XAT 2018: Must Read books for preparation
Sreetama Datta, 26 Dec 2017, #XAT
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XAT 2018: Must Read books for preparation - Books play an important role in a student's life, especially if s/he is preparing to appear in a crucial exam like XAT. Selecting and referring the right books is one of the key strategies to follow for exam takers. While there is no dearth of books available in the market, choosing the right books for each section plays an important role. As experts say, it is not about cramming information from each book, but to select the right books and prepare from them. Finding the right books from the plethora of options can pose a challenge for aspirants. To help XAT takers, experts and toppers suggest section wise must-read books for XAT 2018.  

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One of the XAT toppers, Abishake Kaul says, “The best strategy to prepare for your weaker section is to follow the right book which builds the conceptual clarity.” He not only prepared from books but also solved the practice papers of different sections.  


When it comes to books, there are some highly reliable authored materials which have been followed and recommended by XAT toppers. These will support you to have XAT section wise preparation in the best possible way. But before that, let us have a look at the XAT Exam Pattern and the sections in where you would require books for preparation.

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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern



Number of Questions

Total Marks

Total Time

Negative Marking

Part 1

Decision Making



170 Min

  • 0.25 for any wrong answer

  • 0.05 for more than 12 unattempted questions

Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)



Part 2

General Knowledge (GK)



40 Min

  • No Negative Marking

Essay Writing

1 essay


Aspirants would require preparation books for Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI), Verbal and Logical Ability, and Decision Making. 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. One can also refer to content available on various websites for GK section.

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XAT 2018: Must Read books for preparation


As for the other sections of XAT 2018, the Must Read books are:


Quantitative Ability


Practice is the one and only way to crack this section. If Quant and DI is among your strong areas, all you need to do is to practice. If it is your weak point, you need to first clear your basics and select few important topics which you are confident about and go ahead with them.

  • 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

Books List For Data Interpretation:

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

Verbal Ability


Reading and practising is the key to success for this section. XAT gives high weight on the vocabulary areas and the Reading Comprehension questions are mostly inference based. Hence, focus on improving your vocabulary skills by reading books like Word Power by Norman Lewis, Barron’s Dictionary to name a few. For RCs, reading different types of pieces, fiction or non-fiction, news or article followed by analytical introspection.

  • Word Power Made Easy Book by Norman Lewis

  • 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.

Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the C ATby 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.

Tips for Essay Section


For the Essay section, you will be given a separate paper and 20 minutes duration. Your essay should be of 200 to 300 words. Your essay will be evaluated on the basis of language skills, thought process etc. As Gautam Puri says, “The evaluators not only look for language skills, but also for the thought process involved, the spectrum of ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic at hand. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised."


XAT 2018:


Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for the admission to post graduate management programmes at more than 150 B-schools in India. XAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on January 7, 2018, in computer-based mode for the first time. After the test, the XAT result will be declared on January 31, 2018.



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