CAT Syllabus 2019-Best Books Recommended by Toppers

Page covers best books for CAT Preparation based on latest CAT Syllabus 2019 for CAT 2019. Scroll down to get all information related Notification of CAT exam Form as Registration starts from 2nd week of September 2018.

CAT Syllabus for CAT Exam 2019
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CAT Exam 2019

CAT is India’s largest MBA entrance exam. CAT is an entrance exam to select the best candidate out of talent pool who is aspiring to join management education. IIMs will take top scorers of CAT 2018 and several other management institutions also take admissions only with CAT score for admission of the 2019-21 batch. CAT exam is conducted by any one of the top six Indian Institute of Management commonly known as IIMs. Top six IIMs are

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Bangalore
IIM Calcutta
IIM Lucknow
IIM Indore
IIM Kozhikode

Remaining IIMs are not having an authority of conducting CAT exam. IIMs conduct these exams with the TCS as a testing partner.

Admissions via CAT Exam 2018

All 20 IIMs
FMS Delhi
MDI Gurgaon
IMI New Delhi
JBIMS Mumbai
IMT Ghaziabad
TAPMI Manipal
BIMTECH Greater Noida
Great Lakes Chennai
LIBA Chennai
IFMR Chennai
XIM Bhubaneswar
And various other top MBA colleges

Note: Names are not in any specific sequence.

In CAT exam, more than 2 lakh candidates appear every year and trend will not go down in CAT 2018 also.

CAT Syllabus 2019

CAT syllabus is not fixed and you should prepare for topics which have been a part of the exam over the last few years. Given list is a compilation of those topics that were asked in the last few years. They all together complies CAT Syllabus. Link to download pdf is given below.

 Important Topics for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 

Number Systems; LCM and HCF;
Profit & Loss, Discount; Percentages;
Simple and Compound Interest ;
Speed, Time and Distance;
Time and Work;
Ratio and Proportion;
Sequences and Series;
Mixtures and Allegations;

Complex Numbers;
Linear Equations;
Quadratic Equations;
Logarithm; Binomial Theorem;
Surds and Indices; Inequalities;
Functions; Set Theory;
Probability; Permutation and Combination; Trigonometry;
Coordinate Geometry; and

Important Topics of Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation for CAT Syllabus 

Tables, Line Charts, Pie Charts,
Venn Diagrams,
Bar Graphs,
Column Graphs,

Case lets which can combine charts of two or more types linked to each other.           
Number and Letter Series,
Games & Tournaments,
Cubes, Clocks, Binary Logic,
Blood Relations
Seating Arrangement; Syllogism;
Logical Sequence; Logical Matching; Logical Connectives.

 Important Topics of CAT Verbal Ability Syllabus 

Reading Comprehension: It covers maximum questions.
Paragraph Summary: Practice it well as its weightage is increasing every year.
Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences: Its regular feature of the CAT exam.
Grammar & Usage: (Grammar errors, Confusing Words, & Phrasal Verbs)
Vocabulary Based Questions: Synonym-Antonym, Cloze Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Idioms, and Phrases, Secondary Shades of Meaning, Associated words, etc.
Verbal Reasoning: Fact-Inference-Judgement

Best Books for CAT Preparation 

CAT Quantitative Aptitude Books

"How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma"

If you would ask for a recommendation from any professor or Toppers or CAT aspirant; he would suggest this book for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT. All important topics are covered very well with great detail. This book is divided into three levels and each chapter is followed by three levels of exercises.

If you are taking this book; don’t get stuck with the third level of difficulty as it's not useful for CAT 2018.

If you get stuck with any question, just Google that question and you will find discussion & answer.

You can also check given three books written by Arun Sharma for CAT preparation.

"How to prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT"
"How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT"
"How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT"

However, the book for the quantitative technique by TMH is worth buying.

"Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha"

Few people find this book better over Arun Sharma because its collection of questions is comparatively better. But, the book has several typing mistakes. You can select any one book between both.

Next recommendation by is 

"Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma"

This book covers a variety of questions with difficulty level at par with CAT exam. You just need to solve this book without skipping any question as questions are not very hard.

Best Books for CAT Recommended by Toppers for DI and LR Section 

They prefer two books of Nishit Sinha for data interpretation and reasoning part. These books will help you to clear your concept and have been designed specifically for these sections.

"Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Intrepretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha"
"Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Nishit Sinha"

Books for Reading Comprehension for CAT Syllabus 2019:

"Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh-Arihant Publication"

Take it and follow it properly for Reading Comprehension. It has a large collection of passages to give you practice opportunity. If you don’t believe in doing preparation with guide type book covering all sections of CAT paper and ready to take a separate book for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; you can take it.

Books for CAT 2019- Must be Read to Improve Vocabulary Part

I always read about two books which are really brilliant

"Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis"
"How to Read Better and Faster by Norman Lewis"

First one is as popular as Bible of Vocabulary and the second one is a collection of passages. No doubt these two books are extremely good.

But, I feel you should improve your reading habit with other resources which are more fruitful. You should read several fictions and non-fiction novels in a tight time schedule. Read magazines and newspaper. Read fast and read more.

Novels for CAT Preparation (fiction/non-fiction)

Argumentative Indian
Beyond the MBA Hype
Thinking Fast & Slow
Tipping Point
India after Gandhi
The Black Swan
The Great Indian Novel
Midnight’s Children
The World is Flat
The Last Mughal

Few Novels  for Beginners of CAT Preparation
Book Name
Animal Farm
George Orwell
Political satire
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Historical fiction Drama
The Giver
Lois Lowry
Young adult literature
The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
Children’s novel
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Allegorical novel

Few Novels for Next Stage Preparation
Book Name
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
Adventure, fantasy
The Zahir
Paulo Coelho
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Robin Sharma
Fiction, inspirational
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
Political satire, social science fiction
The Compassionate Samurai
Brian Klemmer

Few Novels for Advanced Stage of CAT Preparation
Book Name
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fiction novel
The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
Realistic fiction
The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
Philosophical novel
Narcissus and Goldmund
Hermann Hesse
Historical fiction, philosophical fiction
Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
Philosophical, Mystery and

Magazines for GD and PI preparation for CAT 2019

Business Line
Business Today
Business World
Management Compass Career Launcher
Business & Management Chronicle Competition Success Review

The Hindu
The Indian Express
Economics Times
The Statesman

The pattern of CAT 2018

CAT Exam will be online and will run for 3 hours. CAT exam paper will consist of 100 questions divided into 3 sections. Exam date is announced and it is scheduled in last week of November 2018.

CAT Exam 2018 Notification

CAT notification for 2019-20 admission will come in the last week of July 2018. Aspirants can check the online notification or get details via newspapers.

We at BEB also update the same for our readers. Link to fill online form- Click Here

Important Dates of CAT 2018
The beginning of CAT Registration 
August 2018
Last Date for  CAT Registration
September 2018
         CAT Exam date for 2018
25 November 2018

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