Books for CAT Reading Comprehension

Hey MBA Aspirants! We know that you have been working hard day and night to prepare for CAT. To further help you in your preparation we have given a list of the best books for Reading Comprehension for CAT. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section is not tough but time-consuming in comparison to other sections. Since you have formulas in Quantitative Ability and tricks for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, there is no shortcut/ formula/ trick for VARC. Reading books, English newspaper, or a novel is a definite must to improve in this section.

However, other than this, there are some books which have proved to be beneficial for CAT aspirants and has been recommended over the years by toppers and experts as well. So, without wasting any more time let us know more about the books for Reading Comprehension for CAT.

Books Recommended For CAT VARC Section

From the table below you can buy the best books recommended for VARC section:

Name of the Book Author Publisher Buy Here
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay Mc Graw Hill Education Click Here
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CA Nishit K Sinha Pearson Click Here
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Dr R S Aggarwal S Chand Click Here

How To Improve In Reading Comprehension Section of CAT?

In the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section, it is expected that 40%-50% part of the section will be covered by RC. Last year, the candidates were surprised as the Reading Comprehension was easy to read both in terms of language and the topic they belonged to. There were three passages with 6 Qs each and two, with 3 Qs each. The relative ease of reading the passages was compensated for by the increased level of difficulty in the ‘choices’ given in the questions. The answer options were very close to each, hence, confusing the candidates on choosing the correct option.

The scoring in the Reading Comprehension section depends on:

  1. Good reading speed
  2. Ability to understand and retain the content
  3. Analyse the details and understand the tone of the writer

The Second and Third point can be improved by using the books which are given in the table above. However, reading speed can only be improved by reading a lot of books. Many students avoid this step as reading books is not their forte. But you should understand that this helps you in a long run.

10 Must Books To Crack CAT 2018 (Short Reads)

Rather than starting with the Shakespeare, here are 10 books which will help you to build up your interest in reading and by the effect of CAT 2018 will help you score better in Reading Comprehension

  1. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

It is one of the best one of the 10 best boos of the year by The New York Times Book ReviewThis book is about two people and their imperfect marriage. The writer has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.

From the CAT 2018 perspective, this book can help build vocabulary and understand the Reading Comprehension tone. What’s more interesting is that it can be read overnight.

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2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book tells us how power game can become the quintessential story of greed, corruption, betrayal, and ruination. This book has remained very popular, especially with young readers. This book is a jackpot for CAT 2018 aspirant as it helps you understand the tone/ genre of Satire.

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3. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This is one of the most beautiful thought-provoking books. It condenses all the key messages of life, truly beautiful and heartwarming. Like they the best messages are the simple ones. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s (Professor) lasting gift with the world.

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4. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The writer uses the technique of a frame story, which takes place during the course of a single evening in an outdoor Lahore cafe. The language of this books which helps you to build up your Vocabulary. Also, it will help you understand the acerbic tone.

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5. Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. This book is of genre humor and helps the student to understand the difference between the tones, tongue-in-cheek and sarcasm.

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CAT 2018 is scheduled to be held on November 25, 2018, and we wish you all the best for that. If you any questions regarding this article, let us know in the comment section below.


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