Reading for Comprehension

One of the most important aspects in the study of a language is reading skill. Reading comprehension is meant to inculcate the habit of intelligent reading, correct expression and careful selection in a student. The questions on unseen passage test the power of comprehension of the students and their ability to express what they grasp in a simple, clear and direct style of their own.


Before attempting to answer questions, one is required to carefully read the passage till one grasps its content and gets all the important information.

Refer to the questions and go through the passage again to pick out words which contain an answer to the question.

If asked, summarize the passage in your own words keeping in mind the important points avoiding unnecessary explanations and repetitions.


If asked, give a heading to the passage based on the main point of view or main event or the main character. Often the students are asked to summarize the passage and to give a proper heading to the summary. The title may be the name of the main character, object or incident mentioned in the passage.

All important words of the heading should begin with capital letters

A word may have different shades of meanings which changes according to the context.

The meaning you give should fit well in place of the original word (according to the context).

It should mean the same or nearly same if it has to replace the original word.


1. Vocabulary based questions:

The form of the word must not be changed.

The word should be used in a different sense from that which it carries in the passage. One way to remember different meaning is to change the part of speech to which the word belongs, e.g. a verb can be used as a noun.

2. Short Questions: While answering short questions make sure that:

The answer must be precise and to the point. Avoid irrelevant details.

Read the relevant part of the essay to make sure that you have answered correctly.

Write in your own words.

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