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How to Prepare English for SBI PO

Last Updated - February 10, 2017

SBI (State Bank of India) conducts exams for the recruitment of Probationary Officers every year. Competition to get entry in the banking sector is increasing rapidly owing to lucrative salary, emoluments and stability. To excel in any competitive exam, one needs strategic planning, good study material, dedication and perseverance.

English language paper will be part of both preliminary as well as of main examination of SBI PO. Therefore, it is very important for aspirants to understand about Bank PO English Language so that they can score good marks in both pre-and mains exams.

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 2017, here is a proper study material on how to crack SBI PO English Language section.

This is a test to see how well you know English. Your English language ability would be tested through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension of a passage, etc.

SBI PO English: Topic Wise Preparation Tips

Most SBI aspirants are able to secure good marks in this section but there is a significant number which find SBI PO English Language Section confusing.

TopicsExpected number of Questions
Reading Comprehension10
Cloze test5
Sentence Correction5
Spot the Error5
Fill in the Blanks / Para Jumbles5

The English Section for the SBI PO exam can be broadly divided into 4 parts as given below.

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Preparation Tips for Reading Comprehension

The passage will likely be based on topics like Banking & Economy, Social Issues, Business etc. The questions will be mainly Fact-Based and Vocabulary based. Some questions can also be asked on the Main Idea & Theme of Passage. You may also be asked to draw Inferences based on your understanding of the passage.

Practice one comprehension question daily. Practice comprehensions from various topics because you never know what kind of topic you are going to face in the paper. Constant practice will help you achieve accuracy and minimize the time required.

Preparation Tips for Cloze Test

Cloze Test can be considered the epitome of the English Language Test in SBI PO, because it single handedly test the ability of a candidate to understand a passage, their vocabulary, and command over the English grammar. Though it can prove to be complicated as one error can cost you a lot of marks as all the blanks that are to be filled are inter-related.

Getting good marks means in Cloze Test is directly proportional to cracking the English section and scoring good marks. Constant practice is the key in solving Cloze test quickly and accurately.

Preparation Tips for Vocabulary

You will find direct questions on the following topics in both Prelims and Mains exams.

  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Error Spotting
  • Word Association Pair
  • Phrase or Idiom Meaning
  • Spellings

Start reading Financial Daily. Chances are you may find a passage from the Editorial section. When you encounter new words while reading the newspaper, start making a note of them. When you’ ll start encountering same words again and again, it’ll save your trouble of mugging up the vocabulary.

Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability

This section consists of 6 sentence para jumble with 5 questions based on it. Analyze the theme of each para jumble and then try to restoring the paragraph in the right order. Look for connecting words like conjunctions that will help you link the story well. There are several points that all adds up to a meaningful passage if followed properly.

1. Understand the passage. If you can decipher the message behind the passage, you can quickly recreate the correct order.

2. Make a pair of 2 sentences. For example, if 6 sentences are to be rearranged, then make 3 pairs each consisting of 2 sentences.

3. Look for clues while forming a pair. More than often, there are some connecting words that forms a bridge between sentences.

4. After identifying the pairs, all you need to do is to rearrange these pairs to make a meaningful passage. Here’s where the problem starts.

5. The pair that looks like introduction should be placed first. The pair that looks like a result of the arguments, or provide a closure should be placed last.

6. Go through the arrangement again to check the coherence of the pair, and see if it conveys a meaningful flow. If you think the sequence defies logic, rearrange again till you start seeing some logic.

SBI PO 2017 English Study Material

You can never be fully confident about a paper unless you solve the actual one, and the sample papers are the best ‘net practice’ for you before the real match. Let us move to SBI PO Best Books for English Preparation.

Name of SBI PO English BookName of AuthorISBN Number
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis8183071007
English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume - 1)Neetu Singh8192921727
Objective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi9351768449
High School English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin9352530144

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