XAT Exam 2025 Exam Date, Centers, Preparation Advice

XAT Exam 2025 Exam Date, Centers, Preparation Advice

The XAT Exam 2025 is a national-level management entrance examination to get admission into various MBA and PGDM programmes. It is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur once a year.

The notification of this exam is yet to be released on its official website, so to get updated information regarding notification and exam dates, you must visit XAT official website.

Recently, Essay Writing was reintroduced for the first time. It will appear as a section in Part 2 of the paper. However, the important thing is that the score of Essay Writing was not taken into consideration at the time of score calculation.

It was only analyzed at the time of shortlisting for the Personal Interview round. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI member colleges, over 1,000 B-schools accept XAT scores for their admission process for their post-graduate management programs.

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Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Conducting Body Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
Number of Questions 100 MCQs + 1 Essay Topic
Syllabus Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Essay Writing, Ability and Data Interpretation, General Knowledge.
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Duration 210 minutes
Registration Fee Rs.2100/-
Merit for shortlisting GK & Essay
Website https://xatonline.in/


Events Dates (Tentative)
Notification Date 15th July, 2024
Application Start Date 15th July, 2024
Last Date of Application 10th December, 2024
Admit Card December, 2024
Exam Date 7 January 2025
Answer Key 2nd week of January 2025
Result Third/Fourth week of January 2025

XAT Syllabus

Here, we have provided the detailed syllabus in a very concise format for the entire management student:


XAT 2025 Sections No. of Questions Time
Part 1 Verbal & Logical Ability 26 175 minutes
Decision Making 22
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28
Part 2 General Knowledge 25 30 minutes
Essay Writing 1
Total 102 205 minutes


XAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure

The XAT exam 2025 is going to be in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs. That is to be solved in 210 minutes.


However, the XAT exam pattern was also revised in 2022 and essay writing was reintroduced the time duration was also increased for it which is of 10 minutes. There is no sectional time limit for the XAT exam 2025.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 3 years Bachelor’s Degree. Also one can apply if he/she is in the last year of their UG. This means that Candidates must need to have held a bachelor’s degree of a minimum of three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a government-recognized university.
  2. Students in their final year of bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply.
  3. There are no minimum marks criteria for the XAT exam application.
  4. Working professionals and candidates with professional degrees can also apply for this exam.

Registration Process

Follow these steps provided below to make your registration successfully:

  • Visit https://xatonline.in/
  • Tap on the ‘New Registration’ and enter relevant details
  • A unique XAT ID with a registration link is shared with the candidate on the verified email ID
  • To verify your registered information, click on the received link
  • Go to XAT 2025 homepage and then click on the ‘login’ button
  • Enter your registered email ID and password to open the application form for the further process.
  • Fill in all the mandatory fields of the XAT 2025 application form as demanded.
  • Double-check the entered information clicking on submit button.
  • Pay on XAT 2025 application fee through credit/debit card, UPI, or net banking.


This completes the whole process of your application. And now get ready for the exam to crack with the desirable help provided through this blog.


Payment of Fees

  • 2100 is XAT registration fee
  • For XLRI programmes, Candidates must pay an additional fee of Rs. 200/- each.
  • Indian candidates can apply through GMAT/GRE for PGDM (GM).
  • Foreign national/NRI can apply for this exam via GMAT. Note that GRE scores are only valid for PGDM(GM).
  • For PGDM (GM) via GMAT/GRE: Rs. 2500
  • For NRI/Foreign students: Rs. 5000 through GMAT.


XAT Test Cities 2025

Over 70 cities are considered to conduct the XAT exam and aspirants have the option to choose up to three cities for test centre allotment during the XAT registration process. Follow the presented table below to know the list of XAT test cities:


Agra Goa Mysuru
Ahmedabad Gorakhpur Nagpur
Allahabad Guwahati Nashik
Ambala Gwalior Patna
Bhopal Jammu Sambalpur
Bhubaneswar Jamshedpur Siliguri
Dehradun Kurnool Udaipur
Delhi-NCR Kurukshetra Udupi
Amravati Hooghly Pune
Bhilai Nagar Jaipur Rourkela
Dhanbad Lucknow Vadodara
Dibrugarh Ludhiana Varanasi


XAT Admit Card 2025

To download the admit card you need to follow the specified steps;

  • Visit the XAT official website i.e., https://xatonline.in/
  • Click on the ‘Download admit card’ tab
  • Enter your registered details like User ID and date of birth
  • After that, hit the “Login” button
  • Hit the admit card tab, download the pdf available there and take a printout for future use.


