CAT 2014: Changes in Verbal Ability Pattern

CAT 2014 has seen many changes in the examination pattern. Read what Verbal Ability section might bring for you.

Updated: Oct 31, 2014 13:00 IST

CAT 2014 saw many changes in its exam pattern. Exam duration has been increased to 170 minutes from the previous time limit of 140 minutes. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation will consist of 50 questions and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability will have 50 questions each. CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities during a window of 3-4 weeks. A candidate can select his / her test date and slot as per choice and availability.

We are telling you about the main changes being brought in the Verbal Abiity section. Verbal Ability section usually sees lot of flexibiity in terms of nature of questions. It is a section with rich source. The practice test launched by CAT 2014 organizing authorities, has given a very fair peek in the nature of questions.

According to Prof S K Agarwal, Mentor and expert on Verbal Ability for CAT preparation it is the Verbal Ability that bears most the brunt of changes in CAT as there is not much scope for CAT paper setters to bring too many changes in Quant and DI section. The scope of changes in source topics, question pattern, type and formation of questions is always more in Verbal Ability section. He said “The objective of this sample/ Mock CAT paper is to make the candidates aware of the test environment. The actual content along with the difficulty level will differ from the content shown in the sample /mock CAT paper.”

Nature of Questions: CAT 2014 may have 4 Reading Comprehension passages followed by 4 questions. There are chances that questions on "Error identification" are asked in the CAT 2014 exam as per the pattern followed in the CAT 2014 Practice test. Vocabulary based questions were not much to be seen. There are 3 new types of question based on summarizing a particular given text. There might be questions on Critical Reasoning as well.

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