Must Read Books for CAT Aspirants

Sep 26, 2018 12:10 IST
Must Read Books for CAT Aspirants

Someone has rightly said that “Books are a man’s best friend” and when it is a question of preparing for the entrance exams, there is no better resource than the books. Especially for management competitive such as CAT where good preparation is the key to success, books can prove to be of great help. They help students keep track of their preparation in a topic wise manner. Books are the best resource to bank upon and are travel-friendly as well. You can carry them with you as a reference teacher and can start studying whenever you have time.

With the start of CAT 2018 registration process, there are but a few months left for the students to prepare their best for the CAT exam. It's high time for the students to buckle up and study hard for the entrance exam. But it's also crucial that they pick the right study material. And in this article, we bring you a list of some must read books for the CAT aspirants. The list features books for preparation for all the three different sections of the CAT exam i.e., Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). These books can the students streamline their preparation and score a high percentile in the CAT Exam.

But before moving on to talk about the must-read books for CAT Exam preparation, let us take a look at the exam pattern of the CAT Entrance Exam.


CAT 2018: Exam Pattern

Based on last year’s exam pattern, the expected structure of CAT 2018 exam is:


Number of Questions

Duration in minutes

MCQ ques with negative marking

MCQ questions with no negative marking

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



24 to 27

7 to 10

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning





Quantitative Ability



23 to 27

7 to 10




70 or 76

22 or 28

CAT 2018: Quantitative Aptitude Section Books     

1. Quantum CAT: This book is written by Sarvesh K Verma, and serves the best quant study material for all CAT Exam aspirants.

2. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation: This book is written by Nishit Sinha. This book has been published with several new updates and additions over the years. Mr. Sinha is a veteran of the industry with more than 10 years of experience in this subject. You can expect quality question to crack the quant section of CAT Exam.

3. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT: The book has been authored by Arun Sharma. It is a highly recommended book as it is easy and simple to understand. This book is one of the best sellers and must read one because it offers a systematic and scientific method of topic discussion.

4. Mathematics Formula & Shortcuts eBook: This ebook carries all the Mathematics formulas and shortcuts that come handy in while solving the quant question. Using this e-book students can learn to apply shortcuts and formulas in an order that helps them solve the quant section question in the CAT exam in no time. This e-book is a must read for CAT aspirants as it helps them manage time taken in cracking tricky questions in the exam.

Free CAT Quantitative Aptitude Study Material

CAT 2018: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section Books

1. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test: Another informative and reliable book that has been authored by Arun Sharma. The book contains examples and best methods for the CAT aspirants to prepare for the logical reasoning section with a very practical approach. Cracking CAT exam will become a piece of cake with this book in your shelf.

2. Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations: Pearson Guide is a comprehensive book that offers a combined approach to crack data interpretation and logical reasoning. This book is helpful for students as it also focuses on other MBA entrance examinations as well.

3. How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Common Admission Test: The author of this book is Arun Sharma. It is said that DI doesn’t have a set syllabus. This book includes several test papers of DI which are based on current CAT exam pattern.

Free CAT Data Interpretation Study Material

CAT 2018: Verbal Ability Section Books

1. Word Power Made Easy: Authored by Norman Lewis, this book is a must read for all the CAT Exam aspirants as it teaches words and their meaning in a concrete manner. The book is broadly divided into three sections. By way of simple techniques, the author has presented easy tips for improving one's vocabulary and word skills. After having created awareness about the new words and their meaning, he then goes onto explain how to make their correct usage.

2. Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary: Another important book which is essential for the CAT exam aspirants. The pocket guide is a must have in your list because it will enhance your comprehension power and make reading a cakewalk for you. CAT Exam carries 2-3 reading comprehension passages, and if you have mastered the vocabulary then cracking RCs in less time will become easy. 

3. How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill): It is a workbook through which you can practice questions and tips based on previous CAT papers.

4. General English ebook for Competitive Exam: This is an interesting ebook which you can carry in your mobile as well. In order to enhance your English language skills for CAT exam the ebook offers objective question and includes chapters such as reading comprehension, grammar usage, vocabulary, sentence rearrangement and 10 extra practice exercises.  Every chapter has more than 60 solved examples with the in-depth explanation for your better understanding.

Free CAT Verbal Ability Study Material                        

About CAT Exam

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most coveted MBA entrance exams. It is held annually and conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotation basis. For CAT 2018, IIM Calcutta has been entrusted the responsibility of conducting CAT Exam for lakhs of aspirants. CAT is a computer-based test is taken over by more than 2 lakh candidates for admissions to premium management institutes of India.  

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