Best Books for CAT Preparation
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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:

S. No.





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


How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

  • 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

  • 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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i would like to know how many times i can give cat exam?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,
You can appear for cat entrance exam as many times you want. The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in cat exam is as follows:-
In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.

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I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.


dear sir, I have 67 percentile bin cat, which colleges should I apply??

Shiksha 16th Feb, 2020


You can target a few average collges like IBS Hyderabad, mdi murshidabad, amity noida, NBS Ahmedabad, ITM navi mumbai (good colleges)

Others are: vit vellore, isbr pune, ndim delhi, pibm pune, aims banglore, mit pune, ims ghaziabad, etc

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tell me proper cat syllabus and full knowledge of mba colleges admissions

Ina 16th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant,

Hope everything is going well.

The entrance exams through which candidates can get admission in MBA course are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)) and ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions).

Specifically,  For your question,

CAT Syllabus will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. CAT (Common Admission Test) will be managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
The CAT Syllabus divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Quantitative Ability or Mathematics: This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

  • geometry
  • number system
  • interest
  • quadratic & linear equations
  • probability
  • trigonometry
  • time & work
  • percentages
  • profit & loss
  • algebra
  • LCM & HCF
  • averages
  • permutation
  • ratio & proportions
  • complex numbers, etc

Data Interpretation: In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

  • graphs (line, area)
  • Interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • Charts (Column, bar, pie)
  • tables
  • paragraph
  • venn diagram, etc.

Verbal Ability & English: This section contains the usage of Standard English grammar & questions on comprehension. The topics are:

  • verbal reasoning
  • antonyms and synonyms
  • sentence correction
  • fill in the blanks
  • critical reasoning
  • syllogisms
  • analogies
  • idioms, etc.

Logical reasoning: It includes:

  • Direction sense
  • clocks & calendars
  • puzzles
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • coding- decoding
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement, etc.


general cat. lives in haryana percentile 86,any good college in india.

jishua thomas 16th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant..

for admission through the jee mains you need to qualify the examination. Which is know with the declaration of the cutoff for the examination. As per the expected cutoff for  this year it is about 89.75 for the general  category. Work hard and do well in the next session of the jee mains for getting admission in excellent colleges.

hope this information helps

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