Best Books for CAT Preparation - If you are planning to give CAT 2020, the first question that will strike your mind will be how? What will be the best books? Where to find the study material? Hardbound books or e-books which are best? Selecting the type of book can be most crucial if you do not know where to look and which one to go for. While preparing some candidates to opt for self-preparation while some take coaching classes. Both ways will help you clear CAT 2020. All you need is the best books for CAT preparation and dedication. India’s most awaited exam CAT 2020 will be conducted either on last Sunday of November or first Sunday of December. Amongst the major sources of preparation, toppers consider good study material and books of CAT that helped them score well. CAT clearance with good marks will open your path to top B-Schools of India. Careers360 brings will not only help you in knowing and selecting the best books for CAT preparation. But will also give you a few tips on how you can excel in CAT 2020.

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Syllabus of CAT 2020

Before choosing and buying any book for CAT exam, candidates must check and gain a thorough knowledge of the CAT 2020 syllabus. Keeping an eye on past trends of the syllabus, there will not be many changes in syllabus of CAT 2020. Hence, candidates can refer to the latest available CAT syllabus. Total of three sections will form part of the question paper. These sections are Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Quantitative ability and Data interpretation & logical reasoning. Candidates who will fill the application form of CAT 2020, must start their preparation.

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What factors to keep in mind while selecting the books?

Latest Edition - Selecting books with the latest edition can be beneficial as those books will include the latest add-ons of the new topics which are added. However, it is not mandatory for the candidates to always look for latest addition while buying some of the best books for CAT preparation.

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Rich in content - The author becomes renowned if his content is rich and provides data according to the reader’s need. Those books that cover most of the topics or help you understand the syllabus easily and accurately will be called as best books for CAT preparation.

Credible Author - Books available in the market belong to many authors. Some are new authors that try writing a good book. While some are nationally recognized and have established names. While selecting a book, candidates must check the author and try buying books from well-known authors only.

Best Books for CAT Preparation 2020

No doubt about the fact that more than 12 crore books have been published till date. The question that arises in the candidate’s mind is “what will be the best books?”. The market is flooded with the number of books and here careers360 will help you with the correct selection of books that are rich in content and quality, not quantity. Some of the best books for CAT preparation according to are given below and can be referred for preparation:

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For Quantitative Ability Section

Scoring well in this section is important as this section of quantitative ability carries the maximum weightage as per the exam pattern of CAT. Considered to be one of the toughest sections out of the three, quantitative ability section needs well-versed preparation. Some of the best books for CAT preparation are given below.

QA Books for CAT Preparation:

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How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

  • Covers all necessary topics as per CAT syllabus 2020

  • Good and elaborative examples are given

  • Book is divided into three levels of difficulty


Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

  • Practice tests with difficulty levels

  • Questions with solutions are provided

  • Divided into 5 modules


Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019

Sarvesh K Verma

  • Topic-wise division along with practice tests

  • More than one solution for the question are given

Note- Apart from the above books candidates can also study from NCERT Books from class 6th to 10th as these will help to solve candidates concepts. To know about the section-wise preparation strategy, read How to prepare for CAT 2020?

For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Section

Candidate’s aptitude is tested in this section. Questions in this section can be in the form of puzzles and may test candidates on the basis of logic, structure and calculation. After the Quantitative Aptitude section, candidates are required to practice this section a lot as it can be challenging at times, especially for beginners who are preparing for CAT 2020 for the first time. Some of the best books for CAT preparation are provided here in this article.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Books for CAT Preparation:

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How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

  • Written according to the latest CAT syllabus

  • Can be used for other competitive exams

  • Quick and accurate problem solving is given

  • Exercises to boost thinking in a logical manner

  • New chapters are included

  • Mock tests and sample papers are given for better understanding


Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT

K. Sinha Nishit
  • Fundamental and advanced topics

  • Examples for a better explanation

  • Foundation, moderate and advance are the three levels for preparation in this book

  • Helpful for other competitive exams as well

For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Section

More commonly known as the VARC section, this section is divided into two parts. The first section being Reading Comprehension and other is Verbal Ability. Understanding of a candidate’s ability to drawing inferences, passages and answering questions is tested in reading comprehension. Whereas the verbal ability section seeks a candidate’s answer on questions related to vocabulary, grammar, sentence completion etc., Some of the best books for CAT preparation are provided in the following table.

VARC Books for CAT Preparation:

S. No.





Word Power made easy

Norman Lewis

  • Improves Vocabulary

  • Explains correct usage of words

  • Review exercises at the end of chapters

  • Divided into oriented sections


Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT

Ajay Singh

  • More than 200 passages for better preparation

  • Test papers of other B-School exams are also provided

  • Extensively defined topics as per the syllabus of CAT


How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

  • Mock tests are provided

  • Analysis of past years papers

  • Written in a lucid manner

  • Topic-wise segregation is provided

Note - Apart from the books mentioned above candidates can also follow the below-mentioned tips to become adept in this section of CAT 2020:

  • Read as much as possible. Newspapers, novels, journals, blogs anything that has quality content is good for candidates who are preparing for CAT 2020.

  • Refer to small children English books for a better understanding of grammar.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Best Books for CAT Preparation

Question: What are best recommended books for CAT?


Some of the best books for CAT preparation are " How to prepare for CAT" by Arun Sharma for Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, for Verbal Ability, one must have a look at  "High School Grammer" by Wren and Martin. Apart from these two mentioned books one can refer to the given article for other  study material.

Question: Is study material provided by the coaching necessary while preparing for CAT?

Answer: material provided by the coaching is not necessary for the preparation. It can be helpful but it is not necessary. While preparing one should focus on the topics he needs to cover and the books or material he required while preparing for the topic instead of coaching study material or best books. One should opt for the mock test series by any coaching or any test provided as mock test are very helpful in preparing for CAT exam.

Question: What are the other sources from which one can prepare for CAT?


There are various sources apart from books from which one can prepare for CAT, various sources are can be online study material available which can be free also. Test series provided by various coaching is very helpful. Various online sources(blogs  and website) and online courses (free or paid) are available which can be very helpful.

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Does anyone has enrolled to Takshzila online lectures for CAT 2020 please mention name.

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020
Hello aspirant,
Takshzila online classes is one of the best options to prepare for CAT exams online. The faculties are really good at the subject knowledge and provides a clear concept clarity. There are various packages offered by the Institute which you can purchase from the following link:-

The level of teaching provided by the faculty is good enough for a serious aspire to crack CAT. For demo lectures you can visit their youtube channel and free resources available on their website.

Good Luck

I have 76% in 10th, 88% in 12th and 80% in graduation. Addition to that i have a 2 years work experience. How MUCH percentile do i need to score in cat to get a call from IIM ABC ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As per the details provided, you have decent academic record and its really good that you have 2 years of work experience. It'll give you an edge in selection process. Also, if you belong to general category, then to get a call from IIM A,B,C you should focus on getting a minimum of 98 percentile in cat.

All the best


Hlo....mam or sir! Im Rajlaxmi frm Odisha.. How to preparation for CAT ... during bba 2nd yr... how to crack CATexam ..

Prateek Sinha 30th Mar, 2020

Prepare for the syllabus according to the weight age of each section.  Give mock tests and improve upon your timing skills. if you join a coaching class it would be good as you will get a clearer idea.


why these exams are conducting

Aniket Sharma 29th Mar, 2020

hi lramprasad,

CAT is commencing on 25th November in 2020. So it does not need to get postponed/cancel due to corona virus. The situation should get better till November. So, we can't argue why CAT is conducting.

Please elaborate your query and provide more details so that we can help you better!!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !

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