CAT 2019 Verbal Ability: Questions And Preparation, Tips

The largest MBA entrance examination resulting in admission 2020 in IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, NITIE among different prime business institutes, CAT 2019 is scheduled on 24th November 2019 as a PC based exam. This year IIM Kozhikode is regulating CAT 2019 exam in morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.
Verbal Ability (VA) is an important part of CAT preparation for VARC section. CAT Verbal Ability questions will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section in the CAT 2019 exam to be held on November 24, 2019.

The Verbal Ability for CAT questions are the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Questions which carry a weightage of 34 percent within the whole CAT exam. The Verbal Ability for CAT Questions are constructed on English Language, Grammar, Vocabulary, correct understanding of paragraph among various key topics.

The CAT toppers with varying disciplines, studying in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, FMS Delhi and other premiuem MBA colleges found themselves less prepared for CAT Verbal Ability section when they started Verbal Ability Preparation for CAT, Nevertheless most of them ended up cracking the CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension in CAT with 95+ percentile and above! So what is the mystery behind their preparation strategy of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Questions and cracking successfully the CAT Verbal Ability Questions in the exam with an ease?

Before going deep on how to prepare Verbal Ability for CAT; how to ace CAT Verbal Ability; what should be the CAT Verbal Preparation Material and preparation strategy, the first thing we need to know is the composition and type of Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension section in the amended IIM CAT 2019 exam model.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Questions: Section Composition

Right from 2015 when IIM Ahmedabad revamped CAT exam pattern, the Verbal Ability for CAT Syllabus has been changed. The amended order of sections also places CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension as the first section in the Exam.

Verbal Ability questions in CAT will persist on the same pattern during 2017 and 2018 also. The composition of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT 2019 is also likely to remain on the same pattern as of 2018 as below:

CAT Verbal Ability Questions Composition Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension pattern
Section Name Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Total VARC Questions 34
Total Verbal Ability Questions 10
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Time to attempt the section 60 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer +3
Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer -1
Difficulty Level of Verbal Ability Questions Moderate to High
No Negative Marking Questions in CAT Verbal Ability section 8-10

Verbal Ability for CAT Questions: Number & Type

Verbal Ability definition proves that the questions are based on the English Verbal Ability, so the CAT Verbal Ability Test is the test on coherent and flawless usage of English Language.

Instead of moving haphazardly and jumping into CAT Preparation for VARC without knowing how to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT, it would be simply a fruitless activity as the revamped CAT exam pattern has updated the Verbal Ability question structure in CAT exam.

Verbal Ability Questions in CAT Number of questions Type of Questions
Para Summary 3 Non MCQ without Negative Marking
Jumbled Paragraph 4 No Negative Marking, Non-MCQ
Picking the Odd sentence out of Jumbled Paragraph 3 No Negative Marking, Non-MCQ

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