XAT Exam 2024: Registration, Admit Card, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Cutoffs

Updated on 21st October 2023 | 1:34 pm | #XATexam

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a computer-based test that has been conducted by XLRI for over 72 years. It is a national-level entrance exam held once every year in the month of January. Every year over 1 lakh candidates register for XAT and more than 70,000 appear for the exam.

Along with XLRI and 11 other XAMI colleges, XAT is accepted by over 160 institutes including TAPMI, IMT, etc for admission to their post-graduate management programs. XLRI only accepts XAT scores for admission to the PGDM courses offered at its campuses and no other entrance is accepted.

XAT 2024 will be held in a single slot of 3 hours and 30 minutes from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. XAT 2024 will have 4 sections plus an essay question divided into two parts; Part 1 (VA, DM, QADI) and Part 2 comprises General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

Eligibility of XAT & other MBA Entrances

XAT Exam 2024: Overview

As XAT 2024 is expected to be along the lines of the previous year, here are the features of the XAT exam including the mode of exam, time duration, sections and registration fee among other things.

XAT exam


Conducting Body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Mode of Exam

Computer-based test

Registration fee

INR 2100/-

Number of Sections

Part 1: Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making & Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part 2: General Knowledge & Essay Writing

Institutes Accepting XAT


Courses Offered


Duration of exam

210 minutes

Review the XAT notification, click here

XAT Exam Dates

Given below is the timeline for XAT as per the notification:



Registration Start Dates

15th July 2023

Registration End Dates

30th November 2023

XAT Admit Card Download

20th December onwards

XAT Exam

7th January 2024

XAT Result

To be announced

XAT Eligibility Criteria

A candidate wishing to appear for XAT 2024 must meet the minimum requirements before registering for the exam. Here is the eligibility criterion for XAT-

If a candidate fulfills the given XAT exam eligibility requirements, they are welcome to apply and appear for the exam.

XAT Exam: Registration Process

The XAT registration process can be completed online. Candidates must have the required documents and pay the application fee to complete the registration process. Those who wish to appear for XAT must complete their registration process on or before the last registration date.
Follow these simple steps to complete the XAT registration-

XAT Registration Fee

XAT aspirants can pay the application fee online through the payment gateway after filling out the form and uploading the documents. Given is the fee for XAT 2024-



XAT Application Fee

INR 2100/-

XLRI Programmes Fee

INR 200/- each

According to the official website, the following points should be kept in mind regarding the payment of the application fee-

XAT Required Documents

The candidates will be required to upload a passport-size photograph and signature image to the application form. The official website for XAT explains the requirements for the images and a brief is provided below-

XAT Exam Pattern

The XAT exam pattern for 2024 would be the same as that of XAT 2023. As XAT 2023 observed a few changes, XAT 2024 will follow similar lines. The paper is divided into 2 parts along with a 5 minute moc keyboard testing as given below:

XAT 2024


No. of Questions


Part 1

Verbal & Logical Ability


175 minutes

Decision Making


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


Part 2

Mock Keyboard Testing


5 minutes

Part 3

General Knowledge


30 minutes

Essay Writing





210 minutes

View the XAT Exam Pattern in detail, click here.

XAT Marking Scheme

XAT Syllabus

The XAT 2024 syllabus is divided into 4 sections along with an essay question. The essay question is not included in the XAT percentile score calculation and is only considered for evaluation after shortlisting. Given below are the main topics that candidates must cover for XAT 2024 preparation-


Main Topics

Verbal & Logical Ability

Vocabulary, Para jumble, Grammar, Fill in

the blanks, Analogy, Binary Logic, etc.

Decision Making

Data Arrangement, Assumptions, Complex

Arrangement, Conclusions, etc.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Caselets,

Data charts, Tables, etc.

General Knowledge

Economics and Finance, Books, Authors,

Constitution of India, Current Affairs, etc.

Click here for a detailed understanding of the XAT syllabus.

How to Prepare for XAT 2024

Now that the XAT notification has been released, candidates must plan and work accordingly towards cracking and acing XAT 2024.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for XAT-

Here’s how you can prepare for XAT

XAT Admit Card

Candidates who successfully register for the exam will be able to download their XAT admit card from the official website from 20th December 2023 till the exam date. Candidates will not receive any hard copy and must take a printout of the admit card. The XAT admit card is a mandatory document that candidates must carry on the day of the exam.

Here are the steps candidates can follow to access their admit card-

Exam Centers for XAT

XAT 2024 will be held in over 72 cities with over 100 exam centers. Candidates can choose two exam centers of their choice. The final exam center for each candidate will appear on their XAT admit card. While going to the exam centers on the exam day, candidates should keep the following points in mind:

Colleges Accepting XAT 2024

Here is a list of colleges accepting XAT scores for admissions to their MBA programs.

Colleges Accepting XAT 2024

XLRI Jamshedpur

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

XIM Bhubaneswar

Amity Business School, Noida

Goa Institute of Management

LIBA Chennai

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

IFMR, Chennai

Alliance School of Business, Bangalore

T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal

Frequently Asked Questions

XAT is held once annually. As per the notification, XAT 2024 will be held on 7th January 2024 in a single slot.

For XAT, candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree of three years or more. There is no minimum pass percentage required to appear for XAT. Final-year students can also give the exam.

There is no restriction on the number of XAT attempts. Thus, a candidate can appear for the exam every year as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

After XAT 2024 has ended, the conducting body will release the results that can be obtained by logging into the official website. Then the XAT cutoffs will be released, based on which students will be required to go through further admission processes.

Indian candidates can appear for XAT and clear the cutoffs. After the merit list is released, candidates will be required to clear further admission rounds. The college will then release the final merit list. Candidates who make the final list can get admission to XLRI Jamshedpur.

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