XAT 2022 Exam Live Updates: Result date, score vs percentile, cut off, paper analysis (Released)

XLRI has conducted XAT 2022 today, on January 02 in computer based mode. Check student reaction for those who appeared in the XAT exam, and slot-wise XAT exam analysis here.


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Prerna Goel | January 2, 2022 | 06:00 PM IST

NEW DELHI: XLRI Jamshedpur has successfully conducted XAT 2022 on behalf of XAMI today, January 02 in computer-based mode. The test was conducted at multiple XAT test centres in 73 cities in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. XAT exam commenced at 9:30 am and concluded at 12:40 pm. XAT response sheet along with the XAT 2022 answer keys are expected to release by January 08 at the official XAT website, xatonline.in.

It is expected that approximately 75,000 students had applied for the XAT 2022. Here we have given the detailed XAT exam analysis based on students' reactions as well as experts' views. XAT 2022 exam was between easy to moderate difficulty level. The difficult section as per students was Data Interpretation. The total time limit of XAT 2022 was 190 minutes.
Also read | XAT 2022 Exam Analysis, expected cutoff

XAT 2022 Live Updates: Highlights

Exam Structure


XAT full form

Xavier Aptitude Test

XAT conducting body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Number of sections

5 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, General Knowledge and Essay Writing)

XAT exam duration

190 minutes

Number of questions


Total marks

100 (Essay Evaluation after shortlisting by XLRI)

Language of paper


Number of answer choices


Mode of examination

Online (Computer based test)

XAT marking scheme

  • +1 mark for correct answer

  • - 0.25 marks for incorrect answer

  • - 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

  • No negative marking in GK section

As XAT 2022 has concluded, candidates can use the XAT percentile predictor to know their probable XAT 2022 percentile and score along with the expected XAT 2022 cutoff marks to know the chances of selection for the next round.

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XLRI has conducted the XAT 2022 on January 02 as a computer-based test. XAT exam concluded at 12:40 pm. Candidates can check the XAT exam analysis here as well as post-exam students’ reactions. Get all XAT 2022 exam live updates on this page.

January 2, 2022 | 06:00 PM IST

XAT 2022 Answer Key: Date and Time

XAT answer key is usually released within a week after the commencement of the exam. The individual XAT 2022 response sheets are expected by January 08. Candidates who appeared for the XAT 2022 exam will be able to download their XAT exam answer keys and response sheets from the official website, xatonline.in. 

Details mentioned on XAT Answer Key

  • Candidate's exam details like name and XAT ID
  • Section-wise questions and their answer
  • Candidate's response to each question
  • Questions not attempted

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January 2, 2022 | 05:31 PM IST

XAT Score vs Percentile

As per the XAT exam analysis 2022, students reveal that a score of 25-30 in XAT 2022 can fetch a 95+ percentile. Out of 100 questions in MCQ format, 25 questions are in the GK section. This section in the XAT exam is not counted for calculation of percentile calculation.
XAT cut off percentile for top B-schools

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January 2, 2022 | 05:07 PM IST

XAT Exam Dates 2022

The authorities will soon release the XAT response sheet and answer key. Check post-XAT exam dates 2022 here. 

XAT Events

XAT Dates 2022

XAT exam date

January 2, 2022

Response sheet of XAT 2022

Second week of January 2022

Release of XAT 2022 answer key

Second week of January 2022

Last date to file an objection against the XAT answer key

Third week of January 2022

XAT 2022 result date

January 31, 2022

XAT scorecard download

January 31 to March 31, 2022

XAT Cutoff 2022

Last week of January 2022

January 2, 2022 | 04:08 PM IST

XAT Exam 2022: XLRI Cutoff (Expected)

Here is the expected XLRI XAT cutoff for BM and HRM programmes:

XLRI BM Programme

VA-LR Section
DM section
QADI sectionOverall 
Male candidates6-75-69-1030-32
Female candidates5-6         4-58-928-30

XLRI HRM Programme

VA-LR Section

DM sectionQADI sectionOverall
Male (Engineers)7-85-68-929-31
Female (Engineers)6-74-57-827-29
Male(Non Engineers)7-85-67-827-29
Female (Non Engineers)6-74-56-726-28

January 2, 2022 | 03:33 PM IST

XAT 2022 Exam Analysis by IMS

Here is the detailed XAT exam analysis 2022 by IMS experts:

No. of Questions
Marks per questionTotal marksSuggested time allocationGood Attempts
PART – A (165 minutes) No Sectional Timing within  Part – A
Verbal and Logical Ability2612655-6013-14
Decision Making2112150-5512-13
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation2812855-6016-18

PART – B  (25 minutes)  No Negative Marks
General Awareness25125No Negative Marks15
EssayThe essay will be assessed if the candidate is shortlisted for the interview.

