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Pattern: 34 Questions (24 RC + 10 VA)
Reading Comprehension(RC) constitutes the bulk of this section and anyone good with Reading Comprehensions should nail this section with ease.Out of the other 10 questions, 4 are TITA parajumbles which generally have very low accuracy for all the students. Unless and until you are very confident with parajumbles, keep it till the very end and
only attempt if time permits. DO NOT WASTE TIME on things where return is not high.
How to practice Reading Comprehensions
THERE IS NO SYLLABUS AND PRE-REQUISITE TO START Reading Comprehensions. So just start practicing! There is no formula to crack RCs unfortunately. The only thing you can do is start practicing as many RC sets as possible. My suggestion is to practice 3-4 RCs every day and start attempting VARC sectionals. The result might not be visible in the first 30-40 RCs but slowly you will start picking up the pattern of questions being asked. Trust the compounding effect of things and soon you will start improving your accuracy and never realize how it happened.
1.Read the passage first and try to give a very quick initial read. Learn to skim through the nonessential parts (again comes after solving a lot of RCs and understanding the flow of questions)
2.Understand the type of questions (fact based or general question)
3.For summary questions, try to choose the option that covers most part of the passage. Usually, there would be 2-3 sub ideas in a passage but the main idea would be the one covering the majority of the passage (also understand the tone of author to answer this question)
4.Eliminate options instead of selecting one. (very very important)
5.While analyzing the solution, try to see why the other options are incorrect even if you have done it correctly. See if your thinking matches that of the solution.
References: Past CAT papers, Past mocks, Sectionals, Books: RC99, Verbal by Sujit Kumar, IMS RC
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