Tips to solve Parajumbles in CAT without options


Parajumbles is one of the most frequently asked questions in the Verbal Ability section of CAT and other MBA entrance exams. This topic is also known by the name of Sentence Rearrangement. In the parajumbles questions, there are 4 or 5 sentences labelled with a letter. The sentences have to be arranged to form a meaningful paragraph.

Parajumbles without options

Keep in mind the following tips to solve para-jumbles in CAT without the use of options :

1) Try to understand the central theme 

This is a very important step in which you try to understand what exactly are the sentences talking about. You get an overall idea of what is being tried to convey through the sentences. A student should have good comprehension skills which can be developed with a regular reading habit.

2) Look out for the introductory sentence. This sentence would give a start to the paragraph and would help to identify the further arrangement of sentences.

3) You could also try to find the closing sentence; this sentence will generally be a concluding statement.

4) Even the toughest para-jumbles have two or three sentences that form a link. Try to spot the link that has to go together and eliminate the options that do not have that link. 

5) Keep an eye on the adverbs like even, also, still, however, nevertheless, etc. Such adverbs help link two or more sentences.

6) Conjunctions are used to join two or more sentences. Beware of the conjunctions such as as soon as, as though, because, before, in order that, since, unless, until, when, whenever, where, whereas, wherever, and while. Also keep an eye on coordinating conjunctions such as for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so.

7) Keep an eye on pronouns. Ideally a pronoun in one sentence should always point to a noun in the sentence immediately preceding it.

8) In case of articles, ‘A’ or ‘An’ being indefinite articles may be used in the opening statement, while ‘The’ being a definite article (more specific) is less likely to be used in an opening statement. Pronouns like ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘they’ may also guide you through the sequence of the paragraph. Comparative adjectives are used in relation to another statement, thus helping you pick out the subsequent statement.

The above tips can come in handy when solving para-jumbles in CAT. Do a lot of practice of such questions to get a grip of it and once you get an idea of how to solve the para-jumbles without the use of options, it can save a lot of time in the paper.

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