Important Vocabulary for CAT exam

CAT stands for common aptitude test. CAT Vocabulary is important and useful topic of CAT exams.. This topic is an integral part of many competitive exams. An aspirants could except few questions from this topic.  As Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section contain a total of 26 questions and out of that few questions are from Vocabulary . A Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension contains 36% weightage in CAT exams.

Questions from this section are frequently asked as per pervious paper analysis. We can solve questions easily if candidate pay attention while reading the question. Read the article to know more about some important Vocabulary that could appear in exams.

Also Read : The Ultimate Guide to Cat Exam Preparation

How to improve your vocabulary for CAT and other MBA exams

CAT Vocabulary

Vocabulary for CAT is that important accessory which adds a new dimension to an individual’s personality. Essentially, a good vocabulary depends on the number of words and the kind of words a person possesses. A good orator will have a number of words and expressions to replace a particular word or expression, will be able to capture his/her thoughts precisely and bind the audience with the power of words.

While the ability to acquire new words is faster in children as compared to adults, vocabulary can be built over time. The following steps can come handy and while preparing for CAT Exam Vocabulary:

While the ability to acquire new words is faster in children as compared to adults, vocabulary can be built over time. How to improve Vocabulary for CAT? The following steps can come handy while preparing for CAT Exam Vocabulary:

1. Reading

Reading is an excellent way of improving one’s vocabulary. The more one reads, be it novels, magazines, journals or newspapers, the more one is exposed to different words. Once you develop the habit of struggling with difficult words, rather than ignoring them, and learn to decipher the meanings either from the context or a dictionary, you are on your way to building up your vocabulary.

2. Memorising the roots

As a large number of English words are derived from their Latin and Greek roots, memorising the roots of such words will enable you to unravel all the other words containing that root. So, for every root word that you memorise, you will be able to guess the meaning of other words (formed by adding a suffix or prefix) which contain that root word.

3. Linkages

For every new word you learn, try to link the word with another word. For instance, the colour ‘green’ can be linked to forest, trees, afforestation, nature and so on. Making such linkages will enable you to remember the word for a longer time and also make it easy for your mind to recall the word.

Type of vocabulary questions asked in exam.

You should prepare for the following question types:

  1. Synonyms and Antonyms
  2. Sentence Completion/Fill in the blanks
  3. Idioms and Phrases
  4. Cloze Tests
  5. Analogies
  6. One word substitution
  7. Spelling tests and other miscellaneous question types

What if I keep on forgetting words?

Many students think that what’s the point in putting in efforts if they are not able to remember the words.  Please understand that vocabulary for CAT cannot be developed overnight.

If you come across 20 words today, it is quite possible that after a ten-day period you may not remember a single word from that list. But if you continue with your daily reading exercise, and keep on solving vocab based puzzles without a break, then you will start coming across these words again and again.

You will remember a word only if you have come across it at least 5 to 6 times in a month. To let this happened, you must persist. Don’t expect miracles in just a week. Only after two months would you see some noticeable changes.

Video’s that could help aspirant.

These type of  vocabulary questions are asked in exam.

For example 1. Choose the closest meaning:

i. dishevelled appearance

  1.  untidy
  2.  fierce
  3. foolish
  4. Unhappy

ii. parry a blow

  1. fear
  2. expect
  3. ward off
  4. Ignore

For example 2. Find the synonym of the following words.

i. peril
ii. splendid
iii. want
iv. furious

For example 3. Find the antonym of the following words.

i.  abundant
ii. attractive
iii. despair
iv. frequent

Answer Key


i. untidy
ii. ward off


a.  risk/uncertainty/hazard
b. impressive/lavish/beautiful
c. desire/need/demand
d. enraged/livid/violent


a. few/lack/scarcity
b. ugly/disagreeable/repulsive
c. cheer/joy/contentment
d. sporadic/intermittent/ceasing

Final tips and suggestions

Vocabulary improvement takes time; this is true not just for CAT vocabulary but vocabulary for any other purpose. Aspirants must ensure that they are consistent and patient. If they give one hour daily and record 20 new words regularly, after two months, they will see definite improvements in their vocabulary.


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