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XAT 2018 Result, Analysis, Cutoff

Updated On - February 20th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Out of 92000 candidates who registered for XAT 2018, around 85000 actually appeared. There are approximately 600 B-Schools that accept XAT Score.

Check Here:XLRI Jamshedpur has Released XAT 2018 Score card on Feb 11.


  • XLRI will release XAT 2018 Result soon. The scores are valid for one year only.
  • The expected XAT Cut off for HRM course is 92.55%, 96% for Business Management and 22 marks & above for GMP. 
  • The final merit list will be based on the below factors:
XAT score60%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video15%
Admissions Open for PGDM in SOIL, Gurgaon                    
Admissions Open for PGDM in IFIM B School, Bangalore   
Admissions Open for PGDM in BULMIM, Delhi                     
Admissions Open for PGDM in FOSTIIMA B School              

Highlights of XAT 2018

Exam NameXavier Aptitude Test
Exam LevelNational
Exam CategoryPost Graduate
Conducting BodyXLRI Jamshedpur
XAT EligibilityBachelor’s Degree
Exam ModeOnline 
Selection ProcessWritten Test, Group Discussion/ Personal Interview
Number of Test Takers92,000 approx.
XAT Contact Details1800 419 2929 |

XAT Exam Dates 2018

The registration window for XAT 2018 is over. Candidates can go through the following table to know the complete schedule of XAT 2018:

Release of XAT 2018 NotificationAugust 13, 2017
Availability of XAT 2018 Application Form August 16- December 16, 2017
Availability of XAT 2018 Admit CardDecember 27, 2017 onwards
XAT 2018 Exam DateJanuary 07, 2018 (10:00 am to 01:30 pm)
XAT 2018 RescheduleTo be announced
Release of XAT 2018 Official Answer Keys January 19, 2018
Announcement of XAT 2018 ResultJanuary 31, 2018

Check all  XAT Exam Dates

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates applying for XAT 2018 should carefully go through the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. XAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria requires candidates to meet the below-mentioned conditions:

  1. Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration 
  2. Final year students can also apply
  3. Candidates who did graduation in 1980’s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible. 
  4. No minimum aggregate marks criteria 
  5. NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply on the basis of the GMAT Scorecard (except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates)
  6. No age limit or restriction on number of attempts

XAT 2018 Registration

XAT Registration concluded on December 15. The Application Form for XAT 2018 was available on the official website i.e. xatonline.inXAT 2018 Registration primarily involves the below steps:

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Step 1- Registration- Visit the official website and register using your personal details (Name, Contact Details and Email ID). You will receive a unique ID and Password to complete the further process. Read  5 Things to Keep in Mind During XAT Registration 2018

Step 2- Fill Application Form- Fill-in your personal and academic details, work experience, preferred course, and exam center.

Step 3- Fee Payment- Pay the requisite application fee in either online or offline mode. The Application Fee for XAT is INR 1650 (INR 2000 if you pay late fee) for all categories. The Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/intimation charges will have to be borne by the candidate.

Step 4- Upload Documents- Upload scanned images of your recent photograph and signature.

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

Note- All candidates who pay 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:


Jharkhand, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East)

The Chairperson Admissions,

Jamshedpur – 831001

Important- Candidates can also apply to XAT Colleges through their GMAT scores. Visit for more information.

For a clearer understanding on XAT Registration, you may refer to our PPT below:

Check XAT Registration 2018 for Foreign Candidates

XAT 2018 Admit Card

  • XAT Admit card will be available again for the re-exam. The dates are to be out soon.
  • Admit Card for XAT can be retrieved through online mode only. 
  • XLRI will not send XAT Admit Card via email or courier to any candidates.
  • XAT Admit Card is a mandatory document that must be preserved till the admission process. It must all time be supported with a valid photo id issued by the government of India.

Read More 7 pointers to Check in XAT Admit Card 2018

How to download XAT Admit Card?

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  1. Visit the official website of XAT 2018.
  2. Click on “Download XAT 2018 Admit Card” link
  3. Enter your XAT Registration ID and XAT password or your Date of Birth in DD/MM/YY format.
  4. Download your admit card which will be available in PDF format
  5. Obtain multiple hard copies for further use.

