How to solve Match the Column Questions in Bank Exams? Tips & Tricks!

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : January 18th, 2022

How to solve Match the Column Questions: Many Important exams such as SBI PO & Clerk, IBPS PO & Clerk, etc. are lined up in the upcoming days. Some new pattern questions have been introduced in the English Section of recent bank exams. 'Match the column' is one such type of question that has been introduced. In this article, we will discuss some important tips to solve 'Match the column' questions along with suitable examples. So let's go through it now.

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Tips and Ticks to solve Match the Column type Questions

In 'Match the column' questions, candidates need to join two parts of a sentence in a way that they form a meaningful and grammatically correct sentence. Two columns are provided in the question. In this, three/four incomplete sentences are given in both columns. The first column consists of the first half of these sentences and the second column consists of the second half of these sentences. Students are required to match both the columns in a way that all the sentences are connected properly in a meaningful way.  

Go through the following tips and tricks to solve questions faster - 

1. Read the instruction/direction of the questions properly. 

2. Go through both the columns one by one and try to find connectors of the sentences.

3. Connect the sentences by understanding the context of the sentences.

4. Eliminate the pairs immediately which cannot be matched anyhow.

5. Take the help of pairs given in options and proceed accordingly.

6. Match the sentences one by one so as to form a meaningful as well as grammatically correct sentence.

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 Important Questions 

Let us now discuss some of the questions in detail: 

Direction: In this question, two columns I and II, and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B, and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E, and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the option as your answer.
Q 1) 

Most farmers depend on 
It is important to plan recruitments in advance
As the city has experienced a continuous downpour 

for the past two days, the condition of the roads has deteriorated. 
a rather than waiting until a vacancy occurs. 
urban markets to secure their livelihoods
Options : 
A) B-E and C-F
B) A-E, B-F and C-D
C) A-F and C-D
D) B-F
E) A-E and C-F
Answer: C
Solution: We have to join two parts of a sentence in a way that they form a meaningful and grammatically correct sentence. In the given question A joins with F and C joins with D to make correct sentences. F tells what the farmers depend on, thus completing A. D tells the duration and the consequence of the downpour in the city, thus logically completing C. 
Contextually, B and E may join, only if article ‘a’, with which E starts, is omitted. The presence of ‘a’ makes the sentence grammatically incorrect. 
Thus, option C is the correct answer.
Q 2)
Determining and planning your staff needs 
B) The study documents the impacts of corruption 
C) Acquiring quality certificates and patents are 
D) is crucial to run the department effectively. 
E) a must for businesses so that they can safeguard their products. 
F) for both smaller and larger-sized firms.
Options :
A) B-F and C-E
B) A-D and C-D
C) C-D and A-F
D) C-E
E) B-D
Answer : D
Solution: Let’s follow the process of elimination to get the correct answer. Note that D uses the word “run” incorrectly. Since it is preceded by a preposition, the gerund form “running” should be used. Hence none of the parts in the first column can combine with D. This eliminates options B, C and E. Now, note that F is also grammatically correct as rather than being in the comparative degree, the adjectives in this part should be in the positive degree to appropriately join with B. Also, if B has to be joined with F, the preposition “for” in F should be changed to “on” (since the verb “impact” is there). This eliminates option A. Now we are only left with option D, and B and E appropriately join together to make a meaningful and grammatically correct sentence. Thus, option D is the correct sentence.
Now that you have understood this topic, try to solve the below question and post your answers in the comment section -

A) Climate change is any significant long-term change in the expected patterns 
B) This concept is substantively different from work-related 
C) The most suitable soil for the cultivation of wheat 
D) individual motives or preferences about work. 
E) of average weather of a region (or the whole Earth) at a significant period of time. 
F) is well-drained fertile loamy soil and clayey soil.
Options :
A) B-E and C-F
B) A-E, B-F and C-D
C) A-F and C-D
D) B-D
E) A-E and C-F

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