XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level test conducted by the premium management institute Xavier School of Management of Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) in Jamshedpur. It is a pen and paper based test conducted every year to screen candidates for admission to the various programs offered by the institutes namely Human Resource Management (HRM), General Management Programme and Business Management. The test is also accepted by about another 100 colleges in the country. For the next session, the XAT 2017 would be conducted on January 8, 2017. The one and ahalf hour paper would be conducted across various centers across the country. Students planning to take up post graduate courses in either of the above management courses can register for the exam online. The registrations for XAT 2017 opened on August 17, 2016 and would remain open till December 11, 2016. Here are the things students need to know about the pattern, test dates, fees and centers for the exam. XAT 2017 is slated to be conducted on 8th January 2017, Sunday. The 60 year old test is conducted by XLRI on behalf of XAMI. For XAT 2017, test centers would be in the cities of Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon (Gurugram), 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, Visakhapatnam. Apart from domestic centers, XAT 2017 would also be conducted across international cities of Dubai and Kathmandu. Eligibility: Students who have a recognized Bacherlors degree of minimum three years are eligible to write the exams. Also, student who have completed an equivalent degree can sit for the exam as well. For the same, even students who would clear their graduation final examination by June 10, 2017 are also eligible. NRI candidates in other cities across the world (other than Dubai and Kathmandu) can apply with their GMAT score and need not write the XAT for admission to XLRIs management programs. Students need to note that apart from the above mentioned requirements, students desirous of joining XLRIs General Management Programme must also have a minimum of 5 years work experience at a managerial/supervisory position by March 31, 2017. Other than this, students also need to have completed a minimum of three year degree program or equivalent. Students can also apply with their GMAT scores for an exam not taken before December 1, 2014 and later than December 20, 2016 for XLRIs General Management Programme. Pattern of XAT: It is a pen and paper examination which means that it would still have a question paper and an answer sheet. While many other entrance examinations for management like CAT and GMAT are internet based tests, XAT continues to use the pen and paper mode to ensure that everybody is comfortable writing the exam. The mode also ensure that the same set of questions are asked from all, unlike the GMAT which is an adaptive test. XAT paper is divided into four sections namely, Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK & Essay. The exam is touted as one of the most difficult exams. The paper has a total of 78 questions in its main part (which include VA, DI, DM). Candidates have a total of 170 minutes to answer these questions. The paper also has 13 choice questions, which means candidates have the option of not answering any of the choice 13 questions. Beyond these 13 questions, however, not attempting the question would result in negative marking of 0.05. Also, incorrect answers also draw a negative score of 0.25 marks. There is however no negative marking for the GK based questions. The number of questions in the GK section has been recently reduced to 25. Registration Fee: Students can register for this exam against a fee of INR 1600 and INR 300 as per the course selected till November 30, 2016. Beyond that students can apply with a late fee till December 11, 2016 which would be respectively hiked to INR 2000 and INR 500 accordingly. Students can register online on the official website of XAT at http://forms.xatonline.net.in . Students would have to provide personal information and academic information to register. Once they have registered, they would be provided with a XAT id and password. Students need to log in to the official portal and download the admit card which would be available after December 20, 2016. The exam would be conducted on January 8, 2017 and the results would be uploaded on the official website by 31 January 2017. Students planning to write XAT 2017 can apply to about 141 institutes with their XAT scores. These includes famous universities like New Delhi Institute of Management, MIT School of Business, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), MISB Bocconi, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Institute of Management Technology ( Dubai), Hyderabad Business School,Gitam University, etc. Students can check the entire list on the website - http://xatonline.net.in/pages/xatassociate.aspx. Students must remember that they would get their XAT id within 24 hours of signing up. As such students must keep in mind to provide the correct email address. Also, in case you do not get it within 24 hours, then you should check your junk folder as well before writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with your primary email address in the subject line.