Best Books for CAT Preparation: CAT Study Material for QA, VARC, DI & LR
Best Books for CAT Preparation-If you are planning to give CAT 2021, the first question that will strike your mind will be how to start? What are the best books for CAT preparation? Where to find the CAT study material? Hardbound books or online books for CAT preparation, which one is best? Selecting the best books for CAT 2021 preparation can be most crucial if you do not know where to look and which one to go for. Amongst the major sources of CAT 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 the 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 2021 through the best books for CAT preparation.
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Books for CAT preparation: CAT Syllabus 2021
Before choosing and buying any book for the CAT exam, candidates must check and gain a thorough knowledge of the CAT 2021 syllabus. Keeping an eye on past trends of the syllabus, there are not many changes in the syllabus of CAT 2021. Hence, candidates can refer to the latest available CAT syllabus. A total of three sections will be asked in CAT 2021. These sections are Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Data interpretation & logical reasoning. Candidates who filled the application form for CAT 2021, must start their preparation.
What factors to keep in mind while selecting the books?
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 the latest addition while buying some of the best books for CAT preparation.
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.
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.
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Best Books for CAT Preparation 2021
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, the quantitative ability section needs well-versed preparation. Some of the best books for CAT preparation are given below.
QA Books for CAT Preparation:
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019
Sarvesh K Verma
Note-Apart from the above books candidates can also study from NCERT Books from class 6th to 10th as these will help to solve candidate's concepts. To know about the section-wise preparation strategy, read How to prepare for CAT 2021?
For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Section
The 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 2021 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:
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT|
K. Sinha Nishit
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 the 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:
Word Power made easy
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT|
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Note - Apart from the books for CAT exam preparation mentioned above candidates can also follow the below-mentioned tips to become adept in this section of CAT 2021:
Read as much as possible. Newspapers, novels, journals, blogs anything that has quality content is good for candidates who are preparing for CAT 2021
Refer to junior grade English books for a better understanding of grammar
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Best Books for CAT Preparation: CAT Study Material for QA, VARC, DI & LR
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?
No...study 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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Questions related to CAT
hello i have completed 12th as well as diploma and i have got admission in my ug on the basis of diploma marks and they are good as compare to my 12th marks so which marks should i feel for cat examination
See if you have good performance in Diploma which is considered as equivalent to 12th than you should go with diploma details while filling your CAT application form. The reason being is, in CAT application you have option to fill either class 12th details or diploma details so if you have completed diploma then you can opt for diploma in the CAT application form.
Also note that to apply for CAT 2021 you should either be in final year of your graduation or should have completed your graduation with 50% minimum marks . For complete details about application form of CAT 2021 kindly check out the link given below :-
Common Admission Test, in short CAT is conducted by any of the IIM in rotation every year , it is a computer-based entrance exam conducted for MBA/PGDM admissions at 20 IIMs and 1000+ B-Schools in India.
As per the new paper pattern the paper is of total 228 marks and it will consists of 76 total number of questions divided in three sections namely VARC, DILR and QA. Out of these 76 questions, 54 question will be of MCQ type and other 22 will be Non-MCQ. For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and on incorrect answer -1 will be deducted only from MCQs not from Non-MCQs. For complete exam pattern(latest) of CAT kindly check out the link given below :-
For CAT 2021 no exact dates are out yet but it is expected that the application process for it will start in the month of August '21 and the tentative exam date is November 28th 2021.
You can get complete information about CAT 2021 from the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
when CAT form will be fill????
It's expected that by the first week of August IIM Ahmedabad will tentatively commence online registration for CAT at https://iimcat.ac.in/
the exam is expected to be conducted on 28th November, and the eligibility criteria to appear for the same is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized University with 50% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, those in the final years too are eligible to apply, to know more details regarding this, visit our page at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-registration/amp
I got 87 % in Tenth ; 63% in XII ; 58% in BA (Arts) and 12 years work experience in defence. How much should I score in CAT to get call from IIMs.
Hello Rahul Kumar singh
I hope you are doing good .
I would like to tell you that your academic profile is good as you have 12 years of work experience but age criteria is also important factor and type of work you did. Your marks in 12th and graudation are not very good so you need to get atleast above 95percentile to get a call from baby IIMs like iim ranchi and shillong
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
Is an Integrated Msc in Data Science considered as engineering in CAT exam?
Integrated M.Sc degree is not considered as B.Tech because it has its own value. A candidate pursuing dual degree is eligible to appear for CAT provided he/she must be in the final year of the course or must have completed the course. In your case the percentage of marks scored in Bachelor's degree is considered to determine your eligibility for CAT for whichever duration the Bachelor's degree and Masters Degree is divided. If you belong to general category you need to score minimum 50% aggregate marks in bachelor's degree, if you belong to SC/ST/PWD you need to score minimum 45% aggregate marks. While filling the CAT application fill the marks scored in Bachelors Degree in Education details and in Masters Degree field you need to select yes if you are in final year of the Integrated M.Sc course and provide the details of the course.
hello i have completed my diploma as well as 12th and my diploma marks are much higher than my 12th marks and i have got admission in my ug on the basis of diploma marks so which marks should i fill in cat examination, 12th or diploma???
The minimum Education qualification required to appear for CAT entrance examination is Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised board. The candidates belonging to general category must score minimum 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination and for SC/ST/PWD category candidates it is minimum 45% aggregate marks. Candidates who are studying in the final year of the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply provisionally.
Diploma is equivalent to 10+2 so you can fill the marks scored in Diploma as you have scored highest in Diploma than in class 12th as there is weightage for academic performance. You need to be in the final year of UG course or must have completed the course to appear for CAT. In case if you are still studying in B.Tech (2nd or 3rd year) then you are not eligible to apply for CAT. If you are in the final year of B.Tech then you can apply for CAT and the marks scored in B.Tech uptil the semesters for which results are announced are considered to determine the minimum percentage criteria.