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Verbal Ability Strategy To Crack CAT 2016

Last Updated - December 02, 2016

Only a day to go for CAT 2016. December 4, 2016, will decide the future of the aspirants. So, push yourself up, dust yourself off and strong your revision. Understanding of a Paper along with the understanding of strengths and weakness are 2 essential blocks of strategy. Having a separate approach of tackling each section is essential.


5 Point Rule To Crack The Verbal Section

  • As you prepare for Quants, don’t follow for Verbal
  • Read. Read. & Repeat.
  • Critically evaluate the answer options
  • Be a Grammar Nazi
  • Trust Yourself

Speed reading can sound good but it is an easy fall to get into the trap. CAT Verbal section is all about the testing reading ability of the candidates. Vocabulary based questions like synonyms, antonyms, are knowledge-based questions and can be answered correctly if and only if the meaning of the words are known.

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Para-jumbles are logic based questions and no prior knowledge is required to excel this section. Like Vocabulary, Sentence Correction is also knowledge based. If you have a better reading habit and good grammar then you can get 3 out of 5 questions correct. Vocabulary and Sentence Correction contribute to most of the negative scores because of not being sure.


Important Topics To Revisit

Candidates appearing for CAT 2016 must know about the important topics having high weightage in Verbal Ability section. In the following table, important topics are represented. Go through the strategy of the topics, if you have made.

Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)Analogies or Reverse Analogies
English Usage or GrammarJumbled Paragraph
Sentence CorrectionMeaning-Usage Match
Fill in the blanksSummary Questions
Cloze PassageVerbal Reasoning
Facts / Inferences / JudgementsReading Comprehension

Strategy For Attempting CAT 2016

1. Prioritize the questions, you know

Attempting questions you know not only ensures you marks but also gives you sufficient time to solve the ones you don’t. After you have solved everything you know in the Verbal Ability Section of CAT 2016, you have secured your deserved share of marks in the Section.

2. Leave the Questions you are not sure about

Yes, don’t. Take lessons from life. Don’t start something you can’t finish. We know how much you crave for those extra marks, but don’t attempt that question unless you are sure about your answer. If you do attempt such questions, Mark them for review and come back after finishing up the section to recheck your answer.

3. Keep track of the countdown

There will be a countdown timer on the top right side of your screen. No, it is not there to freak you out. Keep track of the countdown and ensure that you are not spending way too much on a particular question. If you have started a question that’s taking too much time. Mark it for review and come back to revisit later if you have time.


A Night Before CAT 2016

CAT 2016 is just round the corner and candidates by now will be jittery than ever. But the only thing to overcome is to prepare well for the examination. Be careful to carry your CAT Admit Card and ID proof with you along with the stationary. Take a tight sleep before the CAT winter and stick to your strategy. Keep in mind, that silly mistakes may cost you a lot.


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