Did you believe them when they said that books are your best friends? Of course, you didn’t because you already have best friends, who are fun and helpful. But can you rely on them as you prepare for the all-important CAT? If not, then let’s revisit the “Books are your best friends” concept.
Now this comes from CAT 2014 topper, Abhishek Kaul himself. “It’s a good idea to prepare for the sections you are weak in, with the help of books.” That’s exactly what he and several other toppers have done over the years to good effect. CAT Prep books are indeed going to be your best and constant companions, as you get closer to your exam date.
Getting hooked on the right books
Given the sheer number of CAT test takers in the country every year, there is a lot of material and resources available in the market. Not all these books are top notch, while some might be better suited for your preparations than the rest. Here are our Top Six books for different sections that are a part of your CAT.
Top Six CAT Prep Books are:
- The Quantitative Ability section tests your algebra, mathematics, geometry and other skills related to problem solving approach. Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT’, from publishers Tata McGraw Hill is your best bet because it keep things simple. You will find questions at the end of every chapter for your convenience.
- How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, is another smart option for the section. It’s packed with mock tests and previous years’ solved papers.
- Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension has questions on English Usage and they can be divided into reasoning, vocabulary and grammar. How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay is a book with practice questions and tips, which you might find handy while preparing for the section.
- You can also get your hands on Norman Lewis’ Word Power Made Easy, which many CAT takers swear by.
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section usually involves cases where you have to interpret the data and answer questions. The Pearson Guide to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha gives you all the insights you need. The book also comes with a CD for your benefit.
- Trishna’s Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations, can also be quite helpful for prep in this section.
These books can be your lifesavers as you try to do your best to bell the CAT.