Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT Exam

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Cracking the Reading Comprehension (RC) questions of CAT is not easy. You need to know how to approach which type of RC question. Read this article to know types of Reading Comprehension questions in CAT exam.

MBA preparation: RC passages and questions

Reading Comprehension (RC) section of the CAT exam hold almost 3/4th of the sectional weightage. Out of 24 questions, 12-14 questions are based on RC passages. CAT RC passages are usually of 500 to 600 word-limit but what makes them a tough nut to crack is the difficulty level. The Reading Comprehension section of CAT is considered the most difficult among all MBA entrance exams mainly because the passages are dense and inference based. there are rarely fact based RC passages in the CAT. Close answers lead to further confusion in the minds of candidates. 

Preparation of CAT Reading Comprehension is not the same as DILR or Quant. You can't start studying for CAT Reading Comprehension two months before the exam and crack it. You need to start much before. Reading Comprehension can be mastered only if you have strong English reading skills, as you are required to read long passages in less than a minute and solve at least four MCQs for each passage. So, more than anything, you need to be able to read fast and understand the passages as well as identify key arguments/facts given. 

Apart from having a reading habit, you also need practice. It is critical to practice sample papers and section mock tests for VARC for atleast two months. Another thing that you need for preparing Reading Comprehension for CAT 2022 is the knowledge of types of RC passages. In this article we have discussed different types of RC passages in CAT exam.

Types of Reading Comprehension Passages in CAT Exam

There are mainly three types of Reading Comprehension passages in CAT exam:

  • Analytical
  • Descriptive
  • Data Driven

The topics on which CAT RC passages are based include business & economics, science, humanities, social sciences and current affairs. Take a look at the RC topics of CAT exam in the past four years.

CAT 2021 RC Topics

CAT 2021 was held in three shifts. Given below are the CAT RC topics of all the three exam slots:

CAT 2021 Slot 1

CAT 2021 Slot 2

CAT 2021 Slot 3

Mayan Civilization

Language/ Indigenous People

 

Nanotechnology

Utopia and Dystopia

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

Language Instinct

Marshmallow Experiment

Colonialism/Nationalism

Time Accuracy Entropy

Evolution of Tea as a Drink

Knowledge and Problems of Knowledge is a Scandal to Philosophy

Unconscious and Psychoanalysis

CAT 2020 RC Topics

CAT 2020 was also held in three shifts. Given below are the CAT RC topics of all the three exam slots:

CAT 2020 Slot 1

CAT 2020 Slot 2

CAT 2020 Slot 3

Anarchism

Investing in renewable energy technologies

Travel writing and feminism during colonial times

Migration of Northern Seals

Piracy in international trade

The need for economic literacy in the general population

Currency of Tang dynasty

Freudian models of aggression

Screen time and undercurrents of social class

Grammar/Vocabulary

A study of visualization

An analysis of human nature

CAT 2019 RC Topics

Check the table below for CAT RC topics of Slots 1 and 2 of CAT 2019 exam:

CAT 2019 Slot 1

CAT 2019 Slot 2

British folk music

Dense cities

Origin of story of Alladin

Google and archaeology

Topophilia

Distributing bureaucracy

Emperor penguins

Language & culture

Internet shopping and choice anxiety

Passage on British colonial policy

CAT 2018 RC Topics

Check the table below for CAT RC topics of slot 1 and 2 of CAT 2018 exam.

CAT 2018 Slot 1

CAT 2018 Slot 2

Genetics

Grover snails

India’s view on its legacy of Second World War

Meritocracy and diversified teams

Plastic pollution

Use of technology in essential services

Elephant society

Rings of Saturn and their age

Consumer behaviour studies

Human resource and learning

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Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT Exam

Coming to the types of questions asked on Reading Comprehension topics, one can expect a variety of questions in CAT 2022. Each passage carries three to five questions which can be of the following types based on the theme of the passage:

  • Questions based on Central Theme
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Inference based questions
  • Facts based questions
  • Questions based on tone of the passage
  • Passage structure based questions
  • Title based questions
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Let’s discuss each type of CAT RC questions individually.

Questions based on Central Theme:  In this type of RC questions, the test taker has to identify the central theme of the passage. The question could be: ‘Which of the following options sum up the theme of the passage?’ Or ‘What is the central idea of the topic?’

These are generally easy to crack and one can guess the right answer upon reading the passage properly.

Vocabulary based questions: These types of questions in Reading Comprehension for CAT are generally, based on word meaning or antonym/synonym. For example, meaning of a word appearing in the passage will be asked like, ‘What is the meaning of ?’ or ‘What is the synonym of?'

The only way to crack vocabulary-based questions in CAT is by having a strong vocabulary base.

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Inference based questions: These are the toughest type of RC questions as the correct answer is completely dependent on ones understanding of the argument presented in the passage. The types of questions on these passages will be, 'What does the author mean by this?' or 'What do you infer from this?'

To solve inference-based questions in Reading Comprehension section for CAT, you need to read the passage very carefully and understand the central theme. Break down the sentences while reading the passage, understand the fundamental theme and if needed make notes.

Facts-based questions: These questions are easy to solve, provided you read the passage carefully and mark important points. Also, understand the question well before answering. Fact based questions are usually in the form of fill in the blanks or correct/incorrect statements.

Passage structure-based questions:  These types of questions ask candidates to arrange arguments presented in the passage in a logical manner. In CAT, you may also be asked to analyse the logic behind the paragraph. For example, ‘What does the last paragraph describe?’ or ‘What is the main argument in third paragraph?’

To crack CAT RC questions based on structure, read the passage in parts and try to get the gist of each paragraph. Pay attention on words such as ‘however’, ‘but’, ‘although’. Conjunctions can change the meaning of the statement.

Title-based questions: These refer to the questions in Reading Comprehension for CAT where candidates are asked to choose an appropriate title for the given passage. These are the types of questions where one will have to select not the right answer but the most apt option or the title closest to the theme of the passage. These type of questions can be tricky to answer if one hasn’t understood the passage well.

Questions-based on tone of the passage:  Tone-based question require application of critical thinking. The questions usually asked are, ‘What is the attitude of the author while saying this statement ?’ or ‘The tone of the author is best described as?’

To solve questions-based on tone of the passage, one needs to understand the nature of the passage - positive, negative or neutral.

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