XAT 2020 Notification

The XAT 2020 Exam will be held on the 5th January 2020 according to the XAT 2020 Notification with the XAT 2020 Result being declared by the end of January 2020 by most estimates. The XAT Exam is generally the final exam in the MBA Entrance Exam Season and represents the crossover point between the MBA Entrance Exams and the further processes. The XAT 2020 Notification has been released on 23rd August, 2019

XAT 2020 Important Dates

With the release of the XAT 2020 Notification, some of the more important details related to XAT 2020 have become known. The most important details included in the XAT 2020 Notification is the important dates of the XAT 2020 Exam as given below:

  • XAT 2020 Notification - 23rd August, 2019
  • XAT 2020 Registration Starts - 23rd August, 2019
  • XAT 2020 Registration Ends – 30th November 2019
  • XAT 2020 Late Registration Deadline - Second Week of December 2019
  • XAT 2020 Admit Card Download – 20th December 2019 onwards
  • XAT 2020 Exam Date - 5th January 2020 (0930 to 1230 hrs)
  • XAT 2020 Result Declaration - Third week of January 2020

Mode of Exam

The XAT 2020 Exam will be conducted online .

XAT 2020 Exam fees

The XAT 2020 Exam Fees will not differentiate based on the category of the candidate unlike most other MBA Entrance Exams. On the other hand, the XAT 2020 Exam fees will be based on whether the candidate fills up the form within the stipulated deadline or during the late registration window. In addition to this, the candidate is expected to pay for each XLRI Program that they wish to register for.

XAT 2020 Paper Pattern

The overall XAT 2020 Paper Pattern has been announced in the XAT 2020 Notification. As per the XAT 2020 Notification, the XAT 2020 Pattern will remain the same as last year with the Essay Writing Section removed from the XAT Exam Pattern. According to the XAT 2020 Notification, the duration of the test will be 3 hours from 9:30 to 12:30 hrs. The exam will consist of the following sections:

While the XAT 2020 Notification does not confirm the exam XAT 2020 Exam Pattern, it is logical to think that it would remain the same as XAT 2019 considering the adherence to the overall XAT Pattern. The speculative XAT 2020 Paper Pattern in terms of the sectional sub-division is given below:

Section Name

Number of Questions

Time Limit

Verbal and Logical Ability


No Section Time Limit (165 Minutes Total)

Decision Making


No Section Time Limit (165 Minutes Total)

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation


No Section Time Limit (165 Minutes Total)

Paper -II



General Knowledge


15 Minutes



180 Minutes

There will be no sectional time limit for the sections in Paper I. Paper II only consists of the General Knowledge section which is limited to 15 minutes for answering 25 questions.

The marking scheme for the XAT 2019 Exam was also rather interesting. A correct answer is worth 1 mark while an incorrect answer carries a penalty of 0.25 marks. The interesting part of the XAT 2019 Exam Pattern was that the questions which were left alone could also cost the candidate. If the candidate leaves over 8 questions in the XAT 2019 exam, each additional question left would carry a penalty of 0.1 marks.

The number of questions that can be left has varied over the years but has generally decreased over the years. One point in favor of the candidates is the fact that the General Knowledge section does not have any negative marking. Therefore, those are 25 questions that every candidate would be attempting completely. They represent free questions to get bonus marks from guessing as well but also reduce the total number of questions that are left un-attempted.

XAT 2020 Registration Process

The XAT 2020 Exam will be held completely online. Consequently, the XAT 2020 Exam Application process is completely online as well as confirmed by the XAT 2020 Notification. The XAT 2020 registration has begun on 23rd August 2019 with the release of the XAT 2020 Notification.

The XAT 2020 Application/ Registration process will begin with the generation of the unique XAT ID and Password for each candidate. In order to receive these details, the candidate needs to fill up the following details:

The XAT ID and Password will be shared through Email/SMS. Once the candidate receives the XAT ID, the candidate has to fill the online application form. XAT offers the candidate the flexibility to fill up the form at different times by giving the option to save the form at any particular point in time. Some of the details that will be required for the XAT 2020 Registration are:

Once the candidate has filled the XAT 2020 Application form, they need to submit the application form to complete their XAT 2020 Registration Process.

The next step is to fill the Program preferences that the candidate wishes to apply for through XAT 2020/ GMAT. This is followed by the candidate filling their XAT 2020 test center preferences.

The final stage is the payment of the XAT Exam Fees. The XAT 2020 Exam Fees are to be paid through the online medium. XLRI advises the candidate to wait for confirmation of the payment before closing the window. If the confirmation and e-receipt is not generated, the candidate has to assume that the payment was a failure. They need to login to their XAT Accounts again and check if the payment has been successful.

The complete procedure of the XAT 2020 Registration is also explained on the official XAT 2020 website which released the XAT 2020 Notification as well.

XAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The XAT 2020 Exam has a fairly simple Eligibility Criteria. The XAT Eligibility Criteria have remained the same as last year as per the XAT 2020 Notification. The XAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria is as follows:

Apart from this, there are not too many XAT Eligibility Criteria that one has to follow. There are no restrictions in terms of the work experience in XLRI or other colleges associated according to the XAT 2020 Notification.

Premier B-Schools that accept XAT Score

One of the major reasons for the popularity of the XAT 2020 Exam is the fact that it helps candidates gain admission in the best B-Schools in India. The complete list of the colleges that will accept the XAT 2020 score is available on the official XAT 2020 website where the XAT 2020 Notification was released. Some of the best B-Schools that will accept the XAT 2020 score are mentioned below.

XLRI is the most prominent amongst these colleges and acts as the convener of the XAT 2020 Exam. This is the college that most people appear for in the XAT 2020 Exam as the HR program is considered to be one of the best in Asia let alone India. The Business Management course is one of the best in India and is generally the candidate’s dream college uttered in the same breath as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore or IIM Calcutta.

An elaborate list of colleges accepting the XAT Score is available on the official XAT 2020 website.