Typically there are around 5 to 6 passages followed with 5 to 6questions per passage. Each of the passages would be of around 800 to 1300 words. The questions are a good mix of fact based and inference based.
RC passages are long and often based on unfamiliar topics. The basic idea is to test your speed and comprehension skills. The purpose of the passage is not to test your ability to understand or analyze as you are not expected to write a 'thesis' on the subject or write detailed answers. Just read, understand, assimilate the required information and forget it as you move to the next passage. Completing all the questions will prove to be a challenge, so here's how to get there.
First, quickly assess all the passages There are approximately five to seven passages. Each RC passage is followed by four to five questions. All passages are compulsory.
Mark them in the order of preference Familiar topics need to be given priority over unfamiliar ones since they are easier to comprehend.