XAT 2022: Result Declared; Get Answer Key, Analysis, Percentile Predictor, Cut Offs

Xavier Aptitude Test 2022 ( XAT )

Vipra Shrivastava

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Updated on Feb 15, 2022 12:00 IST

XAT 2022 result was declared on January 17 and the admission cut offs were released on January 30. The XAT cut offs for XLRI admissions 2022 is in the range of 87 to 93 percentile for PGDM Business Management (BM) and PGDM Human Resource Management (HRM) programmes.

XAT 2022 exam was held on January 2, 2022 in online mode at multiple exam centres in 72 cities from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. As per the XAT exam analysis 2022, the question paper was of easy to moderate difficulty level. The Essay Writing section has been re-introduced this year and extra 10 minutes were given for it. However, the essay will be evaluated after the candidate will be shortlisted for personal interview.  

What is XAT Exam?

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI member colleges, over 1,000 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post-graduate management programmes. The XAT question paper consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. XAT exam is conducted on the first Sunday of every January. XAT cut offs for XLRI's PGDM-BM programme are usually around 95 percentile for male candidates and 92 percentile for female candidates.

XAT Exam Highlights

XAT is a speed-based three-hour test. Check key highlights of XAT 2022 exam in the table below:



Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Conducting Body

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours (and 10 minutes)

Exam Syllabus

  • Decision Making
  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge
  • Essay Writing

Exam Pattern

100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

INR 1,800 (all categories)

Exam Purpose

Admission to 1,000+ MBA colleges

Course Offered


No. of test takers

Nearly 95,000

No. of Test Cities

72 (in 2022)

Exam Helpdesk No.


Exam Website


XAT 2022 Cut Offs

XAT participating institutes will release admission cut offs to shortlist candidates for GD/PI after XAT result declaration. Take a look at the estimated cut off scores and percentiles of some of the top XAT institutes:

XAT colleges

XAT score

XAT percentile

























Great Lakes Institute of Management






KJ Somaiya-Mumbai



Also Read: XAT 2022 cut offs for XLRI admission released

XAT 2022 Result

XAT exam result is available online. Test takers can download their XAT 2022 result cum scorecard from the official website. XLRI Jamshedpur has also released the admission cut offs. Check the steps to download XAT result below:

  • Go to XAT ONLINE website: xatonline.in
  • Click on 'XAT 2022 scorecard' tab
  • Enter XAT User ID and date of birth and click on 'login'
  • Download the XAT result cum scorecard

XAT 2022: Important Dates

XLRI Jamshedpur announced the XAT 2022 result on January 17. XLRI shortlisting is currently ongoing Check XAT exam dates and events below:


XAT 2022 Dates

Salient Features

XAT 2022 registrations begin


Registration process started online on XAT website

Registrations end



The deadline to fill the form online was till midnight of the last date

XAT admit card download starts




Admit card released on XAT website for download

Mock test release


Candidates could practice official XAT mock test on the exam website

XAT exam 2022


Exam was held in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in a single session in 72 cities

XAT 2022 answer key released


Candidate response sheet and answer key made available for download

XAT 2022 result announcement


XAT scorecards made available on the official website for download

XAT 2022 cut off announcement 


XAT cut offs for BM and HRM programmes released on official website for GD/PI shortlisting

XLRI Selection Process Through XAT 2022

XLRI, Jamshedpur admission through XAT includes three stages: shortlisting of candidates, group discussion & personal interview and final selection.

Step 1: Shortlisting of candidates

The candidates will be shortlisted for group discussion and personal interview round of XLRI, Jamshedpur on the basis of their XAT 2022 score.  

Step 2: Group Discussion and Personal Interview

XLRI, Jamshedpur will announce group discussion and personal interview schedule in soon for selected candidates. The admission round will be held in various cities and the candidates will have to confirm their interview city online on the official website of XLRI within the stipulated time limit. 

Also Read: XLRI admission & selection process

Step 3: Final Selection

Each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of their XAT 2022 score, GD/PI performance, academic history and other parameters for preparing the final merit list. Selected candidates will be called to complete the admission formalities.

