XAT Cutoff – XLRI cutoff, XIMB cutoff, Xavier Group Institutions cutoff

XAT Cutoff: XLRI Jamshedpur will declare the XAT cut off in the fourth week of January 2019, after the declaration of the result. The XAT cutoff released by XLRI Jamshedpur will only be specific to XLRI. Other XAT accepting business schools along with the 11 XLRI institutes will release their individual cutoff of XAT 2019. Along with the overall cutoff, the business schools will also release the XAT sectional cutoff 2019. The XAT cutoff is based on several factors including number of test takers, exam difficulty level, seats available. The cutoff is the minimum marks that test takers have to score to be selected for further rounds of the selection process like group discussion, written ability test and personal interview.

XAT 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on January 6. The results for the exam is expected to be out in the last week of January. Over one lakh students appear for the exam, which is annually conducted by XLRI. The test evaluates candidates ability in Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Data interpretation and Quantitative Ability.  This article discusses the XAT cut off in detail and the factors which determine the cut off as well. Also, know the previous year’s XAT cutoff and the expected cutoff marks.

What is XAT cut off?

One of the first things that a candidate should know is what exactly is XAT cutoff. The cut off of XAT is the minimum percentile that candidates have to score to be selected for the further rounds of selection at a XAT accepting business school. It should be kept in mind that the cut off is determined through the percentile score. Candidates scoring beneath the cutoff determined by the particular business schools are not called for the next rounds.

XAT cutoff 2018: Highlights

Before proceeding with minimum cut off details of XAT, it is essential to understand certain points about cutoff. Here are few highlights  of XAT cut off :

  1. The XAT cutoff is declared separately by XLRI Jamshedpur, other XLRI institutes and business schools accepting XAT score.
  2. The cutoff demand at XLRI Jamshedpur is usually on the higher side i.e over 95 percentile.
  3. The XAT cutoff for SPJIMR, XIM and IMT are usually at par with each other.
  4. Over 150 business schools besides the XLRIs accept XAT score for admission to their business studies programmes.
  5. Clearing the XAT cat off does not imply that the student has been offered admission at the said business school or programme. They have still clear the next rounds of the selection process, namely, GD, PI and WAT, whichever applicable.
  6. Some institutes would have also have XAT sectional cutoff requirement besides the overall cutoff. Also, in terms of a tie, the sectional cut offs are taken into consideration.
  7. The XAT cutoff for XLRI is declared for males and females separately.
  8. The XAT cut off is based on the percentile score of the candidates.

XAT Cutoff: Factors determining cut off

The XAT cutoff is not  determined by the raw score of the student alone. Their are various factors which play a role in determining the cutoff of the particular year. Some of the elements are explained below:

  • Difficulty level of the the XAT
  • Number of test takers
  • Number of candidates who have qualified for the examination
  • Number of seats in the management programme or business school
  • The position of the business school. Top tier business schools usually have higher cutoff demand
  • Programme for which the test taker applies. Programmes with high demand usually have high XAT cutoffs.

XAT cutoff: How to check

Candidates can check the cutoff of XAT in the official website of XLRI. The institute will declare the cutoff for all students who appeared for the test. To check their XAT cutoff, candidates have to enter their roll number and application number. Candidates are advised to take a printout of the cutoff list for future reference.

XAT cut off: Important dates

Here are the important dates related to XAT cut off:

XAT event  Dates
XAT 2019 January 6, 2019
XAT 2019 result Fourth week of January, 2019
XAT cutoff 2019 Fourth week of January- First week of February
XAT selection procedure Second week of February-March 2019


XAT cut off: Previous years

As mentioned earlier, the XAT cutoff of 2019 will be declared by the last week of January. However, we have the record for the previous year’s cut off, which should help us get an idea about the cut off to be expected in the succeeding years. Here are XAT sectional cutoff and over all cut off of the previous year. The cutoff is divided programme wise:

XAT sectional cut off: Human Resource Management for 2018

Category VALR DM QA Overall
Male 79.660 71.628 70.070 92.000
Female 75.000 70.000 65.000 92.000

XAT Cutoff 2018: Section-wise cut off

Category VALR DM QA Overall
Male 79.460 76.840 88.700 94.000
Female 75.000 75.000 80.000 94.000


XAT cutoff: Previous year’s programme wise cut off for 2017

The cut off in 2017 was similar to that of in 2018. The total cutoff for the Business Management programme was 96 and that for the Human resources programmes was 92.55 percentile. Here are the XAT sectional cutoff for the two programmes as well as General Management.

