XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) Admission Test or XAT also known as the Xavier’s Admission Test is a National level exam conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) to select the most appropriate students for management education. It is on the basis of XAT result that the eligible candidates are short listed and called for Personal Interview and/or Group Discussion. There are more than 70 Management Institutes who are selecting students from XAT 2011.

Candidates attempting the exam are required to have acquired a Bachelor’s degree under 10+2+3 system from a recognized university or a deemed university. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2012 may also apply.

Testing Areas
XAT usually comprises 3 sections. The three sections last year were:

Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Exam Format
The test was 2.5 hrs in 2008, 2009 and 2010. XAT 2011 was a multiple choice test of 2 hours followed by an additional test of 20 minutes duration.
The three sections last year were: “Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making”, “Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation”, “Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning”.
This was the structure last year:

The Number of Sections: 3 (With an Essay after the test)
The Number of Questions: 101 (It may change time to time)
No of Choices per question: 5
Time given for the paper: 120 min
Time given for the additional test: 20 min
Marks for correct answer: Variable (varying from 1 mark to 5 marks)
Wrong questions may carry negative marks.
(The incremental negative marking of previous years was replaced by 1/4th negative marking.)

Essay Topic: Students are were expected to write an essay of about 250-300 words in 20 minutes. This time instead of essay writing there is a paragraph. “The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.” You have to give Judgement with justification and support it with example.

Important dates for XAT 2011 -2012 are

Date of Entrance Examination: 8th January, 2012

Date of availability of XAT bulletin and online registration: 20th September, 2011

Last date for receipt of XAT Registration: 31st December, 2011

Receipt of XLRI forms: 5th January, 2012

Result Declaration: By end of the January, 2012

Admit card download: Mid of December-Last week of December

How to Apply
There are two ways a student can apply:

By obtaining the XAT bulletin from Axis bank
By obtaining the XAT bulletin from the XAT office, XLRI Jamshedpur.

Procedure for XAT Registration and obtaining XAT Bulletin from Axis Bank

In order to register online for XAT, you have to visit the website www.xlri.net.in and go to “XAT Registration” and fill-in the online XAT form. You will get the XAT ID and password by email after submitting the form. This needs to be retained for future correspondence with XAT Office, downloading XAT Admit card and other transactions. You have to download the XAT Pay-in-slip. The pay-in-slip will have the date of registration, name of the Axis Bank branch, XAT Pay-in-slip No, XAT ID and personal details of the candidate printed on it. The printed pay-in-slip is in three parts. All three parts of the pay-in-slip have to be taken to the Axis Bank branch to buy the XAT Bulletin. On tendering Rs 900/- (cost of XAT Bulletin) along with the printed pay-in-slip, the bank will issue a XAT Bulletin 2012 and enter the XAT Bulletin number, date of purchase and Bank Tran ID and put a bank seal on each part of the pay-in-slip. The bank will retain the Bank’s copy of the pay-in-slip with them and return the rest of the pay-in-slip to the candidate. You have to fill-in the detachable form given in the XAT Bulletin. All entries should be same as that filled in the online form. You need to paste your passport size colour photograph and put your signature in the space provided. You have to then attach the XLRI’s copy of the pay-in-slip in the space provided on the form. The candidate’s copy of the pay-in-slip is to be carefully retained by you for future reference, if any. You have to detach the form from the XAT Bulletin through courier/registered post/speed post and send it to XAT Office, Jamshedpur in the special envelope given inside the XAT Bulletin. This form along with the pay-in-slip should reach the XAT Office, XLRI, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur-831001 within seven days from the date of purchase of XAT Bulletin.

Procedure for obtaining XAT Bulletin from XAT Office, XLRI Jamshedpur and procedure for XAT Registration

You have to make a demand draft drawn in favour of “XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT” for Rs. 950/- (Rupees Nine Hundred Fifty Only) payable at Jamshedpur. You have to then visit the website www.xlri.net.in and click “XAT Registration and fill-in the online XAT form. The information to be provided includes demand draft number, date of draft drawn, personal information, educational details, work experience etc. After successful submission of the form, you will immediately get your XAT ID and password (which is automatically generated by the system). XAT ID and password needs to be retained by for future correspondence with XAT Office, downloading XAT Admit card and other transactions. After getting the XAT ID and password, you have to download the XAT PP Form. You have to paste your recent passport size colour photograph and put your signature in the designated space provided on the XAT PP Form. Mention your XAT ID and your name on the reverse of the DD. You have to enclose the demand draft along with the XAT PP Form and send it by registered post/speed post/courier so as to reach XAT Office, XLRI, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur-831001 within seven days of DD issue date.
XAT office, XLRI Jamshedpur will send the XAT Bulletin 2011 after receiving the XAT PP Form & DD for Rs 950/-. You are not required to send the detachable form given inside the bulletin. You should keep a copy of demand draft, printout of XAT ID and password for future correspondence with XAT Office, downloading XAT Admit Card and other transactions. For Admit Card, you have to visit the website www.xlri.net.in, anytime (tentative dates)between 18 December 2011 and 31 December 2011 and take a print out of the same where the address of the test centre will be mentioned.

  1. If you want to download the recent XAT General Knowledge paper please click here
  2. If you want to download the  XAT-2008 paper  thenclick here
  3. If you want to download the XAT-2006 paper  then click here

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