XAT vs CAT What are the Differences – Check Different Here

XAT also is known as Xavier Aptitude Test and it is the national level management aptitude test, which is organized through Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) – Jamshedpur. On the behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI), the XLRI has conducted this entrance examination for the candidates.

Students will be able to get admission in 11 institutes which are XAMI members and more than 150 other institutes across for admission to MBA, PGDM, and other management courses.

Here, through this article, applicants will be able to know the detailed information of XAT in which includes XAT vs CAT what are the differences.

XAT vs CAT what are the Differences?

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There are 8 most important differences between XAT and CAT examination and the differences are

  • The CAT (Common Admission Test) is organized through IIMs and is the MBA entrance test for 20 IIMs, FMS, IITs’ MBA, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, and 3000 other MBA colleges
  • The XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is organized by the XLRI Jamshedpur and is the MBA entrance test for XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, and 150 other MBA colleges
  • Most important differences between of CAT and XAT syllabus are the varying topics and sections.
  • CAT does not have a Decision-Making section and GK section but the XAT exam has DM and GK as separate sections
  • Another key difference between XAT Vs CAT is its difficulty level and the XAT is more difficult than CAT examination.
  • If candidates want to get admission opportunity in XLRI, they must have to appear in XAT but if they are interested to do MBA from IIMs, they should have to apply in CAT examination.

What are the Differences between CAT and XAT Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis?

Exam DateNovember 25, 2018January 6, 2019
When to ApplyAugust 1st week to September Last weekAugust 3rd week to December 2nd week
Exam Conducted byIndian Institutes of Management (IIM)Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
Testing ModeComputer Based TestComputer Based Test
Total Questions100 (Since 2014, Earlier 60)100 (Since 2017, earlier 98)
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam 3 hours3½ hours
Type of Questions72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs99 MCQs +  1 Subjective Essay Writing Test
Answer Options for MCQs4  5
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer3  1 for MCQs

3 for Essay Writing

Negative MarkingMCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs74 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK and Essay writing test
CAT Vs XAT Difficulty


Moderately DifficultThe difficulty level is higher
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Total Sections3  3 (Main sections)

2 (GK & Essay Test score not counted for percentile calculation)

Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-1Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34 questionsEnglish Language & Logical Reasoning- 24 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-2Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32 questionsQuantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-3Quantitative Ability-34 questionsDecision Making-21 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-4Not Applicable, only 3 SectionsGeneral Awareness-25 questions

Essay Writing (Subjective)- 1 question

Facility to Choose Order of SectionsNo, has to follow a pre-defined sectional orderYes, Any question from any section within the overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time LimitEach section with 1-hour time limitNo Restriction
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