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How to increase your accuracy on RC – 2

In the previous post, we discussed a strategy to approach RCs and solved an actual passage from CAT 2017 Slot 2. In this post, we will take up a few more passages from the same slot and execute the strategy.


PASSAGE 2, 531 words

During the frigid season it’s often necessary to nestle under a blanket to try to stay warm. The temperature difference between the blanket and the air outside is so palpable that we often have trouble leaving our warm refuge. Many plants and animals similarly hunker down, relying on snow cover for safety from winter’s harsh conditions. The small area between the snowpack and the ground, called the subnivium might be the most important ecosystem that you have never heard of. The subnivium is so well-insulated and stable that its temperature holds steady at around 32 degree Fahrenheit. Although that might still sound cold, a constant temperature of 32 degree Fahrenheit can often be 30 to 40 degrees warmer than the air temperature during the peak of winter. Because of this large temperature difference, a wide variety of species depend on the subnivium for winter protection.

For many organisms living in temperate and Arctic regions, the difference between being under the snow or outside it is a matter of life and death. Consequently, disruptions to the subnivium brought about by climate change will affect everything from population dynamics to nutrient cycling through the ecosystem.

The formation and stability of the subnivium requires more than a few flurries. Winter ecologists have suggested that eight inches of snow is necessary to develop a stable layer of insulation. Depth is not the only factor, however. More accurately, the stability of the subnivium depends on the interaction between snow depth and snow density. Imagine being under a stack of blankets that are all flattened and pressed together. When compressed, the blankets essentially form one compacted layer. In contrast, when they are lightly placed on top of one another, their insulative capacity increases because the air pockets between them trap heat. Greater depths of low-density snow are therefore better at insulating the ground.

Both depth and density of snow are sensitive to temperature. Scientists are now beginning to explore how climate change will affect the subnivium, as well as the species that depend on it. At first glance, warmer winters seem beneficial for species have difficulty surviving subzero temperatures; however, as with most ecological phenomena, the consequences are not so straightforward. Research has shown that the snow season (the period when snow is more likely than rain) has become shorter since 1970. When rain falls on snow, it increases the density of the snow and reduces its insulative capacity. Therefore, even though winters are expected to become warmer overall from future climate change, the subnivium will tend to become colder and more variable with less protection from the above-ground temperatures.

The effects of a colder subnivium are complex. For example, shrubs such as crowberry and alpine azalea that grow along the forest floor tend to block the wind and so retain higher depths of snow around them. This captured snow helps to keep soils insulated and in turn increases plant decomposition and nutrient release. In field experiments, researchers removed a portion of the snow cover to investigate the importance of the subnivium’s insulation. They found that soil frost in the snow-free area resulted in damage to plant roots and sometimes even the death of the plant.

7. The purpose of this passage is to

  1. introduce readers to a relatively unknown ecosystem: the subnivium
  2. explain how the subnivium works to provide shelter and food to several species.
  3. outline the effects of climate change on the subnivium.
  4. draw an analogy between the effect of blankets on humans and of snow cover on species living in the subnivium.

8. All of the following statements are true EXCEPT

  1. Snow depth and snow density both influence the stability of the subnivium.
  2. Climate change has some positive effects on the subnivium.
  3. The subnivium maintains a steady temperature that can be 30 to 40 degrees warmer than the winter air temperature.
  4. Researchers have established the adverse effects of dwindling snow cover on the subnivium.

9. Based on this extract, the author would support which one of the following actions?

  1. The use of snow machines in winter to ensure snow cover of at least eight inches.
  2. Government action to curb climate change.
  3. Adding nutrients to the soil in winter.
  4. Planting more shrubs in areas of the short snow season.

10. In paragraph 6, the author provides examples of crowberry and alpine azalea to demonstrate that

  1. Despite frigid temperatures, several species survive in temperate and Arctic regions.
  2. Due to frigid temperatures in the temperate and Arctic regions, plant species that survive tend to be shrubs rather than trees.
  3. The crowberry and alpine azalea are abundant in temperate and Arctic regions.
  4. The stability of the subnivium depends on several interrelated factors, including shrubs on the forest floor.

