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Best Book for CAT Preparation 2016

You know that the first step to prepare for a competitive exam is to collect the study materials for that exam.

These materials should be as per official syllabus and error free. So, it is a hard decision to collect the study materials and books which can lead you to the way of success.

Exam will be held on 4th December 2016. So, you have very less time in hand. That is why we have prepared a list of the best books from the recommendation of toppers in the previous years.

There are plenty of books as well as other materials to prepare for CAT 2016 in the market. But, you cannot decide which book  is perfect for achieve the goal and get selected for an IIM in India.

So, we have decided to list the best books in this article to help you in this work. We have prepared this list surveying the recommendations of top scorers of IIM-CAT and other experts.

From hundreds of books for CAT preparation, we will advice you to buy only a few books those are prepared by experts having years of experience for this exam and have vast knowledge of exam pattern and exam preparation.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test and organized by the Indian Institute of Management to selecting the aspirants for business administration programs every year.

To qualify in CAT, you have to score good in each section of this CBT. There will be 03 sections in this test-

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC),
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and
Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA).

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List of Recommended Books for CAT:

Book No. 1- Complete course Pack for CAT [Set of 12 Books]:

This Pack of Course contains 12 books with a total of 2150 pages:
1. All You Need to know about ALGEBRA
2. All You Need to know about NUMBER SYSTEM
3. All You Need to know about ARITHMETIC
4. All You Need to know about GEOMETRY
5. All You Need to know about HIGHER MATHS
6. All You Need to know about DATA INTERPRETATION
7. All You Need to know about LOGICAL REASONING
8. Verbal Ability
9. Reading Comprehension
10. Grammar Accelerator
11. Vocabulary Pocket Book
12. All You Need to know about VOCABULARY

This study materials is a complete guide and comprehensive resource for CAT exam. All the topics have been elaborated nicely along with adequate exercises for practice.

Author has carefully given the fundamentals of all topics with solved examples with innovative approach and shortcut techniques.

You will found Previous years CAT solved papers along with 6000+ practice questions with detailed solutions in this set. This books will help you achieve higher score.

The Vocabulary book provides the smartest way to learn multiple words in the shortest possible time, with unique concepts of grouping of words for faster learning.

This will help you a lot in revising all the topics properly. This pack of books is recommended for beginners for a good preparation startup.





Book No. 2 How to Prepare for the Cat Common Admission Test [Set Of 4 Books]:

This Set of books is prepared by Arun Sharma And Meenakshi Upadhyay. This is wonderful package to crack the CAT in the first chance.

The author of this package is known for his experience and capacity to prepare students to get success especially in CAT Exam. Arun Sharma is a post graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

He has been training corporate house and CAT aspirants since 1996 and has personally trained over a thousand students into the IIMs and other top B Schools.

Besides, he holds the unique distinction of clearing the CAT 16 times in a row, with a score of 99.99 percentile in CAT 2008

So, these books are highly recommended by the previous candidates and toppers for you. These books reflects the vast knowledge of the authors and contains the following books-

1. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:
2. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation:
3. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning:
4. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude


Logical Reasoning Section have 8 different sub-sections to enrich your knowledge. You will get

1: Logical Reasoning Section
2: Verbal Reasoning Section
3: Reasoning Exercises Based On Level Of Difficulty
4; Reasoning Question Types From Other MBA Exams
5: Past Years' Solved Questions From The CAT Section
6: Past Years' Solved Questions From The XAT Section
7: Past Years' Solved Questions From The IIFT Section
8: Past Years' Solved Questions From The SNAP

Moreover, Quantitative Aptitude section have the following sub-sections-

1. Additions And Subtractions (As An Extension Of Additions)
2. Multiplications
3. Divisions, Percentage Calculations And Ratio Comparisons
4. Squares And Cubes Of Numbers

Authors have divided the quantitative aptitude section in some blocks-

Block - I
1. Number Systems
2. Progressions

Block - II
3. Averages
4. Allegations

Block - III
5. Percentages
 6. Profit And Loss
7. Interest
8. Ratio, Proportion And Variation
9. Time And Work
10. Time, Speed And Distance

Block - IV
11. Geometry And Mensuration
Part I: Geometry
12. Coordinate Geometry

Block - V
13. Functions
14. Inequalities
15. Quadratic Equations 16. Logarithms

Block - VI
17. Permutations And Combinations
18. Probability
19. Set Theory


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Section wise Books for CAT Preparation 2016:

1. Book for CAT English/Verbal Ability Test:

This test includes Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.


