IBPS PO 2018 Exam | IBPS PO English Tips


IBPS conducts exams every year for various positions in more 20 participating banks for various positions ranging from clerks to special officers. About 5 million people attempt the exam every year. As for the probationary officer, there are only about 3250 vacancies as again 5 lakh people writing the exam. That puts the exam seat availability at about 1:150. Therefore, you can imagine the amount of competition that would be there while writing the exam. Added to that is the fact that IBPS has been increasing the level of difficulty every year consistently. This applies to IBPS PO English as well, as apparent from the SBI PO and BOB PO. The syllabus as a whole is quite simple as it is. However, our suggestion for the applicants would be to “Expect the unexpected”. For the ease of the applicants, we have tried to generalise the pattern of the IBPS PO English Exam. On the basis of the expected no. of question and difficulty.

Topics No. of Question (Expected) Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate-Difficult
Odd One  Out 5 Difficult
Synonyms/Antonyms 5 Easy-Moderate
Statement Filler 5 Moderate
Best Fits
(Add the one the fits best in passage)
5 Difficult
Statement Connection 5 Easy
Now the preparation strategy can be anything. You can either prepare for section to section that is Grammer, Reading Comprehension and so on. Or they can prepare via test, in which they can practice tall the part together.

IBPS PO English: Crux

On the Basis to the observation, we have made on previous papers we have derived these topics which are of high values.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Spotting and sentence correction
  • Phrase replacement and Cloze test, fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled paragraphs

The highest weightage is given to reading comprehension and phrase replacement or statement filler, cloze test (statement connections) and fill in the blanks. You will get around about 7-10 questions from Reading comprehension, Phrase replacement, Cloze test, fill in the blanks in the IBPS PO English section.

Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension section is the one with the most chances of scoring well. Ideally, you shouldn’t take more than 15-20 seconds per question so that you an save time for Quant and Logical sections of the exam. 20 seconds for 10 questions is 200 minutes or approximately 3 minutes for one RC passage of about 700-900 words on an average. That means you should be able to read at least 250-300 words per minute. That’s a skill that takes quite a bit of effort in developing. It must be remembered that the 700-900 mark is the upper side when counting the number of words. It might vary by a huge margin as well. However, it is best to keep the speed at that rate.

Close Test and Phrase Replacement

Cloze tests in IBPS PO English sound like a new topic in general. Rest assured, these are just a fancier version of the fill in the blanks for RC Passages. In a cloze test, you are given a passage with words missing from it. You are expected to use your language proficiency and fill in the blank with the most contextually appropriate word. Similarly, for the Phrase replacement, you need to pick a part of the sentence and use the most appropriate sentence on the place of it.

Tip to Crack IBPS PO English

  • Read a lot. However, unlike other exams, don’t read novels or other fictional work. Even if you do, don’t bank your reading speed development on that. The RC passages are generally about commerce, economics, finance and banking system. Keep yourself updated on the news, and read the articles a lot
  • Most articles on the internet use simple language to get their content across. For that reason, ensure you read the editorials in Economic Times, The Business Line etc. The language is suitable for the kind of preparation you need to do. Don’t stop for every new word. Try to develop the ability to guess the meaning contextually
  • Use flash cards. Words, unless put to use, will be forgotten. To prevent that, you have three options. One, become an amateur author and write a lot. Two, engage your friends in a conversation and use the word. Three, use flash cards. The last is the most viable and socially isolated option possible. This will help you keep your progress under the wraps while ensuring your vocabulary grows.
  • Buy a Wren and Martin book. That’s the Bible for those preparing for English sections. Focus on Tenses, Articles, Parts of Speech, phrases etc., especially on nouns, verbs and gerunds.
  • Solve a lot of jumbled up words. There really is no easy way out for this. You need familiarity and the ability to construct sentences in your mind. Practising a lot will help you achieve that. Ensure you practise at least 5 such passages a day
  • Questions on inferences and conclusions follow the same pattern as above. Ensure you practise at least 5 passages a day.
  • One shortcut to solving these questions is to read the options and then make your way back up. This will save time if practised properly, and end up in a disaster if not. That’s why this is something that should be a last resort. Sort of like the prayer you hope will compensate you for not studying.