XAT 2020: Key changes, Dates, Registration, Admit Card, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

XAT 2020, XAT 2020 dates, XAT 2020 key changes,XAT 2020 registration, XAT 2020 exam pattern, XAT 2020 syllabus

XAT 2020The Xavier Aptitude Test or more popularly known as XAT is a national level entrance test held every year for admission to various post-graduate management programs in India. Apart from the XLRI’s, XAT scores are accepted by over 700 B schools. XAT 2020 exam is scheduled for 5th January 2020 and will be conducted only in online mode. An applicant can apply to the XAT and for XLRI with a single registration. The registration for the XAT 2020 exam were underway from August 23rd and applications are closing on 30th November 2019.  

Latest: The last date for registration of XAT 2020 has been extended. Students can now register without late fee till December 10 2020, midnight. The XAT 2020 admit card will be released on December 20.- Apply Here


XAT 2020


Important: Key exam changes XAT 2020 takers must know

XAT 2020 Important dates  

The XAT exam date 2020, application fee, last registration date etc have already been announced by XLRI. Following is a list of all the essential dates for XAT 2020.  


XAT 2020 Exam Dates 

Notification Date  August 23, 2019 
Registration starts for XAT 2020  August 23, 2019 
Last date for registration (without late fee)  November 30, 2019 
Last date for registration (with late fee)  December 7, 2019 
Admit Card download start date  December 20, 2019 
Last date to download the admit card  January 5, 2019 
XAT 2020 exam date  January 5, 2019, 9:30 am onward 
XAT 2020 exam result date  January 25th – 31st 2020 


XAT 2020 Exam Key Changes

This year, XLRI has made certain changes in the test pattern of XAT 2020 exam Following changes have been some changes introduced to the XAT exam which will be followed by XLRI in XAT 2020 also.  

XAT 2020

XAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria  

The XAT exam is computer-based and has test centers in 71 cities across India. The XAT 2019 exam has been subjected to some changes in terms of exam pattern and overall percentage calculation. It is expected that these changes will continue for the subsequent XAT 2020 exam also. The payment made by the applicants of the XAT 2020 will also have to be conducted in online mode using credit/debit card/ online banking and net banking.  

Eligibility Constituent 

Eligibility criteria 

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University
  • Students in their final year of graduation can also apply for XAT* 
Maximum age to give the exam  No age bar 
Genders under XAT 2020  Male/Female/Transgender 
Other Eligibility Requirements  Valid ID throughout the process 

Working official contact number throughout the application process 

*Students in the final year of their graduation (bachelor’s) or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply, however, it will be on a provisional basis and the applicant has to produce their graduation certificate and mark sheet by the end of the year.  

XAT 2020 – How to register & apply

To register and apply click on the direct link here.

XAT 2020: How to apply

  1. Click on the direct link given here or visit the official website of XAT
  2. Now on the home page click on “registration” button
  3. On a new page, candidates choose if they want to apply for XAT or GMAT (can choose only one)
  4. Add the basic details like name, Date of Birth, email ID, country, contact number.
  5. After filling all your details, there will be a declaration at the bottom of the page, tick on the checkbox for “I Agree” and then click on “Submit” button.
  6. Candidates will receive a message containing information about their XAT login ID and password. Candidates are advised to save this for checking their XAT result.
  7. Fill the application form – Candidates have to fill the application form by clicking on “Go to application form” button.
  8. Candidates have to fill five tabs of details to fill the application form.
  9. Starting with personal details like name and contact. The same tab will also contain information about the address of the candidate.
  10. Add the scanned image and documents (as per specifications).
  11. The candidate needs to add their academic details grade 10 onward.
  12. In the next tab, add work experience details after graduation.
  13. The candidate then is required to fill in the test city preferences.
  14. In the end click on “Save & Continue” button.

