Xavier Aptitute Test

XAT is the MBA entrance exam to one the best colleges in India to study MBA. Every year, the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI),Jamshedpur conducts the XAT for admission into the post graduate management programmes at XLRI and a host of premier institutes in India.Primarily developed as a screening test for MBA entrants into the Xavier institutes, XAT scores are now accepted by more than 30 B schools all over the country.

XAT 2012 will be conducted in the year end 2011 and candidates appearing for the exam would require complete information about the exam paper pattern, XAT scoring system, eligibility criteria, XAT registration details, important dates, deadlines & more. All the information for XAT 2012 candidates is produced below.

XAT 2012 - Paper Pattern

XAT is usually scheduled for the first Sunday of January and is considered to be the toughest of all management entrance tests. XAT aspirants are never sure what to expect out of the paper. Some of the recent surprises have been:

  • The option of 5 instead of 4 answers per question
  • Introduction of 'Management Decision Making' questions involving Case studies
  • Certain questions in the Logical Reasoning section having true/false statements which effectively removed the elimination process
  • Candidates need to be prepared for similar surprises in the XAT 2012 question paper aswell.


The main XAT exam is for 2 hours. This is followed by a 20 minutes essay writing test on any one topic. XAT 2012 would be conducted in the same duration distribution.