VARC (Verbal and Reading Comprehension): Tips, Questions And Preparation

VARC Prep Tips for MBA 2024

Vipra Shrivastava

Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

Updated on Feb 1, 2024 17:26 IST

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension or VARC preparation for MBA requires a long term plan as it can't be mastered overnight. You cannot crack it by memorising formulae like Quantitative Aptitude or by solving puzzle series like Logical Reasoning. The key to crack the VARC section of any MBA entrance exam is long-term planning, developing English comprehension by reading books and journals, understanding the fundamentals of English grammar and consistent practice of the language.

VARC section of the CAT exam is considered the toughest among all the MBA entrance exams in India. This is usually because the Reading Comprehension passages of CAT exam are mostly inference based unlike CMAT or IIFT whose passages are fact based. Similarly, the XAT RC section is also tough and often includes a poem. 

The biggest worry of MBA aspirants at the time of VARC preparation is - how to handle the Reading Comprehension passages?  It is impossible to develop and master the art of reading dense passages in 1-2 minutes to slove related questions accurately in six months. So those who already have the habit of reading have an upper hand in handling RC preparation without hassle. 

MBA exam season will begin with CAT 2024 in November, to be followed by SNAP, XAT, NMAT, MAT, ATMA. Let us understand Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension to discuss how to tackle this section of MBA entrance exams

VARC syllabus

Components of VARC

Q:   Is the CAT syllabus difficult?


Yes, the difficulty level of CAT syllabus is very high as compared to other MBA entrance exams. However, if you prepare well and follow the CAT exam pattern well, you will be able to score well. Besides having an understanding of the CAT syllabus 2024, candidates also need to be well aware of the CAT exam pattern before they start preparing for the exam. The CAT exam pattern was revised in 2021 and the number of questions were reduced from 76 to 66. The structure of CAT 2022 and CAT 2023 was the same. The syllabus is still tougher than other exams.

The most important things to keep in mind are:

  1. CAT exam mode is online
  2. Each question carries three marks 
  3. There is negative marking of minus one mark for wrong attempts

The section-wise distribution of questions and difficulty levels as per the latest CAT exam pattern are listed below:

  • Quantitative Ability (QA) - 24 questions, difficulty level - moderate to high 
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 20 questions, difficulty level - moderate 
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 22 questions, difficulty level - moderate. to high

Q:   Is CMAT syllabus the same as that of CAT?

Yes, the syllabus of CMAT is the same as CAT for Quantitative Aptitude Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability sections. The topics included in both CAT and CMAT syllabi are same as listed below: 1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Mensuration Number System Algebra Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation and Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc. 2. Logical Reasoning: Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc. 3. Language Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Para jumbles, etc. However, CMAT has two extra sections - General Knowledge and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, topics of which are mentioned below: 4. General Awareness: Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society, Arts, Awards, Inventions 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business, models of entrepreneurship, Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Rural Entrepreneurship, etc.

Q:   What are the important topics of CAT syllabus from which maximum questions are asked?

CAT lays a lot of emphasis on analytical skills so the questions are asked mostly from those topics which require deep learning and practice. The three sections of CAT question paper are designed in such a way that candidates have to use their ability of minute observation and fast calculation. Shared below are the section wise main topics from which questions are asked in CAT. Verbal Ability: Parajumbles, Parasummary, Sentence Completion and Inferences Reading Comprehension: Questions based on passages, Para meaning, Order of sentences Data Interpretation: Tables, Graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagram, Data Sufficiency Logical Reasoning: Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Sets and Caselets, Family Tree, Assumptions Quantitative Aptitude: Geometry, Algebra Number System Modern Math, Arithmetic, Mensuration The difficulty level of CAT questions is usually moderate to high. Only a few questions are easy and quick to solve. To crack the CAT exam, one needs to pay attention to the abovementioned topics.

Q:   What is the syllabus of General English section of SNAP?