January 2, 2022 | 03:16 PM IST

How is XAT percentile calculated?

The percentile in XAT is dependent on the following three factors: the number of test-takers in XAT 2022, the difficulty level of the exam, the number of attempted questions, and the accuracy of your attempts. Based on these factors, the XAT result will be calculated which will reflect your expected XAT 2022 percentile. Apart from the overall percentile, some B-schools consider your sectional percentile in XAT. By the time, the XAT result is declared, candidates should be ready for further selection rounds like GD, GE, WAT, and PI. In addition to the XAT percentile, their profile and score in the subsequent rounds play a significant role in the final selection. 

XAT 2022 Percentientile Calculation Process

  • First, calculate the total number of students (N) who appeared in the XAT exam 2022.
  • Provide ranking (r), to all students who appeared in XAT 2022 exam based on the measured score obtained in the Decision-Making section.
  • Calculate the percentile score (P) of the students with ranking (r) in the Decision Making section as follows;
    • P = ( (N-r)/N ) x 100
  • Now, round the XAT 2022 percentile score up to two decimal points.
  • For example, the XAT percentile is 89.995% means, it should be rounded to 90%.

January 2, 2022 | 02:53 PM IST

XAT Cut Off Determining Factors

The XAT 2022 cut off will be different for males and females as well as for candidates belonging to engineering and non-engineering backgrounds. Here are some factors on which XAT 2022 cutoff will depend -

  • XAT exam difficulty level - If the XAT paper is too difficult, then one could expect a lower cutoff

  • Number of XAT 2022 applicants - If the number of XAT applicants is high, it will lead to a higher cutoff. 

  • Availability of seats - If seats are more than the applicants, then lower XAT cut off can be expected 

Once the XAT 2022 result is announced, XLRI Jamshedpur will release the XAT overall and sectional cutoff, considering the factors listed above.

January 2, 2022 | 02:39 PM IST

XAT 2022 expected cutoff marks

XAT 2022 cutoff will be announced after the declaration of the XAT result. XAT 2022 cutoff is expected to be released in the last week of January. XLRI Jamshedpur will release the overall as well as the sectional cutoff. XAT cutoff will differ for males and females and engineering and non-engineering backgrounds.  

There are multiple factors that affect XAT 2022 cutoff; some of them include XAT exam difficulty level, XAT previous year cutoff, number of XAT 2022 applicants, availability of seats, and so on. Candidates can check the XAT result and cutoff online on XAT official website using their login credentials.     

January 2, 2022 | 02:08 PM IST

XAT 2022 Exam: Students complain about one of the Noida test centres

Some of the candidates who appeared at Noida XAT 2022 test centre say that they faced organisational set up issues there. One of the students was quoted saying, "In the last 15 minutes, my keyboard stopped working." Another students says, "Even pens were not provided, rough sheets too were not provided on time, it was a complete mess."

January 2, 2022 | 01:35 PM IST

XAT 2022 First Impressions: Expected XAT Cutoff by CL

As per the Career Launcher's experts, XAT exam analysis and expected overall XAT cutoff 2022 is as follows:



Total Questions

Total Marks

Good XAT Score

Paper - I

Verbal and Logical Ability




Decision Making




Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation





Non-engineer Female: 27

Non-engineer Male: 30

Engineer female:  30

Engineer male: 33-34

January 2, 2022 | 01:12 PM IST

XAT Exam Analysis 2022

Candidates who appeared for XAT 2022, define the paper as between easy to moderate level. As per the XAT 2022 exam analysis, the Quantitative Aptitude section was easier. However, the difficulty level of Data Interpretation was higher. XAT DI section was reasoning-based as in the CAT exam. XAT 2022 VARC section was also doable. There were two essay topics namely Capitalism and Democracy, Setback, management and academics. Overall there were 101 questions with 100 MCQs and 1 descriptive question. The XAT paper pattern was the same as released on the official XAT website, xatonline.in.

