Top 7 books for Data Science entrance exam in 2022?

Asked by Anil Rajak about 2 years ago

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Vinamra Jain

Vinamra Jain

CSE undergrad student | Minor in Communication

Are you planning for a data science entrance exam? If yes, then good luck, I hope you learn it. Anyway there are basically thousands of books written on Data Science. Some of them are nice for entrance exams but wholesome aren’t. Because not all books teach, some of them are just for information.

You can use both kinds to get clearance on the subject. Since your question is for an entrance exam, I won’t suggest highly advanced books. But yeah, there will be few good ones that are  more than just basics -

#1. Data Science for Dummies
#2. Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python
#3. Introduction to Machine Learning with Python: A Guide for Data Scientists

For starters, I suggest you try these ones. These three books deal with the fundamentals and algorithms in data scone and the basic things you need to know. Now it doesn’t mean that all they have is this. However, it is important to clear your basics before hopping into the specialized area of the subject. You will have enough time to go through the complex topics and electives in data science to learn further.

These three books will help you to build a solid knowledge on the data scone as a whole. Because later one, you will get into many electives that will lead to different paths. So in starting it's better to learn the things that you’ll need to deal with challenges later on.

After you clear these ones, it's time to get in a little deeper. Not exactly learning the specialization through a book, but you should at least know what are  the important parts of data science. So these three books should be your next target -

#4. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
#5. R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data
#6. Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking

These three books are on a little higher end. I won’t recommend you to get too much into these books. You will just need to get an idea on this. These three are very extremely good books for data science that are often suggested by experts. Basically you can read these ones at any stage of your data science profession.

#7. The Data Science Handbook: Advice and Insights from 25 Amazing Data Scientists

This one would be my last recommendation. It is just to know the perspective of different brilliant data scientists around the world. Maybe it will motivate you to write your own later in your career. :)


Good luck with your exam and prepare with comfort, no need to exceed yourself. Let me know if you have any more questions on data science.


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