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Grammar is important for most tests. In fact, it forms the backbone of the verbal section in many competitive exams, be it CAT, XAT, GRE, etc. The best bet to get around solving these crunchers is by going through the basics, solving questions and then going on to the more advanced topics. Grammar questions appear in various forms. It could be sentence correction where you are asked to identify the section in a sentence that is grammatically incorrect or it could  be a question where a part of a sentence is underlined and you are provided with four or five alternative choices. You have to select the choice that corrects the error in the underlined part. In CAT 2005, a set of four sentences was given and you had to find out how many sentences were grammatically correct. The key to getting to the correct answers is to understand the underlying rules of grammar.

THE focus of Reading Comprehension passages in the CAT exam over the last few years has been on relatively short  passages, but those which require you to ‘infer’ the answer. This means that the candidate needs to understand the  passage holistically, including its many nuances, as the answer will not be found directly in the passage. The candidate  is expected to The candidate is expected to exercise his mind and work out what the author is actually trying to convey, what his attitude or tone is towards the issue being discussed, etc.



• There is never any substitute for reading if you wish to do well in Reading Comprehension. Read as much as possible,  including a few passages on a computer screen, so that you are used to this medium.

• One good site from where you can access a number of articles is This site has a huge number of  articles from various magazines on a variety of topics.

• In addition, the candidate should remember that the passages which appear in CAT are from a wide variety of topics - such as science and technology, economics and business issues, politics and current affairs, biographical sketches,  psychology, art and architecture, social issues, etc. Hence, it may not be enough to just read - there must also be a  variety in what you read. So a student of history may need to read passages pertaining to science and technology while preparing for CAT - and vice-versa!

• During your preparation stage, while you read, train yourself to stop periodically and ask yourself as to what the author wants to indicate by the usage of particu- lar phrases: Is there an implicit meaning in his words, what is the

impression he is trying to convey, etc. This will help you get better at ‘comprehending’ passages and understanding  exactly what the author wants to convey.

• Another skill that you should develop is the ability to understand the author’s tone or style. Check whether the author is merely stating facts or giving views or advice, taking sides or being biased.

• Look out for the usage of phrases or idioms. These convey a lot about the author’s feelings, thoughts, emotions, etc.

 • Similarly, your vocabulary should be of a good standard. Not knowing the meaning of certain words may cause the candidate to struggle in understanding what the author wishes to say.

• At the end of the day, you must read a number of passages on different topics on a daily basis. There is no short-cut for RC, and it requires sustained effort - it is advised that you read around 5-6 passages every day while preparing for CAT.

Only when you follow these steps will you be able to extract the maximum value out of a test. The author is a faculty by profession and imparts education/training for Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. If you want to get more information for MBA Entrance Test, visit  and You may also visit Career Launcher website to enroll for CL test prep programs or subscribe to study material or test series.

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