XAT Score Vs Percentile 2024: How to Calculate XAT Percentile from Score

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How much XAT exam score will fetch you 99+ percentile? What is the difference between XAT score and XAT percentile? What is XAT percentile predictor? XAT 2024 preparation in the last one month is all about finding keys to score high. To crack the XAT 2024 exam, you need to know these. So, read below.

XAT score vs percentile

XAT Score vs Percentile 2024 - Candidates who appeared for the XAT 2024 exam must be analysing their performance to know how much will they score and what will be their percentile. With the XAT response sheet 2024 now available to them, they can calculate their raw score and predict their expected XAT percentile. 

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'What is XAT percentile and how is it different from XAT score?', 'How can I predict my XAT percentile?' These are questions some of them must be having. It is very crucial to know how many correct attempts will lead to how much XAT score and what will be the corresponding percentile. Why? Because, without the knowledge of difference between these two, you wouldn't be able to optiimise your number of attempts in the exam. Also, the MBA colleges accepting XAT, shortlist candidates on the basis of XAT percentile and not XAT score. 

For example, if a student manages to solve 60 out of 100 questions correctly in XAT 2024 exam, he must know what will be his raw XAT score and final percentile. This knowledge will help the candidate to assess his chances of admission in the desired colleges.

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To help the XAT 2024 aspirants in this regard, we have explained the meanings, definitions and calculation methods of XAT score and percentile. We have also listed XAT cut off percentiles of previous years.

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What is XAT Score?

XAT score refers to the raw score obtained by a candidate in the exam based on the total number of correct and incorrect attempts. Let’s take a look at the XAT marking scheme to understand this:

  • Total number of questions is 100
  • Total marks of XAT exam is 100
  • For every correct attempt, one mark is awarded
  • For every incorrect answer, 0.25 marks are deducted
  • After eight consecutive unattempted questions, 0.10 marks are deducted for every unattempted question 
  • There is no negative marking in General Knowledge section

Based on the above marking scheme, if a candidate attempts about 85 questions out of 100, out of which he solves 75 questions correctly and 10 questions incorrectly, then his overall XAT score will be 75 - (1-0.25x10) = 82.5.

Also Read: XAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme 2024

What is XAT Percentile?

XAT percentile is basically the rank of a candidate against all the test takers. It is also be described as the total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate.

For example, if a candidate’s XAT percentile is 99.7, it means his/her performance was better than 99.7 per cent of the total XAT test takers that year. Thus, one can say, that XAT percentile is the indicator of a candidate’s performance in comparison to all the test takers.

How is XAT Percentile Calculated?

The formula to calculate XAT percentile is same as that of other MBA entrance exams, i.e. Number of candidates – Rank of a candidate/Number of candidates x 100. Let’s understand this with an example.   

Suppose, 10,000 people appeared for XAT exam and candidate A got the highest score. It means 9,999 candidates have scored less than candidate A. Then XAT percentile of candidate A will be 9,999/10,000x100= 99.9.

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Why is XAT Percentile Important?

It is important to know how much score will convert in to how much XAT percentile because the MBA colleges accepting XAT score for admission shortlist candidates on the basis of percentile and not the raw score. XAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. It is accepted by over 800 B-schools across India. The XAT cut off percentiles for admission of institutes vary from each other. Thus, it is critical to know beforehand that how much XAT percentile is required for admission to your target institute.

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XAT Percentile Predictor: Score vs Cut Offs

The table given below indicates a range of XAT scores and corresponding XAT percentiles. These are mere predictions and for reference purpose only.

XAT score 2024 (out of 100)

XAT percentile 2024

47 and above

99

42 and above

96

40 and above

94

36 and above

85

32 and above

80

24 and above

75

Also Read: MBA Colleges Accepting XAT Score for MBA Admission

XAT sectional score vs percentile 2024

In XAT, sectional score and percentiles are of a lot of significance. XLRI considers the sectional as well as overall scores of XAT test takers during the selection process. Check below the table indicating estimated XAT section score vs percentile 2024.

