The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is going to conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) on November 28, 2021. Candidates are busy with last minute preparation, downloading the admit card and keeping their documents ready. CAT will comprise of 3 sections, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).
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The CAT Reading Comprehension is a part of the VARC section and carries a lot of weightage. It may seem easy but takes more time and effort than expected when the student actually comes to solving it. In order to ace the CAT RC 2021, students are advised to take the following tips:
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The 3 P’s of acing CAT reading comprehension
While reading the CAT comprehension, remember the 3 P’s that go hand-in-hand: Prepare, Practice and Patience. These are the most important steps for any student to follow.
Prepare: Preparing beforehand will immensely help the candidate ace the CAT reading comprehension. Solve mock tests, read books, study important material, make and refer to notes and keep only one goal in mind: you have to ace the CAT RC.
Practice: Practicing will keep your mind in the flow. The more you practice, the easier the actual CAT reading comprehension will seem to you. CAT RC practice includes reading, writing and problem solving everyday; you will be good to go.
Patience: Have patience while you read the CAT comprehension. Reading it in a hurry will actually waste your time instead of saving it because you won’t be able to register anything and will keep coming back to the comprehension to find answers.
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Get into the habit of reading
Build a habit of reading everyday. Make sure to include light-reading in your schedule throughout the day, like reading the news or 10 pages of your favourite novel everyday. Try to work on your speed. CAT RC passage can be on a vast variety of topics so make sure not to read only the books of your interest.Go through CAT previous year RC passage as well.
Build a unique approach
Build your own approach to solving the CAT reading comprehension section. Apply this while solving mock tests of CAT 2021 so that when you finally sit for the CAT entrance exam, you know how to go about it. This has two benefits. Firstly, you will have clarity regarding what to do because your thoughts and approach to solving the CAT MBA exam will be organized. This will lead to the second benefit, which is speed. Knowing what to do will automatically improve your speed.
Refer to CAT RC preparation books
Make sure to refer to relevant study material. Go through your CAT notes and refer to CAT comprehension passage preparation books. Some recommended books are:
‘How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT'- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
'Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT' - by Nishit K Sinha
Go through the questions and find the keywords first
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Before you start reading the CAT comprehension, go through the comprehension questions once and try to look for the keywords in each question. This will give you the understanding of what is being asked in every question. Make a mental note of it and then read the comprehension thoroughly. Applying this strategy will save a lot of time because you will start finding answers to some of the questions in the first read.
Solving CAT mock tests
While preparing for CAT 2021, make sure to solve as many mock tests as you can.If you are reading and solving new comprehension passages everyday, you will get into the flow of it and solving the actual comprehension of your CAT entrance exam will feel like an everyday habit.
While solving mock tests, writing, reading study material, reading any books or other material make sure to time yourself. Set deadlines at which you should end a particular task. This will help immensely in increasing your speed.
Before you start reading the CAT comprehension, make sure to skim through the CAT reading passage quickly. Highlight what you think is important. This will make you understand the essence of the passage and when you actually read it, you will get a better understanding of it.
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