11. Which one of the following statements can be inferred from the passage? 

  1. In an ecosystem, altering any one element has a ripple effect on all others.
  2. Climate change affects temperate and Arctic regions more than equatorial or arid ones.
  3. A compact layer of wool is warmer than a similarly compact layer of goose down.
  4. The loss of the subnivium, while tragic, will affect only temperate and Arctic regions.

12. In paragraph 1, the author uses blankets as a device to

  1. evoke the bitter cold of winter in the minds of readers.
  2. explain how blankets work to keep us warm.
  3. draw an analogy between blankets and the snowpack.
  4. alert readers to the fatal effects of excessive exposure to the cold.

If necessary, be ready to change track

Paragraph 1

As outlined in the previous post, the best approach is to go from paragraph to questions. So what do you see as soon as you move to the questions after reading the first paragraph? The first three questions are not related to the first paragraph and also not related to any specific paragraph.

Does this is mean that you will abandon the whole approach just because it does not apply to one passage? Absolutely not. Go ahead and look at the rest of the questions

The last question is related to Paragraph 1 and is a free gift.

Why does the author give the example of blankets?

To show that snowpack does for animals what blankets for human beings. The only option that has both subnivium and snowpack is option C!

Going through the questions you would have seen that the only other specific question is related to para 6, all the rest are based on the whole passage.

  • The purpose of this passage is to
  • All of the following statements are true EXCEPT
  • Based on this extract, the author would support which one of the following actions?
  • In paragraph 6, the author provides examples of crowberry and alpine azalea to demonstrate that
  • Which one of the following statements can be inferred from the passage?

So you can drop going from para to question until you reach para 6, which anyway is the last paragraph.

Since are no questions pertaining to a single paragraph, you are left with no option but to read the whole passage before moving to the questions.

It does make sense to write short one-liners for each para — para content outline — as you move ahead just to keep track.

  • What is subnivium?
  • What does subnivium do?
  • Why is subnivium important?
  • How is subnivium formed?
  • How climate change will affect negatively subnivium?
  • Effects of a colder subnivium due to climate change

Question 7

To answer primary purpose questions it is always useful to look at the para content outline we made above and analyze the same — four paras about subnivium and two about the climate change and subnivium.

So the two protagonists of this passage are subnivium and climate change. The primary purpose thus must have both of these protagonists.

Options A, B, and D are ruled out, leaving us with only C.

Question 8

This is a detail question and it makes sense to check the relevant para to verify the information. Everything EXCEPT B is stated. Another way to eliminate — can climate change ever have any positive effect in general? Hence, B!

Question 9

Since the author is talking about the importance of subnivium and the large-scale impacts of climate change on the same, he or she would support steps to prevent climate change — all the rest of the options cure the symptoms but not the disease — making option B the right answer.

Question 10

The beginning of the paragraph itself says that the effects of the colder subnivium are complex and then talks about the role played by shrubs and how the decomposition of shrubs releases nutrients.

The example of shrubs is used to support the argument that the effects of the colder subnivium are complex.

Only one option has both the words subnivium and shrubs in it, option D! The word complex has been paraphrased as several unrelated factors.

Question 11

An inference question that is based on the whole passage. In case you forgot, always choose rejection over selection.

Option A cannot be rejected since it is says everything is inter-related, which is what the passage is saying — climate change to subnivium to shrubs to nutrients. So keep option A.

Option B is incorrect since we do not have any information about other regions.

Option C will be a rocket since you might be coming across the term since “goose down” for the first time! Move to the next option.

Option D cannot be inferred since there is no information about the effect on other regions.

You have two options A and C. Since you do not understand C and cannot reject A, you can either mark A or leave the question. Remember you have already got 15 marks in fairly quick time. So do you want to break your head or waste time over goose down? Nope.

The question-maker should have given some thought to the fact that the alternate meaning of the word “down” itself is something that many Indian test-takers would have absolutely no clue about. Knowing the meaning of the word down when used a noun, should have no bearing in the determining reasoning skills for a career in management!

