CAT 2021 — Here’s a list of must-have books for preparation

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CAT 2021 —  Here’s a list of must-have books for preparation
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  • CAT is regarded as one of the toughest exams in the world.
  • The year 2020 saw a drop in the number of applicants with 2.3 lakh registrations, due to the pandemic.
  • A list of books with which you can prepare for all the sections included in CAT.
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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted every year for admission of students in post-graduate management programmes in business schools like the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). CAT is regarded, by many, as one of the toughest exams in the world.

Every year, more than 2 lakh students register themselves for the exam. However, the year 2020 saw a drop in the number of applicants with 2.3 lakh registrations, due to the pandemic. This was the lowest since 2016.

While preparing for aptitude-based exams like CAT — which is scheduled for November 28 this year — where the exact syllabus is not defined, it is important for aspirants to holistically prepare themselves with relevant resources. The aspiring students should choose books and study material, which covers the entire gamut of the exam.

The CAT exam is divided into three sections — Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.

Below is a list of books with which you can prepare for all the sections included in the CAT exam, as suggested by Amit Poddar, senior regional head of T.I.M.E, a coaching institute for entrance exams

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For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)



1. Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Trishna Publications
This book contains detailed explanations on verbal ability and logical reasoning sections. It is also attuned with the latest exam patterns to keep the students updated. The book is an ideal source to hone the skills with practical guidelines with a wide range of questions that appeared in the last few years.

2. How to Read Better and Faster by Norman Lewis
This book is recommended for improving reading speed, concentration and retention. It offers simple and yet effective techniques for refining reading abilities to grasp more words from the text, be it books, magazines or newspapers.

3. All About Words by Maxwell Nurnberg
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All About Words is recommended for building vocabulary and improving communication skills. It’s an easy repertoire of words showcased with different methods to improve vocabulary. This book also discusses the roots and origins of words.

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4. How to prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
This book follows a holistic approach for the preparation of the VARC section. It contains some easy tips and tricks with easy explanations of the concepts including sample papers and solutions.

For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Trishna
This is one of the most ideal books for the CAT exam as it comprises exhaustive coverage of topics and fundamental explanation with concise presentation. It also contains solved examples and exercises from easy to hard level of questions and three AIMCATs (mock tests), which allow students to assess their level of learning and get prepared for the actual examination.
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2 . More Puzzles to Puzzle You by Shakuntala Devi
More Puzzles to Puzzle You will give you an exhaustive set of puzzles, which are designed to be challenging and will stimulate your brain. The book contains brain teasers and riddles, which will help you sharpen your mathematical skills.

Candidates can also refer (suggested by Business Insider)

3. How to prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma
This book will give you an insight into the basic concepts of data interpretation and logical reasoning with neat and descriptive diagrams, flow charts, and tables. It also contains previous year question papers and sample papers based on upgraded format.

For Quantitative Ability



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1. Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Trishna
Quantitative Ability requires a lot of practice, and so this book contains large numbers of solved examples in each chapter based on different levels of difficulty. It also discusses detailed steps of how to solve questions on each topic and also ways to comprehend the relevant concepts easily.

Candidates can also refer (suggested by Business Insider)

2. How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
This book is an ideal guide to prepare for the quantitative ability section. Besides solved questions, it also discusses tips and tricks on how to solve these questions with ease, during the examination with less time.

3. Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha
This book is perfectly designed for students to make them understand the foundational concepts of the section. Every topic is discussed in detail with tips and strategies for understanding. The series of questions are also strategically framed on the basis of difficulty level.
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