Discrepancy in XAT Admit Card

Candidates must carefully go through the details on XAT Admit Card before downloading and taking print out of the same. In the case of any error or discrepancy in the information, candidates should immediately contact XAT office address mentioned below:

Admission Office, XLRI,

Circuit House Area (East),

Jamshedpur 831001

XAT 2018 Exam Centers

Last year, XAT was conducted in 47 cities across India and in two international cities in Dubai and Kathmandu. This year too, it is expected to be conducted in around 49 cities. XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body, will aim to increase the number of XAT Exam Centers to make it more convenient and accessible for XAT 2018 applicants.

Here is a list of exam cities for XAT 2018: 

XAT Exam Centers 2018
BengaluruGreater NoidaMangaloreTiruchirapalli
Bhopal GuwahatiNagpurUdaipur

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • XAT 2018 was conducted on January 07, 2018. 
  • From this year onwards, XAT will be conducted in online modeCheck XAT 2018 Analysis, Answer Key, Question Paper and Cut off
  • XAT Exam Pattern is divided into 2 Parts (A & B).
  • In total, there are 78 questions in Part A and 25 questions in Part B.
    • Part A contains 3 sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
    • Part B contains questions on General Knowledge and an Essay writing question.

The following infographic and table give the highlights of XAT Exam Pattern:

xat exam pattern 2018

PartSection NameNo. of QuestionsTotal TimeNegative Marking
Part AVerbal and Logical Ability26170 minutes-0.25 for each incorrect answer
Decision Making23
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation29
Part BGeneral Knowledge2540 minutesNo negative marking
Essay1 Essay

Read  Latest Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2018

XAT 2017 Paper Analysis

XAT 2017 took place in a single slot on January 08, 2017. The Paper was divided into two parts (as mentioned above). While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate, questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard and the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years’.

The Paper 1 constituted Objective Type Questions from Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability. The analysis of the paper is given below.

SectionsQuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal & Logical Ability24Low to Moderate
Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning21Moderate to High
Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability27High

The Paper 2 of XAT 2017 constituted General Knowledge and Essay. The Structure of Paper 2 was:

General Knowledge25
EssayGlobalisation & Jingoism always co-exist

CheckXAT 2018 Analysis

XAT 2018 Syllabus

  • XAT Syllabus contains questions from Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, General Knowledge and a question on Essay Writing.
  • The exam has 2 papers and the syllabus for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is different for both the papers.
  • Although there is no official XAT Syllabus that is declared by XLRI, it is generally based on past years’ pattern. 

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 1

XAT Paper 1 consists of objective type questions based on Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Paper 1 of XAT is allotted 3 hours to attempt all 78 questions.

SubjectImportant Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trignometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement Tets

XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 2

XAT Paper 2 contains questions from General Knowledge and an essay. It is a subjective paper. There will be a total of 30 questions with half an hour of time allotted to this paper. There is no negative marking in thissection.

Important topics for GK in XAT
PoliticsNation and States
SportsAwards and Recognitions
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--

XAT 2018 Preparation Books

Candidates can take reference from the preparation books for XAT for a more comprehensive preparation. Some of the most prominent preparationbooks for XAT are indicated below.

Target XAT Simplified by Disha ExpertsData Interpretation by Arun Sharma
Jabbing XAT with solved papers by R.K. JhaGeneral Knowledge by Manohar Panday
XAT XLRI – MBA Entrance Exam A/4 by Chandresh AgarwalVerbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma
Concepts of number for XAT and other quantitative exams by Gajendra KumarVerbal ability for XAT by Ajay Singh
Target new XAT – Past papers and five mock papersQuantitative Aptitude Quantum XAT by Sarvesh K Verma
XAT entrance test for MBA examination by Gautam PuriQuantitative aptitude for XAT by Arun Sharma
XAT Xavier Aptitude Test solved sample papers by Gautam PuriThe hand on guide to analytical reasoning and logical reasoning by Peeyush Bhardwaj

Read  Best XAT Preparation Books & Material to rely on

XAT Question Papers with Solutions

You must practice as many XAT Question Papers as possible, to score excellent marks in the exam. They serve as a great tool during your practice sessions. Most toppers heavily rely on them, along with XAT Preparation Books. 

Practice  XAT 2018 Model Paper

Benefits of XAT Question Papers

  • They help you gain a fair idea about XAT Exam Pattern and syllabus.
  • This can, in turn, help you analyze what questions to expect in the paper. 
  • They carve out your strengths and weaknesses so that you know the loopholes. 
  • XAT Sample Papers are a helpful tool in managing your total exam time. 


