Best Study Material for CAT 2021 - CAT Preparation Material
Best Study Material for CAT 2021:Preparing from the right set of study materials is imperative to crack highly competitive exams like CAT. While hard work and smart strategy also play a crucial role, it is the optimization of resources and time that will take you towards your goal of securing a high percentile. Having understood the significance of the entrance test of MBA learning material, Careers360 brings to you the best study material for the upcoming CAT 2021. The market is flooded with a plethora of books and study material for CAT 2021, and it is obvious for aspirants to get baffled in their attempt to pick the best ones. A vital parameter to choose the best CAT study material is to go for the tried and tested resources. In other words, one must utilize the books and study materials of CAT recommended by toppers and experts. First, let us take a glimpse at the exam pattern of CAT 2021.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2021
Before starting the CAT 2021 preparation, candidates must be well aware of the exam pattern of CAT 2021. Complete details related to the number of questions asked, marking scheme, duration, and mode of the CMAT exam are mentioned in CAT 2021 exam pattern. Given below a gist of the revised CAT exam pattern.
Exam Pattern of CAT 2021
No. of Questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Best study material for CAT 2021
With the help of the best books for section-wise preparation of CAT, one can crack CAT 2021 with a good score. Let us look at the best MBA learning material for each section in CAT 2021.
Best study material for CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Good percentile is achievable in this section if one utilizes the following strategy and refers to the following VARC study material for CAT 2021:
Books for VARC-
How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill)- is a workbook with practice questions and tips based on previous CAT papers.
Norman Lewis’ Word Power Made Easy.
CAT 2020 toppers recommend ‘GMAT Official Guide’ and ‘Manhattan Verbal.’
Books to Build Vocabulary-
Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
Nishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (Pearson) covers a wide range of topics explained in an easy-to-understand manner.
Regular Reading is the key -Reading of quality newspapers such as ‘The Economist’, magazines like ‘India Today’, editorials, journals, and novels are proven to be one of the best study materials for the VARC section. Mark difficult words as you read and learn their meaning from the dictionary. Additionally, solving word puzzles and crosswords in the daily newspaper can be a game-changer for those whose forte does not lie in VARC.
Best study material for CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
From the level of basic to advanced preparation, aspirants can take aid from the following study material for DILR:
Books for DILR-
How to prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
How to prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
Nishit Sinha's The Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
The Great Book of Puzzles & Teasers by George J Summers
Additionally, Manek Daruvala, Director of T.I.M.E, vouches for the book ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You' by Shakuntala Devi to boost LR and DI preparation.
Newspapers and Business Magazines -Study pie charts and graphs from business magazines and newspapers like:
The Economic Times
The Hindu Business Line
Brainstorming activities -After you are done with your daily preparation, take out time, and indulge in brainstorming sessions.
Best study material for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA)
The following CAT study material for QA is highly recommended by toppers and experts to master the problem-solving approach-
Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT’, published by Tata McGraw Hill.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill) has a comprehensive step-by-step problem-solving guide.
How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books, is another book that is simple and easy to understand.
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit Sinha published by Pearson.
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams by Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson) has many practice exercises in increasing difficulty for a gradual transition.
Arun Sharma’s The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill, is a must-have for any CAT aspirant.
CAT Topper Rahul who scored 100 percentile recommends T.I.M.E.material to learn the basics of QA. For a little advanced difficulty, he suggests referring to LOD-2 and 3 of Arun Sharma’s book.
Best Study Materials for CAT - Sample Papers and E-books
Once a strong foothold has been established in all the topics under each section, the next step would be to solve CAT sample papers. Practice past years’ CAT question papers, and if possible purchase a dedicated book that contains a question bank of all the past years’ question papers of CAT. Solving sample papers of CAT 2021 will help in quickly learning the words and formulae that are important in terms of examination.
One of the top choices of study materials for CAT is the book ‘Face To Face CAT Common Admission Test’ by Arihant Publishers. It consists of previous years solved papers for thorough and final practice. The book also comes with a CD of CAT sample papers.
