CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2022

CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2022

CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Syllabus 2022- The key to success lies only in dedicated preparation and hard work when it comes to CAT 2022. Candidates who are planning to appear in the CAT 2022 exam must be familiar of the fact that IIM Bangalore will 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 2022. CareersToday 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 2022. 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 2022

In order to be familiar with when and how to start preparation of CAT 2022, it is important for candidates to be aware of the exam dates of CAT 2022. Details of notification, start and end of registration and other events regarding CAT 2022 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 2022

EventsDates

CAT Registration 2022 starts from

First week of August 2022

Last Date to submit the CAT Application form

Last Week of September 2022

Correction of CAT application form

Fourth Week of September 2022

CAT Mock Test 2022

First Week of November 2022

Availability of Admit Card

Last Week of October 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Date

November 27, 2022

CAT Exam Pattern 2022

To form a preparation plan for the CAT 2022 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 2022. Given below is the CAT 2022 exam pattern for the VARC section.

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Exam Pattern of CAT VARC Section:

Particulars

Details

Sectional Time Duration for VARC

  • 53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD Candidates

  • 40 Minutes for other

Type of Questions

MCQs and TITA Questions (Both)

Marking Scheme for MCQs

  • 3 marks for the correct answer

  • -1 mark for an incorrect answer

  • No marks for unattempted questions

Marking Scheme for TITA Questions

No negative marking

Difficulty Level

Moderately High

CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2022

The very first section which candidates see in the CAT 2022 exam is the VARC section out of the three. 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 2022 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 2022: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus

Particulars

Details

Type of questions in Verbal Ability

Both MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)

Type of questions in Reading comprehension

MCQs only

Total MCQs in verbal ability

10

Total questions in Reading comprehension

24

Related Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus Topics

  • Inferential Logical Reasoning

  • Para Jumbles

  • Summary

  • Contextual usage

  • Idioms

  • One word substitution

  • Sentence completion

  • Misfit/Out of Context sentence

  • Paragraph Completion

  • Vocabulary

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Analysis of VARC

Based on the initial reaction of test-takers, CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Analysis of VARC is provided below.

  • Maximum number of questions had been asked from RC i.e. a total of 4 sets of RC with 4 questions each were there in Slot 1 paper.
  • Along with that 19 MCQ and 5 TITA-type questions were asked in VARC slot 1 paper.
  • As per experts the good attempts for slot 1 VARC paper could be around 16 to 18 questions.
  • Other than that, 3 questions each were asked from Para jumbles and para summary.

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam Analysis of VARC

Based on the initial reaction of test-takers, CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam Analysis of VARC is provided below.

  • A total of 4 sets of RC with 4 questions each were there in Slot 2 paper.
  • 8 questions were from Verbal Ability.
  • Like Slot 1 paper, this slot also had 3 questions each were asked from Para jumbles and para summary.
  • 2 questions were asked from odd one out topic.

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam Analysis of VARC

Based on the initial reaction of test-takers, CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam Analysis of VARC is provided below.

  • Like slot 1 and 2, slot 3 also had 4 sets of RC with 4 questions each.
  • 2 RCs were rated difficult while the other two were doable and easy.
  • Again, 3 questions each were asked from Para jumbles and para summary.

CAT 2020 VARC Analysis: Slot 1

Section

Number of Questions

Level

VARC

26

(RC:3 passages with 4 questions each
1 passage with 5 questions )

(VA: 8 Questions (PS-3, PJ-3 and OS-2))

Difficult

CAT Analysis 2020 for VARC: Slot 2

Section

Number of Questions

Level

VARC

26

(RC:2 passages

Jumbled Sentence Rest

Moderate

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

Questions

Type

Passage-

  • Cities being environment friendly

  • Use of digital info to restore archaeological sites

  • Capital cities and bureaucracy

  • Language and Culture




5 in each passage


MCQ

Passage - British Policy

4

Para Jumbles

4

TITA

Misfit

3

TITA

Summary

3

MCQ

CAT 2019 Slot 2 - VARC Section

Slot 2 Topics

Questions

Type

Passage -

  • Squatter Colonies

  • Digital Colonialism by Google

  • Decentralization of Central Governments

  • British Colonialism




5





MCQ

Passage - Language and Cultural Identity

4

Para jumbles (4 sentences)

3

TITA

Out of Context sentence

3

TITA

Summary

3

MCQ

How to prepare for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2022?

As mentioned earlier, the official CAT 2022 syllabus will not be released officially. 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 2022. Every registered candidate wants to make it to IIMs but the question is How To Crack CAT 2022? 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 2022, 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 toppers that will help the candidates to score well in CAT 2022 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section:

  1. One of the toppers of CAT 2021 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.

  2. Carefully solve sample papers of CAT to get a gist to types of questions which are likely to be asked.

  3. Take the CAT 2022 mock test on a regular basis to gauge the preparation level or to know CAT 2022 important topics for preparation.

  4. Try to add new 5-10 words new on a daily basis to improve your vocabulary along with its synonyms and antonyms.

  5. Keep in mind to focus on time management of CAT 2022 as this can swap the game completely if not hold onto carefully.

  6. If you feel bored reading all the time, try watching movies with English subtitle to make VARC section preparation effective.

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Best Books for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2022

Book Title

Author/Publisher

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Nishit Sinha

High School Grammar and Composition

Wren and Martin

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

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

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