XAT 2018 Results

  • The result for XAT 2018 will be declared on January 31, 2018 by XLRI Jamshedpur.
  • Candidates can visit the official website of XAT i.e. to download their scorecards.
  • They must enter their Registration Number, Date of Birth and Security Text in the login window to access XAT Result
  • XAT Score Card will contain the rank and marks obtained by candidates.
  • XAT Scores will be valid for one year only.
  • All candidates who clear XAT 2018 and meet the cutoff will proceed towards subsequent selection rounds- GD/PI.

xat 2018 rank predictor

Expected XAT 2018 Cutoff

  • XAT Cut off varies for different programs offered by different institutes.
  • The cutoff for XAT would include the minimum percentile to be scored by each candidate in the exam.
  • On the basis of XAT Cut off, candidates will be shortlisted for further GD, PI and Essay writing round.

The below tables describes the percentage required for different programs of XLRI:

Program OfferedVerbal Ability and Logical ReasoningDecision MakingQuantitative Ability and Data InterpretationOverall (Percentage/ Marks)
Business Management79.46%76.84%88.7%96%
Human Resource Management79.67%71.628%70.07%92.55%
Global Management Programme5 marks and above5 marks and above6 marks above22 marks and above

XAT 2018 Colleges

  • This year, XAT Score will be accepted by over 150 B-Schools across India.
  • Last year, there were 156 XAT Participating Institutes in total. The number is expected to rise this year.
  • The participating Institutes of XAT can be classified into two types, Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) and non-XAMI.
  • Last year, the number of XAMI was 11 and the non-XAMI was 145.

XAMI Members

The management examination is conducted by XLRI on behalf of XAMI or Xavier Association of Management Institutes. Listed below are the names of all the official XAMI Members: 

XAMI Members
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)Xavier Institute of Social Service
Mount Carmel Institute of ManagementXavier Labour and Relations Institute
St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur
St. Joseph's College of Business AdministrationXavier Institute of Management and Research 
St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information TechnologyXavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
Xavier Institute of Mangement--

XAT 2018 Selection Procedure

Candidates are shortlisted for GD/PI on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam and XAT cut off. While some colleges have both GD (group discussion) and PI (Personal Interview) rounds, others only have either of the two: 

Group Discussion

  • The groups are divided into groups of 8-15 participating candidates.
  • All the groups are required to discuss on a topic usually for 15-20. Minutes.
  • The topics for XLRI GD would consist of topics 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.

Personal Interview

  • Candidates are required to appear for the personal interview if they get shortlisted on the basis of their performance in Group Discussion.
  • The questions in the Personal Interview round are centered aroundcandidates’ background, academics, achievements and motivation behind going for an MBA.
  • The panel of jury members set up for this round aim to determine the communication skills, confidence and ability to think under pressure among candidates.

Read more about  XAT Selection Procedure

Preparation of XAT 2018 Merit list

The score for the final selection of candidates would be calculated by assigning weight to different components such as XAT 2018 score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, Previous academic records, work experience, and overall profile of candidate. The weight of these different components in XLRI is provided in the table below. It applies to all the programs offered by XLRI.

XAT score60%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video15%
Note: There is no centralized counselling process and candidates will have to individually apply for each Member Institutes of XAMI with their XAT 2018 score. Candidates will be admitted to these Institutes on the basis of XAT cut off, scores obtained in the GD/PI round and the final merit list prepared for all the successful candidates.

What is XAT Exam?

Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level management entrance exam. Through this exam, a candidate’s aptitude in management field is tested. 

  • XAT exam is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of the XAMI.
  • From 2018, the exam will be conducted in Online Mode.
  • The exam will have objective and subjective type of questions
  • XAT Scores are used by more than 150 B-schools across India. 
  • The difficulty level of exam is Moderate

Insights on XAT Exam

Interestingly, the maximum number of candidates register from Northern India (27%), followed by Southern (25%). The least number of candidates register from the North-Eastern part of India (1%). Apart from this, the maximum number of XAT followers belong to Maharashtra (16%), followed by Delhi (11%).

geographical diversity in xat

We have also carved out the academic performance of the total exam followers. Have a look below:

academic performance of xat exam followers

XAT 2018 FAQs

Ques. I have done 5 years integrated course, so how will I enter my percentage?

Ans. Candidates who have done 5 years integrated course can fill up the same percentage as Graduation and PG.

