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XAT 2017 Counselling

The XAT selection procedure of XLRI typically consists of two stages: a written test (XAT) and GDPI. The Counselling Procedureof XAT 2017 will begin after the announcement of the results. XLRI is one of the oldest and best reputed B-schools in India. Presently, XLRI offers a number of courses in management at post-graduate level. The first stage of the selection process for XAT is the registration. The results are announced typically within a week and the candidates who qualify on basis of merit are shortlisted for the next stage.


XAT 2017 Counselling Procedure

XAT 2017 Counselling Process is done if the candidate qualifies the minimum marks requirement in the XAT Cut Off. XAT 2017 Counselling Process will be done in online mode. The steps for the online process is mentioned below:


The candidates who are selected for the counselling process of XAT 2017 must register themselves and choose the courses they wish to get admitted in. The first step for them is to register themselves for XLRI courses. Then, the candidates must choose their preferences for group interview city.


Fee Payment

Once the candidate has registered, candidates must pay the fee for the courses he/she has selected. Failure to pay the XAT 2017 counselling fee will result in cancellation of admission. For Indian candidates, the fee for the registration is 1500/- and 250/- for every additional course. However, for foreign and NRI candidates the application fee is $50 and $25 for every additional course. Candidates must pay the fee through online gateway (VISA/Master – Credit & Debit Cards, Net Banking), Cash Payment and DD. Candidates have to get a DD made in favour of “XLRI Programmes” payable at Jamshedpur.

XAT 2016 Stage 1 Selection Procedure

The shortlisting of qualified candidates in form of XAT 2017 Merit lists is done in the first stage of selection procedure. Candidates successfully clearing stage 1 are called for the next stage of selection procedure. Candidates are invited to the second stage on the basis of their position in the generated merit list.


The merit list preparation is solely done as per the marks scored by the candidates in XAT 2017. No request for rechecking and re-evaluation is entertained pertaining XAT Results and Merit Lists.

Stage two of XLRI Selection Process

There is usually some difference in stage two of the selection process from one XLRI programme to another. However, most of them would follow Group Discussion (GD) and/or Personal Interview (PI).

The process for each XLRI programme is explained below:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Management (PGDM-BM): 

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT score.

Stage 2: Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- General Management (PGDM-GM):

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.

Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI), in person, or over G-Talk/ Skype for overseas candidates.

  • PGDM (BM), Part-Time (JSR):

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on an aptitude test (which consists of class 10th level questions on quantitative ability, English language skills, and logical reasoning). Candidates may be required to provide the scores of credible MBA examinations in which they may have appeared.

Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI) at XLRI Jamshedpur.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Global MBA (PGDM- GMBA):

1: Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.

2: Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Human Resources Management (PGDM- HRM):

1: Shortlisting based on XAT score.

2: Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.

Once these rounds are completed, the total score for final selection is calculated on the basis of weightage given to several assessment components such as XAT 2017 score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, past academic records, work experience, and overall profile of the candidate.


The weightage of these components (for all programmes of XLRI) for final selection is as explained below:

XAT score60%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video15%

XLRI has the right to change the weightage of the components after analyzing GD/PI data.

The bottom 10% scores in GD/PI may not be considered for final selection irrespective of scores in other components.

On the basis of the total score, a merit list for final admissions is prepared.

XAT 2017 Group Discussion

In a GD round, the candidates are divided into groups of 8-15 participants, depending on the number of candidates shortlisted and the number of GD rounds in total that the institute wishes to conduct. Each group is then given a topic which the participants are required to discuss. The time limit for each GD is about 15-25 minutes.



The topics of XLRI GD could be related to current affairs, politics, social issues such as women’s rights and emancipation, or any other issue concerning advertising, technology, education or business in India.

Guidelines to the Group Discussion

  • Utilize the time given before each GD round to make some quick notes for yourself.
  • Don’t lose your calm if the GD turns into a fish market. Stick to the topic and make your points in a clear, audible voice.
  • Don’t get too aggressive and insulting in your words and tone.
  • Don’t flaunt your vocabulary during the GD. Instead, focus on good and substantial points to put forth.
  • Address the entire group while making a point.
  • Don’t try to dominate the group. Don’t pick fights with the ones who disagree with you.
  • Body Language: Sit straight, be active, don’t slouch or hunch, don’t  intrude into other people’s space by spreading your arms way too much, gestures using hands must be limited to your personal space, at the height of your chest.
  • Don’t be too shy or introverted as none of the other participants will give you the chance to speak. Make atleast some contribution to the GD to avoid getting eliminated. The beginning and ending of the GD are good places to speak up and get noticed.
  • Be updated with the latest current affairs and increase your knowledge about various issues concerning our society, culture, politics, business, education etc. Reading newspapers daily will help in this direction.


XAT 2017 Personal interview

A Personal Interview (PI) is used by XAT 2016 conducting authority to know more about the candidate than factual information. A candidate is asked questions about his background, academics, achievements and motivation behind going for an MBA. The interviewers intend to gauge the candidates on their communication skills, content, confidence and ability to think under pressure.


Usually, candidates are petrified by the thought of a PI due to low confidence, lack of communication skills and fear of speaking in public.

Guidelines to the Personal Interview 

  • Don’t fear the interview panel. They are experienced academicians and experts but they WANT to know you better, so don’t get too nervous. Relax and be as natural in your answers as possible.
  • Take care of general etiquettes: Greet them, address all the panellists while talking, thank them after the interview is over.
  • Be well-versed and thorough with your resume, essay and application form.


  • Be honest in your answers and don’t try to bluff the interviewers. If you don’t know the answer to a question, admit that and apologize. The panel is expert at catching lies of the interviewee, so don’t attempt to bluff them.
  • Treat it like a talking session. This will keep you relaxed and keep nervousness at bay.
  • Time for every interviewee is different. A shorter interview does not mean elimination. Similarly, a longer interview does not indicate selection.
  • Smile. Don’t look too serious, too aggressive or too tense.
  • Enjoy your interview.


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