Must know ; The Magical pairs to conquer CAT Para jumbles


Perhaps, one of the most prominent and scoring questions among Non-RC is
Parajumble. Since the questions of Parajumble are mostly non MCQ type, it increases the
ambiguity, on the other hand, most candidates would love to deliver their best, as there is no
negative marking for non MCQ questions . As name suggests , Parajumbles are jumbled
sentences of some paragraph.. It’s required to understand the crux and rearrange the sentences
so that they logically make sense. Usually, instructions for this type of questions will read
“Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a
coherent paragraph”. Before we discuss profound remedies , it is advisable to understand that
correct sequence of Prajumbles is bound to obey certain specified conditions, which are also
known as Magical pairs.

Opening sentence + Magical pairs + Closing sentence

Opening sentence – Opening sentence is generally the one which introduces a subject ,
topic, place etc firsthand .Often it is judgmental. Though not necessary true for every parajumble
,it lacks a pronoun like he, she ,it and you , each of , either of . Certain pronouns such as I , we,
it , might be part of opening sentence . Likewise, hardly an opening sentence starts with a
conjunction such as still, yet, so
Magical pairs – These are called magical pairs , as just one set of pair leads you to precise
sequence of whole paragraph.Some of the prominent magical pairs are TSA, Acronym, NPDA,
Time Sequence Approach (TSA) – Either date/ time or sequence of events play
vital role in deciding the sequence. some. This provides a way for us to identify the correct
sequence of the sentences by arranging the sentences using their proper time sequence. Some key
words used to show time sequence are – Before, after, later, when etc.
Abbreviations ( Acronym)
Full form vs. short form: Here, we encounter full and short names, sometimes
abbreviations of some term or institution.
Ex-World Health Organization – WHO
Dr. Suryakant Gupta – Dr. Gupta
President Donald Trump – President Trump or the president
The rule is that if both full form as well as short form is present in different sentences,

then the sentence containing full form will come before the sentence containing short
form. Approach (TSA)
Personal Pronouns —Personal pronouns are he, she, it, him, her, they, you, your
etc. Remember that personal pronouns always refer to a person, place or thing
etc. Therefore, if a sentence contains a personal pronoun without mentioning the
person, place or object it is referring to, the person, place or object must have come in
the previous sentence. Often, this is a good lead to identify a link.
Demosntrative Pronouns
“This,” “that,” “these,” and “those are demonstrative pronouns. “This” and “that” refer to
singular nouns or noun phrases and “these” and “those” refer to plural nouns and noun
phrases. Demonstrative pronouns must succeed their respective Nouns. Finding that
noun or noun phrase helps us connect two sentences.
Articles —
Articles are divided into two categories –
1. Definite (the) and
2. Indefinite (a and an).
When indefinite articles ‘a / an’ are used – it hints to be a general statement – wants to
introduce the noun followed by a/an for the first time but when he uses ‘the’ he wants
to refer back to some previously discussed noun. It means having ‘the’ is very unlikely
in the opening sentence. If ‘a/an’ and ‘the’ both are used for the same noun then the
sentence containing ‘the’ will come after the sentence containing a/an.
GSA ( General information or details should precede the specific details )—
General– Demonetization had adverse effect on Indian economy.
Specific— GDP of India declined by 2% largely due to demonetization.
TIA ( Tangible details should precede Intangible details )—
Tangible ( Physically present/ Visible ) — TCS’s headquarter in Bangalore spreads over
3.5 million square feet. Intangible ( Conceptual )—TCS’s net profit grew by 35% in


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