Selection procedure of other institutes accepting XAT scores

Institutes accepting XAT score for admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes, conduct their own application and admission process. While some institutes open their registration window much before the XAT exam is conducted, others start their registration process after the XAT result is announced. 

Also Read: XAT score vs percentile

Top Colleges Accepting XAT Scores

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. Given below is the table of some of the popular B-Schools that accept XAT score for admission:

XAT Score Accepting B-Schools

XLRI Xavier School of Management

Loyola Institute of Business Administration

St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)

St. Joseph's Institute of Management

St.Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology

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

Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University

Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship

Xavier Institute of Management & Research

Xavier Institute of Development Action and Sciences (XIDAS)

Xavier Institute of Social Service

BITS Pilani

BIMTECH Greater Noida

K J Somaiya Institute of Management

MICA Ahmedabad

FLAME University: School of Business

FORE School of Management, New Delhi

Institute of Management Technology (Ghaziabad)

Institute of Rural Management Anand

Goa Institute of Management

Great Lakes Institute of Management

Check XAT cut offs and predict calls from XLRI and other colleges accepting XAT score for admission. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and Eligibility of all XAT participating colleges by clicking the link below:

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XAT 2022 Answer Key

XAT answer key was released in the form of response sheet on January 3, 2022. The updated or final answer key was released on January 11, 2022. Candidates can download their XAT 2022 response sheets and answer key from the exam website by using their login ID and password. If any candidate felt that any of the official XAT 2022 answer keys was incorrect they could raise an objection by sending an email to the exam authorities. 

Also Read: XAT answer key available for download; check objection process

XAT 2022 Exam Analysis and Student Reactions

XAT 2022 exam was of easy to moderate difficulty level. Among all the sections, QA-DI was tougher than the rest. Verbal and Decision Making sections were easy to moderate but GK was tough. The Essay Writing section had two topics - one on management and one on economy. Candidates had to write about 250 words on one of the two topics in 10 minutes. The overall difficulty level of the exam was lower than CAT 2021. Check the video below for XAT 2022 student reactions:

Also Read: XAT 2022 analysis and expected cut offs

XAT Syllabus

XAT syllabus consists of all the important topics of Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. Decision Making is a unique section for which there is no syllabus. Preparation for it is based on previous years questions. Rest of the three subjects include important topics of their own area. Verbal & Logical Ability includes Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, Verbal Ability. In the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, the topics include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Set Theory, etc. And in the GK section the topics pertain to politics, culture, society, personalities, business, art & entertainment, sports, inventions, innovation, world, economy, science, technology, books, etc.

Get the latest XAT syllabus in PDF format for section wise preparation of XAT exam.

Download Here

Download: XAT Question Papers

XAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure

XAT exam is conducted in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs to be solved in 180 minutes. However, the XAT 2022 exam pattern has been revised. Essay Writing has been reintorduced and the time duration has been increased by 10 minutes. There is sectional time-limit in XAT. Thus, candidates are advised to maintain adequate speed in all four sections so that they can solve the paper within the time-limit. Each correct attempt carries one mark and each incorrect attempt carries -0.25 marks. Here are the highlights of XAT exam pattern: 

XAT Sections

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making



Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



General Knowledge





(To be evaluated upon shortlisting)




XAT 2022 exam pattern

XAT exam pattern

XAT 2022 Preparation Tips & Strategy

XAT 2022 preparation should ideally be for six to nine months. Being one of the tougher MBA entrance exams among its peers, XAT requires dedicated time and effort. It comprises four sections: Decision Making, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

In XAT, it is important to pay equal attention to all four sections as sectional cut offs play an important role in selection to XLRI, Jamshedpur. So, divide your study hours among these sections equally. Start with gaining conceptual clarity in each subject. You may want to first analyse the topics you are familiar with. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses; then begin with strong areas. This will give you confidence in dealing with tough topics. Listed below are some key tips for making XAT 2022 exam preparation strategy:

