Top 10 Best Books for XAT Preparation 2018

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Preparing for a management exam in India is tough. It gets tricky when one has to choose the best reference books for preparation. In this article, Examin experts lists down 10 Best Books for XAT Preparation 2018.

The first step towards successful XAT preparation is choosing the right book for XAT. However, aspirants should avoid referring too many books at a time, as it leads to confusion.


So you are targeting XAT 2018? Confused with which book to refer? Don’t worry! Given below is a list of 10 Best Books for XAT Preparation 2018. It can help in supplementing your XAT Preparation. Read on.


#1. Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 – 2016 + 5 Mock Tests):


The thoroughly revised and updated 8th edition of the book Target XAT 2017 provides the detailed Solutions to XAT 2005 to XAT 2016 original Question Papers. The book also provides the topics of the essays asked in each of these XAT examinations. 
The book also contains 5 Mock tests designed exactly as per the latest pattern of XAT. Each Mock Test has 2 parts as per the new format. 
Part I contains questions on Decision Making, English Language and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability whereas Part 2 contains Essay Writing and questions on General Awareness on Business Environment, Economics and Polity. 
The detailed solution to each test is provided at the end of the book.
The book also contains the list of essays asked in the last 12 years of XAT and a list of essays for practice.



#2. Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers:


The Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur conducts the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) to test the in-depth knowledge and application of the theoretical knowledge. It is a national level test and is the most sought after management entrance after the CAT conducted for admission to the IIMs. This book has been designed to act as the complete reference manual for XAT and has been prepared to meet all the needs of the students taking the exam.

The present book for XAT contains five Mock Tests and last 12 years’ (2006-2016) Solved Papers of XAT to help candidates get an insight into the current and the previous years’ examination patterns. Previous years’ solved papers will not only help the candidates understand the types of questions asked in the examination but also serve as a major tool for practicing a large number of questions. The book contains authentic and elaborate solutions of the questions asked in the previous years’ XAT. Also solutions have been provided to the questions covered in mock tests for a comprehensive understanding of the concepts on which the questions are based. The book also contains five mock tests that have been designed according to the current trend of XAT questions. Each mock test includes four sections Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, General Awareness and Analytical and Logical Reasoning, each consisting of various types of questions asked in the XAT.

As the book contains ample study as well as practice material for the upcoming XAT, it for sure will help aspirants score high in the upcoming XAT 2018.



#3. XAT XLRI MBA & Others Management Programmes Entrance Test:



XAT XLRI MBA Entrance A 4 Size is a book published by M S Priyanka Prakashan and written by Chandresh Agrawal. This book consists of content needed to clear the MBA entrance examinations. It is written in simple English making it easier for students to understand. This book has a paperback format. It is a must have addition to your study materials. It helps you effectively prepare for the examinations.



#4. Koncepts of Numbers in Quantitative Aptitude for CAT, GMAT, XAT and other quantitative exams:


The importance of Working with Numbers has increased tremendously in all Aptitude based tests in the last few years. In CAT exam the number of questions asked have outgrown to 25%. Further Number System is the stepping stone for whole of the Quant, Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation. The book “Koncepts of Numbers” captures Number System like never before. The book is an 100% original work by the author and contain some new copyrighted formula (not in public domain at present). With more than 1300 solved questions divided into 10 different chapters, it strengthens the basics and then further moves on to 5 difficulty levels of problems – Concept Applicator (CA), Concept Builder (CB), Concept Cracker (CC), Concept Deviator (CD), Data Sufficiency (DS). The book has a 360 degree approach towards solving problems and having 20% of the total questions on Data Sufficiency. Students appearing for competitive exams like CAT, GMAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT etc. would find it extremely Student Friendly. It clears the ambiguousness and provides a vivid knowledge about the Number System. A must-have book for all aptitude-based exam takers. The book encapsulates Vedic Maths, Number Introduction, Factor Theory, HCF and LCM, Base System, Cyclicity, Remainders, Surds and Factorials. The books also covers past questions of various exams like, CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. Solutions, unlike other books where only hints are provided, are explained explicitly and elaborately. About the Author: Mr. Gajendra Kumar has carved a niche for himself, being one of the best CAT/GMAT trainers of Eastern India and popularly known as ‘CAT Guru Gajen.’ He is the Founder-Director of one of Kolkata’s premier training institute. He has also to his credit 2 books written for CAT.



#5. XAT (Solved Papers 2008-2017) 2018:



Career Launcher (CL) is one of the fastest growing test-preparation companies in the country, with learning centers across the nation. Each year, CL helps a huge group of students to prepare for college entrance exams, professional licensing exams, government jobs and successful careers. Through these MBA Prep Series Books, CL provides everything you need to hone your skills and perfect your score. The entire MBA test preparation process has been simplified with a wide range of books such as Study Guides, Solved Papers and Practice Papers.