XAT Percentile

VALR

QA & DI

DM

Overall

99

14.75

 17

12.5

36.25

97

13.25

 14.25

11.5

32.75

95

12

 12.75

10.5

30.25

90

10.5

 10.5

9.5

27

85

9.5

 9

8.75

24

80

8.5

 7.75

8.25

22.25

70

7.25

 6

7.5

19.75

XAT Cut Off Percentiles for XLRI Admission

XAT cut offs 2024 will be released by the end of January 2024 after the result announcement. Given below are previous years' XAT cut offs for reference. Candidates must aim to score the perentile given in the table below to ensure chances of admission into XLRI.

XAT Cut Offs 2023

Given below are category-wise and section-wise CAT cut offs for admission to 2023 batch of XLRI Jamshedpur's Business Management (BM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) programmes.

XAT Cut Offs 2023: Business Management (BM)

General Engineers VA DM QA Overall
Males 75 75 85 95
Females 75 75 80 92
General Non-Engineers VA DM QA Overall
Males 75 75 85 95
Females 75 75 80 92

XAT Cut Offs 2023: Human Resource Management (HRM)

General Engineers VA DM QA Overall
Males 90 75 85 93
Females 90 75 65 91
General NonEngineers VA DM QA Overall
Males 90 75 70 90
Females 75 75 60 88

XAT Cut Offs 2022 

Given below are category-wise and section-wise XAT cut offs for admission to 2022 batch of XLRI Jamshedpur’s BM and(HRM programmes.

XAT Cut Offs 2022: Business Management (BM)

Category

VALR

DM

QA

Overall

Male

75

72

80

93

Female

72

72

75

90

XAT Cut Offs 2022: Human Resource Management (HRM)

Category

VALR

DM

QA

Overall

Male (Engineering)

80

70

75

92

Female (Engineering)

80

70

64

90

Male (Non-Engineering)

80

70

70

90

Female (Non-Engineering)

80

70

60

87

XAT Cut Offs 2021

Given below are category-wise and section-wise XAT cut offs for admission to 2021 batch of XLRI Jamshedpur’s Business Management (BM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) programmes.

Business Management (BM) 

Category

VALR

DM

QA

Overall

Male

76

74

83

94

Female

70

70

75

92

SC

60

60

60

65

ST

55

55

55

60

Human Resource Management (HRM)

Category

VALR

DM

QA

Overall

Male Engineering

80

75

80

93

Female Engineering

75

68

74

90

Male Non-Engineering

80

75

73

90

Female Non-Engineering

75

68

64

87

SC

55

55

55

65

ST

50

50

50

55

XAT Cut Offs 2020

Given below are category-wise and section-wise XAT cut offs for admission to 2020 batch of XLRI Jamshedpur’s Business Management (BM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) programmes.

Business Management (BM)

XAT sections

Male

Female

VALR

74

72

DM

78

74

QA

85

75

Overall

95

93

Human Resource Management (HRM)

XAT sections

Male Engineer

Female Engineer

Male Non-Engineer

Female Non-Engineer

VALR

79

74

78

73

DM

73

68

73

68

QA

75

70

70

65

Overall

93

91

90

88

XAT Cut Offs 2019

Take a look at course-wise XAT cut off percentiles for admission to BM and HRM programmes in 2019:

Business Management (BM)

XAT 2019 cut off

Male candidates

Female candidates

VALR

79.46

75

DM

80

75

QA

90

75

Overall Cut off

96

95

Human Resource Management (HRM)

XAT 2019 cut off

Male candidates

Female candidates

VALR

85

80

DM

75

70

QA

72

67

Overall cut off

94

93

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FAQs on XAT Score Vs Percentile

Q: How much XAT score can fetch me 99+ percentile?

A: According to previous years’ trend, if you score 47-50/100 in XAT, it can fetch you up to 99 percentile. However, aim to score 60 plus marks in XAT as every year, there is a change in difficulty level of the question paper and total number of test takers.

