Important Topics to be Asked in English of SBI Clerk Prelims Exam

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : May 7th, 2021

SBI Clerk Prelims is on its way, and the aspirants are working hard to make their dreams come true. The English Language section can be the stimulus for your success. You can score the maximum with the study of important topics and topic-wise strategy for the English Section in SBI Clerk prelims.


Yes, the English section counts too, and don't take it lightly! Most of the candidates pay more attention to other parts, not realizing that preparing for the English section pushes up their scores in SBI Clerk prelims 2021. Aspirants are either too scared of this English section or assume that they are competent enough. It is crucial to give equal significance to all the segments to ace the exam. 

Read this article for relevant topics and tips to crack the English section of SBI Clerk 2021.

Important Topics for English in SBI Clerk Prelims 2021

This section tests a candidate's English proficiency, reading, and writing skills. The SBI Clerk English section can be classified into 4 topics/categories.

English Vocabulary

  1. Antonyms
  2. Synonyms
  3. Cloze test
  4. Fill in the blanks.

English Grammar 

  1. Cloze Test
  2. Error Spotting
  3. Phrasal Replacement
  4. Fill in the blanks

Verbal Ability

  1. Para-Jumbles
  2. Sentence rearrangements

Reading Comprehension 

 There are 30 questions in the English section of the Preliminary Exam of SBI Clerk 2021. This section has a time duration of 20 minutes.

General Tips for English Section of SBI Clerk Prelims

The English Language section in SBI Clerk Prelims is highly theoretical, and candidates must have a proper balance between accuracy and speed. Some general tips and tricks to improve all the areas and to crack the SBI Clerk English section are:

  • The first and most essential step is writing the topic wise syllabus for SBI Clerk in a notebook or paper. Classify each part as a medium, sharp, or weak based on your weaknesses and strengths.
  • Start polishing your flaws first by gaining comprehensive knowledge. Gain more clarity by browsing the internet to increase more hold on each topic.
  • Make a plan on the sheet and stick to it from the day you start your preparation.
  • A thorough understanding of grammar rules and underlying concepts is a must if you want to ace English in the SBI Clerk Prelims exam.
  • Nurture a habit of reading magazines and newspapers daily. It builds reading skills and also increases your reading speed. 
  • Improve your vocabulary. Learn a minimum of 15-20 new English words daily and note down their meanings. This way, you can easily cover Synonyms and Antonyms.
  • Make tricks or shortcuts to remember the words and make their learning easy. Try to use these words in your daily life.
  • Regular practice is the backbone of your preparation. Candidates must practice section-wise questions in a time-bound manner. It boosts your accuracy and focuses on particular topics.
  • You should solve a minimum of 1-3 mock papers of SBI Clerk every day. Analyze your performance and work on your weak areas.
  • In the examination, always start with the topics in which you have good command and are comfortable in the exam.
  • We advise you to solve the Grammar questions first. Subsequently, you can attempt the verbal ability section as it is quite scoring. Try to attempt the Reading Comprehension section last. In this section also attempt vocab and grammar questions first and then move on to other problems.
  • You must avoid guesswork.

We recommend that you must solve the SBI Clerk previous year question papers to advance your knowledge. It is imperative to revise notes at least twice or thrice a week. 

Topic-wise English Preparation for SBI Clerk Prelims 2021

Aspirants must prepare with the knowledge of important topics to get a good grip on the expected questions from different categories.

1. Reading Comprehension

  • This test evaluates the candidate's ability to comprehend the given passage by analyzing the problem from the right outlook.
  • This part is scoring and easy to solve. You can achieve high accuracy with practice.
  • This section also tests your vocabulary skills and Grammar.
  • Read newspapers and books to cultivate reading habits, as it is crucial to improve your reading speed.
  • Practicing 2-4 comprehension passages every day helps you to achieve accuracy.

2. Fill in the Blanks

  • These types of questions are based either on Grammar or Vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary based questions test the knowledge of words. 
  • Questions based on Grammar assesses the proficiency of prepositions, tenses, verbs, conjunctions, and more.
  • This section is Scoring and easy to solve.
  • The questions can have two blanks in one sentence.
  • Some problems can test your knowledge of common idioms and phrases. 
  • It is recommended to have a good grasp of grammar clues; for example, all the vowels start with the article "an." 
  • Read the sentences carefully as most of the answers can be derived by identifying the meaning of the sentence itself. 
  • Read the sentence along with the answer before finalizing the solution. If you can read the sentence smoothly and correctly, then your answer is likely to be accurate. 

3. Para Jumbles

  • These questions are the set of 5-6 connected statements in random order. These sentences are rearranged for a logical and meaningful paragraph. 
  • There are generally five questions based on the set, and if you answer it accurately, you can easily score five marks for it.
  • You must comprehend the fundamental idea of the paragraphs by paying complete attention.
  • It is crucial to recognize the opening and closing sentences of the para. Opening sentences are the ones that introduce something new and are independent of others. On the other hand, the closing sentence is the one that can conclude the paragraph. There should be a logical flow of the passage from opening to the closing sentence. 
  • Identification of the mandatory pairs or sentences which are connected in some way is the next step in solving Para jumbles.
  • Identification of transition words and pronouns also helps in rearranging the sentences
  • Method of Elimination always comes handy in the English Section. The sentences can be rearranged by eliminating the irrelevant option one by one.
  • Attention and logic are the two critical parameters for solving these questions.

 4. Cloze Test

  • Cloze Test questions are similar to fill in the blanks. The difference is that in these questions, multiple gaps are given within the passage. You must understand the whole context of the paragraph to fill the blanks. 
  • Do not treat each sentence individually as they are logically interconnected. 
  • Many times, there is more than one correct option for a blank. Try all the choices one by one and eliminate the ones which seem less fitting. Do not confuse yourself and use words that are appropriate for the sentence as well as the passage.
  • Pick the words which suit the overall tone of the passage.

 5. Error Spotting

  • These questions can be based on either Grammar or vocabulary.
  • In these questions, you have to detect the error in the sentence and answer it accurately.
  • There can be 4-5 questions from this topic subject-verb agreement while reading the sentence.
  • The most critical topics for these questions are Subject-Verb Agreement, Tenses, Correct Part of Speech, Prepositions, Phrasal Verbs, Parallelism, Contextual Usage, Easily Confusable Words, and Sentence correction.

 6. Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction

  • Candidates have to find the correct alternatives/replacements to improve the sentence. At times, some questions are already correct and need no replacement.
  • Try to spot grammar errors, if any, after reading the original sentence or phrase. Give attention to all the choices to see if any option provides a better alternative.
  • Sometimes, there is redundancy, or the same thing is written twice in a single sentence. These errors are easy to find.
  • There can be an error in diction, which means the fault in the choice of phrases/words. 

Candidates can refer to many books for SBI Clerk English topics. You must treat English as a language rather than a subject. Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing are the four pillars of an English section. 


English can prove to be a game-changer in SBI Clerk prelims as scoring good marks in this section can balance the overall score of a candidate. It can also make up for a relatively poor performance in other subjects. 

All your efforts and hard work must be adequately channelized to crack the SBI Clerk Pre 2021 Examination. Time management, Analysis of strengths and weakness, and thorough revision help you to prepare systematically.

So, applicants empower yourself with the detailed syllabus and topics of the English section to prepare for SBI Clerk prelims 2021. Keep visiting BYJU'S Exam Prep for more updates.


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