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Best books for the preparation of Quantitative aptitude for CAT:


Preparing for engineering exam in India is tough. It gets tricky when one has to choose the best reference books for preparation. In this article Examin experts lists down Best Books for preparation of Quantitative aptitude for CAT.

A first step towards successful CAT preparation is choosing the right book for CAT. However, aspirants should avoid referring too many books at a time, as it leads to confusion.



Which book is recommended for CAT?


So you are targeting CAT 2018? Confused with which book to refer? Don’t worry! Given below is a list of Best Books for preparation of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT. It can help in supplementing your CAT Preparation. Read on.




  1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma:


Quantitative Aptitude is a key component to unlocking a winning CAT score and no author does the subject justice more than Arun Sharma, whose vast experience in his field is reflected in every chapter of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT. A stellar product in its category, this book is now in its seventh edition. Not only does it follow the latest trends and question patterns for CAT, it is also found immensely useful by students for other management entrance tests like XAT, SNAP, IIFT and so on. The book comprehensively covers all topics, including Numbers, Average and Mixtures, Arithmetic and Word-based Problems, Geometry, Algebra, Counting, etc. in a very accessible and easy manner. Besides teaching the subject, the author instructs aspirants successfully to strategies, manage time and analyse their knowledge pattern accurately to make the most of a time-bound elimination exam. The book provides mock test papers for continuous test rehearsal and has problems of varying difficulty levels for rigorous practice. It’s a must read for any and all CAT aspirants today.



        2. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs:


Quantum CAT by Arihant is the best resource for Quantitative Aptitude. This is an all-inclusive book for students aspiring to land a seat in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This tailor-made book has been designed to meet the requirement of CAT, so that even a non-mathematics background student can qualify the test paper as easily as someone with mathematical prowess. This study resource will help candidates in standing on their tip-toes to face the exam by encouraging problem solving using intuitive skills and mental arithmetic in the pragmatic approach. Hence this will act as ‘The’ book for students preparing for CAT, XAT, CMAT, SNAP, IIFT and other management entrances can refer to. The present study resource is a well-designed module for developing the concepts of Quantitative Aptitude. The book has been divided into 21 chapters namely Fundamentals, Averages, Allegations, Ratio, Proportion and Variation, Percentages, Profit, Loss and Discount, CI/SI/Instalments, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry, Elements of Algebra, Theory of Equations, Set Theory, Logarithm, Functions and Graph, Sequence, Series and Progressions, Permutations and Combinations, Probability and Co-ordinate Geometry. Each chapter in the book begins with a brief summary of the topics covered in each chapter. Each chapter ends with three levelled practice exercises including the final round which will help in final revision and self-analysis of the level of understanding of a particular chapter. The Hints and Solutions have been provided for the questions covered in the practice exercises. The book also contains last seven years’ (2011-2016) solved papers of SNAP, XAT and IIFT to help aspirants to get an insight into the recent years’ examinations and the types of questions asked therein. As the book contains ample study as well as practice material, it for sure will help aspirants score high in the upcoming CAT, SNAP, IIFT, XAT and other management entrances.




       3.  Quantum CAT – Quantitative Aptitude:


Quantum CAT – Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT comprehensively covers the Quantitative Ability or math section of the Common Admission Test (CAT), which is anentrance exam for students who are looking to join the IIMs,premier Indian institutes for management studies. Contents CAT 2012 IIMs CBT Paper Analysis Solved Papers CAT 2013 XAT Solved Paper 2013 IIFT Solved Paper 2012 SNAP Solved Paper 2011 1. Fundamentals 2. Averages 3. Alligations 4. Ratio, Proportion and Variation 5. Percentages 6. Profit, Loss and Discount 7. CI/SI/Instalments 8. Time and work 9. Time, Speed and Distance 10. Mensuration 11. Trigonometry 12. Geometry 13. Elements of Algebra 14. Theory of Equations 15. Set Theory 16. Logarithm 17. Functions and Graph 18. Sequence, Series and Progressions 19. Permutations and Combinations 20. Probability 21. Co-ordinate Geometry CAT Solved Papers (2003-2008) About the Author: Sarvesh Kumar Verma Sarvesh Kumar Verma is a bestselling author, mentor, and coachwho has successfully trained many students for entrance exams. Hisbooks on CAT preparation have been bestsellers, and Practice Book For CAT is another book he has written. A graduate in the field of management himself (He studies Accounts and Finance), Sarvesh is now a consultant and provides service for start-ups and budding entrepreneurs. His focus areas are business re-engineering and quality innovations. He has aunique way of breaking down complex concepts through illustrations and analogies, and this has contributed to the popularity of his books.




