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Xavier Aptitude Test
XAT Exam 2022: Exam Dates,Registration, Eligibility, Preparation, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Result and Counselling

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XAT Latest Notifications

  • 3 January, 2022 : XAT 2022 Response Sheets Released.Read More

XAT 2022 has been successfully conducted on January 2 from 9:30 am to 12:40 pm. Based on the initial reaction of the candidates, the overall difficulty level of XAT 2022 has been rated moderate to high. Check XAT 2022 Exam Analysis

  • Now that XLRI has released XAT 2022 Response Sheets in the candidate login on the official website-, candidates can expect XAT 2022 Answer Key to be released by Jan 7, 2022.
  • Also, the answer key objection window will be open for 3-4 days after which the responses will be assessed and the final answer key will be released. Check XAT 2022 Answer Key
  • This year, XLRI had introduced a major change in XAT exam pattern 2022. The exam duration was increased from 180 to 190 minutes with the reintroduction of the essay writing section after 3 years. However, the essay will only be evaluated after the candidates are shortlisted for the personal interview round.
  • XLRI will release XAT Result tentatively in the 4th week of January 2022. XAT Cut off 2022 for XLRI Jamshedpur is expected to be 93-95 percentile for BM & HRM programs. Check XAT Cut off
  • Candidates who clear XAT 2022 will be required to participate in the GD & PI rounds of selection for admission to MBA/ PGDM courses at XLRI and other XAT score accepting colleges. Check XAT 2022 Selection Process

What is XAT Exam? XAT stands for Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT is one of the top national-level management entrance exams of India conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur to provide admission to MBA/ PGDM courses. XLRI has been conducting XAT exam for 70+ years on behalf of XAMI. XAT exam is one of the most sought-after by MBA aspirants as XAT score is accepted in more than 700 colleges across the country including XLRI and the 10 XAMI member institutes. 

XAT Exam Dates

XAT 2022 Exam Dates

XAT 2022 Exam Dates were announced by XLRI on July 29, 2021. Given below are the important dates announced for XAT 2022 exam:

Main Events Important Dates
Releasing of official notification July 29, 2021
XAT Registration Begins August 10, 2021
XAT Registration Last Date (Without Late Fee)

November 30, 2021 December 10, 2021

XAT 2022 Admit Card Release Date 

December 20, 2021 

December 22, 2021

December 24, 2021

Release of official XAT Mock Test  December 28, 2021
Last Date to Download XAT Admit Card January 2, 2022
XAT Exam Date January 2, 2022
Validity of GMAT/ GRE Score December 1, 2016, to December 31, 2021
XAT Response Sheet January 3, 2022
XAT Answer Key First week of January 2022
Declaration of XAT result Last week of January 2022

Table of Contents

  1. XAT 2022 Highlights
  2. XAT 2022 Exam Dates
  3. XAT Exam Analysis
  4. XLRI Placements
  5. XAT Result 2022
  6. XAT 2022 Cut Off
    6.1 XLRI Cut Off
    6.2 XAT Cut Off for Other Colleges
  7. XAT Score Accepting Colleges
  8. XAT Selection Process 2022
  9. XAT Exam Pattern 2022
  10. XAT Syllabus 2022
  11. XAT 2022 Eligibility
  12. XAT 2022 Registration
  13. XAT 2022 Admit Card
  14. XAT 2022 Exam Centers
  15. XAT 2022 Preparation
    15.1 XAT Topper Tips by Utkarsh Gupta
  16. Frequently Asked Questions

XLRI had released the official XAT 2022 mock test on Dec 28.  

Quick Links:

XAT 2021 Question Paper with Solutions XAT 2020 Question Paper with Solutions XAT 2019 Question Paper with Solutions
XAT 2018 Question Paper with Solutions XAT 2017 Question Paper with Solutions  XAT 2016 Question Paper with Solutions

