CAT 2021 Booklist

To ace the CAT exam, aspirants need honest, integral, and dedicated preparation. The preparations for this exam begin with the right books. While searching the markets and famous bookstores, one comes across various study references. However, it is tough to choose the best ones. In this guide, we have shortlisted some of the best-known books that should be in your CAT 2021 Booklist for different sections and will surely help you prepare well.

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Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) has issued the notification for CAT 2021 and scheduled the exam for 28 November 2021. As per the CAT 2021 Exam Pattern, its syllabus comprises three sections; Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.  In this CAT 2021 Booklist, we have included some of the top reference books (section-wise), which the aspirants may consult during their preparation.

Section-wise CAT 2021 Booklist

SectionBest Books
Quantitative AptitudeNCERT Mathematics Books (Class 8, 9 & 10)Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CATNishit K. Sinha’s Quantitative Aptitude for the CATSarvesh K Verma’s Quantum CAT
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionR.S. Aggarwal’s A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningNorman Lewis’s Word Power Made EasyArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay’s How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATNishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningNishit K. Sinha’s Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATArun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT R. S. Aggarwal’s A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningArun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT

CAT 2021 Booklist for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

QA is one of the toughest sections of the exam and tests the problem-solving capacity of the aspirant. To score well in this section, aspirants require brilliant observation and swift answering skills. Some of  the best QA books to include in the CAT 2021 Booklist are:

  1. NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 8, 9 & 10)

NCERT books are really helpful in clearing the basic Maths concepts. We advise all aspirants to go through these books at least once to brush up on their problem-solving skills.

  1. Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

This book features 3 sections having numerical problems for different difficulty levels. Include this book in your CAT 2021 Booklist to thoroughly prepare yourself for the exam and get a good score.

  1. Nishit K. Sinha’s Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

This book by Pearson covers new updates and focuses on an in-depth understanding of concepts like equations, coordinate geometry, number system, etc. 

  1. Sarvesh K Verma’s Quantum CAT

It includes a diversity of questions and explains the solutions in multiple ways. It is an ideal book to understand difficult concepts and practice questions as per your difficulty level. 

CAT 2021 Booklist for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Aspirants must have a good command of English grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills to score well in the VARC section. Some good VARC books for CAT 2021 are:

  1. Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay’s How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

This book covers three major topics; verbal ability, verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension. It provides different tips for solving questions and includes the latest exam pattern and mock papers.

  1. Nishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Another outstanding book to include in your CAT 2021 Booklist, this book includes exhaustive material for verbal ability, numerous tests, and problem-solving techniques and methods. 

  1. R.S. Aggarwal’s A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

It explains every question and problem in a very easy-to-understand language and includes many sample questions. It also provides various fast and short problem-solving techniques. 

  1. Norman Lewis’s Word Power Made Easy

Indeed, an influential book to enrich your vocabulary. Though it may not help in your score in VARC, it will certainly help you prepare for GDs, PIs, and WATs.

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CAT 2021 Booklist for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

DILR section includes questions that test the aspirant’s logical and analytical abilities. To score higher in this section, you need regular practice along with out-of-the-box thinking to solve tough questions easily and quickly. Some of the best books to include in your CAT 2021 Booklist for the DILR section are:

  1. Nishit K. Sinha’s Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

This book covers the basics and advanced concepts applied in DILR and has explained different topics using detailed examples.

  1. Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT

This reasoning book is apt for CAT aspirants and explains different topics in detail, and it also includes practice questions. The book features different difficulty levels and helps in preparing thoroughly.

  1. R. S. Aggarwal’s A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

This book explains even the complex topics in simple language. It suits all aspirants no matter what is their knowledge level.

  1. Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT

A must for the CAT 2021 Booklist, this book includes a significant number of problems and quick-solving methods and tricks. The publication updates it every year as per the latest syllabus.

Conclusion

Aspirants need to prepare thoroughly for all sections and topics included in the syllabus of CAT 2021 and consult appropriate reference books. They must curate the best preparation plan to ace this exam, one of India’s toughest exams. This guide mentions a  section-wise CAT 2021 Booklist that may be of great help in scoring high CAT percentile.

FAQs:

Is there a CAT 2021 Booklist I can refer to?

We advise you to refer to our CAT 2021 Booklist mentioned above and practice problem-solving with the online mock test series to clear this exam.

What is included in the CAT Syllabus 2021?

The CAT Syllabus 2021 includes three sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI).

When should I start preparing for CAT 2021?

CAT is one of the toughest exams in the country, and to ace this exam, you need to start your preparation at least a year before the exam. You need to make a good preparation plan and practice using some good reference books to brush up on your skills. We have provided CAT 2021 Booklist in this guide. You may select the books included in our list. 


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