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.
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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 form part of the question paper. 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.

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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 the 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.

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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

Arun Sharma

  • Covers all necessary topics as per CAT syllabus 2021

  • 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 candidate's concepts. To know about the section-wise preparation strategy, read How to prepare for CAT 2021 ?

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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

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

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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

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

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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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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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I am student of Shivaji college,DU,pursuing BSc[Hon.] Mathematics, I have scored 95.2% in class 10th,92.6% in class 12,if I score 8.5+ cgpa in my graduation and maybe good percentile in CAT exams,what exactly is my chance of getting a call from iims?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th May, 2021


see your overall academic record is really good. however apart from this you have to bring a high score around 99 percentile in cat exam to get calls form top iims. however cutoff score changes every year and it depends on certain factors like number of applicants, questions difficulty level, seat matrix, students category and so on. however keep doing the hard work and you would get success. however I would suggest to apply for others management exam like MAT, XAT cmat as well.

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10th - 63% 12th - 69% graduation - 95% cat - 98% which Colleges can I get ????

aditya 11th May, 2021

Dear Aspirant

I hope you are doing good . With reference to your query , I would like to know you that at your percentile your chances are very high to get call from some top buisness schools . However you have below 75 in 10 thand 12th which can reduces your chances in some buisness schools ,but hope for the best . Some names of the business schools are:-

1 . IIM indore

2. IIM luckhnow

3 . IIM calcutta

4 .DMS, IIT Delhi

5. IIM kohzikode

Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future


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mu 10th and 12th percentage is 95% each and graduation may be 8.5 - 9 CGPA ,so wt should be my cat percentile to get in to a iim,,(am not a hard worker /bad in focusing and reading)

Abhishek Roy 10th May, 2021

Assuming your are a General Category Aspirant, from Engineering Background, having a strong academic record, you should secure atleast anywhere around 99 Percentile, to secure a Call from one of the IIMs as well as between 98-99 for CAP. Incase you are Targetting IIM ABC, you need to raise your targets to anywhere above 99.5+ for better chances and prospects.

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hey there im a neet aspirant from kerala belonging to ews cat . how much mark will be required for me to get a govt seat for bds in kerala ?

Anurag Khanna 8th May, 2021

Hello Aspirant,

As we go through previous year's cut-off then it shows that under state quota for EWS category for government BDS seat one needs to secure at least 520-30 or more marks in NEET out of 720 marks as we saw an increase of around 25-30 marks in institutional cut-offs in 2020. So if you are targeting for NEET 2021 then your aim should not be less than 520 out of 720 marks especially for Government BDS seats in Kerala.

Note that the above prediction is made on the basis of previous year's cut-off and the cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.

To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor because it will make you comfortable while choice filling in counselling :-


If you are preparing for NEET 2021 then to help you in your preparation we have some resources which you can access from the link given below :-


I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!!

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