XAT 2023 Live: Exam analysis, answer key, student review, score vs percentile, result date at xatonline.in

XAT 2023 Exam Updates: XAT exam 2023 has concluded on January 08, 2022. Get all the details such as XAT student reaction, expected cutoff and XAT exam analysis here.


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Prerna Goel | January 8, 2023 | 10:31 PM IST

NEW DELHI: XLRI Jamshedpur has successfully conducted XAT 2023 on behalf of XAMI today, January 08 in computer based mode. The test was conducted at multiple XAT test centres in 79 cities. The new XAT test cities included in the list are Shillong, Jorhat, Rajkot, Tejpur, and Naharlagun. XAT provisional answer key 2023 is expected to release within a week. XAT exam timings were 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM as per the official website, xatonline.in. It is necessary for candidates to retain the XAT 2023 admit card for later selection process.

It is expected that approximately 90,000 students had applied for the exam. Here we will share XAT exam analysis after the conclusion of the exam. By checking XAT 2023 analysis, candidates will get to know the difficulty level and type of questions asked in all slots. Also get familiar with the XAT exam day student’s reactions before and after the exam.

XAT 2023 Live Updates: Highlights



XAT full form

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

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

3 hours 30 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

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XLRI has concluded the XAT 2023 exam today as a computer based test. XAT exam timings were 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Check XAT exam analysis, XAT expected cutoff 2023 as well as post exam students’ reactions.

January 8, 2023 | 10:31 PM IST

How is XAT percentile calculated?

The percentile of XAT 2023 is calculated based on the scaled score of each category from which questions have been asked and the overall scaled score. The percentile score (P) of the candidate with ranking (r) in the any section of XAT exam is calculated  as follows:


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January 8, 2023 | 10:21 PM IST

XAT Exam Analysis: Past 3 Years

Checkout the past 3 years XAT exam analysis

  • XAT 2022- The paper was reported to moderate to difficult.

  • XAT 2021- Candidates found the overall difficulty level to be difficult.

  • XAT 2020- The overall difficulty level of XAT exam was moderate to difficult.

January 8, 2023 | 09:50 PM IST

XAT 2023 expected cutoff

XAT cutoff will vary across institutes accepting XAT scores. Last year the cutoff for XLRI Jamshedpur was 93 for male candidates and 90 for female candidates. XLRI will release the XAT cutoff for PGDM Business Management (BM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) programmes after the XAT result. Candidates can check the cutoff at the website of the respective institute.

January 8, 2023 | 09:35 PM IST

XAT provisional answer key date

The XAT answer key is usually released within a week of the examination. Individual XAT 2023 response sheets are expected by January 14. Candidates who appeared in the XAT 2023 exam can download the XAT exam answer keys and response sheets from the official website - xatonline.in.

January 8, 2023 | 09:01 PM IST

XAT 2023 result: Is GK score added in XAT?

No, the marks of GK are not considered for overall XAT score calculation, and the percentile is affected by them. However, in XLRI selection process, the marks of GK section will be given a weightage to shortlist candidates for GD and PI.

January 8, 2023 | 08:43 PM IST

XAT 2023 result date

XLRI will announce the XAT result 2023 on January 31, 2023. The XAT result will be released in the form of scorecard. Candidates can download XAT scorecard at the official website of XAT, xatonline.in, using the login credentials from January 31 to March 31, 2023.

January 8, 2023 | 06:56 PM IST

XAT 2023 Cutoff determining factors

After the XAT result, different institutes and XLRI will issue the XAT cutoff. Candidates will have to get the cutoff to qualify for GD/PI rounds. The following are taken into consideration to prepare the XAT cutoff. 

  • The number of applicants appeared in the XAT 2023

  • The difficulty level of the examination

  • Total availability of seats

  • XAT cutoff for the previous year

January 8, 2023 | 06:03 PM IST

XAT cut off percentile for top B-schools

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Expected XAT 2023 cut off percentile








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January 8, 2023 | 05:30 PM IST

XAT exam 2023 concludes

XAT 2023 exam has been successfully conducted today by XLRI, Jamshedpur. The XAT question paper was in accordance with the XAT 2023 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 2023. Candidates will need their XAT registration ID and password to log in and check their XAT result 2023. It will contain the marks of the candidates, sectional percentile and over percentile.

January 8, 2023 | 04:42 PM IST

Do colleges consider XAT sectional cut offs too for admission?

No, most of the colleges shortlist candidates for MBA admission on the basis of overall XAT percentile. However, the candidates must aim to meet sectional cut offs too in the exam to avoid an unwanted situation at the time of admission.

