XAT 2018 Analysis, Cut-off & Score Calculator

First impressions on the XAT exam, 7 January 2018

Overall, XAT 2018 was similar to last year. The Verbal section was slightly difficult with 2 additional questions and you can expect the cutoff to fall by 2-2.5 marks to 8 for XLRI BM and 7-7.5 for HRM. The Decision Making section was similar to last year with the analytical set on trains turning out to be easy, however, the cutoff is not expected to change so you can expect it to be around 7-8 for both HRM & BM. Quant & DI was also similar to last year with DI becoming slightly easier. Expected Quant cutoff is 12 for BM and 9 for HRM. The overall expected cutoff for BM can be around 39-40 and 34-35 for HRM.

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About XAT 2018

Xavier Aptitude Test, popularly referred to as XAT, is the MBA entrance exam for admission into 150+ MBA colleges across India. XAT 2018 will be conducted by Xavier Labor Research Institute School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur.

Conducted by XLRI for the past 60 years, XAT is the oldest MBA entrance exam. It is also the second largest MBA entrance exam for admission into MBA/ PGDM courses. Besides 11 member institutes, XAT scores are also accepted in more than 140 associate institutes. For the first time in XAT's legacy of 60 years, the entrance exam will conducted online as a computer-based test as opposed to a pen and paper-based test. What's more, this year, XAT has also set up international centres at Dubai and Kathmandu for NRIs and foreign-based aspirants.

XAT 2018 will be held on January 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

XAT 2018: Eligibility

  • No Age Bar

    There are no restrictions for candidates seeking admissions to XAT member and associate institutions on the basis of their age.

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent course from a recognised university

    All candidates who hold a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline or have completed an equivalent course with a minimum duration of 3 years are eligible to apply for XAT 2018. This includes completed professional degrees like CA, CS, ICWA, etc.

  • Final year of Graduation

    Final year graduation students who shall complete all their exams by June 10, 2018 are also eligible to apply for XAT 2018.

  • GMAT scores

    NRI and foreign candidates can apply XAT member and associated institutes through GMAT scores. However, candidates in Dubai and Kathmandu have to appear for the exam in their respective centres.

XAT 2018: Important Dates

Date of Commencement of Application

August 16, 2017

Last Date to apply without late fee

November 30, 2017

Last Date to apply with late fee

December 15, 2017

Admit Cards available from

December 20, 2017 onwards

Exam Date

January 7, 2017

Exam Timings

10.00 am to 01.35 pm

Mode of Examination

Online computer based

XAT 2018: Admit Card

All candidates who had successfully registered for XAT 2018 can download their admit cards from the official XAT Online page from December 20, 2017 onwards.

Candidates are required to log in with their registered ID and password in order to download their admit card. The window for downloading XAT 2018 admit cards will be closed on December 31, 2017.

XAT 2018: Exam Centres

National Centres: Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.

International centres: Dubai and Kathmandu.

XAT 2018: Exam Pattern

For the first time in its history, XAT will be conducted online. Since 2016, XAT exam pattern has undergone significant changes not only in its structure but also in its content.

While the number of questions may vary this year, the sections will remain the same. Some important points about the expected XAT 2018 exam pattern have been noted below:

  • The paper has two parts. The first part of the paper consists of three sections namely Decision making, Verbal ability & Logical ability, and Quantitative ability & Data Interpretation
  • The second part of the paper consists of essay writing and questions testing your general awareness
  • The total duration is 210 mins. The first part is of 170 mins and the second part is of 40 mins
  • There is a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted for every question attempted incorrectly. Students have the option of not attempting 8 questions after which every unattempted question will incur a negative marking of 0.05


No of Questions

Decision making


Verbal Ability and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


Essay and General Awareness

1 Essay topic and 25 Questions

XAT 2018: Preparation

Since 2016, the XAT exam pattern has undergone significant changes not only in structure but also in content. It won't be surprising to note a few changes in XAT 2018 as well.

In order to ace XAT, you need not attempt all the questions. Even half of the paper, attempted right, could get you 95+ percentile. Therefore, it becomes important to maximise your correct attempts and minimise incorrect ones Given this, the best possible way to prepare for XAT 2018 exam is to understand your strengths and weaknesses and work upon them. This can be best achieved by attempting XAT mocks and previous year's exam papers.

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