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

CAT or Common Admission Test is an online computer-based MBA entrance exam for candidates who wish to get admission to the IIMs and other top B-Schools in the country. Before starting for CAT 2021 preparations, it is very essential to devise a proper strategy to prepare and attempt the exam. For cracking the CAT exam, a perfect plan should include number of hours to study, the best books to prepare for CAT 2021, the quantity and quality of mocks and previous year papers to attempt.. 

CAT 2021 will be conducted on 28th November 2021 in three sessions. Aspirants must start practising and getting familiar with the fundamental concepts to solve questions quickly and accurately in order to ace CAT 2021.

Expected CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT Authorities have never revealed their exam pattern beforehand. Instead they have always surprised the aspirants by the number of questions in each of the three sections of CAT. 

Expected number of Questions in CAT 2021 76
Total Marks for CAT 2021 (tentative) 228
Total number of sections 3
Total Exam Duration 2 Hours

(40 Minutes for each section)

Mode of Paper Online Only
Marking Scheme   MCQs Non-MCQs
Correct +3 +3
Incorrect -1 0
Unattempted 0 0
Section Names 1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VA-RC)

2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI-LR)

3. Quantitative Ability (QA)

Tips To Choose Best Books for CAT 2021?

It is not that easy to find the best and most suitable for your CAT 2021 preparations. A lot of factors must be considered before selecting your source of preparations. Let us take a closer look at those factors:

  • Famous Author – Those books which are written by well known writers should be chosen while preparing for CAT 2021. There are several recognized authors whose books are proven best for CAT preparation
  • Appropriate Content – It is very essential to choose books which are rich in content and cover a vast range of appropriate topics in detail. If you search the internet, one can find several books that are rich in content and are considered best for CAT preparations

Best Books for CAT 2021

With just 2 and a half months remaining for the big day, it is very essential to chose the right books for CAT 2021 Preparations. However, this is not the right time to start your preparations for CAT 2021. There are several books available in the market for MBA preparations but to choose the best one for yourself, you need to check them for quality content. We have curated a list of books for each of the three sections of CAT. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Best Books for VARC

VARC could be treated as one of the toughest sections in the CAT exam. The candidates are tested for their knowledge about English as a language. Given below is a list of books that are the best in the market for VARC preparations for the CAT exam.

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Sharma and Upadhyay
PSC for VA for CAT Nishit Sinha
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
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
High School English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin

Best Books for DILR

Solving the DILR section requires you to have a good sense of analysis, be good at interpreting the data mentioned in any format (graph/bar/charts etc.), and lots and lots of practise. Given below is a list of some of the most famous and trusted books for DILR preparations for the CAT exam.

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma

Best Books for QA

QA Section of CAT again required one to be good at mental calculations as only your speed and accuracy to solve questions can sail you through this section.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10) NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma