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By: Sunil Kushwaha

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XAT 2025 will be conducted in 1st week of January 2025. XLRI conducts the test on behalf of XAMI. For more than 74 years, XLRI has been organizing this test at the all-India level to select the most suitable candidates for management education. XAT, recognized as one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country, consistently adopts cutting-edge testing methodologies.

However, the information you provided about XLRI conducting XAT on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Association of Management Institutes) for over 72 years and the XAT score being utilized by more than 160 institutes for admission is accurate. XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level entrance exam used for selecting candidates for management education programs in various institutes across India.

To ensure the accuracy of the information regarding 2025 and its exact date, I recommend checking the official XAT website or contacting the organizing body (XLRI or XAMI) for the most recent and precise details regarding the exam date and related information for the XAT 2024 examination.

XAT Notification XAT Important Dates 
XAT RegistrationHow to Fill XAT Application Form 
XAT Admit Card XAT Answer Key 
XAT Result XAT Score Card 
XAT Cut OffXAT Counselling
XAT Eligibility XAT Exam Pattern
XAT SyllabusXAT Preparation 
XAT Participating Institute

XAT 2025 Highlights

Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Exam Level National
Exam Category Post Graduate
Conducting Body XLRI Delhi
Programs Offered PGDM (Human Resource Management) PGDM (Business Management) PGDM (General Management)
XAT Eligibility Bachelor’s Degree
Exam Mode Online
Selection Process Written Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview
Number of Test Takers 90,000 approx.
XAT Website www.xatonline.in
XAT Helpline Number 1800 419 2929
XAT Contact Number +91 657 665 3203 /3204/3205
Email Address admissions@xatonline.in OR admis@xlri.ac.in

XAT 2025 Exam Dates 

Dates are very important information that every candidate eagerly waits for. The XAT 2025 exam will be conducted on 8th January 2025 and all the other dates are given below. 

EventsDates (Tentative)
Date of Release of XAT Notification 20252nd week of August 2024
XAT Registration 2025 starts2nd week of August 2024
Last date for XAT 2025 Registration and application submission online without late fee2nd week of December 2024
XAT 2025 Registration Last date with late feeDecember 2024
XAT Admit Card 2025 download Start Date4th week of December 2024
XAT Exam Date 20252nd week of January 2025  (9.30 AM to 12.40 PM)
XAT 2025 Result date4th week of January 2025

XAT 2025 Application Form 

The application form is the mandatory step every candidate has to fill out. The application form is the key to the admit card. All the candidates can register themselves by filling out the application form from August 2024. The application form will be released online on the official website only. Make sure you are filling the application form with care without any mistakes and all the other details are mentioned below:

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  • The application form for the XAT 2025 will be available online on the official website.
  • The start date to submit the application form is on 2nd week of August 2024.
  • The last date to submit the application form is on the 2nd week of December 2024. 
  • One candidate can fill out only one application in any case. 
  • While filling out the application form you have to upload all the documents that would be mentioned in the form only. 
  • All the candidates will have to fill in the information on the application form very carefully so that it does not get cancelled. 
  • Your details such as Name, Date of birth, and address should be filled with care. 
  • Upload the documents that are required in the application and they should be in the format that is prescribed in the form itself. 
  • Do not forget to note down your registration number, User ID, and Password as they will be asked in the processes. 
  • Make sure to take out the printout of the application form after submitting it. 
  • No Candidates will have to send any hard copy. 

XAT 2025 Application Fee

Candidates who fill out the application form for XAT 2025 will also have to pay the application fee before submitting the form. Paying the application fee is mandatory for everyone as per their categories. 

If any candidate fails to pay the application they would not be allowed to sit in the exam. You can see the application fee for XAT 2025 below:

  • The application fee for XAT 2025 is INR 2000/-. 

XAT 2025 Application From Correction 

The conducting authority does not provide the application form correction facility for the XAT 2025 exam. The details in the application form cannot be changed or edited after the form is submitted. Make sure you fill in the details with concentration and correct information because you will get no chance to change any information in the form. 

XAT 2025 Eligibility Criteria 

Eligibility criteria are set by the authority that is conducting the exam. Every candidate applying for the exam has to follow this criterion as it is mandatory. It is advised to check the eligibility criteria before filling out the application form. 

The eligibility criteria for XAT 2025 are given below. 

Educational Qualification 

  • The XAT 2025 exam eligibility criteria need only a pass in your bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 15 years of academic study till a bachelor’s degree is required. It means you must have pursued or pursued a minimum of three years of graduation degree

Minimum Marks 

XAT Eligibility 2025 does not require any minimum percentage of marks in graduation to register and apply for the XAT exam, while other exams need a minimum of 50% percentage of marks in bachelor’s degree.

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Students in their final year of graduation can also apply.

