There is plethora of books and study material available in the market as well as on the internet for CAT, what is important is to choose the right set of books and leverage them in the right way to get the best benefits for acing the exam. So, let’s get to the list without further ado!
1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
This is a popular choice of the CAT aspirants, the reason being the ease of comprehension. Not only for CAT but it is also best bet for other MBA entrance exams like IIFT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, MAT etc. The book focuses on basic concepts and also divides the stages of preparation based on the difficulty level of questions like it is tailor made for these entrance exams.
2. Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha
The author of this book is an IIM Lucknow alumnus whose expertise lies in CAT training and coaching and hence contains all the core topics explained in depth. This is very useful to solve the advance applications of the basics.
3. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
This is one of the best books for the CAT aspirants especially the ones from the non-mathematical background to make their way into IIMs. This book provides a lucid and crafted way to solve the CAT problems.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
1. How to prepare for verbal ability and reading comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
It consists of 3 main topics verbal ability, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension to brush up on the concepts and also enough mock tests for practice.
2. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
This is mainly focused on enhancing one’s vocabulary by working on the exercises daily. This will also help in the GDs, WAT and PI after the CAT exam.
3. Read books from different genres
This is very important to improve on the reading and comprehending speed which is an important factor which directly impacts the CAT score. Reading up from a variety of genre ensures that one is familiar with different styles and topics that might occur in the comprehension reading passages. Few recommendations would be A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, The God of small things by Arundhati Roy, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz to name a few.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
1. A modern approach to Logical reasoning by R. S Agarwal
This book is well structured as it has the topics segregated for easy understanding of the problems and their relevant approach to the solutions.
2. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha
This book contains basic and advanced problems on the topic and also contains a lot of solved examples for better understanding.
3. How to prepare for data interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
This books has the topics explained in detailed followed by solved examples and previous year papers to gain enough practise.