Recommended CAT Preparation Books from Experts

By Debasmita Mohapatra

One of the main sources for preparing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) is choosing of the best and right books for each section individually along with a broad study plan, timetable and mock test series etc. Some students prefer to take coaching classes whereas some students choose to prepare for it by self-study. But whether you take coaching classes or not, along with study materials recommended books for CAT are always necessary. Books can help a student in understanding the fact and figure better.

As the CAT exam is going to be held in 24th Nov 2020, so the candidates have already started their preparation with a well-planned strategy, collecting best books according to the expert’s advice, giving mock tests, aim at covering the syllabus, etc.


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Here are some suggested books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

Name of the Book Author/Publisher name
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashish
CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma


Suggested books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

Name of the Book

Author/Publisher Name

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
PSC for VA for CAT  Nishit Sinha
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Sharma and Upadhyay


Suggested Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

Name of the Book Author/Publisher name
CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha


We have collected the reference of some experts from top coaching institutes across the country about the perfect books for the preparation of CAT 2020. Here are their views-


Tarun Malik, MBA experts:

According to Tarun Malik, students must have the basic fundamental clear regarding CAT preparation. He suggested giving mock tests which is one of the best ways to crack CAT because only by testing, one can make himself deserving to crack CAT as he/she already has an idea upon selecting questions, the sequence of questions to attempt, maintaining speed with accuracy and most importantly pressure handling. The study materials offered by the coaching institutes are sufficient but he recommended some books, a student should take a look on-

Name of the Book Author/Publisher name
High School English Grammar and Composition Book Wren and Martin
Quantum CAT Arihant Publications
Past Years' CAT Questions G.K. Publications
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis

Expert Tarun suggested some newspaper and magazines for CAT preparation such as The Hindu, Time, Business Week, National Geographic, The Economist, Newsweek, Fortune, Business world, etc.


Pratik Gour, IMS India

Mr Pratik recommended some books that are must for a student to give it a try such as IMS Theoretical Books of Verbal & Quant which help in concept clearing as well as consist of the question to solve that help in practice. Another one is CAT 500 that contains “500 must solve questions” which the candidate has to finish within time just to be more confident.

IMS CSB Books- The communication skill builder & the Advance-edge a monthly magazine which contains news and happenings along with any recent Test or B school-related information are also recommended by him.

Other recommended books are:

Name of the Book Author Genre
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey Management
 Cosmos Carl Sagan Science
A Brief History of time Stephen Hawking Science
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Autobiography - Politics
Wings of Fire APJ Abdul Kalam Autobiography
Capitalism & Freedom Milton Friedman Economics
The Time Machine (non-fiction) H G Wells Science Fiction
Around the world in Eighty Days  Jules Verne Adventure
Three Men in a Boat Jerome K Jerome Humour


Deekshant Sehrawat, MBA guru:

Books recommended by Deekshant Sehrawat for the preparation of CAT 2020 are:

 Name of the Book Author/Publisher name
 Quantum CAT Sarvesh Kumar Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination  RS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Nishit Sinha
Verbal Ability & reading comprehension Ajay Singh


Here we have tried to get you some ideas about the best book regarding CAT, the experts’ advice and some preparation tips for CAT 2020. Apart from this hard works and smart works are the keys to success.


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