  • Join study groups online on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp
  • Get hold of XAT books and study material. These are available online and at coaching institutes
  • Start with topics you are already familiar with and on which you have a good control
  • After completing a topic or a concept, always solve two-three problems based on it to know if you have completely understood it
  • Focus on completing XAT syllabus first and then move to solve XAT mock tests. Practice at least 25-30 mock tests for best performance

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How to prepare for XAT 2022 in 3 months

Section-wise XAT 2022 preparation strategy

Last Minute Tips for XAT 2022

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XAT Mock Test will help you to get an idea about the type of questions asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free XAT Mock Test

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XAT Registration Process 2022

XAT registrations process is the first step to appear for the exam. Aspirants have to fill the online XAT application form and pay requisite fees to register for the test. XAT 2022 registration and application process is given below in brief:

  • Log on to XAT 2022 website xatonline.in
  • Click on 'New Registration' and enter relevant details
  • A unique XAT ID and registration link is shared with the candidate on the verified email ID

  • Click on the link to verify your registration

  • Go to XAT 2022 homepage and click on ‘login’

  • Enter email ID and password to open the application form

  • Fill all the mandatory fields of the XAT 2022 application form

  • Cross check the information before clicking on submit button

  • Pay XAT 2022 application fee through credit/debit card, UPI or net banking

Also Read: Test cities for XAT 2022

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

To be able to appear for the exam, it is mandatory to fulfill the XAT eligibility criteria given below:

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university

  • Students in their final year of bachelor's degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply

  • There is no minimum marks criteria for XAT exam

Also Read: XAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Age Limit, Reservation Criteria, Work Experience

XAT 2022 Admit Card

XAT 2022 admit card download process was postponed from December 22 to December 24, 2021.  The admit cards were released on the official website and candidates could download their respective XAT admit cards by using login ID and password. Check below the steps to download XAT 2022 admit card which is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam hall: 

  • Visit the official website of XAT 2022

  • Click on 'Download admit card' tab 

  • Enter details like XAT User ID and date of birth and click on 'login'

  • Click on admit card tab, download the pdf and take a printout  

XAT Exam Day Guidelines

XAT aspirants must follow the guidelines set by the examination authority for a hassle-free exam day. Given below are some key XAT exam day guidelines, candidates must follow:

  • Reach the exam centre an hour before the reporting time
  • Do not carry any electronic item like mobile phone, watch, calculator, etc. to the exam centre
  • Do not carry any stationary item or eatables to the exam centre

Also Read: XAT exam day guidelines and last minute tips

Documents to carry on exam day

  • XAT admit card

  • Aadhar card

  • Voter ID

  • Passport, College/University ID

  • Driver’s license

Also Read: This what you need to do to crack XAT 2022

FAQs on XAT Exam 2022

Q: What is the XAT 2022 exam date?

A: XAT exam is held annually on the first Sunday of January. XAT 2022 was held on January 2 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in 72 cities across India. The exam was of moderate difficulty level and had an additional section of Essay Writing.

Q: When will XAT 2022 result be released?

A: The XAT 2022 result announcement was made on January 17. Although, the official date of result announcement was January 31, the institute released the scorecards two weeks before.

Q: How many times can I attempt XAT exam?

A: XAT is conducted annually, so the opportunity to appear for it in a particular academic year is only once. However, one can attempt XAT exam any number of times. There is no restriction on number of attempts.

Q: Where can I check XAT 2022 answer key?

A: The XAT 2022 answer key was released on the exam website in the form of response sheet. Candidates can download their answer keys and response sheets by logging into their XAT account.

Q: How many candidates appear for XAT on an average?

A: About 95,000 candidates appear for XAT every year. Students from diverse fields and academic backgrounds appear for XAT to pursue MBA course at top B-Schools in India.

Q: Is XAT tougher than CAT?

A: XAT and CAT both are tough in comparison to other MBA entrance exams. The LR and RC questions of both exams are tough and there is sectional time limit in both exams. However, presence of Decision Making and GK sections makes XAT tougher than CAT.

Q: Do XAT cut offs differ for different courses of XLRI?

A: Yes, admission cut offs for various PGDM courses of XLRI are different. The XAT cut offs vary for male, female, engineering and non-engineering candidates as well. Check previous year’s course wise XAT cut offs here.