January 2, 2022 | 01:01 PM IST

How was XAT 2022 as compared to XAT 2021? - Students speak

As compared to the previous year, in an anonymous poll, candidates say the difficulty level of XAT 2022 was between easy to moderate. Neither did the XAT exam have the same level of difficulty as per the previous year's XAT question paper nor was it on higher terms of difficulty.

January 2, 2022 | 12:51 PM IST

XAT 2022 Exam: Students coming out of test centre

XAT exam

January 2, 2022 | 12:44 PM IST

XAT exam 2022 concludes

XAT 2022 exam has been successfully conducted today by XLRI, Jamshedpur. The XAT question paper was in accordance with the XAT 2022 exam pattern announced by XLRI. XAT results are expected to be released in the last week of January, which will be followed by the initiation of the selection process in February 2022. Candidates will need their XAT registration and password to log in and check their XAT result 2022. It will mention the marks of the candidates, sectional percentile and over percentile. We will soon provide the XAT 2022 exam analysis here based on the students' reactions.

January 2, 2022 | 12:37 PM IST

Previous Year XAT essay topics

The XAT essay section will be evaluated for shortlisting after the percentile calculation. Here are the previous year essay topics that have come in XAT exam.

2018Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?
2017Globalization and Jingoism always coexist
2016Technology and Nature are natural enemies
2015Listening 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
2013Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India
2012Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty
Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty
2011The 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.
Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody's need but not everybody's greed

January 2, 2022 | 12:32 PM IST

XAT 2022 Question Paper Analysis by Experts

In accordance with the reputation of the XAT exam over the years, the XAT paper pattern is changed almost every year. This year too, many changes are introduced in the XAT exam pattern. Although the actual XAT 2022 question paper analysis by experts will be made after the exam is over, all the leading XAT preparation institutes and XAT experts expect a different XAT 2022 paper as substantial changes are announced this year in the XAT exam. Stay tuned to Careers360 live XAT exam updates to know about the analysis.

January 2, 2022 | 12:10 PM IST

XAT Exam Analysis: Past 3 Years

XAT exam year

Total questions

Section-wise division of questions

XAT marking scheme

Level of difficulty

XAT 2020 (Scrapped Essay Writing test)

100 MCQs


+1 mark for each correct answer;

¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;

penalty of 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 questions left unattempted

Moderate to difficult

XAT 2019






+1 mark for each correct answer;

¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;

penalty of 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 questions left unattempted

Moderate to difficult

XAT 2018 (Changed to Computer Based Test)

97 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½  hours duration

Essay topic-1

1 mark for each correct answer;

¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;

penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions left unattempted

Moderate to difficult

January 2, 2022 | 11:59 AM IST

XAT 2022: Exam time duration

XAT exam time duration this year is 190 minutes. Upto the past 3 years, the XAT duration was 180 minutes. This is a remarkable change that has been observed this year in XAT 2022. Basically a new section, Essay writing has also been added this year along with the 100 MCQs. Hence XAT exam began at 9:30 am and will conclude at 12:40 pm.

January 2, 2022 | 11:41 AM IST

XAT score accepting colleges

Here is a list of colleges under XAT. It must be noted that is a list of only XAMI members.

Top MBA colleges accepting XAT score

Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University

Xavier Institute of Social Service

Xavier Business School (XBS) St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata

XLRI Xavier School of Management

St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology

Loyola Institute of Business Management, Chennai

Xavier Institute of Management & Research

St. Joseph’s Institute of Management

St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)

Xavier Institute of Development Action and Sciences (XIDAS)

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship


January 2, 2022 | 11:23 AM IST

List of XAT test cities

XAT 2022 exam is being conducted today across India for admission in MBA programmes. More than 160 institutions in PAN India accept XAT scores. XAT exam is held in more than 73 cities in India and around 75,000 candidates are expected to appear for XAT. Some of the major cities in which XAT 2022 is being conducted include - Allahabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Raipur, Indore, Hyderabad, Surat, Pune, Varanasi, Udaipur, Warangal, Tiruvallur,  and many other cities. It is to be noted that no request has been entertained for a change of XAT exam centre.

January 2, 2022 | 11:11 AM IST

XAT 2022 Paper pattern (Revised)

XLRI Jamshedpur has changed the XAT 2022 exam pattern and as per the latest circular issued by the institute, here is the revised paper pattern. 


