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How to Prepare English section in RBI grade B phase 1 exam

How to approach English section in RBI grade B phase 1 exam 2017-18.Reserve bank of India is the regulator of all the banking and financial companies in the country. It gives the guidelines to various banks and finance instructions to work. It has also got various other works and functions to perform. The most important being to control the inflation in the country through various policy rates and also to maintain the growth of the country based on the current economic condition. RBI had earlier released notification for the recruitment of candidates to the post of Grade B officials and large number of candidates has applied for this.How to Prepare English section in RBI grade B phase 1 exam.

RBI Grade B English Preparation

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Now all of them are waiting for the written examination which is going to be conducted very soon now. The prelim exam will consist of various tests and one of the important tests will be that of English section. Passing in English section is very much required and all those candidates who are going to appear in the examination will need to qualify the test with good marks else they will not be able to pass the exam. Here are some details which they need to understand

Today the first exam was conducted and it was conducted in two shifts which are morning shifts and evening shift. The questions asked in the exam have been discussed  and based on it the strategy which candidates should follow for the exam has also been discussed.

RBI Grade B syllabus 2017 Exam Pattern phase 1 2

How to tackle English section in RBI grade B exam

Candidates should first understand the pattern of examination which is given as under. The most important section in the prelim exam is general awareness test. The GK section will be for 80 marks. Candidates will be required to obtain good marks in overall examination. the pattern is as under

  1. Current affairs and general awareness for 80 marks
  2. English language for 30 marks
  3. Quantitative awareness for 60 marks
  4. Reasoning section for 60 marks

There will be 200 questions in all and total time allowed will be 2 hours. Candidates should also understand the syllabus for the examination. The complexity of the questions will be that of IBPS PO examination. candidates should know what type of questions are asked in English section. This is the first step towards their preparation in the exam.

Questions asked in English section consist of

(i) Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions (Lengthy)

Note: (i) In Morning shift – RC was based on topic – Inflation in Brazil

(ii) In Afternoon shift – RC was based on Lehman Brothers and Comparison between Europe & American Economy.

(ii) Cloze Test  – 10 Questions (Moderate)

(iii) Para jumbles (7 statements)– 5 Questions (Moderate)

(iv) Spotting Error – 5 Questions  (Moderate)

Candidates should know some tips before they start solving the English section. There is no time based sections in this exam and candidates can choose any question out of given 200 questions in the examination and they can solve it.

Some of the tips which candidates can follow are as under:

Start with that question in which candidates are confident: This is very important; if you are confident with the cloze test start your section with this. If you are confident with the unseen passage start your question with it

Do not do guess work: candidates should know that they should avoid guessing the answers, if they cannot solve a question they should just leave it. After they are remained with the time they can try other questions.

Maintain speed and accuracy: Like IBPS PO there is sectional cutoff in the examination and all those candidates who are going to appear in the exam need to perform well and better in the examination and so they should focus on accuracy in the exam. They should know that there is negative marking for each question and it can affect the performance of the candidates in the examination and so be careful for this.

Time management: This is also very important and candidates should allocate good amount of time for English section after solving other questions and after allocating sufficient time for all other sections in the examination.

How to solve different questions in English section:

Reading comprehension

  1. Try to grasp the main idea of the passage while reading it.
  2. Read the questions carefully and after this try to answer.
  3. Never assume any answer

Cloze test:

  1. This is always story based. Understand the story in passage. Try each option given for fill up
  2. Try to eliminate those options which seems inappropriate in context of passage

Spotting error:

  1. Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.
  2. Always look at every choice.

Para jumbled up:

  1. Try to understand the basic idea of the given passage. It will help you to arrange sentences quickly. All you need to do is identify the logical connection between the sentences.
  2. Generally, the given information in the jumbled sentences changes from general to specific. If you observe, you can see that the first few sentences are generic while those that follow are fact-specific and informative

Double fillers:

  1. Apply the same concepts which is told at cloze test
  2. This is same as cloze test. Only there are different sentences unlike a story and candidates should try to understand the sentences

Candidates can follow these tips to perform better at the exam. Candidates should allocate time of at least 20 minutes for this section. It is generally for those who are weak in English section. Good luck to all the banking aspirants!

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