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CMAT Verbal Ability Syllabus, Important Topics, Study Material & Preparation Tips

Last Updated - August 24, 2018

CMAT is a national level MBA entrance test conducted by NTA for admission to MBA and PGDM programs in some of the premier b -schools and management colleges in the country. CMAT 2019 comprises of 4 sections namely Quantitative techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and General Awareness. Verbal Ability section is often considered to be relatively easier as compared to few other sections. However, it can be very tricky sometimes and play the deciding factor in candidate’s score.

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CMAT 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on January 28, 2019. The exam will be conducted in online mode and has 100 multiple choice questions divided equally among all the 4 sections.

CMAT verbal ability section aims to ascertain candidates’ command over English Language. The questions asked are generally in the form of sentence correction, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence completion, analogies, reading comprehension, etc. Candidates’ will find all the details related to CMAT Verbal Ability, syllabus, important topics, preparation tips and important reference books for preparation.

CMAT Verbal Ability Syllabus

CMAT Verbal Ability Syllabus would focus primarily on the topics which assess candidate’s grasp of grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. Topics to be covered in the Verbal Ability Section are mentioned below.

  • Sentence Correction
  • Word usage
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para Jumble
  • Antonyms
  • Word Usage
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms
  • Analogy
  • Para Jumble
  • Fact Inference and Judgement (FIJ)
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Grammar
  • Para completion
  • Fact Inference Judgement
  • Synonyms
  • Jumbled Para
  • English Usage Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • One-word Substitution

CMAT Verbal Ability Important Topics

Candidates appearing for CMAT exam must refer to sample papers regularly to be familiar with the exam pattern of CMAT. It is necessary to prepare all the topics while some topics need extra focus as the weightage and chances of being asked are more. These topics are as follows:

  • Find Summary
  • Para Jumbles
  • RC Passages
  • Grammar Usage
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Identification of Correct Statement

Candidates can check below the weightage for some the important topics below.

TopicNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension15
Idiom based Match1
Option that weakens-the arguement1

CMAT Verbal Ability Study Material

Candidates with thorough preparation can score well in Verbal ability section. Following books can be referred to prepare for Verbal Ability section:

BookWritten By
How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance ExaminationsSujit Kumar

Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT And Other MBA Examinations


A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning

RS Aggarwal

The books mentioned above in the table are ideal for the preparing for grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary. These books also contain sample papers and previous year questions which candidates can use for preparation.

CMAT Verbal Ability Preparation Tips

Preparing for the CMAT Verbal Ability section would be quite easy if candidates follow some of the basic preparation tips and strategies discussed below. 

  • It is very important for the candidates to read English newspaper, books, magazines to improve their command over English and vocabulary.
  • Read grammar books and practice sample questions regularly.
  • Note down all the new words you learn while reading with their meanings and keep going through it repeatedly.
  • Also look for the antonyms and synonyms of the new words you find.
  • To crack this section, candidates are advised to start with the questions of Cloze Test, spellings, antonyms and synonyms and then move to fill in the blanks questions as these topics are less time consuming and relatively easier.
  • It will be wise to read the questions asked in the reading comprehension first and then move on to the passage, this way it will be easier to find answers and would take less time.



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