XAT 2022 Highlights

Particulars Details
XAT Full form Xavier Aptitude Test
XAT conducted Body XLRI (Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur)
XAT Exam Level National
XAT Exam Mode Online
Number of Questions 100 MCQs carrying 1 mark each + 1 Essay (250 words)
Number of Sections in XAT exam 5 (3 in Part 1 and 2 in Part 2)
XAT Exam Syllabus Verbal and Logical Ability
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
General Awareness/ Knowledge
Decision Making
Essay Writing
XAT Exam Duration 190 minutes
Mode of XAT Application Form Online only
XAT Application Fee INR 1750 (without late charges)
INR 2500 (Indian Candidates applying via GMP through GMAT)
INR 5000 (NRI or Foreign Candidates applying for one or multiple programs via GMAT)
XAT Minimum Eligibility Criteria 3 year’s bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university
Counselling Yes
Courses Offered MBA/PGDM/Executive Diploma
Acceptance Rate <1% for XLRI Jamshedpur
Total Intake 180 seats
Number of Attempts No Restriction
XAT Official Website

+91 6576653203

+91 6576653204

[email protected]

XAT Eligibility 2022

XAT 2022 Eligibility

To apply for XAT 2022, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria defined by XLRI. Here are some of the major highlights of XAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria. 

  1. Age Limit: No Minimum/ Maximum Age
  2. Educational Qualification: 3-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university.
  3. Stream: The graduation can be from any stream.
  4. Foreign Candidates: Through GMAT Scores (except candidates from Dubai and Kathmandu)
  5. Citizenship: Indian or NRI
  6. Additional requirement: Applicants must clear any backlog before registering for XAT 2022.

Check detailed Program-wise XAT Eligibility

XAT Exam Analysis 2022

XAT 2022 Exam Analysis

As usual, the difficulty level of XAT exam was comparatively higher than other MBA exams like CAT and CMAT. XAT paper analysis given below is based on the reviews of the candidates who appeared for the exam. It will help you in getting a brief idea of the exam difficulty level, number of good attempts, and the number of questions asked from each section in XAT 2022 exam.

Section Name No of Questions  Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 Easy 15-16
Decision Making 21 Moderate 12-14
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28 Difficult 15-17
General Knowledge 25 Moderate 11-13
Essay 1 Easy -
Overall 101 Moderate-Difficult 53-61

Check detailed XAT Exam Analysis

XLRI Placements


Candidates that clear the cut off for XAT get admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, one of the best management colleges in India. XLRI has ranked in the top 10 of various management course ranking frameworks such as NIRF. XAT Scores are also accepted by other major colleges in India. Here is a brief summary of the placements in XLRI Jamshedpur:

Category Details
Number of recruiters 108
Number of New Recruiters 24
Median Salary INR 23 LPA
Average Salary INR 24.30 LPA
Highest Domestic Offer INR 50 LPA (S & M Domain)
Highest International Offer INR 58.5 LPA (S & M Domain)


  • Detailed XLRI Placement & Salary Data
  • Program & Section Wise Cutoff for XAT Colleges

XAT Result

XAT Result 2022

  • XAT Answer key will be released before the announcement of XAT result.
  • Results for XAT 2022 will be tentatively announced in the last week of January 2022. 
  • The results will be available on the official website of XAT. 
  • To download the XAT 2022 Results, candidates have to log in through their registered email id and password and download the XAT scorecard as a pdf. 
  • It is necessary to take out a printout of the XAT Mark Sheet for the selection process.  

Read Difference between XAT Score and Percentile

XAT 2022 Cut Off

XAT Cutoff ranges between 91 to 95 for BM and HRM programs. The cutoff is different for male and female candidates. Here are the XAT Cut Offs for XLRI and other participating colleges - 


Section Male Female
Overall 93-95 91-93
VALR 74-79 72-74
DM 73-78 68-74
QA 75-85 70-75

XAT Cut Off for Other Colleges

Name of College Score Percentile
XIMB Bhubaneswar 30.5-32.5 90-93
SPJIMR Mumbai 32.5-34.5 93.50-95
IMT Ghaziabad 30.5-32 90-92
Great Lakes Institute of Management 26-27.5 80-85
LIBA Chennai 26-27.5 80-85
KJ Somaiya Mumbai 27.5-30.5 85-90
GIM Goa 27.5-30.5 85-90
TAPMI Manipal 26-27.5 80-85
IRMA Anand 26-27.5 80-85
MICA Ahmedabad 26-27.5 80-85


Check Expected & Previous Years’ XAT Cut Offs

XAT 2022 Colleges

XAT 2022 Participating Colleges
IMT Ghaziabad MICA Ahmedabad
Great Lakes Institute of Management TAPMI Manipal
GIM Goa KJ Somaiya Mumbai
IFMR XIME Bangalore
SFIMR Mumbai Xavier Business School (XBS), St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata
LIBA Chennai XISS Ranchi

