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Best Books to Prepare QA, VARC and DILR For CAT 2021

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“What are the best books for CAT preparation?” – If you’re also in the search of a satisfactory answer for this particular question then let us tell you that you’re not alone in this struggle. Honestly, as there is a countless number of books available in the market for CAT Exam preparation, it becomes quite challenging for the candidates to pick out the relevant and quality ones. A wrong choice here from your side can cost you a lot such as substandard quality books can decelerate your preparation process, can provide you with false information or knowledge, and sometimes you may even lose interest in the particular subject just because of this.  


So, what to do now…?? Okay, so you need to be a bit careful and aware while picking out the books (or any other study material as well) for your CAT Exam Preparation. For instance, you can discuss it with your mentors, teachers, etc and then shortlist the most-recommended books, check if it is updated with the latest syllabus and covered all the required topics or not, check its readability level, check the author’s credibility & other peoples’ reviews as well, etc. After applying all these filters – you’ll surely end up having some quality and enriching books in your library.  

Also, to make things a bit convenient for you and to save a lot of your precious time – here, in this article, we’re providing you with several most-recommend books for CAT Preparation for each section. So, let’s get started:  

Quantitative Ability (QA)

1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT – By Arun Sharma

The ”How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT” book by Arun Sharma is undoubtedly one of the best books available in the market to prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT Exam. It consists of comprehensive theory as per the latest pattern & syllabus including numerous shortcut techniques for solving the problems quickly. Moreover, the book is divided into 3 difficulty levels namely Basic, Intermediate and Advanced for the ease of candidates. Also, there is a “Taste of the Exams” section that primarily covers all the questions that have come in previous years’ CAT, XAT, and other related exams.  

2. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT – By Nishit K. Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT book consists of almost everything to prepare for all the renowned MBA entrance exams including CAT, IIFT, XAT, etc. The topics in this book are discussed thoroughly with the help of concepts, tips & strategies along with detailed analysis of the same. The questions are categorized into different difficulty levels such as Warm-up, Foundation, Moderate and Advanced. Other than that, there are 4000+ solved questions, 5 section tests – CAT online exam simulator in CD, an additional section for Campus Recruitment Exams, revised benchmark tests for self-evaluation, and much more that come along with this book.

3. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT – By Sarvesh K Verma

Another enriching book to prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT Exam is Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT. This book is created in such a way so that even a student from a non-mathematics background can prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section conveniently and score well in the exam. The book has been categorized into 21 chapters based on the latest syllabus where each chapter starts with a short description of all topics covered in the particular chapter, and it ends with 3-leveled practice exercises to make you proficient with the topic. Some other prominent features of this book are: more than one solution for a question is provided, last seven years’ solved papers, etc.  

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

1. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT – By Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

It is another book by Arun Sharma which is very much recommended for the CAT Exam Preparation. The content of the book is updated with the latest exam pattern and syllabus and the book allows you to do sufficient practice on reading comprehension questions with a special focus on short passages. You also get to learn various worthwhile tips and tricks for sentence correction. Other than that, new TITA-type questions are included in the book for immense practice and various previous year questions are also provided here. Moreover, a detailed analysis of the past years’ papers is also provided in the book.

2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT – By Nishit K Sinha

The book prepares you for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section for CAT Exam (and other related exams like XAT, SNAP, etc.) in a most effective way. The content in the book is provided in a very clear and comprehensive manner. You’ll be provided with around 2500 fully solved questions and the practice exercise here are provided in beginner to advanced difficulty order for the ease of the candidates. Also, to keep the book updated with the latest pattern & syllabus – few outdated passages are replaced with new ones and two additional chapters on ‘Odd One Out’ and ‘Best Summary of the Passage’ have been added.

3. Word Power Made Easy – By Norman Lewis

Indeed, good command over vocabulary is very much needed to score well in the VARC section of the exam – and to improve your vocabulary, this book by Normal Lewis would be a perfect choice. The book allows you to understand the word structures as it breaks down a complex word into chunks to give you an idea of its meaning. It teaches you the words in such an interesting manner that you can remember the particular words for many years. Also, you need to know that the book will also help you in further stages after CAT such as in WAT, GD, and PI.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

1. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT – By Arun Sharma

The book starts from the basics of Data Interpretation to make things more clear to you. After covering this book thoroughly, you would be able to attempt DI questions comfortably in CAT Exam in less time and with more efficiency. Here, there are different sections available to deal with traditional and logical data interpretation separately. For instance, there are 10-minute test papers included in traditional data interpretation and 12-minute test papers included in logical data interpretation. Also, completely solved mock test papers based on the latest CAT syllabus & pattern along with previous years’ questions are also provided in this book.

2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT – By Arun Sharma

This book provides you with a clear understanding and approaches to successfully attempt the questions asked in the logical reasoning section. It familiarizes you with the type of questions that are being asked in CAT and other related exams from the Logical Reasoning domain. The solutions to questions are provided with the unique approach of the “REACTION TRACKER” that shows you how to solve Logical Reasoning questions. Various new chapters like cubes & dice, games & tournaments, set theory, and network diagrams are added in the book based on the latest exam pattern and syllabus. Moreover, previous years’ questions and mock test papers are also provided here.

3. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT – By Nishit K. Sinha

Another book that you can consider to prepare for the DILR section of the CAT Exam is this one. It covers all the fundamental and advanced topics with respective examples and exercises for each topic to help you in mastering Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. Talking about some of the enriching features of this book – here you’re provided with more than 2500 solved questions, 5 section tests (CAT online exam simulator in CD), the latest practice tests with varied difficulty level from warm-up to advanced, model tests papers, revised benchmark tests for self-evaluation, etc.

So, these are some of the best books for CAT exam preparation. Along with these recommended books, you can also consider other reliable resources such as:

  • You can refer to the study material provided by the best coaching institutes.
  • You can also explore quality YouTube videos and worthwhile online courses.
  • Read newspapers and journals, especially to improve vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.
  • Take guidance from your teachers or seniors who have previously given CAT to clear your doubts, etc.

In the end, don’t forget the importance of giving mock tests and even start giving them as soon as possible. Other than that, you just need to be consistent with your preparation & keep practicing – and you’ll surely pass the CAT exam with flying colors…!!

How to Prepare for the CAT Exam?

For the most efficient and effective preparation of the CAT exam, GeeksforGeeks brings you the CAT 2021 Preparation Test Series. This course covers all three sections i.e. Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) – and here you’ll get timed tests of different difficulty levels that are designed to help in tracking both speed and accuracy. In addition, theory regarding important sections is also provided in the tracks which aid both in concept building and revision.

The course consists of 27 Sectionals Tracks, 27 Sectional Contests, and 3 Full-Length Mocks, and let us tell you that both the tracks and the contests assess you on three levels of difficulty to help you prepare for the question of any difficulty level you might face in the examination.

CAT 2021 Test Series

The CAT 2021 Preparation Test Series is being provided to you at a student-friendly price, INR 499/- Also, you’ll be provided with a detailed explanation after the test completion for all the required questions. It will surely help you in clearing the doubts and improving your problem-solving skills.

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Last Updated : 24 May, 2021
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