Thursday, 17 December 2015

Tips to Crack English Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016

Tips to Crack English Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016

Dear IBPS PO Candidates, After getting huge readership on How to crack Banking Exam article today, we were yet again flooded with requests for ‘IBPS PO Exam Crack Tips’ to attempt and crack individual sections of IBPS PO Prelims – English, Quantitative Aptitude , Reasoning and Computer Knowledge and Awareness.

As we highly recommended in our previous article :-
  1. English Preposition For IBPS and SBI PO and Clerk : Guide Pdf
for you to begin with English section,  here we are with “Tips and Tricks” to solve English Section for you to ace the test. This is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes  a nightmare and biggest hurdle to clear the sectional  cut-offs.

We are bring you the detailed analysis of the English section for your perusal,

1. There will be 30 questions in the English Section of IBPS PO Prelims Exam with questions from sub section divided as follows:

Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 5
Sentence Correction 5
Spot the error 5
Fill in the blanks 5
Para jumbles 5

2. We reiterate that if you feel you have a command over English then this should be the starting section for IBPS PO. You can finish it within 10-15 minutes.

3. For those, who feel that English is not their forte i.e. it is average, we would still recommend that you should start your  IBPS PO exam with this section. Try to read carefully and avoid small mistakes. Remember to be extra cautious with Para jumbles. If you are not too sure about a problem, it is better to leave it. If you attempt 17+ questions in this section with good accuracy, you will be able to clear the sectional cut off without much trouble. The maximum time spent on this section should be 15 minutes.

4. If you feel that your English is really weak, then and then only you should attempt it after the Reasoning and Quantitative sections. Try to solve as many questions in the above mentioned sections as you can to clear overall cut-off even if you score less in English. Since, it’s your weakest section, don’t save more than 15 minutes for this section. Aim to get 12+ questions right. Plan ahead to figure out which sections do you regularly score well in English . Based on our analysis, we recommend you to avoid Para jumbles. Instead attempt Fill in the blanks, cloze test and Sentence correction question. Once you are done with them, attempt vocabulary questions from Reading Comprehension. This would be enough to clear the sectional cut-offs.

Topic Wise Tips:
5. IBPS English Reading Comprehension: It’s generally suggested to read the paragraph first and then the questions in RC section. But on a computer screen, it doesn’t make much sense as you can’t underline the important information. Hence, in order to saver time and increase accuracy, we recommend that you have a cursory look at the questions first and then go through the passage. This ensures that while reading the passage you exactly know as to what is being asked, answer it correctly and go on to the next question. Now for the synonym/antonym and vocabulary questions of RC, first read the questions carefully and then identify the sentence in which the word is present and read it once. Then, have a look at your options and trust your intuition to answer the question i.e. the first choice that props up in your mind is the most probable answer.

6. Cloze Test: One paragraph with numbered blanks. These questions are easy and help you improve your performance. If you are confused between two options, then move onto to the next question, solve it and come back to the question where you are confused. You will now have a better idea about the correct choice.

7. Fill in the blanks: Go with the elimination rule and you can easily solve this section by eliminating options and getting them down to 50-50 choice. Again, trust your instinct for choosing between the two options.

8. Spot the error /Sentence Correction: Eliminate options by reading the sentence and asking yourself “Does this sound right?”
What to do in last Week for improving score in English section 
9. Pick up an e book(fictional/non fictional), newspaper or journal which is just above your current level of reading. Keep a dictionary handy. Spend around an hour or so daily for this activity. Not only will it improve your speaking skills, it will also help increase your reading speed which comes in VERY handy while attempting any competitive exam, especially IBPS PO where your race is against time. Faster reading speed can make a critical difference in clearing the cutoff since it enables you to read more questions in stipulated time. Besides the above mentioned benefits, reading the newspaper drastically improves your general knowledge. Try reading most of the things on a computer or laptop screen. It will make your eyes and body accustomed to a computer screen where you have to write the exam finally. The above activity will help you in all the sections especially in RC.

10 Listen to speeches or watch movies and/or documentaries with subtitles. This increases knowledge of spoken english and comes in handy while attempting sentence completion and parajumbles. Do it for 30 minutes daily.

11. Talk to people in English. You may feel sluggish and shy at first and will make lots of mistakes but you will soon discover that with more talking, your confidence as well as your accuracy is increasing. This increased confidence will help build up the trust in your intuition and save you precious minutes while attempting the English section of IBPS PO Prelim exam.

So folks, these were the tips for preparing the English Section of IBPS PO Prelim. For Tips on Reasoning and Quantitative Sections keep checking our bulletin. We will publish them soon.
We agree that we might have been unable to cover all your queries in the above tips, so feel free to shoot your questions in the comments section below and we will be more than happy to answer them! Share these tips with your friends and get their good wishes! All the best. God Bless you.
Tips Article 1 by : Swati Patil.

How to Crack English Section in IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam?

IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam is just at the door step, 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 exam in IBPS PO Prelims 2016 Exam.
Many of you are comfortable with Reasoning and Quant section but always face difficulty in attempting 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 the sectional cutoff of English section. So, in this article, we are providing you some tips to approach English Section in IBPS PO Prelims Exam.
In order to be successful in this section, you need to know to focus on three important aspects during the exam:
1. AccuracyAlways 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 chances of scoring high and help you to clear the sectional cutoff.
2. SpeedTry 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 depends a lot on questions you attempt first.

 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. Let’s understand them one at a time.
#If you are weak or average in English Language Section than 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 goes wrong than you may have chances of clearing the sectional cutoff of the English section.

So you can start with those topics in which you have good command and which seems easy in the exam. For ex – Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement, Spotting Error and Parajumbles.

Here is the tips for each topics:

1. Fill in the blanks – In IBPS PO Prelims Exam, it is expected that – you are required to fill more than one blank.
 Tips to solve this type of Question in 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) 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 from 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 few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.
Tips to solve Cloze Test in exam –
(i) In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. These logic’s 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 other 2 questions seems difficult in answering. 

3. Parajumbles 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 a random order and you have to un-jumble all of them.

Tips to solve Parajumbles in 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 option 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 than your answer will no improvement.
Tips to solve Sentence Correction in 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. Four to five questions are expected to come in the IBPS PO Prelim Exam. This type of questions requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in 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 of the 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 capability of understanding the passage and to analyze the problem in correct perspective. The questions will not come direct and hence have to understand the passage to answer.

Tips to solve RC in exam –
(i) Always try 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.
(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 which 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.

Manage your time wisely

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

Expected Cut off for English Section

If we look cutoff of English section of SBI PO Prelims Exam 2016 which is 5.75 marks for general category and 3.25 marks for OBC/SC/ST/VH/OH candidates. According to our analysis – vacancy is much higher in IBPS PO 2016 Exam comparatively SBI PO 2015 Exam, so cutoff of English Section will remain same or not go beyond 8 marks for general category..

Topic Wise Expected Questions of each section

English Language  (Expected Level – Easy to Moderate)
(i) Reading Comprehension –10 Questions – Level – Moderate
Note: In SBI PO 2015 Prelims exam the reading comprehension passage was lengthy and of moderate to difficult level. The passage was based on Economics news.
(ii) Cloze Test – 5 Questions (Easy to Moderate)
(iii) Para-jumbles – 5 Questions  (Easy to Moderate)
(iv) Spotting Error – 5 Questions  (Easy to Moderate)
(v) Fill in the blanks /Sentence Correction – 5 Questions (Easy)
Keep the above tips in your mind and try to follow in IBPS PO Prelims Exam surely you will clear the sectional cutoff of English Language section.
Tips Article 2 by : Ravi Ojha.

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