The SNAP General English syllabus is similar to that of other MBA entrance exams. It includes passages, Syllogisms, Analogies, Grammar, Antonym-Synonym, One Word Substitution, Similar Sounding Words, Parajumbles and Fill in the Blanks. This is the shortest section of SNAP having only 15 questions. Most of the questions are usually based on English grammar. For the past 2 years, no Reading Comprehension passage is seen in the exam. However, candidates still need to practice Reading Comprehension passages as it has not been completely scrapped. Preparation for the exam as per the SNAP syllabus requires not much time to prepare if your English is strong. But if it is not, then you must start studying English much earlier as developing hold on a language requires time.


What is Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)?

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension has four main components:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Verbal Reasoning
  4. Reading Comprehension

Let’s take a brief look at each one of the sections 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 to this section. While the book ‘Word Power Made Easy’ is highly recommended for building vocabulary, a good reading habit makes it easy to develop good vocabulary.

Grammar: Questions like mistakes in one of the sentences or in a part of the sentence and word substitution are most common Grammar questions in MBA entrance exams. Prepare Grammar like Maths. There is no other way of acing questions based on English Grammar but by having conceptual clarity of the fundamental rules.

Verbal Reasoning: This sub-section of VARC usually has questions on paragraph completion, paragraph sequencing, ranking and arrangement, so it is important to have a good command over language comprehension. Other question types in this area include identifying the best summary of the given passage. Along with good control on the language, there is a need for practice of solving logic-based sample questions to score well in this sub-section of VARC.

Reading Comprehension: There is no substitute for reading. To score well in RC, you should be able to read over 600 words passages in less than a minute. This can happen only if you read, read and read more throughout the year. Since most of the MBA entrance exams are now conducted in online mode, practice reading on the computer screen. Also, make sure you read on a variety of english passages on topics such as politics, science, philosophy, economics, literature, biography, geology, folklores, architecture, history, current affairs, art, psychology or even abstract topics.

Also Read: Types of Reading Comprehension questions in CAT and other exams

Out of these four sections, Reading Comprehension has more weightage than rest of the three sections in CAT, XAT and IIFT, thus making it the most crucial sub-section. The only way one can ace this section is by developing reading habit and improving upon it.

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MBA VARC Highlights

VARC syllabus of all MBA entrance exams is same but the structure of VARC section of each exam varies. For example, in CAT, the VARC section majorly comprises English passages for reading comprehension and para jumbles, whereas in XAT there’s a good number of fill in the blanks and grammar questions. In SNAP, there is no RC passage at all. We have listed down some key highlights of VARC syllabus for MBA preparation:

  • VARC section of MBA entrance exams is mandatory and carries a good amount of weightage
  • VARC syllabus requires long term planning for preparation. Especially for those candidates who do not have a good command over English comprehension
  • Having a good command over English comprehension and vocabulary is the key to crack this section
  • Candidates preparing for CAT, XAT or GMAT must start VARC preparation much before as this requires developing the habit and interest of reading
  • VARC is usually the first section of MBA entrance exam. That is because the section could be time taking due to dense and lengthy passages. The best time to solve questions on RCs is at the beginning of the test as the candidate’s mind is fresh at that time.
  • The key to crack VARC section is practice and eye for detail. Candidates must practice as many number and variety of RC passages (including poems). They must be aware of all possible types of passages of MBA entrance exams.
  • Also, one not only needs to be fluent in spoken English but need to also know and be able to write grammatically correct English.
  • Questions asked in VARC section can be tricky if you are not aware of English grammar rules. Thus, it is very important to focus seriously on English grammar while preparing for any MBA entrance exam. There may be only few Grammar based questions, it will be extremely helpful in solving RCs and parajumbles.  

Also Read: Verbal Ability preparation - sample questions with answers

Q:   What type of Reading Comprehension passages are there in XAT?


