IBPS RRB Spelling Mistakes Questions | IBPS RRB 2018


I remember when I was in school, I lost many a mark for my spelling mistakes. I guess all of us have misspelled words, with varying degrees. The IBPS RRB exam takes you back to those days! In the English language section IBPS RRB Mains, you might get questions that give you misspelled words and ask you to correct it. If you think that’s easy, then you are right, albeit to a certain extent. Questions like these can get tricky at times and if you don’t know the right techniques, then you might end up making mistakes. This would cause you to lose marks, which is something that you don’t want. So, how to solve IBPS RRB Spelling Mistakes Questions in a fast, simple and easy way? Let’s find out.

Understanding IBPS RRB Spelling Mistakes Questions

What Would be Asked?

In a typical spelling mistake question in IBPS RRB exam, you would be asked to detect whether there is any mistake in the spelling of the given words. In some cases, you might be asked whether the given words are used appropriately or not.

What is the Structure of the Questions?

The structure is quite simple. You would be given a sentence, in which one or more words would be emboldened. You would be asked if any of the words are spelled wrong or used inappropriately.

Example: Read the following sentence and choose the word that is spelled incorrectly (if any)

Software makers in India are facing a huge presure.

A. Software

B. Huge

C. Presure

D. All correct

This sounds easy!

Well, the above example is easy to solve without a doubt. But sometimes, the questions are not this easy. For example, in some questions you there might be a misspelled word as well as an inappropriate word. In such cases, you have to spot both the errors. Miss one and your answer is wrong!

How many questions come on an average?

If you look at previous year question papers of IBPS RRB PO and IBPS RRB office assistants exam, you would find that on an average, 1-3 questions come from this section. However, in recent years, the number of questions from this topic has dropped. Still, you can at least expect a couple of questions from this section in IBPS RRB 2018.

How Should I prepare?

You should start by building your vocabulary and learning the right spelling of words. We have given a list of commonly misspelled words in IBPS RRB exam. You can check them out.

The next thing that you should do is practice mock tests. This would train you in spotting all the errors flawlessly. Sometimes, there are multiple errors as said before. You really have to be calm and composed when it comes to solving the questions

How much should I practice?

Well, it would be great if you could go through the list of misspelled words (given at the bottom of the page) at least once every day. This would build your vocabulary, which can also be used for solving other types of questions in the English language section of IBPS RRB mains.

As far as the practicing questions go, you don’t need to put too much an effort. Just make sure that you are able to spot all the errors. If you are not being able to do that, then practice 5-10 questions once every three days and you would be good to go.

Solving IBPS RRB Spelling Mistakes Questions

Let us take a typical example and see how can solve such questions in a fast and simple way.

Question: Read the following sentence and find the misspelled and/or inappropriately used words (if any)

It normaly doesn’t rains much in the barren lands of Western Rajasthan

A. rains

B. Western

C. normaly

D. barren


a) A and D

b) A and C

c) C and B

d) B and D

Solution: The solution could be arrived at in two parts. The first part is looking for any possible spelling mistakes and the second part is looking for grammatical errors.

Looking for spelling mistakes – Only one word is spelled wrong here – normaly. Normally is the right spelling.

Looking for inappropriate words – If you know the rules of English grammar correctly, you would know that the word ‘rains’ would not go in the sentennce. The correct word that should be ‘rain’.

By the way, did you notice that the word ‘sentence’ was spelled wrong in the one before the previous sentence? Oh, you missed that? You really need practice, my friend! If you didn’t, then good job!

Anyways, the words A and C are wrong.

Answer: Option (b)

The Rules for Doubling Letters

Is it runing or running? Cancelled or canceled? When should you double letters and when you shouldn’t? This is something you should learn when solving IBPS RRB spelling mistakes questions. Most of the questions asked in the RRB exam tend to confuse you with double letter words.

When it comes to doubling of letters, the following rules would apply.

  • If the word is short and contains only one syllable, and ends with a single consonant, then the last letter is doubled when adding a suffix

For example – Run is a small word with only one syllable. When you are adding the suffix -ing, you should use double ‘n’ i.e. the word becomes ‘running’.

However, if the word is ended by more than one consonant, then the letters should not be doubled.

For example – When you are looking to add the suffix -ed to pump, it becomes ‘pumped’ not ‘pumpped’.

  • For longer words that end in l, you need to use double ‘l’.

For example – Cancelled, instead of ‘canceled’. Likewise, travelling instead of ‘traveling’. Please note that in American English, ‘traveling’ is the accepted spelling and not ‘travelling’. But in IBPS RRB English exam, we are going to use British English.

