Best Books for CMAT Preparation 2021

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Best Books for CMAT 2021

Studying from the best books for CMAT 2021 are a must while preparing for Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), which is a popular exam that will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for all the management aspirants. To crack an exam of a national-level like CMAT 2021, one of the first steps is to find the CMAT 2021 best books for preparation. Although there is no shortage of best CMAT 2021 preparation books in the market, choosing the best ones can prove to be a difficult task.

CMAT 2021 will be conducted on 22/27 February. Candidates' ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness will be evaluated through CMAT 2021. Candidates taking the entrance exam should have access to the right study material for CMAT 2021 in order to crack the entrance exam. Choosing the right set of books will not only guide the candidates in their exam preparation but will build their foundation for a career in the field of management.​​​

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Section-Wise Best Books for CMAT 2021 Preparation

When preparing for CMAT 2021, a candidate will have to purchase different books for every section. Usually, you should buy only a single book to prepare for each section of CMAT 2021. This is because buying more books than required can increase the pressure on a candidate to go through every one of them. It may also cause confusion in the mind of a student.

Hence, it is always always better to do proper research, ask your peers, look for recommendations from teachers and exam toppers and then buy the book that you find best. However, you can purchase multiple books containing sample papers or previous year question paper sets. Having a good question bank to go through is a good idea but only if you will be able to take advantage of them in your preparation.

CMAT 2021 Best Books for Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude

When it comes to the Quantitative Aptitude section, a candidate must have a good knowledge of Mathematics. However, this section also tests a candidate's ability to understand the given information and reach correct answers quickly. Hence, the section is not about the method but about the speed and accuracy at which a candidate processes the information to arrive at the answer.

Hence, simply picking up Maths books for this section would be a failed strategy. Instead, a candidate must improve their skills by studying books from various quant experts available in the market. Candidates who wish to improve the basic concepts can refer to NCERT books of the Class X and XII level. However, for questions and practice, use the best books for Quant in CMAT which have been provided below.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CMAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Jaimin Shah

CMAT 2021 Best Books for General Awareness

General Awareness is a very vast section where many different topics are covered. Here, a candidate can be versatile with the selection of books. Making reading the newspaper a daily habit is also a good idea to excel in this section and if you read an English newspaper, it will also help you get better for the Language Comprehension section of CMAT 2021.

A candidate must divide their studies into static GK and current affairs and focus on both when preparing for the section. However, it is important to limit your studies so that it does not take up the time to prepare for other sections as well. Hence, it is advisable to play it smart and look at the previous year question papers and CMAT exam analysis to guide your preparation.

The list of best books for CMAT has been given below.

  • General Knowledge by Disha Experts

  • General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey

  • Manorma Year Book or India Year Book

CMAT 2021 Best Books for Language Comprehension

The Language Comprehension section in CMAT 2021 gauges a candidate's ability to understand and use English properly. Candidates must be able to frame grammatically correct sentences, have a good vocabulary and should be able to understand the information given in the passage format. The best books for CMAT Language Comprehension section include books that make understanding rules of grammar easy.

School-level English Language books are good to increase your knowledge but they have information that is unnecessary from a competitive exam's point of view. However, books specially designed for MBA exams increase a candidate's skill in special areas. Students who are already in the habit of reading will find it comparatively easier to prepare for this section.

The best books for Language Comprehension section in CMAT 2021 have been given below.

  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability by Sujit Kumar

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

  • Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and other MBA Examinations

CMAT 2021 Best Books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

DI and LR is one of the toughest sections in CMAT as it requires extensive practice and has limited tricks to improve. A candidate must open up their point of view and increase their reasoning capacity with practice to do well in this section. There are many good books available in the market that will not only help you gain the theoretical knowledge to ace this section but also provide some good tricks available to improve.

There are many ways in which the question paper can trick a candidate or send the candidate down the wrong path when solving a DILR question. Hence, a candidate must learn to use their time very judiciously when attempting this section. The best books from reputed authors for the DILR section of CMAT are contained in the following list.

  • A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning By R. S. Aggarwal

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • The Hand On Guide To Analytical Reasoning And Logical Reasoning by Peeyush Bhardwaj

  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

Some Other Books for CMAT 2021 Preparation

Here is a list of some other important books for CMAT 2021 which the candidates can refer to while preparing for CMAT 2021 exam:

  • The 3 Edge Advantage Series: CMAT Practice Sets (Old Edition) by Ayush Gupta, Ashwani, Diwakar Sharma, R.K. Behl

  • The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT Common Management Admission Test (Old Edition) by S.K. Sinha, S. Satyanarayan, Col. J.S. Rana

  • CMAT 15 Practice Sets (Common Management Admission Test) free online mock test

  • MBA Solved Papers (CMAT, MAT, IIFT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT) by Gautam Puri

  • CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) Exam Guide Paperback– 2016 by RPH Editorial Board

  • CMAT Entrance Guide with 5 Mock Tests by Disha Experts

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FAQs about CMAT Books

How do I prepare for General Awareness in CMAT?

Read the newspaper daily. It will not only increase your general awareness but will also help in improving your English. For static GK, refer to a good book such as General Knowledge by Disha Experts, Manorama Year Book etc.

Which books are recommended for CMAT Logical Reasoning section?

To prepare for Logical Reasoning in CMAT, some of the best books include A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning By R. S. Aggarwal, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha etc.

What are the best books to prepare for Quant in CMAT?

Some of the well known books for Quant preparation in CMAT are Quantitative Aptitude for the CMAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Jaimin Shah, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal, Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma etc.

How can I improve my vocabulary for CMAT?

Developing a reading habit will help you increase the vocabulary for CMAT. Books such as Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis will also help you improve your vocabulary.

Which are the best books for Language Comprehension in CMAT?

Some of the best books for CMAT Language Comprehension include The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability by Sujit Kumar, Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations from TIME etc.

Are school books sufficient to prepare for English in CMAT?

Yes, English books till class 12th can help you prepare for CMAT but you must also refer to the previous year question papers and sample papers to get an idea of which type of questions appear in the exam.

Is one book sufficient or should I buy multiple books for CMAT preparation?

It is recommended to buy books section-wise for CMAT. This is because you will be able to choose multiple authors with expertise in their subjects.

How do I select the best book for CMAT?

The most important thing to note would be that the book covers the complete syllabus of the exam or the section for which you are preparing. You should also consider the style of writing, reliability of author and publisher etc.

Is it possible to prepare for CMAT without coaching?

Yes, if you have a good preparation strategy and use reliable sources of study material, you can definitely crack CMAT without coaching.

Can one single book be called best to prepare for CMAT?

The best book for CMAT preparation can be different for various candidates. Each book has its own style of writing and it might not be suitable for every student.

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