The IIM CAT 2020 will be held by IIM Indore on November 29. The admit cards can be downloaded by the registered candidates from October 28.

A press release was issued by IIM Indore in relation to the IIM CAT 2020 in September, where they had announced certain important changes in the exam. These changes include a decrease in the time duration of the CAT and the number of sessions of the exam. Candidates will get 40 minutes and shuffling between the sections is not allowed, according to the press release.

IIM CAT 2020 will have three sections- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Quantitative Ability (QA). There will be 100 questions in the question paper with MCQ and Type in the Answer (TITA) type questions.

It is important for candidates to increase their speed and accuracy since limited time will be there along with the same number of questions. To improve both, a mock test of CAT is the best resource. Here is a list of the most recommended books for IIM CAT 2020.

The QA section can be prepared by the candidates by following the NCERT Mathematics textbooks of classes 6-10 to clear their basics. To score maximum marks in the QA section, candidates must refer to ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Abhijit Gupta and ‘Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT’ by Sarvesh Verma. CAT aspirants can also refer to ‘Quantitative aptitude for CAT’ by Nishit Sinha.

For the VARC section, the candidate is entirely dependent on their efficiency in rapid-reading and understanding of the English language. To comprehend the central idea of each author, reading books of different genres can help. Two books that can help in understanding various English grammar concepts and rules are ‘High School Grammar and Composition’ by Wren and Martin and ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. Candidates who want to brush up their VARC section by solving mock tests and practice questions can refer to ‘How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay.

In the CAT examination, the DILR is a tricky and unpredictable examination. New concepts are introduced by IIMs every year, therefore, it becomes difficult to understand the syllabus of this section.


Still, books like ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT’ by Arun Sharma, ‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ by Nishit Sinha, ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ by Arun Sharma, and ‘A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning’ by R.S. Agarwal can be referred to by students.


Students have to appear in IIM CAT 2020, for admission into IIMs.


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