XAT Exam 2024 Exam Date, Centers, Preparation Tips and Tricks 

The XAT exam for 2024 will be held on January 7, 2024 (2.00 PM to 5.10 PM) and the XAT registration process already began on July 15, 2023, and notification arrived on the 8th of August of this year. This time the XAT 2024 exam date was officially announced by XLRI Jamshedpur on July 14, 2023. This year registrations for the XAT exam 2024 will be held online mode.

There is also a required fee for the XAT exam which every student has to pay and for this year it is INR 2,000. It is the oldest MBA Entrance Exam with over 12000 alumni base it has and 160+ Institutes Use the XAT scorecard for the admission process.


Conducting Body Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
XAT exam Full Form Xavier Aptitude Test
XAT Notification 2024 Date August 2022 second week
Number of MBA colleges accepting exam score 160+
Mode of XAT Exam Computer-Based Online Exam
XAT 2024 Registration & Application Process Online; Simultaneously apply for the entrance exam and for XLRI PGDM Programs
XAT Application Fee 2024 Rs.1800/-
XAT Cut offs 2024 for XLRI admission 96 to 97 percentile (Expected; Check last year cut offs
Total Number of Questions in XAT Question Paper 100 – 105
XAT Exam 2024 Sectional Division of Test 5 Sections with different numbers of Questions in Each Section.
Merit for XLRI shortlisting GK & Essay
Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult

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/percentile calculation. It was only analyzed at the time of shortlisting for the Personal Interview (PI) round. But for 2024, XLRI has removed Essay Writing from the XAT 2024 syllabus.

What is XAT Exam?

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a well-known national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur (a private institution) for admission to MBA/PGDM and other programs too. 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.



Xavier Aptitude Test 2024 Schedule – Important Dates

  • Date of Release of XAT Notification 2024: July 14, 2023
  • XAT Registration 2024 starts: July 15, 2023
  • The last date for XAT 2024 Registration and application submission online without a late fee: is November 30, 2023 (Till Midnight)
  • XAT 2024 Registration Last date with late fee: Not Announced
  • Admit Card 2024 download Start Date: December 20, 2023
  • Last date to Download XAT Admit Card 2024: January 7, 2024
  • XAT Exam Date 2024: January 7, 2024 (2.00 PM to 5.10 PM)
  • XAT 2024 Result date: January 20, 2024

XAT Syllabus 2024

Here we have provided the details syllabus in a very concise format for the entire management student;

XAT 2024 Sections No. of Questions Time
Part 1 Verbal & Logical Ability 26 165 minutes
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28
Part 2 General Knowledge 25 15 minutes

10 minutes

Essay Writing 1
Total 101 190 minutes

XAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure

The XAT exam 2024 is going to be in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs. That is to be solved in 180 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 2024.

Preparation Tips & Strategy

Listed below are key tips for making XAT 2024 exam preparation just like a pro:

  • Try to join some study groups online on platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp, etc.
  • Go through books and study material available for XAT. These are comfortably available online and also through coaching institutes.
  • Start with topics you are already familiar with and over which you have good control in your past.
  • After completing a topic or a concept (also consider examples), always solve two-three problems based on it to know if you have completely understood it or not.
  • Focus on completing the XAT syllabus first and foremost then go for the XAT mock tests. Practice at least 25-30 mock tests to get the best performance out of you.

XAT Eligibility Criteria for 2024

  • 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.
  • Students in their final year of bachelor’s degree or awaiting their results (before June 2024) are also eligible to apply.
  • There are no minimum marks criteria for the XAT exam application.
  • Working professionals and candidates with professional degrees (CA/CS) can also eligible to apply for this exam.

XAT Registration Process 2024

Follow the steps provided below to make your registration successfully;

  • First, log on to XAT 2024 website xatonline.in,
  • Click on ‘New Registration’ and enter relevant details there,
  • A unique XAT ID with a registration link for the farther process is shared with the candidate on the verified email ID,
  • Click on the received link to verify your registration details,
  • Go to XAT 2024 homepage and then click on the ‘login’ button available there,
  • 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 2024 application form as demanded.
  • Make sure to cross-check the information before clicking on submit button.
  • Pay on XAT 2024 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.

