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Preparation Tips To Crack CAT Verbal Section

CAT 2017 commenced successfully on November 27, 2017, in online mode. CAT Preparation tips for verbal ability and Reading comprehension is required because this section is trickiest. The paper was of 3 hours duration with 3 sections viz. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is the trickiest among all the three sections and it has topics from Class 12th and 10th English syllabus. Though it doesn’t require any formulae or calculation it is designed to check the comprehensive and problem-solving ability of the aspirants.

CAT Preparation Tips

With the introduction of non-MCQs in CAT exam, it has become mandatory to learn time management and prepare strategy beforehand to attempt the questions. There is no specific syllabus for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section but analyzing the previous year’s question papers there are few topics which are frequently asked and they are.


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus

  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Close Passage
  • Sentence Correction
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Facts-Inferences-Judgments
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Clocks

CAT VRC Preparation Tips

It is always advisable to first analyze the pattern of the question paper and then starts the preparation accordingly. This practice saves you a lot of time and helps to do preparation efficiently. So, let’s know check the pattern of VRC section to get the idea of weightage each topic hold and the no. of questions they contribute.

Topics No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 16
Deductive Logic 4
Para jumble 4
Critical Reasoning 4
Para Completion 3
Sentence Correction 3
Grammar 3

Reading Comprehension

As per the pattern of CAT, VRC section reading comprehension contributes the maximum number of questions and hold the maximum weightage. There are almost 5 passages with 4 options which contribute to 45-60 percent of the marks of the complete paper. The key to preparing this section is Reading. It will help to increase your reading speed and hone your comprehending skill.  Read as much as you can there is no predefined set of rules to follow. Now the question comes “What one should read?” Start with newspaper, followed by books, magazines, novels, and articles (online and offline).

The Economist, India Today, and The Hindu are the newspapers one should read daily. Aspirants are advised to pick the editorial section of the newspaper or may follow these authors online viz. Bachi Karkaria (Times of India), Jug Suraiya (Times of India), Hasan Suroor (The Hindu), P Sainath (The Hindu)

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Previous years CAT Toppers recommends the following books for the preparation of VRC section.

  • How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by: Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill publication)
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by: Nishit K Sinha

Vocabulary

Questions based on synonyms-antonyms, analogies, sentence correction, etc. requires good vocabulary and strong hold on the English language. This could be achieved only by reading per diem and note down every new word you learn from newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. CAT has context-based questions to test the vocabulary of the applicants. Candidates should follow the following books to work on their vocabulary.

  • Word Power Made Easy by: Norman Lewis
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (Pearson) by: Nishit Sinha
  • Pocket Guide to Vocabulary by: Barron’s

Deductive Logic and Para Jumbles

These are non-logic based questions of short puzzles type. The correct method to prepare puzzles is to approach it systematically. Don’t ever try to solve puzzles by guessing. Attempt only when you are 100% sure about the solution. The ultimate technique to practice solving puzzles is to take mock tests as much as possible and solve questions through selection and elimination method.

Sentence Correction

Questions based on sentence correction is solved with the basic grammar rules. It is important to read and learn as much as possible to improve your knowledge of grammar. Practice sample questions to learn the use of grammar properly in a sentence. While solving questions avoid doing guesswork and try to answer with the correct implementation of the grammar rule.

Critical Reasoning and Para Completion

These questions are logical type candidates have to understand the logic behind each question and give answer accordingly. It is very important to go through each option provided with the questions and learn to identify and relate its relation to the question. This is ability could be achieved only through thorough practice. The more you practice different type’s questions the more you will be able to sort the correct answer from the given options.

Quick CAT Preparation Tips

It is important for the candidates to practice the following quick tips to prepare the VRC section of CAT exam.

  • Read newspapers, magazines, blogs, books, etc. as much as possible.
  • Practice mock test and sample papers for speed and accuracy
  • Solve non-MCQs
  • Work on your vocabulary  and improve your grammar
  • Take note of difficult questions and build your vocabulary
  • Solve critical thinking questions
  • Practice puzzles from workbooks, newspapers, and sample question papers.

CAT 2018 Preparation Tips: Road Map to Crack CAT Exam

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:55 am

CAT is the premier management entrance for admission to Postgraduate programs offered by IIMs and other prominent B-Schools in the country. Preparation for CAT focuses on fostering a comprehensive strategy and then executing all the necessary steps. This article covers all the nuances involved in CAT 2018 Preparation.

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The difference between an average and an exceptional performance in CAT is knowing the key topics and thorough revision with mock tests. Candidates with right preparation strategy in the last two months that includes revision and mock tests can obtain a very good percentile score. CAT toppers who have been able to crack CAT scoring 99+ percentile even with the revised CAT Exam Pattern that contains 3 sections and 100 questions, have also adopted a similar strategy in last few months of preparation.


This article some preparation tips from CAT toppers who have managed to score 99 percentiles in CAT and even more. The toppers share key insights about the CAT exam preparation strategy and what tactics did make the difference.

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CAT (Common Admission Test) is scheduled for November 26 in online mode and IIM Calcutta is expected to organize CAT 2018. Besides 20 IIMs, a host of other management institutions, state and central universities also accept CAT Score for admission postgraduate management programs.

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