Down as a noun refers to the soft, fine, fluffy feathers which form the first covering of a young bird or an insulating layer below the contour feathers of an adult bird.

The fourth paragraph says that low-density snow is warmer. So which one is less dense wool or goose down? Goose down, and hence it will be warmer, making C incorrect and A correct.


PASSAGE 3, 526 words

The end of the age of the internal combustion engine is in sight. There are small signs everywhere: the shift to hybrid vehicles is already underway among manufacturers. Volvo has announced it will make no purely petrol-engined cars after 2019 and Tesla has just started selling its first electric car aimed squarely at the middle classes: the Tesla 3 sells for $35,000 in the US, and 400,000 people have put down a small, refundable deposit towards one. Several thousand have already taken delivery, and the company hopes to sell half a million more next year. This is a remarkable figure for a machine with a fairly short-range and a very limited number of specialized charging stations.

Some of it reflects the remarkable abilities of Elon Musk, the company’s founder, as a salesman, engineer, and a man able to get the most out his factory workers and the governments he deals with. Mr.Musk is selling a dream that the world wants to believe in.

This last may be the most important factor in the story. The private car is a device of immense practical help and economic significance but at the same time a theatre for myths of unattainable self-fulfillment. The one thing you will never see in a car advertisement is traffic, even though that is the element in which drivers spend their lives. Every single driver in a traffic jam is trying to escape from it, yet it is the inevitable consequence of mass car ownership.

The sleek and swift electric car is at one level merely the most contemporary fantasy of autonomy and power. But it might also disrupt our exterior landscapes nearly as much as the fossil fuel-engined car did in the last century. Electrical cars would, of course, pollute far less than fossil fuel-driven ones; instead of oil reserves, the rarest materials for batteries would make undeserving despots and their dynasties fantastically rich. Petrol stations would disappear. The air in cities would once more be breathable and their streets as quiet as those of Venice. This isn’t an unmixed good. Cars that were as silent as bicycles would still be as dangerous as they are now to anyone they hit without audible warning.

The dream goes further than that. The electric cars of the future will be so thoroughly equipped with sensors and reaction mechanisms that they will never hit anyone. Just as brakes don’t let you skid today, the steering wheel of tomorrow will swerve you away from danger before you have even noticed it.

This is where the fantasy of autonomy comes full circle. The logical outcome of cars which need no driver is that they will become cars which need no owner either. Instead, they will work as taxis do, summoned at will but only for the journeys we actually need. This the future towards which Uber is working. The ultimate development of the private car will be to reinvent public transport. Traffic jams will be abolished only when the private car becomes a public utility. What then will happen to our fantasies of independence? We’ll all have to take to electrically powered bicycles.

13. Which of the following statements best reflects the author’s argument?

  1. Hybrid and electric vehicles signal the end of the age of internal combustion engines
  2. Elon Musk is a remarkably gifted salesman.
  3. The private car represents an unattainable myth of independence.
  4. The future Uber car will be environmentally friendlier than even the Tesla.

14. The author points out all of the following about electric cars EXCEPT

  1. Their reliance on rare materials for batteries will support despotic rule.
  2. They will reduce air and noise pollution.
  3. They will not decrease the number of traffic jams.
  4. They will ultimately undermine rather than further driver autonomy.

15. According to the author, the main reason for Tesla’s remarkable sales is that

  1. in the long run, the Tesla is more cost-effective than fossil fuel-driven cars.
  2. the US government has announced a tax subsidy for Tesla buyers.
  3. the company is rapidly upscaling the number of specialized charging stations for customer convenience.
  4. people believe in the autonomy represented by private cars.

16. The author comes to the conclusion that

  1. car drivers will no longer own cars but will have to use public transport.
  2. cars will be controlled by technology that is more efficient than car drivers.
  3. car drivers dream of autonomy but the future may be public transport.
  4. electrically powered bicycles are the only way to achieve autonomy in transportation.

