1. Accuracy - Always try to attempt questions with 100% accuracy. As you know the negative marking system exists in the SBI clerk exam, that's why you must ensure that you answer each question correctly. Attempting questions with accuracy will increase the chances of scoring high and help you to score well in this section.
2. Speed - There is a sectional time limit of 20 Minutes in each section. 20 Minutes are enough to go through each and every question of the English Section if you maintain your speed.
Topic-wise English Preparation for SBI Clerk 2021
- If you are weak or average in English Language Section, then there is no need to attempt all the questions in the exam. It is wise to attempt 20 – 22 questions in this section.
- You can start with those topics in which you have good command and which seems easy in the exam. For eg – Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement, Spotting Error and Para jumbles.
1. Fill in the blanks/Double Fillers
In SBI Clerk Prelims, it is expected that you are required to fill more than one blank.
Tips to solve this type of Question in the SBI clerk exam
(i) Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.
(ii) Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.
(iii) Go with the second part first to get the proper sequence or meaning of the sentence while keeping the grammar rules in mind (especially tense.)
(iv)Think of the logic behind the option, you can also go with Odd one out strategy.
(v) Accuracy is the key so 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 out of 5 questions from this topic.
2. Cloze Test
A passage with 5 blanks is expected to come in SBI Clerk Prelims. In this test, you are provided with a passage with few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.
Tips to solve Cloze Test in SBI clerk exam –
(i) In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. These logics will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.
(ii) Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
(iii) 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.
The objective of these types of sentences is to rearrange the sentences in the original sequence. It consists of a group of sentences that have been jumbled up. 5-6 sentences are given in random order and you have to un-jumble all of them.
Tips to solve Para jumbles in SBI clerk exam –
(i) 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.
(ii) 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.
(iii) 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.
(iv) The key is to find the first sentence quickly as it will give us a linear direction with respect to the given content.
(v) Similarly, guessing the concluding sentence will give you both the ends of the linear connecting idea.
(vi) Generally, sentences denoting time, place & name are the most probable opening lines.
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 needs no improvement.
Tips to solve Sentence Correction in SBI Clerk Exam –
(i) Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.
(ii) Always look at every choice.
(iii) 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.
(iv) As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error.
(v) Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.
(vi) Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.
5. Spotting Error
You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. 4-5 questions are expected to come in the SBI Clerk Prelim Exam. These type of questions requires good grammatical sense.
Tips to solve Spotting Error in SBI clerk exam –
(i) 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.
(ii) While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
(iii) 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.
6. Reading Comprehension
In English Language, Reading Comprehension is given in the exam to judge the ability of a candidate to understand the passage and to analyze the problem in correct perspective. The questions will not come directly and hence you have to understand the passage to answer.
Tips to solve RC in SBI clerk exam
(i) 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 a particular context.
(ii) Skim through the paragraph quickly to understand what the author is saying and also make notes of what sections of the comprehension talks about what ideas. This will help you find answers quickly after you have read the questions.
(iii) 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.
(iv) Never assume any answer or use any outside knowledge.
(v) Try to eliminate the least possible answers in order to reach the most probable answer.
Keep the above tips in your mind and try to follow in SBI Clerk Prelims and surely you will score good marks!
Important Links to boost your English Preparation
The English Section comprises mainly two parts, which are Vocabulary and Grammar. The links provided below would be very helpful in preparing the English Language Section well:
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