  • If both the root word ends and the suffix starts with a constant, then the letter should not be doubled.

For example – when you add the suffix -ment to enrol, it becomes ‘enrolment’ and not ‘enrollment’.

  • If the word has more than one syllable and stresses on the last syllable and ends with a single consonant, then you should double the last letter.

For example – Begin + ing= Beginning, not ‘begining’

  • If the word has more than one syllable but doesn’t stress on the last syllable and ends with a single consonant, then you should not double the last letter.

For example – Offer + ing = offering, not ‘offerring’

Some Commonly Misspelled Words in IBPS RRB Exam

Following are some of the most commonly misspelled words that come in the exam. This would help you in your IBPS RRB English Preparation. Most of these words have come in previous year papers. We suggest you bookmark this page and revise it every day.

Correct spelling Spelling advice Common misspelling
accommodate, accommodation two cs, two ms accomodate, accomodation
achieve i before e acheive
across one c accross
aggressive, aggression two gs agressive, agression
apparently -ent not -ant apparantly
appearance ends with -ance appearence
argument no e after the u arguement
assassination two double s’s assasination
basically ends with -ally basicly
beginning double n before the -ing begining
believe i before e beleive, belive
bizarre one z, double -r bizzare
business begins with busi- buisness
calendar -ar not -er calender
Caribbean one r, two bs Carribean
cemetery ends with -ery cemetary
chauffeur ends with -eur chauffer
colleague -ea- in the middle collegue
coming one m comming
committee double m, double t, double e commitee
completely ends with -ely completly
conscious -sc- in the middle concious
curiosity -os- in the middle curiousity
definitely -ite- not –ate- definately
dilemma -mm- not -mn- dilemna
disappear one s, two ps dissapear
disappoint one s, two ps dissapoint
ecstasy ends with –sy ecstacy
embarrass two rs, two s’s embarass
environment n before the m enviroment
existence ends with -ence existance
Fahrenheit begins with Fahr- Farenheit
familiar ends with -iar familar
finally two ls finaly
fluorescent begins with fluor- florescent
foreign e before i foriegn
foreseeable begins with fore- forseeable
forty begins with for- fourty
forward begins with for- foward
friend i before e freind
further begins with fur- futher
gist begins with g- jist
glamorous -mor- in the middle glamourous
government n before the m goverment
guard begins with gua- gaurd
happened ends with -ened happend
harass, harassment one r, two s’s harrass, harrassment
honorary -nor- in the middle honourary
humorous -mor- in the middle humourous
idiosyncrasy ends with -asy idiosyncracy
immediately ends with -ely immediatly
incidentally ends with -ally incidently
independent ends with -ent independant
interrupt two rs interupt
irresistible ends with -ible irresistable
knowledge remember the d knowlege
liaise, liaison remember the second i: liais- liase, liason
lollipop i in the middle lollypop
millennium, millennia double l, double n millenium, millenia
Neanderthal ends with -thal Neandertal
necessary one c, two s’s neccessary
noticeable remember the middle e noticable
occasion two cs, one s ocassion, occassion
occurred, occurring two cs, two rs occured, occuring
occurrence two cs, two rs, -ence not -ance occurance, occurence
pavilion one l pavillion
persistent ends with -ent persistant
pharaoh ends with -aoh pharoah
piece i before e peice
politician ends with -cian politican
Portuguese ends with –guese Portugese
possession two s’s in the middle and two at the end posession
preferred, preferring two rs prefered, prefering
propaganda begins with propa- propoganda
publicly ends with –cly publically
really two ls realy
receive e before i recieve
referred, referring two rs refered, refering
religious ends with -gious religous
remember -mem- in the middle rember, remeber
resistance ends with -ance resistence
sense ends with -se sence
separate -par- in the middle seperate
siege i before e seige
successful two cs, two s’s succesful
supersede ends with -sede supercede
surprise begins with sur- suprise
tattoo two ts, two os tatoo
tendency ends with -ency tendancy
therefore ends with -fore therefor
threshold one h in the middle threshhold
tomorrow one m, two rs tommorow, tommorrow
tongue begins with ton-, ends with -gue tounge
truly no e truely
unforeseen remember the e after the r unforseen
unfortunately ends with -ely unfortunatly
until one l at the end untill
weird e before i wierd
wherever one e in the middle whereever
which begins with wh- wich

So, these were some of the tips and techniques that you can use to solve IBPS RRB spelling mistakes questions. For more such useful articles, keep browsing Topprnotes.

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