XAT Selection Procedure 2022

XAT Counselling starts after the conclusion of XAT exam and the release of results and cut off. Check XAT Counselling Process

  • Candidates who meet XAT cut off will be able to participate in the admission process of XLRI. XLRI selection process involves GD and PI rounds.
  • The final merit list will be declared after taking into consideration the following factors: XAT 2022 score, XAT GD-PI performance, Academic Background, Relevant Work Experience, and Extra-Curricular Activities.
  • Candidates should focus on GD-PI preparation after the declaration of XAT 2022 result. Read How to Crack XAT GD & PI Rounds?

XAT 2022 Registration

XAT Application Form filling window has been closed on December 10, 2021. However, candidates applying through GMAT/ GRE can fill the application forms till January 15, 2022. XAT registration fee for Indian Candidates applying for Ex-PGDM through GMAT is INR 2500. NRI or Foreign Candidates applying for one or multiple programs via GMAT must pay  INR 500 extra for every course.


  • Candidates had to pay INR 1800 as XAT Registration fee. It could be paid via RuPay, Visa, Master Card / Maestro, Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards, Mobile Wallets.
  • Candidates interested in XLRI programs had to pay INR 300 to apply for each program.
  • The steps to fill XAT Application form are illustrated below:

    XAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

    XAT exam pattern has been revised by XLRI this year. As per the recent changes introduced in XAT exam pattern, the following points are noteworthy regarding XAT test pattern and marking scheme:

    • Number of questions: 100 MCQs and 1 essay writing question. The Essay Writing section has been reintroduced after a gap of 3 years.
    • Exam Duration has been increased to 3 hrs 10 minutes- 165 minutes for Part 1 and 25 minutes for Part 2.
    • Marking Scheme: 1 mark awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer. No negative marking in the GK section.
    • XAT marking pattern has a unique feature: beyond 8 unanswered questions, 0.10 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.

    All questions in XAT paper will be objective type. Tabulated below is a brief of section-wise XAT Exam Pattern 2022 for your reference:

    Parts Section of XAT Exam No. of Questions XAT Cut Off

    XAT Time Duration

    Part 1 XAT Decision Making 21

    8-9 marks


    165 minutes
    XAT Verbal & Logical Ability 26 9-11 marks
    XAT Quant 28
    10-12 marks
    Part 2 XAT GK 25 XAT GK marks are not considered for score calculation. 25 minutes
    XAT Essay Writing 1 Will be evaluated only for the candidates shortlisted for the PI round
    Total - 100 27-31 marks 190 minutes
    XAT Syllabus 2022

    XAT Syllabus 2022

    XAT Syllabus is specified by Xavier School of Management, the exam conducting body. XAT Syllabus has been revised and the essay writing section has been reintroduced. XAT 2022 Syllabus consists of 4 other sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Decision Making, Logical & Verbal Ability, and General Awareness. Given below is the section-wise XAT Syllabus for your reference:

    XAT 2022 Syllabus
    Section Topics
    XAT QA-DI Syllabus Geometry, Mensuration – 2D and 3D, Probability, Algebra Functions, Profit and Loss, Speed & Distance, Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Logarithm, Surds & Indices, Statistics, Trigonometry, Graphs, Arithmetic
    XAT Decision Making Syllabus Ethical Dilemma, Business Decisions, Analytical Reasoning, Situational Conditions, Grouping Test, Data Arrangement Test, Data Comprehension, Decision Making in a situation
    XAT Verbal Ability Syllabus

    Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Analogy, Grammar, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Parallelism, Antonyms, Idioms, etc

    XAT GK Syllabus Static GK and Current Affairs: Politics, History, Sports, National & International  Affairs, and States, etc.
    XAT Essay Writing A short essay of 250 words on any topic including current affairs, social & economic issues, business & management-oriented topics, etc.

    Check :

    • Detailed XAT Exam Pattern 2022
    • Updated Syllabus for XAT 2022
    XAT Admit Card

    XAT 2022 Admit Card

    XAT Admit Card is released online on the official website of XLRI- XAT Admit Card contains details such as exam center, date, and timing of the exam, instructions for candidates, as well as the candidate’s registration details. 

    How to Download XAT 2022 Admit Card?