XAT Section BM HR
VA 79.46 76.69
DM 76.84 71.628
QA 88.7 70.07
Total 96 92.55


Cutoff of XAT for GMP programme in 2017:

Section GMP
VA 5 and above
DM 5 and above
QA 6 and above
Total 22 and above


XAT cutoff: Previous year’s programme wise cut off for Jamshedpur in 2016

The exam pattern in 2016 slightly differed from that in 2017 and 2018. The overall  cutoff was also less than that recorded in succeeding years- 2017 and 2018.

Sections Business Management Global MBA programme Human Resource Management
Data Interpretation >80 >80 >80
Verbal Ability >80 >80 >85
Quantitative Ability >90 >90 >70
Overall >94 >90 >88


XAT sectional cut off for 2016

Sections BM GMP HR
VA & LR 77.47 69.1
DM 78.042 69
QA & DI 88.6 69
Total 96 69 94.4


XAT cutoff: Top business schools

Besides the above mentioned cutoff of XLRI programmes, top business schools also declare their cutoffs separately. Here are XAT cutoff for 2017 of the top XAT accepting business schools:

B-School XAT Cutoff
XIM Bhubaneswar 95+ percentile
LIBA Chennai 90+ percentile
XISS Ranchi 85+ percentile
TAPMI 86+ percentile
XIME Bangalore 80+ percentile
XIM Jabalpur 80+ percentile
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi 80+ percentile
BIMTECH Greater Noida 75+ percentile
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa 90+ percentile
IFMR Chennai 85+ percentile


XAT cut off 2019: Expected cut off 

Based on the previous years’ cutoff, we can get an idea of what the cut off could be in 2019. The XAT tables are divided based on the cutoff demand. As expected, XLRI Jamshedpur has the highest XAT cutoff among all the institutes. The cutoff goes as high as 96 percentile.

XAT cutoff: Institutes accepting 90+ percentile

Business School Expected XAT cut off
XLRI Jamshedpur 95+
XIM Bhubaneshwat 90
IMT Ghaziabad 90


XAT cutoff: Institutes accepting 80+ percentile

Business School Expected XAT cut off
GIM Goa 85
Great Lakes 80
TAPMI- Manipal 80
FORE- New Delhi 80


XAT cutoff: Institutes accepting 70+ percentile

Business School Expected XAT cut off
IMI Bhubaneshwar 75
BIMTECH- Noida 70
XIME- Bangalore 70
CIMP Patna 70

XAT cutoff: Expected cut off for programme wise 

Here is the expected overall XAT cutoff. The cut off is divided among the programmes.

Business School Expected XAT cut off
Business Management 96
Human Resource Management 92.55
Global Management Programme 22+


XAT result:

The result of XAT is expected to be released by the fourth week of January, 2019. The exam is scheduled on January 6. The result is expected to be declared in the form of a scorecard. The score card would include both the overall and sectional percentile scores of XAT. Candidates can use their XAT exam id and date of birth to access their XAT result. They also have to enter the security code. Candidates can also get a hard copy of the scorecard by way of post. The XAT result includes the overall percentage, overall percentile, Percentage and percentile of all the four sections-  Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Data interpretation and Quantitative Ability.

What after XAT cut off is released: Selection process

As mentioned above, scoring above the XAT cutoff does not ensure admission at any XAT accepting business school. However, candidates who clear the institute specific XAT cutoff are called for further rounds of the selection process. Each institute has its own selection process usually including Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Essay Writing. The selection process starts from the second week of February to the second week of March. The final selection of candidates is made by bringing all the factors together- XAT percentile, performance in GD, PI Essay and academic and professional experience, if any. Usually, candidates are informed of their admission via mail or the same is released by the institutes on their websites.


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