XAT Books 2025

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About XAT
One of the most coveted MBA entrance exams, XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is conducted every year by XLRI (Xavier School of Management) on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Association of Management Institutes). Considered as the second largest MBA entrance test, the exam paves way for admission to some of the top B-schools of the country. XAT scores are accepted by more than 150 reputed MBA colleges across the country. It is one tricky entrance exam and is taken by more than 90,000 aspirants every year.
Decision-making is the most scoring section of XAT. It is essential to learn problem-solving and decision-making techniques to gain expertise in this section. The above-mentioned XAT books for Decision-making also include previous year papers and practice tests that will let you understand the section well.
The first step to cracking XAT is to pick up the right books for in-depth conceptual clarity of all important topics. Since there is no dearth of XAT preparation books, choosing the right ones becomes critical. After reviewing the most popular books available online and offline, our experts have shortlisted the best books for XAT aspirants.
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It is important that you purchase only the latest edition of these books so as to keep up with the current exam pattern and difficulty level.
Best books for XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:
  1. Hitbullseye’s MBA Math- 1 & 2
  2. These books are a valuable resource for XAT exam preparation. This book for XAT provides a clear explanation on a wide range of practice questions, and provides detailed solution strategies. The book for XAT caters to both beginners and advanced learners. It includes tips, tricks, common pitfalls, and time management strategies that enhance problem-solving skills and boost confidence. The practice questions reflect the latest MBA Exam trends, providing comprehensive preparation for any question type. Emphasizing conceptual clarity, it builds a strong foundation in fundamental concepts. Illustrative examples and practice exercises reinforce understanding and aid retention. Online support and additional resources provided with the book add immense value. This study material is considered the best for MBA, a must-have for MBA aspirants aiming to conquer the QA section with confidence and competence.
  3. Hitbullseye’s Math Formulae & Concept Revision
  4. Hitbullseye's 'Math Formulae & Concept Revision' is another excellent resource for mathematical learning. This book provides a comprehensive collection of formulas and concepts, presented with clarity. The book is meticulously organized, simplifying challenging topics into understandable segments. It serves as a comprehensive guide for MBA-XAT exams, ensuring thorough preparation. The attention to detail in explaining each formula and concept is remarkable, with practical examples and real-world applications included to enhance understanding. Moreover, the book emphasizes the importance of revision for long-term retention and problem-solving skills.
  5. Data interpretation For CAT & Management exams Preparation
  6. The DI book series offers complete coverage of all basic concepts, the book breaks down complex concepts into manageable parts and progressively introduces them with examples of increasing difficulty, ensuring a thorough understanding. With a wide variety of practice questions that reflect the range and depth of XAT exam questions, the book serves as a comprehensive training ground for aspirants. Data Interpretation is a tricky section which needs to be attempted several times before the actual exam day for practice.
    The above-mentioned are the most preferred books for XAT Quant and DI. These will help you get a good grasp over the fundamental and advanced concepts along with expert tricks to tackle complex questions. You will also find solved questions and practice exercises from past papers of XAT exam to get a better idea and prepare ahead.
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    Best books for XAT Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning:
    1. Hitbullseye’s XAT VA Series
    2. The VA book series offers comprehensive coverage for various MBA exams like XAT, GRE, and GMAT. These books provide focused content on essential areas such as Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Verbal skills. Focus on choosing a strategic learning structure that includes theory, strategic planning, and targeted practice, students can study methodically and systematically to achieve optimal outcomes. The series also ensures in-depth explanations and diverse question sets to fully equip students to tackle examination questions. Emphasizing analytical thinking and strategic preparation, this series aims to enhance students' preparedness and increase their chances of success in competitive exams.
      XAT books for verbal ability are devised to enhance your grammatical knowledge and language skills in a comprehensive manner. Additionally, you will be able to build a good vocabulary base and learn to ace questions with high accuracy. To improve and practice choose from these online mock tests to know the level of your preparation.
      Books for Logical Reasoning
      The recommended resource for XAT exam preparation, particularly for Logical Reasoning (LR) section, offers a methodical and detailed approach to tackling these types of problems. It breaks down complex concepts into manageable parts and progressively introduces them with examples of increasing difficulty, ensuring a thorough understanding. With a wide variety of practice questions that reflect the range and depth of XAT exam questions, the book serves as a comprehensive training ground for aspirants.
      Logical Reasoning is a tricky section which needs to be attempted several times before the actual exam day for practice. This will help in the better set- selection and avoiding any surprises on the day of the exam. Also managing the time and attempting the questions within 40 mins is a crucial skill for this section.
      To improve and practice choose from these online mock tests to know the level of your preparation.
      Best books for XAT Decision Making:
      1. Analytical and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Publications
      2. Target XAT 2024 (Past papers & mock tests); by Disha experts
      3. Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers); by R.K. Jha
      Best books for XAT General Knowledge:
      1. General Knowledge 2024 by Manohar Pandey
      2. Lucent's General Knowledge 2024 by Dr. Binay Karna
      Apart from the above-listed XAT preparation books for GK, you should refer to good magazines (Business Line, Business Today, Competition Success Review, etc.) and newspapers (The Hindu, Economics Times, etc.) to gain expertise in this section.
      Best books for XAT Essay:
      1. Mastering Essay & Answer Writing - Disha Experts
      2. 151 Essays by S.C. Gupta
      Alongside studying the essay structure and going through the essays given in these books, you must practice writing on the latest topics/ issues within a specific time restraint.
      Finally, it is advised that you take regular mock tests to evaluate your progress for XAT exam.
      XAT eBooks by Hitbullseye
      Our top mentors and faculty members have compiled exclusive XAT books for important topics. These books aim to provide conceptual clarity as well as equip you with advanced shortcuts for exam-specific questions. Apart from the basic concepts, these contain a requisite number of practice questions based on the actual exam pattern. Furthermore, you will also get strategic tips and tricks to follow during the exam. Download these in eBook format and brace yourself for XAT.
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      XAT Decision making ebook
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