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Tips To Improve English For IBPS /SBI Banking Exams

Tips to improve English for IBPS examinations .IBPS clerk examination is going to be conducted very soon now and candidates in large numbers are going to appear in the examination. All those who are going to appear in the test should prepare well for the examination.

Candidates should prepare well for the examination and they should try to attempt good marks in the examination. Candidates need to understand the pattern and syllabus for English section as well. They should allocate different time for each question in the examination and after this they can try to solve the question in same way.

At first the prelim examination will be conducted which will be conducted for one hour of duration and after this it will be followed by Mains examination which will be for 2 hours of time. Candidates who will pass the prelim will be admitted for the mains examination. In the prelim test there will be 30 questions form English section and candidates can allocate separate time for this section. In the mains examination number of questions in English section will be 40 and candidates will need to attempt more questions with accuracy in this section.

IBPS clerk English preparation tips

Candidates should know that in prelim exam there will be 3 sections and they will need to allocate time for each section differently. 3 sections in the exam will be

  1. English language for 30 marks
  2. Reasoning section for 35 marks
  3. Aptitude test for 35 marks

For the English section, following questions will be asked both in prelim and mains examination.

  • Reading Comprehension ( 1 passage) -10 marks
  • Cloze Test – 5 marks
  • Error Detection – 5 marks
  • Para Jumbles – 5 marks
  • Fill In The Blanks/Sentence Improvement – 5 marks

Reading comprehension

This is the time consuming section and candidates whose speed of reading is not good they can skip the reading of passages and they can solve antonyms and synonyms. Other candidates whose speed to reading and understanding passages are good, they can learn the details and based on their understanding they have to solve the questions. Candidates have to allocate at least 20 minutes to the English section in Mains exam which can be reduced to at least 10-12 minutes in the prelim examination. Prelim exam will be conducted on 4 shifts in a day and candidates will need to reach on time.

In the reading comprehension section, candidates can follow the tips below to improve their efficiency in this section.

  • Do the vocabulary questions first.
  • For other questions, read one question and then search for the answer quickly, looking for similar words in the paragraphs. But make sure you do it really quickly. Once you get the needed lines of the answer in the RC, then compare it with the options given in the question.
  • If you are unable to locate an answer then move to the next question, but do not get stuck on any question!! Using this method you will be able to attempt the RC in a short span of time and it will help you score well too
  • This method seems odd, but works beautifully in the exams. You still have time before the exams, try it at home as an experiment to see if it works for you.
  • Also stay away from questions like what is the authors view in this passage, or what is the author trying to say, as these questions are usually quite controversial.
  • So basically these exams require you to be really smart . And smartness comes from practice.

After the passages, candidates should solve the cloze test. There will be 5 questions in cloze test in prelim examination and 10 questions in cloze test in mains examination. Candidates will find this section easy to moderate and they should solve it. It is similar to solving the passages. Candidates need to understand the passage/ story while solving the cloze test.

Jumbled up sentences will have 5-6 sentences which needs to be logically arranged to know the meaning and form the story. This is generally time consuming and those who do not have clear understanding can leave this. Try the jumbled up for 2 minutes if you cannot find the appropriate  sequence of sentences you can leave this.

Candidates can solve the fill in the blanks type questions after this. They are generally easier than other questions. In clerk examination they will be easier. Candidates should solve only those questions in which they are 100% sure. Rest questions should be left as it is. It is because accuracy matters in the examination and to pass the examination candidates need to solve questions with accuracy. Candidates can attempt up to 15 questions from this section in Prelim.

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