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XAT Eligibility

XAT Eligibility details about nationality, age criteria, academic qualifications, and marks required to apply for the exam. It is decided by XLRI Jamshedpur each year. Candidates who satify the eligibility criteria can proceed towards filling XAT Application Form. It can be filled on the official website i.e. xatonline.net.in. from August 2017 onwards.

xat eligibility

Here are the highlights of XAT Eligibility:

  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration or equivalent from a recognized authority in any discipline.
  • Those appearing in the final year examination of their graduation degree in June 2018 are also eligible to apply for the examination.
  • Candidates who did graduation in 1980’s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible. 
  • There are no minimum aggregate marks criteria for appearing in XAT 2018.
  • NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply on the basis of the GMAT Scorecard (except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates).
  • There is no age limit.

XAT is not an easy nut to crack. It is scheduled for January 2018. It is a gateway to over 150 B-Schools offering MBA. This year, nearly 90,000 candidates are expected to appear for the test.


XAT 2018 Exam Dates

It is important that the XAT application form is submitted on time in online mode along with the application fee. Application forms without fee payment will be rejected. Payment of the application fee can be done through online mode or offline mode. Completely filled forms along with the application fee must be sent to the office address along with the list of important documents.

To know all the important dates relating to XAT 2018, refer to the below table:

EventsImportant Dates
XAT 2018 Notification will release inFourth week of July 2017
XAT 2018 Application Form will be available fromThird week of August 2017
Last date to submit XAT 2018 Application FormFourth week of November 2017
Availability of XAT 2018 Admit CardThird week of December 2017
XAT 2018 Exam DateFirst Sunday of January 2018
Official Answer Keys will release inThird week of January 2018
Release of XAT 2018 OMR Sheet & Score CardThird week of January 2018
Announcement of XAT 2018 ResultFourth week of January 2018

XAT 2018 Eligibilty Criteria

The eligibility for XAT varies as per the nationality, age, educational and program chosen by a candidate. All details have been given below for your reference:

XAT Eligibility as per Nationality

  • Candidates with Indian citizenship can apply for XAT.
  • NRI & foreign candidates can also apply for the exam.
  • Foreign nationals can apply through GMAT score (except in Dubai & Kathmandu where XAT is conducted).

XAT Eligibility as per Age Criteria

  • No upper or lower age limit is defined for XAT entrance exam.

XAT Eligibility as per Academics/ Education

  • A graduation degree of 3 years duration is the minimum requirement.
  • Students with PG degree need to put their PG percentage in application form instead of graduation percentage.
  • All backlogs must be cleared before admission through XAT is done.

XAT Eligibility as per Program 

For admission to XLRI, XAT is accepted and only 3 courses are offered:

  1. Human Resource Management
  • Minimum 3 years of bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute.
  • NRI and foreign candidates can apply through GMAT.
  • Students in final year of examination can apply if their result will be declared by June 10, 2018.
  1. Business Management
  • A bachelor’s degree of 3 years duration in any stream.
  • NRI and foreign origin students can apply through GMAT.
  • Students in final year of examination can apply but result must be declared by june 10, 2018.
  1. General Management programs (PGDM)
  • A recognized bachelors from any Indian or foreign university with 3 years of duration.
  • Managerial/supervisory   experience of 5 years of experience by March 31, 2018.
  • XAT 2018 score and GMAT score will be considered. (GMAT exam must be cleared between December 1, 2015 and December 20, 2017).
  1. Business Managament Program (Part-Time)
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline obtained after a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary education (10 + 2) or equivalent.
  • The bachelor’s degree should be from any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or possess an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

Number of Attempts

XAT is although a tough exam, but there is no limit on the number of attempts. Generally, students take 3-5 attempts for XAT. A serious aspirant is able to secure a seat in two to three attempts. Best is to clear the exam in one or two attempts, since there is no fixed level of difficulty of the exam. 


XAT 2018 Application Form

  • Candidate who fulfil XAT Eligibility can proceed towards filling the application form.
  • It will be available from August 2017 onwards on the official website of XAT 2018.
  • XAT Registration primarily involves five steps - Registration, Application Form Filling, Uploading Documents, Payment of Fee, and Submitting Form. They are described below:

how to fill xat application form

Step 1- Registration- The first step requires you to visit the official website and register using your personal details. You will receive a unique ID and Passoword to complete further procees.

Step 2- Fill Application Form- Here, you must fill-in your personal and academic details, work experience, preffered course and exam center.

Step 3- Fee Payment-  Here, candidates will be required to pay the requisite application fee in either online or offline mode. The Application Fee for XAT is INR 1600/- (INR 2000/- if you pay late fee) for all categories.

Step 4- Upload Documents- Candidates will be required to upload scanned images of their recent photograph and signature

Step 5- Confirmation Page- Post previewing all the filled data, you will receive a confirmation page. 

Note- All the candidates who have paid XAT Application Feethrough Demand Draft must send a copy of confirmation page besides the Demand Draft within 15 days from the date of issuance of demand draft. The contact details are provided below:

The Chairperson,

Admissions, XLRI,

Circuit House Area (East},

Jamshedpur – 83100

Read more about XAT Application Form


XAT Eligibility FAQs

Q1) I have got backlogs in graduation, can I apply for XAT?

Ans ) Yes, you can apply but your admission will be finalized only if you clear the subject before the commencement of the semester in MBA school. The documents must be submitted in your college, where your admission has been done provisionally done.

Q2) I am a final year student, what to fill in the percentage filed?

Ans ) Add the aggregate percentage of marks obtained until the time of filling the form.

Q3) By completing the registration process, am I eligible for XLRI and other associated members?

Ans) you must fulfil the eligibility criteria given by each of the member institutes separately which are registered as XAT associate member.

Q4) Is XAT test used for admission to XLRI?

Ans) Yes, only through XAT you get admission in XLRI institute.

Q5) Is internship or Articleship counted as work experience?

Ans) NO, they are not counted as work experience.

Q6) I have a PG degree, what to put in the percentage field?

Ans) Put up your PG percentage as PG percentage.

Q7) I took 6 subjects in class 10, do I have to put best of 5 in class 10 exam field?

Ans) No, just put the class 10 total percentage.

Q8) Does the work experience before Graduation is counted?

Ans) No, it is not counted as work experience.

Q9) Can I apply through GMAT?

Ans) Yes, you can apply. Follow the procedure given on the link: http://acad.xlri.ac.in/gmatadmission/ .


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