Logical and verbal and non- verbal reasoning is an important aspect of any competitive examination in this age.
Whether you are preparing for Olympiads, GRE, GATE or for Bank PO examinations, logical reasoning is an important tool that can help you crack these examinations with ease.
However, logical reasoning is not a skill that can be learnt in a day. It can only be improved slowly with constant practice. The greater number of questions you solve, the better.
So, here’s a list of some of the best reasoning books that you can peruse for practicing and improving your skills.
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning (Dr. R.S. Aggarwal)
This book presents all types of questions in a classified and well- arranged manner. It is useful for students preparing for competitive examinations like SSC- CGL Tier 1 and 2, CSAT, SBI (PO), RBI Grade B, NTSE, CLAT etc.
It has a section having previous year questions and practice questions based on the recent trend and pattern of examinations. It also has complete solutions for all the questions so you can easily understand the logic behind each of the questions.
Analytical Reasoning (M.K. Pandey)
This book focusses on the basics of logical reasoning. It is written keeping in mind the formats and requirements of various competitive examinations.
It focusses on topics like data sufficiency, strengthening/ weakening arguments, coded relationships, decision making etc. It allows the students to grasp the important concepts and key points easily. It includes discussions on argument- based questions, assumption- based questions and inference- based questions.
Each chapter contains detailed explanation of the topic and ample number of practice questions at the end. It is perfect for students preparing for exams like CAT and GMAT.
Critical Thinking- Introduction to Reasoning (Francis W. Dauer)
This book focusses on reasoning and formal logic in general, rather than focusing on the mathematical aspect of it. It presents methods for assessing argumentative passages- in both demonstrative and non- demonstrative ways.
The books is organized in a way such that it bypasses the more advanced topics. It includes a systematic discussion about language and its various levels of meaning. It also presents a brief introduction to probability theory and a short discussion of quantification structures.
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT (Arun Sharma)
This book is a must- have for students appearing for any type of MBA entrance examination. It provides clear guidelines on how to tackle the questions asked in this section.
It is divided into sections- logical reasoning, verbal reasoning and other types of reasoning. It has a separate section of archives, that contains sample tests for CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP etc. It briefly explains the theory wherever necessary and clearly explains the solutions for each of the problems.
The number of review questions is less, but they all match the standards of the actual competitive examination papers.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (Abhijit Guha and R.S. Aggarwal)
This book is a favorite with all aspirants because of the sheer number of questions that it contains, along with their answers and solutions.
Each chapter begins with simple theory and is complemented by formulas and solved examples. These are followed by a wide variety of questions for practice, which capture the current trends of the examinations. It is divided broadly into two sections- Arithmetical ability and Data Interpretation.
The book is especially helpful for aspirants appearing for examinations like Bank PO, SBI PO, IBPS, CAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT, CBI, UPSC- CSAT SCRA etc.
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non- Verbal, Analytical (B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali)
This book is divided into three major segments- Verbal reasoning, Analytical reasoning and Non- verbal reasoning. Each segment contains sets of question papers that cover all different pattern of questions.
The book covers topics like analogy, puzzles, coding, clocks and calendars, finding series and patterns, processing statements and arguments, classification, mirror and water images etc. It contains thousands of model questions and previous year questions along with detailed solutions.
This helps the aspirants get a thorough idea of the kind of questions that will be asked in the examinations and help them gain confidence in solving these problems.
Quantitative Aptitude (R.S. Aggarwal)
This book is divided broadly into two segments- Arithmetical Ability and Data Interpretation. This book is ideal for anyone preparing for Bank PO, SBI- PO, IBPS, RBI exam, MAT, CAT, IIFT, IGNOU, CBI, CPO exam, RRB exams and campus recruitment exams.
Each chapter begins with an explanation of the theoretical concept involved, followed by a number of solved examples. These help the student get familiarized with the type of questions he or she will encounter.
At the end of each chapter, there are numerous practice problems that cover each and every concept, along with their detailed solutions.
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT (Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma)
This book is useful for students looking to improve their verbal reasoning and comprehension skills. As the title suggests, the book is especially helpful for boosting preparation for CAT.
It is ideal for an aspirant who has just started his or her CAT preparation and wants to improve their English. The content is written in an organized manner.
Each chapter begins with a basic theoretical explanation of the concept. The difficult terms or words in each chapter are listed separately.
Objective Logical Reasoning (S. Chand)
This book is an attempt to provide the students a resource to attain the conceptual clarity that is needed to comprehend reasoning questions with an easy approach. It is recommended mainly for Banking examinations- IBPS- CWE, SBI- PO and SBI tests for Specialist Officers and Clerical Cadre, UPSC- CSATCDS, CPF, CPO, CMAT, BBA, MAT, CLAT, NTSE etc.
It is perfect for somebody that has just begun their preparation for competitive examinations, and wants to get an idea about the kind of questions that might be asked. It attempts to provide a clear understanding of the concepts.
Each chapter begins with a small introduction to the concept and provides a number of solved examples so the students can understand the approach to a wide range of problems.
The solutions are provided in a very detailed manner so that the student can clearly understand the thought process behind the solution.
The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT (Nishit K. Sinha)
This book is useful for business school entrance examinations. It contains a lucid and very concise explanation of concepts and many solved examples and equations to help the students to grasp the concepts easily.
To help the students understand the topics better, there are numerous review questions that the students can practice.
These problems are arranged in four levels of increasing difficulty, so that the students are able to improve and assess themselves at each level, providing scope for improvement. It also contains a section on vedic math that offers a number of tips to the students on how to solve certain problems.
The book also has solved CAT papers from the past seven years, three full length practice tests and a CD containing review tests, full length tests and practice exercises.