XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labor Relations Institute), Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI).
XAT has always been a paper-pen examination till now but it will be a computer-based test consisting of both objective and subjective type questions this year for the first time and will be held on the first Sunday of January.
XAT score is accepted by around 150 B-schools across the country. As an exam, XAT is tough to crack because of the intense competition and the high level of difficulty.
Plenty of online tools are available for any competitive examination preparation but books should never be ignored for starting up. Books are required to understand the fundamentals of every subject before starting the XAT Exam.
While there is no dearth of books available in the market, choosing the right books for each section plays an important role. It is not about cramming information from each book, but to select the right books and prepare for them.
The XAT exam is divided into 2 parts, Paper I and Paper II. Paper I of the exam consists of objective type questions from the following sections: Verbal & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation.
Paper II consists of General Knowledge and Essay Writing. For General Knowledge section, one may not require specific books but rather needs to prepare by reading newspapers and magazines like The Hindu, The Indian Express, Economic Times, The Week, Frontline, Outlook etc.
The contents available on various websites for GK section can also be referred. But for the other three subjects, you need separate preparation books.
The best part is that the entire syllabus for Competitive Examination for admission into Management programs is similar in nature. You will find a slight difference in question pattern for all those examinations. Only the importance of the subjects and the number of questions are different in every Exam.
Here we are listing out the best books which will help you in XAT preparation:
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Quantitative Ability books for XAT Exam
To crack the section of quantitative ability and data interpretation, practice is the only key. If Quant and Data Interpretation is among your strong areas, all you need to do is to practice but if you are weak in this section, you need to first clear your basics and select few important topics which you are confident about and then go ahead with them.
Data Interpretation includes the tables, graphs, pie charts, etc. Once you get hold of the tricks and shortcuts to solve this section, it is the easiest and most scoring section of the examination. And it requires a lot of strategic practice to reach the accuracy and speed required for this section.
The books that can be recommended are:
Data Interpretation Books for XAT Exam
Verbal Ability Books for XAT Exam
XAT gives high weight on the vocabulary areas and the Reading Comprehension and the questions are mostly inference based.
Reading and practicing is the only key to success for this section. Therefore, it is advisable to focus on improving your vocabulary skills by reading books like Word Power by Norman Lewis, Barron’s Dictionary to name a few.
For Reading Comprehensions, reading different types of pieces, fiction or non-fiction, news or article followed by analytical introspection will be very helpful.
Some books recommended for this section are:
Logical Reasoning books for XAT Exam
Solving reasoning questions accurately in lesser time requires a lot of practice and understanding of tricks and some basic analysis skills. This is a scoring section if you have done a lot of practice with the right strategies.
Some of the recommended books are:
Essay books for XAT Exam
A separate paper and 20 minutes duration are given during the examination for the essay section. The essay should be of 200 to 300 words and it will be evaluated on the basis of language skills, thought process etc.
The evaluators not only look for the language skills, but also for the thought process that is involved, the spectrum of ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic given.
Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge in this section. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly recommended.
Practice papers should also be solved to check out your strength and weakness of preparation. Following is the list of Books that contain practice tests and previous year question papers along with the answers:
Though the Internet is overloaded with free resources for everything and there is no need to pay a single penny to use the materials.
But the authenticity of the materials cannot be checked without the books. Books will help you out to grasp fundamental knowledge to speed up the learning process.
The students who have taken classes for the preparation will have the coaching material as well but students who are self-preparing for the examination should get hold of the coaching study material of any good institute as it will help you in understanding the concepts as well as learning the shortcuts and tricks.
And besides this material other good authored books can be used to get the complete conceptual clarity and practice of the questions before the examination.
Go through the books that you find the easiest to follow and solve as much practice papers as possible within the time available before examination as only practice is the final solution to crack the examination.
We hope the list will help you in finding good books.
All the Best!!!