XAT Registration Process 2023


XAT Test Cities 2024

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:

XAT Test Cities

Agra Goa Mysuru
Ahmedabad Gorakhpur Nagpur
Allahabad Guwahati Nashik
Ambala Gwalior Patna
Bhopal Jammu Sambalpur
Bhubaneswar Jamshedpur Siliguri
Bokaro Steel City Kannur Surat
Chandigarh/Mohali Kanpur Thiruvananthapuram
Chennai Kolkata Tiruchirappalli
Coimbatore Kota Tirupathi
Cuttack Kottayam Tiruvallur
Dehradun Kurnool Udaipur
Delhi-NCR Kurukshetra Udupi
Amravati Hooghly Pune
Amritsar Hubballi(Hubli) Raipur
Bengaluru Hyderabad Rajahmundry
Berhampur Indore Ranchi
Bhatinda Jabalpur Roorkee
Bhilai Nagar Jaipur Rourkela
Dhanbad Lucknow Vadodara
Dibrugarh Ludhiana Varanasi
Durgapur/Asansol Madurai Vijayawada
Ernakulam Mangalore Visakhapatnam
Gandhinagar Mumbai Warangal


XAT Admit Card 2024

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

  • Visit the official website of XAT 2024; xatonline.in .
  • Click on the ‘Download admit card’ tab available after the release of the official notification for the result.
  • Enter your registered details like XAT User ID and date of birth and then click on ‘login’.
  • Further click on 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

XAT 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 2024 response sheets as well as answer key from the exam website by using their login ID and password after the exam commences.

Result Announcement

To check the result you need to follow the required steps mentioned below;

  • First, open the XAT online website; i.e. xatonline.in .
  • Then Click on the ‘XAT 2024 scorecard’ tab.
  • Enter your XAT User ID and date of birth and click on the ‘login’ button.
  • Download the XAT result cum scorecard and save a copy of it as a PDF.

Selection Process

Do consider these cut-off scores tabled for you if you have just started or are in the middle of the preparation for this exam and just add the required thrust to clear the exam accordingly;

XAT colleges XAT cut off score XAT cut off percentile
XLRI-Jamshedpur 35.5-38.5 94-92
XIMB-Bhubaneswar 30.5-32.5 90-93
SPJIMR-Mumbai 32.5-34.5 93.50-95
IMT-Ghaziabad 30.5-32 90-92
GIM-Goa 27.5-30.5 85-90
TAPMI-Manipal 26-27.5 80-85
IRMA-Anand 26-27.5 80-85
MICA-Ahmedabad 26-27.5 80-85
Great Lakes Institute of Management 26-27.5 80-85
LIBA-Chennai 26-27.5 80-85
KJ Somaiya-Mumbai 27.5-30.5 85-90


Last word!

Considering all the provided tips and tricks with added data will enhance your preparation to the next level. So, do follow these guidelines provided by us for your future success and life goals. In this blog, we have covered XAT Exam 2024 in Full Detail with the update, exam date, centers, preparation tips, and tricks. Wishing you a very happy journey forward and all the best for your exam day!!


What is the XAT 2024 exam date?

January 8, 2024, is the official date announced by the management for the exam to happen.

Where can I check XAT 2024 answer key?

To check the result and answer key student need to consider these steps;

  • Step 1; Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur, xatonline.in .
  • Step 2; Click on the “Login” tab available there.
  • Step 3; Now it’s time to enter XAT login credentials such as XAT ID and Password.
  • Step 4; Finally Click on the “Candidate response” tab to get the official answer key.

 When will the XAT 2024 result be released?

XAT 2024 official Result date is on January 20, 2024.

How many candidates appear for XAT on average?

There are more than About 95,000 candidates appear for XAT each year.

When will XAT registrations in 2024 begin?

XAT registrations in 2024 Already began on July 15, 2023

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. One of the key differences between the CAT and XAT syllabi is the varying topics and sections available in this exam.CAT does not have the Decision-Making section and GK section but the XAT exam has DM and GK as separate ones.

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

The overall cutoff for both sections of XAT varies (BM and HRM) due to the number of seats available for admission.

Will there be any sectional time limit for the XAT 2024 exam?

The duration of the XAT 2024 exam is 180 minutes with no sectional time limit except for the GK section which has to be solved within 15 minutes.

In how many months can I prepare for XAT 2024?

As XAT 2024 will be held in January 2024. Aspirants should start their XAT preparation at least six months prior to the exam date considering the syllabus and time needed to cover it.

Contact Information for XAT/XLRI Admission 2024

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


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