XAT Exam: Best Books for XAT preparation

XAT 2020 is to be conducted on January 5, this year. Prospective candidates should understand that getting high scores requires an intense amount of XAT preparation. Thus it is crucial to select the right XAT preparation books and study material to ensure 98-99 percentiles in the exam. To get a good score in XAT 2020, candidates must prepare from the best study materials and practice the mock tests consistently. The study materials include books, sample papers, mock test series and previous years’ papers. Here is a list of the best books for XAT 2020 preparation.

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Best books for XAT: Expert Recommendation

Each section of the XAT exam has a different weightage and cut-off marks; therefore it is necessary to get a good score in each section. XAT 2020 will have four sections and experts recommend that candidates should apply a different strategy to prepare for each section of XAT. We have listed the best books for each section for XAT 2020 preparation (recommended by experts) and other study material below.

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Best books for XAT Preparation: Decision Making

Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) section is based on arithmetic. Candidates can refer to these books to prepare for Quants and Data Interpretation section of XAT exam.


XAT BooksAuthor Name
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Aggarwal
How to prepare for Data InterpretationArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha
Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K Sinha

Best books for XAT Preparation: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Candidates need to build on their reading speed, grammar and vocabulary to score well in this section. It is ideal to prepare with the recommended books given below:

XAT BooksAuthor Name
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal
High School English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh


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Best books for XAT Preparation: Decision Making

Since the Decision-Making section is unique to XAT, the best source of preparation are previous years’ XAT question papers and sample papers. Listed below are books and sample paper sets for XAT decision making:

Book NameAuthor Name
Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)RK Jha
Analytical and Logical ReasoningArihant Publications
Target XAT 2019 (Past papers & mock tests);Disha Publication

Best study material for General Knowledge

Newspapers and Magazines like The Hindu, Economic Times, Financial Express, Hindu Business Line, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Today, Business World, and Competition Success Review are the best sources to improve your GK.

Previous Years XAT Question Papers

Candidates must practice XAT question papers of previous years to get an idea of the types of questions asked, weightage of topic-wise questions and difficulty level. The candidates must start practicing at least two months before the exam. The preparation method must include practicing a variety of questions on each topic from the XAT syllabus. This will aid in grasping the core application of each concept and one can easily solve questions on the exam day.

XAT Online Mock Tests

As XAT is a computer-based test, it is ideal that the candidates practice using online mock tests. This will help in both familiarizing themselves with the actual exam atmosphere and in improving speed, accuracy and time management skills. For getting a good result, a minimum of 20-30 tests must be taken.

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