The IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam has been scheduled on 2, 3, 9, 10 December 2017. Not much time is left for you to prepare, nonetheless, it’s very important to sustain your levels of preparation and motivation if you are aiming high. In order to do so, you need to keep a track of a few things such as syllabus, exam pattern and your self study-based performance each day. In this article, we are providing tips to prepare for English which would help you cover up to 30% of the syllabus.
English Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Exam
As we know, the English section in IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains stage carries 30 and 40 marks respectively and divided into various topics as explained below:
- There are 3 types of questions asked to test your grammatical skills:
- PHRASE REPLACEMENT
- FILL IN THE BLANKS
- ERROR SPOTTING
- Around 5-10 questions in the paper will be based on Grammar. For this, you need to know basic grammatical concepts like Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Degrees of Comparison, Subject-Verb Agreement, Conjunctions, Parts of Speech, Standard Construction, Adverbs, Number in Nouns, etc.
- Practice at least 30 questions from each of the 3 types.
- In both Prelims and Mains exams, you will find direct questions on:
- CLOZE TEST
- FILL IN THE BLANKS (double blanks):
- ERROR SPOTTING
- PHRASE REPLACEMENT
- A strong vocabulary is something which takes a lot of time to build. So, for IBPS Clerk exam preparation, whenever you come across a new word, find its meaning, synonyms, and antonyms and try your best to incorporate these words into your everyday conversations.
- Practice 5 cloze tests, 15 fill in the blanks, 15 phrase replacements and 15 error spotting questions when you begin studying for the vocabulary section.
- Solve the Vocabulary sections from previous years’ papers and assess yourself and analyze your mistakes after attempting the questions.
- This section consists of a 6-sentence paragraph jumble with 5 questions based on it.
- There might be questions where you need to complete a sentence understanding the context of the sentence.
- Follow the logic of the paragraph while answering these questions. Always keep in mind the overall story, as the paragraph will always tell you a story with a definite beginning, middle and end.
- Look for conjunctions that will help you connect the story well.
- The passage will probably be based on topics such as Moral stories, Banking, and Economy, Social Issues, Business, etc.
- Since the length of the passages will be small to medium, you can quickly develop a habit of reading fast.
- The questions will aim to test your understand and vocabulary. It is very important that you note down the difficult words that you encounter while practicing passages and find out their meanings, synonyms, antonyms, etc. too.
- In some cases, the best approach is to read all the questions before reading the passage so that on reading the passage you simultaneously know what answers you are looking for. While going through the questions, you will quickly get an idea of the theme of the comprehension.
- Practice 10 sets of questions on the first day when you begin your preparation. Make sure at least 6 of them are based on moral stories, 2 on social issues and the remaining on banking and economy.
- After that, practice at least 4-5 sets of questions daily including the ones that you find in the daily mock tests and previous papers.
- Go through some tips to rectify the mistakes you commit in Reading Comprehensions once you have done an analysis of previous year’s RCs.
Some general tips that you can follow to enhance your levels of preparation are:
- Reading the archives of The Hindu on a daily basis
- Lumosity exercise every morning for a healthy brain
- Writing on paper about a topic related to current affair