In XAT, Reading Comprehension passages are usually taken from Philosophy, Psychology, History, Art, research articles. Sometime, the XAT RC section also has poems. These areas are chosen to test the candidates, who are largely Science, Commerce and Engineering graduates, on their ability to come out of their comfort zone and adapt to unfamiliar situations. Out of 26 questions, about 14-16 questions are based on RC passages or a poem. Candidates must target solving about 10 questions accurately to score well. XAT has negative marking so do not mark an option as your answer if you are not 100 percent sure of it.


Q:   What is the key to score well in VARC section of CAT?


VARC is one of the tougher sections of CAT and often poses challenge to test takers. The key to score well in this section is long-term preparation. The CAT question paper is dominated by Reading Comprehension questions, so you can’t be ill prepared for it. The maximum number of passages that you can skip is 1. So, there is no alternative to reading. Developing reading habit is a necessity. You can crack this section if you don’t have the habit of reading. Even parajumble questions require clear comprehension of the theme and sentences to arrange them in a logical passage. Reading also strengthens vocabulary and grammar which forms the remaining part of CAT VARC section.


Q:   How many RC questions does CAT have?


The CAT VARC section is dominated by RC questions. Out of 24 questions about 14-16 are based on Reading Comprehension passages and the rest of them are based on parajumbles, para completion, etc.

CAT has about 12-16 RC question. In CAT 2022, there were four RC passages each having four questions. The ideal attempt was estimated at 13. Since, it is not mandatory to solve all the questions, candidates can maximize their scores by leaving out the questions related to the passage they find the toughest. There is negative marking in CAT so candidates must ensure that they mark only the correct options or do not mark any option at all.


Q:   I am preparing for CAT exam. Do I need to prepare for SNAP exam separately?


Those preparing for both CAT and SNAP exam need not prepare separately. CAT and SNAP syllabus are the same so one can prepare for both from the same study material.  However, since the exam pattern and difficulty level of both exams are different from each other, candidates need to devote a good amount of time on exam specific preparation. They must practice SNAP mock tests to understand the test pattern, topic-wise weightage, types of questions and difficulty level of the questions. The biggest difference between SNAP and CAT is the type of questions, so you need to practice sample question for SNAP to know how and what to prepare for it. You also need to know the sectional composition of SNAP, which is different from CAT. SNAP is easier than CAT so a mix of tough and moderate level SNAP sample questions and mock tests will be adequate for preparation. 


MBA Entrance Exam Dates 2024-2025

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of VARC Prep Tips for MBA 2024 exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

09 Mar '24 -

10 Mar '24

MAH CET 2024

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08 Mar '24

MAT 2024

07 Jan '24

XAT 2024

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Syllabus for MBA Exams

Listed below are the topics included in the VARC syllabus for MBA entrance exams. Give yourself two to three months to tackle these topics one by one. Preparing for RC however requires long time planning and practice.

VARC Topics for CAT and other MBA Entrance Exams

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para completion and inference
  • Verbal logic
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Contextual usage
  • Different usage of same word
  • Sentence completion
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Idioms
  • Tenses
  • Reading comprehension
  • Syllogisms
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Sentence correction
  • One word substitution

Q:   In how many months can I prepare for XAT 2025?


Ideally, XAT preparation takes six to nine months, but if candidates have prepared for CAT too, XAT preparation can be done in lesser time as one will have to only work on Decision Making and General Knowledge topics. Those who are weak in English Comprehension must start reading practice early on. The ideal time to start XAT preparation is May, so you can cover the whole syllabus by October and dedicate two months to mock test practice.

If you start studying for XAT late, by July or so, make sure you complete the syllabus by October only. Remember that XAT syllabus is tough, so you’ll need to study at least 6-8 hours daily from start until the end. Give ample time to yourself to complete the XAT syllabus.


Q:   Are six months enough to prepare for CAT?

