CAT Books 2022: Check out best books for CAT preparation

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CAT books - Every exam preparation is mainly dependent on the books one studies. If you are planning to appear for CAT 2022, the time to begin preparation is now. Start with the most recommended books for CAT preparation. These CAT books are essential for understanding each topic of CAT syllabus conceptually and theoretically.

Making the right choice of CAT books is the first step towards a full-proof preparation; but the market is flooded with a range of CAT books and each one of them claim to be the best. Thus, how to ensure that you are referring to the right books? For that, Shiksha has collated a list of subject wise best books for CAT recommended by experts and toppers. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, so you have about four months to prepare for it. Start now with the list of CAT books for Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension.

Also Read: CAT 2022 Preparation - Coaching vs Self Study

Best Books for CAT Preparation

Once you decide to appear for the exam, go through the list of CAT books available in the marker. Consult friends and mentors to choose the best among those in order to prepare well for the exam. The list of best books for CAT includes the ones by Arun Sharma, Nishit Sinha and RS Aggarwal. Shiksha has shared below, section-wise top CAT books that you must consult while preparing for the CAT. 

Also Read: CAT 2022 - Conducting IIM, syllabus, pattern

CAT Books for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

QA is considered to be the toughest section of CAT exam as it is Mathematics based and calculation intensive. Listed below are most recommended CAT books for Quantitative Aptitude and their USP:

CAT Book Name and Author

USP

NCERT Mathematics books (Class 9-10)

NCERT Mathematics books are very good for students of non-Science background for brushing up fundamental concepts and theorems to solve advance level Quant problems later.

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

This book by Arun Sharma is very popular among aspirants as it teaches basics in a simple manner and is easy to understand.

Each topic covered in this book has three levels of difficulty and five test papers which helps aspirants cover all types of questions - from low to high.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

This book by Abhijit Guha is a comprehensive resource for Quant preparation for not on CAT but also other MBA entrance exams as well as competitive exams.

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma

This book by Sarvesh Sharma is highly recommended for students from non-Maths background or those who find QA difficult. Its USP is easy flow of language and over 4000 questions with answers.

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha

Nishit Sinha is an IIM Lucknow alumnus and CAT expert. This book written by him is the best source to understand advanced concepts and application.

Plus, it has over 4000 solved questions and five online mock tests

Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal

Oldest reference book for QA since 1989, this RS Aggarwal authored book covers all the topic and has over 5500 questions with answers for practice.

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CAT Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The DILR section of CAT is usually of moderate to high difficulty level. Sometimes it can be tricky. The key to crack CAT DILR section is understanding the pattern of puzzles and practice of sample questions. Given below is the table indicating best CAT books for DILR:

CAT Book Name and Author

USP

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Agarwal

This book by RS Aggarwal is highly recommended for beginners who need to start with the most basic LR concepts.

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

This book covers all the topics of Logical Reasoning. Explanation of each topic is followed by problems with different difficulty levels for candidates to practice and assess their preparation level.

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

This book covers all the topics of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency along with sample questions, previous years CAT questions and model test papers.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book has five section tests and 500+ solved DILR questions along with self-assessment tests and model questions for SNAP, XAT and IIFT.

Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha

This practice book is not only useful for CAT but also for other MBA entrance exams like XAT, GMAT, NMAT, CMAT, etc.

CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by Gautam Puri

This book covers all advanced level of topics and solved problems. It also contains 5 mock tests and topic wise solved papers of over 15 years.

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Free DILR Questions with Answers for Practice Free QA Questions and Answers for Practice
Free VARC Questions with Answers for Practice

CAT Books for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

A candidate's VARC score is directly proportional to their grip on English grammar and reading power. The more you read, the better will be your English comprehension. Check the list of best CAT book for VARC below:

CAT Book Name and Author

USP

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

This book is one of the most exhaustive ones for VARC preparation comprising concepts, explanation, tips, exercises and model questions. It is divided into four parts – RC, VA, VR and sample papers.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For the CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book contains lasted topics and exercises of VARC along with five mock tests, over 2,000 solved questions and seven years’ solved CAT question papers.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

This book is one-stop-shop for strengthening vocabulary. It I easy to use and has pronunciation, contextual explanation and usage of each word.

