XAT 2022: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Exam Dates, Admit Card

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is an online CBT (computer based) management entrance exam which grants the eligible candidate's admission into the MBA/PGDM courses offered by XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, etc along with other 156 management institutes the country. The exam is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, which is considered to be in the same league as the top IIMs of the country. It is the one of the most widely attempted MBA entrance exams after CAT with more than 75000 students appearing for XAT each year.
The XAT 2022 notification has been as of August 2021 and the registration has begun from 10th August onwards. The XAT 2022 Admit Card will be available from 20th December onwards and contains some essential details regarding the XAT 2022 Exam including:

  1. XAT 2022 Exam Center
  2. XAT 2022 Exam Center Address
  3. XAT 2022 Registration Number
  4. XAT 2022 Exam Day Instructions
  5. Personal Details

The XAT 2022 Exam will be held on 2nd January 2022 in a single slot from 9:30AM to 12:30AM. The XAT 2022 exam will be held in 70 cities across the country.

The XAT 2022 Exam Result will likely be declared a couple of weeks after the XAT test. Read on to find more about XAT 2022 notification, Exam dates, Exam Registration. Exam Pattern, Exam Syllabus, Eligibility etc.

Overview of XAT 2022

XAT (Xavier's Aptitude test) is a management entrance examination which is regulated by XLRI (Xavier Labor Relations Institute) in association with XAMI (Xavier Association of Management Institutes). XAT 2022 will be conducted in an online mode. The XAT 2022 Notification has been released as of August 2021 and the registration begins on 10th August 2021. The details regarding the timing of the paper (9:30-12:30) and the duration (3 Hours) have been announced in the XAT 2022 Notification.

XAT was always primarily a pen-and-paper test but has shifted gears in recent times. XAT 2019 was the first time that the XAT Exam was conducted online. The XAT Exam contains two papers: the aptitude paper and the general knowledge paper. The candidate needs to attempt both sections to complete the test although the first paper scores are the only ones counted by most colleges.

XAT 2022 Notification

The XAT 2022 Notification is considered by most aspirants to be the first step towards the march to the XAT 2022 Exam. The XAT 2022 Notification has been released as of August 2021 and the registration window is between 10th August 2021 and 30th November 2021. It also gives some important details about the XAT 2022 Exam such as the XAT 2022 Exam Date, the XAT 2022 Registration process and a broad XAT 2022 Exam Pattern.

The XAT 2022 Exam will be held on 2nd January 2022 in a single slot between 9:30AM and 12:30PM.

Click on this link to get detailed information on XAT 2022 Notification.

XAT 2022 Important Information

Here is some important information you must know about XAT 2022:

1. XAT 2022 will be held in a single day session.

2. XAT 2022 will be conducted in an online CBT (computer-based) mode.

3. The medium of instruction will be strictly English and the registration fees is Rs 1800 without late fees.

Click on this link to get detailed information on XAT 2022 Notification.

Exam Details  

Exam Dates  

Official notification release by XLRI

August 2021

Starting of registration   

10th August 2021

Application Deadline   

30th November 2021

Downloading of admit card

20th December 2021

Last date to download admit card

2nd January 2022 (XAT Exam Day)

XAT 2022 Exam Date and day

2nd January 2022 (2nd January 2022)

Declaration of Result

Last Week of Jan, 2022

XAT 2022 Registration

The XAT 2022 Registration is completely online and is quite straightforward as well. The XAT 2022 Registration constitutes of the candidates:

  • Clicking on new users on XAT official website and registering through email ID and phone number.
  • Login into the profile created in order to fill the XAT 2022 Registration form
  • The XAT 2022 Registrations would require the candidate to fill in their personal, professional and academic details. The candidate is also required to upload their signature, photograph and academic mark sheets of 10th, 12th and graduation.
  • These details are followed by the candidate filling their preferences for programs at XLRI Jamshedpur, in case they get an interview call
  • The final step of the XAT 2022 Application process is the payment of the application fee
  • Submit the application form and take a printout of the same for future reference.