 XAT  Test cities 

XLRI has increased the number of test cities where XAT 2020 will be conducted. Earlier XAT exam was conducted in only 46 cities,  the number has increased to 71 cities. Every candidate during the application process chooses a test city preference where they would have the test centres that will conduct the XAT 2020. Following is a list of the test cities where XAT 2020 is conducted:  

Ahmedabad  Guwahati  Raipur 
Allahabad  Hyderabad  Ranchi 
Amritsar  Indore  Rourkela 
Bengaluru  Jabalpur  Sambalpur 
Berhampur  Jaipur  Surat 
Bhopal  Jammu  Tiruchirappalli 
Bhubaneswar  Jamshedpur  Thiruvananthapuram 
Chandigarh  Kanpur  Udaipur 
Chennai  Kolkata  Vadodara 
Cochin  Lucknow  Varanasi 
Coimbatore  Mangalore  Vijayawada 
Cuttack  Mumbai  Vishakhapatnam 
Dehradun  Nagpur  Gurgaon 
Delhi  Nashik  Pune 
Goa  Noida  Patna 
Greater Noida     

XAT 2020 –  Application Form – click here 

Also read: XAT 2020 – Admit card

The registration process for XAT 2020 has already begun from 23rd August 2019 and will continue until the 30th of November 2019 without late fee. The last date to apply with late fee is from the 1st to 7th December 2019. All the eligible candidates can fill the application form online.  

 Application form details  

Application fee(without late fee)  Rs 1700/- 
Application fee (with late fee)  Rs 2000/- 
Payment  Online mode only 
Digital photograph  acceptable size 20kb-50kb 
Digital signature  acceptable size 10kb – 20kb 
Last date to apply (without late fee)  30th November 2019 
Last date to apply (with late fee)  7th December 2019 
Link to Application form  Click here to fill the form 


The fee for the XAT 2020 application form is Rs 1700/- for all categories (general, SC, ST, OBC etc)  without any added late fee. When applying with late fee the application form fees is Rs 2000/-. The payment for the registration process can be done through online mode only (Net banking, credit card, debit card).  

 While filling the XAT application form 2020 candidates need to enter their academic and personal details. Candidates need to upload their passport size photograph (acceptable size 20kb-50kb) and digital signature (acceptable size 10kb – 20kb) in jpeg/jpg format. So keeping all the records and documents handy will help.  

XLRI also allows candidates to change their test city preference if the request is made well in time. Candidates can write to admis@xlri.ac.in mentioning their registration number/XAT ID, Father’s name, DoB, chosen exam city and uploaded city latest by the requisite date. However, the candidate can only change the test city preference only once. The final decision of changing the test city lies with XLRI and not the candidate.  

XAT 2020 Admit Card 

XLRI has announced the release date of the Admit card as 20th December 2019 and downloading of admit card will begin at 9 am from December 20th and will be available for download till 5th January 2020. The XAT admit card will be downloadable from the official website of XLRI. The candidate will be able to download the admit card only when the XAT application form is complete. If the candidate can view his/her hall ticket, they will instantly be able to download it and take printouts of the same. No XAT 2020 admit card will be individually sent to the candidate, all candidates have to download the admit card on their own from the official website. The important admit card details are as follows:  

XAT admit card details 

Date & time 

XAT admit card download date  20 December 2019, 9 am onwards 
Last date to download admit card  5 January 2020, before the exam, commences 

XAT 2020  Exam pattern & marking scheme 

The XAT is an online computer-based test. The total number of questions is 100 for a maximum of 100 marks. These 99 questions are divided into 4 sections. Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and each wrong answer will attract a penalty of -0.25 marks. Total duration of the exam is 3 hours or 180 minutes. The XAT exam pattern details  are given below : 


XAT Exam Section 


Exam date  5 January 2019  
Exam start & end time  9:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Section 1 – 165 minutes  Total of 74 questions (MCQ type) 
Verbal and Logical Ability  26 questions 
Decision making  21 questions 
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation  27 questions 
Section 2 – 15 minutes  Total of 25 questions (MCQ Type) 
General knowledge  25 questions 


