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Best Books for CAT Preparation

When you think about preparing for an exam, the next thing that comes to mind is to select the books. If you wish to excel in any competitive exam, the selection of books is very crucial. In case of MBA exams, selecting the best books for CAT preparation is of utmost importance. When you look for book recommendations, too many opinions confuse you and you eventually end up with books that are not much beneficial.

So what is the best way to decide which books are good for you and which one to skip? Here is the exclusive list of the Best Books for CAT preparation. If you follow the books in this list, it will boost your preparation and finally improve your tests marks.

Best Books for CAT preparation

To rank yourself on top in any competitive exam, you need to be done what others are doing. Along with this you must also have an edge over other aspirants. And to achieve this, you need to do what others have not done yet.

Keeping these two important thing in mind, here is the list of the Best Books for CAT preparation. You need to have a separate list of books for each of the sections of the CAT. Let’s start with the VA-RC section.


The most famous and widely used book in VA-RC section is “How to prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT” by Arun sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay. The book includes enough RCs for your practice. Apart from this, various Verbal Ability questions like parajumbles, sentence completion etc. in this books are also of good difficulty level.

After this, the next book that you have to come to is Nishit Sinha’s “The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning“. These two books are more than enough to cover all the topic of this section.

But solving questions alone doesn’t help much in this section. You also need to have a good vocabulary and regular habit of reading. Apart from reading articles from newspapers and magazines, you can also go with these two books by Norman Lewis:

  1. Word Power Made Easy
  2. How to Read Better and Faster

Make these two books your best friends till the day of CAT. The thought flow on these book are very interesting ans easy to understand. Even if you complete one chapter every single day, soon you will be done with both of the books. Once you complete these books, you will notice substantial change on your vocabulary.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Since last 2-3 years in CAT this section have been the most difficult among all the three. The best advice you will hear is to start with all the previous years CAT papers questions and solve with with full understanding. But only solving questions will trap your preparation in a loophole. You also need to be clear with the basics and the required strategy for solving questions. That’s where books come!

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT” by Nishit Sinha is one of the best book for CAT preparation. If you solve all these modules of this book, then it is sufficiently enough. Now all you have to do apply the same logic on your mock test questions.

You can also go for Arun Sharma books in DI-LR section. “How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT” by Arun Sharma is considered as the best book on DI.

Similarly for Logical Reasoning, “How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT” by the same author is also a widely popular book.

This books covers all the topics that you need to ace the MBA entrance exam. Remember floating through various books and not completing a single one is the worst thing that you could do to hamper your CAT preparation.

Quantitative Ability

For this section, solving as many questions as possible is the best solution. You can follow all the books mentioned here for questions and one or two of them for basics and solved examples.

If you are new to CAT preparation, then start with “Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations” by R.S. Aggarwal. It is not enough as per the level of CAT but will definitely be beneficial for basics and formula.

Once you are done with the basics start leveling up the difficulty of the questions. At this phase “Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs” by Sarvesh K. Verma is among the best books for CAT preparation to follow. This is the one single book that gives you all strategy required for solving CAT level questions. Go through this book religiously and you will see the improvement in your percentile soon.

If you need more books, then  go with “Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT” by Nishit K Sinha. Most of the CAT aspirants use this book and probably have completed this. So you also need to be at the same level to be in the competition.

So bag the set of books that suits best to you and start your journey that will take you to IIMs. The key to success in CAT is hard work with full determination to get selected into the best management institutes. All the best!

If you need more concepts on a particular section, click on the link here for verbal section. And for DATA Interpretation section, visit this link.

You can also look for various CAT Preparation Program here.

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