Best Books for CAT 2020 Exam

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 10 Jan, 2020 14:40 IST

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Best Books for CAT 2020

Candidates aspiring to appear in the CAT entrance should be well aware of best books for CAT 2020. CAT is one of the most popular management entrances in India which in turn establishes the fact that the level of competition in this exam is very high. To ace such an entrance knowledge about which books to refer for preparation is very important. We have provided all the information related to the topic in this section. 

Books are considered to be the best and the most effective medium for gaining knowledge. Detailed knowledge about the different topics present in the CAT syllabus is required to crack the entrance. To meet such needs, candidates refer to various preparatory books. Nowadays the market is flooded with number of books which leads to confusion among the student about which book to choose. There are certain instructions that have been provided by us in the section below that will help the candidates to choose the best and the most relevant books for CAT examination.

CAT or Common Admission Test is a national level entrance conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. The aim of the exam is to provide admissions to courses offered by 20 IIMs and more than 1000 B-schools in India.

Candidates are also advised to go through the syllabus of CAT 2020. Only then can they choose appropriate books to prepare for the entrance. Collegedekho has also provided the section-wise list for various sections of the CAT 2020 syllabus. It is advisable to go through the page with utter diligence and concentration to end all confusions related to this particular topic.

How to Select Books for CAT 2020

Candidates should keep the pointers given below in mind while choosing books for the preparation of CAT 2020:

  • Candidates should always go for the books which have been published recently and is of the latest edition. The syllabus of the entrance keeps on getting changed and updated from time to time. Preparing from the books of latest edition and publishing year will help the candidates to know about the updated version of the syllabus.

  • Candidates should select books which mainly focus on exam preparation strategy, sample papers and previous years’ question papers. 

  • They should also go for the books written by written by renowned authors and published from reputed publishing houses. It is to be noted that the popularity and good will can only be gained if the content is good. Certain books are popular for a reason, they provide the candidates with authentic information which can turn out to be effective in the preparation process.

  • Candidates can also refer to the books and study materials provided by the coaching institutes. These books explain difficult topics in simple ways. 

  • They should always compare the content of a few books dealing with similar topics before choosing one for the purpose of preparation. 

Section-Wise Best Books for CAT Preparation 2020

The syllabus of CAT 2020 can be divided into following sections - Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Data interpretation & Logical Reasoning.  Candidates should prepare separately for the different sections of the syllabus. We have provided section-wise preparatory books for preparation of CAT 2020 in the table below:

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
  • Sarvesh K Verma's Quantum CAT
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • NCERT Mathematics books for Class 8, 9 & 10

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Arihant Publication
  • R.S. Aggarwal's A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay's How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning by Nishit Sinha

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT
  • Nishit K. Sinha's Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
  • NCERT books
  • Word Power Made Easy by NORMAN LEWIS

CAT Preparation Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

One of the best and highly recommended books for preparing numerical section. Tata McGraw Hill (TMH) publications is the publisher.

Quantum CAT Written by Sarvesh K Verma

This books features a wide variety of questions and maintains the level of difficulty as well.

Nishit K. Sinha's Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

This book is published by the Pearson education, this book covers new updates and additions including equations, co–ordinate geometry, number system, etc.

Abhijit Guha's Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Published by Tata McGraw-Hill, this book covers almost all topics required for CAT preparation.

CAT Preparation Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT

Published by TMH publication, this book explains all the fundamental concepts related to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

Nishit K. Sinha's Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation for the CAT

Pearson publication is the publisher of this book, which includes most of the advanced and fundamental topics in DI and LR.

CAT Preparation Books for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Authored by R.S. Aggarwal and published by S. Chand publications, this book is easy to comprehend and offers simple explanations.

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning by Nishit Sinha

This book is a fine composition of both sections.

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

Apart from various tips and tricks to tackle different questions, this book also has the latest exam pattern so that the candidates can become familiar with the paper.

While these books have been recommended to tackle the CAT question paper, you must also try and stay updated with the latest national and international news by reading newspapers and magazines regularly, by watching news channels and listening to the radio. Keeping a track of daily news will help you achieve success in further admission rounds of B-Schools, which may include GD & PI and WAT.

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