This section checks the language skills of an aspirant and the command over the English language. The entire verbal CAT syllabus can be divided into the following sections
1. Reading Comprehension
Here passages from diverse fields like Economics, Politics, Social Issues, Science and Technology, Geography, Environment, Sports, Literature and Arts, History etc are given and based on the understanding of the passage discussed, one is required to solve questions. The questions might be direct, inference based, author’s opinion, the tone of the author and application based. From the previous trends, there are three passages comprising of six questions each while two passages with three questions each. So, out of 34 problems, 24 questions come directly from Reading Comprehension. If one is able to interpret the passage accurately and with a good speed, then this section alone fetches an aspirant a phenomenal percentile in the verbal section.
2. Critical reasoning
The different models of questions that can be asked in CAT are based on assumptions, conclusions, strengthening and weakening of the argument, inference that can be derived from the statements given.
Here four to five statements are given in the problem and a candidate is expected to arrange these statements in a logical manner so that a paragraph is completed with utmost consistency. Usually, three to four questions come from this section in CAT.
In these type of problems, a paragraph is given and based upon that a student has to summarise the entire paragraph in one statement that accurately defines all the main points given in the paragraph. Around three questions can be expected in CAT from this section.
5. Odd one out
Here again four to five statements are given in which a candidate has to choose the one statement that doesn’t align with the rest of the statements. In other words, one has to identify the statement that is out of context. One can find around two to three questions based on this concept.
Here a paragraph is given out of which one statement is missing. Based on the flow and context of the paragraph, one has to find the most suitable statement from the options given that accurately completes the paragraph.
One may not find direct questions from this section, but indirectly vocabulary holds the key to the understanding of the passages and questions. If one has a sound command over vocabulary, then the interpretation of passages becomes a cake walk. In other entrance exams one can find direct questions from this section like synonyms, antonyms, fill in the blanks etc.