  • Section-wise division of the number of questions 



Number of Questions 

Marks allotted

Decision making  22  22 
Verbal reasoning  26  26 
Quantitative ability  27  27 
General knowledge  25  25 
Total  100  100 


The marking scheme for the XAT is as follows:  


Question Type 


For every correct answer  +1 mark 
For every wrong answer  -0.25 marks  
For 8 unattempted questions  -0.5 marks 
For General Knowledge question  No negative marks 

XAT 2020  Exam syllabus 

The XAT syllabus 2020 includes topics from Verbal & logical ability, Decision making, Quantitative ability & data interpretation and General knowledge. The XAT exam syllabus and pattern has been revised, removing the essay type questions.  

Section-wise XAT syllabus overview 

For any candidate to be well prepared for an exam, the place, to begin with, is the exam pattern and syllabus.  

XAT Sections 


Verbal Ability & Logical ability  There will be a total of 26 questions in the verbal ability & logical ability section.  

Each question carries one mark.  

There is negative -0.25 marks for every wrong answer.  

 Decision making  There is a total of 22 questions in the decision-making section.  

Each question carries one mark.  

There will be a deduction of -0.25 mark for every wrong answer.  

Quantitative aptitude & Data Interpretation   There is a total of 27 questions in the quantitative section.  

Each question carries one mark 

There will be a deduction of -0.25 marks for every wrong answer.  


General knowledge 

There are 25 questions in this section 

No negative marking for this section.  

Each question carries one mark.  

XAT 2020 Result

The result is estimated to be announced anytime between 25th to 31st January 2020. The candidate will be notified when the results are announced and based on the individual cut-offs of the B schools that accept XAT exam scores. To check the XAT result 2020, the candidate will be able to download the scorecard by submitting their user ID and password.  

Steps to check XAT result 

 Candidates will be able to check and download their scorecards only in online mode. The score gained by the candidate along with the result will be on the scorecard. The steps to download the scorecard are as follows:  

  • Go to the official XLRI link for the result. (It still has to be released by the authorities) 
  • Provide your User ID and password 
  • Click on ‘login’ 
  • The result will be displayed on the screen 
  • To download, candidates are requested to click on the ‘download scorecard ‘link 
  • XAT 2020 result has to be printed for future use.  

 Information given on the scorecard 

 The following details of the candidate will be present on the XAT scorecard.  

  • Name of the candidate 
  • Gender 
  • DoB 
  • Address 
  • XAT ID 
  • Test date 
  • Result validity 
  • Quantitative ability – percentage and percentile 
  • Verbal and Logical ability- percentage and percentile 
  • Decision making- percentage and percentile 
  • Total percentage and percentile obtained 
  • General knowledge – percentage and percentile 
The XAT scorecard

 According to the calculation of the XAT exam, XLRI Jamshedpur calculates the total for all the sections except GK i.e Verbal & logical ability, decision making, Quantitative ability. The percentage and percentile obtained by the candidate in these 3 sections is calculated as a total and the result of the candidate is relative to the total number of applicants. The candidate will be able to see his/her score concerning the scores obtained by other candidates who appeared for the XAT 2020. The GK section score is calculated separately and is not included in the total obtained score.  

About Sunstone Eduversity 

Sunstone Eduversity offers industry-integrated MBA/PGDM programs with a Pay after Placement fee structure, where we take the course fee only after placing our students in well-paying jobs. Our strength lies in developing intellectuals through our innovative technology-led student-oriented teaching which is strongly backed-up by industry linkages having experience in cross-cultural management areas. 

How Pay after Placement works?

With Sunstone Eduversity Pay after Placement model, we have aligned our success to our students’ success. The fee structure model follows the steps below:

  1. Enrol for the 2-year full-time program by paying a nominal registration fee of INR 65000
  2. Become a corporate professional by learning from the industry experts at no cost for these 2 years
  3. On completion of the course and only after getting a job, pay the course fee equal to 10 times of your monthly salary

Watch the video below to gain a better understanding about the Pay after placement fee model.

All the best to all the candidates!  

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