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XAT 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is a highly esteemed national-level management entrance examination overseen and conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur. MBA/PGDM aspirants are required to sit for this exam. Additionally, 10 other XAMI members and more than 700 major B-schools consider the XAT as an apt qualification parameter for the PG management courses.

XAT 2022 Notification

XAT has released its official notification on 9 August 2021, which you can check out here.

XAT 2022 Important Dates

XAT 2022 Notification release9 August 2021
XAT Registration Start Date10 August 2021
XAT Registration End Date30 November 2021
XAT Registration End Date With Late Fee10 December 2021
XAT Admit card release20 December 2021
Last Date to Download Admit Card2 January 2022
XAT Exam Date 20222 January 2022
XAT Result 202225 January 2022

Eligibility Criteria for XAT 2022

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have a graduate degree in any field of study from a government-recognized university. Candidates who are awaiting their graduation results, must submit their Final Year certificate and marksheet by the end of their academic year.

Age Limit

Age is no bar for candidates registering for XAT 2022. If candidates have honed their skills, they stand a chance, irrespective of their age.


Candidates must be citizens of India to appear for the exam.

XAT 2022 Application Fee

Registration Fees (Not Including Late Fee)INR 1,750
XAT fees for XLRI ProgramsINR 300 per program

How to Apply for XAT 2022

  • Visit the official website of XAT.
  • Click on the "Register" option.
  • Fill in your basic details such as name, address, phone number etc.
  • Verify the OTP to confirm your communication details.
  • Read the instructions carefully before filling the XAT application form.
  • Fill in your particulars carefully.
  • Upload a clear, scanned copy of your photograph and signature.
  • Make the application fee payment.
  • Take a printout of your application and fee receipt for reference.
  • Once the registration is successful, you will receive the confirmation by SMS or email.

XAT 2022 Admit card

After filling the application form, eligible candidates can access the admit card from the official XAT website. Admit cards will be available on 20 December 2021.

XAT Reservation List 2022

The XAT committee has no reservation guideline of its own for XAT 2022, however candidates are well-advised to check the official website of their preferred institute to know more about the reservation guidelines followed by the colleges accepting XAT as a viable parameter for admission.

XAT Selection Process 2022

The selection process consists of the following:

Stage-I: Aptitude Test

Stage-II: Group Discussion

Stage-III: Personal Interview

XAT 2022 Pattern

Here's a breakdown of the weightage that each section carries:

SectionsNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Decision Making2121
Verbal and Logical Ability2626
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation2828
General Knowledge2525

XAT 2022 Syllabus

The overall syllabus includes the following:

Verbal AbilityReading Comprehension, Sentence completion, Word usage, Antonyms/Synonyms, Contextual usage of vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled Paragraphs, Correction of errors in sentence, Reading Comprehension
Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Assumptions, Situations, Logical Reasoning, Conditions and grouping, Caselets, Data Arrangement, Arithmetic
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Probability, Heights & Distance, Statistics, Trigonometry, Speed & Distance, Direction Sense & Time, Data Interpretation – Table, Combination, Mensuration – 2D and 3D, Algebra Functions, Profit and Loss, Table, Graphs, Arithmetic, Clocks

XAT 2022 Results

The XAT 2022 examination result will be released on 25 January 2022. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for their results.

XAT 2022 Cut-off

It's important to note that different universities have their own cut offs for XAT, so candidates are well advised to check the specific cut offs of the university of their preference. The following table shows the cut-off ranks for previous years. 2022 cut-offs will be updated as they are released.

UniversityXAT Minimum cut off
XLRI Jamshedpur95
XIM Bhubaneswar90
IMT Ghaziabad90
Vijay Patil School of Management, DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai90
MICA Ahmedabad80 to 85
Great Lakes80 to 85
TAPMI Manipal80 to 85
GIM Goa80 to 85
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai80 to 85
FORE New Delhi83 to 88

XAT Exam Analysis

The sections that will feature in the XAT 2022 paper are:

  • General Knowledge
  • Numerical Ability
  • Language
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Information Technology

Here are some additional details regarding the exam:

  • XAT 2022 will be conducted in online.
  • There will be 100 MCQs
  • The total marks will be 100 marks.
  • The duration of XAT 2022 will be 180 minutes.
  • For each correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark.
  • For each wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.
  • The difficulty level for XAT 2022 will be moderate to difficult.

Preparation Tips for XAT 2022

Candidates preparing for XAT 2022 are well-advised to do the following:

  • Solving practice/mock papers will help candidates gauge their preparations well. Getting into a habit of solving 1 model paper a day is a good way of keeping oneself prepared before the exam.
  • Focusing on all-round development instead of studying solely from books is an important part of XAT preparations. Candidates should make use of online trial tests and study guides to gain that competitive edge.
  • Keeping an eye on current affairs and local and international news is a big part of learning organically. Working smart is equally important as working hard.

XAT Previous Years Question Papers

Candidates can find some previous question papers by following these links:

Candidates can check out the official website for more previous years papers.

Book nameAuthor
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsGuha Abhijit
Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsGuha Abhijit
Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMsSarvesh K Verma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMsSarvesh K Verma
High School English GrammarWren and Martin
Objective General EnglishDr. RS Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
The Students' Companion BookD Best
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma

Study Plan for XAT 2022

Any candidate interested in cracking XAT should plan to do the following:

  • Read books on English phrases and idioms.
  • Practice relevant quizzes regularly.
  • Studying annual knowledge encyclopedias such as the Manorama Yearbook is an excellent way to keep in touch with the various important national and international events in a year.
  • Get into a habit of reading newspapers daily, especially The Hindu.
  • Get into a daily routine and always begin your preparations early.

Candidates are advised to carry all necessary documents to the exam center. Furthermore, candidates should positively bring the following:

  • Admit Card
  • Government-issued ID for identity verification.

Make sure to keep checking the official website for any new notifications regarding XAT 2022. Keep your payment ID handy after paying for your form, as it may be necessary in case of discrepancies. Start preparations as early as possible and avoid unnecessary stress. Remember, the mind is strongest when it's relaxed. With that said, have faith in your preparations and the hard work you've put in. All the best!