How to Attempt Reading Comprehension in SBI PO Prelims 2017

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How to Attempt Reading Comprehension in SBI PO Prelims 2017

How to Attempt Reading Comprehension in SBI PO Prelims 2017: The State Bank of India has officially released the annual notification of hiring Probationary Officers in SBI Banks spread all over the country. A total number of 2403 vacancies have been mentioned by State Bank of India in its official notification. This year SBI PO online examination process will commence in the month of April. As the exam is nearly a few months away, it is time for the candidates to start the preparation. In order to secure good marks and qualify in SBI PO Prelims 2017, we are providing some useful tips & strategy to attempt Reading Comprehension in an efficient manner.

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Reading Comprehension has become the pinnacle for all the aspirants to secure good marks in the English Section of Major Bank Exams like SBI PO, IBPS Clerk, SBI Clerk etc. Reading Comprehension involves analyzing a given text and answering questions related to it. Students are habituated to solve simple and direct passages in their school days, but when it comes to competitive exams, candidates find it difficult to attempt reading comprehension questions. Unable to understand vocabulary or the concept of the passage, makes the aspirants nervous and anxious during the exam. So, it is very important for the candidates to ensure that they are able to excel in this section.

 

How to Attempt Reading Comprehension in SBI PO Prelims 2017

Nearly all of the banks be, it public or private, follow a specific pattern for the reading comprehension section. Both public and private sector banks require candidates to have fair knowledge and a good command over the English language.

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If you focus on the English section of the paper and attempt reading comprehension questions, you can easily clear the sectional cut off marks(33%). Most of the government exams including SBI PO follow the basic pattern for reading comprehension questions:

For Prelims:
There are 10 questions from the reading comprehension section of the prelims exam. The passage is based on a story which can be historical or geographical in context. 5 questions are asked from the basic outline of the story and 5 are asked from your vocabulary knowledge pertaining to synonyms, antonyms and word meanings.

For Mains:
There are 15 questions in total in the RC section of the mains exam of which 10 are asked from the general ideas expressed in the passage. The rest of the questions follow the same pattern as that of the prelims i.e vocabulary testing questions.

The Difficulty Level of Reading Comprehension Questions may vary from one exam to the other. There are various ways to attempt reading comprehension questions and improve your score in SBI and IBPS Exams.

To explain a few tips and tricks on how to attempt reading comprehension questions in bank exams, let us take one example and elaborate

What immediately needed today is the establishment of a World Government or an International Federation of Mankind. It is the utmost necessity of the world today, and all those persons who wish to see all human beings happy and prosperous naturally feel it keenly.
Of course, at times, we all feel that many of our problems of our political, social and cultural life would come to an end if there were one Government all over the world. Travelers, businessmen, seekers of knowledge and teachers of righteousness know very well that great impediments and obstructions are faced by them when they pass from one country to another, exchange goods, get information, and make an effort to spread their good gospel among their fellow-men.
In the past, religious sects divided one set of people against another, color of the skin or construction of the body set one against the other. But today when philosophical light has exploded the darkness that was created by religious differences, and when scientific knowledge has falsified the theory of social superiority and when modern inventions have enabled human beings of all religious views and of all races and colors to come in frequent contact with one another, it is the governments of various countries that keep people of one country apart from those of another.
The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men. But all these evils would cease to exist if there were one Government all over the world.

1. Find your comfort zone

There are many people who have pushed the conservative technique of reading the passage first and then answering the questions. Whereas nowadays, people feel comfortable in looking through the questions first. There isn’t any specific rule abided to the approach of reading comprehension. You can clearly choose whatever approach you are comfortable in. Practice several passages following both of the approaches and make the choice which suits you best.
For example: Given below is an extract from the passage and a question from it. You can apply whichever approach you want to and see for yourself which one actually conserves time.

The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men. But all these evils would cease to exist if there were one Government all over the world.

Q. What do the government of various countries do to keep people of one country apart from those of another?
(A) They create artificial barriers.
(B) They create unnatural distinctions.
(C) They foster unhealthy isolation.
(D) They create unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the people.
(E) All of them.

Ans. (e)

2. Time Management

The primitive and the most important tip for clearing the competitive exams is time management. A study timetable can certainly help when it comes to managing time. Your first concern should be to divide the stipulated time of the examination then, allot certain time to each section, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Always stay ahead of the time. Practice and attempt reading comprehension exercises with the help of a timer and you will have a fair knowledge of time management.
For example: The above given passage should not take more than a minute’s time to read and comprehend. If you are not able to do so, increase your reading speed. Do not waste time in understanding a particular word. Attempt reading comprehension section by keeping the time constraint in mind.

3. Improve your vocabulary

As mentioned above, you need to focus on improving your vocabulary to nail down the second part of the reading comprehension section. For this, you should start reading newspapers on a regular basis and also follow magazines, articles, books, anything that helps you to get immersed in English language. Write down words which you find difficult to understand and also write up their synonyms and antonyms. Make a list of these and regularly revise them till the date of your examination.
For Example: Focus on the extract given below.

The government creates artificial barriers, unnatural distinctions, unhealthy isolation, unnecessary fears and dangers in the minds of the common men who by their nature want to live in friendship with their fellow-men

The word “isolation” in the last paragraph has various synonyms like- Separation, Segregation, Reclusion etc. The antonyms for the same can be Annexation, Companionship etc. Make a list of difficult words from the passages you read along with their synonyms/antonyms and revise them.

4. Focus on First and Last paragraphs to understand the theme

The author of the passage usually tries to introduce his topic through the first paragraph and concludes its implications in the last paragraph. If you face any trouble finding the overall purpose or point of the given passage, it is advised to follow the pattern of first and last paragraphs.
For example: In the above given passage, the first paragraph introduces the idea of establishing a world government which will help ensure a smooth flow of travel between countries. The last paragraph talks about various obstructions faced by people who want to live peacefully together with the world. This provides us the basic outline of the passage i.e. the need of a collective power of organisation to tackle world issues and live together as world citizens.

5. Practice with previous year papers

After keeping these basic factors in mind, you should start practicing with the help of online reading comprehension or through previous year papers. By solving different papers, you are able to understand and identify what kind of questions appears for the exam. You should start with understanding the concept of the passage and you can even draw inferences. Do not get panicked if you are not able to understand a given word. Always trust your instincts and move forward. Attempt reading comprehension with ease and a calm mind.

Apart from these given tips, the most important one is to never lose your composure. Always stay positive and do not panic during the exams. You cannot afford to waste your time by over-thinking or over-analyzing a given passage. Make efficient use of time, practice and attempt reading comprehension questions every day.

If you have any doubts/queries, post in the comment section below.

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