Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019 – How to Prepare?

Reading Comprehension forms a major chunk in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section of CAT Exam. Majority of the questions in this section are asked from Reading Comprehension (RCs) part. Therefore it has become increasingly important for the CAT aspirants to pay attention to this type of questions and prepare for them well so that they could score fairly well in this section. In this blog we would discuss how to prepare Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019 Examination.

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First let us look at the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern

Sections No. of Non- MCQ Questions No. of MCQ Questions Total Questions in each Section Total Time Allotted
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 10 24 34 60
Quantitative Ability (QA) 7 27 34 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 8 24 32 60
Total 25 75 100 180


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Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019 – How to Prepare for it?

With the increase in the share of RC questions for CAT in the VARC section to 70%, attempting these questions with a proper pre-planned strategy and practice can have increased benefits for you both in terms sectional score as well as overall percentile.

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Tips to Ace the questions of Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019.

  1. Reading of an English newspaper is a must. Not only will it put you in the habit of reading but also will enhance your vocabulary and general awareness.
  2. Reading daily will increase your reading speed as well as enhance your comprehension powers. Gradually you will be able to understand the passage in its entirety and this again will help you answer any question related to the passage.
  3. Since 2017, IIMs have started releasing CAT exam papers with answer keys, attempt those RC passages from actual CAT test papers and answer questions on them. This would help you immensely in understanding the pattern of questions and passages asked in the actual CAT Exam.
  4. Monitor the time you take to solve the complete reading comprehensions passage. Solve it in the least time possible. Now this will require continuous practice on your part to solve the comprehension questions within limited time. 
  5. Keep practicing.

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All the Best for your Exam!


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