Xavier Aptitude Test or popularly known as XAT is a national-level management entrance test conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, for admission to management programs at XLRI and other XAT participating institutes across the country. XAT 2020 was conducted on January 5, 2020, in online (computer-based) mode. Around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for XAT 2020.
The registration cum application process for XAT 2019 has begun from August 23 and will continue until November 30, 2019 (without late fee) and December 7, 2019 (with late fee). To apply for the exam, candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised institution. The scores of XAT 2020 will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and around 150 B-schools across India for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. XAT 2019 had undergone some major changes in terms of exam pattern and application fee. It is expected that these changes will be applicable for XAT 2020 as well. The overall difficulty level of XAT is high.
As per the XAT 2020 eligibility criteria, one must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised board or university. The duration of the graduation should be a minimum of three years.
One can also apply for the test if s/he is a final year graduation student and completing the degree by June 10, 2020.
XLRI has not prescribed any age limit to apply for the exam under the XAT eligibility criteria 2020.
XAT exam pattern states that it has objective (multiple choice questions) questions. The exam has four sections – Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability (DI & QA), and General Knowledge. The XAT 2019 exam pattern had undergone some major changes. The duration was reduced from 3.5 hours to 3 hours, and the essay writing section has been cancelled in last year. It is expected these changes would be applicable for XAT 2020 exam pattern as well.
The number of question in each section keeps changing every year. Each question carries one mark. So, for every correct answer, one mark will be awarded and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Unattended questions beyond eight will also result in negative marking of 0.05 marks per question.
The duration of XAT 2020 will be 3 hours (180 minutes).