How to Prepare English Language for IBPS Clerk Exam 2016
IBPS Clerk English Language Preparation Tips 2016 – The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) will be conducting the IBPS CWE Clerk V Recruitment Examination in the month of November & December 2016. It is essential for every candidate to crack both Prelims & Mains Examination, if he/she wants to work as a Bank Clerk in a prominent Public Sector Bank (PSB) in India (excluding SBI).
Hence, with a mere 2 month preparation window, let us read about How to Prepare for English Language for IBPS Clerk 2016 Examination. You can also read our previous articles Of Numerical Ability Preparation Tips.
We will be providing important pointers about the Prelims Exam first. So, let us begin by understanding the exam pattern for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016, followed by Tips to crack IBPS Clerk Exam.
Revisiting IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2016
The Preliminary Examination for IBPS CWE Clerk V will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) and the pattern will be Objective MCQ type. There will be 100 questions in total from 3 sections – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.
Some of the essential details related to IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016 are as follows.
- The total number of questions will be 100.
- The Paper mode will be English/ Hindi.
- Each question carries 1 mark.
- The total time to solve the entire paper is 60 minutes.
- There will be sectional and overall cutoff.
Marks secured in IBPS Clerk Prelims will be taken into consideration while selecting candidates for Mains. The exam pattern for IBPS CWE Clerk V Examination is pretty straight-forward but lets us see how we can crack this recruitment examination in the most efficient manner.
Just like our previous articles on reasoning ability and quantitative aptitude, this article on ‘How to prepare for English Language for IBPS Clerk Exam’ focuses primarily on how we can help IBPS aspirants in identifying best preparation tips and techniques which help them in cracking IBPS Clerk Exam.
Each aspirant must be able to answer the following questions after they’ve read this article on How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk English Language Section.
How do I start preparing for IBPS Clerk English Language section?
Can I prepare for IBPS Clerk English Language Topic-Wise?
Which topics in IBPS Clerk English Language are easy to crack?
How much time should I dedicate towards IBPS Clerk English Language?
So, without any further build-up, this our take on How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk English Language 2016.
Focus on High-Scoring Topics
The English Section of most bank exams like IBPS Clerk are primarily focused on Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test and Grammar. Hence, you need to extremely good at solving problems based on these.
You should begin with English Grammar. This is something you’ve been learning since your preschool days and yet, somehow, you don’t really know it at a professional level. Change that and go hit those basic books on English Grammar and start with simple exercises to understand where you can improve.
Regular Practice, Constant Reading from various sources and progress report will help you understand your scale of improvement.
Tips to solve Reading Comprehension Questions
For Reading Comprehension Questions in IBPS Clerk English Language Section, here are a few preparation tips.
- Vocabulary in Context: Meaning of a word in a given context. One may not go through the passage entirely if one knows the meaning of the word. Tone and flow of the passage, option elimination etc. are to be kept in mind while solving questions based on vocabulary in RCs.
- Direct Information based problems: One needs to go through the questions first and then start skimming through the passage to find the most relevant answer.
- Inference based problems: One needs to read and process the information provided in the passage thoroughly to answer these problems.
For someone who really needs to do well in this section, read the following article on how to solve reading comprehension questions in Bank Exams like IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, RBI etc.
f by any chance, you are still finding these questions hard to solve, do not spend excess time. Rather invest your time and energy towards other topics.
Tips to solve Cloze Test Questions
There will be 5 questions in IBPS Clerk English Language section from Cloze Test. One needs to have a strong command over English Vocabulary and Grammar to do well in this section.
There are a number of techniques for solving questions based on Cloze Test in IBPS Exams.
- Connecting the Sentences
- Identifying the Tone
- Eliminating the Options
To understand how to implement these techniques, read our detailed article on how to solve cloze test questions in Bank Exams like IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, RBI etc.
Most questions based on Cloze Test in IBPS Clerk English Language section are considered easy to solve but they can a bit confusing at times. Hence, lots of practice can be the only way to build confidence.
Solve Error Spotting and Fill in the Blanks based Questions
Both Spotting the Error and Fill in the Blanks are essential topics and carry 5 questions each in IBPS Clerk English Language section in Prelims Examination.
- For Spotting the Error, one should also be good with Subject-Verb agreement, Nouns, Pronouns, Adjective and Parts of Speech.
- For Fill in the Blanks, Grammar and Vocabulary are again very important and it is also advisable to get your synonym and antonym knowledge straight.
Do keep track of those ‘silly’ mistakes you make while solving questions based on both topics as they can help you in the actual paper. Don’t commit these in the actual IBPS Exam!
Previous Years IBPS Clerk Exam Papers & Mock Test Series
This goes for every recruitment examination and applies everywhere. You can never be fully confident about a paper unless you solve the actual one, and the previous years papers are the best ‘net practice’ for you before the real match.
You need to solve previous years IBPS Clerk Exam Papers first and your objectives should be as follows.
- Understand which topics where prominent in IBPS Clerk Examination
- Were the questions easy, moderate or difficult to solve?
- How much time you were able to dedicate to each section?
- What was your correct/ incorrect ratio while attempting?
- Where you able to score above the IBPS Clerk Cutoff of that year?
A complete analysis will help you understand where you actually stand. Hence, with the analysis in mind, proceed further and solve IBPS Clerk Mock Tests and further strengthen your hold not only in IBPS Clerk English Language section but the entire paper.
We hope this article on ‘How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk English Language 2016 helps you in cracking the IBPS CWE Clerk V Recruitment Examination.
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