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TANCET Preparation Tips 2018 for Verbal Ability

Last Updated - May 18, 2018

For TANCET MBA Examination, Verbal Ability plays a major role as there are about 50 marks out of 100 from English language itself. This section tests a candidate’s vocabulary and command over English language. The grammar questions will be of basic level, but it will be a wrong assumption to ignore this section as most of the marks can be scored from this section alone.

Important Topics in TANCET Verbal Ability

TANCET MBA question paper consists of four sections of 100 questions in total. TANCET syllabus for both MBA as well as MCA for English language section will contain the questions from the following topics:

Important Topic
SynonymsProverbs
AntonymsPhrasal Verbs
One word SubstitutionsReading Comprehension
Idioms & PhrasesCloze Test
Basic Grammar-

Preparation Tips for the English Topics

Basic Grammar

Grammar forms the base of this examination and a candidate should be good in basic grammar such as Articles, Parts of Speech, Tense, etc. A candidate needs to read the basic grammar books and can also learn the rules of grammar online by practicing more. Check all TANCET Preparation Books 2018

Improve Vocabulary

It is recommended to work on improving the vocabulary while preparing for the TANCET MBA Verbal Ability examination section. The question paper will contain more questions related to English language and vocabulary. Try to learn a new word every day, read more magazines and newspaper to increase your word list and also know their meanings. Along with that know where to use that word so that you can relate the word and its meaning in the sentence.

Synonyms and Antonyms

There are a few questions where appropriate synonyms or antonyms need to be chosen. If a candidate does more practice in improving the vocabulary, those words will be familiar to him/her. Along with learning new words, look for their synonyms (same meaning word) and antonyms (opposite meaning) as well.

One word Substitutions

A sentence will be provided and candidates need to find the suitable one word for that. Go through previous years’ question papers to get a fairly good idea on how those questions will be  in the exam. Apart from that, there are many guide books available in the market and also online which a candidate can refer to master this section.

Idioms and Phrases

Make a list of all the idioms and phrases that you encounter in previous years’ papers or reference books and try to get the meaning and context of those. As the usage of an idiom is situation-based, if you understand the context, it will be easier to remember them and the usage as well. Try to visualize the scenarios so that you can relate the usage of the idiom to its scene.

Spotting Errors

A sentence will be provided containing errors in the form of tense, parts of speech, principles, infinitives, use of article, etc.. You need to determine the type of error in the sentence and  correct that sentence as per applied grammatical rule. You need have a good knowledge of grammatical rules to ace these question. Read the sentence carefully before answering, practice mock tests and as many previous years’ question papers as possible.

Cloze Test

A passage or a paragraph will be provided where some words will be missing. It requires to understand the meaning and flow of the sentence to complete the word. Candidates should read the passage thoroughly to understand the theme and context. Once it is clear, the choice of word to fill in that blank section becomes easier. Also try to link the sentences if the passage is lengthy. There will be some connections of first sentence with the second one, which once identified, will be easier to complete. Check TANCET Sample Papers

Reading Comprehension

A passage will be provided of about 900 words and questions will be asked based on that. Try not to spend a lot of time-solving this section. Keep this at the end because you might end spending a lot of time in reading the passage and answering, which will lead to less time in solving the other questions in the section. Also while reading the passage, mark or write down the important sentences of that passage so that you get the tone of the passage which will help you answer the questions appropriately.


Last minute examination tips

  • Avoid last-minute learning of any new words as it might create confusion.
  • Read previous years’ passage and other Verbal Ability Questions and try to solve them to gain more confidence.
  • Only answer the questions where you are sure because negative marks will be provided in case of any incorrect answer.
  • Attempt as many mock tests as possible as it will help eliminate the weaknesses and provide confidence to candidates.

Reference Books for Verbal Ability and English Preparation

Book NameAuthor
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT and other MBA Entrance Examinations (with CD) (Paperback)T.I.M.E
Verbal AbilityArun Sharma
English Language Student BookAlison Ross
30 Days to a More Powerful VocabularyNorman Lewis and Wilfred Funk.
The Technique of Comprehension & Precis WritingUpkar
High School English Grammar and CompositionH. Martin, P.C. Wren
English Grammar & CompositionS.C. Gupta.
Descriptive General EnglishLanguage Comprehension Communication Skills & WritingS.P. Bakshi
New Pattern Tests of Objective English (NPTOE)Dr. R. N. Singh

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