IBPS RRB English Syllabus | What to Study for IBPS RRB 2021?


The IBPS RRB exam for the year 2021 is just around the corner. The IBPS RRB Preliminary Exam is in August/ September 2021. The Mains exam for Office Assistants (Multipurpose)  would be in October 2021. The mains exam for Officers (Scale I) and the Single Test for Officers (Scale II and III) would be in August 2021. In the Mains exam, there would be a test of English language for both IBPS officers and IBPS office assistants exam. A lot of candidates don’t have a clear idea about what’s in the syllabus. Here, we are going to take a closer look at the IBPS RRB English syllabus and see how you can prepare for it in the right way.

Detailed IBPS RRB English Syllabus

The first thing that you need to understand is that there is no ‘official’ IBPS RRB English syllabus. However, IBPS always asks questions about specific topics in the English language. By analyzing previous year question papers, we can discover the ‘syllabus’ for the IBPS RRB English language test.

The IBPS English syllabus is almost the same for IBPS office assistants exam and IBPS officers exam. Let us first take a look at the topics that generally come in IBPS exam. Then we would take a look at the number of questions on each topic and the level of difficulty of the questions.

Topics in IBPS RRB English Syllabus

  1. Reading Comprehension – Where you would be given a passage. You would be asked multiple questions from the passage itself.
  2. Fill in the Blanks – You would be given a sentence with one or more ‘blanks’. You would have to fill in the blanks from the words given in the options.
  3. Parajumbles– You would be given a list of sentences. You would have to arrange the sentences to form a meaningful paragraph.
  4. Error Spotting – You would be given a sentence with multiple errors. The errors would be related to Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Phrasal Verbs, Easily Confusable Words, Contextual Usage, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite and Non-finite verbs.
  5. Sentence Replacement – You would be given a sentence, where a particular part would be underlined. You would have to replace it with the words in the options.
  6. Cloze test – You would be given a paragraph with multiple blanks. You just need to fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.

Analysis of the Topics of IBPS RRB English Syllabus

We have enumerated the different topics in the IBPS RRB English Syllabus. We have included the number of questions and the level of difficulty of each topic in the table below:

Topic Average No. of Questions Difficulty
Cloze Test 5-10 Moderate to Hard
Error Spotting 5-7 Easy to Moderate
Fill in the Blanks 1-5 Easy
Parajumbles 5-10 Hard
Sentence Improvement 5-10 Easy to Moderate
Reading Comprehension 10-20 Easy to Moderate

Suggested Strategy for IBPS RRB English Language Syllabus

You need to do two things to score high in the English language in IBPS RRB Mains exam. The first thing is understanding the basics concepts of English Grammar. Get a good English language book for doing that. Read it thoroughly. The next thing that you should do is practice previous year IBPS English tests. In the beginning, this would make you comfortable with the questions asked in the exam. As you practice more, it would build speed, which is crucial for such exams.

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Recommended Books for English Language Test in IBPS RRB

Few Facts About the IBPS RRB English Syllabus

Does everyone has to appear for the test of English language?

No. You would have the option of choosing between English or Hindi. However, if your mother tongue is not Hindi and you are not proficient in the language, then you should go for English.

Does the choice of language impact my chances of getting selected?

No. No matter which language you choose, it wouldn’t impact your chances of getting selected in the IBPS RRB 2021 exam. Yes, there are certain RRBs, especially in the North East region, who want candidates proficient in English. But all such tests (if any) would be conducted later on, by the individual RRBs.

Do I need to write long answers in English?

All the questions in the test for the English language would be objective in nature. This means that you would only have to select the right answer from a list of given options.

That was a detailed look at the IBPS RRB English syllabus. Hope this article was of help to you. You can browse more such useful articles on our website. To get the syllabus of other subjects, please click on the following links.

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