You know that the first step to prepare for a competitive exam is to collect the best study materials.
These materials should be as per official syllabus and error free. So, it is a hard task to collect the study materials and books which will help you to get success.
That is why we have prepared a list of the best books from the recommendation of toppers of the previous years.
There are plenty of books as well as other materials in the market to prepare for CAT this year. But, you may not decide which book is perfect for you to achieve the goal and get selected for an IIM in India.
So, we have created a list of the best books in this article to help you. We have prepared this list on the recommendations of top scorers of IIM-CAT.
The Best books for CAT Recommended by Toppers:
- Complete course Pack for CAT [Set of 12 Books]:
- How to Prepare for the CAT (Common Admission Test) [Set Of 4 Books]:
From hundreds of books for CAT preparation, we advise you to buy these books which are prepared by experts having years of experience of this exam and have a 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 more in each section of this CBT. There will be 03 sections in this test-
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC),
Part II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and
Part III: Quantitative Ability (QA).
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Best Books for CAT Preparation:
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Section wise Best books for CAT Recommended by Toppers
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 exam.
2. Best books for CAT Mathematics Recommended by Toppers:
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 a comprehensive 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.
There are total 21 chapters in this book. You will find Fundamentals, Averages, Alligations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Percentages, Profit, Loss & Discount, CI/SI/Instalments.
Moreover, there are topics including 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.
There is a brief summary at the beginning of each chapter along with the pointwise importance of individual topics covered in between the chapters. Also, some introductory exercises have been provided in between the section once a particular item is complete. Each chapter ends with three leveled practice exercises including the final round which will help in last revision and self-analysis of the degree of understanding of a particular section.
For adequate 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 fundamental 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 analyze 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. Best books for CAT Data Interpretation Test Recommended by Toppers:
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 try 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 question papers presently asked in the examination.
4. Best books for CAT Logical Reasoning Test Recommended by Toppers:
In this test Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix method, 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 the 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. Best books for CAT Previous Years Solved Papers Recommended by Toppers:
Study of previous years papers can help you to get an idea of the question pattern of CAT 2017. This suggested reviewing past 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 renowned 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 2017. You can follow this list if you are ready to buy some books for this exam.
But, study and practice is the central part of the preparation for any competitive exam. No book can help you to score the highest without your willingness and proper routine of study time.
Make a time-table and divide your total syllabus into some parts. Try to finish each part 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 completed.
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