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Top 3 tips to ace IPMAT Verbal Ability Section

IPMAT VARC Preparation Tips

IPMAT Indore and IPMAT Rohtak both are heavily language oriented exams. They ask across range of different question types involving  Reading Comprehension, Word Usage, Sentence Completion, Antonym-Synonyms, Para jumbles, Para Completions and others. This naturally implies that a student with a fair control over english grammar and vocabulary stands in better light to qualify. The question is what is the process that one can follow to turn the spotlight onto oneself. Here is a three-step RRR formula to attain that level.

1. READ | How to prepare for English Section for IPMAT?

The importance of reading is simply paramount, not just in IPMAT exam but in other MBA exams as well. Just that it becomes more important in IPMAT as VARC forms a large portion in both these examinations (40% in IPMAT Indore and 33% in IPMAT Rohtak). Reading monotonous nature of writeups or too lengthy pieces for an extended time though, is not helpful. It requires you to switch between fields and apply yourself across genres in your reading practice. Newspaper Editorials, Blogs, Magazines or even an article in an annual journal is equally important as a book, fiction and non-fiction combined. The variety that you expose yourself to, prepares you to handle the unexpected in the examination hall. An hour or two of daily reading is simply as important as breathing while at the same time being even more enjoyable than a movie!

2. REFLECT & RESIZE | IPMAT Verbal Ability Preparation Strategy

 Certainly mere flipping of pages is not enough. A usual mistake that people commit is that they replace quality with quantity. When we say you must read fiction, it does not imply beginning with The Count of Monte Cristo which spreads over 1120 pages, even in the version with the smallest font size! You must learn to read manageable pieces. If that is a novel do not go for more than 250-300 pages if you are a beginner, and certainly do not begin with unabridged classics! A newspaper editorial which you read in 20 minutes, if you reflect on it, look out for the new words in the dictionary, underline the idioms, understand the argument and pen down its summary, is more beneficial than a novel which you finish in 20 days. Remember to prioritize quality reading, because no MBA exam tests you JUST on the speed of reading but on the speed of your QUALITY reading.

3. REHEARSAL | How to prepare for IPMAT English Section ?

When you begin to get along with this practice of reading, reflection and resizing, it is then time for you to test your approach. And the best way to test this is to solve questions. Reading fiction provides you with the grammatical intuition which is required for solving questions on verbal ability. It also aids and builds your general vocabulary, while reading non-fiction takes care of informing you on jargons of various fields and disciplines. This will reflect in your performance and you will see a gradual upward slope in your performance graph. Still, if you face trouble, you need not get disheartened or quit the process explained above and hunt for shortcuts. You just need to make personalised amendments to the structure. If you are reading more of fiction and less of non-fiction, you are likely to get trapped in scientific passages and if you are doing the inverse, philosophy and poetic passages might haunt you. You merely need to look into the issue and attempt to balance it.

By following this above formula and sticking with it, you will most likely be able to come over your fear with VARC for the rest of your career. For personalised reading suggestions, writing advice and of course, for the practice of genuine IPMAT VARC questions, you can visit Fundamakers anytime and we would be glad to help you.    

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