XAT 2022 Application Fee

The XAT 2022 Application fee as announced in the XAT 2022 Notification is:

  • Rs 1800 for XAT 2022 Registration on time and Rs 300 for additional XLRI management program
  • Rs 5000 for NRI Candidates applying for one or more programs through GMAT
  • Rs 2500 for candidates opting for Ex-PGDM Program through GMAT

The XAT 2022 Registration is likely to contain a field where the candidate is expected to fill their preferences in terms of programs. The fee for each program is Rs 300 if the candidate fills it on time and Rs 500 if it is filled during the late registration window. The candidate can make the application fee payment through debit card, credit card, net banking or mobile wallet. Also, in case you have made the transaction but did not receive the respective receipt of the transaction, XLRI will solicit you to wait for 1-2 days before your XAT 2022 dashboard will be updated and the e-receipt will be sent to your registered email ID. The application form fees for XAT stays the same for students across all social categories. Also, the registration fees stay constant for all PGDM programmes.

XAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The XAT aspirants need to be cautious regarding the imperative eligibility criteria to accord well with the registration guidelines of XAT 2022. It is mentioned as follows:

  • Candidates must complete a minimum of three-year time duration degree or a UGC equivalent from any stream, devoid of backlogs. Due to this, candidates with 2-year diplomas are ineligible unless it is from a program with a duration of 3 years.
  • Indian candidates, foreign nationals and NRI applicants are all eligible to go for XAT 2022 on an additional evaluating agent I.e. GMAT. Candidates from Dubai, UAE or Kathmandu, Nepal can appear for the examination from their domicile
  • There is no age limit in the XAT 2022
  • Candidates in their final year can also appear for XAT 2022 but their selection is conditional on their completing the bachelors' degree.
  • Candidates who plan to take admission based on GRE Exam should ensure that exam is given between GRE score validity

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The XAT 2022 Exam Pattern is quite different from other MBA Entrance Exams. The XAT 2022 Paper is expected to have 4 sections:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • General Knowledge

The XAT 2022 Exam Pattern is likely to follow the same pattern as XAT 2021 Exam which was conducted in the form of two papers. The first paper consisted of the first three sections and has 75 questions which had a time limit of 165 minutes. The other paper consists of general knowledge questions (25) for a period of 15 minutes. Therefore, the total time limit for the exam is 180 minutes with no sectional time limits.

The marking scheme for the XAT 2021 Exam was:

  • For the MCQs, each correct response carried a reward of 1 mark.
  • Any incorrect response in the MCQs leads to a penalty of 0.25 marks.
  • If the candidate left over 8 questions in the XAT 2021 Paper, there is a penalty of 0.10 marks for every question after the 8-question mark.

The rule for the number of questions which can be left is modified quite frequently. However, the addition of this rule means that the candidate has to decide on exactly how many questions they can afford to leave, especially since the penalty for an incorrect response is 2.5 times the penalty for leaving the question.

XAT 2021 Paper 1

Section Name

Expected Number of Questions

Expected Marking Scheme

Sectional Time Duration

Expected Total Marks

Expected Time Duration

Verbal and Logical Ability



Not Applicable


165 Minutes

Decision Making



Not Applicable


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



Not Applicable





165 Minutes

XAT 2021 Paper 2

Section Name

Expected Number of Questions

Expected Marking Scheme

Sectional Time Duration

Expected Total Marks

Expected Time Duration

General Knowledge



15 Minutes


15 Minutes 

Total (Paper 1+ Paper 2)




180 Minutes (3 hours)

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Key Points to Remember

XAT 2022 is one of the most rigorous MBA Entrance Exams and you as a candidate will need to be at your best to clear it. In order to do this you must be in the best frame of mind while attempting the exam which is why we have compiled a list of things you should keep in mind for the exam:

  • XLRI and XAMI will only pay attention to the first 75 questions belonging to the first 3 sections of the written XAT 2022 paper for final percentile evaluation and merit list declaration.
  • Candidates can only proceed to part 2 I.e GK section of XAT 2022 exam after completing the part 1 of the exam.
  • No time extension is expected to be given for the GK section.
  • The number of questions could be increased or decreased by a short margin.
  • The marking scheme of XAT 2022 is expected to be more or less the same, apart from minor changes in the negative marking of questions attempted after 8 unattempted questions in a row.
  • The overall level of difficulty of XAT 2022 is expected to range from moderate to tough.
  • For visually weak candidates, an extension of a quarter of an hour might be provided I.e 25 minutes.

Let us have a look at the XAT 2022 Marking scheme a bit more carefully.

