Best Books to Prepare for CAT

There are a lot of CAT prep books out there. That’s great! It means the test is well-supported. But what are the best books to prepare for CAT?

If you look at student reviews and teacher recommendations online, a number of books are mentioned time and time again. These books, written by knowledgeable authors and offered by major publishers, are the most reputable on the market. Let’s look at some of the top CAT books.

Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability: Your Best Books

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT, 7th Edition
    Author: Arun Sharma
    Year of Publication: 2016
    Publisher: McGraw Hill
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    This book covers all the math topics from the CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus. It includes 4 mock CAT Quant sections, with answer keys and explanations.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
    Authors: R.S. Agarwal
    Year of Publication: 2017
    Publisher: S. Chand Publishing
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    As indicated by the title, this book is not specific to the CAT. Instead, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations takes a look at the kind of math you need for graduate and professional standardized tests in India. This is a good book for those who may be taking other exams in addition to the CAT. The other advantage of this book is that it covers math topics that haven’t been seen on the CAT Syllabus in recent years, but may appear on the CAT again in the future.

    CAT Verbal Ability Prep: Books to Look For

    • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT, 7th Edition
      Authors: Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
      Year of Publication: 2016
      Publisher: McGraw Hill
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      Another McGraw Hill Book by Arun Sharma. This time, Sharma has a co-author, Upadhyay. The structure of this book is a bit more complex than Sharma’s CAT Quant book. In this Verbal volume, there are chapters on building general reading skills, and improving skills in Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are also numerous Verbal practice questions, organized by question type and difficulty level. As a bonus, there are archived CAT Verbal questions form real past CAT exams. Finally, there are special vocabulary study sections, with word lists and sets of phrasal verbs.

    Recommended Reading for CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    • Data Intepretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT 2016
      Author: Nishit K. Sinha
      Year of Publication: 2016
      Publisher: Pearson
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      This volume is formatted as a workbook. The strategy advice is very methodical, guiding readers through each question type. This is followed by diagnostic tests, practice tests, practice question sets organized by type and difficulty, and practice sets from previous CAT papers (2002-2008). For comparison, there are also practice sets that deal with data and logic from other exams. The book includes some example questions from SNAP, XAT, and IIFT.

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