Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT 2020: Sectional Analysis and Tips

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: November 20, 2020 | CAT

Around 4-5 RC questions are asked in the CAT exam. Candidates can check the number and type of RC questions asked in the CAT exam in this article. They can also check the weightage of RC in the CAT exam.

Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT

Reading Comprehension questions covers more than half the weightage of the VARC section in the CAT 2020 exam. Around 24 questions asked in the VARC section are from RC. The RC (Reading Comprehension) questions require the candidates to have good comprehension skills so that they can solve the related questions accurately and quickly. There are 7 types of RC questions asked in the CAT exam. All the types of questions require a different approach and mindset. This article will help you understand different types of Reading Comprehension Questions asked in CAT exam. Tips to solve Reading Comprehension questions, as well as sectional analysis of Reading Comprehension are also provided here.

Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT 2020

Provided below are the 7 types of RC questions that are asked in the CAT exam.

Main Idea Based RC Questions

In this type of questions, you will have to identify the main idea or the subject of the passage correctly. Some of the questions that are asked from this type of RC are:

  • What is the main idea/ purpose of the passage?

  • The main idea/ concept the passage implies is:

  • Which of the following option implies the main idea of the passage correctly?

How to solve the Main Idea Based Based Questions?

You should read the passage carefully in order to solve this type of problem. You can read the options provided below the question and choose the one that perfectly describes the idea behind the passage. 

Also Read: CAT Preparation Tips for Working Professionals - Check Study Plan & Time Table

Title Based RC Questions

In this type of passage, you will have to identify the appropriate title using the choices provided below the problem. Some of the forms of title based RC questions are:

  • The most appropriate title for this passage is:

  • Select the one option provided below that suits the title of the passage.

  • Which of the following perfectly describes the title of the passage?

How to solve Title Based Based Questions?

You can solve this type of question by identifying the option that hints the title of the passage. You might face some of the tricky/ confusing choices. You are advised to carefully read all the choices before selecting one.

Also Read:CAT 2020: How Scaled Score will be Calculated for Three Shifts?

Inference Based RC Questions

These are the most difficult type of problems you will face in RC. You will have to think logically in order to answer this type of questions. There are two types of Inference Based RC Questions namely Genuine Inference based questions and Fact re-statement. You will have to read the passage carefully in order to identify the type of problem. Some of the Inference questions are provided below.

  • The sentence, ‘_____’, implies that

  • What can be inferred from the sentence,‘_____’

  • It can be inferred from the passage that:

  • What does the author want to say through the line “____”?

How to solve Inference Based Based Questions?

You should read all the lines provided before and after the line provided in the question in order to solve these this type of questions. Besides this, you are advised to understand the passage carefully before selecting the correct option.

Also Read:How to Crack CAT 2020 in 2 Months: Useful Section-wise Tips for Aspirants

Fact Based RC Questions

In this type of questions, you will have to identify the correct and incorrect facts from the passage. Some of the examples of these questions are:

  • Which of the following statement is incorrect/ correct as per the passage?

  • The authors mention the following except:

  • According to the author, which of the following is incorrect/ correct?

How to solve Fact Based Based Questions?

You will have to identify the correct option that supports the main idea behind the passage. This type of questions includes logical or inferential facts. You are advised to spot the facts and information provided in the passage and then solve the questions carefully.

Also Read:Important Topics for CAT 2020: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

Tone Based RC Questions

In this type of questions, you will have to identify the tone/ attitude of the passage. You will be provided with 4 options and you will have to choose one option that perfectly explains the sentiments or tone of the passage. Some of the examples of these type of problems. 

  • The tone of the passage is:

  • The tone of the passage can be described by:

How to solve Tone Based Based Questions?

You can solve this type of problems by understanding the nature and sentiments of the passage. You can read all the options provided in all the problems and then pick the option that correctly explains the tone of the passage. You are advised to read the passage carefully in order to identify whether the passage is positive, neutral or negative.

Also Read: What is a Good CAT 2020 Percentile/ Score? - Check Here

Paragraph and Structure-Based RC Questions

In this type of questions, you will have to analyse the logical reason and intuitive sense behind the paragraph. Here are some type of paragraph and structure-based RC questions.

  • The second/ third paragraph describes-

  • The organization of the second passage can be best described as-

How to solve Paragraph and Structure Based Based Questions?

You can identify some of the keywords such as “ironically”, although”, “but” in order to identify these type of problems. You should read the complete paragraph carefully before answering this type of questions. 

Also Read:How to Approach CAT 2020 Question Paper?

Vocabulary Based Questions

These are the most repetitive type of questions asked in the RC section. These questions are based on the synonyms and antonyms. Some of the examples of this type of questions are:

  • The synonym of the word “___” is?

  • Which of the word means the same as “___” 

  • What does the word “___” mean?

How to solve Vocabulary Based Questions?

You should have a strong vocabulary in order to solve this type of questions. This type of questions will totally depend upon how good is your vocabulary. 

Reading Comprehension Questions for CAT 2020: Number & Type

Provided below are the types and number of RC questions you might face in the CAT 2020 exam.

Reading Comprehension Questions for CAT: Number & Type

Tips to solve Reading Comprehension questions in CAT 2020

Check some of the tips that can help you solve the reading comprehension problems in CAT 2020.