Q: How much XAT percentile is required for XLRI admission?

A: For PGDM-Business Management course, the overall percentile required is 94 (male candidates) and 92 (female candidates). For SC candidates it is 65, while for ST candidates, it is 60. For Human Resource Management course, the XAT percentile required is 90-93 (male) and 87-90 (female). For SC candidates it is 65, whereas for ST candidates, it is 55.

Q: What is the sectional break up of the XAT question paper?

A: XAT question paper has two parts and four sections. The Part 1 of XAT question paper includes Decision Making (21 questions), Verbal & Logical Ability (26 questions) and Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation (28 questions). Part 2 is a 5 minute keyboard test. Part 3 includes GK (25 questions) and Essay Writing (1 question).

Q: For how many months should I study to crack XAT exam?

A: Ideally, aspirants should study for about eight to ten months for XAT. However, if they have a strong background in English and Maths, they can crack XAT with six or less than six months of preparation too.

Q: Is there negative marking in XAT exam?

A: Yes, there is negative marking -0.25 marks in XAT exam. If a candidate has not attempted eight questions consecutively, then there is deduction of -0.10 marks.

Q: Which one is more important for admission? XAT score or percentile?

A: Both the XAT score and percentile are equally important. If the XAT score is good, the percentile will also be good. However, the shortlisting of candidates for first phase of admission process (GD/PI) is done on the basis of XAT percentile.

Q: Is XAT cut off for XLRI’s Business Management course different from Human Resource Management course?

A: Yes, XAT cut off for admission to different courses, differ from each other. The assessment is made based on several factors such as academic background, stream of graduation, gender diversity, nature of programme, etc.

Q: Is sectional cut off equally important for admission to XLRI?

A: Yes, sectional cut offs of XAT are equally important for admission to XLRI as the selection committee has to choose best from the best and thus they pay attention to each candidate’s performance in all the aspects and areas.

Q: How can I improve my score in XAT exam?

A: To improve score in XAT exam, practice a range of XAT mock tests so that you have an experience of solving all types of questions. During the exam, you can improve your score by selecting the right questions to solve. If you have practice enough number of mocks, you’d know which type of questions are your strength and which type of questions are your weakness. Apply that knowledge in the examination and solve only those questions which you can solve accurately. Stay away from the risk of negative marking. 

Q: What is the difficulty level of XAT exam?

A: The difficulty level of XAT exam is usually similar to CAT, i.e., moderate to tough. In XAT, the Decision Making and Reasoning sections are usually tougher than Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability.

Q: When will the next XAT exam be conducted?

A: The next XAT exam, i.e. XAT 2024 will be conducted on January 7. The exam will be conducted in a single session at multiple exam centres in about 70 cities. XAT 2024 registration cum application process is open till November 30, 2023. 

Q: What is XAT percentile predictor? How does it help in performance estimation?

A: XAT percentile predictor is an online too that helps in converting raw score into percentile,thereby informing the student how much XAT percentile they are likely to get. For example, a raw score of 34-35 marks in XAT can fetch you 95 percentile. The XAT percentile predictor is very helpful in assessing admission chances based on candidate's percentile and college cut offs. 

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Answered a week ago

The table below shows the government top XAT colleges in India along with their total tuition fee:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

NIT Calicut Admission

INR 4 lakh

Chandragupt Institute of Management Admission

INR 6 Lacs - INR 8 lakh

Tezpur University Admission

INR 63,000

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INR 12 lakh

Calcutta University Admission

INR 33,000

Hope this information proves beneficial for you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered a week ago

There are many IIMs in India which are not accepting XAT scores. Some of them are mentioned below along with their NIRF rankings 2023 and total tuition fees:

College NameNIRF Ranking 2023Total Tuition Fee
XLRI Xavier School of Management9INR 24 Lacs - INR 30 lakh
Amity University Noida28INR 6 Lacs - INR 13 lakh
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai31INR 9 Lacs - INR 11 lakh
GIM33INR 18 lakh
Christ University60INR 5 Lacs - INR 9 lakh

