CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2021
CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Syllabus 2021- The key to success lies only in dedicated preparation and hard work when it comes to CAT 2021. Candidates who are planning to appear in the CAT 2021 exam must be familiar of the fact that the conducting body does not provide any official CAT syllabus. This can be confusing at the time of starting the preparation. Hence based on the past trends in CAT, candidates should be well aware of CAT verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus 2021. Careers360 brings to you details of CAT, exam dates, features of VARC section, major topics along with an expected number of questions in this article of CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2021. Along with that, the major preparation tips to be followed to ace the VARC section, best books are also provided in this article.
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CAT Exam Dates 2021
In order to be familiar with when and how to start preparation of CAT 2021, it is important for candidates to be aware of the exam dates of CAT 2021. Details of notification, start and end of registration and other events regarding CAT 2021 are mentioned under this section. Given below table can also be referred by candidates for the purpose of making a good CAT preparation strategy.
CAT Exam Schedule 2021
CAT Registration 2021 starts from
First Week of August 2021
Last Date to submit the CAT Application form
Last Week of September 2021
Correction of CAT application form
Fourth Week of September 2021
CAT Mock Test 2021
First Week of November 2021
Availability of Admit Card
Last Week of October 2021
CAT 2021 Exam Date
Last Sunday of November 2021
CAT Exam Pattern 2021
To form a preparation plan for the CAT 2021 exam, it is imperative for candidates to be aware of the type of questions asked, total time duration, marking scheme and related information. Such details are provided under the exam pattern of CAT 2021. Given below is the CAT 2021 exam pattern for the VARC section.
Exam Pattern of CAT VARC Section:
Sectional Time Duration for VARC
Type of Questions
MCQs and TITA Questions (Both)
Marking Scheme for MCQs
Marking Scheme for TITA Questions
No negative marking
CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2021
The very first section which candidates see in the CAT 2021 exam is the VARC section out of the three. As per CAT experts' analysis, the VARC Section last year was slightly difficult compared to CAT 2019. For the VARC section, candidates are expected to select passages carefully and answer accurately. The questions in the VARC section are divided into both MCQs and TITA Questions. As of now, every year 10 questions from Verbal Ability are asked and remaining are from the reading comprehension part. CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension syllabus 2021 aims to test candidates on grammar and Verbal Reasoning, Error Correction, Facts, inference or judgment, comprehensions, vocabulary, para summary and related topics
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CAT 2021: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus
Type of questions in Verbal Ability
Both MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)
Type of questions in Reading comprehension
Total MCQs in verbal ability
Total questions in Reading comprehension
Related Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus Topics
Inferential Logical Reasoning
One word substitution
Misfit/Out of Context sentence
CAT 2020 VARC Analysis: Slot 1
Number of Questions
(RC:3 passages with 4 questions each
(VA: 8 Questions (PS-3, PJ-3 and OS-2))
CAT Analysis 2020 for VARC: Slot 2
Number of Questions
Jumbled Sentence Rest
CAT 2020 Slot 3 VARC Analysis
The VARC section was comparable in difficulty level in all the three slots and had the same segmentation. The bulk of the questions were of medium difficulty, and even difficult for quite a few questions. There were very few simple questions. There were 4 passages in Comprehension: 2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each. Most of the questions were argumentative and application-based. Questions from the VA also did not offer much respite. To arrive at the response, they also required careful deliberation. The only consolation was that the forms of Summary, Odd Sentence, and Paragraph Jumble questions were answered by common questions.
Exam format Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Questions (CAT 2019)
Given in tabular form are the details of questions asked from the CAT verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus which were asked in CAT 2019 (both slots). Questions from Grammar or Vocabulary topics were not asked last year.
CAT 2019 Slot 1 - VARC Section
Slot 1 Topics
5 in each passage
Passage - British Policy
CAT 2019 Slot 2 - VARC Section
Slot 2 Topics
Passage - Language and Cultural Identity
Para jumbles (4 sentences)
Out of Context sentence
How to prepare for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2021?