    • Visit the official website and log in using your credentials provided during the time of registration. 
    • After entering the details, the document will be available for download.
    • Candidates are advised to take the printout of admit card and save the soft copy for future reference. 

    Documents Required with Admit Card

    Valid Photo ID in original and photocopy to be carried along with admit card to the exam center are mentioned below:

    • Passport
    • Aadhar Card
    • Driving License
    • PAN Card
    • Voter ID
    XAT Exam Centers

    XAT 2022 Exam Centers

    XLRI has released the list of XAT 2022 Test Centres along with the official notification. In order to capacitate thousands of XAT aspirants, almost all major cities in India have at least a test center.

    • In keeping with the centers of the previous year, XAT 2022 is to be conducted in around 72 cities across India.
    • While filling the XAT Application Form, candidates can select up to 2 test centers that are convenient to them.
    • The final allocated test center will be mentioned on XAT admit card.

    XAT 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

    • Candidates are advised to carry all the required documents mentioned in the admit card to the exam center. 
    • Reach exam center 1-2 before the exam timings mentioned in your admit card. 
    • Examinees must not bring the prohibited items like mobile phones, calculators, etc. mentioned on the admit card to the exam hall.
    • Candidates will not be permitted to go outside the exam hall during the conduct of XAT.


    XAT Preparation 2022

    XAT 2022 Preparation

    XAT exam preparation should ideally begin at least 4-5 months before the exam date to cover the vast and dynamic syllabus of XAT 2022 exam. Tabulated below are the section-wise preparation tips for XAT 2022 along with some of the recommended books for XAT preparation. Candidates are also advised to download XAT Previous Year Question Papers for last-minute preparations.

    Section Number of Questions Preparation Tips Recommended XAT Preparation Books
    Verbal and Logical Ability 26
    • Read newspapers and online articles to prepare for XAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 
    • Start with the basics of grammar and then start practicing different types of questions like error detection, sentence formation, word replacement, etc.
    • It is extremely important to pay attention to the tone of the RC passage as this helps in understanding the core idea. The most commonly asked tones are: didactic, argumentative, narrative, informative, cynical, satirical, technical, etc.
    • Practice more and more sample papers for preparing questions on critical and logical reasoning
    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
    A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
    How to Prepare for VARC by Arun Sharma
    Decision Making 21
    • Solve previous year XAT question papers, and after solving them try to analyze your answers and figure out the approach for answering such questions.
    • Do not let your bias affect your answers.
    • Do not choose passive options and understand the ethics of the situation to answer questions on ethical dilemma.
    Jabbing the XAT 
    Previous Year XAT Question Papers
    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28
    • Practice at least 20-30 questions every day without fail. This is important to ensure consistency and helps build retention power.
    • Choose any good book for XAT preparation for this section and clarify all your doubts and build on your weak concepts.
    • Learn shortcuts and time-saving tricks from online study channels.
    • Practice plenty of sectional as well as full-length XAT mock tests.
    Quantum CAT by S K Verma
    How to Prepare for QA by Arun Sharma
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R S Aggarwal
    General Knowledge 25
    • Read Newspapers/magazines daily to stay updated with the current happenings in India and the World.
    • For static GK, refer to any good yearbook.
    • Prepare notes regularly to ease last-minute preparation for XAT 2022 exam.
    Newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.
    Manorama Year Book
    Essay Writing 1
    • Read Newspapers/magazines daily to stay updated with the current happenings in India and the World.
    • Pick a topic every day and practice writing an essay in 10 minutes.
    • Check past years’ topics to get an idea of the type of question asked.
    Previous Year Papers
    Newspapers and Magazines

    Must Read:

    • How to start preparing for XAT 2022?
    • Best Books for XAT 2022 Preparation

    XAT Topper Tips by Utkarsh Gupta

    Utkarsh joined a coaching center that offered recap batches every week. He took 2 mock tests on a weekly basis. He maintained a schedule like waking early, solving sudoku puzzles, and reading newspapers/magazines. To crack XAT reading comprehension and verbal ability, he read the Guardian newspaper on a regular basis. GMAT Club and CR bible helped him with the Critical Reasoning section. Utkarsh solved all the question papers of previous years to crack XAT DM questions. He aced the Quant section by solving mock tests and analyzing his weak areas afterward by going through the solutions. Ultimately, working on basics and being stress-free on exam day helped him score a 99.99 percentile.