17. In paragraphs 5 and 6, the author provides the example of Uber to argue that

  1. in the future, electric cars will be equipped with mechanisms that prevent collisions.
  2. in the future, traffic jams will not exist.
  3. in the future, the private car will be transformed into a form of public transport.
  4. in the future, Uber rides will outstrip Tesla sales.

18. In paragraph 6, the author mentions electrically powered bicycles to argue that

  1. if Musk were a true visionary, he would invest funds in developing electric bicycles.
  2. our fantasies of autonomy might unexpectedly require us to consider electric bicycles.
  3. in terms of environmental friendliness and safety, electric bicycles rather than electric cars are the future.
  4. electric buses are the best form of public transport.

I had mentioned in the previous post that I have received a specific query quite a few times with respect to the paragraphs to question approach —

What if the answer to a question is spread out over two or three paragraphs and not a single one? And this is not the  — all of the following are stated EXCEPT — type of question but a question specific to one argument.

The first paragraph and the question related to it is exactly this type. So let’s dive in.

Paragraph 1

As soon as you read the first paragraph and go to the questions you will come across question 15, which is related to it but will you find the answer in it?

The last sentence of this paragraph says — This is a remarkable figure for a machine with a fairly short-range and a very limited number of specialized charging stations.

The question — According to the author, the main reason for Tesla’s remarkable sales is that

The sentence says that the sales figure is remarkable.

The question is asking you for the reason behind this remarkable sales figure and not why the figure is remarkable.

To suggest an analogy, if the passage is saying that it is remarkable that such a young kid scored a century on debut, the question is asking how did he manage to score such a remarkable century.

So will you find the answer in paragraph 1? Nope.

Paragraph 2

You know that paragraph 2 will take this forward and give you reasons for this remarkable figure.

The first sentence itself states that the partial reason is this. The next sentence gives another reason.

At this juncture, since the reason is not yet clear, it makes sense to read the next paragraph. Even if you go to the question and read the options you will find that none of the options has been mentioned paras 1 and 2.

Paragraph 3

This states that the most important factor for sales has been that Mr.Musk is selling a dream. What dream?

The private car is a theatre for myths of unattainable self-fulfillment.

If you go back to question 15 after reading this paragraph, you should be able to answer the question by elimination.

Options A, B, and C have nothing to do with a dream that Musk is selling! They can be eliminated. You can mark option D and change the answer if the subsequent paras counter it.

Paragraph 4

The first line of this para will validate your choice of option D — The sleek and swift electric car is at one level merely the most contemporary fantasy of autonomy and power.

Para 1 introduces the question, para 2 hints at the answer, para 3 gives you the answer through rejection and para 4 finally states the answer unequivocally.

This is what is meant by getting a big stride in to get right to the pitch of the ball. Commentators use this phrase most in case of batsmen playing spinners bowling into the rough.

It is not a ball to go back to; if you do you will be rapped on the pads or be bowled by the sharp turn. If you go half-forward, it will sneak through bat and pad or take an edge.

The only option is to get a big stride and smother the turn from the rough.

You will have to take that big stride, read three paras, and answer the one question.

These are the kind of questions that really test your faith in the process and make minor adjustments. Based on one odd question, test-takers tend to question the whole process and go back to their old methods, which never did them any good in the first place.

By now you will have seen that the remaining questions are based on paras 5 and 6 and the passage as a whole. So no point going to the questions. Also, it makes sense to read 5 and 6 together since question 17 refers to both 5 & 6 and question 18 to 6 only.

Paragraph 5 and 6

Question 17 asks you the reason the author uses the Uber example. The answer is fairly direct — The private car will become public transport as stated in option C.

Question 18 is also fairly easy — we have to buy bicycles to fulfill our fantasies of autonomy.

So you already have 9 marks by going para to questions. This will happen all the time when there are 6 questions, there will be at least 3 questions that refer to specific parts.

If you read the whole passage and then went to the questions you would have answered questions in a different sequence and that might not be a pleasant experience as you will discover.

What about the remaining questions?

What is really important when going back to the leftover questions is to pick out the detail questions first and not get stuck on Summary questions such as Central Idea, Primary Purpose and Main argument, which 9 out 10 times will end up being tricky, especially if the options are going to use only 5 to 6 words!

