Best CAT Preparation Books

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CAT is conducted by IIMs every year for admissions to their management programs. Known as one of the most coveted MBA entrance exams, CAT serves as a gateway to top B-schools across the country. IIMs offer more than 4000 seats in various management streams. Apart from IIMs, there are 100+ other B-schools which accept CAT scores.
With so many books available for CAT preparation, aspirants often find it difficult to choose the right ones. After reviewing the most popular ones, we present the best books for CAT preparation. Additionally, you will get to know the reasons as to why you should choose these. It is recommended that you buy the latest edition of the books to prepare according to the current exam pattern & difficulty level. Given below is the list of books to prepare for various sections of CAT:
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Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude
  1. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
    Considered as the best book for Quantitative Aptitude, it covers all the chapters along with solved examples and exercises. The book is devised to clarify the fundamental concepts and then acquaint you with questions of varying difficulty levels. It follows the latest pattern followed by CAT as well as other exams like XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. Further, you will learn expert tricks to save time and improve accuracy in tough questions.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma
    This is among the best CAT preparation books suggested by toppers. It contains more than 4000 solved questions on various quant topics. The book aims to provide easy-to-understand shortcut tips, techniques and analytical methods for all the concepts of quantitative aptitude.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
    One of the oldest books for Quantitative Aptitude, this book has remained the favourite among all the maths tutors. It covers all the major topics of quant along detailed solutions for 5000+ questions. The book features various memory-based questions as per the latest trend of CAT, IIFT, XAT, etc.
Other good books for Quantitative Aptitude:
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT; by Nishit K. Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations; by Abhijit Guha
Best Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
    One of the best books for CAT Verbal Ability, this book includes expert tips and strategy to tackle various types of RC & Verbal Ability questions. You will find a number of exercises from CAT previous year papers as well as sample tests. Apart from CAT, it provides questions from XAT, IIFT, CMAT, IRMA, etc.
  2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
     It is one of the most recommended books for CAT exam Preparation. The book is compact and written in a comprehensive manner. It also features new topics as per the recent pattern of CAT including Non- MCQ based questions. Along with 2000+ solved questions, the book comes with a CD containing simulated CAT online tests.
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
    This book is devised to enhance your VARC performance in a stepwise manner. It incorporates 200+ RC passages of varying difficulty level. You will find complete solutions for latest CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP and other such papers. Further, the book serves as a detailed guide for all the three areas of VARC: Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning and Reading comprehension.
Some good books to build vocabulary:
  • Word Power Made Easy; by Norman Lewis
  • Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
Best Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  1. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
    It is one of the most suggested books for CAT preparation. Along with 2500+ solved questions, the book comes with a CD containing sectional tests. The book provides conceptual clarity on all the important topics, followed by practice tests of different difficulty levels.
  2. How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
    This book covers all the past as well as probable questions of DI along with tricks to handle each type of question. Additionally, you will get more than 40 test papers with complete solution. Apart from CAT, the book also includes previous papers of XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc.
  3. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
    The book is compiled with the aim to provide you with a simple approach to handle complex topics. You will find practice questions of varying difficulty level from previous papers of CAT, XAT, IIFT, etc.
Other good books for Logical Reasoning:
  • Puzzles to Puzzle you by Shakuntala Devi
Apart from the above given books, it is advised to take regular mock tests so as to assess your performance.
Armed with the right ammunition, you can now march forward towards a glorious CAT 2018. All the best!
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