Current affairs or general awareness or general knowledge section is as important as any other section in almost all government job competitive examinations. To improve our overall awareness there are lots of options like internet, newspapers, magazines, etc. However, there are very few options for exam specific preparation.
The most striking part of this section is that there cannot be any prescribed format to prepare oneself for it. Fortunately, there are some wonderful books which can help you to sail through these competitive examinations. I am listing the most trusted books on current affairs and general awareness below.
Manorama Yearbook 2013 with Free Encylopaedia Britannica CD ROM – This best seller has a long history of success. It is India's best General knowledge update covering almost everything that a student needs in competitive examinations – Purchase Online
The Six Thinking Hats method may well be the most important change in human thinking for the past twenty three hundred years
I’ve just quoted the first line of the preface of the book “Six Thinking Hats” by Edward de Bono. The Six Hats method is an amazingly simple technique based on the brain’s distinct ways of thinking.
Brainstorming sessions or meetings are unavoidable part of our life. However, mostly these produce no results and waste lot of time. This technique, named as Six Thinking Hats by its founder Edward de Bon, is thinking from different perspectives about a decision to be made. This forces you to think outside your habitual way of thinking and helps you to get an overall view of a situation.
I have been asked these questions a lot of times. The wordings of the questions are different but the underlying query is the same.
I am sure you might also have similar questions as mentioned below in your mind –
- What books should I read before I go to MBA College? Or,
- Suggest me the best books before I go for my MBA? Or,
- Good books to read prior to MBA, or,
- Interesting books to read to develop reading habits before I go to B-School
Today I thought of writing this post with these questions in mind to help everyone reading FireUp’s blog. I believe you need to be a voracious reader to be successful as a manager. I am giving you a list of books which I feel is must read for every MBA aspirant. So here goes the list –
We live in the age of information, and we must read extensively if we intend to be successful in our studies, or careers. Schools and colleges have discovered that courses in reading skills give enormous aid to students struggling under the heavier loads of today's scholastic programs. Young men and women trained in speed reading show distinct advantages over those who lack this kind of skill. For any competitive examination preparation, Speed Reading is an essential requirement. It is not only a must have skill for reading comprehension and verbal ability section but for the entire paper. Most of the examinations test your accuracy as well as speed.
How fast you can be?
Reading speed has no known theoretical limit. A speed of between 800 and 1200 words per minute (wpm) can comfortably be reached by permanent speed readers, without any constant practice and drilling. Reading speed varies according to the complexity of the reading material, type, face, print quality, grammar, style etc.
In all the competitive examinations, ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ or ‘Quants’ is an important and inevitable section in the question paper. If attempted with full confidence, high speed and good accuracy, it fetches you high marks. Nothing can be more scoring than maths. However, most of the candidates are scared of mathematics. Even if they know the correct method they make blunders during examinations as they are not confident because of weak basic fundamental knowledge. This phobia for mathematics can be easily terminated, with the help of some magical books written by great authors. These books do not only help you to increase your confidence level but also help you to fall in love with maths. Along with other benefits, these books improve the calculation speed tremendously. Find below the list of the most trusted and popular books on Quicker Maths.
Lot of QuickerMaths.com users are preparing for CAT and other MBA entrance examinations. In this post I am listing down most famous, useful and effective books for CAT.
You can also check out the list for best MAT preparation books
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Books for All Topics of CAT
Books mentioned below are meant for all topics of CAT including verbal ability (english), logical reasoning and data interpretation and quantitative ability (mathematics).
Reasoning, both mathematical and analytical, probes deep into your logical mind and your ability to comprehend and synthesize the given information. Evaluating various possibilities out of the given information is also essential to derive necessary conclusions.
Here I am trying to compile a list of some of the best books related to logical thinking, data interpretation, data sufficiency and analytical reasoning. What distinguishes these books from the rest is their easy-to-understand format and simple approach to complex problems. I feel that the following logical reasoning books will be really helpful for students who are preparing for Competitive Examinations like LSAT, CAT, GMAT, GRE or any other.
Feel free to suggest any book which you want to be included in this list. I am also putting a link for each book, so that you can order them online and get free home delivery and good discounts. Each book is an investment for lifetime.
List of Best Logical Reasoning Books
I think each book in this list is written in very lucid language and is superb source of knowledge. These books can surely change your conventional approach to reasoning problems.
Click on the “Buy Online” link to read summary and reviews of any book in this list –
1. How to Prepare For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the Cat by Arun Sharma - Buy Online
2. Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation for The Cat by Nishit K Sinha – Buy Online
3. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal – Buy Online
4. Logical Reasoning: Test Preparation Study Guide, Questions & Answers by National Learning Corporation – Buy Online
5. Management Entrance Analytical & Logical Reasoning by BS Sijwali, Ajay Singh – Buy Online
6. LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible: A Comprehensive System for Attacking The Logical Reasoning Section Of The LSAT by David M. Killoran – Buy Online
Mathematicians love books
"Mathematicians love books," said Paul Halmos in his autobiography.
Is there a mathematician hidden inside you?
If yes, you would like to read many interesting books related to the subject. You might also like to suggest these books to others. This is done with the hope, that they'll also start loving mathematics as much as you do.
Where should you start?
There are lots of math books out there. So it's hard to choose.
Here I am making an effort to list down some of the best books related to quick calculations, mental mathematics or speed arithmetic. These books are amazingly interesting and helpful for our daily life calculations.
Feel free to suggest any book which you want to be included in this list. I am also putting Flipkart.com link for each book. I always order these books online to get free home delivery and to get good discounts on listed price. What more do one need?
List of Best Fast Calculation Books
I think each book in this list is written in very lucid language and is superb source of knowledge. These books can surely change the way you perceive mathematics, especially arithmetic. Click on the “Buy Online” link to read summary and reviews of any book in this list -
- Vedic Mathematics - By Bharati Krsna Tirthaji - Buy Online
- The Trachtenberg Speed System Of Basic Mathematics - By Jakow Trachtenberg - Buy Online
- Math Magic: The Human Calculator Shows How To Master Everyday Math Problems In Seconds - By Scott Flansburg - Buy Online
- Miracle Math: How To Develop A Calculator In Your Head - By Harry Lorayne - Buy Online
- Doing Simple Math in Your Head - By W. J. Howard - Buy Online
- How To Calculate Quickly: Full Course In Speed Arithmetic - By Henry Sticker - Buy Online
- Rapid Math Tricks And Tips: Thirty Days To Number Power - By Edward H. Julius - Buy Online
If you have read any book from the above list, share your feedback by posting a comment below.
Today I will confess to you something which you might get surprised at. During my early school days I was very scared of mathematics as a subject. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I might be delivering seminars on quicker math techniques or will be teaching students of competitive examinations like CAT, GMAT, etc or will be writing a blog on fast calculation tricks.
Why Mathematics was so important?
Mathematics was the only subject where the possibility of scoring 100% marks was there and a few of my classmates used to score 100% almost every time. In examinations, there was always a need to maintain proper balance between speed and accuracy. When I tried to finish the paper in time, I used to end up making silly mistakes and when I tried to be very cautious, I lost out on speed.