You are better off solving questions such as the passage states all the following EXCEPT

So you should start with question 14.

This is again a question that to be done using the method of rejection.

Options A and B are clearly stated. It is handling options C and D that gets tricky.

Option C is stated since the author says, in the last paragraph, that electric cars will not reduce traffic jams. It will result in fewer jams only when people shift from private transport to public transport. So option C is also true as per the passage. Once you have rejected three options you are left with the right option, option D.

Some of you might still feel that option D is implied. Option D, like option C, is not a direct consequence of electric cars,  it is an outcome that is possible only when there is a larger shift that happens of cars from private to public transport.

Now you have to approach the two summary questions 13 and 16.

At this point, you can take a call whether to further invest time to answer potentially tricky summary questions or collect 12 marks and exit.

The best way to answer question 13 is to take each option and see if it best reflects the passage as a whole.

To know what the passage about we need a para content outline?

  • The remarkable sales of electric cars, especially Tesla
  • The reason behind the sales of electric cars
  • The reason behind the sales of electric cars
  • The future imagined with implications of a switch to electric cars
  • The future imagined with implications of a switch to electric cars
  • The future imagined with implications of a switch to electric cars

The passage is about the reason behind the sales of the electric car and the future imagined with implications of a switch to electric cars.

  • Option A refers only to the death of the IC engine and is hence incorrect.
  • Option B is limited to Elon Musk
  • Option C talks about the reason behind the sales of electric cars — the dream or myth of independence.
  • Option D is not stated anywhere in the passage

Even if Option C is limited, by rejection it is still the best option you are left with.

The only question now left is Question 16.

This talks about a conclusion that the author has reached. Whenever it is a conclusion or inference one has to pay close attention to the wording — words like will happen, should happen etc.

Now, this is not the simplistic advice that is usually doled out — avoid extreme options. This assumes that authors will never advocate extreme options, which like all assumptions is just that — an assumption. Extreme options can also be right as long as it is supported by the passage!

What I am asking you to do is to verify whether the author has made this specific claim or can it be inferred with certainty— this will happen or this should happen.

Coming to question 16,

  • Option A says cars drivers will have to use public transport. The passage says that private cars might become redundant this does not mean that people have to use, they might no longer feel the need to use.
  • Option B says that technology will be more efficient than drivers, the passage only says that technology can do things that are currently done by drivers not that it can do it better.
  • Option C is mentioned in the last paragraph and also see that the option says maybe the future, which is exactly what the passage doesimagine a possible future
  • Option D can be eliminated since the passage does not say that bicycles are the only way to autonomy

From both of these passages, you would have seen that going from para to questions can definitely increase your accuracy.

Another learning is that rejection is always the best option on CAT RCs when faced with a tough question.

And most importantly you have the option to leave a few questions having scored enough marks at a quick pace rather than get greedy and waste a lot of time with a few remaining tough ones.

In the next post, I will take up the two remaining passages from this CAT slot.

23 Comments

  1. MAHIR says

    i think in 4 RC’s hardly there are 4-5 questions from specific para and rest are from the whole RC so is it better decision to read whole RC first n go to all Q. or read one para n then go specific que.?

    Method 1 : According to me Para to Qs. which is take more time and can’t cover VA which means in 40 minutes cover only 3 RC
    Method 2: 4 Rc’s * 8 minutes = 32 minutes rest of 8 minutes for VA

    which is good method ? obviously its upto me which one i want to choose but still i want to know.

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Mahir,

      As I said right at the beginning passage to questions works for people with one kind of capability and para to questions works for others.

      A strategy is only as good as the skills one possesses and one’s capability to execute — one does go all out on attack from the first ball one if is a Kane Williamson and not a Jos Buttler, a team will not go with a four-pronged pace attack if it does not have four quality pacers!

      Those who fall into the category I spoke about right at the beginning of the post, will not even get the 4-5 direct questions right forget getting the rest of the questions right if they read the whole passage. Those who fall into category 1 will not have any problems and can stick to method 2.