Q: In how many months can I prepare for XAT 2022?

A: Ideal preparation time for XAT exam is six to nine months. However, candidates must make their own exam preparation strategy according to their strengths and weaknesses.

Q: Will there be any sectional time-limit in XAT 2022 exam?

A: Yes, XAT exam has sectional time-limit. Part 1 of the question paper is to be completed within 165 minutes and Part 2 is to be completed within 15 minutes. However, it is advised that candidates time themselves in order to complete the test on time.

Q: Will I get access to an on screen calculator during XAT exam 2022?

A: Yes, the candidates will be given access to an on-screen calculator. The candidates will also be given paper sheets for rough work and calculations. The candidates can use either of the two for calculation.

Q: I am in my second year of Graduation. Can I apply for XAT 2022?

A: No. Only those who have either completed graduation or are in the final year of graduation can apply for XAT 2022 as it is an entrance exam for post graduate management courses.

Q: What are the scholarship schemes in XLRI, Jamshedpur?

A: XLRI Jamshedpur offers various scholarships to meritorious and economically backward students. The list of scholarships offered last year is given below:
  • Aditya Birla Scholarship
  • Kalyan Ganguly XEF Scholarship
  • Capital First Scholarship
  • Naveen Jain & Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Government of India for (ST) Students
  • Vasantha Sankaran Scholarship
  • OP Jindal Engineering & Management
  • XLRI Diamond Jubilee (Seniors)
  • XLRI Diamond Jubilee (Juniors)
  • T Thomas
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Pirojsha Godrej
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Joseph M Sciortino (for ST Students)
  • Geeta Saxena Memorial

XAT 2022 Contact Information

Admission Office
C. H. Area (East)
Jamshedpur - 831001

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205
Fax: +91-657-2227814
Email: xat2019@xlri.ac.in
Website: http://www.xlri.ac.in/

Candidates can call at 1800 209 0835 (Toll Free) from Monday to Saturday (10:00-18:00 hrs).

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Vipin Vishal Choudhary

2022-01-07 09:55:34

I have given CAT XAT and NMAT. Can I use all three scores for KJ Somaiya?

Reply to Vipin Vishal Choudhary


Kshitij Patil

Contributor-Level 6

6 days ago

Yes they accept CAT XAT NMAT CMAT.


mohit goyal

2022-01-19 09:03:08

Which colleges can I get admission in? I have 72 score in XAT, 68 in CAT and 218 in NMAT.

Reply to mohit goyal



Beginner-Level 2

a week ago

You have options in tier 2 and 3 colleges. Search according to your requirements with the best ROI, preferred location, fees and placement record.



2022-02-14 16:09:23

I have not given any exams such as XAT and CAT how can I get into colleges in Bangalore for international business?

Reply to Manan

Deepanwita Sahu

Contributor-Level 8

2 weeks ago

If you are a fresher, then I would recommend getting any job or giving entrances like CAT XAT MAT SNAP etc. This year. If you want colleges only in Bangalore city, try giving MAT. It is generally scheduled 4 times a year. So you can definitely give it a shot. Also, getting a chance in better coll...If you are a fresher, then I would recommend getting any job or giving entrances like CAT XAT MAT SNAP etc. This year. If you want colleges only in Bangalore city, try giving MAT. It is generally scheduled 4 times a year. So you can definitely give it a shot. Also, getting a chance in better colleges will enhance your job opportunities. So choose wisely. As doing MBA is quite expensive.

Nirakar Khuntia

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

There are few colleges that accept applications without any test score. You can check NMIMS or IGNOU. But if you are a fresher then it would be very beneficial for you to take admission in a reputed institute with a good entrance test score.



2022-01-31 15:34:38

Can I know what percentile is required in xat for admission at Xime Bangalore?

Reply to Sakshi



Beginner-Level 1

2 weeks ago

Any student with a valid scorecard at the time of application with a credible score XAT CAT CMAT MAT ATMA GMAT can apply to the PGDM or PGDM BA Programmes. The cut of the score is not disclosed by the campus.

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