January 8, 2023 | 02:41 PM IST

What is the weightage of GK section in XAT?

GK for XAT will have 25 questions, each carrying one mark. Candidates are advised to attempt this section at the end and spare only about 15 minutes to solve it. The sectional time limit allotted to XAT GK is also 15 minutes.

January 8, 2023 | 02:00 PM IST

XAT 2023 Live updates: Exam starts

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.

January 8, 2023 | 01:51 PM IST

XAT 2023 exam live updates: Gate closes

XAT gate closure time is 1:50 pm. The officials standing at the checking point have closed the entry for any candidate now.

January 8, 2023 | 01:46 PM IST

Is there negative marking in XAT?

Yes, there is negative marking in XAT exam. 0.25 marks is deducted for every wrong answer and 0.10 marks is deducted for more than eight consecutively unanswered questions.

January 8, 2023 | 01:39 PM IST

What ID proof to carry for XAT exam 2023?

Candidates can use the following ID proof to appear in XAT exam day 2023:

  • Voter ID card

  • Aadhar card

  • College ID

  • PAN card

  • Driving license

  • Passport

  • Employee ID card

January 8, 2023 | 01:35 PM IST

XAT 2023 general exam day guidelines

Candidates going for the XAT exam should not forget to carry their XAT admit card. Also, they are advised to follow the exam days guidelines such as:

  • Carry a photo ID issued by the government

  • Reach the exam centre as per reporting time

  • Do not carry any prohibited items such as electronic devices, notebook, and so  on

  • Do not wear heavy jewellery

  • Ensure to self attest the self-declaration form 

  • Follow the COVID -19 guidelines

  • Mark the answer correctly for there is negative marking for wrong answers

January 8, 2023 | 01:20 PM IST

XAT exam 2023: Candidates maintaining social distancing norms

January 8, 2023 | 01:17 PM IST

XAT 2023- Entry for the exam begins

XAT aspirants along with their parents/ guardian have arrived at the XAT exam centre as per reporting time mentioned in the XAT admit card. XAT reporting time was 12:30 PM. Also, the XAT exam day instructions are placed on the wall and it is stating that candidates must not carry any electronic device with them inside the examination hall. XAT exam day guidelines related to COVID-19 are also pasted on the entrance gate. XAT gate closure timing is 1:50 PM.

January 8, 2023 | 01:08 PM IST

XAT Exam 2023- Details mentioned on admit card

The following details are mentioned on the XAT admit card.

  • XAT ID

  • Candidates photograph

  • Signature of the candidate

  • Candidates name

  • Date of birth (DOB)

  • XAT 2023 exam date

  • PwD status

  • Reporting time for XAT 2023 exam

  • Gate closure time

  • Test city

  • Exam duration

  • XAT 2023 exam centre name and address

  • Google map link

  • Emergency contact number

  • XAT exam day guidelines and instructions

January 8, 2023 | 12:58 PM IST

How many students are expected to appear for XAT 2023?

The official statistics regarding the candidates appearing in XAT exam suggest that the number of XAT applicants has reached 98242 this year. The same has been conveyed by Dr Vishwa Ballabh, Convener of XAT and XLRI Jamshedpur Admission Chair. The XAT exam has been experiencing more applicants this year. 

As far as the male and female diversity is concerned, the details are as follows:

i. Male Applicants- 63.78 percent

ii. Female Applicants- 36.21 percent

January 8, 2023 | 12:37 PM IST

XAT 2023 result: Is GK score added in XAT?

No, the marks of GK are not considered for overall XAT score calculation, and the percentile is affected by them. However, in XLRI selection process, the marks of GK section will be given a weightage to shortlist candidates for GD and PI.

January 8, 2023 | 12:19 PM IST

Past years' XAT Essay Examples

Top 15 XAT essay topics for XAT exam as appeared in previous XAT years are detailed below:

XAT exam year

Essay topic in XAT exam


Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?


Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist


Technology and Nature are natural enemies


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

2012 (Option to choose one of the two topics)

Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty Or, Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty

2011 (Long and thought provoking topic made the candidates think more before beginning to write)

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.


Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody's need but not everybody's greed


The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery  


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


Asked at the age of 83, as to which of his project would he choose as his master piece, Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect answered, "The next one"


To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity

January 8, 2023 | 12:01 PM IST

XAT exam pattern 2023: Section-wise breakup of questions

Candidates can check the sectional break up of XAT test pattern here-

XAT sections

Number of questions

Total marks

Decision Making



Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



General Knowledge



Essay (250 words)

To be evaluated while shortlisting

January 8, 2023 | 11:45 AM IST

Image of XAT admit card 2023

January 8, 2023 | 11:31 AM IST

XAT Exam Syllabus 2023

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 8, 2023 | 11:14 AM IST

How do I download XAT hall ticket?

