Tips To Tackle Rearrangement of Passage Questions: SBI PO 2017

Introduction:


  • In most of the competitive examinations and especially in the banking sector competitive examinations in the English Language Section, there is often one question on the Sentences Rearrangement so as to make a logically sequential and complete paragraph. 
  • You have to symmetrically complete the passage by using all the lines given as per the proper rearrangement. 
  • It is a test both of your common sense and that of your grasping power of the English language. 
  • The sentences given are deliberately provided in jumbled/disorganised manner and you have to reorganise those sentences systematically as to make a complete paragraph passing the test of continuity and the sensibility.

Tips to Solve the Question Pertaining to Rearrangement of Passage: 


  • First and the foremost attempt should be made to find out the heading of the passage to be reorganised. This can be done by reading all the lines provided to the candidates in the examination.
  • Then try to find the opening line of the paragraph from the options provided which should revolve around the heading/topic. This will make your work 50% easier as there is an old saying, “A good beginning is half the work done.”
  • Now try to find the concluding line from the lines given. If you arrive at the right conclusion that will bring you closer to the solution of the question.
  • After finalising the opening line, and the concluding line – you may be left with three lines as this question is usually of five sentences.
  • Judge the priority of these three lines on the priority basis – in the ascending order of priority.
  • After rearranging the sentences, just have a reading whether the paragraph thus organised passes the test of continuity and sensibility.

Example 1

P: the chief reason is that it is considered rude to differ with them.
Q: moreover, even agreeing with them completely is not considered good manners.
R: in England, it is not easy to keep up a conversation with women in the company.
S: nor you can ask them to give a reason for the opinion they profess;
T: you are also afraid of imposing your views upon them.

(a) PSTQR
(b) RPSTQ
(c) PQRST
(d) RSTPQ

Solution: 

Since the topic is related to manners of communication with women, it can easily be found that R is the opening sentence. Related to the said heading of manners is the concluding line Q. Of the three lines life, P is the second line as it answers the statement at R. The S and T lines are supposed to follow P. Thus the correct answer is Option (b) RPSTQ.

Example 2. 

(A) Some of the world’s highest peaks are in the Himalayas.
(B) The Himalayas are beautiful mountains in the north of India.
(C) Therefore, we call them the Himalayas or ‘the abodes of snow’.
(D) The highest peak is Mount Everest.
(E) They stretch for two thousand miles from Kashmir to Assam.
(F) The top of the mountains are covered with snow.

(i) Which should be the first sentence?
Answer: As the topic is related to the Himalayas, the first sentence should be (B).

(ii) Which should be the concluding sentence?
Answer: Since the topic is related to the Himalayas, the concluding sentence should be (D)

(iii) Which should be the second sentence of the paragraph?
Answer: The second sentence should be connected with the first; the first one shows the location of the Himalayas and the second sentence should be (E) as the same is also related to the location.

(iv) Which should be the third sentence in the paragraph?
Answer: The third sentence should be (F) as it tells now about the mountains of the Himalayas.

(v) Which should be the fourth sentence in the paragraph?
Answer: The fourth sentence in the connectivity should be (C) as it is related to the contents of the third sentence.

(vi) Which should be the fifth sentence in the paragraph?
Answer: The fifth sentence should be (A) as it is related to the peaks connecting with the concluding sentence.

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