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered a week ago

The table below shows the private top XAT accepting MBA colleges in India along with their total tuition fee:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

XLRI Xavier School of Management Admission

INR 24 Lacs – INR 30 lakh

Amity University Noida Admission

INR 6 Lacs – INR 13 lakh

LPU Admission

INR 8 Lacs – INR 10 lakh

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission

INR 9 Lacs – INR 11 lakh

GIM Admission

INR 18 lakh

Hope this answered your query!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered a week ago

The general eligibility criteria to get MBA admission to XAT colleges in India are listed below:

  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline from a recognised university or institution with a minimum of 50% aggregate.
  • MBA colleges in India consider scores f

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered a week ago

Refer to the table below for a detailed overview of the top MBA colleges accepting XAT score in India along with their average placement package and the prominent recruiters:

College Name

Annual Average Package

Top Recruiters

XLRI Xavier School of Management Placements

INR 28 LPA – INR 30 LPA

HCL, HUL, PwC, Reliance, Tata Steel, etc.

Amity University, Noida Placements

INR 6 LPA

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Deloitte, Flipkart, Adobe, Accenture, etc.

LPU Placements

INR 6 LPA

Infosys, L&T, Amazon, HCL, IBM, TCS,  ICICI Bank, etc.

Great Lakes Institute of Management Placements

INR 11 LPA

Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant, Deloitte, Infosys, etc.

GIM - Goa Institute of Management Placements

INR 11 LPA - INR 15 LPA

Cognizant, Accenture, HCL, TCS, Amazon, etc.

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Tasbiya Khan

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Answered a week ago

Hi, to determine the worth of joining MBA colleges accepting XAT score in India, you need to go through its ROI. Listed below are some of the colleges along with their total tuition fees and average placement package:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

Annual Average Package

XLRI Xavier School of Management MBA

INR 24 Lacs – INR 30 lakh

INR 28 LPA – INR 30 LPA

Amity University, Noida MBA

INR 6 Lacs – INR 13 lakh

INR 6 LPA

LPU MBA

INR 8 Lacs – INR 10 lakh

INR 6 LPA

Great Lakes Institute of Management MBA

INR 9 Lacs – INR 11 lakh

INR 11 LPA

GIM - Goa Institute of Management MBA

INR 18 lakh

INR 11 LPA - INR 15 LPA

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Tasbiya Khan

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Answered a week ago

Hi, XLRI emerged to be the No. 1 MBA college accepting XAT score in India. Listed below are some of the other colleges along with their NIRF rankings from 2021 to 2023:

College Name

NIRF 2021

NIRF 2022

NIRF 2023

XLRI

8

8

9

Amity University, Noida

29

28

28

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

24

31

31

LPU

37

34

32

GIM

35

36

33

IMI, Delhi

26

30

34

TAPMI

32

38

42

Jaipuria Noida

59

51

47

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered a week ago

About 1,000+ top MBA colleges are accepting XAT scores in India. Among these,  754 colleges are privately owned, 62 colleges are owned by public/government organisations and public-private entities own 6 MBA colleges. XAT is the main entrance exam in the best MBA colleges in IndiaXLRI Xavier Scho

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Tasbiya Khan

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Answered 2 weeks ago

No, you can not join the Interanational Management Institute (IMI bhubaneswar) without the XAT exam for MBA . The XAT is conducted by XLRI, and is one of the exams which is for Indian students must clear to get admission to IMI Bhubaneswar. 

Foreign students must apply by clearing the GMAT exam.

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Vishwa Gami

Contributor-Level 7

Answered 2 weeks ago

No, I don't think its enough becasue MI Bhubaneswar also consists of CAT, CMAT, XAT, or GMAT scores for confirmation, and applicants are shortlisted in view of different factors, including their selection test scores, educational background, and execution in 10th and 12th grades.

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