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All You need to know about Paragraph Completion

All You need to know about Paragraph
Posted by: Career Anna [1] July 5, 2013
Paragraph Completion has been an important component of the verbal section
of CAT for many years now. It is an area from which questions have been asked
in CAT papers on a regular basis since 2000. It is, therefore, a very important
topic to be mastered for enhancing the sectional as well as overall score.
In this article, I will try to give you an extensive coverage on this topic. After
going through this article carefully, I am sure you would not shy away from a
paragraph completion question the next time you see one. Read on people!!!
Paragraph Completion: What on Earth is this all about?


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For those who have not had any encounter with paragraph completion in the
past (we,like everyone else, will refer to it as PC from now), it refers to the
question type where a paragraph is given and a sentence from the given
paragraph is removed (In most of the cases, the last sentence is removed).
All you have to do is to complete the paragraph i.e. you have to choose the
option which completes the given paragraph in the best manner from the given


Let us solve a question now. sensitivity. the overemphatic thanks during the retreat to the door. Try to understand the keywords used in the passage. go through the solution and see how you should approach such questions. he knows it’s about to happen before the patient does: the downward glance repeated. Let us try to find out the essence of the paragraph. (5) These hands are steady enough. steadiness. Generally. If one is good in RC’s. Solution. Most people at their first consultation take a furtive look at the surgeon’s hands in the hope of reassurance. Prospective patients look for delicacy. (4) But others will take their place. Then. The paragraph deals with Henry Perowe and the issue of him losing on a number of cases (we are not concerned about the reason. the easier it becomes for you to solve the question. Figure out what the paragraph is all about. Now let us analyze each option one by one. (2) Other patients don’t like what they see but are ignorant of their right to go elsewhere.This question is from CAT 2008 paper. Go through the paragraph and try to catch the essence of the paragraph. (3) But Perowne himself is not concerned. perhaps unblemished pallor.careeranna. Here is one question. Try to solve it without seeing the solution.9/13/13 All You need to know about Paragraph Completion options. (1) Other people do not communicate due to their poor observation. www. then chances are that he/she will do good in PC questions too (in most cases). On this basis. he thought. The more you understand the 2/6 . Henry Perowne loses a number of cases each year. I personally feel that it becomes easier for you to solve these type of questions if you are a good reader.are we?). An example of one question with detailed solution is given below. the prepared questions beginning to falter. How can we solve such questions easily? Solving PC questions is all about how much one can comprehend the given paragraph. but they are large. Note your answer.

It means that the whole bunch of Henry’s patients are affected by it!!! But that is not the central idea of the passage. 3) Do not pick an option that brings an external idea. Think about it. This is deviating from the core idea of the passage. This option could be considered had there been something more to it. So option 2 is rejected. If an author is being sarcastic in his writing. Hence. wouldn’t it be logical to choose the option which has sarcasm in it? Remember however that there might be multiple options that comply with the author’s tone. option 3 is the answer. 1) Find the essence of the passage. 2) Notice the tone of the passage.PC would become an easy affair. But there are some important points we need to remember while solving them. We have to think within the boundaries of the paragraph. Option 4 can be rejected simply for the fact the it talks in past. always keep in mind that Tone is Important but not the only criteria.careeranna. whereas the paragraph is in present tense. Hence the option is rejected. Once you are able to find it. Option 2 says that other patients too are affected by Henry’s problem. Option 5 is not complete. The correct option will be the one which relates itself to the core www.9/13/13 All You need to know about Paragraph Completion Option 1 talks about the communication of other people. There are no pre-defined formulae to solve PC type 3/6 . Never pick an option which talks about things that are not mentioned in the paragraph. So what we learn from the example above is that the paragraph should be our only centre of attraction. It just says that the hands are large. Hence. Some Important Pointers to keep in mind while solving a PC question.

I hope the article helps you solve PC questions from now 4/6 . Feel free to ask anything. Always make sure you are maintaining the flow of ideas in the passage. I minimize the risk of error. but at the same time I maximise the risk of missing out on what may be the subtlest.9/13/13 All You need to know about Paragraph Completion information mentioned in the paragraph. This sums up the topic of Paragraph completion. eliminate it. 6) Pay Special Attention to the line before the blank. And before I leave. Whenever you see an option which contradicts the idea of passage. I am posting some questions for you all to attempt. www. All the best!!! Q1) To accept anything as true means to incur the risk of error. “Slender” knowledge is here put in opposition to ‘certain’ knowledge. __________ (1) But the gaining of even the slenderest knowledge about the higher things should not be given up. most important and most rewarding things in life. Sometimes. May be it is necessarily so that the higher things cannot be known with the same degree of certainty as the lesser things. the correct option is the one which is in agreement with that line. Do post your replies/suggestions/feedback. Saint Thomas Aquinas taught that the slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.careeranna. The line before the blank pays an important role in PC. anytime. 4) Reject the options that are contradictory. and indicates uncertainty. If I limit myself to knowledge that I consider true beyond doubt. So it would be wise if one also pays close attention to what that line is talking about. 5) Maintain the flow of the paragraph. Never pick an option which breaks or suddenly changes the flow to some other direction.

Q2) The Indian toy industry has never been in a state of good health. (2) The public will soon realise. she understood him completely.9/13/13 All You need to know about Paragraph Completion (2) In such a case it would be a very great loss indeed if knowledge were limited to things beyond the possibility of doubt. His surveyor advised against buying such a steep bit of land. (5) To him it was a peaceful place away from the noise of the city. What little drive there was to invent and innovate got washed away by the flood of Chinese toys. but the past two decades have been particularly bad. Q3) Elliot. however. a photographer. (4) The heavy import of Chinese toys had always been hurting the Indian toy manufacturing trade. (3) After all. his mother thought he was crazy. (5) And this uncertainty is mainly because of our inability to prove the existence of the higher things. surveyor and developer. had been looking for an unusual site to work on for some time. that they are not built to last. Elliot was certain he had found what he was looking for. loud and crude. but their greatest attraction was their low price. __________ (1) Even in the International Trade Fair. They came in millions. the presence of Chinese toys has grown to overwhelming proportions. (2) But Elliot was fascinated with the history of the place. garish electronic toys imported from China. (3) It was just 45 mts from the historic Highgate cemetery in North London. www.careeranna. (3) But some still feel that the wooden toys of Saharanpur and the musical string toys of Delhi are immeasurably superior to the cacophonic. __________ (1) But the first time she visited the site. (4) But he felt he belonged to the place. When he viewed a plot in Highgate. matters that are beyond doubt are in a sense dead. They were colourful and diverse. they constitute no challenge to the living. (5) But now the Indian government has decided to encourage indigenous production of toys and has imposed a ban on the import of Chinese toys. complete with a 70s building in blue aluminium. which have no physical proof of 5/6 . (4) Even then it is irrational to doubt the existence of higher things.

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