How To Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section for CAT 2022 ?

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : August 17th, 2022

VARC or Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is a tough section of the CAT exam. Preparing for VARC is not that easy as there is no marked syllabus for VARC in the CAT exam. In this article, expert faculties at BYJU's Exam Prep have compiled some tips and strategies to prepare well for the VARC section of CAT 2022. Let's get started!

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The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is round the corner. CAT is a National Level Entrance Test that is conducted every year in  November. Every year more than two lakh students compete to get admission into the prestigious management colleges and only a few students can make it to the college of their choice. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section hold a great weightage in this exam.

What is VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension) section in CAT?

VARC stands for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. This section tests the knowledge of the English Language. The VARC CAT 2022 section is expected to be a tough section amongst the three. The level of any question asked in the CAT exam is only up to that of the 10th standard. However, the CAT exam tests the candidate's ability to respond correctly to the questions with speed and accuracy. In CAT 2021 there were 24 questions asked in this section. 

How to Prepare for CAT VARC?

 You must follow the following points to ace the VARC section of CAT 2022:

  • Practice 1 or 2 hours of reading every day.
  • Read from various sources (newspapers, editorials, magazines, Aeon essays, etc).
  • Inculcate the habit of understanding the overall idea from the context of the passage while solving a comprehension.
  • Practice and only practice will help you to ace this section in CAT 2022.

How to Improve Accuracy in VARC CAT 2022?

Accuracy and speed to mark the correct answer quickly go hand in hand while solving any question in the CAT exam. As far as improving accuracy in the VARC section of CAT is concerned, you must follow the tips given below:

  • Do as much practice as you can. Practicing will only help you achieve the desired score in the VARC section as it will enhance your grasping power so that you get the idea of the passage by reading it just once.
  • Reading is another thing that will help you improve your accuracy while solving questions from the VARC section in CAT 2022. Try to read as much as you can, as this will help you enhance your knowledge about the language, correct form of a sentence, etc and thus you will be able to solve questions quickly in the main exam.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT Exam

Seeing the trend CAT has followed in the past years, given below is the list of topics you can refer to while preparing for CAT 2022:

Para Summary

Para Jumbles (with and without options)

Odd One Out

Reading Comprehension

VARC Weightage in CAT 2022


Expected No. of Questions


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



Quantitative Ability






Types of VARC CAT Questions

There are two types of questions asked in the VARC section of the CAT exam:

  • MCQs (Multiple-Choice Questions)
  • Non-MCQs / TITA (Type-In The Answer)

In the MCQ-type questions, for every question, there are 4 options to choose from. If answered correctly it will fetch you +3 marks to your score. But if answered incorrectly, it will deduct your score by 1 mark.

In the Non-MCQ or TITA type questions, you have to type your answer in the blank space given after the question. If answered correctly it will fetch you +3 marks to your score. But if answered incorrectly, no marks will be deducted.

CAT Preparation Plan for Verbal Ability

There is no substitution for Reading. The early you start practicing reading the better grasp you will have on this section. The Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension section requires your constant efforts in building vocabulary.  However, the following points are to be noted for the preparation of the VARC section:

  • Maintain a journal. Jot down the new words that you come across.
  • Read on diverse topics like philosophy, business, etc.
  • Look in for new words.
  • Look in for the roots of the words.
  • Develop the habit of reading newspapers, novels, etc.
  • For the RC section, practice a lot of RC passages.
  • Remain focused while reading.
  • Try looking for the central idea/theme of the passage.
  • Assess your reading by noting the time you take while reading the passages.
  • At times when you have multiple nearing options eliminate the ones which seem least possible.

VARC CAT practice / VARC CAT mock

Attempting mocks is the best practice to excel in the VARC section of the CAT exam. CAT Mock tests give you a clear idea about the difficulty level of the questions that you can be asked in the CAT exam. Therefore it is advised one must attempt as many mocks as possible to enhance their speed and accuracy while solving VARC questions in CAT 2022. You can practice mock for FREE from BYJU's Exam Prep.

VARC CAT Coaching 2022

VARC being a tough section of the CAT exam requires candidates to be well prepared for it since there is no marked syllabus for VARC (or any other section of CAT). For one to be fully prepared for this section, one needs to study from one of the best sources. However, it depends from individual to individual whether they need coaching or not.

Check the VARC course for CAT at BYJU's Exam Prep to improve your level of preparation.

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  • Out of 24 questions, if you are able to score 34-35 marks in VARC, it can considered as a very decent score and can fetch you 98+ percentile.

  • To get a good score in VARC section of CAT, all you need is to do lots and lots of reading and practice as many mocks as you can.

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