How do I Prepare Reading Comprehension for CTET? Does this question crosses your mind when you think about the CTET exam? Well, don’t worry, it is not that difficult and can be aced with proper strategies. In this article, I will give you a few tips on how to go about a prose and understand the idea to answer the questions.
But, first let’s see as to what will be covered in this article:
- What is Reading Comprehension?
- How To Decode An RC?
- Tips To Answer The Questions
- Sample Questions To Check Your Understanding
Let’s Read ahead!
1. What is Reading Comprehension?
For the first time aspirant this question may seem apt, so I will start with answering this. Reading Comprehension is referred to as where a paragraph or prose from any article (economic, literary, scientific, narrative, etc), chapters from well-known books or any random topic are given and a series of questions is followed.
The questions asked in the Reading comprehension is either directly or inferred from the statements used in the prose.
This is considered as a tough bird to catch because of the variations that it carries along with it. But, there is one thing that will help you in solving an RC is to get the idea of what the author or poet is trying to say or we can term it as the central idea.
This makes it very popular. That is why RC can be seen in almost all the exams that are carried out throughout the country.
When it comes to the CTET exam, it is something different from other exams as there are paragraphs from the poem as well which might be new to someone who is taking this exam for the first time. Don’t worry the tricks mentioned here will help you in both the cases, you just have to effectively apply the process to reach the answers.
As compared to them, the Reading comprehension (RC) in CTET is comparatively Easy and direct.
Let’ see how you can ace the topic?
2. How To Decode An RC?
In general, most RC passages have the following components:-
2.1 Central Idea or the Main Idea
This is basically the crux of the passage. You can crack most RC questions by learning to single out the central idea of the passage. While reading, ask yourself whether everything mentioned in the passage aims to explain this point. If the answer is yes, then this is your central idea.
2.2 Facts, Data, Examples or Background Information
This is usually given to provide context to the main idea. This details are followed by examples from sources and are directly taken into reference.
2.3 Results / Implications / Conclusions
When the author proves a point (central idea) he/ she sometimes enumerates some consequences. Note that these are not always present, but when they are, they hold importance.
2.4 Choosing the Correct Answer
The most important step then follows is the finding of the correct answer. This could be tricky as to confuse the examinee often the options are given very close to each other.
Always go for the answer that has each and every fact mentioned in the paragraph and nothing is furnished anew.
These steps will help you crack the reading comprehension thus allowing you to score the maximum.
3. Few Tips On How To Answer The Questions
Always Read the RC thoroughly before starting to answer the questions.
Try and get the idea as to what does the author or the writer is trying to say in the passage or poem.
If you think you have enough time left do not hesitate to read the RC again before answering the questions
Although, try and attempt the RC at the first, as the fresh mind helps a lot in going through the paragraph.
Inference of the facts given in the prose can be your answers sometimes so do not hesitate in marking the answer if that is the closest one.
At the end, just make sure to definitely try and attempt the Reading Comprehension and do not leave it first hand, this can be a big score fetcher for you.
Trust yourself when you narrow down your answer to one and mark it.
4. Sample Reading Comprehension For CTET
Try and solve the below-mentioned RC and apply the learnings you just had and see if it helps you answer the questions:
A few weeks ago, a newspaper article quoted a well-known scientist saying, “IT has destroyed Indian science”. One call speculates about the various ways in which the growth of the IT sector and other similar knowledge industries such as biotechnology has led to a decline in basic scientific research in India.
The most obvious reason is money; pay scales in IT and BT are much higher than one can aspire to in academia. The argument goes: why should a bright B. Tech or M.Sc. Students enroll in a Ph.D. program when she can make a lot more money writing code? Not only does a fresh IT employee make a lot more than a fresh M. Tech. Student, his/her pay will rise much faster in IT than in academia. A professor’s pay at a government-run university, even after the Sixth Pay Commission, tops out at far less than a senior executive’s salary in a major industry.
Second, the social Status of IT and BT Jobs equal or even exceed the social status of corresponding academic positions, since they are seen as knowledge industries, which play to the best and worst instincts of the societal Order. As quintessential white-collar professions, neither do they compel a successful entrepreneur to resort to violence and corruption, nor do they demand any physical labor. Unlike real estate or road construction, it is felt that IT workers can become rich while staying honest and sweat-free.
Assuming that the labor pool for academia and IT is roughly the same, the difference in our collective preferences biases the labor market towards IT and away from academia. Further, when the imbalance between IT and academia continues for years and even decades, a destructive loop, from academia’s point of view, is created. When our best and brightest take IT jobs over academic ones for a decade or more, faculty positions in our universities and research centers are no longer filled by the best candidates.
Q1. According to the passage, what did the scientist actually mean when he said, “IT has destroyed Indian Science?”
(A) The centers meant for scientific research are being utilized by IT industries
(B) The IT industry does not employ people pursuing higher studies
(C) As information is readily available on the internet because of IT, there is no need to seek further information
(D) The desire for money has overshadowed the search for knowledge
Q2) Which of the following is possibly the most appropriate title for the passage?
(A) Is the Future of IT Bright?
(B) The IT Industry and the World Economy
(C) Research and Academics — Losing the Battle against IT
(D) Scientific Research and the Need for Well — Trained Faculty
Q3) Which of the following statement is true according to the passage?
(A) IT employees earn everything for free and need not work hard for that
(B) A properly structured policy is lacking in our industry
(C) Employees in IT hub work equally hard to earn a livelihood and respect
(D) Labor pool for the IT & Academic phase are different.
Q1 – option D
Q2) – option C
Q3) – option C
That brings us to the end of this article. We hope the tricks mentioned here guide you in preparing Reading comprehension for CTET and helps you score well. You can register here for the specially tailored mock test series by the Experts for the CTET Exam
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