Managers of big companies read several documents a day and quickly grasp the important parts in each of them while filtering out the noise. This ability is tested in a student in the Reading Comprehension section of CAT. RC is a vital section in CAT and around 40% of the questions in the Verbal+LR section are from this topic. Improving RC is all the more important because a student who is good at RCs typically does well even in other related questions like Para-Completion and Para-Jumbles.
There are two types of questions asked in an RC
Perspective Questions: These questions are based on the entire essay as a whole and are not limited to a single paragraph of the essay. Questions like
Specific Questions: These are comparatively easier to answer as they pertain to a specific paragraph in the essay. For example,
Daily reading of national newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express helps as their editorials are very well written and cover a diverse set of topics. Some of the international newspapers like The Guardian and New York Times also help in improving RC.
Students should read every article from the point of view of the examination and try to grasp the relevance of each paragraph in the article and the 'tone' of the author. Making a short, 100 word summary of every article is encouraged in the initial days of preparation.