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CMAT Verbal Ability - Syllabus, Important Topics, Study Material & Preparation Tips
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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 2020 has scheduled to be conducted on January 28, 2020. The exam will be conducted in online mode and has 100 multiple choice questions divided equally among all the 4 sections. Check CMAT Practice Papers 

CMAT 2020 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 a candidate’s score. CMAT verbal ability section aims to ascertain candidates’ command over the English Language. Candidates’ will find all the details related to CMAT Verbal Ability, syllabus, important topics, preparation tips and important reference books for preparation in this article. Check CMAT Preparation

CMAT VA Syllabus

CMAT Verbal Ability Syllabus

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

Synonyms Antonyms
Jumbled Paragraphs Reading Comprehension
English Grammar Sentence Correction
Idioms and Phrases English Usage Errors
Paragraph Completion Phrases
One word substitution Sentence Improvement

CMAT VA Important Topics

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 weight 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

As per the previous years paper analysis, candidates can check below the weight for some the important topics below.

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 15
Grammar 4
Synonyms 2
Idiom based Match 1
Option that weakens-the argument 1

CMAT VA Study Material

CMAT Verbal Ability Study Material

Candidates with thorough preparation can score well in the Verbal ability section. The books mentioned in the table are ideal for preparing for grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary. These books also contain sample papers and previous year questions that candidates can use for preparation. The name of the books that can be referred to prepare for the Verbal Ability section are:

Book Written By
How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations Sujit 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

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Gautam Puri

CMAT VA Prep Tips

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. It is very important for the candidates to read English newspapers, books, magazines to improve their command over English and vocabulary.

  1. Read grammar books and practice sample questions regularly. You can note down all the new words you learn while reading with their meanings and keep going through it repeatedly.
  2. Also, keep looking for the antonyms and synonyms of the new words you find.
  3. To crack this section, candidates are advised to start with the questions of previous years Tests, spellings, antonyms, and synonyms and then move to fill in the blanks questions as these topics are less time consuming and relatively easier.
  4. 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.