Best Study Material for XAT 2021 - A goal without proper planning remains a mere dream. Xavier Aptitude Test being the most coveted management entrance examination requires intense preparation to score well. XAT preparation requires the best study material to be productive with more inputs. Choosing study material requires proper guidance, hence Careers360 with the help of experts brings you the best study material for XAT 2021. Getting subject fundamentals in place is the necessary step of preparation. With the best study material for XAT 2021 students can get clarity and good hold on various sections. With the exam scheduled tentatively in the first week of January 2021, aspirants must know the right and best study material for XAT 2021.Careers360 brings the best study material of XAT 2021 with section wise best books, mock tests of XAT, previous year question papers of XAT and other online material to prepare with.

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XAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Before getting the best study material of XAT 2021, one must be thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus to arrange for the study materials accordingly. Let’s have a look at the exam pattern and syllabus of XAT 2021:

XAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Section Wise)


Total Marks Allotted

No. of Questions

Important Topics covered

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



Tables and caselets, percentage, surds and indices, algebra, mensuration, bar diagrams, pie charts, etc.

Verbal and Logical Ability


Reading comprehension and vocabulary, analogy based on vocabulary, para Jumble, grammar, critical reasoning and inference, para completion, etc.

Decision Making


Decision making, analogy, seating arrangement, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, etc.

General Knowledge



Science, economy, business, politics, static GK, sports, prize and award, world, government, constitution of India, etc

Best Books for XAT 2021 - Section Wise

Best Book for XAT - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation will include a maximum number of questions as compared to the other three sections. This section will include questions from the class 10th and 12th concepts like percentages, LCM & HCF, Algebra, Mensuration, Venn Diagram and so forth to assess candidate’s skill with numbers. Some of the important books for this section are:

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  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs’ by Sarvesh K Verma - This book helps to clear basics and is reliable for non-mathematics background students. It includes 21 chapters covering brief summary of each chapter along with three leveled questions

  • ‘How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Arun Sharma- It includes comprehensive theory and plenty of shortcuts techniques for quick solving. It also includes sample papers which helps students have an exam environment.

  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations’ by Abhijit Guha - This book by Abhijit Guha includes separate sections on numerical skills and quantitative aptitude and includes vast number of questions to move from easy to difficult level of questions.

Best book for XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

This section will assess student’s comprehension and vocabulary skills by giving reading comprehension, questions on grammar, logical sequences, inference based questions and so forth. Some of the best books for XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning are:

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  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyaya - This book provides tricks and tips to tackle RC and VA questions for beginners or intermediate students.

  • PSC for VA for CAT by Nishit K. Sinha - This book include questions in hierarchical order of difficulty so that students can assess their performance at every level.

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha - This book covers advanced and fundamental topics along with ample number of solved examples. It includes more than 2500 solved questions.

For Vocabulary Builder:

  • Word Power by Norman Lewis - This book is divided into three sections and provides easy tips to improve vocabulary and word skills. It briefs about correct usage of common words that we confuse with.

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis - Devoting 15 minutes for 30 days this book helps in improving vocabulary at great level and boost communication skill with the help of a 12 minutes quiz.

Best book for XAT for General Knowledge

One can improve his/her general knowledge by reading newspapers like The Hindu, Times of India, The Economic Times, The Statesman and so forth. These journals helps you keep updated with the latest on-going events.

XAT Mock Tests

To score high in XAT 2021, aspirants must practice with XAT mock test as prepared by the experts. The mock test helps you give the exam environment and includes the best selected topics from which questions can be asked in XAT 2021. Attempting the XAT mock test helps you boost confidence and accuracy. The mock test is available in online mode as XAT 2021 will be a computer based test. Candidates can assess their skills and know their strong and weak areas.

XAT Sample Papers/ E-Books

Solving the XAT sample papers before appearing for the final D-Day will helps candidates in following ways:

  • It removes exam stress and fear by asking types of questions as per the exam pattern.

  • It helps in providing preparation analysis

  • It helps in quick revision of important topics

  • Gives an idea about the marking scheme

  • Helps in enhancing self confidence

  • Helps in improving speed and accuracy

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XAT Online Material

Other than books and sample papers, students can prefer to join online group studies with the help of social media like Facebook and Twitter. Many aspirants from different areas join a common group and discuss and post their queries. Also, students can download online study materials of various coaching institutes to study from.

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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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