Preparation of any exam begins with acquainting oneself with what are we going to prepare for, what all it includes and how are we going to execute it. There are basically 4 sections that come in almost all exams, they are – Reasoning, Quants, English and General Awareness. And the section that most of the candidates find difficult is English, although it is the most scoring of all. So, to let you all overcome this fear, we have discussed here, how to start preparing for this particular section. Check in this article IBPS PO English Preparation PDF along with some Tips that you can just implement in your Prelims as well as Mains preparation. Not just that, get access to the English Course on Oliveboard Edge to master all the topics through online English Classes, practice sessions, and sectional tests. Read More About Edge – Here
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IBPS PO English Preparation PDF – How to Start from Scratch
1. Develop the Understanding
Remember your school days that how you all started? Was it with the Grammar rules? No, we were introduced first with the stories, poems, etc. so that we can build a basic understanding of the text. And this can be developed only if you Read Something on a regular basis – it can be novel, fiction, course-book, anything! Because once you have got the gist of the text, rest of the things will gradually fall in place.
2. Read Newspaper
Here we are esp. stressing on reading newspaper because it can help you fetch some extra marks in other sections as well. Not only you get updated with current affairs, but the Editorials in it also helps you in solving Reading Comprehension. The best way is to read and summarize it in your own words. This benefits in two ways:
- Summarizing in your own words will prepare you for Descriptive English – Essay writing
- You’ll have crisp notes to revise before the exam
3. Brush up your Basics
Yes, it is never too late to start from scratch. Go through basic grammar rules – trust me they are not many that you cannot learn or revise. Grab a good high school English book and go through them. Revise it every week so that you don’t forget them. And why worry when you can count on us? Just attend the Grammar Basics Course on Oliveboard Edge and take your preparation to the next level.
4. Vocabulary Building
This is something of utmost importance, but we hardly pay heed to it. Most of the questions will be solved in one go only if you are good at vocab. Because if you don’t understand the meaning of it, you won’t be able to understand its context and the whole thing might just turn upside down. To avoid getting into such circumstances, keep updating your vocab. The best way to do it is to jot down anything that you find new – it can be during reading any text or giving the test. If there’s a word that you are not sure of, just note it down. Search for its meaning, synonyms/ antonyms, also its correct usage when used in a different tense. But don’t settle there!
Make a few sentences on your own to finally get a hold of it. Try attempting a FREE Vocabulary Test HERE to check your preparation.
IBPS PO English Preparation – Practice these on Daily Basis
A. Reading Comprehension
Practice at least 2 RC daily. The daily practice will surely increase your reading speed as well as accuracy in answering the questions. Practicing from previous year question paper is an added advantage. Click here to attend Master RC Classes before attempting the Reading Comprehension Test.
B. Cloze Test
Cloze Test is considered as one of the scoring topics in English Language section in almost all bank and government exams, like SBI PO, IBPS PO, EPFO Asst., SBI, etc. It tests the candidate’s knowledge of comprehension in terms of grammar, vocabulary and its usage. Practice Free Cloze Test Questions from Here.
C. Idioms and Phrasal Words
You can find few questions from them in Reading comprehension, Cloze Test, Fillers, Match the Following, Correct Usage, Meaning (Same or Opposite), etc. Try to learn 10 of each every day and make a note of it separately. Download Free Ebook of 100 Important Verbal Phrases.
D. Descriptive English
It’ll come in IBPS PO Mains exam. The only way to prepare this section is to practice, practice, and practice. Reading different texts will help you gather information about a particular topic but in the end, it is the practice that’ll help you get command over writing anything within a set time-frame. That’s the reason we recommend summarising important articles in your own words once you are done reading them. IBPS PO Descriptive writing will involve Essay/ Precis/ Comprehension that you’ll have to complete within 45 minutes. Emphasis will be on comprehension and analysis. Here’s the Free Ultimate Guide for Descriptive English to take help from!
E. Practice in a Time Bound Manner
Preparation and Practice must go together. Once you have prepared a topic, go on practicing it but in a time-bound manner. The IBPS PO Topic tests will help you do exactly that! You can follow it up with IBPS PO English Sectional Test to practice all the topics together.
IBPS PO English Syllabus: Important Topics
Grammar (Verb, Prepositions, Adverbs, Articles, Tenses, etc.) – WatchGrammar Basics Lesson
|Reading Comprehension||Vocabulary based questions|
|Cloze Test||Error Spotting|
|Odd One Out||Idioms and Phrases – Download PDF|
|Correct Usage||One Word Substitution|
|Para jumbles||Sentence Improvement|
|Fillers – Single, Double||Synonyms/ Antonyms|
|Paragraph Completion||Word/Phrase Replacement|
Descriptive English Guide – Free PDF
Be it Prelims or IBPS PO Mains, practicing Mock Tests is the only way to test your preparation. Attempt the IBPS PO Free Mock Test provided on Oliveboard. This will provide you the actual exam-like scenario and on the exam-day, you will see the difference it has made in your preparation.
IBPS PO English Preparation on EDGE Platform
Oliveboard’s Edge Platform allows you Unlimited access to all the courses available on the platform (current as well as upcoming) that you can watch anytime. With just one subscription, you can attend all-exam courses (Bank, SSC, Railways, etc.), sectional courses (Reasoning, Quants, English, GK) and Topic-wise courses. And this makes IBPS PO English Preparation super-easy! Just click on English Courses and select the Topic you want to watch –
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