15 Must Read Books For CAT Preparation

The usual and the most popular confusion MBA Aspirants have regarding CAT Preparation is about books/study material for CAT. The choice of books is vast and quite varied. But what MBA Aspirants need to understand is that it is not the choice of books that they refer to but how they refer to these books. All books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it. So here we provide you with a list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests. The task for aspirants now is to recognize their current stage of preparation, identify which style of books they find a perfect fit with and devise strategy for cat accordingly.

CAT Exam Preparation Books (Section-Wise)

CAT Preparation Books

Quantitative Ability How-to-Prepare-For-Quantitative-Aptitude-For-CAT-By-Arun-Sharma
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (2018)
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh Kumar (2018)
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha (2016)
Price/Where To Buy INR 543 (Amazon) INR 561 (Amazon) INR 511 (Amazon)
Verbal Ability How-to-Prepare-for-Verbal-Ability-Reading-Comprehension-for-CAT-By-Meenakshi-Upadhyay-Arun-Sharma
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT
by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (2018)
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
by Nishit Sinha (2016)
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis (2014)
Price/Where To Buy Price – INR 552 (Amazon) Price – INR 496 (Amazon) Price – INR 140 (Flipkart)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning A-Modern-Approach-to-Logical-Reasoning-By-R.S.-AgarwalA Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal (2018) How-to-Prepare-for-Logical-Reasoning-and-Data-Interpretation-for-CAT-By-Arun-Sharma
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT
by Arun Sharma (2011)
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
by Nishit Sinha (2016)
Price/Where To Buy Price  – INR 320 (Amazon) Price – INR 455 (Flipkart) Price – INR 523 (Amazon)

Quantitative Ability:

  1. NCERT mathematics books (6-10)
    These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems else not recommended.
  2. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
    This book by Tata McGraw Hill is very popular among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. The USP of this book is that it has 3 levels of difficulty for each topic which helps students to prepare not only for CAT but also for other exams such as NMAT, SNAP, MAT, XAT, IIFT, etc.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
    This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
  4. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
    It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It is a one stop book for people with as well as without mathematical background due to its lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.
  5. Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha
    This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications. The USP of this book is that it has been written by an IIM Lucknow alumnus who specialises in CAT Training and Coaching.
Must Read: How to Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude For CAT

Verbal Ability:

  1. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma
    This book is apt for students who want to brush up their verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.
  2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT by Nishit Sinha
    This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches. It is one of the best books you can find on this topic.
  3. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
    This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary. This book may or may not have a direct impact on your score for verbal ability but it will ensure that you’re well prepared for WATs, GDs and PIs.
  4. High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
    It is a sacred book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability.
  5. Read books from different genres
    The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.
Book Name Author’s Name Genre
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Quest, Adventure fiction, Fantasy Fiction
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Novel, Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction
A Brief History Of Time Stephen Hawking Cosmology
The Hard Thing about Hard Thing Ben Horowitz Biography
War & Peace Leo Tolstoy Novel
Ulysses James Joyce Novel
First Among Equals Jeffrey Archer Political Fiction

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

  1. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
    This book is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.
  2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
    This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.
  3. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
    This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.
  4. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha
    This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.
  5. Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha
    Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Nishit Sinha: This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years’ Solved CAT Paper: This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.


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