-Offs.
  15. Important Links.

XAT 2018 Important Dates

EventsExam Dates (Tentative)
XAT 2018 Official Notification16th August 2017
Start of XAT 2018 Online Registrations16th August 2017
End of Online Registrations (without late fee)30th November 2017
Last Day of Registrations (with late fee)15th December 2017
Issuance of XAT 2018 Admit Cards27th December 2017 (Postponed)
Date of XAT 2018 Exam7th January 2018
Release of Answer Key3rd week of January 2018
Declaration of XAT 2018 Results31st January 2018

XAT 2018 Exam Date

XAT 2018 will be held on 7th January 2018. It will be conducted in a single session from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.

Medium of Examination

XAT will be conducted in ENGLISH only. 

Mode of Answering

XAT 2018 shall be a Computer-Based Test and thus shall be conducted online. This is the first time that XAT is going to be conducted online. Till 2017, it was an offline Pen-and-Paper Based Test. 

Courses at XLRI

  1. Business Management (BM).
  2. Human Resources Management (HRM).
  3. Global Business Management (GBM).

XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate must have completed his/her graduation (bachelor’s degree) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination from a recognized college or university to be eligible for XAT 2018. The bachelor’s degree must be of minimum 3 years’ duration.
  • Candidates who are in their final year of college are also eligible to apply, provided they graduate on or before 10th June 2018.
  • NRIs and foreign candidates can apply to the institutes with their GMAT scores.

Age Limits

No age restrictions are present in the case of XAT 2018.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The duration of XAT 2018 will be 3.5 hours. The papers shall have objective-type questions (MCQs) except the essay, which shall be descriptive. There will be 2 papers.

Paper 1: General Aptitude Test (GAT)

The 1st paper shall consist of 72 questions and will be of 170 minutes’ duration. The paper I of XAT 2018 further comprises of 3 sections:

Section I: Decision Making.
Section II: English Language & Logical Test.
Section III: Quantitative test.

Each question carries 1 mark and there is a penalty of 0.25 mark for each incorrect answer.

Paper – 2: Essay Writing & GK Test

The 2nd paper of XAT 2018 shall consist of 25 questions and will be of 35 minutes’ duration. The paper II is divided into 2 sections:

Section 1: Essay Writing.
Section 2: General Knowledge.

Negative marking is non-existent in paper II. Similar to paper I, however, 1 mark shall be awarded for each correct answer.

PapersSectionsNo. of QuestionsTime (in min)
Paper 1Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making72170
Paper 2General Knowledge, Essay2535

How to Apply for XAT 2018 Exam?

XAT 2018 application portal is online now. The last date of applying for XAT 2018 is 30th November 2017.

XAT 2018 Application Fee

Application during normal windowINR 1650INR 1600 + INR 300 (for each programme)
Late applicationINR 2000INR 2000 + INR 500 (for each programme)


The application fee can be paid online with

  • Credit Card/Debit Card/Netbanking.
  • Offline at IDBI Bank or through Demand Draft.

If the fee is to be paid offline at IDBI bank, the candidate needs to print the XAT Pay-In Slip and carry it to the bank. The bank transaction ID and date of payment has to be updated in the form before printing the confirmation page.

In the case of demand draft, it has to be drawn in favour of “XLRI Jamshedpur” payable at Jamshedpur.

Photograph and Signature Specifications

  • Photograph – JPG/JPEG/PNG format; Size: Less than 20-50 Kb – 200 X 230 (Preferred).
  • Signature – JPG/JPEG/PNG format; Size: Less than 10-20 Kb – 140 X 60.

Registration Procedure

  1. The candidate has to register on the official XAT website http://forms.xatonline.in/xat2018/ by providing his/her e-mail ID.
  1. The candidate shall receive the auto-generated XAT ID and a temporary password on the registered e-mail ID. The candidate needs to change the password and use that for future logins.
  1. The candidate then needs to fill all the details asked in the application form and upload the scanned signature and photograph, as per the specifications mentioned above.
  1. The candidate then needs to list the order of preference for the different programmes at XLRI Jamshedpur if he/she wishes to apply there.
  1. The candidate then needs to make the final payment in any of the modes mentioned above.
  1. The final step is downloading and printing the XAT registration confirmation page. 

Candidate must enter DD Details such as Name of Bank, DD No. etc in the application form.

XAT 2018 Syllabus

XAT 2018 syllabus has not been announced officially. But we know the broad topics that are asked in XAT every year from previous years’ papers.

Quantitative Ability shall cover topics like number system, geometry, probability, algebra, permutations and combinations etc. It also shall cover Data Interpretation and have questions on bar graphs, charts etc.

Verbal Ability will have questions on reading comprehension, jumbled paragraphs, analogies, grammar, sentence correction etc.Logical Reasoning shall cover everything from family trees to statements and assumptions to matrix arrangements.

Decision Making, which is unique to XAT, tests candidate’s real-life decision-making skills and shall have questions on various situations where managerial skills are needed.

General Knowledge will have questions on current affairs, world history, foreign policy, awards, famous personalities, geography etc.

Detailed syllabus shall be available soon.

XAT 2018 Test Centres

XAT was held in 47 cities in India and 2 cities (Dubai and Kathmandu) abroad in 2017.

BengaluruGreater NoidaMangaloreTiruchirapalli

XAT 2018 Admit Card

XAT 2018 admit card shall be available from 27th December 2017. The admit cards can be downloaded from the official website only. The admit card shall have all the candidate details like the candidate name, name and address of the exam centre, roll number, exam date and time etc. The admit card is mandatory for appearing in the examination and strictly not transferable.

XAT 2018 Answer Key

The official answer key for XAT 2018 shall be available in the 3rd week of January 2018. The answer key will be available on the official website about a week before the actual result declaration, with each candidate’s attempted answers. The candidate scores for each section shall be made available too.

XAT 2018 Results

XAT2018 results have been announced on 12th Feb 2018 on the official website.

Follow the link http://forms.xatonline.in/xat2018/resd_jan18/login.php?appid=58928163e4f1248beccbccac317b9b81 to check your result.

XAT 2018 Cut-Offs

The XAT 2018 cutoffs shall be announced along with the results. To give you an idea about the probable cut-offs, here are last year’s cut-offs for the different programmes at XLRI.

SectionBM (Percentile)HRM (Percentile)GMP (Marks)
Verbal Ability79.4676.695 and above
Decision Making76.8471.6285 and above
Quantitative Ability88.770.076 and above
Total XLRI XAT 2017 Cutoff9692.5522 and above

XAT 2018 Official Websitehttp://xatonline.net.in/index.html
XAT Exam Official Notification
XAT 2018 Information Brochurehttp://www.xatonline.in/downloads/xat_bulletin2018.pdf
XAT Admit Card DownloadFrom 20th December 2017 onwards.
XAT Application Procedurehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5yQMAGCGV5oaF9VYm1YWVhQSEE
XAT Answer KeyN/A
XAT 2018 Resultshttp://forms.xatonline.in/xat2018/resd_jan18/login.php?appid=58928163e4f1248beccbccac317b9b81

Stay tuned for more updates on XAT 2018 Exam. For further queries, post your questions in the comments

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