Usually, it is recommended to start CAT preparation about a year or nine months in advance. However, one can prepare for this exam even in six months if they put 8-10 hours daily into it. Candidates who have attempted the CAT before may not face a lot of hurdles in six-month preparation as they have a foundation in CAT preparation from previous year, but candidates who are appearing in the exam for the first time may face obstacles, mostly related to accuracy. The syllabus of CAT is vast and includes a lot of reading. One also has to spend a lot of time in practice sessions and mock tests to be able to master all types of CAT questions - easy, moderate and tough. If you are a student of engineering/technical or commerce background you will need to pay extra attention on VARC . However, you'll be able to manage the syllabus of DILR and Quantitative Aptitude with adequate practice of topics. But if you are a student from Arts background, it is advised to start CAT preparation much earlier because you will have to brush up a lot of Mathematics. Reading Comprehension is one subject that cannot be mastered by student belonging to any academic stream, if their English comprehension is not strong. To develop reading habit all CAT aspirants will have to start much earlier.

Q:   What are the important topics of MAT exam?

MAT exam has five important sections - Mathematical Skills, Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment. Each section carries 40 questions each. Given below are the important topics from which questions are asked in MAT. Language Comprehension - Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Antonyms and Synonyms, Reading Comprehension, Parts of Speech, One Word Substitution, Vocabulary, Sentence Correction, Idioms/Phrases, Grammar, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles and Verbal Ability Intelligence and Critical Reasoning - Family Tree, Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments, Multi-Dimensional Arrangements, Course of Action, Puzzles, Visual Reasoning, Arrangement, Series, Numeric Grid, Pie Chart, Blood Relations, Critical Reasoning, Calendars, Coding and Decoding, Syllogisms, Statement Conclusions, Column Graphs and Graphs Representing Area Data Analysis and Sufficiency - Tables, Pie Charts, Caselet-based Data Charts, Graphs - Line X-Y Graphs, Venn Diagram, Bar Diagrams, Data Analysis and Data Comparison and Data Sufficiency Mathematical Skills- LCM and HCF, Commercial Maths Complex Numbers, Percentages, Permutation and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Profit and Loss, Sequence and Series Surds and Indices, Simple and Compound Interest, Heights and Distance, Inequalities, Speed, Time and Distance, Triangles Set Theory, Number System Circles, Mixtures and Alligations, Elementary Mathematics, Geometry, Venn Diagrams, Trigonometry Equations and Linear Programming Indian and Global Environment Current Affairs World Records, Business, CEOs, Awards and Winners, Books and Authors, Company Punchlines, History, International Organisation, Statements and Quotations, Social issues, Geography, Sports, Finance, Corporate News, Science, Entertainment and Politics.

How to Prepare for CAT VARC Section?

Over the years, the VARC section of CAT has evolved from being an English language test to English usage test. Earlier, the Vocabulary and Grammar questions were straightforward. Either you knew the answer or you didn’t. However, over the years it has been seen that the emphasis has moved from testing the knowledge of English to contextual understanding of the language. Now, the CAT VARC section tests candidates on their understanding of 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 requires time, dedication and discipline. The most crucial aspect of VARC preparation is building vocabulary and improving English comprehension skill, which can be done by developing the habit of reading. The Verbal Ability questions can be conquered by adequate practice of sample questions and mock tests. 

Also Read: CAT exam analysis: year-wise

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MBA VARC Preparation

Every MBA entrance exam requires a common preparation plan for VARC. However, there are certain specifics to each exam which candidates must focus upon as well. Given below are the links of detailed VARC preparations plans for all top MBA entrance exams in India: 

VARC Preparation for MBA Entrance Exam
How to prepare for CAT 2024 How to prepare for MAH CET 2024
How to prepare for SNAP 2024 How to prepare for CMAT 2024
How to prepare for MAT 2024 How to prepare for XAT 2025
How to prepare for ATMA 2024 How to prepare for IIFT 2025


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CMAT Mock Test

MAT Mock Test

IIFT Mock Test

NMAT Mock Test

IBSAT Mock Test

ATMA Mock Test

Q:   What type of Reading Comprehension passages are there in CAT?


