The Xavier Labour Institute conducts the XAT or Xavier Admission Tests for any candidates who wish to apply for post graduate courses in various programs that they have. These tests are considered mandatory to seek admission in reputed top schools or colleges in India. More than sixty institutes select candidates based on the scores the candidate has obtained in taking up the XAT. It has been conducted for the last fifty years successfully by the Xavier Labour Institute and the scores of the XAT determines the most appropriate candidates for the for post graduate management programs.
The XAT is conducted for various courses which include PG Diploma in Rural Management, PG Diploma in Information Management, PG Diploma in Personnel Management, Masters in Business Administration, PGDBA, PGDBM and PGBM. The syllabus of these exams are quite common as the other tests conducted by educational institutes prior to admission. The pattern of the XAT include reading comprehension and verbal ability, quantitative ability and data interpretation as well as general knowledge.
One way the XAT exams are widely accepted is because of them being making several changes and advancements to their questionnaire each year. Generally the module follows this pattern which are objective type questions which are in turn divided into three parts with forty minutes for each part. Each question has four options for the candidate to choose from as well as one third of the mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answer the candidate gives. There is also a part which requires the candidate to write an essay on a given topic which should have a minimum of 200 to 300 words and this should be ideally completed within twenty minutes.
As far as coaching and training goes, the candidates can look for help online as well as centers which are physically located in almost all major cities which will be able to provide with the essential material necessary for the candidate. The qualifying criteria for the candidate must be that he or she must have passed graduation or equivalent degree and for general management programs it is required that the candidate has five years of managerial experience apart from the degree that they hold. Some of the post graduation programs offered are as follows masters of business administration which is two years, business management program which is a full time program for two years, personal management and industrial relations program which is a full time program for two years, general management program which is specific for working professionals and is full time for one year and executive PG program which is for working professionals as well but is a three year part time program.