Best Books for CAT 2018 Exam

Get the complete list of best books for CAT 2018 Exam Preparation suggested by CAT Toppers and Experts. These books will help you prepare for the toughest MBA entrance exam i.e. CAT 2018. The list of CAT Books includes books for Quant, DILR and VARC sections.

Best Books for CAT 2018 Exam
Best Books for CAT 2018 Exam

If getting into the IIMs is your ultimate goal, best Books for CAT Exam can help you ace not only the toughest MBA entrance exam but also help you to get into your dream B-school. However, when it comes to top Books for CAT 2018 exam or even other MBA entrance exam, there are several books, authors and publishers that claim their books are the best for CAT preparation.

But looking at the bigger picture, choosing the right books to prepare for CAT 2018 exam might turn out to be a turning point that may change your future. Therefore, experts at have listed the best books for CAT exam prep in all the three sections. So, let’s check them out.

Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude Section

Starting with the Quantitative Aptitude section,  Quant accounts for 34 out of total 100 questions asked in the CAT exam paper. Within these 34 questions, 25 questions are objective in nature i.e. in MCQ format while the rest 9 are descriptive or TITA type question. For most candidates, Quant can prove to be the high scoring section. But experts have noticed that over the years, the difficulty level of Quant questions in CAT exam has increased which means aspirants need targeted preparation and books that can point them in the right direction. To crack the quant section, candidates can refer the following books:

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  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
    • Key Highlights
      • Covers all major topics of Quant
      • Contains 5500+ questions with detailed solutions
      • Designed in line with the changing CAT exam pattern
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by  Sarvesh K Verma
    • Key Highlights
      • Consists of over 300+ Quant Concepts
      • Consists 4000+ Solved Questions in various topics
      • Offers timesaving tips, tricks, shortcuts and analytical methods
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
    • Key Highlights
      • Consists of 19 chapters and 5 test papers
      • Each chapter consists of three parts i.e. Theory & FundamentalsàSolved ExamplesàPractice Questions
      • Covers all topics in Quant Syllabus: Averages & Mixtures, Numbers, Word Based Problems etc

Best Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section

VARC section consists of 34 questions in the CAT exam. In terms of section-wise break-up, 24 Questions are from Reading Comprehension, while the rest 10 are from Verbal Ability section. To crack the VARC section, you can refer to

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
    • Key Highlights
      • Covers Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning
      • Contains 200+ reading passages with different difficulty levels
      • Latest solved question papers of different MBA entrance exams
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
    • Key Highlights
      • Covers: Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, CAT papers, Sectional Tests
      • Offers section-wise explanation, presentation, practice exercises and model test questions
      • 2000 solved questions + 5 simulated CAT online tests
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
    • Key Highlights
      • Ideal for improving Vocabulary for VARC section
      • Offers hundreds of contextual usage of vocabulary words
      • Explains correct pronunciation and usage of words
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma &MeenakshiUpadhyay
    • Key Highlights
      • Divided into: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning and CAT Papers (Real and Sample)
      • Contains: different type of RC questions, solved RC passages from past CAT exams
      • VA section offers chapters, exercises and tips on Vocabulary usage
      • Explains Verbal and Critical reasoning with examples and exercises

Best Books for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

The DILR section commands 32 questions in the CAT MBA entrance exam. Both the sections i.e. DI and LR command equal weightage with 16 questions each. CAT toppers have advised aspirants to refer to the following books for DILR section:

  • How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
    • Key Highlights
      • Covers fundamentals of Data Interpretation
      • Offers conceptual clarity with break-up of DI concepts for prep
      • DI and Data Sufficiency Questions with different difficulty level
      • Suggests, tips, shortcuts and tricks to handle DI section
      • Contains 45 Test papers with fully solved Mock Tests and MBA Exam papers
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
    • Key Highlights
      • Simple and well-defined approach to Logical Reasoning
      • Explains Concept of Reaction Tracker to solve LR Questions
      • Contains exercises and questions of variable difficulty level
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
    • Key Highlights
      • Covers both fundamentals and advanced DI topics
      • Chapter-wise follow-up exercises for practice
      • 5 Section tests + 2500 solved DILR questions + Model Test Papers

These were the best books for CAT preparation suggested by toppers. These books will not only help you understand the key concepts easily but also ensure that you have enough practice questions to help improve your overall speed and accuracy.

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