As mentioned earlier, the official CAT 2021 syllabus will not be released by the Indian Institute of Management. On the basis of previous year question papers of CAT, sample papers and expert advice candidates can get to know what topics are to be asked from the CAT verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus of CAT 2021. Every registered candidate wants to make it to IIMs but the question is How To Crack CAT 2021? If we look closely, a few topics in the VARC section are very important and repeated every year in the question paper differently. As per the exam pattern of CAT 2021, out of all questions in this section, some questions will be in a non-MCQ format which means candidates will have to answer the questions without any choices. Here are some major tips of CAT 2020 toppers that will help the candidates to score well in CAT 2021 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section:
One of the toppers of CAT 2020 suggests future candidates to read more and more newspapers and novels on a daily basis. This would surely help in improving vocabulary for the VARC section. No doubt that the VARC section could be a tough nut to crack.
Carefully solve sample papers of CAT to get a gist to types of questions which are likely to be asked.
Try to add new 5-10 words new on a daily basis to improve your vocabulary along with its synonyms and antonyms.
Keep in mind to focus on time management of CAT 2021 as this can swap the game completely if not hold onto carefully.
If you feel bored reading all the time, try watching movies with English subtitle to make VARC section preparation effective.
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when should i apply for mba colleges? before CAT exams or after?
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test for admission in a graduate management program.So after giving the test wait for the results and the score and accordingly you can apply for various college.Through cat results you can apply to mba colleges throughout India.
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I am from CW 1 Category, How much percentile should i get In CAT exam , and Other rounds to convert IN FMS DELHI FOR MBA. 10th -10 cgpa 12th~ 77%.
As you are from CW1 category and considering your academic results and also that you want to know about the cat percentile to convert FMS delhi. See to get fms you need a very high score in cat atleast 99.6-99.7+ . But it can vary according to some factors.
XISS Ranchi MBA review? avg placement its cut off for cat.
hello sumit anand
I hope you are doing good . As per your query , I would like to know you that xiss ranchi is one of the top reputed bschools of india. The alumni networl and quality of education is very awesome in XISS RANCHI
The placement scenario of xiss ranchi is very good . More than 90 percent of students got placed every year .The average package goes around 5.14 lakhs per annum . The highest package goes around 14 lakhs.
The percentile required in cmat for getting a call is around 73 amd for cat it is around 66.36
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CAT 2021 Know all about best books, study material and preparation tips
I hope you are aware of the fact that CAT is one of the most difficult exams in India. So you are going to need minimum 6 months to study everything from the syllabus. CAT includes 3 sections
Now, do one thing, Go through the past question papers and analyse your week and strong section. Most of the students are not good at QA section. Then focus more on your weak section. You must study 8-10 hours a day in order to cover the entire syllabus of CAT in 6 months. Don't only try to solve the questions but, try to solve the questions as fast as possible, speed really matters and you will get only 2 hours for the exam. Try to solve the mock tests and prepare accordingly. One more thing, Don't skip any section.
I am listing a few books for CAT, have a look
1. Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
2. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Arihant Publication
2. R.S. Aggarwal's A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT
Nishit K. Sinha's Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
To know more about CAT 2021, please go through this link
Good Luck and prepare hard.
hello! Im a bsc (biology) student and want to pursue mdes - interior designing, am I eligible for exams like CAT, AIEED, NID, CEED OR SEED? Can you suggest some ways to figure this out?
see first of all I want to correct you that CAT i.e common admission test is for Management program entrance test. this is not a design entrance test. so in case you are not interested for MBA, you would not need to appear for CAT.
seed stands for Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID), Pune , this exam is bachelors level admission. so you need not appear for seed exam as well.
AIEED i.e All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED) condducts by Arch College of Design and Business, which you are eligible to apply for pg course in design.
NID i.e national institute of design, entrance exam which you are eligible to apply.
CEED 2021 is a national level entrance examination conducted by IIT Bombay for admission to Master of Design (M.Des) and PhD (Design). you are also eligible to apply for it.