Documents needed to be carried on exam day;

  • XAT admit card
  • Aadhar card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport, College/University ID
  • Driver’s license


Answer Key

The preliminary XAT exam answer key will also be released in the form of a response sheet within two to three days of the examination happened and the final answer key will also be released by the second week of January itself, after analysis of all the objections raised by students for the recheck.

Candidates will be able to download their XAT 2025 response sheets as well as answer key from the exam website by using their login ID and password after the exam commences.


Result Announcement

Follow the below steps to check the result:

  1. Visit https://xatonline.in/
  2. Click on the ‘XAT 2025 scorecard’ tab
  3. Here, fill your date of birth and User ID
  4. Press the “Login” button
  5. Download the XAT result cum scorecard and save a copy of it as a PDF.


Selection Process

Students who are shortlisted can take part in the XLRI selection criteria including Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The final merit list is based on the candidate’s performance in all stages of the selection process 2024. They can check the shortlist using their login credentials by visiting the XAT official website i.e., https://xatonline.in/.


Preparation Tips & Strategy

Go through the below tips for making XAT 2025 exam preparation just like a pro:

  • Students must join some study groups online on platforms like YouTube, Telegram, Facebook, and WhatsApp, etc.
  • Go through the study material and books available for XAT.
  • Start with topics over which you have good control in past.
  • After completing a topic, always solve two-three problems based on it to know if you have completely understood it or not.
  • Focus on completing the syllabus first then go for the mock tests. To get the best performance out of you, practice at least 25-30 mock tests.


Contact Information

XAT / Admission Office:
XLRI Xavier School of Management
Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
Ph no: 0657 665 3203/04, Fax: 0657-2227814
Visit: www.xatonline.in / www.xlri.ac.in.



Considering all the provided tips and tricks with added data will enhance your preparation to the next level. So, follow these guidelines provided by us for your future success and life goals. In this blog, we have covered XAT Exam 2025 in Full Detail with the update, exam date, centers, preparation tips, and tricks. Wishing you all the best for your exam day!



What is the XAT 2025 exam date?

The official date announced by the management for the exam to happen is 7th January 2025.


Where can I check XAT 2025 answer key?

To check the result and answer key, candidates need to follow these procedures:

  • Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur, xatonline.in
  • Hit the “Login” tab
  • Enter login credentials like XAT ID and Password
  • Lastly, press the “Candidate response” tab


 When will the XAT 2025 result be released?

The XAT result will be declared on Third/Fourth week of January 2025.


How many candidates appear for XAT on average?

On average, 1.35 lakhs candidates appeared for XAT 2025 each year.


When will XAT registrations in 2025 begin?

XAT registrations in 2025 began on July 15, 2024.


How many times can I attempt the XAT exam?

Desirable one can attempt the XAT exam any number of times. There is no restriction on the number of attempts one can opt for this exam.


Is XAT tougher than CAT?

XAT is considered to be more difficult than the CAT exam due to the number of candidates applying and passing this exam. The key differences between the CAT and XAT syllabi is the varying topics and sections available in this exam. CAT doesn’t have Decision-Making and GK section but the XAT exam has DM and GK section as separate ones.


 Do XAT cut-offs differ for different courses of XLRI?

The overall cut-off for both sections of XAT differs based on the number of seats available for admission.


Will there be any sectional time limit for the XAT 2025 exam?

No, there is no sectional time limit for the Quantitative Ability, Decision Making, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. However, the duration of the XAT exam is 210 minutes.


In how many months can I prepare for XAT 2025?

As XAT 2025 will be held in January 2025. Aspirants should start their preparation at least six months before the exam date considering the syllabus and time needed to cover it.


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