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Best Books to prepare for XAT 2018

Aug 4, 2017 15:00 IST

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur has finally released the notification for XAT exam after the announcement of CAT and IIFT dates.

The exam is expected to take place on 7th January 2018. With this you have merely 4-5 months in hands to prepare for one of the toughest management entrance exams. But don’t worry, if you start today and study will complete concentration and dedication, then nailing the exam is not going to be tough.

All you need is the right set of books that will help you gain good understanding of the questions expected in the XAT exam. With the right books I your hand, you will find yourself easily understanding concepts and scoring high percentile will not be a dream any more but a reality.

So, here is a list of best books to prepare for the XAT 2018 exam.

Verbal Ability & Reasoning

XAT Exam comprises of 3 sections and verbal ability is one of the most important sections which can help you fetch high percentile if you put in a little effort.

Word Power Made Easy (Norman Lewis): This book is a master bible to ace the verbal ability section for all management entrance exams including XAT. It is an excellent book on improving your vocabulary. You will surely fall in love with English language once you take up this book. Infact you will find that your speed of comprehending passages and English newspaper is also increasing gradually. Do not miss out on this book if you are planning to score well in the XAT exam.

Approximate Price: INR 150/-

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: This book has been authored by Ajay Singh and is a perfect collection for students preparing for XAT Exam. The book comprises of ample reading comprehension passages. It covers range of topics that are asked in XAT exams and will help you prepare for the exam systematically.

Approximate Price: INR 550/-

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations: This book by R.S. Aggarwal covers all the range of topics that are asked in the quantitative aptitude section. The book has been divided into two sections, namely Arithmetic ability and data interpretation. While the former portion focuses on numbers, cube roots, decimal fractions, permutations and combinations, H.C.F & L.C.M, surds & indices and probability among the rest, the latter section provides detailed information on data tabulation, including pie charts and graphs.

Approximate Price: INR 400/-

Arun Sharma’s Quantitative Aptitude for CAT: although the books mentiones CAT Exam in title, but it is one of the bestsellers to prepare for XAT Exam as well. It is a ‘must read’ to prepare for quantitative aptitude. The book offers challenging components in a scientific yet student-friendly manner to guide the students understand the concepts easily.

Approximate Price: INR 500/-

Decision Making Books

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning: Decision making is one of the most scoring sections of the XAT Exam. This book from Pearson can certainly make you prepare for Decision Making section in an exceptionally well manner. The book covers topics from both both verbal ability and logical reasoning sections in a balanced way. It also comprises of hints and problem-solving techniques that will enable the students fine-tune their interpretative skills. There are ample practice tests to acquaint aspirants with the actual question pattern of this examination.

Approximate Price: INR 340/-

Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 - 2016 + 5 Mock Tests): The book is readily available on Amazon.in and XAT Exam aspirants can buy its updated 8th edition to get access to all the previous year papers from 2005 to 2016. Alongside this book also provides the topics of the essays asked in each of these XAT examinations. To add more to your happiness the book also contains 5 Mock tests that are designed as per the latest pattern of XAT. Each Mock Test has 2 parts as per the new format. 

Approximate Price: INR 200/-

General Knowledge Study Material

In order to prepare for the general studies section of XAT exam, you need not buy specific books. You must regularly read newspapers and magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan and Competition Success Review etc. to stay updated with the recent updates. A list of business magazines and leading newspapers that can help you prepare for XAT GK is provided below:

Recommended Business Magazines for XAT Aspirants

  • Business Line by The Hindu Group
  • Business Today by India Today Group
  • BusinessWorld
  • Management Compass Career Launcher
  • Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications
  • Competition Success Review

 Recommended Newspapers for XAT Aspirants

  • The Hindu
  • Economics Times

You can also take weekly quizzes that are floated for our users at the General Awareness section.

We are sure that a collection of these books and related study material will certainly make your preparation of XAT exam easy. If you know about more interesting and informative books to prepare for the XAT Exam, please share with us in the comment section provided below.

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