Now the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section contains 34 questions like Quantitative Aptitude section but the way to tackle the question here is definitely different. Let us see the various topics under this section and the effective ways to approach them to get the best scores the smart way.

Reading Comprehension

This is the major part of VARC section. The lengths of the passages have considerable reduced and it is based out of different areas like business, economics, inferential, philosophical, literary, medical, current affairs, politics, history, mythology, etc. It is suggested that you always answer first the questions from the subject you are comfortable with. This also requires good reading speed to keep up with the timer. For this it is suggested that you read up books from different genres. This is very important to improve on the reading and comprehending speed which is an important factor which directly impacts the CAT score. Reading up from a variety of genre ensures that one is familiar with different styles and topics that might occur in the comprehension reading passages.

Verbal Ability

This consists of questions from a variety of topics which have to be dealt with accordingly.

Sentence Completion: These are basically the fill in the blanks questions that test you on your vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Most effective way to solve this would be elimination of choices based on the context of the question.

Critical Reasoning and Para completion: This requires one to be good at logical reasoning and best avoided if you are only going for guess work.

Vocabulary questions: this comprises of synonyms, antonyms & analogies, which can solved only if you understand the meanings of the words and the choices given. The advantage of these questions is that it consumes very little time. One should answer this if they are familiar with the words else skip the question to avoid negative marks.

Sentence Correction: This one is also knowledge based and one has to have sound grammatical knowledge for this. If one has good reading habit, this would be a piece of cake.

Para-jumbles and Deductive logic: This is one best sections as you can work your way through the options without much prior knowledge. Just identify the opening and closing statements and pair statements in between and it’s done.

Books Recommended

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis: This is mainly focused on enhancing one’s vocabulary by working on the exercises daily.
  • How to prepare for verbal ability and reading comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay: It consists of 3 main topics verbal ability, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension to brush up on the concepts and also enough mock tests for practice.
  • High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin: to improve your grammar skills, this book is your bible. It helps understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar.

This section should not involve guess work as the questions are pretty straightforward and clear. So it is suggested to answer it only if you know the answers for sure to avoid negative marking.

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