Subjectwise Strategy to crack SBI PO & IBPS PO
Most of the aspirants who come from the Hindi medium background find themselves struggling in the English section. They perform fabulously in all other parts of the exam such as Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and Current Affairs, but English becomes their Achilles heel and brings them down. Let's figure out why this happens and how can you improve your score in the English Section of the Exam.
As the name of the section suggest that it is a test of language. So, you need to approach this section as a test of language and not as a test of English subject. The English section can be divided into there parts:
|Comprehension||Passage, Para jumble, Cloze Test, Paragraph Completion etc.|
|Grammar||Error Spotting, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Connectors etc.|
|Vocab||Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms and Antonyms, Cloze Test, Word Exchanges, etc.|
You can do try the following points to improve your score in the English section:
1. Diversify your reading - Don't limit yourself to one field of interest. Though the economy, market, money, etc. are relevant when it comes to bank exams but try expanding your exposure to various fields such as literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, etc. It will increase your reading speed as well as comprehension ability. This will significantly help you in solving questions based on RC and Para jumbles as well as theme-based questions.
2. Read between the lines - This is very important. Reading speed matters in exams, but it will do you no good if you are not able to grasp the context. On the other hand, if you are already familiar with the passage, you can soar through it in no time. While reading, take your time to understand what the article is trying to convey. The more actively you will engage in your daily reading, the more beneficial it will become in the exam.
3. Vocabulary - I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a good grasp of vocabulary. If you don't know the meaning of the word asked in the question, then you cannot solve that problem, but the good thing is that you don't need to put extra effort into building vocabulary. Just make a habit of looking up the unknown words on the dictionary/mobile while reading, and you are good to go.
4. Grammar - Grammar is the skeleton of the English Language. Get yourself familiarised with the important rules of grammar such as Subject-Verb Agreement, Tense, Conjunctions, Connectors, Models, Articles, Noun, Adjective, Adverb, Clauses etc. After learning these rules practice daily quizzes on gradeup to sharpen your skills.
5. Structure of the Sentence - You should learn to identify the different parts of the speech in the sentence, i.e. Which part is the noun? Which is an adjective? Does sentence follow parallelism? Try applying the grammar rules to the correct sentences to understand the structure of the sentence. With practice, you will be able to analyse the sentence quickly and correctly find the errors in the given sentence.
6. Practice - Practicing questions is vital to excelling in any section, and English is no exception, but practising alone is not sufficient. You also need to review your mistakes and analyse your weak areas. Attempt the daily quizzes on the Gradeup and examine the questions that you have answered wrongly to improve your weak areas.
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Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
The reasoning section is one of the most challenging parts of the examination, but with the right strategy and enough practice, you can score an excellent number in this section. While attempting the reasoning section of the exam, try solving easy questions first such as Alphanumeric Series, Syllogism, Direction and Distance, Blood Relation, Direct Inequalities, Fictitious language-based coding & decoding etc. These topics can be solved quickly with high accuracy. This will boost your confidence as well as save you time. Now, you can pick up the difficult questions such as Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, LSN Coding & Decoding, Input & Output etc.
In the following table, we have listed the various topics and relevant study material for the Reasoning Section.
Distance and Direction Test
Daily practice of reasoning questions is a must to excel in this section of the exam. Practice all the daily reasoning quizzes on Gradeup on a regular basis. Also, take the mock tests every week to keep your reasoning ability skill honed.
One can score outstanding marks in Quantitative aptitude if one follows the right strategy and practice enough questions. The strategy for Quantitative aptitude contains three following parts:
Arithmetic Concepts - Following are the major arithmetic topics that come in SBI PO and IBPS PO:
- Ratio and Proportions
- Profit, Loss & Discounts
- Mixture & Allegation
- Time and Work
- Time, Distance & Speed
- Boat, Stream and Train
- Simple & Compound Interest
Understand the concept of these topics and practice the questions daily to improve. Do not waste your time learning the short tricks, instead work on gaining a full understanding of concepts, as most of the questions asked in banking exams are concept based. Also, Try to learn topics in such a logical manner. For example, Do not go directly to the Profit and Loss; first, clear your concepts of Ratio & Proportion and Percentage. Learning them first will make it easier to understand the concept of Profit and Loss.
