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CAT 2017: 11 Must Read books for exam preparation

Jul 28, 2017 15:55 IST

    Someone has rightly said that “Books are a man’s best friend” and when it is a question of preparing for the entrance exams, there is no better source than the books. Management competitive exams such as CAT need focused preparation and books can help you keep a track of your preparation in a topic-wise manner. They are the best resource to bank upon and are travel-friendly as well. You can carry them with you as a reference teacher and can start studying when you have time.

    For CAT 2017 a few months left for the exam date to come and test your aptitude. So buckle up your best and get ready to study hard before the time runs out. But be careful that you pick and choose the right sets of books to prepare for the exam as they will also reflect upon the quality of questions that will be asked in the exam.

    Here we bring for you a list of must read books for CAT exam preparation for its three different sections i.e., Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). Take a look at the books which will streamline your preparation and will help you score high percentile in the CAT Exam.

    But before you find out about the best books for CAT Exam preparation, let us take a look at the exam pattern expected in the CAT 2017.

    CAT 2017: Exam Pattern

    Based on last year’s exam pattern, the expected structure of CAT 2017 exam is:

    S. No.


    Number of Questions

    Duration in minutes


    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension




    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning




    Quantitative Ability







    Ratio of MCQ vs. Non-MCQ Questions in CAT Exam

    The CAT question paper can be further categorised into MCQ and non-MCQ based questions.                  


    No. of Questions

    No. of Non-MCQs




    DI & LR









    CAT 2017: Quantitative Aptitude Section Books     

    1. Quantum CAT: This book is written by Sarvesh K Verma, and serves the best quant study material for all CAT Exam aspirants.

    2. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation: This book is written by Nishit Sinha. This book is published with several new updates and additions. The author is a veteran of the industry with more than 10 years of experience in this subject. You can expect quality question to crack the quant section of CAT Exam.

    3. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT: The book is being authored by Arun Sharma.  The book is highly recommended as it is easy and simple to understand.  This book is one of the best seller and must read one, because it offers a systematic and scientific method of topic discussion.

    4. Mathematics Formula & Shortcuts eBook: It is an ebook and carries all the Formula that comes handy in solving the quant question in no time. Learn to apply shortcuts and formulas in order to solve any problem related to mathematics. It is a must read for CAT aspirants as they struggle to manage time in cracking tricky questions in the exam.

    Free CAT Quantitative Aptitude Study Material

    CAT 2017: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section Books

    1. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test: Another informative and reliable book that is authored by Arun Sharma. The book contains examples and best methods for the aspirants to prepare logical reasoning section with a very practical approach. Cracking CAT exam will become a piece of cake with this book in your shelf.

    2. Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations: Pearson Guide is a comprehensive book that offers a combined approach to crack data interpretation and logical reasoning. This is help for students as it also focuses on other MBA entrance examinations as well.

    3. How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Common Admission Test: The author of this book is Arun Sharma. It is said that DI doesn’t have a set syllabus. This book includes several test papers of DI which are based on current CAT exam pattern.

    Free CAT Data Interpretation Study Material

    CAT 2017: Verbal Ability Section Books

    1. Word Power Made Easy: Authored by Norman Lewis, this book is a must read for all the CAT Exam aspirants as it teaches words and their meaning in a concrete manner. The book is broadly divided into three sections. By way of simple techniques, the author has presented easy tips for improving one's vocabulary and word skills. After having created awareness about the new words and their meaning, he then goes onto explain how to make their correct usage.

    2. Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary: Another important book which is an essential for the CAT exam aspirants. The pocket guide is a must have in your list because it will enhance your comprehension power and make reading a cakewalk for you. CAT Exam carries 2-3 reading comprehension passages, and if you have mastered the vocabulary then cracking RCs in less time will become easy. 

    3. How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill): It is a workbook through which you can practice questions and tips based on previous CAT papers.

    4. General English ebook for Competitive Exam: This is an interesting ebook which you can carry in your mobile as well. In order to enhance your English language skills for CAT exam the ebook offers objective question and includes chapters such as reading comprehension, grammar usage, vocabulary, sentence rearrangement and 10 extra practice exercises.  Every chapter has more than 60 solved examples with in-depth explanation for your better understanding.

    Free CAT Verbal Ability Study Material                        

    About CAT Exam

    The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most coveted MBA entrance exam. It is held annually and conducted by one of the IIMs on rotation basis. In 2017, IIM Lucknow has been entrusted the responsibility of conducting CAT Exam for lakhs of aspirants. CAT is a computer-based test is taken over by more than 2 lakh candidates for admissions to premium management institutes of India.  

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