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How to prepare for CAT VARC - The preparation of CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is not a matter of 3 months or 6 months. Prospective test takers need a consistent habit of improving their verbal skills pertaining to English language. Those appearing for one of the most coveted management entrance exam are confronted with the question of "How to prepare for CAT VARC." Reading comprehension plays a pivotal role not only in CAT but in most of the entrance examinations and it is imperative for all aspirants to score well in the English language section of the management entrance exams. Since CAT has a sectional weight age of 34 marks, candidates need to focus on how to prepare for CAT VARC section to bag a good overall percentile. Registration for CAT 2019 has been closed on September 25 at 5:00 PM. Correction window will be available from September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM onwards.
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Careers360, in this article of CAT 2019 preparation series brings forth a complete guide on ‘How to prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)’, where according to the CAT exam pattern test takers will have to answer a total of 34 questions (both MCQ and non-MCQs) within a sectional time limit of 60 minutes. The total marks allotted to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is 102 out of which Reading Comprehension has the lion share.
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Candidates must note that they need to qualify not only the overall but the sectional CAT cutoff as well to get an IIM call, one must not lose the chance by compromising on any of the sectional performances. The CAT VARC section is the most scoring part, resulting in an improvised sectional as well as overall scores/percentiles. Hence it is important to know how to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section.
The CAT preparation of VARC section must be strategically planned. It is advised that candidates should divide the section based on the topics and sub-topics; as each topic requires different techniques to learn and follow. But before going into depth, it is important to understand the type and number of questions allotted that are likley to be asked in this section-
VARC Topics and number of questions
Number of Questions per topic
Reading Comprehension (16 Questions)
4- 5 Reading Comprehension Passage
English Usage (18 Questions)
Rickshesh Manchanda, CAT 2018 Topper who scored a 100 percentile found this particular section quite challenging. The way he coped with this challenge, Rickshesh says, " I have coped with the section by taking several sectional tests. Maximum focus was on the Reading Comprehension passages. Luckily, for consecutive two years VARC section of CAT was quite easy!
Another CAT topper of 2018, Jagesh, who found the Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) section in which questions were asked based on reading comprehension, said, "I practised as many passages as possible. I started by reading newspaper articles and editorials and increase my reading speed. After this was achieved I started solving passage questions."
CAT 2017 Topper, Chhavi Gupta (currently pursuing MBA at IIM-A) says, “Selection of the questions was the first thing I indulged in and devoted five to seven minutes for doing the same. I had answered 24 questions in RC and spent 42-45 minutes as my accuracy level was very high. In general, the accuracy in VA questions was low, so for rest of the VA questions (Jumbled sentences and Fill in the Blanks), I spent nearly 15-20 minutes." RC (Reading Comprehension) is one of the important topics in this section. The passage can be from different areas of interest and the questions can be either factual or inferential.
There were five passages each carrying around four questions to answer, which holds 45-60 per cent of the marks of the whole Verbal Ability part. This is an important section where more attention and detailed information are required.
The foremost step to prepare for reading comprehension is to read on regular basis. Read newspapers, novels, magazines such as ‘The Economist’, India Today etc. To quote another CAT Topper 2017, Soumyajit Ghosh of IIM Bangalore when asked about preparation strategy, states, "The major part in RC section consists of the verbal part. I used to religiously practice Reading Comprehensions (RC) of various lengths every day."
CAT 2017 Topper Avinash Iyer, IIT Bombay, who bagged 99.61 percentile at his very first attempt says, "To solve the CAT VARC section, I first took up all the reading comprehension, completed them as they take a substantial amount of time. Then I solved the fill in the blanks followed by jumbled paragraphs.
A few suggested books for RC:
How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill) is a workbook with practice questions and tips based on previous CAT papers.
Norman Lewis’ Word Power Made Easy.
Questions related to analogies, synonyms & antonyms, sentence correction etc are part of this subsection. This part can be answered correctly, only if aspirants have explored the English language to the core and know the meaning of numerous words. Hence, a good vocabulary is the key to crack these topics. Having a reading habit of newspapers and magazines will support in developing a good vocabulary. The 100 percentile scorer of CAT 2017, Mayank Raj, shares, "My weak area was VARC. For improving my verbal ability I started reading the newspaper, novels, etc. This helped me increase my reading speed and also in developing an understanding of the passages I was reading." One needs to keep a track of all the new words he/she comes across; be it from newspapers, blogs or magazines. This habit helps register more words in fewer days.
Besides reading, the other important step to prepare is from the CAT sample papers. The sample papers will make you learn the words that are important in terms of examination. Topper Nikhil Raj Singh, who secured 99.51 percentile in CAT 2016 also agrees and says, “Taking mock tests and analysing them played a very crucial role in my performance in CAT 2016. It helped me create a strategy for the D-day and gave me an idea about my weak and strong areas.”
Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
Nishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (Pearson) covers a wide range of topics explained in an easy-to-understand manner
Critical Reasoning and Paragraph Completion - These questions can be answered only if you understand the logic behind it. The types of questions to be prepared under this section are:
Questions on conclusion/inference
Questions on identifying an assumption
Questions on weakening the conclusion
Questions on identifying a paradox/contradiction/inconsistency
Questions on identifying a parallel situation
As a preparation strategy, Topper Avinash (99.61 percentile) says, “I used to critically analyse each CAT VARC section so as to understand my standing. It is equally important to concentrate on the speed as time is a challenge for CAT."
Deductive Logic and Para Jumbles - These are non-logic based questions; hence preparations from short puzzles, quizzes can prepare you to successfully attempt these questions. While preparing, you must make sure that you understand the question. CAT Topper Rubal Bagde shares, “I used to solve the quizzes available in newspapers. This sort-of prepared me to analyze and eliminate incorrect options and answer the questions correctly”. Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher mentions, "Practice solving the verbal logic questions through selection and elimination method."
Sentence Correction - These questions are based on basic grammar rules and are knowledge-based. For preparation, it is must to read editorial sections of newspapers and magazines and concentrate on the use of grammar. While preparing from mock tests, make sure you do not waste time on these questions and avoid guesswork.
A few books to prepare from are,
Read a lot of books, magazines, and newspapers
Prepare from Mock tests and Sample Papers while maintaining speed and accuracy
Focus on improvising grammar and vocabulary by reading editorial sections
Mark difficult words and learn their meaning from the dictionary
Underline and take brief notes as you read
Practice critical thinking questions
For CAT 2017 Topper Ankit Gupta (VARC- 99.80), the mantra to score 99.91 in CAT was simple – to practice a lot in a timed manner, analyse the questions and learn from his mistakes so that he doesn’t repeat them. He says, "Focus on RCs as they form the chunk of this section. Practice as many RCs, with varying themes, as you can. Keep a tab for the types you are particularly struggling with (say, art/science/literature etc.) and bookmark those RCs. Revisit those after some time and find common things or themes repeating. Google those terms, get a hang of them so as to obtain some background. It becomes easier to read and interpret these RCs then and overtime you improve a lot." Currently, he is pursuing his MBA at IIM Calcutta.
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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.
For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for 10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.
For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC
for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC
for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.
So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.
CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.
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Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.
Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.
Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.
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Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
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