Prepare English For IBPS Specialist Officer Exam

IBPS conducts common written examination for the recruitment of the post of the specialist officer. This bank exam is divided into tiers where the candidates who clear the cut off for prelims are allowed to appear for Mains. English is a compulsory subject in both the phases. The candidates often take this subject lightly and there they commit the biggest blunder of not clearing the sectional cut-off.

Though English is not based on calculations and is not complex yet the candidates need to be well acquainted and has to master in the vocabulary section to score well in the written exam as well as be fluent in the interview. Every competitive exam sets English as one of the major priorities. So this subject should be focused accordingly to start with the preparation.

There will be 50 questions to attempt in duration of 25 minutes. The candidates should proceed confidently only if they know the correct answer to avoid negative marking.

Weightage of the topics in English section:

Topics No of questions likely to come
Reading Comprehension 10
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction 5
Cloze Test 10
Multiple meaning/error solving 0-5
Para Jumbles 5
Miscellaneous 5

Here are some preparation tips for the candidates to be followed keeping the expected number of question in mind for each section.

  • Comprehension: Most of the candidates find easy to answer this part thinking that only reading the comprehension and answering accordingly will do but this is not the right way. Comprehension part is included for the candidates to analyze the passage and frame the answers in their own words. A strong depth and understanding of vocabulary are needed to answer those questions. The passage is mostly on topics like banking, financial awareness, banking and economy, vocabulary and theme based questions and synonyms and antonyms.
  • Grammar: This part requires practice in their daily schedule. The previous years question papers, mock papers or the reference books will help to get familiar with solving grammar. This part is almost like numerical calculations, if the answer is right then the candidate will get full credit and if it is wrong, then they are likely to get negative marks. The topics included here are tenses, sentence correction, preposition, etc.
  • Error spotting: This section requires a depth of the basic of English language. This is included in the vocabulary part and to make the vocabulary strong where questions like error spotting is quite difficult to find an error in a sentence and for that the candidate need to know the roots of the words and practice accordingly. To build up a strong vocabulary, one can try listing up new words every day and remember it through a context they get to read.
  • Sentence formation and verbal ability: The candidate need to be thorough in sentence formation for this regular reading of newspapers will help in building up a good sentence construction. The verbal ability includes Para jumbles which are a bit complex to solve so practice is all one needs for perfection.

Dedication and hard work will ensure that the candidate will go a long way in the banking sector. These tips will help them to prepare well in English. For any details regarding bank exams, visit Byju’s.

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