How to Prepare for English Language for SBI Clerk Prelims

How to Prepare for English Language for SBI Clerk Prelims

How to Prepare for English Language for SBI Clerk Prelims: Following our exam strategy for SBI Junior Associate Examination, let us focus on preparing for English Language Section for SBI Clerk Prelims 2016. In this article, we will be sharing SBI Clerk Preparation Tips, Exam Strategy, Topic-Wise Exam Preparation and tips on How to Prepare for English Section for the upcoming SBI JA JAA Examination.

SBI Clerk Prelims – How to Prepare for English Language?

This year, the State Bank of India has introduced some major changes in SBI Clerk Recruitment Process. The biggest change is SBI Junior Associate Pattern is the introduction of Prelims and Mains Examination, which was previously a single recruitment examination. Also, SBI Clerk Prelims is only qualifying in nature but this, in no way, undermines the importance of scoring big in SBI Junior Associate Prelims 2016.

In this article, we will only focus on Preparation Tips and How to Prepare for English Language for SBI Junior Associate Prelims. Let us get to know about the exam pattern and number of questions expected from each topic.

Exam Pattern for JA JAA Prelims

There will be 100 questions of 1 mark each, making the total marks to be 100. There will be 3 sections – English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.

 Name of the Section  Questions  Marks
 English Language  30  30
 Numerical Ability  35  35
 Reasoning Ability  35  35
 Total  100  100

The total time allotted will be 60 minutes and there will be 0.25 mark negative marking for each incorrect answer. Sectional and Overall Cutoff will also be there.

Expected Number of Questions for SBI Clerk Prelims

Following the previous exam pattern of SBI Clerk Examination, we can deduce the following inferences which point out to these figures.

 Name of the Topic  Questions (Expected)  Level of Difficulty 
 Reading Comprehension 10 Questions  Moderate
 Fill in the Blanks 5 Questions  Moderate
 Sentence Correction/ Spot the Error 5 Questions  Moderate
 Parajumbles 5 Questions  Easy
 Cloze Test 5 Questions  Easy

The level of difficulty may vary by a little margin, as this is the first time anyone would attempt SBI Clerk Prelims Examination. To score better in English Section of SBI Clerk Prelims, here are some useful preparation tips from each topic.


How to Prepare for Reading Comprehension Questions

In SBI Clerk Prelims, Reading Comprehension covers over 33% weightage of the English Section. The level of difficulty will vary from Easy to Moderate but then again, it is advisable to attempt atleast 5 questions out of 10 in order to score better.

For a better score in English Section, here are a few preparation tips on how to solve RC Questions.

  • Reading Newspaper. Perhaps the most obvious preparation tip would be develop the healthy habit of reading English Newspaper on a daily basis. We recommend The Hindi and The Statesman.
  • Try building your own Personal Lexicon. Having a good vocabulary will definitely help your solving RC questions faster in SBI Clerk Examination. Reading from various sources will definitely introduce you to a number of ‘new words’ on a daily basis. We recommend you to maintain a personal diary for recording all these words and revise them properly. There are a number of confusing words embedded in comprehensions and knowing them will definitely help in solving a few questions.
  • Skimming and Scanning. You need to adapt yourself with the technique of skimming and scanning through the passages as it will help you cover more ground in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Read the First and Last Paragraph. Consider this one as a ‘Prep Hack’ as questions like Theme/ Objective of the Passage could be answered with this simple study tip.


How to Prepare for Fill in the Blank Questions

Questions based on Fill in the Blank are basically a measure of your understanding of English Grammar. If you are proficient in optimal usage of Grammar, you can score well in this topic. Follow these tips and tricks for scoring better in Fill in the Blank Section.

  • Revisit Grammar Basics. Get in touch with the primary school prep books for English Grammar and try to understand the connection. There is always a little room left for improvement.
  • Start Writing. A simple note, a personal diary entry or a blog, anything would do. This will basically help you understand how a sentence is connected and what frame is grammatically correct.
  • Identify Common Errors. As you proceed further, you will find that there are a few mistakes which can be repetitive. Begin writing them down in a notebook so you may not fall for those.
  • Analyse Regularly. You need to keep track of your performance if you wish to see actual improvement in your preparation level.


How to Prepare for Sentence Correction Questions

Sentence Correction will basically involve good grammatical skills coupled with a sound vocabulary. You need to have both in order to solve questions with good accuracy. Follow these tips and tricks for scoring better in Sentence Correction Section.

  • Read the Entire Sentence carefully. You need to identify all the elements of the sentence first – the subject, the noun, the articles etc. Only after that, you proceed towards finding a diagnosis.
  • Connect the Dots. After reading, you can go ahead and break the sentence into small parts to further know which part has incorrect grammar usage.
  • Don’t Rush. This theory applies to both Grammar as well as Sentence Correction Questions. The options are always close-fitting so make sure you have the correct one.


How to Prepare for Parajumble Questions

Perhaps the most confusing part of the English Section would be Parajumbles. Solving these require skill as well as presence of mind. Here are a few tips and tricks on solving parajumbles in an efficient manner.

  • Sequence Deduction. Solving parajumbles is all about finding the right pattern in which each part of the sentence can be arranged. Hence, using grammatical sense as well as sentence constructing techniques, you need to solve such questions.
  • Identify the Primary Link. In parajumbles, knowing where the sentence starts can be of great help. It can serve as the crucial link which starts the process.
  • Connectors Help. Pay attention for words which connect a sentence like ‘Instead’ or ‘Because’. They help in joining sentences of ’cause-effect’ kind.
  • Be Logical Throughout. Even after you’ve re-arranged all the sentences, it is advisable to read the entire constructed paragraph/ passage/ sentence. A single word or phrase can change the entire meaning of the sentence.


How to Prepare for Cloze Test Questions

This is one section every candidate needs to attempt as soon as the exam begins. Basic understanding of English Grammar and Logic can help a candidate secure 100% in Cloze Test. Just follow these tips and tricks to solve Cloze Test Questions in SBI Clerk Prelims.

  • Read the Passage Carefully. Cloze Test Passage maintains a particular consistency overall. A single read will help in getting an idea about what the passage wishes to convey.
  • Detect the Theme. If you know the objective of the passage, a lot can be revealed in terms of sentence construction.
  • Zero-in on the Word Type. The word under observation could be a noun/ adjective/ pronoun etc. Knowing the word type could help find the word optimally among the options.
  • Final Read is a Must. Similar to Sentence Correction Questions, you should always read the complete solution in the end to understand how grammatically consistent it is.

Please keep in mind that these preparation tips will only prove beneficial if you stay consistent with your practice. Make sure you keep revising on a regular basis, follow proper study timetable and analyse your performance regularly.

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