How to score high in English section of IBPS and bank exams

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English language is one of the important section of IBPS, SBI, SSC or any other recruitment exam. Although it is the most avoided and least prepared section. Most of the candidates unable to crack IBPS and other bank exams bacause they are unable to qualify sectional cutoffs and most of the candidates fails because they are unable to clear cutoff in this section. Today I made a study plan, please read it carefully, you will find intereting tips and shortcuts to score high in English section. Please share on Facebook if you find it useful.

During Exam Preparations

Read newspaper daily

Do you from where reading comprehension paragraphs come from in IBPS, SBI, RRB or any other recruitment exam ?

Most of the times these paragraphs comes from National newspapers and "The Hindu" is the most loved newspapers by question paper setters. I am not asking you to spend whole day in reading newspaper but reading it's editorial section will make you comfortable to their writing style. Mind it their writing style is really difficult to understand for a newbie.

If you want to score good in English section, then read "The Hindu" everyday. You will feel the difference while attempting questions in exam. There is no need to practice endless reading comprehension questions because practice papers are just a tool to measure performance but if you really want to improve your score then read newspaper everyday.

You can buy the newspaper or read it online on their website or download an app on your smart phone.

Improve your vocabulary

Without strong vocabulary it is almost impossible to score well in recruitment and bank exams. Further without strong vocabulary it is impossible to improve your reading speed and hence reading newspapers properly.

The best way to improve your vocabulary is reading Word Power made Easy book. This book will cost you around hundred rupees and trust me after reading this book you will feel a big change in your reading as well as writing skills.

Another way to improve vocabulary is learning a list of frequently used words. Download list of words from my previous post.

Read preparation books

Although there is no complete book for English language section but I strongly recommend you to follow at least one book for this section to become comfortable with exam type questions. Answering reading comprehension questions is an art, it is not like quantitative aptitude section where you can play with options. In English section of IBPS, options are really close and it is very difficult to answer rightly without understanding facts of paragraphs. Many time facts are wrong in answers, you need to answer on the basis of paragraph and not based on facts and general knowledge. Never guess answers in English section.
You can find IBPS books for English section in my list bank exams books.

Learn a list of words

Best way to improve your vocabulary quickly is by learning a list of words, download list of words in pdf format. Go through these words for atleast 3 times and try to use them in normal language.

Use a dictionary

Use a dictionary to improve your english everyday. I recommend you to stop using those low quality mobile dictionaries. Buy an Oxford Advanced English Dictionary which is expalins every word deeply you search in it. Further you can buy The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms to take your writing and reading skills to next level. Try to invest more in books and less on coaching institutes. This is the most important tip.

Practice sample papers

Solve at least 20 previous papers of different levels. I have already shared 40+ question paper with answer key. Download previous bank exam papers in pdf format.

During Exam

Manage time

Time management is very important is IBPS and other recruitment exams. Attempting 200 questions in mere two hours is not an easy task. You to make a strategy to attempt exam. In my previous post I wrote about Time management in IBPS exams so don't want to repeat that here again.

Attempt last question sets first

Most of the times question at the end of English language is the easiest. Never leave those marks rich question. In case you run out of time, you can quit one reading comprehension set which you find really difficult but never leave sentence completion and grammar questions are those question are high scoring.

How to attempt Reading comprehension

Major part of English language section is consists of Reading comprehension sets. In many exam 20 out of 40 questions comes from reading comprehension. Many candidates leave these marks rich questions which is the biggest mistake. Tips to attempt reading comprehension sets :-

  • Write main points while reading as in long paragraphs it is very difficult to recall every point.
  • Read questions first so that you know what are you finding
  • Identify the tone of paragraph, it helps in answering very quickly. 
  • Read first and last para twice and thoroughly

Attempt English language section in the beginning

It takes a lot of efforts to read full length paragraphs after 90 minutes of hard on quantitative and reasoning section. I strongly recommend you to attempt English language section at first even if you are not good at this section.

Hope you will find the above tips very useful, in case of any query feel free to comment below, I will try to answer every query asap.

44 comments:

  1. sir,if u want to share this ebook material then it will be very beneficial to me ,so,its my request to you plz share it,i m very obilised to u .
    my email id is- bibhuti999@gmail.com

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    1. did u get material related to general awareness?

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    2. hi this is pandu priya please send me the general awareness material

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    3. hi sir can u please send me the general awareness and reasoning material

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  2. I have an ebook but that is a copyright material so cant share it here. Hope you understand.

