Best Study Material for XAT 2020 Preparation
Aditi Garg, 23 Aug 2019, #XAT
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Best Study Material for XAT 2020 Preparation - Preparing from the right study material is pertinent in order to crack a highly competitive exam like XAT. Combined with a well-devised preparation strategy, the best XAT study material will step up one’s preparation in a radical manner. Thus, in order to choose the best study material for XAT, one can go for the tried and tested resources recommended by toppers and XAT experts. For the benefit of aspirants, this article outlines the major tools of XAT preparation – or in other words, the best study material for XAT 2020 preparation.

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Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur will conduct Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT 2020 on January 5, 2020. The entrance exam would be conducted in online mode. There were some notable changes in the exam pattern of XAT 2020 which were introduced in 2019. Aspirants must take note of these and then assemble the best study material for XAT 2020 and kickstart their preparation. Let us first have a glimpse of the XAT 2020 exam pattern.
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XAT Exam Pattern 2020

Name of Sections

No. of Questions

Duration

Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR)

74

180 minutes/ 3 hours


Decision Making (DM)

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

General Knowledge (GK)

25

Marking Scheme - Each question will carry one mark and for each wrong answer, 1/4th of the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted. There is negative marking of 0.05 marks also involved for beyond 8 unattempted questions.

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Best study material for XAT 2020 preparation

With as many as 90,000 candidates vying a seat in the top B-schools participating in XAT, the competition is indeed going to be tough. To beat the stiff competition and stand out from the crowd, the best study material to prepare for XAT can be your most powerful tool to successfully crack the exam. Here is the handpicked list of study material and books for XAT preparation recommended by toppers and experts.

1. XAT Preparation Books

A dedicated section-wise preparation strategy for XAT is crucial for holistic preparation. Books are your best bet when it comes to understanding concepts and strengthening the fundamentals of each topic. The exercises and questions with varying difficulty level will also help you tackle the various type of questions which can be expected in XAT 2020. Let us now look at the best books for XAT 2020 preparation.

XAT 2020: Best books for preparation of each section

The must-read books and study materials for XAT 2020 are:

Best Books for XAT Quantitative Ability:

  • ‘How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Arun Sharma. The chapter-wise concepts are clearly explained, the solved examples and the exercise problems, segregated into different levels of difficulty, helped too.

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

  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations’ by Abhijit Guha

Practice is the sole key to crack this section. Here is what Arya Balial, XAT 2018 Topper who bagged admission in the prestigious XLRI Jamshedpur has to say about his preparation for The Quant section:

“The important thing to keep in mind for this section is the word ‘practice’ – if quants is one’s strong suit, well, it doesn’t hurt to keep your sword well-sharpened and even if it is not, all the more reason to practice as this is generally a scoring section.”

Best Books for XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

XAT gives high weightage to the vocabulary areas and the Reading Comprehension questions are mostly inference-based. Toppers strongly suggest inculcating the habit of reading the newspapers daily as it not only helps to boost vocabulary but also helps in staying up to date with current affairs – which is great to prepare for the General Knowledge section. Best books for XAT preparation for VA and LR are:

  • 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.

Additional books to build vocabulary:

  • Word Power by Norman Lewis

  • Barron’s Dictionary

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin

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

  • ‘How to build a better vocabulary’ by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris Rosenblum – recommended by XAT 2018 Topper Akash Senapati who went on to bag admission at XIM Bhubaneswar.

Best Books for XAT Data Interpretation:

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

General knowledge:

“Last but not the least, comes the preparation for general knowledge. This sectional score is not considered while shortlisting for the GD-PI rounds, but for the final selections as well as for the PI rounds this does hold some weightage,” says Arya.

Regular reading of magazines newspapers such as Business Today, The Hindu, The Statesman, The Economic Times, The Times of India etc. in online or offline mode is a must to score well in this section.

2. Sample papers and E-books for XAT

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

Rajas Yeotikar, 99.98 percentiler in XAT 2017 believes that giving mock tests helps you figure out the areas in which you need improvement. Priyadarshi Dasgupta, another topper and 99.72 percentiler 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.”

Arya says “An important and common practice when preparing for all the sections is the need to solve previous years’ questions of XAT as that gives an aspirant a very good idea about what kind of questions to expect and how to tackle them.”

3. Go the extra mile with online blogs and Apps

Akash reveals his strategy to ace the VA section “The first and foremost strategy to crack the Verbal Ability of XAT is to start taking reading seriously. I would also suggest keeping a small diary to jot down difficult words to remember. If possible, one can also use mobile apps like Knudge to further augment your vocabulary.”

Says Rebecca Yesuvadian, XAT 2018 Topper with 97.26 percentile to her credit - “For Decision Making, solve as many problems as you can find online. Magnus Prep provides an online XAT decision-making package which contains lectures and a confined set of cases to solve.”