#6. XAT Xavier Aptitude Test Solved Papers:


XAT Xavier Aptitude Test Solved Papers 2008-2012 Career Launcher is one of Asia’s leading edu-corporate. Led by a team of IIT-IIM alumni, with a passion for excellence in education,CL has one of the country’s largest portfolio of test preparation programs including MBA, Civil Services, GMAT, GRE, GATE and Bank PO for graduate and Law, BBA, Engineering, Hotel Management and SAT for undergraduate students. With more than 250 learning centers spread over 175 locations in India, CL helps over hundred thousand students every year realize their potential and make their dreams come true. Contents: Solved Paper-2008 Solved Paper-2009 Solved Paper-2010 Solved Paper-2011 Solved Paper-2012 Model Paper-1 Model Paper-2 Model Paper-3 Essay Writing Practice Essays Decision Making Decision Making Decision Making Answer Key Decision Making Solutions Decision Making About the Author: Gautam Puri Gautam Puri (aka GP) describes his academic performance early in life as ‘pathetic’. With scores of 61% in 10th and 65% in 12th, he was always at the bottom of the class. For students and aspirants, GP is an aptitude guru par excellence who simplifies fundamentals, problem-solving, and test-taking strategy to help them realize their dreams of making it to top colleges in the country. GP discovered the nuance of thinking like the examiner and studying smart as a way of cracking exams around his day sat engineering college. He puts emphasis on basic subject knowledge, effective test-taking strategy and common sense to excel in these exams. GP went on to do his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. GP derives joy from mentoring and training over 10,000 aspirants every year across his seminars workshops like Smart Quant Cracker Quant for Dummies. This book comes from his experiences of training and mentoring students and cracking various competitive exams over the years.


#7. Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency PB:


Data Interpretation is the major factor of Quantitative Aptitude in any question paper which basically shows how data can be represented, analyzed & decoded. The Data Interpretation section can be divided into 2 key areas- i.e. Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. DI tests your decision-making ability and speed using limited input. It consists of a myriad of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to glean and analyze data. DS problems usually take the form of a logical puzzle, and in the form of question followed by two statements.

This book is the source to get the concepts related to various topics which will help in going through the examination. It also includes the basic concepts behind the questions, asked in different examinations and makes your better practice to solve the problems.

This book has been prepared after a comprehensive research on the teachers who are involved in teaching of DI/DS, problems generally faced by students and on the basis of question paper pattern of different examinations.

The value points incorporated in this book on the basis on above research make this book stand apart from other books.



#8. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT:


How to Prepare for Data Interpretation by renowned author Arun Sharma who is an acknowledged CAT trainer. It is essential for aspirants to develop skills in DI to the level where they can comfortably attempt questions based on this topic. It gives clear guidance on how to attempt the various types of questions in less time and with more efficiency. This book is a must-have for aspirants appearing for any and all MBA entrance examinations as it includes the latest pattern of questions presently asked in the examination.


#9. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT:


Quantitative Aptitude is a key component to unlocking a winning CAT score and no author does the subject justice more than Arun Sharma, whose vast experience in his field is reflected in every chapter of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT. A stellar product in its category, this book is now in its seventh edition. Not only does it follow the latest trends and question patterns for CAT, it is also found immensely useful by students for other management entrance tests like XAT, SNAP, IIFT and so on. The book comprehensively covers all topics, including Numbers, Average and Mixtures, Arithmetic and Word-based Problems, Geometry, Algebra, Counting, etc. in a very accessible and easy manner. Besides teaching the subject, the author instructs aspirants successfully to strategies, manage time and analyze their knowledge pattern accurately to make the most of a time-bound elimination exam. The book provides mock test papers for continuous test rehearsal and has problems of varying difficulty levels for rigorous practice. It’s a must-read for any and all CAT aspirants today.


#10. Verbal Ability & reading comprehension XAT:


Considered as one of the toughest examinations for students aspiring to pursue post-graduate courses in management offered by the IIMs and various other prestigious B-schools in India, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This book covering Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension has been designed for the candidates preparing for CAT.

The present book has been designed to guide aspirants form the very basic level in English to the higher one, gradually. The book has been divided into two parts covering the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section in detail as per the syllabi of CAT and various other popular management entrances like MAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. The first section covers Reading Comprehension and the second section covers Verbal Ability and is further divided into 17 chapters namely Critical Reasoning, Summary, Sentence Completion/Filler, Sentence Reproduction, Paragraph Completion, Fact/Inference/Judgement, Sentence Arrangement, Decision Making, Synonyms/ Antonyms, Homiphones, Word Usage, Analogy, Filler, Word Reference for Practice, Special Words, Common Errors and Sentence Improvement. Ample number of practice exercises as per the latest pattern of questions asked in the examination have been provided in the book. The book also contains Previous Years’ Management Entrances Solved Papers (2014-15) to help aspirants get an insight into the recent years’ examination pattern.


As the book contains ample practice exercises as well as previous years’ papers, it for sure will help aspirants prepare well for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section for upcoming management entrances like CAT, MAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc.


Apart from studying theory, one should also have books that comprise of 10 Best Books for XAT Preparation 2018. This could be of great help during NEET PG 2018 revision.


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