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    1. wat happen sir , i want pdf format for banking awareness so,plz guide me

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    2. sir ,plz give pdf format for banking n finance.

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    3. Please purchase a bokk for this purpose

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  3. sir plz suggest me for banking awareness type question,if u have any link or pdf format.

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  4. ok thanku sir

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  5. For maths and reasoning - 1.5 minutes per question
    Remaining - 0.8 minute per question
    Attempt 140-150 questions with 75-80% accuracy

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    1. if a attempt 150 with 80 accuracy
      then only 120 are correct..
      approx 8 negative marks
      120-8=112

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  6. sir plz give me proper time allotment for each section in ibps po exam,n my english is not good,n rest all section r 70% approx, and also give me hw many question, i hv to attempt in each section atleast,becoz .i m in genaral category the percentage of marks r very high.
    so,plz guide me.

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  7. Read 10th standard grammar book and read one English newspaper daily. That is more than enough

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  8. sir,my focus is on ibps clerkexam in nov 2013.plz suggest for english preparaigetg on in 30 day so that cutt-off marks will get.

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    1. please read http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2013/11/ibps-clerk-12-days-study-plan.html

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  9. Sir, Normally how many questions can one person attend with 95-100% accuracy for IBPS PO.

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  10. 95-100% accuracy is not possible. I recommend you to attempt 150 questions with 80% accuracy.

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    1. SIR i feel difficulty in general awareness ..... how can i understand all the terms related to banking like NEFT, RTGS ,TRASARY ,PRATIBHUTI ALL THAT?

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    2. get material here http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2013/08/general-awareness-study-material.html

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  11. Sir please send me study material and previous year question papers, benificial for exam preparation.
    Email- anantkumar67@gmail.com

    THANKS

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    1. Download study material from here
      http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2012/10/study-notes-for-ibps-bank-exams-govt-jobs.html
      and question papers from here
      http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2012/10/bank-exam-question-papers-po-clerical.html

      Regards
      Raman

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  12. sir, the tips for attempting comprehension passage you mentioned were good..but is it possible that we can read all questions and come back to the paragraph?actually,my concern is that time wont be sufficient for passage.how to manage the time in English section.does 10 min enough to spend in comprehension?

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    1. IN IBPS clerk you will find two paragraph each of 10 marks. Paragraphs are not more than 800 words, I don't think it is difficult to read 800 words within 3-4 minutes.
      Spending 20 minutes on RC is a very good technique to score high.

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  13. sir for general awareness banking purpose which hindi book is best...i want book in hindi..sugges me name of the books...

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    1. Read this
      http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2013/07/ibps-po-books.html

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  14. pls give me idle time to crack the english paper with good marks

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  15. SIR I AM VERY WEAK IN ENGLISH SECTION PLS GET ME SOME TIPS TO SCORE GOOD IN ENGLISH

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  16. How we can identify the tone of paragraph plz.... sir will u elaborate with an example.

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  17. Sir please sent IBPS
    IT officer practise set questions to sowmypalanisamy@gmail.com

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  18. Great website for geeks and bank lovers.thumbs up ramandeep singh

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  19. Sir please give me some instruction How to improve my Competion English Paper in Banking Exam.

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  20. sir please send me it officers pdf material

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  21. hi sir i want to know how i can prepare for bank current affairs.plz suggest me some newspapers / magzines for i. i will be very gratitude to u

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    1. please go through WWW.bankersadda.com
      it will help u alot

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  22. thank you very much for good tips

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  23. sir,i am a final year btech student..i have very less time to prepare for sbi po exam as my final exams are aso approaching....so..can u please guide me how to prepare for po exam in 1 month? i am good at english and average in aptitude section..but very poor in banking awareness and general knowledge..

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  24. sir what section would u like to suggest after english and so on ....plz do reply

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  25. Sir I am preparing for Bank PO so, i want to purchase WORD POWER MADE EASY . But I dont know which author i have to purchage

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    1. word power made easy by norman lewis

      http://www.flipkart.com/word-power-made-easy-new-revised-expanded/p/itmduzxhjhgvkhsb

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  26. Sir i am doing a job.so i have less time for preparing.sir plz help me how can i manage my time for preparation.how much time can i spend on my study to crack next banking exam 2014

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  27. First of all thanks sir for ur advise ...I m giving exam of sbi but preparing with book of ibps po nd is it compulsory to recommend sbi po prvious papers ??? Sir ,plzz rep quickly

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    1. Bhai me ek advise du agar sbi po clear karna ho to

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