Best Books for XAT 2021 preparation - While preparing for any exam, the candidates must do their preparation from the best books recommended by experts and toppers so that they can crack the exam. Before one starts the preparation for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), their mind is in a state of confusion as they don’t know from where to study the whole syllabus of XAT. A question that automatically occurs in mind is “What are the best books for XAT 2021 preparation”. Since there is so much preparation material available on the internet as well as in the market. Every XAT aspirant wants to cover and understand the whole syllabus in a short span of time and with ease. As we all know, books are agreeably the best companion, especially when he or she is in the phase of preparing for any exam. Now, a question arises, from where a candidate gets an idea about the basics and concepts of the topics prescribed in the XAT syllabus. The answer is “Books”. Yes, one can do their preparation from the best recommended books for XAT so that they can cover their major areas of syllabus and clear their concepts in effective ways. This feature of Careers360 will suggest section-wise best books for XAT 2021 preparation for those candidates who are going to appear for XAT 2021.

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Know the XAT Exam Pattern 2021

Before proceeding further, candidates need to get familiar with the exam pattern of XAT 2021. Through this candidates will get to know section wise exam structure as well as marking scheme for the exam section.

XAT Exam Pattern 2021 (As per last year trend)


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Total Time

Negative Marking

Decision Making



180 Minutes

  • 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer.

  • 0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.

Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)


General Knowledge



Best Books for XAT 2021 preparation - Section wise

The main objective of providing section wise best books for preparation of XAT 2021 so that one can not waste their time to gather too much information and preparation material. There are some best XAT preparation materials recommended by XAT toppers. Preparing from the provided following books candidates will not lose their focus to gather requisite details and information in requisite time.

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Best Books for XAT 2021 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

In the XAT paper, the weightage of QA and DI is generally high. It is expected that the total of 27 questions will be asked in XAT 2021. Quantitative Ability will include all the topics from maths. It is quite easy to prepare for Data Interpretation as compared to Quantitative Ability. While preparing for the QA & DI section, candidates need to work on their basics and work on fundamentals. Candidates can use the following books during their XAT 2020 QA & DI preparation.

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Recommended books for XAT QA & DI

  • How to prepare for Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

The above mentioned books will help candidates to have a good grasp over concept and fundamentals. Apart from that they will get solved questions from past year papers of XAT, CAT etc.

Best Books for XAT 2021 prepration for Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Basically, this section is divided into three parts that are Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning. While preparing for the VA & LR section, it is good to do the preparation separately because each part has a different syllabus. As per last year trend the total number of questions will be asked is 26. Here is the list of following books, so that one can use them during their XAT 2021 preparation days.

Best books for XAT 2021 VA & LR section

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh

  • Word Power Made Easy Book by Norman Lewis

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin

XAT 2021 Decision Making Preparation Material

This section will contain questions from various business and everyday situations. These situations will create dilemmas regarding what to do or what not to do. While attempting such questions, the most suitable analysis will be provided by the candidates seems to be the right answer to a particular question. Some of the best books for XAT 2021 preparation for decision making section are given below in the table:

Recommended Books for XAT Decision Making Section

  • Target XAT 2020 (Past papers & mock tests) by Disha experts

  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Publications

  • Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers) by R.K. Jha

XAT 2021 General Knowledge Preparation Material

While preparing for the General Knowledge section, candidates need to focus on Geography, History, Politics, Science and technology etc. Candidates can read newspapers, magazines and journals while preparing for the XAT GK section.

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can we get admission through cmat xat and mat in pgdm in pr and event management?

Anuja 15th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

In India there are various colleges which offer this course some are given below

National Institute of Event Management

Amity Institute of Event Management

King's institute tourism and hotel management institute

University of Technology and Management

Institute of Integrated Marketing Communication and Management

National Academy of Event Management and Development

So this are the colleges which accept CAT/MAT/XAT

Hope this helps



Deepika Choudhary 28th Apr, 2020

You can give the May MAT 2020 Entrance exam. Many colleges do accept May MAT Score. You can look for the IILM Lodhi road as one of your options. IILM Lodhi road is the oldest campus located in central Delhi. The alumni base is phenomenal which is a strong strength. The alumni of IILM are placed in a very senior position in the corporates that gives an advantage to the institute both in terms of placement, industry connections and engagement. Senior alumni conducting placement workshops, delivering guest lectures and guiding summer projects could be very useful to students with work experience and industry mentors. There are a lot of foreign partner institutes and semester exchange students from around the world make classes diverse and interesting. Faculty members have got both industry and international exposure which makes classes more interesting and relevant. With a huge alumni base of 12000+ with most of them at senior positions. The faculty-student ratio is the best here, a lot of one-on-one mentoring is provided to develop student personalities, CVs and also prepare them for the selection processes. We have some of the good companies on campus for SIP & placements like Amazon, RB, ICICI, Oppo, HDFC, Loreal, Khimji Ramdas, Modelez, Deloitte etc.


what is the success rate of CAT/XAT?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 23rd Apr, 2020
CAT and XAT exams are conducted every year for admission to MBA courses in IIMs and other top Bussiness schools of the country.
Every year around 2-3 lakh students apply for this exam for admission to premiere institutions of the country.
Sucess rate means the number of students passing the exam per 100 students who appear for it.
For CAT the success rate is around 2% i.e around 2 out of every 100 students who appear clear this examination.
However its better to focus on preparation.

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Good luck

Should I stop preparation for entrance exam and focused on remain 10+2 board exam as I heard that due to corona virus covid 19 universities can be cancelled the exam and noticed that the admission will based on 10+2 marks?

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 20th Apr, 2020

Let me assure you one thing that there is absolutely no chance of admission in engineering colleges based on class 12th board examination.JEE mains is postponed not canceled and even if gets cancelled there is no way that admission will take place based on 12th marks.So, just forget about these thing and focus on preparations because sooner or later all the exams will take place once the Covid-19 situation gets under control.

Good Luck

sir presently I am pursuing English Graduation from IGNOU as a final year student and my final exam will be held on June 2021.. Am I eligible to fill forms of cat xAt?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Apr, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

You can fill the exam form of the CAT 2020 if you are in your final year in the year 2020. As you are to be graduated in 2021, that means that you will be in the final year, 5th semester during the CAT 2020 exam form and therefore you are eligible for the exam.

Thank you.

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