XAT 2020: Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation

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XAT 2020 is an important MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2020 in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and other 150 MBA colleges in India. The expected XAT 2020 date is Sunday January 5, 2020. XLRI conducts XAT entrance exam in the month of January every year. After finalizing the XAT exam date, XLRI will announce the complete schedule and all XAT 2020 important dates in the month of August 2019.  As the XAT is for admission to all the Xavier institutes, the XAT full form is Xavier Aptitude Test.


 XLRI will conduct XAT 2020 as a computer based test in a single session across the country.   Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT exam full form) 2020 is one of the largest National level MBA entrance exams to which around one lakh candidates apply.


Although XLRI will accept only XAT 2020 score, the other associated top MBA colleges will accept other exam scores also apart from XAT 2020 scores for MBA admission. XLRI has been conducting XAT entrance exam for more than 60 years.


 XAT 2020 Important Dates
Going by the past trends the XAT exam date 2020 and other XAT 2020 important dates are as under:


XAT Exam Details

XAT 2020 Important Dates

XAT Date for Notification

2nd week August 2019

XAT 2020 Exam Date for Registration start

3rd week August 2019

XAT Date for Registration Close without late fee


XAT Exam date 2020 for Registration close with late fee


XAT 2020 Exam Date for Admit Card download

3rd week December, 2019 onwards

XAT Exam 2020 Date of Test

January 5, 2020 (10AM to 1 PM)

XAT 2020 Exam Result date

By January 31, 2020


XAT Exam Details: Pattern, Questions, Scoring XAT pattern is online computer based test. The aggregate maximum marks in XAT exam are 99 for 99 questions divided in 4 sections. Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and each wrong answer will attract the penalty of -0.25 mark. Total time duration for the XAT 2020 exam is 3 hours. XAT 2020 exam pattern is as below:


Section in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Number of questions


74 Total MCQs

Verbal and Logical Ability


Decision Making


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



25 Total MCQs

General Knowledge


Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)



XAT Entrance Exam: Key Changes

  • XAT exam details reveal that following changes have been made in the XAT 2020 exam:
  • XAT exam 2020 will not have descriptive Essay Writing question of 3 marks
  • XAT 2020 exam will be a computer based test
  • No Negative Marking for General Knowledge section of XAT 2020 exam
  • A new type of Numerical Answer Type Question (NAT Questions) has been introduced.
  • XAT exam details clarify that a candidate can go to part-2 GK section only after completing the part-1 of XAT 2020 exam.


XAT 2020 Exam: Eligibility
XAT 2020 eligibility criteria need only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need a particular percentage of marks. XAT 2020 eligibility is probably the simplest one among all the National Level MBA entrance exams.


XAT Exam: How to Apply?
XAT 2020 exam registration process is online and can be completed in six simple steps at official XAT website. It starts in the third week of August 2019 and will close on November 30, 2019 without late fee.


XAT 2020 Exam: How to Prepare?
XAT 2020 exam preparation should be in accordance with revised pattern of XAT entrance exam. As indicated by XAT exam full form – Xavier Aptitude Test, the XAT exam details call for special preparation for Decision Making section apart from other XAT topics. You need to focus on following while preparing for XAT 2020 exam:


  1. XAT 2020 Exam Pattern: You must be aware about the XAT exam pattern
  2. Scan thoroughly XAT 2020 Syllabus
  3. Decide if you need Online XAT preparation or with to prepare self
  4. Get best Books for XAT preparation
  5. Attempt XAT 2020 Exam Mock Test & XAT Previous Test papers
  6. Devise strategy to crack XAT exam with 95 percentile.


XAT Exam 2020 Accepting Colleges

There are 150+ MBA colleges who will accept XAT 2020 exam score. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting XAT 2020 exam score for MBA admission 2020 are:


  • XLRI Jamshedpur
  • SPJIMR Mumbai
  • IMT Ghaziabad
  • XIM Bhubaneswar
  • TAPMI Manipal
  • XIME Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai
  • BIMTECH, Greater Noida
  • FORE School of Management, New Delhi
  • GIM Goa
  • Great Lakes, Chennai
  • LIBA Chennai


XAT 2020 Date for Notification

XAT exam information with XAT exam date, and other related XAT 2020 exam dates will be released on XAT 2020 website in the 2nd week of August 2019. XAT 2020 Notification containing XAT exam details, XAT exam format, XAT exam centers and all the XAT exam dates 2020 will be released in the leading newspapers also. All the XAT 2020 exam dates with other information and FAQs will be available on XAT 2020 exam website.


It is expected that around 1 lakh candidates will appear in XAT 2020 exam since the number of candidates going for XAT 2020 registration are expected to increase again. Over the years the candidates applying for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT full form), have been increasing year after year as the data for past XAT exam registration also reveal this fact.


XAT MBA entrance exam attracts the cream of talent in India. The best talent of country aspires for XAT accepting colleges. The admission to XLRI is possible only through high scores in XAT MBA entrance exam. Return on investment at XLRI is high. 2 years fee and other expenses at SPJIMR, XLRI come to around Rs.16 to 20 lakhs.  Top recruiters from India and the world eye these institutes for their placement season. The offered salary packages go as high as Rs.25 to 35 lakhs per annum to the students of XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT among others who offer admission on the basis of XAT exam scores.


XAT 2020 Exam: Offers Level Playing Field

XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI.  XLRI believes that single testing session with same difficulty level will provide level playing field to all the XAT test takers without any discrimination. Around 90 thousand to 1 lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and associate MBA colleges accepting XAT scores.


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT full form) is the second largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in 11 member institutes and 140 Associate institutes accepting XAT exam scores. Till 2017 XAT remained a paper based test. With effect from 2018, XAT has become an online computer based test. XLRI – the XAT 2019 exam conducting authority is expected to announce the XAT 2020 exam date as January 5, 2020. 


The XAT exam date will be same across the country. On a single XAT 2019 date, the exam will be held in 46 XAT test cities in India. However, the 2 cities abroad namely, Kathmandu and Dubai are no longer the XAT 2020 test cities.


XAT Exam Details 2020: Summary

  • XAT is one of the oldest MBA entrance exams being held for last 60 years.
  • XAT Exam date is January 5, 2020
  • XAT exam pattern is now changed to online computer based test
  • XAT 2020 exam will be of  3 hours duration
  • XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT exam every year in the month of January
  • XAT exam is divided in 4 sections
  • Only 3 sections in XAT exam are taken into account to calculate the XAT percentile score and XAT merit list for written exam
  • Total questions are 99 and are of MCQ type
  • There is no Essay Writing Test in XAT 2020 exam
  • Apart from XAT registration and filling up the XAT exam application, candidates need to apply separately to their preferred MBA colleges including XLRI, SPJIMR and others.
  • Correct answer for each MCQ in XAT will get 1 mark
  • Negative marking 0.25 (¼) for MCQs from Sl no.1 to 74
  • No negative marking for MCQs from Sl No. 75 to 99 (GK questions)
  • Each question in XAT exam 2020 is followed by 5 answer options


Exam Dates and Schedule

Notification date: 10-08-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)

Registration – Online: 20-08-2019 10:00 AM to 30-11-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)

Late Registration – Online: 09-12-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)

Admit Card Release: 22-12-2019 10:00 AM (Confirm)

Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 10:00 to 13:30 (Tentative)

Result: 20-01-2020 09:00 PM (Tentative)


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