How To Approach English Section In IBPS PO 2022 Prelims Exam?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

IBPS PO 2022 Prelims exam is just at the doorstep, so it is extremely important that you maintain your focus and do not let your attention distract from your goal. To get a call for the next phase i.e. IBPS PO Mains (Tier II) exam, you have to qualify all the three sections (English, Reasoning, and Quant) individually and also score well in the IBPS PO 2022.

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Many of you are comfortable with the Reasoning and Quant section but always face difficulty in attempting the English section, as it is the most avoided and least prepared section. Most of the candidates are unable to crack IBPS and other bank exams because they are unable to qualify for the sectional cutoff for the English section. So, in this article, we are providing you with some tips to approach IBPS PO Prelims 2022 English Section.

Also, Check Grammar

In order to be successful in this section, you need to know to focus on these important aspects during the exam:

1. Accuracy – Always try to attempt the questions with 100% accuracy. As you know negative marking system exists in this exam, which is why you must ensure that you answer each question correctly. Attempting questions with accuracy will increase your chances of scoring high and help you to clear the sectional cutoff.

2. Speed – Try to maintain constant speed during the exam otherwise you will lose your valuable time.

3. Which topic you should attempt in English Section? – As banking exams are all about accuracy and speed, you never skip any one of the above aspects if you are looking to score well. But the catch is that your speed and accuracy in the exam depend a lot on the questions you attempt first.

4. Time-Saving Strategy: Do not try to attempt a question that is difficult to understand, or the answer to it is not easily traceable in the passage.

5. Never assume any answer or use any outside knowledge. Try to eliminate the least possible answers in order to reach the most probable answer.

Manage your time wisely

6. Time management is very important. It is preferable to devote 15 or 20 minutes to the English section and try to attempt each question in less than 10 to 15 seconds. This will give you extra time for the more difficult questions that come later.

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Tips to Qualify the English Sectional Cutoff 

The English Language section of the IBPS PO Prelims exam consists of questions such as Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Para -Jumbles, Spotting error, and Fill in the blanks. Here are some of the key things that you need to take care of to qualify for the IBPS PO sectional cutoff. Let’s understand them one at a time.

If you are weak or average in English Language Section then always aim to clear the sectional cutoff and don’t try to attempt all the questions in the exam. It is wise to attempt 20 – 22 questions in this section if some of the questions might go wrong then you may have a chance of clearing the IBPS PO sectional cutoff of the English section.

You can start with those topics in which you have good command and which seem easy in the exam. For example – Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement, Spotting Error, and Para jumbles.

1. Fill in the blanks – In IBPS PO Prelims Exam, it is expected that – you are required to fill in more than one blank.

Study Notes Types of fillers asked in Bank exams

Tips to solve this type of Question in an exam 

Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.

  • Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both entries.
  • Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables you to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.

You can attempt 3 questions from 5 questions on this topic.

2. Cloze Test – A passage with 5 blanks is expected to come in IBPS PO prelims exam. In this test, you are provided with a passage with a few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.

Tips to solve Cloze Test in exam

In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. This logic will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.

  • Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
  • Find a logical relation between all the provided options.
  • Try to attempt 3 questions from 5 questions from this topic if the other 2 questions seem difficult in answering.

Study Notes- Cloze Test Tips & Tricks

3. Para jumbles – The objectives of these types of sentences are to rearrange the sentences in the original sequence. It consists of a group of sentences that have been jumbled up. Five or Six sentences are given in random order and you have to un-jumble all of them.

Tips to solve Para jumbles in the exam

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.

  • 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.
  • Sometimes, a good knowledge of options analysis helps to rule out the possible answers from the given options. This trick will save a lot of time.
  • The key is to find the first sentence quickly as it will give us a linear direction with respect to the given content.
  • Similarly, guessing the concluding sentence will give you both ends of the linear connecting idea.
  • Generally, sentences denoting time, place & name are the most probable opening lines.

Study Notes Tips to solve Para Jumble Questions

4. Sentence Correction – In this topic, you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will not improve.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam

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

  • Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any provides a better option.
  • As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error.
  • Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.
  • Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

Study Notes Tips to solve Sentence Correction/Improvement and Phrase Replacement Questions

5. Spotting Error: You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. Four to five questions are expected to come in the IBPS PO Prelim Exam. This type of question requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in exam

In order to solve questions on spotting errors, the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.

  • While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
  • If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Study Notes Tips to solve Spotting Error Questions

6. Reading Comprehension – In the English language, Reading Comprehension is given in the exam to judge the capability of understanding the passage and to analyze the problem from the correct perspective. The questions will not come direct and hence have to understand the passage to answer.

Tips to solve Reading Comprehension in exam

Always try to attempt Antonym & synonym based questions first in this topic. Questions can be solved by noticing how the word is used in the sentence.

  • Since a word can have multiple meanings, there can be more than one choice that gives the correct answer but only one choice will fit the word in the particular context.
  • Skim through the paragraph quickly to understand what the author is saying and also make notes of what sections of the comprehension talk about what ideas. This will help you find answers quickly after you have read the questions.

Study Notes Reading Comprehension 

IBPS PO Prelims English Topic Wise Expected Questions

Here are topic-wise expected questions of IBPS PO English subjects organized by sections that are likely to come up in the test this year. These subjects have been chosen for you based on papers from previous years so that How To Approach English Section In IBPS PO 2022 Prelims Exam?you won’t overlook the crucial subjects as you study. Attempt Daily Quizzes – English Ability

Keep the above tips in your mind and try to follow them in IBPS PO Prelims Exam surely you will clear the sectional cutoff of the English Language section.

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