    One of the best alternatives for XAT Preparation is online preparation. Check Best XAT Online Coaching Centers with Pricing Details and Key Benefits

    XAT Sample Papers

    XAT 2022 Sample Papers and Mock Tests

    To score well in the XAT 2022 Exam, one must practice plenty of practice papers and sample papers. While solving XAT mock tests, attempt it like how you would in the exam hall. Put a timer of 200 minutes before attempting and carefully analyze your attempt before moving forward, and learn from any mistakes you might have made. Download Free XAT Practice Papers

XAT 2022 FAQs

Ques. When will XLRI release the official notification for XAT 2022 exam?

Ans. XLRI has released the official notification for XAT 2022 on July 29, 2021, on the official website. XAT 2021 exam will be conducted on Jan 2, 2022.

Ques. Is XAT exam tougher than other MBA exams like CAT?

Ans. Yes, XAT is considered to be tougher than other management exams. XAT has two sections, namely GK and Decision Making, which are not a part of CAT syllabus and this adds to the difficulty level of XAT. 

Ques. How many times is XAT exam conducted by XLRI in a year?

Ans. XAT is conducted by XLRI once every year, usually on the first Sunday of January. XAT 2022 will be held on January 2, 2022.

Ques. How many candidates appear for XAT every year?

Ans. Every year more than 80000 candidates appear for XAT exam. In 2021, around 75000 candidates appeared for XAT exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, about 75000-85000 candidates are expected to appear for XAT 2022.

Ques. When will XLRI conduct XAT 2022 exam?

Ans. XLRI usually conducts XAT exam on the first Sunday of January every year and for XAT 2022 it is no different. XAT 2022 exam will be conducted by XLRI on January 2, 2022, as per the official notification.

Ques. Do IIMs accept XAT scores?

Ans. No, IIMs do not grant admission on the basis of XAT exam scores. IIMs only accept CAT scores for admission. XAT score is accepted by other top management schools across the country like XLRI, Jamshedpur, XIME Bangalore, TAPMI Manipal, XISS Ranchi, etc. 

Ques. What is the application fee for XAT exam?

Ans. The Application Fee for XAT exam is INR 1750. No concessions in the application fee will be granted to any candidate. XAT application fee is the same for all candidates irrespective of gender, caste, and category.

Ques. Can I edit the details that I entered while filling XAT application form?

Ans. Candidates must recheck all the information before submitting XAT application form as after submitting the application, there is no provision of editing XAT application form. In case of any incorrect information, the application form will be rejected.

Ques. Will the candidates be able to choose the order of attempting sections in XAT 2022 exam?

Ans. Yes, the applicants can choose any of the 3 sections in part 1 of XAT question paper, to begin with. However, the GK and Essay Writing sections can be attempted by the candidates after they’re done with the first 3 sections. 

Ques. Will there be any sectional time limit in XAT 2022?

Ans. The first 3 sections- Decision Making, Verbal & Logical ability, and Quant have to be completed within 165 minutes, and 15 minutes will be given to complete the GK section. Also, 10 minutes will be provided for writing the 250 word essay.

Ques. How do I know that my XAT application has been successfully submitted?

Ans. After successful filling of XAT application form and confirmation of fees payment, the screen displays ‘registration successful’ along with “XAT ID”. The candidates must note down the id as without it they will not be able to log in and download their admit card.

Ques. Can candidates in their 2nd year of graduation apply for XAT?

Ans. No. Candidates must either be graduates or should be in the last year of graduation to apply for XAT 2022 exam. Candidates in the 2nd year of graduation are not eligible to apply for XAT exam.

Ques. Which are the top 5 institutes which accept XAT scores?

Ans. Following are the top 5 institutes that accept XAT scores:

  • XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
  • XIMB Bhubaneshwar
  • TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Ques. By registering and paying for XAT 2022, am I eligible for XLRI and other Associate Member Institutes?

Ans. Candidates interested in XLRI need to apply for the programs of their choice. Please note that each institution independently decides the weightage to be given for each of the test components on the basis of its needs. XLRI does not play any role in the selection of candidates in these institutes. For XAT Associate Member Institutes (refer XAT Associate Institutes website) XAT is a common test for admission into academic programs of XLRI.

Ques. In how many months can I prepare for XAT?

Ans. The ideal number of months required for XAT preparation is between 4 to 6 months. However, candidates can make their own schedules depending on their level of preparation and understanding.