CAT is the most widely-attempted and highly competitive national level management entrance examination. In order to qualify the examination, you need to buckle down and prepare strategically. As CAT does not have a specific syllabus and a specified list of books for preparation one need to choose the best books very smartly. Since, November 25, 2018, is approaching it is extremely vital for the aspirants to do their preparation precisely. We have prepared a list of the best books for effective CAT 2018 preparation specifically for the three sections viz. QA, VRC, and DI & LR.
Books for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
How to Prepare for Quantitative for the CAT by Arun Sharma published by Tata McGraw-Hill: The book has a lot to offer and the author has done a great job in explaining the concepts. The theory is detailed aptly along with problem exercises.
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit K Sinha published by Pearson: The author is an IIM Lucknow alumnus and has been training aspirant for B-school entrance examination for more than 10 years. He has curated this book as per the updated syllabus and pattern of the examination.
The Complete CAT Digest by Arun Sharma published by Tata McGraw-Hill: The book is a beginner’s guide for the CAT aspirants. It has more than 1000 practice problems, previous years solved CAT question papers. It also has the Diagnostic Test section for the aspirants to test their knowledge and check how prepared they are.
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exam by Trishna Knowledge Systems published by Pearson: The book has everything required to help the students preparing for the CAT and other MBA entrance examination. There are various models and concepts to give students a very strong base. It has solved examples and many exercises for the students to practice.
Books for Verbal and Reasoning Comprehension (VARC)
This section is designed to test the English language proficiency of the students. The questions are divided into two parts Reading Comprehensions and English Usage. The section is further classified into Verbal Reasoning, Grammar, and Vocabulary. Let’s have a look at the list of the best books for the preparation of VARC.
How to Prepare Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and MeenakshiUpadhyay published by TATA McGraw Hill: This book is a one-stop solution for successfully attempting this section. It covers all vocabulary-based questions. Students learn to take a scientific approach to solve questions within the allotted time frame.
Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by T.I.M.E published by Pearson: The book includes the detailed explanation of verbal ability and logical reasoning sections. The entire content is prepared to make it easier for the aspirants to prepare. Each concept is concluded with practice exercises to cover the entire course. It helps the students to tests themselves at every stage of their preparation.
The Pearson Guide to Verbal ability and Logical reasoning by Nishit Sinha: This book will help the students to develop cutting-edge skills required to crack the CAT in 2018. It provides a complete coverage of both verbal ability and logical reasoning sections. Students will learn different problem-solving techniques that will hone their interpretative skills. The book gives an insight of the actual question pattern of CAT.
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal: The author has arranged the questions based on the latest pattern of examination. The book has a large number of solved and unsolved questions of the students to practice. It includes the full explanation of each topic covering the entire syllabus.
Books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section of the question paper are structured to test the analytical and reasoning skill of the candidates. This section covers Seating Arrangement, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graph, and similar topics.
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma published by TMH: This book by Arun Sharma focus on the key topics of DI and have detailed explanation of the different type of graphs. It has lots of tricks and tips to solve lengthy graphical questions within the specified time frame.
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha published by Pearson: Nishit K Sinha has very smartly written this book for the students preparing for CAT. This book equips the learners with special skills to solve any sort of questions from the DI and LR section of the question paper. This book is helpful for the students preparing for Management entrance examinations like MAT, CMAT, NMAT, etc.
Pearson’s Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by T.I.M.E: Students get to learn the detailed explanation of verbal ability and logical reasoning sections. This book covers all the topics and has practice tests for the students to test their preparation. It also helps the students to understand how to attempt questions within the specified time limit.