XLRI Jamshedpur: the ‘X’-factor of Indian B-Schools

One of the popular perceptions in the B-School aspirant community is that XLRI is the best B-School in the country if one wishes to pursue a career in Human Resource Management – but the truth is that XLRI is one of the best B-Schools irrespective of which specialisation you wish to pursue. In this post, I have put together some information about the Xavier School of Management – popularly known as XLRI Jamshedpur – and clear any cobwebs you may have in your mind with regards to joining this B-School.

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Xavier School of Management, a premier private management institute, was founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the ‘steel city’ of Jamshedpur. Over the last six decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. The institute  has consistently been ranked amongst the Top 5 B-Schools alongside IIM A, IIM B and IIM C.

The institute has a sprawling campus with the scenic setting of the Dalma Hills in the North and the Tata Iron & Steel Company in the South. Hostel facilities at XLRI, are provided for students of the residential programs, consist of the four hostel blocks with more than 400 rooms in total. Every hostel room has access points linking it to the campus-wide network and the various network resources and services. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations.

Programs Offered

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Source: http://www.xlri.ac.in/about/about-admission-procedure.aspx

* XLRI also offers PGDM(GM) program for working professionals with more than 5 years of work experience.

Student Intake

The XLRI programs are characterised by a much smaller intake in comparison to the IIMs- this ensures that you know everyone else in the batch. The bonding between the XLRI student community is exemplary with seniors helping out juniors on a regular basis. The gender ratio is skewed towards the male population, and is especially high for the BM program.


A majority of the class belongs to the engineering community – this is in contrast with the efforts made by the XAT authorities to make the test more “non-engineering friendly”. Maybe the same will change over the years to come.


While almost 20-22 percent of the batch have no work experience, a major chunk of the cohort have 2 to 4 years of work experience. The HRM batch usually has a higher proportion of freshers. The number of students with more than 4 years of work experience is very low.


Quality of Education

Undoubtedly, XLRI scores high on most of the parameters that would define the quality of education as well as the learning experience of students who would join this B-School.

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Source: https://www.nirfindia.org/mgmt

Placement Statistics

The batch of 2014-16, the largest batch to sit for final placements in the history of XLRI, achieved 100 percent placement.

Total Students: 361 
Total offers: 386 
# Recruiters: 132 (incl 36 First-time recruiters) 
Median salary: Rs 18.00 lakh per annum
Average Salary: Rs 18.5 lakh per annum 
# PPOs: 102 (84  accepted)

Recruiter List:

BFSI:  ICICI Bank (21 offers), Citibank, DBS, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered and Yes Bank. Kotak Mahindra and Karvy (first-time recruiters). Roles offered: Wealth management, PE, Investment banking etc.

FMCG: ITC, Asian Paints, Colgate Palmolive, GSK CH, Heinz, HCCB, ITC, Mondelez, Kellogg’s, Mondelez, Nestle, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser,  Unilever and others. Roles offered: Sales and marketing, HR

Media sector:  Star TV (12 offers), Airtel, Ericsson, Vodafone and Telenor

Supply Chain and Procurement: Ola Cabs, Uber, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries and Zensar

General Management: Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries, RPG and TAS

Consulting: Accenture Strategy, Capgemini Consulting, Cognizant Business Consulting, Deloitte, EY, Everest Group, Gallup, KPMG, McKinsey and Company, People Business Group, PwC, The Boston Consulting Group, Vector Consulting and Zensar.

Tech & E-Commerce: Call Health, Flipkart, Microsoft, Ola Cabs, Paytm, Samsung, Tech Mahindra and Wipro. Roles offered: Programme management, sales & marketing, HR and operations.
Future Group and Lodha Group recruited students from the HR function.

Student Life @ XLRI

A typical day in XLRI is about mad 200 mile per hour adrenaline rush of case studies, group discussions, fairs, examinations and mythical sports meets. There are conferences, seminars, guest lectures and workshops where a student is exposed to diverse views, opinions and ideas of many of the greatest minds in the world of business.

XLRI has tie-ups with top international schools such as Darden, ESADE, EM Lyon, Muenster for its exchange programme. About 20 percent of the batch spends a term in one of the partner institution. Most of the seats are available to both HR and BM programs. Around 40 international students spend a term at XLRI every year and get a flavor of studying in the Indian environment.

A plethora of Student Societies like AXIOM, CRUX, DRACULA,  FINAX, FIRE@X, MAXI, SPORTSCOM and SPICMACAY add spice to the  student life in XLRI.

Ensemble, an annual Inter B-School fest, is the flagship event of XLRI that brings the best of the industry and the student community gets together on a common platform. A wide variety of events are organized during this mega fest, where games test the future managers in various functional areas of management and highlight their analytical skills, to nurture the spirit of innovation and competition.

The annual XL-IIMC sports meet is something that rouses passions in both the campuses. The meet is alternately conducted in the two campuses and consists of 21 games played in true “business spirit”. Over two days and nights, the campus is electrified with excitement and fun, on and off the field as the host and visitors, players and supporters slug it out.Who holds the trophy for the year is generally a matter of great pride and privilege for all concerned.

