CMAT preparation books: all you need to crack CMAT

Any exam prep begins with a holistic study material which covers all prospective topics and questions that can be asked in the exam. The right set of books can halve the burden of your preparation. And if you want to do that, then read on!
The CMAT exam is a computer based test which contains objective type questions. The test is divided into four sections as mentioned below:
Section nameNumber of questionsMarks
Language Comprehension25100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25100
Logical Reasoning25100
General Awareness25100
The books for CMAT preparation are somewhat similar to what you need for CAT. This article will tell you about CMAT preparation books that you’ll need for each section and the overall strategy to be used in the preparation.
  1. Language Comprehension
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT; by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay-
      This book is a comprehensive guide for Verbal Ability. It includes expert tips, sample questions, solved examples and strategy to tackle various types of RC & Verbal Ability questions. You will find previous year question papers and sample papers for various exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT etc.
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT; by Nishit K. Sinha-
      It is one of the most recommended books for CMAT. The book is well written featuring 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.
    • 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
  2. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
    • 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.
    • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT; by Arun Sharma-
      This book is a comprehensive guide and covers all the chapters along with solved examples and exercises. It’s written with the purpose of clarifying the fundamental concepts and then acquaints 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.
    • Quantitative Aptitude; by R.S. Aggarwal-
      One of the oldest books for Quantitative Aptitude, this book has remained the favourite among all the mathematics 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.
  3. Logical Reasoning
    • 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.
  4. General Awareness
    The general awareness section of CMAT is very vast and includes both static and dynamic (current affairs) topics. For static topics like history, geography, polity, environment and so on, you can refer to Manorma Year Book or India Year Book. For current affairs, you must read the newspaper regularly. Also you can refer to updated current affairs at
Apart from reading these books, it is advised that you should regularly take mock tests to assess your performance. This will help you to get acquainted with the actual exam. So make a well executable plan and crack the CMAT exam with flying colours.
Happy Preparation!