Reading Comprehension passages in CAT exam are usually inference based. The topics are usually based on Economy, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Current Affairs. There are several types of questions, such as:

  • Central theme based questions
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Inference based questions
  • Title based questions
  • Paragraph and Structure based questions
  • Tone based questions

The approach to every type of question has to be different depending on their theme. To master this skill, you will need to start preparing for English section of any entrance exam early on. Firstly, you will need to develop reading comprehension speed and skill, secondly, you will have to practice sample RC passages of different types to understand the difference in approach.


Q:   How early should I start reading novels for Reading Comprehension?


To develop reading habit, one should start reading books and newspapers every day for at least one hour daily from at least six to eight months before the exam. Ideally, you should start reading books from a year before the entrance exam you are planning to appear for. We say so because, reading depends a lot on one’s interest. You need to first build interest in reading. Candidate who have to habit or interest in reading may not find it too difficult to read 100 pages every day, but those who have no interest in reading will have to develop it. So, start reading early on and read a variety of books. Start will books having easy language, once you develop interest and speed, move to books with tough English.


Q:   What is the best preparation strategy for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?


To prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, stick to the traditional path of concepts first and practice later. Study English grammar and Verbal Ability first to understand the concept. Then practice a number of sample questions of different kinds to gain confidence, speed and accuracy. For RC passages, develop the habit of reading from early stages. Read books from all walks of life.

Practicing sample Reading Comprehension passages and questions in a crucial part of VARC preparation. This will help you understand the types of questions and RC passages asked in various entrance exams.

As an aspirant, you will be appearing for more than one entrance exam, thus you need to have the practice of different types of RC passages.


Best Books for VARC Preparation 2024

Some of the most recommended books for CAT 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

To improve reading comprehension one must read English novels, newspaper editorials, business and current affairs magazines, science journals, biographies, etc.

Also Read: VARC syllabus and important books

Q:   What are the topics on which I should read books for RC preparation?


Candidates must read books on economy, philosophy, science, astronomy, psychology, sociology, history, geography, psychoanalysis, economics, astronomy, art & culture, literature, fiction novels, auto-biographies and biographies. Most of the passages that appear in any MBA entrance exam are based on these topics. The RC passages length may vary but most of the times the language is tough with foreign words and expressions or a good amount of data.

It is also recommended to candidates to read research papers, survey reports, etc. to have the practice of understanding and relating data in a quick read. Always refer to dictionary for word meanings while reading books.


Q:   Can I prepare for XAT with CAT preparation material?

Yes, since the syllabus of the Xavier Aptitude Test and the Common Admission Test are similar, one can prepare for both exams from the same study material. The students will have to study separately only for the Decision Making section of the Xavier Aptitude Test as this section is not a part of the Common Admission Test syllabus. For more details, you may visit the Shiksha Xavier Aptitude Test syllabus page. ( I hope this will help you.

Q:   Which are the best books for MAT preparation?

MAT preparation can be done by the books that are recommended for CAT. There are a few books available in the market which are exclusively for MAT preparation. We have listed down some highly recommended books for MAT preparation. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for MAT by Arun Sharma Data Interpretation: Practice Book for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Nishit K Sinha The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation by Nishit K Sinha Verbal Ability and Comprehension for MBA Exams by Odisha Publications Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Nishit K Sinha Verbal Ability and Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSC by Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary Proficiency in Reading Comprehension Simplifying the Passage for You by Ajay Singh Mathematics for MBA by RS Aggarwal Arithmetic and Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R Goal Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by RS Aggarwal How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning for MAT by Odisha Experts Analytical and Logical Reasoning for CAT and Other Management Entrance Tests by Peeyush Bhardwaj.

VARC Weightage in Top MBA Entrance Exams 2024

Q:   What is the latest CMAT exam pattern?

