What is Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension?

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension has four main components.

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension

Let’s take a brief look at each one of them one-by-one.

Vocabulary: This section is mainly dominated by questions related to sentence completion, fill in the blanks, one-word substitution, etc. Having a good vocabulary is key in this section. While the book ‘Word Power Made Easy’ is highly recommended for building vocabulary, a good reading habit will make it easy to develop a good vocabulary.

Grammar: Questions like mistakes in one of the sentences, in a part of the sentence, and word substitution are the most commonly asked of this section in MBA entrance exams. Therefore, prepare grammar like Maths. As there is no other method to ace questions based on English grammar. However, this can only be accomplished by strengthening the fundamental rules and increasing conceptual clarity.

Verbal Reasoning: B-section of VARC usually has questions on paragraph completion, paragraph sequencing, ranking, and arrangement, Thus it is important to have a good command of language comprehension. Other types of questions in this Category include identifying the best summary of the given passage. To score well in VARC section you should Practice solving Logical-based sample questions and should have a strong command of the language.

Reading Comprehension: There is no substitute for reading. To score well in RC, you have to read over 600 words passages in less than a minute. This can be achieved only through reading rigorously. Since the Mode of the MBA entrance exams has shifted Online, make it a habit to increase reading time on a Screen. Besides, develop a reading practice on topics like politics, science, philosophy, economics, literature, biography, geology, folklore, architecture, history, current affairs, art, psychology, and other abstract topics.

Reading comprehension had the Maximum weightage than the rest of the exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT. Therefore, consider making it the most important sub-section, and focus on enhancing your reading habit.

How to Prepare for CAT VARC

Over time VARC Section has evolved from the English language testing section to the English usage Testing section, Earlier the question related to grammar and vocabulary were straightforward However, now the focus has shifted from simply testing the knowledge in English to the conceptual understanding of the language. Hence, the Candidate appearing VARC Section is expected to have understanding in the following:

  • The nuances of the given word
  • The subtleties of the given word (context/usage)
  • Correct syntax, structure, and formation of sentences
  • Identify the complex ideas presented in the paragraph

The preparation of CAT, VARC section requires time, dedication, and discipline. The important segment of VARC preparation is building vocabulary and improving comprehensive skill, which can be done by developing an avid reading habit. The Verbal Ability questions can easily solved by an adequate practice of sample questions and mock tests.

Best Books for VARC Preparation

Some of the most recommended books for VARC preparation are mentioned below:

  • High School Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • How To Prepare For Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension For CAT by Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Sujit Kumar
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha

The preparation of CAT, VARC section requires time, dedication, and discipline. The important segment of VARC preparation is building vocabulary and improving comprehensive skill, which can be done by developing an avid reading habit. The Verbal Ability questions can easily solved by an adequate practice of sample questions and mock tests.