Books Every MBA Aspirant Must Read Before The CAT Results Come Out

Since you have already decided to pursue an MBA, it’s only fair that you acquaint yourself with what’s in store for you. Reading some of these books will give you different perspectives not only on business but also on life. It will expose you to the myriad challenges that businesses faced and how they overcame them to emerge victoriously. The stories of various entrepreneurs will certainly enrich your business acumen. And if nothing else they will only inspire you to get that coveted seat in your dream college.

 

1.    We are like that only. Understanding the logic of Consumer India

This book by Rama Bijapurkar is an excellent read to understand how to win the Indian consumers and the Indian market. A graduate from IIM Ahmedabad she has worked as an independent consultant and her understanding of the Indian consumers is very well articulated in the book.

 

2.    Connect the Dots

This book talks about 20 entrepreneurs who made it big without the ‘MBA tag’. Having sold over 1,00,000 copies, the book revolves around ‘Jugaad, Junoon, and Zubaan’. Authored by Rashmi Bansal, the book promises an extremely inspiring read.

 

3.    The Case of the Bonsai Manager

Authored by Tata Group veteran Mr. R Gopalakrishnan, the book talks about managers why some managers are not able to achieve their full potential and climb the corporate ladder. The author draws upon various instances and anecdotes from his life to put across his point in a lucid manner. It has some life-changing leadership lessons narrated crisply.

 

4.    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This self-help book published in the year 1988 by Stephen R Covey is a must read for anyone looking for self-improvement. The 7 habits it talks about are – Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. The book has sold over 25 million copies across the globe.

 

5.    Who Moved My Cheese

Published in 1998, the book describes changes in one’s work and life and four reactions to those changes by two mice and two ‘little people’ during their hunt for cheese. This book has the distinction of being the New York Times Bestseller for almost five years in a row. As future managers who would change bosses, jobs and work in different locations, this book promises to be an enlightening read.

Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list. There are a million of books you can read while preparing for CAT or while waiting for your results or when you are bored preparing for entrance exams all day. In case you want to go through more reading lists, you can check out 5 Books To Read Before And During Your MBA, 5 Must Read Books For MBA New Joinees, and Books You Can Read While Preparing For CAT.

samaksha vaish

Samaksha Vaish is a second year student at IIM Lucknow. He is also a member of the Industry Interaction Cell and Manjunath Shanmugam Trust.

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