XAT 2022 Syllabus

The XAT 2022 Exam does not have a definitive syllabus because of which the XAT Preparation can become quite difficult. In order to study the XAT 2022 Syllabus, one should ideally go section by section so that they can cover as much ground as possible even if it is impossible to completely cover it owing to its ambiguous nature. The sections, as mentioned above, are:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • General Knowledge

Verbal and Logical Ability for XAT

This section is the first section of the XAT exam paper and is expected to have 26 MCQ based questions. This section can be further split into following sub sections:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Verbal Ability

  • Logical Reasoning

This section is considered to be slightly more difficult than CAT as it can involve challenging topics such as analogy of unlike statements, critical reasoning, assertive reasoning, synonyms and antonyms, idioms and phrases, jumbled paragraphs etc. A part of the reason for this belief is that there are no sectional time limits in the XAT 2022 Exam. Due to this, most candidates tend to finish this section in a hurry whether it be in the beginning of the paper or the end. This leads to a fall in the average score of the candidate in the section and gives it the reputation of being quite difficult.

Decision Making for XAT

This is a part of the second section and one of the most important sections of the XAT examination. This subsection is expected to have almost 22 questions. The Decision-Making section is unique amongst all the other MBA Entrance Exams in India. It does not have any fixed syllabus because it consists of small cases and drawn-out case studies. The students need to predict or forecast the solution in order to make a decision regarding the solution.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation for XAT

QA is the first section for QADI section in the XAT examination and is expected to comprise 27 questions in total. The QA section is a combination of Mathematical problems and Data Interpretation questions. It consists of several different components such as:

  • Geometry

  • Percentages

  • Arithmetic

  • Trigonometry

  • Statistics

  • Commercial Maths

  • Speed and Distance

  • Clocks

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Line, Bar and Mixed Graphs

  • Caselets

These are a few of the more commonly tested topics in the XAT Exam. Apart from these topics, there are also questions based on data interpretation. Time Management is extremely important in this section because of the inherently lengthy nature of the section.

General Knowledge for XAT

The GK section will be the last section of the XAT examination and is expected to comprise 25 questions. This particular section of the XAT 2022 Exam will not be counted in the overall score when deciding the cutoff but does play some role in the final selection of the candidate. The major topics pertaining to the General Knowledge section might be related to static and current affairs, summits and conferences, famous entrepreneurs, business and economy, books and authors, banking and finance, scientific discoveries etc. Therefore, the candidates should not ignore the section completely. The vast nature of the general knowledge section means that no candidate can be completely confident in their preparation of this section. The only bonus, in this section, is that there is no negative marking which means that the candidates should be attempting each question with at least their best guess.

This is a general look at the XAT 2022 Syllabus. For more information, please visit this page.

How to Prepare for XAT 2022

The XAT Exam is one of the toughest MBA Entrance Exams in India. Therefore, it is extremely important for each candidate to understand exactly how to prepare for XAT 2022.

The candidate needs to have some basic information about the XAT Exam when they begin to prepare for XAT 2022. This information is given above in the form of the exam pattern and the syllabus. Based on the XAT 2022 Exam Pattern and their own status in terms of the XAT 2022 Syllabus, the candidate can build a roadmap for their preparation of XAT.

The basic structure of preparing for any MBA Entrance Exam is always similar:

  • The candidate needs to revise the basics of Maths and English from Class 8 to 10

  • The candidate practice questions of different difficulty levels to identify their strengths and weaknesses

  • The candidate needs to give as many mocks as possible to ensure that they are familiar with the paper pattern and can attempt it irrespective of the difficulty level.

These are a few basic steps that must be taken so that the candidate can crack the XAT Exam. There is obviously much more that can be done while preparing for the XAT Exam however these basic steps should serve as a guideline to the specific plan that the candidate makes for their own preparation.

XAT 2022 Official Mock Exam

The official mock of XAT 2022 is released by XLRI Jamshedpur just prior to the XAT Exam to ensure that you have some experience with XAT Interface. Students will get the look and feel of XAT 2022 and an idea of the kind of questions and concepts asked in the examination. Knowing the same, students will be able to fine-tune XAT 2022 preparation strategy and acknowledge the LOD (level of difficulty) of XAT for the year 2022.