While online materials are abundant and easily available, Isha Parasramka, another topper of XAT 2018 says “One should know what he is looking for before searching. Online mocks should be taken in as many numbers as possible. You could also read newspapers online to improve your hand-eye coordination which serves as a great tool for the exams.”

4. Mock test series

One cannot stress the significance of mocks enough. Explaining the importance of mock tests, Topper Arya Balial shares “Since XAT has gone online in 2018, online mocks have become all the more crucial. As the one-month mark drew near I increased the frequency of taking mocks, analysing them and put in more hours into the preparation each day. I focused more on the techniques, formulas and shortcuts for the quants, logical ability section as well as speed reading techniques for the verbal section.”

5. Other platforms for XAT study material

In addition to books and coaching material for basic study, mocks and advanced sectional tests, there are various Applications (Apps) on XAT test training and practice questions. These Apps are available on Android and iOS platforms. Kriti Sinha, XAT 2018 Topper adds that videos on YouTube by various channels are a great tool to prepare for the decision-making section in XAT.

Further, public discussion forums can prove to be useful in solving queries, exchanging preparation material and tips. It is an added advantage to post queries or seek experts’ help with XAT preparation. One of the recommended platforms that solve this purpose is Careers360’s QnA which welcomes queries and discussion on B-School examinations.

Additionally, coaching study materials of reputed institutes especially tailored for XAT aspirants are updated each year to keep up with the latest XAT exam pattern and trends. For those who do not have access to the coaching study material for XAT, may purchase second-hand versions of it or find handed-down books.

First-timers of XAT 2020 must read XAT topper interviews to know how to prepare for XAT, the exam-taking techniques and the best study material for XAT 2020. Finally, it is all a matter of consistent practice and strategy that would impact the outcome of your preparation.

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am pursuing B.A LLB. can I prepare for any of these ( CAT, MAT, XAT) .. which will be more appropriate for law students.. plz suggest!

Ronak Gala Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

More than 20,000 students wrote the CLAT EXAM last year for admission to undergraduate courses and around 10,000 of students pass out from NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES every year.

(The actual figure could be much more because we have not taken into consideration the number of students who pass out from other Law Colleges and Universities in India) and half of the same number (5,000) either get placed into firms, or have already decided and planned for their Legal career ahead. The residual half are the ones who are in a dilemma as to what next.

We at Law Schools are taught about majority of the Laws that prevail in our mother land but when it comes to how and when to apply them, these institutions are in fallacy. This guide is for that residual 5,000 students or more who have least or no idea as to what they should do with their Law degree. Below are some major steps that you can take when your course is going to end.

Be a Litigation Lawyer

Most of the students who graduate from a Law College opt for this option. This field of career is the one corresponding to the clichéd Lawyer we see on television or in movies. After you receive your Law degree, you can enroll yourself to any State Bar Council and then sit for ALL INDIA BAR EXAMINATIONS.

Once you pass in it, then you can practice as a Lawyer in India. It is a very lucrative career option but challenging as well. One can earn minimum Rs 10 lacs p.a. if he or she excels in this field.

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Many aspirants prepare for Competitive Exams like UPSC while

taking coaching or preparing themselves. With great financial support, this is a great choice of career involving the opportunity to service the nation and the public at large.

Sit for Judiciary Exams [PCS (J), HJS]

Judiciary exams are one of the most prestigious exams in the country which hold the portal for the most coveted profession in the Legal Fraternity- The Judge. Students after passing out from their Universities can sit for Judiciary exams like PCS (J) and HJS. It is a tough exam to crack but once cracked, opens the opportunity for being one of the most respectable and responsible citizen of the country.

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Pursuing LLM is another option one has when he or she prefers to land on a profession that involves vast and extensive research or pedagogy. One can pursue research fellowship programmes through the government after completing their masters. Once chosen, you may get an opportunity to study and research abroad completely or partially funded by the Government. For being eligible to teach in Law Schools one needs to have a Master’s degree as well as NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST Qualification. Along with this a good experience and a well written resume can also help.


Best wishes. Thank you.

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What should i choose in the category of XAT 2020 form if i belong to general caste?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

You will have to select General Category. That is the first option in the Category field. The last date to fill XAT application forms is November 30th without the late fees. For more information in XAT 2020, please visit our page at: https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/xat

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What are the best colleges for MBA through XAT 2020 exam?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

Hello,

Best colleges for MBA through XAT 2020 are as follows-

  • XLRI Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service,Ranchi
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • Xavier Institute of Management & Research,Mumbai
  • GIBS Business School,Bangalore
  • K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
  • Hyderabad Business School,Gitam University, Telangana
  • International Academy of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • ICBM - School of Business Excellence
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai
  • New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi
  • Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar


You can also go through the following link to get the list of colleges that accept XAT scores-


https://bschool.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-mba-colleges-in-india-accepting-xat


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