Over 35 % CAT aspirants feel that Verbal Ability (VA) section troubles them most

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Published :  Lavleen Kaur Kapoor | June 30, 2015 | 04:53 PM IST

CAT 2015 is coming nearer and focused CAT aspirants like you are doing preparation.

So to understand the mood at present with CAT 2015 aspirants, your portal MBA Rendezvous took opinion poll on - Which of the following section troubles you most for CAT? 

The findings from 187 respondents is that over 35 % CAT aspirants feel that Verbal Ability (VA) section troubles them most

What & Why is VA?

Let's understand what sort of questions you can expect in VA, and then look at how preparation can be taken up for the next few months. In VA section, there are broadly five types of questions:

  1. Critical Reasoning
  2. Paragraph Forming (Para Jumbled Questions)
  3. Grammar
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Reading Comprehension


What is Critical Reasoning?

Critical Reasoning is an analytical way of thinking about issues for analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observation and experience in order to come to certain conclusions. Critical Reasoning clarifies goals, examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence and assesses conclusions. ‘Critical’ as used in the expression ‘critical reasoning’ denotes the importance of thinking to an issue, question or problem of concern. ‘Critical’ in this context does not mean ‘disapproval’ or ‘negative’.

Why is CR important?

Critical thinking can occur whenever one judges, decides, or solves a problem; in general, whenever one must figure out what to believe or what to do, and do so in a reasonable and reflective way. In CAT 2015 examination, CR questions are important as they test the candidate’s ability to think in a rational manner. In the exam you generally face a hypothetical situation and the critical reasoning tests you on how well you understand what you are reading. The strength of your logical powers is tested through these questions. CR questions could play a significant role this year’s CAT with its VA+ LR mix.

How can one prepare oneself for CR questions?

Students should try and develop skills like observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation and explanation. A good way to prepare for the CR questions would be to get familiar with the different type of CR questions. They will be provided in this module in later parts.

Why should one get familiar with different types of CR questions?

Candidates, if familiar with CR questions, can saves time inside the examination hall. It also reduces errors as you become familiar with the various types of critical reasoning questions and are less likely to make careless mistakes.

How should one approach CR questions?

CR questions need to be tackled in a structured manner. The following steps can serve as a guide -

Identify arguments: In the context of CR -argument means a statement. It states certain observations based on premises and conclusions. Premises are those facts that help to support the conclusion in an argument. Sometimes there is a gap between the premises and the conclusions. This gap can be filled with an assumption.

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