XAT 2022 Admit Card

The XAT 2022 Exam will be held on 2nd January 2022 as confirmed in the XAT 2022 Notification. The XAT 2022 Admit Card is one of the most significant documents which is required for you to appear for the XAT Exam.

The XAT 2022 Admit Card will be released on 20th December 2021 and will be available till the day of the exam. It can be downloaded from the official XAT website by logging in with the Username and Password used for the XAT 2022 Registration. It contains certain details of the candidate for verification at the XAT 2022 Exam Center. Some of these details include:

  • Name of the candidate Date of Birth of candidate

  • Signature and Photograph of the candidate

  • Exam Duration

  • Exam Center Name and Address

  • Date and reporting time of the Exam

  • Gate closing time of exam centre

  • XAT Registration Number

  • Exam Instructions and Invigilator signature

Some of the details are used to verify the candidate’s identity at the XAT 2022 Exam Center to remove any doubt of foul play.

XAT 2022 Result

The XAT Result is usually uploaded on the official XAT website. The declaration of the XAT Result is usually quite prompt in terms of when it is declared. The XAT Exam will be held on 2nd January 2022 and the XAT Result is declared within three weeks of the XAT Exam.

Before the XAT 2022 Result is declared, XLRI also releases the XAT 2022 Answer key as well as the response sheet. This allows the candidates to get an idea of their performance in the test and how they should proceed going forward.

The XAT 2022 Result is most likely to be released in the fourth week of January 2022.

XAT 2022 Accepting Colleges

XAT scores are accepted by more than 160 institutions across the country. A 95 percentile in XAT 2022 can land you in some of the top listed B schools without a second thought. However, there is always a tough competition amongst XAT aspirants when it comes to the flagship institution that accepts XAT score I.e XLRI Jamshedpur. This college has an intake of 360 candidates for PGDM- Business Management and Human Resources only based on XAT scores and 160 for PGDM- Global Management Program only based on GMAT score. The 11 member institutes of XAMI go for only 1% of the students who appear for XAT examination. This is why students passing out from such prestigious colleges attract salary packages upto 30 lakhs per annum. The top XAT 2022 score accepting colleges are:

  1. XLRI Jamshedpur (cutoff = 95 percentile)
  3. IMT (cutoff = 90 percentile)
  4. XIMB (cutoff = 90-93 percentile)
  5. GIM (Cut off = 80-90 percentile)
  6. More

Out of these XAT 2022 Colleges, the college which is the most sought after is XLRI Jamshedpur. XLRI Jamshedpur uses only the XAT 2022 and the GMAT Exam as the qualifying exams. No college entertains any sort of bias or discrimination while evaluating candidate’s XAT scores before declaring the final result.

Overall, there are over 160 colleges which are likely to accept the XAT 2022 Score as the qualifier for their admission processes.

XAT 2022 Cut Off

The XAT 2022 Cut Off is the minimum percentile that a candidate needs to attain in order to get a call from the college they have applied to. While the exact XAT 2022 Cut Off can only be speculated since it depends on several factors such as:

  • Difficulty of the XAT 2022 Exam

  • Number of candidates appearing for the XAT 2022 Exam

  • Number of Seats available

However, the cut off for the top colleges in XAT 2022 has remained relatively constant over the past few years. The cut off for the BM program at XLRI Jamshedpur is likely to remain around 96%ile while the same for the HRM program is likely to stay at around 94%ile. The reason for the difference between the two percentiles is the fact that there are lesser candidates interested in the HRM Program at XLRI Jamshedpur.

The official XAT 2022 Cut Off will only be known post the XAT 2022 Result. The cut off for XLRI is likely to range between 95-97 percentile.

XAT 2022 Marksheet

The XAT 2022 marksheet can be easily downloaded by visiting the official website of XAT 2022. The result will arrive between January and March 2022

XAT 2022 Selection Procedures

The XAT 2022 Exam is simply the qualifier for candidates and as such there are generally several processes that Business Schools follow before they decide on whether they wish to select a candidate or not.

Some of the most common selection procedures which are followed are:

  • WAT (Written Assessment Test)

  • GD (Group Discussion)

  • PI (Personal Interview)

These are the staple selection procedures amongst all the B-Schools and especially among the top B-Schools. However, this should not be taken as gospel since the B-School has the authority to change the selection procedures as per their wishes.

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