How to Prepare English for IBPS PO & Clerk
IBPS PO and Clerk is the most awaited exam which is to be held from 18th September to 22nd of September. The difficulty level of IBPS is increasing rapidly. English is one of the important sections of IBPS which is feared by many candidates. As a result this is left unprepared. In fact there are many candidates who are good in all sections but due to poor marks in English they are unable to clear the examination.
Pattern of English Section
- The preliminary exam of IBPS consists of 30 questions of one mark each. There is sectional cut off and negative marking for each wrong question.
- Whereas, the IBPS PO main examination consists of 40 questions and has sectional timing of 30 minutes along with sectional cut off and negative marking for wrong answers.
The English section can be divided into the following sections:
Tips to follow for Improve Your English:
- The English section begins with a passage for reading comprehension followed by a few questions and options. This passage is usually related to banking or economy. So, before you read the questions go through the passage carefully.
- It is very important to understand the theme or content of the passage clearly before answering the questions. Do not try to avoid reading the passage at the beginning itself because if you are unable to answer any question you might have to go through the passage once again that will kill time or you will have to skip the question.
- The passage is generally of medium length so you must develop fast reading skills. One should practice reading newspapers a lot before the exam begins so that it is easy to scan through the entire passage for answers. Spending too much time on passage is not at all advisable because you will have limited time.
- At times direct questions are not asked and you can also expect some questions to test your vocabulary. So you should have proper knowledge of vocabulary and also understand the meaning of the passage to answer correctly. But do not overthink as that may also lead you to wrong answers.
- Do not leave out any questions in the passage. A passage is thought to be the easiest of all the sections as the answers can be found in the passage itself.
- Lastly you must practice a good number of mocks to verify your level of preparedness and try to develop a good reading habit.
- The grammar portion usually consists of Sentence Completion, Error spotting and phrase replacement.
- First thing you should know is the basics of English. You must have a clear concept regarding the parts of speech.
- For questions on error corrections and phrase replacement try to read the statement carefully more than once. Try implementing the rules that you have learnt to deduce the correct answer. You should learn all the important idioms and phrases.
- Read lots of newspaper and magazines so that you develop that kind of efficiency where you can just read a sentence and say if it has any mistake and doesn’t sound right.
- Don’t just go by your heart. It is also important to remember some of the confusing rules of grammar and use it for those sentences where the sentence although sounds correct but has an error.
- For questions like sentence completion try to read the paragraph and understand the main theme. Along with that you should also try checking the options and verify that the sentence formation is correct and is in a proper sequence.
- All of you should have a good grab at vocabulary. Though it’s really boring to prepare for this section, but you have ample time to prepare yourself.
- You can try learning new words each day. Make a routine and try revising all that you have learnt in a particular day of the week.
- You can also make flash cards and exchange it with your friends as a fun way of learning new words.
- Another great way of learning is when you are reading a newspaper or a magazine. Try to mark all the new words that you come across. Find out their meaning and note it down or try to remember along with the sentence. This can save you a lot of time to prepare for other sections.
- This section consists of Para jumbles which is again like a short passage and must be read carefully to track the logic or theme.
- Try to find connecting words like conjunctions and punctuation marks as they can help you to find the logical sequence of the passage.