XAT 2025 Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern contains all the information that is necessary for the exam. Information like marking schemes, Exam education, Question types, and much more is mentioned in the exam pattern. The candidates should not miss out on this important information. 

The exam pattern for XAT 2025 is given below. 

  • Mode: Computer-based test 
  • Duration: 3 hours 10 mins
  • Timings: 12:40 p.m.
  • Question Type: 100 MCQ and 1 descriptive question 
  • Marking scheme: 1 mark for every correct answer 
  • Total Questions: 101
  • Negative marking: -0.25 would be deducted for every wrong answer and no mark would be deducted for the general knowledge and essay writing section. -0.10 would be deducted for every unattempted question after 8 unattempted questions. 
Exam SectionsNumber of questionsOverall Time Duration
Part-175 Total MCQs165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability26No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making21No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28No Sectional Time Limit
Part-225 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test25 Minutes
General Knowledge25 
Essay  1 Descriptive Topic10 Minutes
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)101 

XAT 2025 Syllabus 

The syllabus is the most crucial information about the exam. It is advised for candidates to prepare for the exam just after they have applied for the XAT 2025 exam. This exam is not an easy one so make sure you prepare the syllabus thoroughly. 

The syllabus for XAT 2025 is given below. 

Section-1: XAT 2025 Syllabus for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning

Part-1: XAT 2025 Syllabus for Verbal Ability

Topics on which VA questions are based:

  • English Vocabulary based questions – fill in the blanks with correct words; synonyms/antonyms; contextual usage on vocabulary words
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Correction of errors in sentences, correct use of words
  • Completion of sentences
  • Completion of paragraph

Part 2: XAT 2025 Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • Share of Reading Comprehension in the VARC & LR section is very high
  • Topics on which RC passages are based: Abstract topics, Literature, Social and Economic issues; Science & Culture; history & fiction among others.
  • There is no clear-cut definition of RC topics in the XAT exam syllabus. RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in the XAT exam.  

Part-3: XAT Exam 2025 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • The share of LR questions in the XAT syllabus is not very high. Usually, there are a few critical reasoning and a few LR-based questions in the XAT exam. All questions are of MCQ type.
  • Topics covered in the XAT syllabus on which LR questions are based: Analogy, Clocks, calendars, Fact, Inference, Judgement, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, and conclusion among others.

Section-2: XAT 2025 Syllabus for Decision Making

Major Topics: Decision-making is a candidate’s problem or case-solving expertise. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) measures such skills broadly on the following topics:

  • Conditions and Grouping Test;
  • Data Arrangement Test;
  • Complex Arrangement;
  • Decision Making in a situation;
  • Case lets 

XAT Exam 2025 Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis and comparison

Section-4: XAT Exam Syllabus 2025 for GK

Major Topics Covered: Economics, finance, and national and international current affairs are a few of the many topics on which questions are placed in this section in the XAT exam.

  • Economics, finance,
  • National and International current affairs
  • Conventional GK
  • Constitution of India
  • Company profiles, logos,
  • Business & Economy
  • Who’s who
  • Books & Authors
  • Capitals & Currencies

Section-5: XAT Exam Syllabus 2025 for Essay Writing Test

Major Topics for Essay Writing Test

Below are some of the past and expected XAT essay topics, which should be prepared and understood well

  • Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?
  • Globalization and Jingoism always coexist
  • Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
  • The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt
  • Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India
  • Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody’s needs but not everybody’s greed
  • Gender Imbalance would lead to Third World War
  • Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality
  • India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products
  • More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities
  • National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a good step
  • Establishing Bad Bank to Improve the Economy
  • Building Central Vista will improve India’s Global image
  • Covid Pandemic derailed Economic growth
  • Unity in Diversity is more relevant now in India
  • Blues of Demonetization still haunt the economic growth
  • Unless Agriculture is practised as a business, it will not improve the face of Rural India
  • The sensitivity of Sensex has nothing to do with economic growth
  • Society bears the burn of terrorism which has no religion
  • Democracy will lose meaning without social activism
  • GST is no magic band to push faster economic growth
  • Home buyers remain homeless, and no teeth are given to RERA
  • Making business lobbying legal can reduce corruption
  • Political interests and the Uniform civil code cannot go hand in hand

XAT 2025 Preparation Tips 

This exam would not be easy due to its competition and the number of candidates appearing for it. The candidates should do a lot of hard work and also not miss out on the preparation tips for this exam as it will help in acing this exam. 

The XAT 2025 preparation tips are given below. 

  • Remember the exam pattern. 
  • You should start preparing the moment they get the syllabus to have enough time for revision.
  • Plan your time accordingly so you do not miss out on any topic.
  • Make a timetable to sort the syllabus and prepare each topic accordingly.
  • Check previous year’s question papers and answer keys to understand what questions would be asked in the XAT exam. 
  • Start preparing for the exam on time so that you do not feel burdened before the exam. 
  • Get the best XAT books for better preparation.
  • Revision is the key to scoring well so revise the topics.
  • Solve mock tests and sample papers to analyze your preparation. 
  • Read the syllabus carefully to get the idea and ensure to not miss any topic from the syllabus as every topic is important.
  • Give your best in the exam and be confident.