High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

This book is the best source to study English grammar and usage. This book is recommended at school-level to build a strong foundation in spoken and written English.

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

This book is of great help in developing word power & usage and improving pronunciation with simple exercises and self-tests.

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Best Books for Reading Comprehension

To crack RC section of VARC developing the habit of reading is very important. During CAT preparation phase, you must find out time to read books and novels of different genres so that in the exam you are well prepared for all types of RC passages. Reading extensively will also develop your word power. Listed below are some of the popular fiction and non-fiction books recommended for MBA preparation:

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey

Management

A Brief History of time

Stephen Hawking

Science

Cosmos

Carl Sagan

Science

War & Peace

Leo Tolstoy

Fiction

Ulysses

James Joyce

Fiction

An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharta – Jaya

Devdutt Patnaik

Mythology & Management

India in Slow Motions

Mark Tully

Politics

Capitalism & Freedom

Milton Friedman

Economics

Maximum City

Suketu Mehta

City Life - Mumbai

Shantaram

David Gregory Roberts

Autobiography – City Life

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

Fiction

Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela

Autobiography - Politics

Wings of Fire

APJ Abdul Kalam

Autobiography

Shantaram

David Gregory Roberts

Autobiography – City Life

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

Fiction

A Brief History Of Time

Stephen Hawking

Cosmology

The Hard Thing about Hard Thing

Ben Horowitz

Biography

First Among Equals

Jeffrey Archer

Political Fiction

CAT Preparation Books: Section Wise Weightage 

To make CAT preparation plan, one needs to know what is the composition of the test. This is also necessary for selecting the best books for CAT preparation. Check below the section wise composition of CAT question paper:

CAT 2022 Section

Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

24

40 minutes

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)

20

40 minutes

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

22

40 minutes

Total

66

120 minutes

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FAQs Related to CAT Books and Study Material

Q: Which CAT books are the best for beginners?

A: Beginners should start CAT preparation with NCERT Maths (Class 9-10) for Quantitative Ability and Wren & Martin for Verbal Ability. Once they have completed the fundamentals, they should move to advance level books.

Q: Is the study material provided by coaching institutes enough for CAT preparation?

A: The MBA coaching institutes provide complete and comprehensive study material for CAT preparation. However, if any student feels the need to refer to other CAT books, they can do so. Most of the recommended CAT books available in the market have sample questions for practice, which students must use to their advantage.

Q: Which book is the best for Quants preparation?

A: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha, Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha and Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal are highly recommended for Quants preparation.

Q: Is Wren & Martin enough for CAT Verbal Ability preparation?

A: Wren & Martin's High School English Grammar is highly recommended for CAT Verbal Ability preparation but candidates must also study from Word Power Made Easy and practice sample questions on Verbal Ability.

Q: Do CAT books contain solved sample questions?

A: Yes, most of the CAT books by Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Verma, Nishit Sinha and RS Aggawal contain a large number of sample questions (4,000) with answers. CAT aspirants must refer to these books for maximum benefit.

Q: Are Arun Sharma’s books enough for CAT preparation?

A: Yes, Arun Sharma’s books are highly recommended for CAT preparation as they not only cover the CAT syllabus exhaustively, but also contain test papers of various difficulty levels.

Q: If I solve sample questions from CAT books, will that be enough?

A: No, CAT aspirants must also solve CAT mock tests. The CAT exam preparation is incomplete without practicing enough number of mock tests. CAT is a speed-based test and it is necessary to improve speed and accuracy in solving questions on the computer screen.

Q: How many mock tests should I attempt for CAT preparation?