    4. Koncepts of Numbers:


The importance of Working with Numbers has increased tremendously in all Aptitude based tests in the last few years. In CAT exam the number of questions asked have outgrown to 25%. Further Number System is the stepping stone for whole of the Quant, Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation. The book “Koncepts of Numbers” captures Number System like never before. The book is an 100% original work by the author and contain some new copyrighted formula (not in public domain at present). With more than 1300 solved questions divided into 10 different chapters, it strengthens the basics and then further moves on to 5 difficulty levels of problems – Concept Applicator (CA), Concept Builder (CB), Concept Cracker (CC), Concept Deviator (CD), Data Sufficiency (DS). The book has a 360 degree approach towards solving problems and having 20% of the total questions on Data Sufficiency. Students appearing for competitive exams like CAT, GMAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT etc. would find it extremely Student Friendly. It clears the ambigousness and provides a vivid knowledge about the Number System. A must-have book for all aptitude-based exam takers. The book encapsulates Vedic Maths, Number Introduction, Factor Theory, HCF and LCM, Base System, Cyclicity, Remainders, Surds and Factorials. The books also covers past questions of various exams like, CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. Solutions, unlike other books where only hints are provided, are explained explicitly and elaboratively. About the Author: Mr. Gajendra Kumar has carved a niche for himself, being one of the best CAT/GMAT trainers of Eastern India and popularly known as ‘CAT Guru Gajen.’ He is the Founder-Director of one of Kolkata’s premier training institute. He has also to his credit 2 books written for CAT.




     5.  The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT:


The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT ‘is just the ideal book for CAT aspirants. This book contains sections and contents which put immense focus on in-depth understanding of the core of subjects at the basic and advanced level which has effectively been segregated according to different topics to facilitate and disseminate all kind of exposure to students in terms of quick learning and deep aptitude. The chapter wise segregation has been done to align with the trends that are followed in several contemporary competitive examinations. Several attempts have been made by the authors and the publishers to bring forth all kind of probable competitive questions for the aspirants preparing for several competitive examinations. The contents of this book ensures a threshold level of learning and understanding and an even wider range of practice questions which in essential to the candidates and assists them in boosting their confidence which helps them face these tough examinations and ultimately help them to succeed in all such prestigious examinations. The authors and publishers have also made all possible efforts to ensure that the method of learning through these books is easy enough that the candidates have a broader approach on the chapters and concepts at the basic level. The book also contains new exercises pertaining to a wide range of difficulty levels. Moreover, there are multiple benchmarking test options as well so that the candidates can assess their preparation levels. Additionally, problem solving methods have also been given. This not only solidifies the concepts of the students but also builds clarity of theory, increase the problem solving speed and accuracy levels as well.


About the Author


Nishit K. Sinha is a graduate from IIM Lucknow who uses his skill sets and learning from the college to prepare aspirants for CAT and other MBA entrance examinations. He is a veteran of the industry with more than 10 years of experience under his belt. More than 10, 000 students have benefitted from his teachings. He regularly attempts XAT and CAT to gain a first-hand experience of the latest pattern and better understanding of the changes that have been made. He is currently employed at Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun.




Apart from studying theory, one should also have books that comprises of CAT question papers of last few years. This could be of great help during CAT 2018 revision.




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