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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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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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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)
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.
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.
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.
Verbal Reasoning: It designed to test the candidate’s potential to identify relationships or patterns within sentences or a group of words.
Verbal Ability Tips
Verbal Ability Preparation Mistakes
Tips To Prepare Vocabulary Questions
Inferential Logical Reasoning
Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For Verbal Ability
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:
1-2 questions on error correction
3-4 questions on jumbled paragraphs
2-3 questions on facts, inference or judgment
3-4 questions on para summary
24 questions on 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.
Type of question in reading comprehension section
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
Marking Scheme in reading comprehension section for CAT 2019
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.
Expected No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension Passage-Based Questions
Sentence Completion & Correction
Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)
Expected Number in percentage
Sentence Correction and Completion
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:
Be an active reader
Understanding and Speed
Engage with Passage
Practice as many questions as possible
Aspirants must check the best books for preparation for the section 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
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT
How to Prepare for Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability for the CAT
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
The Hard Thing about Hard Thing
The God of Small Things
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:
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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