Best Books for XAT 2020 Preparation
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Best Books for XAT 2020 Preparation – The answer key of XAT 2020 was released by XLRI on January 9, 2020. Books are agreeably the best bet and a student’s most trusted companion, especially when he/she is in the phase of preparing for an exam. It is all the more important to pick wisely when it comes to preparing for a crucial exam like XAT. Selecting the best books for XAT preparation and the right study material is the first step towards shaping the preparation and outcome of XAT. Thus, with no paucity of books and material for XAT available in the market and on the Internet, it becomes a challenge for aspirants to make the right choice. This feature of Careers360 suggests section-wise best books for XAT 2020 preparation for those test-takers, who are on the road to XAT 2020 preparation.

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There are some most commonly referred authored materials for XAT which considered as best books for XAT preparation and are constantly recommended by XAT toppers. These books are a guide to the XAT section-wise preparation following the exam pattern of XAT. Let us first understand the XAT exam pattern and then look at the books which you will require for section-wise preparation.

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XAT Exam Pattern 2020

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Total Time

Negative Marking

Decision Making

21

74

180 minutes


  • 0.25 marks for any wrong answer

  • 0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions


Verbal and Logical Ability

26

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

27

General Knowledge (GK)

25

25

For the benefit of XAT 2020 aspirants, here is the hand-picked list of study material and best books for XAT preparation recommended by toppers and experts.

Best books for XAT 2020 Preparation

Each section of XAT exam has a unique way of preparation. XAT toppers and experts have suggested the best books for Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI), Verbal and Logical Ability, and Decision Making. Aspirants can always make use of the online and offline XAT ebooks, video tutorials and timed online mock tests to aid section-wise preparation.

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, Statesman etc. In addition to it, aspirants may also refer to content available on various websites for GK section and keep themselves abreast of current affairs.

XAT 2020: Best books for preparation of each section

As for the other sections of XAT 2020, the must-read books and study materials are:

Best Books for XAT Quantitative Ability:

Practice is the sole key to crack this section. If Quant and DI are among the forte for some candidates, then they will sail past these two sections like a breeze if they practice regularly. For the ones whose forte does not lie in these areas, they need to first clear their basics and build on their fundamentals to go ahead. Clearing concepts of Quant at the initial stage of preparation is something which cannot be ignored at any cost. Thoroughness in any of the following books is sufficient to crack QA along with regular practice.

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

Best Books for XAT Data Interpretation:

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

For quantitative ability, Arya, XAT 2018 topper studied from “How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT” by Arun Sharma. According to him, " The chapter-wise concepts were clearly explained, the solved examples and the exercise problems, segregated into different levels of difficulty, helped too."

Best Books for XAT Verbal Ability

For the ones whose strong areas lie in English, all they need to do is brush up on grammar to become a pro in grammar! Reading the editorial sections of the newspapers mentioned above is a good practice as it not only helps to build vocabulary and writing skills but also helps in staying up to date with current affairs.

XAT gives high weightage to the vocabulary areas and the Reading Comprehension questions are mostly inference based. Best books for XAT preparation for vocabulary skills are:

  • Word Power by Norman Lewis

  • Barron’s Dictionary

  • For RCs, reading different types of pieces, fiction or non-fiction, news or article followed by analytical introspection.

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin

  • The Students' Companion Book by Wilfred D.Best

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis.

Apart from studying from some of the books that are mentioned above for studying for XAT, Arya studied the editorial of newspapers such as The Hindu, The Statesman, Times of India.

Best Books for XAT Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

  • Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E.

Sample papers and Question papers for XAT

XAT toppers constantly emphasize on taking XAT mock tests in the form of XAT sample papers and previous years papers of XAT.

Speaking about the importance of mock tests, another XAT 2018 topper, Aditi Srivastava was of the view that the importance of the mock tests cannot be ruled out. She added, "I don’t think I would have been able to crack CAT and XAT in such a short span of time had mocks not been there."

