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How To Improve Vocabulary For VARC?

How To Improve Vocabulary For VARC?

What are the best ways to improve my vocabulary? How effective is Norman Lewis book for increasing vocabulary?

3 Answers
Medha Gupta, MBA Aspirant
answered 7 months ago

You can definitely start with “Word Power made Easy”,it is an amazing book to start and build up confidence. I have definitely seen a difference in my vocab after i have completed the book.Moreover it is quite interesting once you get the hang of it.It is not the traditional vocab book,It builds your understanding and syncs the word right into your brain.Go for it.

Nidhi Malkan, MBA Aspirant answered 7 months ago

One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to READ. I understand with CAT Preparation, reading often takes a back seat but reading a book per week is something which will not only help you to improve your vocabulary but will also help with your reading speed and comprehension. 
If you absolutely don’t have time to read a few books, Word Power Made Easy is your next best bet. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis has over thousands of words and a couple of exercises after each chapter to ensure you retain the words you have learnt efficiently. The methodology to explain the words is simplistic and uses root words to help remember similar words together by association. This will help you ‘guess’ a few words if you know the root words well.
Please do note that there is no guarantee that the words you study will be a part of your entrance exams definitely. Which is why reading helps with improving your vocabulary in a larger sense than just referring to a word book.
Also, when you do come across new words, be sure to add them at one place. Keep your own word book that will help you go through the words when you are travelling, etc. 
Hope this helps!

VARC in CAT doesnot test your vocabulary, it tests your ability to comprehend and comprehension only works when you talk in context, so its not about the word but the sentence and the paragraph. This ability only improves when you read alot. Read a lot of books in these upcomimg months and you will see your mock percentile moving up in the process. Word power made easy might or might not be helpful for you but reading definitely does. This is out of experience the first time i appeared for CAT i scored an abysmal 65 percentile in VARC which improved to 99.71 the next time. The difference? 50 books, spread across genres, in a year.

VARC in CAT doesnot test your vocabulary, it tests your ability to comprehend and comprehension only works when you talk in context, so its not about the word but the sentence and the paragraph. This ability only improves when you read alot. Read a lot of books in these upcomimg months and you will see your mock percentile moving up in the process. Word power made easy might or might not be helpful for you but reading definitely does. This is out of experience the first time i appeared for CAT i scored an abysmal 65 percentile in VARC which improved to 99.71 the next time. The difference? 50 books, spread across genres, in a year.

Yashika Mehta, MBA Aspirant

replied 7 months ago

Hi.. can you list the names of the books you read??

If my memory serves me well, these are books that i have read starting December 2017 till my first GD WAT PI conducted somewhere around Mid Februray 2018
1 The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen
2 The Ascent of Money by Niall Fergusson
3 Change By Design by Tim Brown
4 China’s Economy by Arthur Kroeber
5 Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
6 The Dollar trap by Eswar Prasad
7 Elon Musk by Ashlen Vance
8 The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddartha Mukherjee
9 Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
10 The Euro by Joseph Stiglitz
11 A House of Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
12 God of Small things by Arundhati Roy
13 How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
14 Day to Day Economics by Satish Deodhar
15 India Shastra by Shashi Tharoor
16 India’s Long Road by Vijay Joshi
17 The Indian Renaissance by Sanjeev Sanyal
18 Inferno By Dan Brown
19 Origin by Dan brown
20 Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
21 Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
22 Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
23 Deception Point By Dan Brown
24 Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
25 Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
26 ISIS by Jessica Stern and JM Berger
27 The Little Book of Valuation by Aswath Damodaran
28 Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon
29 My Experiments with Truth by MK Gandhi
30 The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
31 Physics of Future by Michio Kaku
32 Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
33 Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
34 Saving Capitalism by Capitalist by Raghuram Rajan
35 Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan
36 I Do what I Do by Raghuram Rajan
37 Super Memory by Shakuntala Devi
38 An Uncertain Glory by Amartya Sen
39 Who Moved my Interest Rates by D Subbarao
40 Why i left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith
41 Winning by Jack Welch
42 Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaccson
43 Kane and Abel by Jeffery Archer
44 Black Swan by Nasim Nicholas Taleb
45 Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kanheman
46 Political Order and Political Decay by Francis Fukuyama
47 Rise and Fall of Nations by Ruchir Sharma
48 Glimpses of World History By Jawaharlal Nehru
49 Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
50 Becoming Steve Jobs by Rick Tetzeli
51 Capital by Thomas Pikkety
52 Straight From the Gut by Jack Welch

Yashika Mehta, MBA Aspirant

replied 7 months ago

Thank you so much! 🙂

pallavi mishra, MBA Aspirant answered 7 months ago

Is it necessary to join coaching classes to crack cat exam?
 

Jaimin Modi, MBA Aspirant

replied 7 months ago

No, You can learn at home.

And if I have 78% in 10 and 64 in 12th is there any scope for me to get a call from iims?

Chirag Shukla, MBA Aspirant

replied 7 months ago

Pallavi, no I don’t think IIMs will be possible.
I honestly hope that you do not get demoralized by this though because an MBA is much greater than the experience of being in an IIM.
Yes, there is a distinct advantage of being in one, but you get that at an MDI, FMS, NMIMS, SIBM and IMT.
Focus on CAT and non-CAT exams, and do your best without thinking about who will and won’t take you.

(speaking from experience since my graduation percentile eliminates IIM Bangalore for me, which is annoying but its the harsh truth. I have also spent countless hours on finding out which college will take me. It is a waste of time. trust me and just prepare)

Okay, thanks for your suggestion.

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