CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2019
Sakshi.Garg, 07 Aug 2019, #CAT
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CAT VARC Syllabus 2019 - IIM Kozhikode, which will conduct Common Admission Test does not predefine syllabus of CAT 2019 for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Students who will be appearing the entrance test should be well aware of CAT verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus as it will help them to draw a clear cut strategy. Candidates will know which topic will consume more time and which will take less time as they go through the CAT 2019 verbal ability and reading comprehension. CAT verbal ability syllabus comprises basic topics from grammar and vocabulary. CAT reading comprehension is probably the most important topic for the CAT exam. Read the full article to know all the aspects of CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2019-

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CAT Notification 2019

July 28, 2019

Application form for CAT 2019

August 7, 2019

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November 24, 2019 (Morning Slot - 9 am-12 pm)

November 24, 2019 (Midday Slot - 2:30 pm-5:30 pm)

CAT Syllabus 2019 - Verbal Ability For CAT

The verbal ability for CAT along with reading comprehension is a separate section in the CAT exam. Every year 10 questions are covered from the CAT verbal ability section. CAT verbal ability syllabus comprises basic topics from grammar and vocabulary.

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Features and Details



Type of question in verbal ability section

MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)

Total MCQs in verbal ability section


Total Non-MCQs in verbal ability section


Total number of questions in CAT verbal ability section


Total marks in verbal ability for CAT section


Difficulty Level in verbal ability section


Marking Scheme in verbal ability section for CAT 2019

+3 (for correct answer)

-1 ( for wrong answer)

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability 2019

Verbal Ability syllabus under CAT 2019 consists of the topics from which questions might arise in the examination. The Verbal Ability section comprises three main topics as Vocabulary, Grammar and Verbal Reasoning.

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  1. Vocabulary: In this section, CAT considers the candidate’s knowledge in English like primary meanings of words, idioms, and phrases, secondary shades of meaning, usage, associated words, antonyms, etc.

  1. Grammar: In this section, CAT considers the knowledge of high school/intermediate level grammar and includes areas like use of articles, prepositions use of modifiers, subject-verb agreement, parallel construction, phrasal verbs, redundancy, etc.

  1. Verbal Reasoning: It designed to test the candidate’s potential to identify relationships or patterns within sentences or a group of words.

Related Verbal Ability Topics

  • Paragraph Completion

  • Verbal Ability Tips

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Verbal Ability Preparation Mistakes

  • Tips To Prepare Vocabulary Questions

  • Inferential Logical Reasoning

  • Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For Verbal Ability

  • Vocabulary

Exam format of CAT Verbal Ability Questions

The paper format of CAT 2019 has 34-36 questions in Verbal ability section from the above-mentioned topics. These topics can be further classified as follows:

  1. 1-2 questions on error correction

  2. 3-4 questions on jumbled paragraphs

  3. 2-3 questions on facts, inference or judgment

  4. 3-4 questions on para summary

  5. 24 questions on reading comprehension

CAT 2019 Syllabus: Reading Comprehension

CAT reading comprehension is apparently the most important topic for the CAT exam. In the CAT entrance exam, reading comprehension constitutes a separate section in the exam with 34 questions.

Features and Details



Type of question in reading comprehension section

MCQs only

Total CAT reading comprehension questions


Total Reading Comprehension Passages


Total number of questions in CAT reading comprehension section


Passage Types in CAT RC Section

3 Long & 2 Short Passages

Difficulty Level in reading comprehension section

Moderate high

Marking Scheme in reading comprehension section for CAT 2019

+3 (for correct answer)

-1 ( for wrong answer)

CAT Syllabus 2019 - Weightage given to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

In the section of VARC, there are a few topics which are very important and repeated every year in the CAT exam. Out of the 34 questions that are asked, 7-8 questions are TITA (Non-MCQs). Some of the most important CAT 2019 syllabus topics with their weightages are given below.

Weightage of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section

Topic Name

Expected No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension Passage-Based Questions






Sentence Completion & Correction


Odd Sentences


Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)


Marks Distribution of CAT Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension Section

Topic Name

Expected Number in percentage

Reading Comprehension






Sentence Correction and Completion


Preparations Tips for CAT 2019- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Candidates must strategically prepare before they strat their CAT preparation. Here are some points that will help the candidates to be well versed with comprehension and verbal ability:

  1. Be an active reader

  2. Understanding and Speed

  3. Engage with Passage

  4. Increase Vocabulary

  5. Practice as many questions as possible

Best books for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension preparation

Aspirants must check the best books for preparation for the section verbal ability and reading comprehension:

CAT Syllabus 2019 - Best Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Name of the book

Name of the Author

High School Grammar and Composition

Wren and Martin

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability for the CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

The Hard Thing about Hard Thing

Ben Horowitz

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

With the help of exam pattern of CAT 2019, candidates will be able to the know about the duration and section-wise marking scheme of the entrance exam of CAT. Check the table below to know the exam pattern of CAT 2019:

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern


Total number of questions



Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)



60 minutes each for every section

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)



Quantitative Ability (QA)



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