By now, you must have come across the new pattern Reading Comprehension which appeared in the IBPS PO mains and SBI PO exam of 2018. And looking at the way these exams follow the trend of following the same pattern and the major changes in pattern this year, it becomes necessary to stay up to date and practice more on them. Till now, we have been told many times how to tackle a Reading Comprehension passage in the Verbal Ability section and how much of a high scorer this particular type is. A paradigm shift in the way New Pattern Reading Comprehension have come in the recent exams have left the students clueless and surprised at the same time. To check out the New Pattern Reading Comprehension and others in Verbal Ability, click- HERE
Reading Comprehension questions for the recent exams have been inference based and majorly on economics and finance topics. The sets have also changed in terms of question numbers as well as the difficulty levels. The recent IBPS PO mains saw a total of 5-6 short passages with 3-4 questions each. Along with that there were major changes in the cloze test as well, which we will look at in the upcoming articles.
Before going to the pointers, let us understand why the pattern has been changed. With changing times and the cut off criteria being stricter in the competitive exams, new patterns are introduced to filter through the humongous applications that the board receives. The sole purpose is to find the right candidate for the respective banks. Thus, it checks your agility and tests your patience towards encountering new patterns and how receptive you are towards it. This helps the board filter the candidates who are not serious about the exams and save a lot of time and trouble for both the parties.
After a fair idea of the ‘why’, let us now understand how to tackle this New Pattern Reading Comprehension:
1.Reading and Retaining
Inculcating this habit of reading goes a long way with the Verbal Ability section. Plus, it’s not only limited to reading but retaining also goes hand in hand. This needs to start with reading simple and straightforward articles from the newspapers and the magazines. The material you read is very important and you can eventually up the difficulty levels. Most of the articles were economy and business based this time and it is recommended to read from the sources which are on the same lines. This might help you with your GS prep as well.
2. Two-way road
There are two ways to go about this. One is to understand the passage and then go through the questions i.e. read and retain method. A major advantage of this method is that there is no need to re-read the passage again, which saves time. But the downside is that, if RC is not your cup of tea, there is a high possibility of low retention of information, which might lead you back to the passage again and again. Another method is to first go through all the questions and then find its solution in the passage, then eliminate options and finally arrive at a conclusion. This might seem like an easy and smart way to solve a RC, but it involves a lot of risks and might end up costing you more time than required.
Which way to take? Whichever works for you! There is no hard and fast rule to this.
3. Conjunctions and Connectors
It is advised to read a bit slowly and attentively when you come across connectors and conjunctions like however, since, hence, but etc. These depict arguments and most of the time, questions are asked around these arguments. Understanding the argument beforehand will help you solve the inference type of questions quickly.
4. Avoid Assumptions
There is a possibility of getting a passage based on current topics like Feminism or Current elections, in the exam. When this happens, one might get excited and disdain the point of view of the author. This might make you attempt a question with pre-conceived notions and even if you ‘feel’ like it is the right answer, it might not be, leading to maximum incorrect attempts. You have to be very alert and brush away the biases.
Make sure you keep in mind these pointers while practicing as well as in the examination. Hope it helps! Don’t forget to drop in your views/suggestions in the comments section below. Happy Learning!