A: Experts recommend that one should attempt at least 25-30 full-length CAT mock tests. Previously, some CAT toppers have practiced even 50-80 mock tests. However, one should be their own judge and not over do anything. If you reach a point in solving mock tests where you score 99+ percentile and maintain good time-speed ration, you should stop practicing more.

Q: How much time is required to complete CAT syllabus?

A: Typically, one needs three to four months to complete CAT syllabus. However, those who have attempted CAT before can complete it faster. So, start CAT preparation latest by June-July and complete the syllabus by September. 

Q: Should I start a new chapter in the last week before CAT exam?

A: It is recommended not to start any new chapter in the last week before CAT exam, but dedicate that week to revision. The preparation you've done for past many months will be enough to help you crack the exam, one or two topics will not make much difference. 

Q: Is self-study with the help of recommended CAT books enough to crack the exam?

A: It depends upon the candidate. Some of the previous toppers have cracked CAT by self-study, which some recommend coaching. Cracking CAT by self-study is possible but one needs to work harder.

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Which college can I get with 75 percent marks in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 11

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

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Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal78+ PercentileIndian School of Mines, Dhanbad75 PercentileAmrita School of Business, Coimbatore75 PercentileJaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur75 PercentileBirla Institute of Techn...Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
78+ Percentile
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
75 Percentile
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur
75 Percentile
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
75 Percentile
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar & Pune
75 Percentile
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile Management, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr. SR University, Chennai
75 Percentile
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur
75 Percentile
Christ University, Bangalore
75 Percentile
FMS, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad
75 Percentile
IBS Business School, Hyderabad
75 Percentile
National Institute of Technology, Warangal
75 Percentile
BIMTECH, Greater Noida
75 Percentile
SOIL Gurgaon - SOIL Institute of Management
70 Percentile (Minimum)

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While filling CAT 2022 form, I followed the best of 5 marking pattern for SSC which is not correct. Can I fill the form again?

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yash sahani

Contributor-Level 6

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We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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Harsh Rastogi

Beginner-Level 5

4 weeks ago

No, you cannot fill the form again. You should always read the instructions carefully before filling any form.

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I have heard that UGC has given regulations for CAT eligibility that the colleges can accept CAT eligibility for the past two years. Is it?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibil...An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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ANKIT Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. After which candidates will have to take the following years' CAT exam for admissions in respective institutes. Most of the Institutions/Universities in India accept the CAT score for admissions.

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What percentile should I score in CAT exam to get MDI Gurgaon under defence quota?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a s...Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a safe bet.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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How to start preparing with CAT and IIFT?

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Sunit Chatterjee

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
2. Do sudoku and basics of dilr
3. Do quant from ncert if your basics are weak if it is strong then do past year paper or previous year mock
5. Give ample amount of mock and sectional test thanks.

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I am applying for CAT 2022 and also had applied for CAT last year. Do I need to re-register or should use last year's credentials?

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ANISHKA LUNAWAT

Beginner-Level 5

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Yes, you have to apply for the CAT form again from the beginning even if you have registered last year also. Since exam score is valid for only one year.

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I have a gap year in my engineering. What should I fill in the duration of course in CAT form? Should I fill 4 or 5 years?

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Sonima Dwivedi

Beginner-Level 5

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It will still be counted as 4 years.

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I'm under waiting list at a rank of 64 CS and 14 (IT) in ETH category in CUSAT CAT 2022. Is there a chance to get admission with these?

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Shubham Chakravarty

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position accordin...Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100
Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position according to the CUSAT CAT score and S denotes the actual score of the candidate. Once the percentile index is calculated, the authorities will integrate the Percentile Indices to calculate the relative position of a candidate in the CUSAT CAT rank list 2022 for a particular engineering programme.

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I have scored 71% in 10th,64% in 12th and in UG, 70%. I belong to SC category. Can I get into FMS or not with 90 %ile in CAT?

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Yash Jain

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

With 90 percentile in CAT you can get admission in FMS. For SC category the criteria of FMS is between 50 to 80 percentile.

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