Candidates who are appearing in XAT exam 2023 shall follow the below mentioned steps:

Step 1 - Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur- xatonline.in.

Step 2 - Click on the “Login” tab.

Step 3 - Now candidates will have to provide XAT User ID and Date of birth (DOB), after that click on the “Login” tab.

Step 4 - Now, click on the XAT hall ticket tab.

Step 5 - The option to download XAT 2023 admit card will be displayed on the computer screen.

Step 6 - Click on the download tab and save the XAT admit card as a pdf.

January 8, 2023 | 10:50 AM IST

CAT vs XAT: Exam Syllabus

CAT syllabus

XAT syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Decision Making

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal and Logical Ability

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


General  Knowledge

January 8, 2023 | 10:21 AM IST

Is XAT more difficult than CAT?

Both XAT and CAT have unique features. The answer to this question cannot either be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ as despite being being similar in several aspects. When compared to each other they both are tough but it has often been seen that in CAT, the DILR section is more difficult than other sections and in XAT, the Quantitative Aptitude section is often tougher than the rest of the sections.

January 8, 2023 | 10:10 AM IST

Is XAT easy to crack?

XAT, being one of the tough MBA entrance exams, requires hard work and dedication. To crack XLRI' s entrance exam in the first attempt only, it is necessary to start preparation six to seven months prior to the XAT 2023 entrance exam. The Essay Writing section in XAT 2023 makes the exam slightly lengthy.

January 8, 2023 | 10:03 AM IST

XAT exam 2023- What not to carry to exam centres?

The following items are strictly prohibited to carry inside the XAT examination hall.

  • Mobile phones

  • Calculator

  • Ipad

  • Watch

  • Any stationary item

  • Edible items

January 8, 2023 | 09:49 AM IST

How many times in a year XAT exam is conducted?

XAT is conducted only once in a year. Apart from XLRI Jamshedpur, XAT score is accepted by 11 members of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) and over 1,000+ other MBA institutes in India. 

January 8, 2023 | 09:45 AM IST

XAT 2023 Marking scheme

XAT 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 General Knowledge section

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

January 8, 2023 | 09:40 AM IST

What should we carry for the XAT exam?

Candidates shall carry the following for XAT exam day to attempt XAT exam paper successfully:

  • XAT 2023 admit card

  • Valid photo ID proof

January 8, 2023 | 09:33 AM IST

XAT 2023- Last minute tips by toppers

The toppers have pointed many significant last minute tips by toppers:

  • The expected section-wise percentile must be in mind before the section-wise attempt of the XAT exam.

  • Try to maximize score in each section of XAT exam 2023.

  • Keeping calm and staying focused during XAT exams is the key. 

January 8, 2023 | 09:27 AM IST

XAT dress code 2023

  • Candidates appearing for the XAT 2023 exam must adhere to the dress code to avoid hassles at the exam centre. Candidates should opt for simple dresses with casual sweaters and cardigans. It must be noted that items containing metal are strictly prohibited in the XAT 2023 test centre.

  • Candidates should avoid wearing jewellery, carrying electronic devices, etc. Heavy jackets will not be allowed inside the XAT exam centre. If candidates carry such items, they should leave it outside the XAT examination premises. It is to be noted that there will be no locker facility in the centre.

January 8, 2023 | 09:21 AM IST

XAT Live updates: Exam highlights

XAT exam structure


XAT full form

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

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

3 hours 30 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

January 8, 2023 | 09:13 AM IST

List of XAT test cities

XAT 2023 exam is scheduled to be held across 79 cities of the country. Check out the list of XAT test centres here.



Aurangabad City (Maharashtra)








Bhilai Nagar



Chandigarh/ Mohali








Durgapur/ Asansol








Hubballi (Hubli)































Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirappalli




Udupi Vadodara










January 8, 2023 | 09:04 AM IST

XAT 2023 exam date and time

XLRI Jamshedpur is conducting Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) today on January 08, 2023 in computer based mode. XAT exam time as per the official website is 2 pm to 5:30 pm. The duration of the XAT 2023 exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes. XAT exam 2023 will be held in over 79 test cities across India. Candidates must reach the XAT test centre at least an hour before the reporting time.

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