Total Number of Section


Total Questions


Question Types

100 - MCQ
1 - Descriptive

XAT exam duration

190 Minutes 

XAT exam modeComputer-based test

XAT Marking Scheme

+1 marks for correct answer
-0.25 marks for incorrect answer
-0.10 marks for unattempted answers exceeding 8

January 2, 2022 | 10:32 AM IST

Previous year XAT cutoffs

In 2021, the overall XAT cut off percentile of Business Management (BM) programme for male students was 94 and of Human Resource Management (HRM) programme for male engineering students was 93. For female students XAT 2021 cut off percentile for BM was 92 and for HRM it was 90. This year too XAT cutoff is expected to be on the same terms.

January 2, 2022 | 10:02 AM IST

XAT Exam Syllabus 2022

In the ongoing XAT exam, candidates are witnessing questions from Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

XAT Syllabus 2022

Verbal and Logical Ability

Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Parajumble, Grammar, Critical Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks, etc.

Decision Making

Data Arrangement, Conditioning, Grouping, Complex Arrangement, Caselets, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions, etc.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentage, Surds and Indices, Algebra, Mensuration, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Interpretation, etc.

General Knowledge

Science, Economy, Business, Politics, Static GK, Sports, Prize and Award, World, Government, Constitution of India, etc.

January 2, 2022 | 09:36 AM IST

XAT 2022 Latest updates: Marking scheme

As mentioned in the instructions on the candidates' screen, the XAT 2022 marking scheme is as follows:

  • One mark will be awarded for each right answer

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer

  • 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than eight unanswered consecutive questions

  • There will be no negative marking in the General Knowledge section

  • Scores of General Knowledge section will not be considered for calculating XAT score 

January 2, 2022 | 09:32 AM IST

XAT 2022 Exam begins

Candidates have logged in to their systems in the examination hall for XAT 2022. They were first required to read all the instructions carefully and are advised not to touch the keyboard while writing the exam. This will result in the lock of the computer system. Candidates are seen facing no major technical glitches. They are seated at a distance and every table has been sanitised in accordance with the covid-19 safety measures. The XAT exam will end at 12:40 pm.

XAT 2022 exam

January 2, 2022 | 09:22 AM IST

XAT 2022 exam live updates: Gate closes

XAT 2022 exam is scheduled to be conducted today on January 02, 2021. The XAT 2022 center reporting time was at 8.00 am. The XAT exam will start at 9.30 am and will get over at 12.40 pm. The guards have now closed the entry gates at 9.20 and no candidate will be allowed to enter the XAT exam center now.

January 2, 2022 | 09:09 AM IST

XAT 2022: Dress code

Candidates appearing for the XAT 2022 exam must adhere to the dress code in order to avoid hassle at the examination center. Candidates must opt for simple dressing with plain sweaters and cardigans. It is to be noted that items containing metal are strictly prohibited at the XAT 2022 test centre. Candidates must avoid carrying any jewelry, electronic devices, heavy jackets, etc., at the XAT 2022 exam center, as it will not be allowed inside the hall. If candidates carry any such thing, they must leave it outside the XAT exam premises. It is to be noted that there will be no locker facility at the center.

January 2, 2022 | 09:06 AM IST

XAT Covid-19 measures to be taken

All the covid-19 measures are being followed at the XAT test centre and candidates are requested to follow the covid appropriate behaviour at the examination center. Candidates must carry their own mask, personal hand sanitizer of around 50 ml, gloves, a transparent water bottle, and a simple pen to the examination center. It is to be noted that in addition to the items listed above, only XAT 2022 documents are allowed in the XAT 2022 exam centre. The temperature of XAT aspirants is checked at the time of entry using a thermal gun and candidates exceeding the temperature limit are not allowed to enter the premises.

January 2, 2022 | 08:59 AM IST

XAT 2022 Live Updates: Candidates entering inside the test centre

January 2, 2022 | 08:55 AM IST

XAT 2022: General exam day guidelines

Candidates appearing for XAT 2022 exam must keep the general exam day guidelines in mind, have a look - 

  • Candidates must reach the examination before the reporting time. 

  • Candidates must carry a printed copy of the XAT 2022 admit card. 

  • Candidates must carry government ID proof such as Driving License, PAN Card, Voter ID card, and Passport.

  • Candidates must not carry any electronic devices, smart gadgets, jewelry, etc., at the examination center as it will not be allowed inside the center and there will be no locker facility available.

  • Candidates must carry their own hand sanitizer, pen, and water bottle. 

