English language section in bank recruitment exams is filled with surprises and a new pattern, confusing aspirants as what to study to score max. in English? It won’t matter if you’ve just started IBPS PO Preparation or you’ve been preparing and giving exams for quite some years, the dynamics of banking recruitment have totally changed and now every aspirant has a fair chance. The English Language is about its grammar rules, vocabulary and your ability of understanding. You have a fair amount of time to target IBPS PO now you can prepare new pattern questions for IBPS PO Exam 2017.
Even with all those changes and new pattern in English Language, still, there are some topics which can help you bag marks. So read more to know about 5 must Do questions of English Language for IBPS PO and IBPS RRB as well.
1. Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension is the most prevalent topic of almost every English Language Test. Through RC they test your understanding, reading ability and comprehension skills. SBI PO 2017 introduced big changes in RC questions and the similar type of questions was seen in the next exam of RBI Grade-B. You can expect those new patterns of reading comprehension in IBPS exam as well, so do practice with SBI’s memory based paper to get an idea of the changes.
Read newspaper daily to improve your ability to deduce information and understand passages quickly and swiftly. This activity will not only help you with just RC but will also help you to build your vocab and stay updated with current affairs.
2. Error Detection
This topic can be a tricky one but with the correct presence of mind in the exam you can score from error detection. Now in banking exams, you can get different types of questions for error detection where there can be multiple sentences, single sentence, multiple options for a type of error, errors in complex sentences or small paragraph etc. In every exam there will be some questions related to some sort of error detection, which makes it a must do for English section. For this you need to start working on grammar portion. You have around 3 months, if you practice dedicatedly, then there is no such section that you won’t be able you crack.
Type 1 Conventional question of Error detection
Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it.
Q. The blind’s life (a)/ is really very miserable (b)/ because they can’t see (c)/ what happens around
them. (d)/ No Error. (e)
Type 2 (SBI PO Mains 2017):
The following question consists of a sentence which is divided into three parts which contain grammatical errors in one or more than one part of the sentence. If there is an error in any part of the sentence, find the correct alternatives to replace those parts from the three options given below each question to make the sentence grammatically correct. If there is an error in any part of the sentence and none of the alternatives is correct to replace that part, then choose (d) i.e. None of the (I), (II) and (III) as your answer. If the given sentence is grammatically correct or does not require any correction, choose (e) i.e. No correction required as your answer.
Q. The announcement by the Saudi-led coalition to sever (I)/ diplomatic ties with Qatar marks the culmination of a year-long (II)/ dispute over few Gulf Arab states and Qatar. (III)
(I) The announcement by the Saudi-led coalition severing
(II) diplomatic tie with Qatar marked a year-long culmination
(III) dispute between some Gulf Arab states and Qatar
(a) Only (I)
(b) Only (III)
(c) Both (I) and (III)
(d) None of the (I), (II) and (III)
(e) No correction required
Type 3 (IBPS Clerk Mains 2016)
Read each of the following four sentences to find out whether there is any grammatical mistake/ error in it. Choose the sentence with no grammatical error as the correct answer. If all of the given sentences are grammatically incorrect, mark (e) as an answer.
Q. (a) John Wanamaker, founder of the stores that bear his name, once confessed, learnt 30 year ago that it is foolish to scold.
(b) Whether rich or poor, American or Indian, we all have the same emotions deep with us.
(c) This research indicate that we can no longer avoid significant warning during this century.
(d) Every modern society depends on the trust in the skills and ethics of ƒvariety of institutions such as schools and colleges, hospital and markets.
(e) None of these
Type 4 (IBPS PO Mains 2016)
Please select the most appropriate option, out of the five options given for each of the following sentences, which, in your view, should be grammatically and structurally correct. Please note that the meaning & context of the sentence must not change.
Q. (a) Although I already knew the answer and he invited me to visit him often, since I just have seen her in the square, I was never determined to yield this point.
(b) Although I have already known the answer and he invited me to visit him often but since I just have seen her in the square, I was not determined to yield this point.
(c) Although I knew the answer already, and he has often invited me to visit him, since I just have seen her in the square, I am never determined to yield this point.
(d) Although I already know the answer and he often invited me to visit him, since I have just seen her in the square, I am determined never to yield this point.
(e) None is true.
3. Jumbled Sentences
Jumbled Sentences or Jumbled Paragraph can also be scoring when the examination is filled with changed pattern. The only way to master the art to tackle questions of this genre is by practicing them more and more and by improving your reading ability and deduction skills. You’ll need to comprehend data from sentences and identify the connection between them to get the correct order of re-arrangement. Few new types have also been introduced in this topic but more or less the question remains the same.
