Reading Comprehension Cracking Strategies for SSC Exams

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Reading Comprehension Cracking Strategies

Reading Comprehension Cracking Strategies is an indispensable tool to get an edge over comprehending passages. The English Section of SSC Exam focuses more on comprehension skills. No doubt practicing passages to a perfection level enhances the comprehension skills. But in a time limited exams like SSC CGL, section officer (Audit) etc implementing strategies helps a lot to nail the task in stipulated time.

Here are some strategies to be kept in mind –

 Don’t try to understand the passage, Just try to understand the tone of passage –

Never try to understand the passage. It will push the candidates towards thinking about that particular topic which will further act as a barrier in solving. We have to just comprehend the passage.

 Adopt QPQ (Questions Passage Questions) Strategy instead of conventional PQP  (Passage Question Passage) Strategy-

Read the questions first and then passage. Do not directly read passage first. This way you will save time on extra comprehension and will focus only on the key points. 

Here is a passage from previous year SSC Exams for your practice and implementation of strategies. Further strategies is discussed in next post. Try this passage first. This passage was asked in SSC Section officer (Audit) exam.



What one wonder, is the lowest common denominator of Indian Culture today. The attractive Hema Malini, the song of Vividh Bharati or the mouth-watering Masala Dosa! Delectable as  these may be, each yields pride of place to that false symbol of a new era-the synthetic fibers.

In less than twenty years, the nylon sari and the terylene shirt have swept the countryside, penetrated to the farthest corners of the land and persuaded ever common man woman and child that the key to success in the present day world lies in artificial fibres: glass nylon crepe nylon, tery mixes,  polyester and what have you. More than the bicycles, the wristwatch or the transistor radio, synthetic clothes have come to represent the first step away from the village square. The village lass treasures the flashy nylon sari in her trousseau most dearly: the village youth gets a great kick out of his cheap terry cot shirt and trousers, the nearest he can approximate to the expensive synthetic sported by his wealthy city bread contemporaries.

And the Neo-rich craze for “phoren”is no-where more apparent than in the price that people will pay for smuggled, stolen, Alas, borrowed second hand or thrown away synthetic. Alas, even the unique richness of the traditional tribal costume is being fast eroded by the deadening uniformity of nylon.

Answer the following questions based on passage-

(1). The lowest common denominator’ of Indian Culture today is

(1) Hema Malini

(2) songs of Vividh Bharati

(3) masala dosa

(4) synthetic fibre


(2).The synthetic fibre has.

(1) always been popular in India.

(2) become popular during the last 20 years.

(3) never been popular in India.

(4) been as popular as other kinds of fibre new line.


(3).The latest symbol of modernity of  rural people is

(1)the bicycle.

(2) the wristwatch.

(3) the transistor.

(4) the synthetic cloth.


(4).The term ‘Neo- rich’ means

(1) he aristocracy.

(2)the industrial.

(3) the newly rich people.

(4) the common people.


(5). The tone of passage is

(1) tragic

(2) Ironic

(3) Sombre

(4) satiric


Answers with Explanation-

1.  Answer is option-4. 

Here the lowest common denominator refers to ‘Synthetic fibre’. 

2. Answer is Option-2 .

As per the passage the synthetic fibres became popular during the last twenty years.

3. Answer is option- 4 

 The latest Symbol of modernity of rural people is the “synthetic Cloth”

4. Answer is  option-3

The Neo-rich refers to the Newly rich people.

5. Answer is option -3

Tragic means painful.

Ironic means criticism. 

Sombre means Sad or serious tone.

Satire means humorous criticism.

Words like Alas, signifies the tone of passage is Sombre.

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