Best Books for MBA Preparation

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most coveted management exams. The first step towards preparation for CAT and other management admission tests is the selection of books and study resources.

The primary aim to study from the best books is to avoid confusion and select the most appropriate book for a particular section or subject from which you must study. Since the market is flooded with books by a large number of authors, it is pertinent that you consult the books which are written by authors who hold a certain degree of credibility. 

Quantitative Ability

Book Author
NCERT books from class 6th to 10th  
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Sharma
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha

NCERT Books from class 6th to 10th

Those who are aspiring to crack CAT, they must begin their preparation by thoroughly studying from the NCERT books. These are the best books for preparation as they help you to build a strong foundation. By preparing from the NCERT books, you will get the concepts right and will be able to build onto more advanced concepts.

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

It covers both the basic and advanced topics in quantitative ability. With the help of this book, you will be able to enhance their preparation and can solve the questions with ease.

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

Most of the topics that are covered in this book are explained in simple language so that the candidates are able to easily comprehend the formulas and also understand the concepts well. If the candidates understand the concepts clearly, then they will be able to easily solve the questions.

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

It is one of the must study book for all the CAT aspirants. If the candidates can study thoroughly from this book, then they will get to know what are the latest types of questions that could be asked in the exams. Apart from covering all the topics, the author also mentions the strategy which the candidates can adopt to manage their time on the day of the exam.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

By going through this book, candidates will be able to get a better understanding of a wide array of topics as well as questions. The book incorporates problems along with solutions as per the latest exam pattern. While solving these questions, candidates will be able to increase their speed and accuracy.

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

Book Author
High School Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT Nishit Sinha

High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

The Grammar and composition book by Wren Martin will help the candidates to improve their grammar from scratch. By answering the sample questions with ease, candidates will not only be able to strengthen their grammar but also improve it. Candidates will be able to learn the nuances of grammar and will be able to tackle all kinds of questions.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

This book focuses on improving vocabulary. It helps in enriching the vocabulary which is not only useful for the entrance test but also for group discussion and personal interview rounds.

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

One of the best books for CAT preparation where the mock tests are provided. With the help of these mock tests, candidates will know the type of questions that are likely to be asked. You will also be able to assess their level of preparation and gauge how much effort you need to put in. The important topics that are covered in this book are verbal ability, reading comprehension and verbal reasoning. 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For CAT by Nishit Sinha

It contains multiple tests and other integral problem-solving techniques which will prove to be a boon for the candidates as their level of preparation for the exam will be enhanced. 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The questions in this section are in the form of puzzle and candidates will have to analyze the question and answer accordingly. It covers topics like seat arrangement, bar graph, blood relations, data arrangement and so forth.

Book Author
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit Sinha
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S Agarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book includes both fundamental and advanced topics with solved examples. It will not only help in the preparation for CAT but for other management entrance exams as well.

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S Agarwal

This book’s language is simple to understand and can be referred to start with basic reasoning problems. While preparing for CAT, one can refer to this book as it is divided into different sections. With the division of sections, candidates can get to know the topics from which the questions are asked. This will enable them to know how much time they need to devote for each section and each topic. 

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

One of the best books for CAT preparation for logical reasoning is by Arun Sharma. By thoroughly going through this book, candidates can learn how to quickly calculate while solving logical reasoning questions. In order to do so, a number of sample papers, previous year questions, and model test papers are provided.