Best Study Material for CAT 2018
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Best Study Material for CAT 2018 - There is no doubt that preparing from the right study material is imperative to crack a highly competitive exam like CAT. While hard work and smart strategy also play a crucial role, it is the optimisation of resources and time which will take you towards your goal of securing a high percentile. Having understood the significance of the study resources, Careers360 brings to you the best study material for CAT 2018.

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The market is flooded with a plethora of books and study material for CAT 2018, and it is only natural 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, utilising the books and study materials of CAT recommended by toppers and experts. First, let us take a glimpse at the exam pattern of CAT 2018.

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

60 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

102

60 minutes

Total

100

300

180

Best study material for CAT 2018

 

With the help of the best books for section-wise preparation of CAT, one can crack CAT 2018 with a good score. Let us look at the best study material for each section in CAT 2018.

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Best study material for CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

 

A good percentile is achievable in this section if one utilises the following VARC study material for CAT 2018:

 

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 2017 topper Hitesh Lohani recommends ‘GMAT Official Guide’ and ‘Manhattan Verbal.’ He further adds that ‘IMS RC100’ is also good. Hitesh has a score of 99.91 percentile to his credit in CAT 2017 and is a student of FMS Delhi (2018-20 batch).

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 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. CAT 2017 topper and student of IIM Calcutta, Aseem Garg recommends ‘The Hindu’ and ‘Livemint’ for editorial columns and articles.

 

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 Economist

  • The Economic Times

  • Business Standard

  • Financial Chronicle

  • Financial Express

  • The Hindu Business Line

Brainstorming activities - After you are done with your daily preparation, take out time and indulge in brainstorming sessions. “I have always been involved in some brainstorming activities like playing chess, minesweeper, Sudoku etc.” says CAT Topper Balkesh Narang. These are other ways to prepare for LR section besides the usual DILR books.


Best study material for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA)

The following CAT study material for QA are highly recommended by toppers and experts to master 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 Hitesh recommends T.I.M.E.material to learn 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 Ebooks

 

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 which contains a question bank of all the past years’ question papers of CAT. Solving sample papers of CAT 2018 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 2018 Ebooks 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 - CATmock tests will be the backbone of one’s CAT preparation. Topper Nikhil Raj Singh, who secured 99.51 percentile in CAT 2016 says, “Taking mock tests and analysing 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 Aseem 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 the three sections, but I feel all the concepts, logics, and techniques required will be encountered if you give the full-time tests of a test series and analyse 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. For those who have enrolled in a coaching institute, they 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 2018 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 is very good. Also, 2iim 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 confidence 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 discussion related to CAT preparation.

 

Also Read:

CAT 2018: How to prepare for QA section

CAT 2018: How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

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i m going to start my preparation for cat 2021. i dont want to join an institution for this so tell me how can i prepar for it to crack the cat.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019
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.

First things first, know the syllabus. And 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 because even Rome wasnt built in a day.


NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

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.

Preparation tips:

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


We can recommend a few books for you:

NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha


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i am to going start my preparation for cat 2021 , can you please tell me a better institution for coaching in delhi?

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I am a SC category student. My Academic record is 83.60% (10th), 68.46% (12th) and 2.41/4.00 (Graduation). What should be my CAT score to get a call from FMS Delhi ?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

FMS or the red building of dream as they say is one of the most sought after management schools in our country. To get a call from such an institution with so much of competition is not an easy task. Even with the SC reservation you have to score a minimum of 98 percentile to get a call from FMS due to limited number of seats and such a high competition.

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