Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an entrance examination conducted by XLRI in the first week of January. With the difficulty level has increased over time, it is absolutely essential to prepare very well before attempting the test. It is to be noted that XAT Syllabus has no defined any limit especially in General Knowledge and Essay writing. The topic given for essay could be anything. We cannot predict the accurate topic. Hence, students should prepare for the examination with the help of good quality books and study materials available on the market.
The XAT Syllabus consists of two papers. The paper 1 includes verbal, logical ability including decision making, quantitative ability, and data interpretation. There will be 78 questions spanning around 170 minutes. A student will get 0.25 marks for a wrong answer and 0.05 for more than 13 un-attempted questions. As you can see, the exam pattern is very hard. The second section comprises of general knowledge and essay writing. This section includes 25 questions with only 35 minutes duration. There are no negative marks in this section.
If you have decided to appear for XAT examination, you need to prepare with a dedicated mind with the help of several books and study materials available on the market. Some of the best books, which are prepared as per XAT Syllabus are Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nitish K. Sinha, PSC for VA for CAT by Nitish K. Sinha, Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nitish K. Sinha, CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude by Gautam Puri, Wiley’s ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) from the house of Wiley India (Author) and RK Jha’s Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers.
The study notes material designed by Sourav sir’s classes is one of the best study materials available for XAT examination. However, you should purchase the latest 2016 edition. You can also consider Verbal Ability Comprehension book authored by Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary.
When it comes to decision-making topics, you should refer to Ravi Handa’s decision making online coaching. Disha experts is a well-known publisher of General Knowledge and aptitude books. They have released Target XAT 2017, which comprises of past question papers and five mock tests. You can try several mock tests before actual examination so that can manage time properly and the book by Disha will help you in long run.
Career Launcher also published XAT solved papers from 2008 to 2016 with the complete model exam, essay writing, and decision-making topics. You should read one leading newspaper daily to prepare yourself for General Knowledge. Moreover, you can also refer to comprehensive books such as Manorama Year Book, The Mega Yearbook 2017 by Disha, Lucent’s books and Year Book published by Competition Success Review. You can also purchase monthly magazines related to General Knowledge.
Alternatively, you should navigate to amazon.in and search with the keyword General Knowledge to obtain a list of several books. You can also search with the keyword XAT and you will view a list of various useful books along with customer reviews. You can read the comments posted by customers and purchase the book.
To prepare for essay writing, you should refer to XAT Solved Papers book by Gautam Puri. The XAT Simplified book by Disha Publications consists of 12 years past papers, five mock tests including general awareness gist and essays.
We hope the above-mentioned books will help you in your quest to secure an admission to the one of the prestigious business schools in India. All the best.