CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2023

CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Syllabus 2023- The key to success lies only in dedicated preparation and hard work when it comes to CAT 2023. Candidates who are planning to appear in the CAT 2023 exam must be familiar with the fact that CAT conducting body 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 2023.

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CAT VARC Syllabus 2023

CareersToday brings to you details of CAT, exam dates, features of the VARC section, major topics along with an expected number of questions in this article of the VARC Syllabus for CAT 2023. Along with that, the major preparation tips to be followed to ace the VARC section, and the best books are also provided in this article.

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CAT Exam Dates 2023

In order to be familiar with when and how to start preparation for CAT 2023, it is important for candidates to be aware of the exam dates of CAT 2023. Details of notification, start and end of registration and other events regarding CAT 2023 are mentioned in this section. CAT 2023 entrance exam is scheduled to be held on November 26, 2023.

CAT Exam Pattern 2023

To form a preparation plan for the CAT 2023 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 2023. Given below is the CAT 2023 exam pattern for the VARC section.

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 2023

The very first section that candidates see in the CAT 2023 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 the remaining are from the reading comprehension part.

CAT Verbal Ability syllabus 2023 aim to test candidates on grammar and Verbal Reasoning, Error Correction, Facts, inference or judgment, comprehension, vocabulary, para summary and related topics.

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VARC CAT Syllabus 2023

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 Syllabus of VARC in CAT Topics

  • Inferential Logical Reasoning
  • Para Jumbles
  • Summary
  • Contextual usage
  • Idioms
  • One word substitution
  • Sentence completion
  • Misfit/Out of Context sentence
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Vocabulary

CAT 2022 Slot 1 Exam Analysis

As per CAT Exam Analysis 2022 slot 1, the overall difficulty level of the VARC section is moderate. No questions are asked on Odd one out. The paper consists of 3 questions from Para Summary and Para Jumbles and 2 from Fill in the Blanks.

CAT 2022 Slot 2 Exam Analysis

As per CAT Analysis 2022, the RC section had 4 difficult passages, especially one on Institutions. The verbal Ability section was based on Para Summary, Para Completion, and Para Jumbles.

CAT 2022 Slot 3 Exam Analysis

As per CAT 2022 Analysis, the VARC is moderate. The RC passages are easy to read as the options are a little tricky. RC passages VARC topics for CAT are asked from the below topics:

  • History - Tricky
  • Biology & Tech - Moderate
  • Sociology & Anthropology (Great Migration) - Moderate
  • Software - Moderate

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Analysis of VARC

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

  • A 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, the 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 the Slot 2 paper.
  • 8 questions were from Verbal Ability.
  • Like Slot 1 paper, this slot also had 3 questions each 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, the 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 three slots and had the same segmentation. The bulk of the questions was 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 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension syllabus for CAT 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

Context sentence

3

TITA

Summary

3

MCQ

How to prepare for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2023?

As mentioned earlier, the official CAT 2023 syllabus will not be released officially. On the basis of the previous year's 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 2023. Every registered candidate wants to make it to IIMs but the question is How To Crack CAT 2023? 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 2023, 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 for CAT toppers that will help the candidates to score well in the CAT 2023 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section:

  1. One of the toppers of CAT suggests future candidates read more and more newspapers and novels on a daily basis. This would surely help in improving the 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 of the types of questions that are likely to be asked.
  3. Take the CAT 2023 mock test on a regular basis to gauge the preparation level or to know CAT 2023 important topics for preparation.
  4. Try to add new 5-10 words new on a daily basis to improve your vocabulary along with their synonyms and antonyms.
  5. Keep in mind to focus on time management of CAT 2023 as this can swap the game completely if not held onto carefully.
  6. If you feel bored reading all the time, try watching movies with English subtitles to make VARC section preparation effective.

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Best Books for CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2023

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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