English Section Strategy For IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

The trick to scoring in English section can vary from one person to another depending on his/her strengths and weaknesses. The questions asked in this section can be easily handled if your basics are clear. Sometimes, even those, who can communicate very well in English, fail to perform to the best of their ability in competitive exams. So, instead of boiling the ocean, try building up a strong vocabulary, an effective knowledge of grammar, and efficient comprehension skills so as to be on the ball to face this particular section of IBPS Clerk Mains Examination. Following are a few tips on how you can deal with the English Section of IBPS Clerk Mains Examination 2017-18.

If you are not so good at grammar, then, you should attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc.  The Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs. There will be 15-16 questions based on Reading Comprehension. 4-5 questions out of these 15 questions will be based on vocabulary (synonyms and antonyms) or phrases. Rest of the questions will be related to the paragraph in which questions like, the tone of the writer and the essence of the paragraph can be asked. 
Next comes the error detection portion. There will be a total of 5-10 question based on errors. To perform well in errors, you need to work on parts of speech, adjective, and subject-verb agreement. Some errors may also be based on narration, so, if one doesn’t want to miss out anything then he/she must have the knowledge of narration too. A similar topic to errors is sentence correction/ improvement. So, these tips are going to help you out with that as well.

The next important topic is Fillers. Generally, double fillers/ sentence/ multiple sentence fillers are asked that are 5 in number. But, this year there is a possibility of triple fillers also expected, as the difficulty level of exams has only been rising.  For fillers, you need to work on vocabulary as most of the questions are based on vocab only.

Next important topic is odd one out cum para jumbles. You may get to see a total of 8-10 questions based on them.  The good thing about para jumbles is that you can manage to do it even if you are weak in English, simply by making use of common sense, as it doesn’t test your grammar or vocabulary, you just need to find the connection between two parts. Also, keep in mind that there has to be a continuation in the paragraph when you rearrange the sentences. 


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