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READING COMPREHENSION The current trend of questions that come in the RC are inference based i.e. the questions are not direct but one has to infer from the given passage. V Also, there can be one or more conclusions given in the question which are true/false depending on what is asked in the question
Read the entire passage The most common suggestion and approach is first read the entire passage and then answer the question that follows. V Firstly let's discuss this approach in detail. Try to make notes while solving/ reading RCs. It is crucial for locating the appropriate information and also acts as a mental bookmark, thus helping in a better understanding of the topic
READING COMPREHENSION While making notes, one must look towards and identify following things: i) The subject of the passage - which/what is the precise thing the author, is talking about. ii) The main idea of the passage - what the author is saying about the subject. iii) The tone of the author of the passage which is manner author has adopted in the passage.
Below are the some of the approaches that one must try. Instead of reading the entire passage, read critically the first and last paragraph of the RC. Generally what the author is saying can be identified in the first few lines of the passage, which in case of longer passages becomes roughly 1/3rd of the passage. For the rest passage examine hastily, what the author has said about the subject. 1.
2. Identify the structural words that tell you the important Ideas or Transitions in a passage. These structural words play a special role in a sentence and paragraph. The most common structural words are given below: Continuity words Similarly Conclusion words Thus Therefore Contrast words Nonetheless Moreover However Additionally in the same way Likewise But Although Despite Hence In summary In conclusion
READING COMPREHENSION For e.g. Continuity words: The author would support his point of view further. Contrast words: The author would introduce a contrarian point of view. Conclusion words: The author would sum up his argument so far.
3. Further, try to recognize the words that represent positive and negative role in the passage. These words will let you decide whether the author is for or against the subject. Thus these words help you establish the motive of the author. A few examples of such words are given below: Positive Words EFFICIENT ENTHUSIASTIC BRIGHT FORTUNATE PASSIONATE Negative words FOUL ALARMING DETRIMENTAL PESSIMISTIC STRESSFUL
4. Whenever a question is asked on a phrase given in the passage. just read the three lines above and below that phrase to have an idea of what is implicit from that phrase. 5. There are around 4-6 questions based on Synonyms and Antonyms, these questions can be answered if you have a good vocabulary and if your vocabulary is not good, then read the sentence in which the word is used to get a rough idea of the meaning of the word