XAT 2025 Books 

Books are the best way to prepare for XAT 2025 exams. Make sure you have the best from whBest Books for XAT Preparation: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.

Best Books for XAT Preparation: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Book NameAuthor Name 
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Aggarwal
How to prepare for Data InterpretationArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha
Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K Sinha

Best Books for XAT Preparation: Decision Making

Book NameAuthor Name 
Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)RK Jha
Analytical and Logical ReasoningArihant Publications
Target XAT (Past papers & mock tests)Disha Publication

Best Books for XAT Preparation: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Book NameAuthor Name 
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal
High School English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh

XAT 2025 Admit Card 

The admit card will only be available to candidates who would have filled out and paid the application form. The application form for XAT 2025 will be available in the 4th week of December 2024. The admit card for XAT 2025 will be released online on the official website only. All the candidates can download their admit cards and keep them with them for examination. 

XAT 2025 Exam Center 

The exam centres for XAT 2025 are given below:

2Ahmedabad28Gwalior54Rajahmundry
3Allahabad29Hooghly55Raipur
4Ambala30Hubballi (Hubli)56Ranchi  
5Amravati31Hyderabad57Rourkela
6Amritsar32Indore58Roorkee
7Bengaluru33Jabalpur59Siliguri
8Berhampur34Jaipur60Sambalpur
9Bhatinda35Jammu61Surat
10Bhilai Nagar36Jamshedpur62Tirupathi
11Bhopal37Kannur63Tiruchirapalli
12Bhubaneswar38Kanpur64Thiruvananthapuram
13Bokaro Steel City39Kolkata65Tiruvallur
14Chandigarh/Mohali40Kota66Udupi
15Chennai41Kottayam67Udaipur
16Coimbatore42Kurnool68Vadodara
17 Cuttack43Kurukshetra69Varanasi
18Dehradun 44Lucknow70Vijayawada
19Delhi NCR45Ludhiana71Visakhapatnam
20Dhanbad46Mangalore72Warangal
21Dibrugarh47Mumbai  
22Durgapur/Asansol48Madurai  
23Ernakulam49Mysuru (Mysore)  
24Goa50Nagpur  
25Gorakhpur51Nasik  
26Gandhi Nagar52Patna   

XAT 2025 Answer Key 

The official authority will release the answer key 2-3 days after the exam. The answer key is expected to be released around 10-11 January 2025. The answer key would be available online on the official website only. 

The candidates who took the XAT 2025 exam can only see and download the answers from the website. With the answer key, you can get an estimate of your result. The candidates can also challenge the answer key, and the final answer key will be released. 

XAT 2025 Result 

XAT exam results might be released before the result date is announced on the website. So, the candidates can expect to get their XAT results before the given date. The results for XAT 2025 will be released online on the official website only. You can download your admit card by entering your login details. Make sure you keep the result with you downloaded. 

XAT 2025 Cut-Off

The cut-off for XAT 2025 is set by the conducting authority and the candidates have to score more than the cut-off marks to go for further process. The candidates will be shortlisted after the cut-off is released. 

The cut-off would be announced immediately after the results are announced. Candidates can see the cut-offs online on the official website. 

XAT 2025 Counseling 

The counselling for the XAT 2025 exam would begin in February – March 2025. The institutes participating would conduct the counselling after the result is announced. 

  • The candidates will have to register for XAT counselling 2025. 
  • The candidates will have to pay the fee for the course they selected.
  • For each program, INR 300 is to be paid by the candidate.

Some steps are involved in XAT counselling:

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  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview (PI)
  • Once all these are completed, a final merit list of accepted candidates is displayed on the website.
  • This is followed by document verification and final seat allotment.

Then the last stage of counselling will be the final seat allotment. The final seat allotment depends on the candidate’s overall performance and other selection rounds. Some documents are also required for candidates to bring for counselling. 

  • All academic scorecards (class 10, 12, & graduation level).
  • XAT scorecard.
  • XAT admit card.
  • Original XAT counselling letter
  • Bank draft as per the guidelines mentioned in the official brochure
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical documents
  • 4-6 passport-size photographs in colour and black and white

If you have any queries regarding XAT 2025, you can leave your queries below in the comment box.

Sunil Kushwaha

As a dedicated Biology Science graduate, I'm passionate about sharing the latest updates in national and state entrance exams through my blog. I aim to keep aspiring students informed about exam trends, important dates, and changes in syllabi. With a keen interest in education, I strive to offer valuable insights for students navigating the competitive landscape of entrance examinations and admission tests. Stay updated with me.

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