MBA aspirants across the country are busy preparing for upcoming entrance exams. Out of some major management entrance exams, XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) registrations for 2016 test are going on. XLRI organizes XAT every year in several cities to provide chance to management aspirants for admission to some of the best B-schools in the country. The exam authority has clarified that the test would continue to be conducted in pen-paper mode.
Xavier aptitude test is being conducted for over 60 years and is conducted on the first Sunday of January every year. This year too, XAT would be organized on first Sunday, i.e. 3 January 2016. XLRI has started registration process for XAT 2016 and the registration would close on 30 November 2015. Bachelor degree holders can apply for the test within stipulated dates, however those students completing their final examination of Bachelor’s degree by June 10, 2016 may also apply. Shortlisted candidates would be eligible to take up a course at XLRI apart from other participating institutions which accept XAT score. XLRI would admit students for Human Resource Management, Business Management, Global Business Management and General Management Programme.
The official website bears the statement “The format of XAT would remain pen-paper based. This is to ensure that candidates of all backgrounds are at par, so that those who have pre-familiarity of operating computers, specially coming from privileged background or having worked in IT sector, do not get any advantage over others who do not have access to computers. The paper-pen mode also ensures that all candidates are tested on exactly the same set of questions, and not on different sets.”
Dr. Munish Thakur, Chairperson-Admissions at XLRI said, “XAT, though one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country, has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. XAT’s multidimensional testing framework is designed to meaningfully assess the aptitude of candidates for future business success.”
While explaining the decision to continue with pen-paper based test, he added “We follow the pen & paper format, in order to ensure equal opportunity to all candidates. The examination focuses on multi-dimensional examination structure and fairness, to assess aptitude of future business leaders.” He further said, “XLRI has been conducting the test on behalf of the XAMI for over 60 years now. Like every year, the test will be conducted on the first Sunday of January next year, i.e. 3rd January, 2016.”
XAT 2016 would be organized in 47 Indian cities, namely, Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. The test would also be organized in two international cities of Dubai and Kathmandu.
XAT 2016 would follow same pattern and would include questions to test quantitative ability, English language & logical reasoning, decision making, general knowledge and essay writing skills of candidates. Total duration to solve the test paper would be 3 and half hours.
More than 125 B-schools across the country accept XAT score for facilitating admissions. Few of the institutions are : LIBA, Chennai, XIME, Bangalore, XIM, Bhubaneswar, TAPMI, Manipal, Goa Institute of Management, IRMA, BIMTECH, Greater Noida, BULMIM, New Delhi, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi, IFMR, Chennai, SPJIMR, Mumbai, WeSchool, Mumbai, Jaipuria Institutes of Management, Gitam Institute of Management, Vishakhapatnam, Globsyn Business School, Kolkata, Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA). However candidates seeking admission in these institutions would require to apply for the course at respective institutes separately.