      Also, this method seems slow right now, solve 50 passages and then see if it is still slow and if accuracy does not improve (if you have problems with accuracy that is).

      If you can execute method 2, do method 2!

      All the best!

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  2. Radhika Mohta says

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for part 2 of the RC series.
    With reference to the 2 hours pattern, I follow this for my mocks now:

    Scan the RC. If it’s easy (familiar words and comfortable topic) then read fast within 5-6 minutes and attempt all questions. And in that case, go for all 4 RCs.
    If it’s difficult (philosophy mostly) then either skip it, and if all are difficult then attempt atleast 2 full RCs devoting about 12 minutes to each.
    Then move on to VA with about 15 minutes in hand.

    My question would be, should I be selecting the RCs, because I’m unable to manage all 4 in 40 minutes. Or should it just be attempt all in any case ?

    Cheers,
    Radhika.

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    • Hi Radhika,

      Solving 26 questions in 40 minutes is not easy by any stretch unless the paper is easy.

      So stick to a simple plan of setting one passage aside, solving 3 RCs, doing VA, and doing one RC at the end.

      Depending on how easy or difficult the RCs are you will end up solving even the last one. There is no way you can go with having to solve all 4 RCs approach.

      So, instead of selecting all four, deselect 1 for the end.

      Also, there is no reason to stick to 3 RCs, VA, 1RC; you can start with VA first.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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  3. sugandha gupta says

    Hello sir,
    Can you please take up the philosophy passage for the next article?
    Thanks

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    • Hi Sugandha,

      Whatever the type of passage the technique remains the same. I have done video solutions for SimCATs 1 and 4 and 4 has a philosophy passage.

      Do not get scared by SimCAT 5, which is an aberration.

      Finally, it boils down to you understanding that particular philosophy passage since each passage is on a different topic and requires you to understand a new concept — it is like learning a new math concept and solving questions based on it right in the exam.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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  4. Hi,
    This is an off topic question but I think you may help me with this. I was supposed to graduate in June 2020 but due to Covid I got my results in October 2020. But, I had started working in June 2020. Now, What should I fill as my starting date in application form and will my work experience be counted from June 2020?

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  5. Vighnesh Pai says

    Hi Sir,
    My LRDI section of SIMCAT 6 went very bad. Is such a situation likely to happen in actual cat where there is hardly 1 set that can be rated above 7. Also will you be taking any webinars on LRDI section?

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    • Hi Vignesh,

      SimCAT 5 was designed for VA-RC to be extremely painful and LR-DI did the same role in SimCAT 6. The task is to clear the cut-off and do well, even if the score is extremely low.

      It is rare though you will find no sets above 7; usually, you will find 3 sets at least above 7, one at 7 and the rest below 7, from my rating of previous years’ sets.

      I will be doing the Last Mile To CAT DI-LR Webinar this year as well.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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  6. Sreeram Sajeev says

    Hi Tony sir, a follower from Kerala 🙂
    I’m scoring an average of 95% in VARC in my mocks, I’m a repeater by the way. I aim to cross the 99 percentile in CAT. I know the jump from 95 to 99 can be even harder than say, jumping from 60 to 90, so what would you suggest I do? Shall I read more hours, or solve more questions per day? Also, when the VARC section is tough, I feel the pressure during that exam, which occasionally ruins my score, so is there a prerequisite for that? please do give an input

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    • Hi Sreeram,

      Moving from 99 to 95 is tough but can be done if one can precisely pin down where the extra marks are going to come from:

      1. How good is your technique on each of the 4 Q-Types — RC, Summary, OMO, PJs — on which ones can you not guarantee marks from all easy and medium questions. If there is anything to fix here then fix it.
      2. Reading Speed — If there is little improvement to be made on the technique front then the only option is to increase your reading speed and read 10% faster — I did the same back in the day when the only thing left was to increase speed — initially, you will be that you do not have control, just like driving a bike 10% faster, but very soon it will become normal.

      Reading articles and doing questions do not really help at this stage at all — what matters is the focus of the exercise — working on technique or increasing reading speed.

