Every year around 28-34 questions are asked in XAT exam from Logical reasoning and Verbal ability section making it one of the most important parts of scoring well in the entrance test. So for scoring well in this section verbal ability or English is one of the key factors. Among these 28 questions, nearly 25 questions are from Verbal ability. In this article, we will share the type of questions asked from which topic, and some useful tips to prepare for them.
XAT is going to be held on January 07, 2018. XAT is organized by XLRI Jamshedpur in pen paper based mode. XAT Application procedure has been started from August 16, 2017 and the last date for applying is November 30, 2017.
XLRI follows the same XAT Exam Format every year in XAT. Verbal Ability is asked with logical reasoning, although weight for LR is very much less. In Verbal mostly questions are asked in the following forms:-
Now we will discuss some preparation tips for attempting the verbal ability part
Concentrate on Reading Comprehension; exercise more with a complete and conceptual understanding of phrases, sentences, and keywords, as it is the most important part. Solve two to three passages a day.Try to form questions based on passages and response them. A good number of questions in XAT are from Reading Comprehension part. More than half of Verbal Ability questions belong to this part. Passages in XAT are content and language enriched. Read as many as editorials, books, newspapers as it will enhance your reading skills as well as your vocabulary.
Keep the following tips in mind while responding the comprehension part:-
Unlike CAT, XAT lays more emphasis on a basic understanding of English Language. Articles, Prepositions, Usage of adjective, adverb, verbs, nouns, and pronouns play an important factor in attempting the questions on mistake corrections and fill in the blanks. So you required to build your conceptual understanding of fundamentals-like parts of speech in grammar, time zones, punctuations etc. Try to find out your forte an in each section and thoroughly exercise them to score well.
Increase your vocabulary as much as you can. It will not only help you in attempting synonyms and antonyms part also when you will attempt the essay writing part as if your article will be more content and vocabulary wise rich it will fetch you more marks.
For example- Suppose in a question you have to distinguish between ‘Avarice and Miser’, ‘ Pretty and Handsome’, ‘skilled and consummate’, and thousands of other such pairs and place them in a meaningful attitude , and you know the difference between all and their exact meaning then attempting such a question is not misery task However this is only possible if your vocabulary is enriched with such words.. The best way to understand accurate contextual usage is to exercise more questions with two blanks, to be filled in with accurate vocabulary words preferably synonyms.
The basic strategy to solve jumbled paragraphs is to exercise them as often as you can. One of the important tricks is to find out the connectors to sentences e.g. conjunctions, individual or relative pronouns (He/ she/ it /they /their /who / whose/that/which etc.) as they indicate that they must have been used in place of some nouns. Try to link the sentences in accordance with the information specified in the paragraph.
Some examples of jumbled paragraphs
In this particular job, we have discovered that to be diligent is more important than being bright.
(1) By being diligent is important than being bright.
(2) being diligent is more important than being bright.
(3) Diligence is more important than brightness.
(4) for one to be diligent is more important than being bright.
Option (3) - diligence is more important than brightness.
There is a Parallel construction mistake in the original statement. “Diligence - brightness” A similar form is a need on each side of the comparison.
No one but him could have told them that the king was I.
(1) he could have told them that the king was me.
(2) he could have told them the king was me.
(3) he could have told them that the king was I.
(4) he could have told them that the king was I.
Option (4) - he could have told them that the king was I.
The given statement is grammatically correct. The word “But” is always followed by an objective pronoun (him).
If she were I, she would have accepted the prize had she won it.
(1) was I, she would have accepted the prize if she had won it.
(2 )was I, she would have accepted the prize she had won.
(3) were I, she would have accepted the prize if she would have won it.
(4) were I, she would have accepted the prize had she won it.
Option (4) - were I, she would have accepted the prize had she won it.
Past perfect tense is the need in the conditional clause “if she had won it”. Also, “I” is needed after a form of the verb “to be”. And any hypothetical situation of “If I were she” or “If she were I” will have were and not was.
Some preparation books that you may find useful while preparing for Verbal Ability part in XAT 2018
|Book Name||Author’s Name/ Publisher’s Name||ISBN||Review|
|Reading Comprehension for CAT||Sujit Kumar||8131733084|
|30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary||Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis||067174349X|
|A Communicative Grammar of English||Geoffrey Leech||0582506336|