Xavier Aptitude Test, XAT 2020 Exam Important Dates, Exam Pattern, eligibility criteria, syllabus, cutoff for management programmes admission
Business Management MBA Entrance Exams XAT

XAT 2020 Exam Date, Eligibility, Paper Pattern, Syllabus

XAT 2020, is scheduled to be conducted in the first week of January 2020 through online (computer-based) mode by XLRI Jamshedpur. XLRI is the regulating body of the XAT 2020 exam which will release the official notification sooner.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), the national level MBA entrance exam, is an online test that is held annually as an admission test for postgraduate management programmes in 150 management institutions that accept XAT score.

Get Latest Information about Management Courses

Check the complete details of XAT 2020 important dates, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, admit card details, cutoff, etc.

After Graduation Career Counseling Discussion

XAT Exam 2020 Highlights

Name Of Examination Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Conducting body of Examination XLRI Jamshedpur
Type Of Examination Post-Graduate exam at National Level
Test Purpose Qualifying Test for admission in XLRI and 150+ B-schools
Validity of score One Year
Mode of the Exam Online (Computer-based)
Exam Duration 3:00 hours
No. of Test Takers Annually Approx. 90,000
Pattern Of Exam Objective questions only
Number of questions 100
Syllabus Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General Knowledge.
Negative Marking 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Gk section will have no negative score.
Programmes Offered Business Management (BM), Human Resource Management (HRM) and General Management Programme (GMP)

XAT 2020 Important Dates



Events Dates
XAT 2020 Notification Release August 2019
 XAT Application Form 2020  Availability August 2019 – November 2019
XAT 2020 Admit Card  Availability December 2019
Exam Date for XAT 2020 January 2020
XAT 2020 Result  Announcement Last Week of January 2020

XAT Eligibility Criteria 

It is advised that the candidates must go through the eligibility criteria to know more about the exams and its terms. Just like other examination,XAT 2020 has some of its eligibility criteria which needs to be fulfilled. Those are stated as follows :


  • A Bachelor’s degreeof minimum of 3 years duration is a must.
  • The students studying in Final year can also apply if they complete the degree by June,2020.
  • There is No minimum aggregate marks criteria
  • Except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates ,NRI and Foreign Candidatesare also eligible to apply on the basis of marks scored in GMAT.
  • No restriction on age
  • No restriction on the number of attempts for XAT.

XAT 2020 Application Form

The Application Form for XAT 2020 will be available in the month of August on the official website.

application fee for XAT 2020 Rs. 1700 (Rs. 300 per XLRI programme)
late application fee for XAT 2020 Rs. 2000 (Rs 500 per XLRI programme)


Exam Centers for XAT 2020

The management exam will be held in about 49 Indian cities( apart from the International exam centers of Kathmandu and Dubai). Below is the list of cities where the exam will be held:

Agartala Cuttack Jamshedpur Ranchi
Ahmedabad Dehradun Kanpur Rourkela
Allahabad Delhi Kolkata Sambalpur
Amritsar Goa Lucknow Surat
Bengaluru Greater Noida Mangalore Tiruchirapalli
Berhampur Gurgaon Mumbai Trivandrum
Bhopal Guwahati Nagpur Udaipur
Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad Nasik Vadodara
Chandigarh Indore Noida Varanasi
Chennai Jabalpur Patna Vijayawada
Cochin Jaipur Pune Visakhapatnam
Coimbatore Jammu Raipur Dubai

XAT Exam Pattern with Syllabus

XAT 2020 will be conducted online,i.e it is a computer based test. There are 4 sections in the test,thesesections are Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

Section No.of Questions Total Time duration
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 3 Hours
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25


XAT Exam Syllabus

For XAT 2020,there is no official prescribed syllabus. However,there are some important topics from where the questions are mostly covered.

Such important topics include concepts covering Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability, English Language and Reasoning, and Decision Making. These topics make up the section A of the test.

Section Important topics
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Geometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trignometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical Ability Grammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Decision Making Analytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement

XAT Part B has questions relating to General Knowledge and also includes writing an essay. It is subjective in nature. Though,GK is a vast field yet there are some particular domain from where the majority of questions have been asked earlier. Such domain are :


Important topics for GK in XAT 2020
Politics Nation and States
History Literature
Sports Awards and Recognitions
Business Economics
International Relations Society
Merger & Acquisitions

XAT Result 2020

It is expected that the results of XAT 2020 to be announced online by the end of January 2020 by XLRI Jamshedpur at xatonline.in.The students with scores that match the published cut off would be proceeded for further selection rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The validity of score is 1 year.

XAT Cutoff 2020

The cut off scores differs for different programs. A student needs to clear the cut off score for further rounds. The minimum percentage required for being considered for different programs at XLRI is tabulated here:

Program Offered Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Overall (Percentage/ Marks)
Business Management 79.46% 76.84% 88.7% 96%
Human Resource Management 79.67% 71.628% 70.07% 92.55%
General Management Program 5 marks and above 5 marks and above 6 marks and above 22 marks and above

XAT 2020 Selection Procedure

After the cut off score is cleared by the candidate,there arefurther selection rounds. Some institutes have both GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview) rounds, while others may only have either of the two.

In group discussion, a group of 8-15 students are formed and a topic is given. The topics are generally to current affairs, politics, trending social issues, or any other issue concerning advertising, technology, business or education etc.

Personal Interview is generally the final round of the selection process. This round mainly focuses on candidates’ background, academics, achievements and motivation behind choosing a career in management.

Institutes accepting XAT scores

XAT score is accepted by some 150 B schools in India. Some of them are :

  • XLRI Jamshedpur
  • MICA Ahmedabad
  • Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
  • Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM)
  • Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

XAT Merit List 2020

XAT 2020 score, Performance in GD & PI, academic records, work experience, and the overall profile of the candidate makes up the merit list. Each component has a different weight which is depicted in the table below :

XAT 2020 score 60%
GD/PI Performance 25%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-experience 15%

All the very Best to XAT 2020 Exam Aspirants. Here you got the details of XAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria, Registration, Exam Pattern,  and other details. Please post your Feedback or Comments regarding this article, on our Aftergraduation Forum.

Connect with us for more updates on Admission, Placements and other information of Institutes on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter also.

Leave a Reply