XAT 2018: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the popular and competitive MBA entrance exams. Conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, XAT is held in the first Sunday of January every year. It is a paper pencil based test of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration and consists of both objective and subjective questions. More than 150 B-schools across India will conduct admission through XAT scores. Around 90,000 candidates apply for XAT every year. XLRI Jamshedpur is expected to announce XAT 2018 by the last week of July and the application process will commence from third week of August, 2017. MBA aspirants passing Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or institute in any discipline will be eligible to apply for XAT 2018. In this article, candidates can check all the details of XAT 2018 in terms of eligibility criteria, application procedure, important dates, exam pattern, cutoff, result and many more.
XAT 2018 is also referred as Xavier Aptitude Test. It is the university level entrance exam, which is organized by the XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) on the behalf of XAMI. XAT exam is conducted for the admission in more than 150 B-Schools of the country. The exam is the gateway for admission in management courses. For more than 60 years XLRI is organizing XAT exam at all India level basis. Candidates can get the complete details about XAT 2018 including application, exam dates, admit card, syllabus, etc.
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XLRI conducts the exam on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes for admission to MBA, PGDM and other management courses.
XLRI offers three two-year management programmes: Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management Programme (BM), and Global MBA Programme.
XAT 2017 was held on January 8, 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. In 2018, the exam is likely to be held in the first week of January. Registration for the same is likely to begin in the month of August.
Last year, XAT authorities announced quite a few significant test pattern changes on the official website:
- In the main question paper (Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation sections), the total number of questions has been brought down to 78.
- Candidates will have 170 minutes to answer the main question paper, which means the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. Earlier, the total time for objective part of the test was 150 minutes.
- Now comes the tricky part. In order to encourage students attempt more questions with accuracy, XAT 2017 question paper will be created in such a manner that that the top hundred students will be able to complete the test within 170 minutes. The idea behind this is to reduce the low range of scores and encourage good students to do well.
- Aspirants have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any non-attempted question will carry a negative mark of 0.05 marks per question.
- There’d also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
- Number of questions in GK section has been reduced to 25. However, the time to answer GK and Essay section remains same – 35 minutes.
- There’s no negative marking in GK section.