Type 1 Conventional Type (IBPS Clerk Mains 2016)
Sentences are given in each question, when properly sequenced form coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences amongst the five choices given to construct a paragraph.
Q. (a) Some of the worst cancers aren’t detected by screening.
(b) The only way to be sure is to look at the results of randomized trials comparing cancer deaths in screened and unscreened people.
(c) So how can we be confident that getting screening test regularly is good idea?
(d) Even when screening “works” in such trials, the size of the benefit observed is surprisingly low: Generally, regular screening reduces fatalities from various cancers between 15 percent and 25 percent.
(e) They appear suddenly, between regular screenings, and are difficult to treat because they are so aggressive.
Type 2 (SBI PO Mains 2017)
Q. If Sentence (C), “Presidential contests in India are usually tame and predictable, and 2017 does not promise to be any different” is the first sentence, what is the order of other sentences after rearrangement?
(A) Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called for a “conscience vote” just before the election, and a sizeable number of Congress parliamentarians and legislators voted against the “official” candidate, Reddy, in favour of Giri.
(B) The Bharatiya Janata Party, with its regular allies and new-found friends, should be able to see any non-controversial candidate through.
(C) Presidential contests in India are usually tame and predictable, and 2017 does not promise to be any different.
(D) To date, the election of V.V. Giri over Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in 1969 remains the only notable exception to the long list of humdrum presidential elections.
(E) Before and after that, however, the favourites have carried the day, with opposition-sponsored candidates putting up no more than a symbolic fight to prove no more than a political point.
(F) At present, the numbers are stacked against the opposition for the July 17 election.
Type 3 (IBPS PO Mains 2016)
Five statements are given below, labelled a, b, c, d and e. Among these, four statements are in logical order and form a coherent paragraph/passage. From the given options, choose the option that does not fit into the theme of the passage.
Q.(a) The reference was to China, a country that has been courting Pakistan for several years through a number of means including assistance in its nuclear programme.
(b) After the Uri attacks, Pakistan’s special Kashmir envoy Mushahid Hussain Syed declared that the US was a waning power, suggesting that Pakistan was seeking out other allies.
(c) The most important concern relates to the possible conflict in Pakistan between votaries of economic development and supporters of militancy.
(d) This corridor—which includes road, rail and port infrastructure—is expected to allow China to avoid the vulnerable Indian Ocean route currently used to transport oil from the Gulf.
(e) Of late, there has been much talk of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that stretches from the autonomous region of Xinjiang to the Gwadar port.
4. Cloze Test
Cloze Test is a topic that you can expect in preliminary examination or phase-I examination of banking and insurance recruitment exams. This topic is on our top 5 list because there have been no changes in this topic and it can be easily dealt with. You’ll need to improve your vocabulary to answer questions of cloze test. The best way is practice more and more questions and try to improve your vocab by reading a newspaper and The Hindu daily word list (Vocab).
Fillers are again vocab based. They test your knowledge and command over language’s vocabulary. Earlier there used to be single or double fillers but now the difficulty level has stepped up for bank and insurance recruitment exams. There have been few changes in types of fillers questions over the past year but as compared to other new pattern questions you can easily answer fillers as they won’t kill much of your time. Practice different type of fillers questions and previous bank exams’ memory based papers.
Type 1 Conventional Question (IBPS Clerk Mains 2016)
In each of the following sentence, there are three blank spaces. Below each sentence, there are five options and each option consists of three words which can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct.
Q. Activists in the country have long protested its __________ society that essentially _________ women from travelling, marrying or attending college without permission from male relative, who is called their__________.
(a) benevolent, forbid, steward
(b) Pre- Adamite, prevent, custodian
(c) pre-eminent, restrict, protector
(d) venerable, condemns, manciple
(e) patriarchal, prohibits, guardian
Type 2 (SBI PO Mains 2017)
In question given below, there are two statements, each statement consists of two blanks. You have to choose the option which provides the correct set of words that fits both the blanks in both the statements appropriately and in the same order making them meaningful and grammatically correct.
Q. (1) The molecular targeting of CSCs may improve the _______________ of current chemotherapeutic __________ needed for the management of this disease.
(2) __________ and safety of once-daily ____________ in the treatment of HIV infection is currently under inspection.
(a) Germaneness, medication
(b) Efficacy, regimens
(c) Emasculation, nutriments
(d) Potency, sustenance
(e) Sufficiency, subsistence