Xavier Aptitude Test

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The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level aptitude test conducted in India by XLRI (formerly known as Xavier Labour Relations Institute), a business school in Jamshedpur in the state of Jharkhand in India, as an entrance test for its and other highly reputed institutes, including Xavier Institute of Management and Goa Institute of Management programmes.


XAT 2013 was a three-hour-long exam. It was divided into an initial section of two hours and twenty minutes, consisting of multiple-choice questions that tested Quantitative Ability (Mathematics), Verbal Ability (English) and Data Interpretation/Logical Reasoning skills and a final section of 40 minutes which contained General Awaremess questions and an Essay question.[1] The XAT is quite similar to the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the IIMs, except that the CAT has no Essay and General Awareness sections.

XLRI Jamshedpur has about 240 seats in its flagship BM (Business Management) and PMIR (Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) programmes and 120 seats in its flagship 15 months full-time residential GMP (General Management Program). The PMIR program has been renamed HRM (Human Resource Management). Apart from XLRI, 121 other institutes accept XAT scores for selection of candidates to their respective programmes.[2]

XAT 2011 was one of hardest MBA entrance exams in India and candidates were surprised to note differential marking (1 marks to 5 marks)(Maximum Marks:252). XAT 2012, held on 8 January 2012 had fewer questions in all three sections (Decision Making:25, Quantitative Ability:32 and Verbal Ability:28). XAT 2012 (Maximum Marks:100) also had differential marking with questions allotted marks either 1, 1.5 or 2. In XAT 2014, a correct answer was awarded 1 mark and an incorrect answer was penalised .25 marks. The result of XAT comes in last week of January.


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