  • Candidates should follow Covid appropriate behavior at all times inside the XAT test centre.

January 2, 2022 | 08:52 AM IST

XAT 2022 Latest Updates: Exam Highlights

Here are the major highlights of XAT 2022 including XAT paper pattern, marking scheme, sections and questions in XAT, and more.

Exam Structure


Number of sections

5 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, General Knowledge and Essay Writing)

Duration of exam

190 minutes

Number of questions


Language of paper


Number of answer choices


Mode of examination


XAT marking scheme

+1 mark for correct answer

- 0.25 marks for incorrect answer

- 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

No negative marking in GK section

January 2, 2022 | 08:49 AM IST

XAT 2022- What not to carry at the test centre

Candidates appearing for XAT 2022 must keep in mind the guidelines issued by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Here is the list of things that are not allowed inside the XAT 2022 examination center, have a look - 

  • Electronic Devices 

  • Smartphones and devices 

  • Smart Watches 

  • Jewelry 

  • Calculators 

  • Heavy Jackets  

Candidates will be provided with rough sheets and a pen inside the XAT 2022 exam center; hence candidates need not carry any of it. However, candidates are allowed to carry a simple pen inside the XAT examination center. It is to be noted that candidates will be asked to submit the rough sheet along with the admit card after the completion of the XAT 2022 examination to the invigilator. 

January 2, 2022 | 08:44 AM IST

XAT 2022- Entry for the exam ongoing

Students along with the parents have arrived at least an hour before the reporting time. XAT reporting time was 8:00 am. Also, the XAT instructions are placed on the wall clearly stating that candidates must not carry with them any electronic gadgets. The guidelines related to covid-19 are mentioned outside the gate at the XAT test centre 2022. XAT gate closure timing is 9:20 am.

January 2, 2022 | 08:39 AM IST

XAT 2022: Last minute tips by toppers

Here are some of the last minute tips by XAT toppers that can help candidates to prepare well for the exam:

  • Solve previous year’s question papers and take XAT mock test

  • Adopt the right approach

  • Focus on quick revision

  • Relax on XAT exam day so that you can be in the right state of mind while attempting the paper.

January 2, 2022 | 08:31 AM IST

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January 2, 2022 | 08:22 AM IST

XAT marking scheme

As per the XAT exam pattern, the marking scheme of the exam is as follows:

  • One mark will be awarded for each right answer

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer

  • 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than eight unanswered consecutive questions

  • There will be no negative marking in the General Knowledge section

  • Scores of General Knowledge section will not be considered for calculating XAT score 

January 2, 2022 | 08:18 AM IST

XAT Exam 2022- Details mentioned on admit card

Each candidate's XAT 2022 admit card will contain the following information:

  • Candidate’s name

  • Candidate’s photo

  • Candidate's date of birth

  • Candidate's category

  • Candidate’s XAT ID

  • XAT exam date

  • XAT exam time

  • XAT exam venue details

  • Instructions regarding XAT exam/ exam day

January 2, 2022 | 08:12 AM IST

XAT 2022- What to carry to the test centre?

Candidates must carry the following items to the XAT test centre:

  • A ballpoint pen, two copies of the XAT admit card, photo ID and a passport size photo.

  • Carry a face mask, hand sanitiser and drinking water.

  • Self-attest self-declaration form before reaching the test centre.

  • Reach the XAT exam centre as per the reporting time mentioned on the admit card of XAT.

  • Wear simple outfits with plain cardigans and sweaters.

  • Don’t carry any stationery item other than a pen. Don’t carry electronic items including mobile phones, pager, watch, iPad and calculators.

January 2, 2022 | 08:10 AM IST

XAT 2022 exam duration and scoring pattern

XAT exam duration has changed this year as compared to the past two years. The test duration is 3 hours 10 minutes whereas earlier it used to be three hours. An additional section of essay writing has been added this year in the XAT exam. There will be multiple-choice questions and one descriptive question, which is an essay question.

January 2, 2022 | 08:07 AM IST

XAT 2022 exam date and time

XLRI Jamshedpur is conducting Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) today on January 02, 2022, in computer-based mode. XAT exam will be conducted from 9:30 am to 12:40 pm. Earlier the duration of the XAT test was 180 minutes which has now been increased to 190 minutes. XAT exam 2022 is being held in over 72 test cities across India. Candidates must reach the XAT test centre at least an hour before the reporting time so that they can easily go through the frisking process and other covid-19 formalities.

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