Further, CAT preparation e-books are a great source of wholesome information. The best part is that most of them are available online and don’t cost a penny!
CAT Mock Tests and Test Series -CAT mock testswill be the backbone of one’s CAT preparation. Topper Sukumar, who secured the 99+ percentile in CAT 2020 says, “Taking mock tests and analyzing them played a very crucial role in my performance. It helped me create a strategy for the D-day and gave me an idea about my weak and strong areas.”
In fact, Topper Somansh shares that he did not buy any study material for CAT apart from a test series by a reputed institute. “The test series provided me with enough sectional tests, full tests, etc. I went through Arun Sharma books for all three sections, but I feel all the concepts, logic, and techniques required will be encountered if you give the full-time tests of a test series and analyze the tests properly.”
CAT Coaching study material -Coaching study materials of reputed institutes especially tailored for CAT aspirants are updated each year to keep up with the latest CAT exam pattern and trends. Those who have enrolled in a coaching institute must be thorough with the CAT study material given to them by their institute. However, those who do not have access to the coaching study material for CAT, may purchase second-hand versions of it or find handed-down books. They need not worry about missing out on any topic as the CAT syllabus remains the same each year with hardly any change in the content.
Go beyond books with Online Blogs and Apps on CAT for best study materials
Kaushik Kapoor, Director at Erudite, also shares his expert tips on the best study material for CAT preparation. In addition to books and coaching material for basic study, mocks and advanced sectional tests, he recommends using Applications (Apps) on CAT test training and practice questions. These Apps are available on Android and iOS platforms.
“Online blogs like LRDI of the day series by learningroots.com are very good. Also, 2iim's question bank is very good for advanced concepts,” says Hitesh Lohani.
Furthermore, public discussion forums can prove to be useful in solving queries, exchanging preparation material, and tips. According to Hitesh, “The best way to keep calm and confident during this process is to interact with your fellow CAT aspirants. I had a Whatsapp group of people who were also preparing for CAT and together we used to discuss our queries, mocks, ups and downs, share jokes and it made my preparation memorable,” he says. Other platforms like Careers360’s QnA also welcome queries and discussions related to CAT preparation.
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Questions related to CAT
my sister have completed 10th gradeand she want to persuer MBA through CAT and unfortunately she dont like chemistry , what courses does she need to take now to become MBA?
First tell you sister to pursue an Undergraduate Degree after 12th be it B.Sc./BBA/B.Tech/BCA/MBBS/B.Com/BMS/BA or whatever she's interested in. Preferably an Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Commerce degree will help her, since shell ultimately pursue MBA.
In the Final Year of her graduation ask her to appear for CAT followed by MBA, or she may have a short 1-2 year Work Experience followed by MBA in some of Best Management Institutions in India.
For more information about CAT do follow the link below
My 10th number was 46%, 12th with 48%, graduaction with 55% marks. My mediam was not english, i am preparing best for cat and hope to get respectable score. Please suggest me some MBA collages that i can get into bacause most of good b-schools rejects studests based 12th & 10th score? Please help!
Basically 1 Indian Institute of Management each year conduct common admission test or CAT examination to provide admission in in IIMs and top business schools.the basic eligibility criteria for this examination is that you should have minimum 50% marks for general category in your graduation level. There are also some other Eligibility criteria s .
however they initially you are completely eligible for this examination.
You have to secure a good percentile in CAT examination . Top b schools invites candidates with their Percentiles. Then in a group discussion part and personal interview part held for final admission.
(Click on the link below to know more about CAT examination eligibility and total thing
As as your 10th and 12th marks are below 60% which can affect in interviews. However if you somehow managed to to get admission in those colleges, you might have a problem in placement time.
But but don't worry if you think that you can do you better in your life and believe that past is past don't do that again.
Here here is the list of some colleges as you preferred
- KJ Somaiya
- IIm Patna
- Goa Institute of Management
- IIM Lucknow
- XLRI (they might ask for some work experience)
Don't worry .
Try your best. Read that article that can give you some positivity
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