Rebecca Yesuvadian, XAT 2018 topper also highlighted the importance of mock tests and added that taking several mock tests proved to be crucial in her success. She said, "I started giving mock tests around July. I followed the class timetable which had mock tests every alternate week for the first two months and then the mocks were conducted every week." Rebecca joined the IMS online test series and added, "They had a variety of analysis done on the tests we took, like sectional analysis, area-wise analysis, time spent, difficulty level, etc. I used their analysis to focus on the topics I didn’t score well while trying to maintain the scores on the topics I was well versed in."

Rajas Yeotikar, who secured 99.98 percentile in XAT 2017 believes that giving mock tests helps you figure out the areas in which you need improvement. Priyadarshi Dasgupta, another XAT 2017 topper who secured 99.72 percentile believes that “Just taking mocks is not enough. You must also work on the aspects that you assess in these tests. A section-wise preparation strategy and topic-wise break-up is extremely helpful and gives you an idea of what to focus on.”

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I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020

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its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.

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XAT percentile is 66.725 10th percentage 95% 12th percentage 87.4% b.tech percentage 66.18% which colleges can I get?

Shivika Tyagi 16th Feb, 2020
Hello,
You can apply in some average colleges with this percentile.

1) VIT Business school - vellore
2) Jagan Institute of management studies - Delhi
3) Prestige Institute of management - Gwalior
4) Mount Carmel Institute of management - Banglore
5) IFIM - bangalore
6) Amity University Noida

Hope it helps you. Good luck
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how is IMI bhubneshwar ? whats the cat/xat cutoffs ? Curriculum and placements ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 15th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

IMI Bhubhneswar is a good college and you will be able to get a call letter from the college if you have secured 60 percentile in any of the mba entrance exam. However the college does not offer good ROI. The college placement scenario is good. companies like Outlook magazine, Byju's, Jaro Education, ICICI bank, Varite, Executive B. School visit the collge for final placement. Average placement package is 6.5lpa to 11 LPA. For SIP the range of stipend for SIP is 7,500 to 25000 p. m. The ambiance at IMI Bhubaneswar offers a unique and complete learning experience with good infrastructure facilities.

Good Luck

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I got 99 percentile in cmat and 91 percentile in Xat which college should I eligible?

ayush mishra 14th Feb, 2020

Jaineel, you have secured a very good score in CMAT and XAT Examination and this score would probably fetch you the admission to some of the top B-schools in the country. Also, the cutoff or the chances of your selection to any institute may also depends on your graduation credentials, gender, category status etc. and since you have not elaborated about it, so I would answer your query in a generic way. Although, there are many colleges which you can apply for as your scores would clear most of the cutoffs, however, here is a list of some of the top colleges which you may consider:-

JAMNALAL BAJAJ INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (JBIMS), MUMBAI

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KJ SOMAIYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI

GREAT LAKES INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, CHENNAI

PRIN LN WELINGKAR INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI

AMRITA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, COIMBATORE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BANK MANAGEMENT, PUNE

LOYOLA INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, CHENNAI

SPJIMR, MUMBAI

KIIT SCHOOL OF ,MANAGEMENT, BHUBANESHWAR

XIMR, MUMBAI

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANTATION MANAGEMENT, BANGALORE

GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, GOA

SYDENHAM INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION, MUMBAI

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https://bschool.careers360.com/pathfinder/cmat?icn=CMAT_path&ici=CMAT_article_view_sticky

https://bschool.careers360.com/pathfinder/xat

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How should I prepare for XAT ? How much time should I devote to it apart from my course studies ?

Manisha Gupta Expert 13th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Here are some preparation tips to prepare for XAT, You can follow given below.

You require strong analytical application to handle reasoning based questions. You need to handle the test challenges more confidently for Preparing the decision making section and the essay writing. Do practise as much you can & join Mock test. Overall you need to focus more on time management, prioritization and striking a right balance between speed and accuracy.

The books you can prefer

Quantitative aptitude for XAT by Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
Verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma

You can also prefer Career Launcher, T.I.M.E & IMS material for the preparation.

Good Luck!

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