      And when the passage gets tough, you should know that this is not going to be a high scoring section and calibrate accordingly, a good score is fully dependent on the pitch and the really good batsmen know how to modify their approach as per the pitch. This is where your technique comes in. When it gets tougher the good test-takers ensure that their processes become even more fine-tuned — shadow answer, elimination — knowing that answering fewer questions will fetch them a higher score — the average test-takers attempt the same number at the same speed and come down crashing.

      Hope this helps.

      All the best!

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  7. Samridhi poddar says

    Hello sir , Samridhi this side . Sir I solve questions for rc but my accuracy level is not so great! What should I do ??
    I use the paragraph to questions approach .
    Also, I had purchased GMAT 2022 verbal book for practising , turned out that is even more difficult to solve than our modules. How do I work about it ?

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    • Hi Samriddhi,

      While you use the para to questions approach, it does not change the fact that you still need to do the other things right — pausing after the para to figure out the main idea, framing a shadow answer, eliminating options instead of selecting.

      You need to figure out which sep it is that you are not able to execute well or are not executing well.

      The GMAT OG is for people who have run out of practice material and need more. So, I would suggest sticking to the modules for now and doing the GMAT passages later.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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      • Samridhi says

        Thank you so much sir !!
        Also, sir how dow we tackle para jumbles and odd one out sentences ?

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      • Hi Samriddhi,

        You can look at the video solutions of SimCATs 1 and 4 that I have done; I will be doing a VA Masterclass as well soon.

        All the best!

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  8. Sajjan Kumar says

    Hello Sir,
    I have read your previous blog “how to increase your accuracy on RC-1” and applied the same in Simcat6 and my score in VARC improved. I’m not sure about the reason being easy VARC section than Simcat5 or due to the technique, but will keep trying the technique in next few mocks. But I scored too bad in DILR this time and this made me a bit demotivated. Want a similar blog on technique to increase accuracy in DILR.

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    • Hi Sajjan,

      Well, good to hear that you are willing to keep trying rather than letting go soon.

      Attend the DI Masterclass this Saturday at 7:30 (if the program you have enrolled for makes you eligible for the same), watch the SImCAT Strategy Videos in the channel tab of myIMS, the DI-LR and VA-RC are done by me; there will be posts up on this blog as well.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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  9. Hi Sir,
    I had given CAT 2020 and now I am preparing for CAT 2021. I have tried different methods to approach RC’s but none of them seems to work. After I narrow down to two options, most of the time I end up selecting the wrong one and also in the answer explanation it says that out of the two (Let’s say the two options are A and C and I selected C and the answer is A) A seems to be more inclined towards the question.
    Also, I have been practicing from different sources as well as IMS materials (Books, Mocks, Sectional Tests) but I’m not able to improve. While solving from book or any other place I get almost all the answers right but during mocks or other tests its not happening. Also, one might thing that its because time pressure during mocks so that’s not the case as I read fast enough to complete the section in time and have a good 3-4 minutes to recheck and do questions which I left for later.
    Please suggest me what should I do, I usually either read the whole passage at one go if the topic interests me and then look at the question or go for the para question method if the topic is a bit confusing or has some words which are difficult to understand.

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    • Hi Agam,

      The main reason why people get stuck between two options is that they do not execute the last two steps in the process to perfection — framing a shadow answer — what the option should say or what function the option should perform — and then eliminating options that do not fit the criteria.

      A lot of people do not consciously do the shadow answer part and even if they do they might not do it correctly because they do not precisely decode the question. The two options that remain are usually relevant to the context, which is what makes the trap option close, but only one of them answers the question.

      I demonstrated the entire technique for RC in detail in the RC-1 Masterclass, which is available in the Channel TAB of myIMS, and in the video solutions of SimCATs 1 and 4 .

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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      • Thanks a lot for the reply sir. I had missed the RC 1 masterclass but I saw the recording of the same yesterday. I came to know about the mistakes I have been doing while answering the RC’s and plan to bring the changes as suggested by you.
        Thanks again for the insights. Really hoping to crack CAT 2021 with good percentile.

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