How to Attempt English Section in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Exam
- Nov 30, 2016
Dear Banking Exam Aspirants,
IBPS Prelims 2016 exam has been commenced and eight papers in eight shifts have already been finished. Since, we all have witnessed in the exam that there are 30 questions in the English Language and all of them were from the topics of Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test and Error Detection. In this Article we wrote “How to Attempt English Section in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Exam in detail. Also, you can have this approach to attempt English Section in other Banking/Insurance Exams to score very good marks. Read the Article and fortify your chances to get selected in the exam.
How to Attempt English Section in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Exam:
Let’s have a look on the Pattern which we saw in Past days’ exams:
English:– Easy: 30 Questions
i) Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions – (Based on Panchatantra Tales – About Two Foolish Tress In A Jungle)
ii) Cloze Test – 10 Questions
iii) Error Detection – 10 Questions
At least devote 16 – 18 Minutes to this Section!
Well, the first thing which you should throw out of your mind is that Since there were 10 questions of error detection so it is very hard to clear the cut off, if you are thinking like this then you are absolutely wrong. Let’s discuss the approach in the way you should attempt this section:
1. Reading Comprehension: If you are good at this topic then first of all go for it, as you all can see, Reading Comprehension was easy, why? because it was based on the tales of Panchtantra Stories. First of all read the passage entirely and read it very carefully, since RC is based on Panchtantra story then language will be very easy so you can comprehend it very easily. Once you are done with passage come to the questions immediately without making any delay. Mark my words if you would have read the passage carefully and understood it then you will do at least 80% questions correct. Suppose you stuck with some question then go back to the passage and read it quickly since you have already done with the passage one then it won’t take much time to search the answer of the question.
Try to attempt those questions later <a>(but don’t leave those questions to attempt again once you are done with the rest of questions of English Section because if you do so then you are going to make a grave mistake, by doing this you will lose your precious time and the pressure won’t let you attempt those questions correctly)</a> which have more than 2 or 3 sentences and asking which one is RIGHT or WRONG. Attempt those questions first which don’t have multiple sentences.
=> If there is any Synonym/Antonym and (if you do know the meaning of that word then) go back to the word which is mentioned in the passage read one line above and one line below where that particular word is mentioned you will definitely find the right answer.
=> If there is any Synonym/Antonym and (if you do not know the meaning of that word then) go back to the word which is mentioned in the passage read two lines above and two lines below where that particular word is mentioned you will definitely find the right answer.
If you are following my words then very easily you can score 5 to 6 (if there is no Antonym/Synonym question is asked). And, very easily you can score 7 to 9 (if there is 2 to three such kind of questions are asked).
Now you can score 6 to 7 marks easily from this topic only and you have already covered 50% Score of the minimum cut off.
2. Cloze Test: Since there are 10 questions again then anyone of you can score 5 to 6 marks easily. Cloze Test is also based on the stories then it is very easy to steal 5 to 6 marks in this section.
=> Read the entire passage in 2 to 3 minutes, it will give you a rough idea about the passage/Cloze Test, never attempt Cloze Test like read the question then go back to passage, this approach is wrong.
=> The best approach to attempt Cloze Test is the method of option elimination.
=> Once you are done with the passage go to the questions one by one, always remember in one go you can eliminate two options easily.
=> Since, you have already eliminated two options then you are left with three cloze options, now how to eliminate two more options to narrow down to the correct one?
1. Look which tense has been used in the sentence where you are needed to fill the blank.
2. Look whether it is gerund or infinitive has been used.
3. Look which Parts of speech/ Article has been used.
4. Look which preposition or prepositional phrase has been used and what should come over there.
5. Look whether right idiom has been used or not if any has been used.
3. Error Detection: Coming to this section you will get 10 questions again and anyone of you can score 5 to 6 marks easily. There are a few basic rules which you need to keep in your mind when you are attempting these questions.
Approach: Read each part carefully and look for some common errors like: Pronoun, Noun, Subject Verb Agreement, Adjective & Adverb, Misplaced Modifiers, Preposition and Prepositional Phrases.
A few most common errors which we used to make in English in Banking Exams:
Error #1: Pronoun Errors
Pronoun errors occur when pronouns do not agree in number with the nouns to which they refer. If the noun is singular, the pronoun must be singular. If the noun is plural, however, the pronoun must be plural as well. For example:
• Incorrect: Everybody must bring their own lunch.
• Correct: Everybody must bring his or her own lunch.
Many people believe that pronoun errors are the result of writers who are trying to avoid the implication of sexist language. Although this is an admirable goal, correct grammar is still important.
Error #2: Lack of Subject/Verb Agreement
When speaking or writing in the present tense, a sentence must have subjects and verbs that agree in number. If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular. If the subject is plural, the verb must be plural as well. For example:
• Incorrect: The recipes is good for beginning chefs.
• Correct: The recipes are good for beginning chefs.
Error #3: Misplaced Modifiers
To communicate your ideas clearly, you must place a modifier directly next to the word it is supposed to modify. The modifier should clearly refer to a specific word in the sentence. For example:
• Incorrect: At eight years old, my father gave me a pony for Christmas.
• Correct: When I was eight years old, my father gave me a pony for Christmas.
Links of the Important Grammar notes based on sentence correction:
All the best for your exam:)