  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT can help you more clearly to score maximum in this section. The book emphasizes on how to tackle the VA & RC section of the CAT and other MBA examinations with ease.
The new edition of the bestselling book by renowned authors Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay who are acknowledged CAT trainers gives clear guidance on how to attempt the various types of questions along with tips and tricks that help save time.

This book is a must-have for aspirants appearing for CAT examinations. Moreover, it includes the latest pattern of questions that are being asked in the examination.



2. Book for CAT Mathematics/Quantitative Ability Test:

This test includes Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, menstruation, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.


  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs
This is an all-inclusive book for students aspiring to land a seat in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This tailor-made book has been designed to meet the requirement of CAT, so that even a non-mathematics background student can qualify the test paper as easily as someone with mathematical prowess.

This study resource will help candidates in standing on their tip-toes to face the exam by encouraging problem solving using intuitive skills and mental arithmetic in the pragmatic approach. Hence this will act as ‘THE’ book for students preparing for CAT, XAT, CMAT, SNAP, IIFT and other management entrances can refer to.

The book has been divided into 21 chapters namely Fundamentals, Averages, Alligations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Percentages, Profit, Loss & Discount, CI/SI/Instalments, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry, Elements of Algebra, Theory of Equations, Set Theory, Logarithm, Functions & Graph, Sequence, Series & Progressions, Permutations & Combinations, Probability and Co-ordinate Geometry.

Brief summary has been provided in the beginning of each chapter along with point wise importance of certain topics covered in between the chapters. Also a number of introductory exercises have been provided in between the chapter once a certain topic is complete. Each chapter ends with three levelled practice exercises including the final round which will help in final revision and self-analysis of the level of understanding of a particular chapter.

For effective comprehension of the concepts on which the questions are based, answers along with Hints & Solutions to these practice exercises have also been provided.

The book also contains last six years’ (2011-2016) solved papers of SNAP, XAT & IIFT to help aspirants to get an insight into the recent years’ examination papers.

With ample and best preparation material for Quantitative Aptitude, this book aims at helping aspirants score high in the upcoming management entrance examinations.




  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
IIM preparation specialist Arun Sharma is the author of this book. Quantitative Aptitude is a key component to unlocking a winning CAT score Authors vast experience in his field is reflected in every chapter of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT.

The book comprehensively covers all topics, including Numbers, Average and Mixtures, Arithmetic and Word-based Problems, Geometry, Algebra, Counting, etc. in a very accessible and easy manner.

Besides teaching the subject, the author instructs aspirants successfully to strategies, manage time and analyse their knowledge pattern accurately to make the most of a time-bound elimination exam.

The book provides mock test papers for continuous test rehearsal and has problems of varying difficulty levels for rigorous practice. It’s a must read for any and all CAT aspirants today.




3. Books for CAT Data Interpretation Test:


This test includes Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, etc.


  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT
This book is prepared by renowned author Arun Sharma who is an acknowledged CAT trainer. It is essential for aspirants to develop skills in Data Interpretation to the level where they can comfortably attempt questions based on this topic.

This book gives clear guidance on how to attempt the various types of questions in less time and with more efficiency.

This book is a must-have for aspirants appearing for Common Admission Test as it includes the latest pattern of questions presently asked in the examination.




4. Book for CAT Logical Reasoning Test:


In this test Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc


  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT
A good score in the LR section considerably eases the pressure on doing well in the Verbal Ability section. This is a best book prepared by Arun Sharma, a renowned author and an expert in his field.

This book treats Logical Reasoning as a subject of immense importance for CAT.

It provides clear guidelines on how to successfully tackle the questions asked in this section.



5. Book for Previous Years Solved Papers:

Study of previous years papers can help you to get an idea of the question pattern of CAT 2016. This recommended to study previous papers to enrich your preparation level higher.

There are lots of books in this category. But we will prefer you to collect McGraw-Hill Education’s Previous Years CAT Solved Papers (topic wise), prepared by the well-known team of Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay is a compilation of solved question papers of CAT over the past years.

It also includes the previous years’ XAT and IIFT solved papers from 2013 onwards.



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So, this is the ultimate list of best book for CAT preparation 2016. You can follow this list if you are ready to buy some books for this exam.

But, study and practice is the main part of the preparation for any competitive exam. No book can help you to score the highest without your own willingness and proper routine of study time.

Make a time-table and divide your total syllabus in some parts. Try to finish each par in a particular period so that you can finish the whole syllabus before the exam.

Take 4-5 days to revise your syllabus. This will better help you to remind the previous chapters you have finished.

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