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XAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

Updated On - October 13th 2017 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

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With the release of XAT 2018 Notification, XLRI Jamshedpur has also released the eligibility criteria of the entrance exam. XAT is scheduled for January 7 in online mode. It is essential to comply with the below conditions, in order to appear for Xavier Aptitude Test. Check XAT Exam Pattern

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  • 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. Check all  XAT Exam Dates 2018
  • NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply on the basis of GMAT(except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates wherein candidates also have an option of appearing for XAT 2018).
  • There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.

Candidates who satisfy XAT eligibility criteria 2018 can proceed towards XAT Registration. It can be done on the official website i.e. xatonline.net.in. until November 30, 2017. This year, nearly 90,000 candidates are expected to appear for the test. Read  How to apply for XAT 2018?


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:

EventDateReference Link
Release of XAT 2018 NotificationAugust 13, 2017XAT 2018 Official Notification out
Availability of XAT 2018 Application Form August 16- November 30, 2017XAT Registration 2018 open at xatonline.net.in
Availability of XAT 2018 Admit CardDecember 20, 2017 onwardsDownload XAT 2018 Admit Card from xatonline.net.in
XAT 2018 Exam DateJanuary 07, 2018 (10:00 am to 01:30 pm)XAT 2018 to be conducted in 49 cities
Release of XAT 2018 Official Answer Keys January 19, 2018XAT 2018 Official Answer Key
Announcement of XAT 2018 ResultJanuary 28, 2018XAT 2018 Result to be declared on xatonline.net.in

What is XAT Eligibility Criteria 2018?

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

XAT Eligibility Criteria as per Nationality

  • Candidates with Indian citizenship can apply for XAT 2018.
  • 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 Criteria as per Age Criteria

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

XAT Eligibility Criteria 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.

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XAT Eligibility Criteria 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.

Read  XAT Admission Procedure at Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur

  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 Management 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 Eligibility 2018 for International Candidates

Candidates belonging to the below categories are eligible to apply for XAT. They have the option of either applying via XAT or GMAT.

NRI / Foreign Students: Definition as per "Regulation for admission of NRI/Foreign Nationality/Person of Indian Origin", AICTE letter dated 24 April 2002 is as follows:

  • NRI: "NRI" or Non-Resident Indian is "not a resident" or who is "not ordinarily resident". A person is treated as "not ordinarily resident" when any of the following conditions are satisfied:
  1. If he/she has not been resident in India in nine out of ten preceding years; or
  2. If he/she has not been in India for a period of 730 days or more during the preceding seven years.
  • Persons of Indian Origin : "Persons of Indian Origin" (PIO) means a person having foreign citizenship (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) without "NRI" status, but who holds a Foreign Passport at the time of sending application, consideration for admission and during the period of his study and he/she or anyone/ both of his/her parents or anyone / both of his /her grandparents is (or was) / are (or were) citizen (s) of India by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of India.
  • Foreign National: "Foreign National" (FN) is an individual having citizenship of a foreign country (citizens of all countries other than India) and not having the status of "NRI" and/or "Persons of Indian Origin" (PIO).

XAT 2018 Registration

  • Candidate who fulfils XAT Eligibility can proceed towards filling the application form.
  • It will be available between August 16- November 30, 2017.
  • 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 Passwordd 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. 

Read  How to apply for XAT 2018?

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


XAT Eligibility Criteria 2018 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 fulfill XAT eligibility criteria 2018 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: acad.xlri.ac.in/gmatadmission/.

Candidates who fulfill all the above criteria can register themselves latest by November 20. In case the authorities find out inaccurate or faulty information, the application will be rejected. Successfully registered candidates will appear for XAT 2018 on January 7.


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