CAT Verbal Ability is one area which has seen the maximum change in topics and structure over the last three years. After analyzing the topics that appeared in the CAT 2018 exam, you need to study the following topics:
A) There are few other topics which you need to study and they are mentioned below:-
- Reading Comprehension: It is a major component in the CAT exam and out of the 34 questions in the VARC section, 24 questions were from this area.
- Paragraph Summary: This is another area which has gained prominence over the last couple of years and checks a student’s reasoning and analytical skills.
- Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences: Over the last couple of years, many questions have come from this area. One should bear in mind that sometimes the sentences could be lengthy and arranging them could be a time-consuming task.
B) Suggested below are a list of other verbal topics which have relevance in other MBA entrance exams:-
- Critical Reasoning .
- Paragraph Completion.
- Grammar & Usage (including questions based on common Grammar errors, Confusing Words, & Phrasal Verbs).
- Vocabulary based questions (mainly Fill in the blanks).
ii. CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus:-
- Vocabulary Topics: Synonym-Antonym based questions, Cloze Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Meaning-Usage Match, Idioms and Phrases, Secondary Shades of Meaning, Usage, Associated words, Antonyms, etc.
- Verbal Reasoning: Fact-Inference-Judgement.
- Grammar: Sentence Correction.
Mentioned below is the list of topics to be studied well for CAT 2019 exam:-
iii. CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus:-
Caselets, Tables, Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Charts, Combination of two or more types linked to each other
Games & Tournaments, Number and Letter Series, Calendars; Cubes, Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Logical Connectives; Blood Relations.
Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages; Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Simple and Compound Interest ; Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.
3. Strengthen your basics
Once you have gone through the syllabus and exam pattern, start working on the fundamentals of each topic. With a good conceptual clarity, you will gain greater accuracy in less time. Regular reading is essential to get a hold on verbal ability section. The other two sections demand you to invest a good amount of time in practicing the concepts. After getting yourself well-versed with the basics, start solving sectionwise and chapterwise test papers.
4. Give CAT Mock Tests regularly
CAT preparation is considered incomplete if you have not attempted the mocks. These simulated CAT mocks
or CAT sample papers or CAT test series are designed to make the students understand the level of the paper. Moreover, the mock results give a clear indication of the CAT aspirant’s strengths and weakness as regards to the subject areas of the CAT entrance exam. Also, you will have ample time to improve your weak areas and simultaneously strengthen your strong areas to improve your score.
5. Analyze the Mock Tests thoroughly and prepare a study plan
This is a step which most CAT aspirants skip in their journey of the entrance exam. This exercise of assessing the mocks will provide a clear picture as to where one stands and also give you a guideline to formulate test strategy. You should bear in mind the importance of each section and its relevance to the CAT exam while designing the study plan.