CAT 2017 – Importance of Parajumbles and Strategies to Solve it

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CAT 2017 – Importance of Parajumbles and Strategies to Solve it

CAT 2017 – Expected Parajumble Questions-
Out of the total 34 questions in Verbal Ability, 3-5 questions are expected to be from para jumbles which sum up to 15% of the CAT 2017 verbal section.
Four types of Para Jumble are asked in CAT 2017
In each category, the Jumbled sentences are coded with an alphabet (usually A, B, C, and D).
  • The toughest category among all the four type is where 4/5 sentences are given in a random order and the candidates are supposed to unjumble all of them.
  • The Second category consists of the opening sentence + 4/5 sentences are given and the candidates have to rearrange the group of 4/5 sentences, having been given prior knowledge of the thought that starts off the flow of the discussion.
  • The Third category consists of 4/5 sentences + the closing sentence is given and the candidates need to correctly sequence 4/5 sentences so that they flow in the last sentence.
  • The Fourth category is the easiest among all the categories.In this category, the Opening sentence, + 4/5 Sentences + Closing Sentence are given. Candidates know where the story starts and where it ends. They only have to figure out the screenplay in the middle.

Smartest Approach to Solve Para Jumbles –

  1. Free-Fall Strategy –

Step 1-

This is the best approach to solving Para Jumble questions. Candidates have to develop a high reading speed and scan all 4-5 sentences. This will help the candidate to get the central idea of the passage.

Step 2-

At this point, candidates need to decide whether this particular paragraph is one which he/she is comfortable with or not.

Step 3-

If the candidate decides to go ahead, then scan the answer options. Check if they are of any help to solve the para jumble quickly.

For Example-
The options are:
a) BDAC b) BCAD c) CABD d) CBDA
When the candidate checks out the option he/she will immediately realize that the paragraph has to start either with B or C. Quick glance at B and C will tell which one looks like a better sentence and already the choices will be halved.
Similarly, with options like:
a) BDCA b) CDBA c) DCAB d) ACDB
Now it’s clear that it has to end with either B or A. So go through the sentences A and B and see if any one of them looks like a concluding sentence.
Some Pointers to look out for –
For example, if three out of the five options start with A and the other two with C/B/D there is a good probability that A is the starting sentence.
If, say, a link CB occurs in more than 2 options, then it is something worth paying attention to.

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