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NTA UGC NET Paper 1 Notes 2022 on Reading Comprehension

Tips to Solve UGC NET Paper 1

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Reading comprehension in UGC NET Paper 1 is not as difficult as it sounds. A good practice and some tricks can help you to ace this topic.

The Reading Comprehension topic consists of 10 marks and 5 questions. Answering these questions correctly can bring you closer to your dream of qualifying the UGC NET. So, here we will analyze the approach, and strategize to score better in this section.

Reading Comprehension is the ability to read and understand the meaning of the text. Reading Comprehension in UGC NET is aimed at testing the candidate’s knowledge of two elements i.e. Vocabulary and Text Comprehension.

In this blog, we are going to emphasize on the reading comprehension, one of the most important chapters of UGC NET Paper 1. Have a look at important points mentioned in the article-

Approaches to Solve Reading Comprehension Questions

Paragraph First & Questions Later

Questions First & Paragraph Later

Important Tips to Remember while Solving RC Questions



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It is very crucial to understand the passage and a good vocabulary can ease that.

There are various methods of solving reading comprehension questions. This blog contains some of the best approaches for that.



UGC NET Paper 1 – Approaches to Solve Reading Comprehension Questions


It is very important to have a proper approach to solve UGC NET Paper 1 Topic – Reading Comprehension passages as to answer them correctly and on time. And for that, you should have the knowledge of all the methods that can be adopted to solve the Reading Comprehension.

We can solve the reading comprehension related questions using one of these two approaches shared in the blog.

PQ (Paragraph First & Questions Later)

QP (Questions First & Paragraph Later)



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PQ (Paragraph First & Questions Later)


A)  One of the most common methods to solve reading comprehension for UGC NET is by reading the entire passage first and then the questions.

In this case, you can write down or mark the points you think are important. Try to find the information provided in the passage. This will help you in understanding the passage in a good way.

Try to identify the following:

  1. Subject of the passage: what is the author talking about?
  2. Main idea of the passage: what is he saying about the subject?
  3. Tone of the passage: what is the message that he wants to convey?

Once you figure out these things, you will get the GIST (GI – General Idea, S – Structure, T – Tone) of the passage. This will help you build the thematic composition & logical sequence of the passage which will enable you to answer the questions from particular parts of the passage.

This approach is very good for those who are fast readers.


B)  Another method of solving UGC NET passage is through skimming it. That means going back and forth with the questions and paragraph.


  1. You first read a few lines of the passage and then look for the related questions.
  2. Then again go through next few lines and look for the questions related to that.
  3. Now you continue the same method until you answer all the questions.

But this process can be time consuming as there is lot of reading.



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C)  Another way of solving is read the first 2 paragraphs of UGC NET reading comprehension, and scan through all the questions, and see if you can answer any of them. Now read para 3 and 4, scan the questions again for the ones you can answer now. Continue this process till you read all the paras and answer all the questions.

Again, this process can also be time consuming, as you might spend extra time by reading the questions again and again.



QP (Questions First & Paragraph Later)


A)  This method is the most popular and recommended one for solving passage of UGC NET question paper.

Here, you are supposed to the read all the questions given after the passage, along with their options. After going through the questions, read the passage and try to find the answers directly.

This method consumes very less time if you can remember the questions and can understand in one go.



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B)  Another way of approaching a passage in UGC NET exam, can be:

  1. First read a question with all the options, then go through the passage to find its answer.
  2. Then read the next question along with its options and again go through the passage until you find the answer to that question.
  3. Continue this process until you find the answers to all the questions.

This method might consume extra time but if you have good reading speed and understand the passage, then you may find it easy and quick to answer the questions using this method.


C)  One more way of dealing with UGC NET reading comprehension is by reading the questions but without reading the options. And after reading the questions, read the passage. And when you are done with passage, try to answer the question along with the options.

This will help you answer the question in less time.

These were some of the approaches you can adopt to solve UGC NET Paper 1 Reading Comprehension.

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Important Tips to Remember while Solving RC Questions


Below are some points you should keep in mind while reading the passage.

1)  Instead of reading the whole passage given in UGC NET Paper, read first and last paragraphs thoroughly. Usually you can find author’s idea on the subject in first few lines of the passage. For rest of the passage, you can quickly skim it, to know what extra info is given.

In case of long passage, write down the words, for each paragraph, which you feel are the central point of the passage/paragraph.

2)  Next, try to find the words which can tell the Main Idea or Transitions in the passage. Such words are known as structural words. They play a specific role in a sentence and para.

Some examples of the structural words:

Continuity Words

Contrast Words

Conclusion Words










In the same way


In summary



In conclusion


These 3 types of words, serve 3 kinds of purpose like:

Continuity words are used to support to the view mentioned in the paragraph.

Contrast words are used to show the contrarian point of view.

Conclusion words are used to sum up the main idea of the passage.



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3)  Now, try to find the words which play positive and negative roles in the passage. They help in knowing if the author is in favour or against the subject. For eg:

Positive Words

Negative Words











These words tell you the motive of the author.


4)  When there is a question on a phrase from the passage, try to find the phrase in the para and read 3 lines before it and 3 lines after it. These lines will give you the idea of what is implicit from the phrase.

5) There can be question based on Synonyms and Antonyms. You can answer these questions easily if you have good vocabulary. In case you are not that good in vocabulary, read the sentences in which the word is used to get the idea of the meaning of the word.

6)  Use elimination method: Instead of selecting the right option, try to eliminate the wrong options. To do so can use ‘BANE’ approach. Eliminate the choices which are too board, looks alien (strange), too narrow and too extreme.

7)  While solving the RC questions, don’t apply your own knowledge or assumption. Confine your understanding to the given passage only.



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We hope that above-mentioned methods of approaching reading comprehension will help you in your UGC NET exam preparations.

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