XLRI has a three-day team building programme, which is compulsory for all students. The objective of the programme is to develop leadership and teamwork through adventure activities. The programme includes overnight camping and other outdoor activities.

All the rich traditions of various parts of India are celebrated with much fan-fare in the campus. Faculty, Students and Staff come together to celebrate national festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dandiya (the traditional dance festival is celebrated during the Navratri celebrations) etc. Besides these, the institute regularly hosts XLRI Institution Dinner where the XLRI faculty-student family comes together for informal get-togethers.


So, should you join XLRI?

Absolutely yes – even if you do not wish to pursue a specialisation in HR! To make an exception, you should either have an admit from IIM A, IIM B, IIM C or ISB in India  or looking to pursue an International MBA from top ranking Global B-Schools. So, go ahead in your pursuit of joining one of the best B-Schools in India – and add an X-Factor to your resume:-)

28 thoughts on “XLRI Jamshedpur: the ‘X’-factor of Indian B-Schools

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,
    My name is Umang Jhaveri and I have graduated in financial markets (BFM) from H R College of Commerce and Economics and completed my Masters in Commerce specialising in business management from the same college and have work experience of about 4 years (2years from PwC). I gave my MH-CET exam and have secured 78percentile. Do I stand a chance to get admission into XLRI.


    • Not on the basis of your CET marks…but with a decent performance in XAT you will definitely get a shot at the GD-PI stage of the selection process in XLRI.


    • Dear Sir
      My name is Vineet Tibrewal..In Cet this year I have alloted Xaivers Institiute of Management and Research.. Is this a good college ??


      • Good and bad are relative terms…if it helps you achieve your expected outcomes from an MBA then it’s good for you else it isn’t..as i have no information about your profile it will be hard for me to tell you if the B-School is good for you.


  2. A much beneficial and informative post, Sir. Would like to hear your thoughts about ISB as well, and how it compares to IIMs ABC 🙂


  3. Thanks for the post sir. I have been accepted into Business Management program at XLRI Jamshedpur. I would like to know your take on which is better between IIM L and XLRI jamshedpur.

    Thanks and regards


    • Both are pretty much equivalent in terms of brand perception and value offered…one thing is for sure whichever college you choose, you will not repent for sure:-)


  4. Sir the article was very helpful. Could you shed some light on the xlri hr programmes’ comparison with tiss’ and other leading hr programmes in the country.. Thanks


    • Hi Manish…the XLRI HR program is the best of the kind in the country. If you do not get into XLRI for HR – TISS is the next best option available. Will try to come up with a comparison in the times ahead:-)


  5. Hi Sir,
    Could you provide some information regarding the Fellow Programme (FPM) of XLRI in terms of career outcomes?


    • What kind of information are you looking for – such programs are usually preferred if you are interested in a career in academics or research wrt Management.


  6. Sir, I,m Victor. Due to medical reasons I have two back papers in my Graduation and for this, my degree has been extended. Will it create trouble in the selection process? This thing has been killing me from inside. Please advise me.


    • No Victor. As long as you are able to justify the same during your PIs, it should not matter. Currently concentrate on maximising your score and percentile in the CAT.


  7. The blog is indeed very informative! I have a query regarding specializations!
    Can Engineers opt for Human Resources i.e HRM in XLRI and in Symbiosis’ SCMHRD?


    • Thanks Priyesh. An engineer can opt for any specialisation while pursuing MBA – you would agree that marketing or finance would be as alien to engineering as HR is. You need to select the specialisiation based on your interest and where you are likely to excel in the future.


  8. sir, besides CAT & XAT i will also be appearing foe TISSNET & MICAT any advise on the same will be highly valuable. Considering my weakness in DI&LR and to some extend in QUANTS.


    • Quant & DI-LR do not pose any major challenge for the two other tests you plan to take. Your preparation for CAT and XAT will take care of these 2 tests as well – in fact you will find these 2 tests to be relatively much simpler. You need to rather focus onn GK for TISSNET and the creative aptitude questions of MICAT while additionally preparing for these tests.


  9. Hello Sir. I am Shreyas Bhatawdekar. I have graduated as B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University Chennai. I joined Infosys in August 2015 and have completed more than 1 year. I am attempting CAT this year. I have tried few mocks of IMS and my scores are very very low (Some where in the range of 40 to 50). Having known that there are only 32 days left for the actual CAT, how should I analyze my mocks and maximize my chances in the actual exam.The problem is that even though I have knowledge I am unable to connect and apply in the mocks. Is there any scope to improve my scores in the mocks and increase my chances in the actual exam ?

    In exams like XAT and IIFT, how should I prepare for the GK section, so that I can tackle that section decently.


    • Hi..where are you based out of…I suggest you meet one of our mentors and get personalised advice on how to best use the available time to push your scores further.


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  11. Dear Sir,
    This article was very informative.
    Could you please provide insights on IIM L flagship PGP vs XLRI BM. It would be very helpful.


  12. Hi sir , I’ll be having 40 months of work experience in metal manufacturing industry, Hindalco, ADITYA BIRLA GROUP. what are my chances for XLRI BM programs


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