Calculation - Even if you know all the concepts, it will do no good if you lack calculation speed. To improve your calculation speed memorise the Tables up to 25, Squares up to 30, Cubes up to 20 and Percentage conversion of fractions (at least till 1/15). Also, learn various techniques of calculating Squares and multiplication. Fast calculation speed will help you solve not only questions based on Simplification and Approximations, but also improve your accuracy and speed in Data Interpretation significantly.
Data Interpretation - DI is a significant part of the quantitative aptitude section of SBI PO as well as IBPS PO. Various DI such as Bar Graph, Line Chart, Spider web, Pie Chart, Caselets are quite frequent in Banking Exams. Recently in the main exams of SBI PO and IBPS PO, they have started to ask for Data interpretation based on Arithmetic. In such questions instead of asking direct calculation based questions, they ask you questions based on Arithmetic concepts. To solve such questions, you must have a sound grasp of the concepts as well as a good calculation speed.
For Quadratic Equation based topics, you can refer - Tips & Tricks to Solve Quadratic Equations
Current Affairs/Banking & Static Awareness
This section only comes in the Main examination of SBI PO & IBPS PO. If prepared correctly, it can be very scoring and the difference between success and failure. Questions asked in this section are based on Current Affairs and General Banking Awareness and most are factual. These questions are mainly based on the various current affairs of the last 5-6 months from the date of examinations and Banking Awareness with a few questions based on Static Awareness.
|National News||Government MoUs, Government Schemes, Various Loan and Grants, Government Committee, Policy changes, and Amendments etc.|
|International News||Summit and Meeting of Committee of International Importance, International Reports, Institute of Internation Importance such as World Bank, IMF, WHO, FAO etc.|
|Banking & Finance||Various MoU and Deal among Indian Banks, Product Launch, New Agreements etc.|
|Economy & Bussiness||Budget, News related to Indian Regulatory Bodies such as RBI, SEBI, NABARD, EXIM etc., GDP Forecasts etc.|
|Summit & Ranking||News related to various Summit of National and International importance, India's rank in various indices etc.|
|Awards and Recognitions||Awards and Accolades of National and International Importance especially received by Indians.|
|Appointment & Resignations||Appointment & Resignations of MD, CEO, Presidents or other significant personalities|
|Merger & Acquisition||Company deals, merger or acquisition,|
|Science & Technology||New Inventions, Research, Discovery etc. in the field of science and technology|
|Defence||Recent Military Exercise of Indian Forces, Innovations and Inventions, Defence Deals etc.|
|Sports||News related to Sports|
|Important Days, Events and Festivals||Date and Theme of Important days|
|Obituary||Obituary of Important persons|
|State News||State Government Schemes and MoUs, Grants and Loan deals, Welfare Schemes etc.|
|Banking in India|
|RBI and its function|
|Current in India|
|Monetary policy of RBI|
|Functions of Indian Regulatory Bodies: SEBI, NARBARD, IRDAI, EXIM etc|
|Nationalization of Banks in India|
|Types of Bank Account in India|
|Money and Financial Market|
|Small finance bank|
|Payment Banks in India|
|Micro Financial Institutes|
|ATM in India|
|Priority Sector Lending & Financial Inclusion|
|NPCI, UPI & other Payment Channels|
|NPA & SARFESI|
|Risk in the Banking Sector|
You will always find a question from in Static Awareness in almost every main exam, and RBI Assistant is no exception. One can expect to find at least 3-4 questions of Static Awareness based on Capitals of countries, Capitals of Indian States, Nuclear Power Plants, Biospheres, National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuary, Place of National and Internation Sports Stadiums, Dams and Hydal Power Plants etc.
Important Links for the Preparation for Current Affairs:
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