Ques. How do I calculate the aggregate marks for CBSE /SSC? Is it the best 5 or all the subjects?

Ans. The candidate should take the aggregate of all the subjects for 10th.

Ques. Does internship/Articleship count as work experience?

Ans. No, these are not counted as work experience

Ques. I have less than 50% in graduation, am I eligible to apply for XLRI?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible to apply for XLRI.

Ques. How is past academic performance considered in the selection process?

Ans. XLRI does not have any cut off based on any of the following X, XII, graduation marks. The evaluation of candidates' academic competence will be evaluated holistically by XLRI based on candidates' performance in the interview, group discussion, and XAT written test.


Ans. You can log in to to download the confirmation page.

Ques. Can I edit the information given by me?

Ans. You are allowed to edit your information only once till November 20, 2017. Once edited you will not be allowed to make any further edits.

Ques. I have paid twice using online payment option. What should I do?

Ans. Kindly send an email to with your XAT ID, date of payment, card holders name and the credit/debit card details (first four & last four digits and card expiry date).

Ques. What do I do if I am unable to make the payment online?

Ans. Online payments involve multiple agencies and there are chances that your payment is timed out or declined. If you encounter any such problems, we suggest you make the payment by Cash Mode through any branch of IDBI Bank. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.



Chaitanya Chauganjkar

How can I apply in sp jain using my XAT score? Will I be shortlisted with a 97.4 over percentile but a 66 percentile in Decision making

15 Feb, 2018 02:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Chaitanya, The Students are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles. They are also expected to meet the qualifying scores in at least one of the Entrance Exam and I am giving you the qualifying score in the table format which is given below:

Entrance Test



CAT 2017

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability







XAT 2018

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Decision Making

Quantitative Ability







GMAT( Jan 01, 2015 to 31 Dec 2017)



Integrated Reasoning





6 (Score)


15 Feb, 2018 12:33
Kritika Gupta

I want to my XAT score to be reviewed, what to do?

02 Sep, 2017 13:25
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, The authorities have defined no provision in this regard but if you can send an email or a letter on the official address i. e XLRI Jharkhand, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East) The Chairperson Admissions, Jamshedpur – 831001

02 Sep, 2017 18:19
Kritika Gupta

What is the marking scheme for the XAT essay writing section?

02 Sep, 2017 13:25
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.

02 Sep, 2017 18:17
pushpendra singh

How many times can I appear for XAT in this year? What is the mode of XAT 2018 exam?

01 Sep, 2017 18:36
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pushpendra, You can only appear for XAT only once in a year. Also, your score will be valid just for a year. From this year, XAT will be conducted in an online mode. It is a computer-based exam where candidates have to answer online. The exam is on January 28, 2018, at various centers across the country.

01 Sep, 2017 18:49
Deeksha Gupta

If I have some work experience, does it increases my chances of selection?

01 Sep, 2017 18:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, It will give you an edge but it does not support your chances of selection over others, as they will look on overall development and requirement of candidates

01 Sep, 2017 18:22
Deeksha Gupta

I have done an integrated 5-year course, what is the percentage that I should fill in the percentage section?

01 Sep, 2017 18:04
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, Fill your percentage of the past 5 years if you have completed the degree, it is treated as post-graduation.

01 Sep, 2017 18:23
pankaj pathak

When is XAT 2018 cut off expected to be released?

01 Sep, 2017 17:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pankaj, XAT result will be announced on January 28, 2018. So, XAT cut-off will be released after the declaration of the result on the official website.

01 Sep, 2017 18:24
pankaj pathak

Will I receive a hardcopy of my XAT 2018 scorecard from Xavier’s Institute?

01 Sep, 2017 17:49
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pankaj, Yes, a copy of XAT 2018 scorecard will be mailed to your home address. It should be preserved well for future references as this must be brought at the time of XAT counseling.

01 Sep, 2017 18:26
Jainab alvi

Will XAT result be released in the form of merit list or score card?

01 Sep, 2017 17:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Jainab, XAT result releases in the form of a scorecard. It will be published individually for each candidate. Students should log in to their XAT accounts to access their accounts to check and download the result.

01 Sep, 2017 18:27
Jainab alvi

Are there any changes in the XAT 2018 exam pattern?

01 Sep, 2017 17:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Jainab, No notification has come up yet for the changes in XAT exam pattern. If anything comes up, it will be updated on the official website.

01 Sep, 2017 18:28
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