  • Improve your vocabulary

  • Practise many reading comprehension questions

  • Read newspapers daily and improve your reading speed

  • Try to solve at least 3-4 CAT mock tests in a week

  • Refer to the CAT best books suggested by the toppers and experts 

  • Try to understand the meaning and idea behind the passage by reading it

RC Questions in CAT 2020: Composition, Details, Weightage

Check the infographic/ chart provided below to understand the weightage and composition of the RC section in the CAT 2020 exam.

RC Questions in CAT: Composition, Details, Weightage

Sectional Analysis of CAT 2020 Reading Comprehension

The main aim of the reading comprehension is to test the reading speed and understanding ability of the candidate. RC is the first section of the CAT exam. You will not be allowed to move on to the other sections of the CAT exam before 40 minutes. You can check the sectional analysis of RC in the CAT exam from the table provided below.

Section Name

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Number of Reading Comprehension Passages for CAT

5

Total VARC Questions

34

Total questions Based on Reading Comprehension passages

24

Type of RC Passages for CAT

2 Short RC Passage and 3 Long RC Passages

Type of RC Questions you will face in the exam

MCQs

Difficulty Level of RC passages

Moderate to High

Marks for Each Correct Answer

3

Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer

-1

Time to attempt the section

40 Minutes

Also ReadHow to Shortlist a B-School Basis CAT Percentile?

Study Material for CAT 2020 Reading Comprehension

Some of the recommended books for the RC section for CAT 2020 are listed below:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Sharma and Upadhyay

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback by Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

You are advised to solve previous years’ question papers of CAT in order to know what was the difficulty level of RC questions that were asked in the exam. Besides this, if you have any question regarding the CAT exam, you can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone.

After giving the exam and when the CAT 2020 answer key is out, you can use the CAT 2020 percentile predictor to get an idea of your score. Soon after the declaration of CAT 2020 results, you can also refer to the CAT 2020 college predictor to know which colleges you can get admission in. Check the articles provided below to know preparation tips for CAT 2020.

Toppers Tips for CAT 2020: Check How Toppers Prepare for CAT, Strategy & Study Tips to Score 99 Percentile

Tips to Solve Parajumble Questions in CAT: Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips

Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT: Strategy and Exam Pattern

Common Mistakes to Avoid During CAT Preparation: Tips and Strategies

CAT 2020 Study Plan for Students in Final Year of Graduation - Check When and How to Start CAT Preparation

Common Admission Test (CAT) Preparation 2020: How You Can Make the Cut

Get Help From Our Expert Counsellors

FAQs

What is the difficulty level of the reading comprehension asked in the CAT exam?

The difficulty level of the reading comprehension asked in the CAT exam will range from moderate to difficult.

How to prepare for reading comprehension in CAT?

You are advised to solve the maximum number of mock test papers and previous years’ questions papers to prepare for RC questions.

What types of RC questions are asked in CAT?

Around 7 types of RC questions are asked in CAT namely Main Idea Based, Title Based, Inference Based, Fact Based, Tone Based, Paragraph and Structure-Based and Vocabulary Based.

What is the marking scheme of RC questions in CAT exam?

Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for each correct answer while 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

How many RC questions are asked in CAT exam?

A total of 24 questions were asked in CAT exam till CAT 2019. However, candidates may expect a change in the total number of RC questions in CAT 2020 due to the change in the exam pattern.

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2

/articles/types-of-reading-comprehension-questions-in-cat/

Be the First to Know

Get Access to Latest Updates

View All Questions

Related Questions

How is MBA at Lovely Professional University?

-ParulUpdated on November 19, 2020 02:47 PM
  • 8 Answers
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara is one of the best and largest educational institutions in India. The university boasts stellar infrastructure facilities along with an excellent alumni network and a strong faculty for its MBA course.

While studying MBA from LPU, you would be provided access to world-class resources for learning and gaining practical experience. The university also maintains a good placement record with almost 100% placements for the MBA batch every year. The highest salary package for the course is around Rs. 15 LPA.

If you need help with admission to MBA at LPU, you can apply ...

READ MORE...

Do SVU provide placements?if yes, what should be the cutoff rank?

-D.JanviUpdated on November 09, 2020 01:25 AM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Studnet,

Yes, Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) Tirupati does offer placement services to its students. The average salary package and highest salary package offered in the placements is Rs. 6 LPA and Rs. 12 LPA respectively.

SVU is one of the top colleges accepting AP ICET 2020 and the top-ranking candidates are preferred for admission. Usually, the AP ICET closing rank for SVU is around 2,000, depending on your category. Check the AP ICET Marks vs Rank Analysis for more information.

Thank you.

READ MORE...

I am under going integrated MSc five year course in aviation Ground duty stream, Am I eligible for MBA further?

-RAMA KRISHNA PERIUpdated on November 09, 2020 01:02 AM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Yes, you will be eligible for MBA after completing your MSc course provided that you have completed your graduation from a recognized university with at least 50% marks. Check the MBA admission process for more details.

The best MBA specialisation related to your field would be MBA in Aviation Management or you can choose another specialization based on your interest.

Check the list of MBA in Aviation colleges in India and fill the Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877 for help with admissions.

Thank you

READ MORE...

Do you have a question? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

Subscribe to CollegeDekho News

By proceeding ahead you expressly agree to the CollegeDekho terms of use and privacy policy
Apply Now

Management Related News

Top 10 Management Colleges in India

View All

Never miss an exam update !!