SoLving an RC passage is all about getting into the mind of the paper-setter. After all what matters is the questions that follow the passage. More than what the author is trying to communicate; it is important what the question-setter is trying to ask!
Let us look at RC from the eyes of the question-setter – the question-setter’s logic
Step 1: Pick a passage
Step 2: Think of a few questions and come up with the best option for each
Step 3: Create the other 3 incorrect options for each of the question.
To make the question difficult, the paper setter will have to set traps for the test taker – you. While thinking of the traps, he is thinking of how each of one you will react to the question
When it comes to RCs, CAT-takers fall in three broad categories:LAZY BUM – This trap is for those who read the passage in a hurry, this is where you belong
DREAMER – If you end up bringing in things outside of what is mentioned in the passage, you’re a dreamer
LOST CASE – if you read the passage but have no clue what the passage was all about, welcome to this group
LAZY BUM: What if someone reads bits and pieces of a passage? If the paper setter creates an option from bits & pieces of the passage, then he’s trapped the lazy ones.
DREAMER: What if someone brings in things outside of what is mentioned in the passage? If the paper setter creates an option that sounds pretty logical but is not from the passage, then the dreamer is likely to fall for it.
LOST ONE: Setting a trap for these types is trap is the easiest of all. Put a passage that is difficult to comprehend!
Good news is that from a question-setter’s point of view, it is generally difficult to create difficult questions based on a difficult passage!