Best Books for CAT Preparation
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Best Books for CAT Preparation - The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most coveted management exams which will be conducted on November 24, 2019. One of the primary aspects to sail through the exam easily is to ensure that one studies from the best books as they prepare for CAT. Hence this is the first step towards preparation for CAT. Candidates should consult the best books for CAT as well as for different sections. The primary aim to study from the best books is to avoid confusion and select the most appropriate book for a particular section or subject from which the candidate must study. With the help of best books for preparation for CAT 2019, candidates will be able to cover the entire syllabus for different section. With one wanting to make their way to the best b-school, it becomes important to refer to the right books and crack the exam. Read this article to know in detail about the important books for the preparation of CAT 2019.
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CAT 2019 Best Books for Preparation

Since the market is flooded with books by a large number of authors, it is pertinent that the candidates consult the books for CAT which are written by authors who hold a certain degree of credibility. The questions that are asked in the Common Admission Test (CAT) are mostly from three sections which are quantitative ability (QA), verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) and data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR). Candidates can check the best books for CAT preparation 2019 for different sections.

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Best Books for CAT Preparation - Quantitative Ability

According to the exam pattern of CAT 2019, the quantitative ability section is of utmost importance. This section carries the most weightage, hence it is important that the candidate scores well in this part of the exam. A good score in this section of CAT will improve the rank of the candidate while scoring less will dwindle his or her chances. In order to enhance their chances of performing well in CAT 2019, candidates must prepare for quantitative ability from the best books. These books are helpful for both engineering and non-engineering candidates. Here is a list of some of the important books which can help the candidates for CAT 2019 preparation:

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CAT Preparation 2019 - Best Books for quantitative ability

Book

Author

NCERT books from class 6th to 10th

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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Nishit Saxena


Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT

Sarvesh Sharma


How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha



NCERT Books from class 6th to 10th for preparing for quantitative ability

Those who are aspiring to crack CAT 2019, they must begin their preparation by thoroughly studying from the NCERT books. These are the best books for CAT preparation as they help you to build a strong foundation. By preparing from the NCERT books, candidates will get their concepts right and will be able to build onto more advanced concepts.


Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena covers both the basic and advanced topics in quantitative ability. With the help of this book, all the candidates who are preparing for CAT 2019, they will be able to enhance their preparation and can solve the questions with ease.


Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

Most of the topics that are covered in this book are explained in simple language so that the candidates who are preparing for CAT 2019 are able to easily comprehend the formulas and also understand the concepts well. If the candidates understand the concepts clearly, then they will be able to easily solve the questions.


How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

The book by Arun Sharma title, “How to prepare for quantitative aptitude” is one of the must study book for all the CAT aspirants. If the candidates can study thoroughly from this book, then they will get to know what are the latest types of questions that could be asked in CAT 2019. Apart from covering all the topics, the author also mentions the strategy which the candidates can adopt to manage their time on the day of the exam. The book also provides sample questions for the candidates to solve and assess their strong and weak areas.While solving the questions from this book, candidates will also be able to gear up for other entrance exams such as SNAP, XAT, IIFT.


Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations by Abhijit Guha helps the candidates to enhance their knowledge and preparation for CAT 2019. By going through this book, candidates will be able to get a better understanding of a wide array of topics as well as questions. The book incorporates problems along with solutions as per the latest exam pattern of CAT 2019. While solving these questions, candidates will be able to increase their speed and accuracy.


VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

This section of the CAT is divided into two parts which are reading comprehension and verbal ability. Reading comprehension tests the ability of the student to understand the passage, draw inference accordingly and then answer the questions. Meanwhile, in the verbal ability section, candidates will have to answer questions pertaining to grammar and vocabulary. Some of the important books for preparation are:


CAT 2019 Preparation- Best Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Book

Author

High School Grammar and Composition

Wren and Martin

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

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

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT

Nishit Sinha


High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

The Grammar and composition book by Wren Martin will help the candidates to improve their grammar from scratch. By answering the sample questions with ease, candidates will not only be able to strengthen their grammar but also improve it. Candidates will be able to learn the nuances of grammar and will be able to tackle all kinds of questions.


Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

This book focuses on improving vocabulary. It helps in enriching the vocabulary which is not only useful for the entrance test but also for group discussion and personal interview rounds.


How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

One of the best books for CAT preparation is “How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay” wherein the mock tests are provided. With the help of these mock tests, candidates will first know the type of questions that are likely to be asked. Students preparing for the CAT exam, they will also be able to assess their level of preparation and gauge how much effort they need to put in. The important topics that are covered in this book are verbal ability, reading comprehension and verbal reasoning.


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For CAT by Nishit Sinha

It contains multiple tests and other integral problem-solving techniques which will prove to be a boon for the candidates as their level of preparation for the exam will be enhanced.


Read the books from other genres

Some of the other best books for CAT preparation for other genres must also be consulted by the candidates as it will help them to improve their reading as well as comprehension powers.


Best Books for CAT Preparation

Book

Author

The Hard Thing about Hard Thing

Ben Horowitz

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The questions in this section are in the form of puzzle and candidates will have to analyze the question and answer accordingly. It covers topics like seat arrangement, bar graph, blood relations, data arrangement and so forth. Some of the important books for the preparation of this section are:


Book

Author

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit Sinha

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

R.S Agarwal

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT

Arun Sharma


Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha

Another best book for CAT preparation for logical reasoning is the one by Nishit Sinha.

This book includes both fundamental and advanced topics with solved examples. It will not only help in the preparation for CAT but for other management entrance exams as well.


A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S Agarwal

This book’s language is simple to understand and can be referred to start with basic reasoning problems. While preparing for CAT one can refer to this book as it is divided into different sections. With the division of sections, candidates can get to know the topics from which the questions are asked. This will enable them to know how much time they need to devote for each section and each topic.


How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

One of the best books for CAT preparation for logical reasoning is by Arun Sharma. By thoroughly going through this book, candidates can learn how to quickly calculate while solving logical reasoning questions. In order to do so, a number of sample papers, previous year questions, and model test papers are provided.

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

Question: What are best recommended books for CAT?

Answer:

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:

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?

Answer:

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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Some of thetop books for CAT preparation include How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit Sinha, Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma to name a few. Other than that, read newspapers and magazines daily to get a grip on your language and comprehension skills along with brushing up General Knowledge.Arvind Menon , another CAT 100 percentiler shares that he had referred to CAT preparation books by Arun Sharma and Nishit Sinha.

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Dear Vivek, CAT is an entrance examination for admission to Master's programmes in 20 IIMs and almost 1000 participating Institutions. CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.


Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

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Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.


In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
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