The latest CMAT exam pattern as prescribed by the National Testing Agency NTA is as follows: The question paper carries 100 question. The format of questions is multiple choice type where for each question, four options are given to choose the correct answer from. The 100 questions are divided equally between five sections, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Each of the five sections carry 20 questions. Earlier, there were only four sections in CMAT and each section has 25 questions. In 2021, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was added as the fifth section. The time limit for CMAT is 180 minutes without sectional time limit or break. As per the latest marking scheme, for every correct option 4 marks are awarded and for every incorrect option, one mark is deducted. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

Q:   What is the XAT question paper pattern?


XAT question paper is similar to other MBA entrance exams, i.e. it has a limited number of MCQs. Check the table below for th pattern of XAT question paper:

XAT Exam Structure

XAT Exam Details

Mode of examination


XAT sections

Part 1- Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part 2- Mock keyboard testing

Part 3- General Knowledge and Essay Writing

Duration of exam

3 hours and 30 minutes

Number of questions


Total marks


Number of answer choices


XAT marking scheme

1 mark awarded for every correct answer

0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer

- 0.10 mark deducted for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

No negative marking in GK section

Candidates must check out previous years' XAT question papers to have an understanding of the paper pattern, topic-wise weightage and types of questions.  These official XAT question papers are available in PDF format for free download. They can download the question paper PDFs for practicing XAT questions.


Q:   Is the question paper of MAT IBT different from MAT CBT or PBT?

No, the question paper of MAT IBT is not different from MAT CBT or PBT. The test pattern, time duration, question type and marking scheme are the same for all three modes. Candidates can choose to appear for any exam mode with the worry of doing exam specific preparation. The only difference between MAT IBT and MAT CBT or PBT is that MAT IBT is a remote proctored exam and can be taken from any location unlike MAT CBT or PBT which are held at designated exam centres. The MAT question paper of every session however is different. All the 200 questions of each question paper is unique. The difficulty level is the same- easy to moderate but since the questions are different from each other candidates can feel slight difference in the difficulty level. The questions for every session are chosen randomly so in one session the paper can be overall easy while in another session the exam can be slightly difficult.

FAQs Related to VARC Preparation

Check below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to VARC Preparation:

Q:   Which are the best books for VARC preparation?


Best books for VARC preparation are Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis and High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin. Apart from these two books, students must refer to practice books such as,  How To Prepare For Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension For CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay,  The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations by Sujit Kumar and The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha.

These books are recommended for all the MBA entrance exams as well as other competitive exams.


Q:   Which type of questions does VARC section of an entrance exam comprise?


The VARC section of any MBA entrance exam or a competitive exam typically comprises MCQs based on Grammatical concepts like tenses, articles, noun/pronoun, conjunctions, subject-verb agreement; Verbal Ability questions on word meaning, one-word substitution, fill in the blanks, parajumbles, para completion, antonyms/synonyms, etc. Apart from these, every VARC section has reading comprehension passages of 300 to 900 words. Candidates have to answer questions based on these passages.

In MBA entrances exams, you will find RC passages dominating CAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT, GMAT, whereas there will be less of them MAT, CMAT, ATMA. In SNAP there is no RC passages anymore.


Q:   Why is it necessary to practice sample questions of VARC preparation?


It is necessary to practice sample questions for preparation of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension because all the MBA entrance exams are speed based test and there is just about minute allotted to each question. By practicing sample questions, you will get the practice of reading 600 plus words passages quickly, develop speed and accuracy in solving question and learn the skill to choose which question to answer and which one to skip to avoid negative marking.

Practicing sample questions will also give you prior experience of different types of Reading Comprehension questions of different exams. Remember that same preparation formula cannot be applied to all entrance exams.


Q:   Is it true that someone who is weak in English, cannot score well in Verbal Ability?


No, it is not true that someone who is weak in English can’t score well in Verbal Ability. If one works hard and prepares well for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, they can score well in the section. One only needs to have the drive and discipline. They will require to start preparation for this subject earlier than those who have a good command over the language. Start reading books and novels. Keep a dictionary and mark the difficult words. Make notes of common idioms and phrases. Revise word meaning and concepts of Grammar every alternate day. Practice questions and mock tests.

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