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How to Solve Para jumbles for IPMAT?

Author : Rahul V. Bhole

Updated On : July 28, 2023


If you do not follow a set of instructions to solve para jumbles, you can find yourself struggling to solve them in your exams. Since you must already know what para jumble are? and how to solve them, this article will explain the rules to solve them in a quick and easier manner. 

Para jumble questions are asked in the Verbal Ability section in the IPMAT paper and note that - 

  • You can expect 4-5 questions on this topic in the IPM entrance exam.
  • And it is known that para jumbles still remain a tricky set of questions for most aspirants preparing for the Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test. This is because of the very nature of these types of questions.

Are you wondering how to solve para jumbles in IPMAT? Well, no need to worry! The experts at SuperGrads have provided tips to approach these questions and clear them. 

How to Solve Para Jumbles for IPMAT 2024?

You should not compromise on the number of practice sessions you take. Solve as many Para jumbles referring to legit resources. 

Identify the Opening/ First Sentence

  • Firstly, read the sentences carefully and try to understand the paragraph's theme.
  • If you can find out the opening sentence, you will be able to identify other sentences.
  • Note that the sentences that introduce the new characters and are independent of other sentences would generally be the first sentence.
  • When new characters are introduced, ideally, their full names will be used instead of first names or pronouns. 

For example:

Vladimir Putin declares war on Ukraine. He has ordered a full-scale invasion --- He is a pronoun that will not be used to start a sentence or a paragraph. 

Identify the Closing/ Last Sentence

  • Try to identify the sentence with which you can conclude the paragraph.
  • Also, the last or closing sentence must be connected to the paragraph and should not be abrupt.
  • It should have a concluding tone to the sentence. 

For example:

The Russo-Ukrainian war has been extremely disruptive. wanting the citizens of every nation to end the fight. --- Look out for words like the end, hence, thus which indicates to conclude the sentence. 

Recognize Mandatory Pairs

In the third step, you have to identify whether any two sentences connect in any way or not. You can join the sentences through various determinants such as:

  • Examples and other follow-ups.
  • Continuation of a topic. Linking words like therefore, thus, hence, etc.
  • Read through the given sentences thoroughly to understand the sequence of the events occurring and look for linking words. 

For example:

The war continues in the country’s second-largest city of Kharkiv thus the order of curfew remains until next Monday. 

Read more: Short tricks to solve verbal ability questions in the IPMAT exam

Point out the Transition Words

To arrange the sentences in an orderly manner, you need to identify the transition words in the given paragraph. These words will help you find the following sentence as they function like logical connectors between the two sentences.

Some of the commonly used transition words in the para jumbles are: again, also, above all, likewise, furthermore, moreover, therefore, thus, similarly, meantime, hence, instead, later on, in time, for now, for the time being, etc.

For example: 

As the war in Ukraine continues, people across the globe pray for peace in the meantime

Identify the Pronouns

In this step, you need to identify the pronouns connecting the sentences. The following are some of the pronouns that are commonly used in para jumbles :

She, he, him, it, her, they, you, their, etc.

Note that pronouns are never used in the first sentence, therefore making it an easy eliminating factor. 

Different Types of Para Jumbles for IPMAT 2024

In the IPMAT entrance exam, you can come across different questions from para jumbles

The following are the various types of para jumbles that you need to prepare for the upcoming exam.

  • Open Para Jumbles: In this type of question, only the options are available, wherein you need to link a sentence to another with related words to complete the paragraph logically.
  • Closed Para Jumbles: In this type of question, the beginning and last statements of the paragraph are fixed, and you need to un-jumble the rest of the paragraph.
  • TITA (Type In The Answer) type: These are non-MCQ type questions in which the answer is to be typed by you manually.

Rules to Solve Para Jumble Questions in IPMAT 2024

To solve the para-jumble questions, you need to follow a systematic approach rather than mugging with the sentences given.

These questions can be easily solved by following some short tricks for the IPMAT exam provided by the SuperGrads team.

So, why late! Try to follow all these tips and enhance your problem-solving skills for the upcoming exam.

Rule 1

When starting with para jumbles, you must never begin to arrange the sentences.

Instead, start with the answer options and use the elimination technique to solve the questions.

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Rule 2

  • A standard paragraph should not begin with something like "The," "That," "This," "It," "He," "She," or any other pronouns.
  • Remember, a paragraph should begin with a generalized statement and narrow it down to specifications.

Rule 3

  • As said above, para jumbles should always begin with available options to specifications of the particular topic, followed by examples given on that topic.
  • Specific references and examples cannot precede generalizations.

Rule 4

  • Opt for the paring technique that will help you eliminate the other options and help you find the answer quickly and accurately.
  • Also, you can look for introductory or conclusive statements while trying to un-jumble the paragraph.

Read more: Short tricks to solve verbal ability questions in the IPMAT exam

Sample Para Jumble Questions for IPMAT 2024

To help you get an idea about the difficulty level and the type of questions asked in the exam, we have curated a few sample para jumble questions from previous papers.

It is advisable to take a daily quiz on para jumbles to test your preparation levels.

Q1) Re-arrange the following sentences.

A.Group Banking is the system in which two or more independently incorporated banks are brought under the control of a holding company.

B. Under group banking, the individual banks may be unit banks, banks operating branches, or a combination of the two.

C. That is, each bank in the group has got a separate entity

D. Participating banks retain their boards of directors responsible to the supervising and regulatory authority and depositors for the proper operation of the bank.

E. The holding company may or may not be a banking company.

  1. CDBAE
  2. EADCB
  3. AEBDC
  4. ECBDA

Q2) Re-arrange the following sentences where sentences 1 and 6 are fixed.

1. India has not been deemed a respectable nation in sports.

A.The prime reason for poor performances is corruption & political interference.

B. Even though a vast amount is spent on training and grooming the players, we still have not achieved the desired results.

C. Due to this, many times, a good player is left out.

D. As a result of that, no good players get entries into some essential sports competitions, and to prove their worth, they take escape through doping.

6. Doping is a way to enhance performance through drugs and steroids.

  1. ABCD
  2. CBDA
  3. BDCA
  4. BACD

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Q3) Find the correct order of the following sentences

A. But in the industrial era destroying the enemy's productive capacity means bombing the factories located in the cities.

B. So in the agrarian era, if you need to destroy the enemy's productive capacity, what you want to do is bum his fields, or if you're vicious, salt them.

C. Now, in the information era, destroying the enemy's productive capacity means destroying the information infrastructure.

D. How do you battle with your enemy?

E. The idea is to destroy the enemy's productive capacity, and depending upon the economic foundation, that productive capacity is different in each case 

F. Concerning defense, the purpose of the military is to defend the nation and be prepared to do battle with its enemy.


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