IBPS PO 2020: How to crack English Language Section?

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Jun 9, 2020

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IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel) will conduct the CWE PO/ MT Recruitment Examination in October 2020. Preparing for IBPS PO varies from aspirant to aspirant and depends a lot on their level of preparation. There is a lot of practice elements in Bank PO, speed is something which is very critical.

English paper includes various types of question such as Comprehension Skills, Spelling Mistakes, Noun, Verbs, Prepositions, Direct -Indirect, Sentences, Adjective, etc.

Due to the IT revolution, all organizations their future employees have good command over the English language. Having good control of English will not only get you good marks in written but it will also have a huge impact in Interview round. So, let’s gear up! It does not really matter if you are just starting new i.e. wanting to study from scratch or you just want to improve your English. In both cases, you have landed on the correct page.

If you want to score well in the English section, then reading "The Hindu" newspaper should be in your everyday routine. You will feel the difference while attempting questions in the exam. There is no need to practice endless reading comprehension questions because practice papers are just a tool to measure performance but if you really want to improve your score then read newspapers every day. Check  IBPS PO Syllabus

Tips to crack English section

The English section for the IBPS PO exam can be broadly divided into 4 parts- Grammar, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. One can go through the following article to know more about the same:

IBPS PO English Language


  • There are 2 main topics in Grammar on which questions are asked in both Prelims and Main exams.

IBPS PO English Language

  • You will need to learn basic grammar concepts like Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Degrees of Comparison, Subject-Verb Agreement, Conjunctions, Parts of Speech, Standard Construction, Adverbs, Number in Nouns, etc.
  • Practice previous year’s papers as this will give you a fair idea about the difficulty level of questions and you can also evaluate your performance.
  • Practice grammar questions thoroughly using free apps. By, learning topic wise, it will surely enhance your English. As it does not need calculations, so practicing on app is an excellent method of improving your English.


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

IBPS PO English Language

  • Building vocabulary is a passive skill. Whenever you come across a new word, make sure to look it up in a dictionary or google it on your phones. Keep a sheet where you note down its meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and its usage. Later, try to use these words in sentences of your own to revise the meanings.
  • Cloze Test is considered to be one of the easiest questions, only if attempted properly. 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.
  • This practice has the added advantage of helping you enhance your understanding of the context of the passage for Reading Comprehension or Cloze Test.

Reading Comprehension

  • The passages will be of medium length. Read the entire passage carefully and then read all the questions. Practice one comprehension question daily from the previous year’s paper or online mock tests.
  • The passages will likely be based on topics like Banking & Economy, Business, Social issues, 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.
  • For Synonyms and Antonyms in IBPS PO English Language Section, refer to the line in which they are mentioned and try to infer their meaning by analyzing the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
  • Practice comprehensions from various topics because you never know what kind of topic you are going to face in the paper.

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 restore the paragraph in the right order. Look for connecting words like conjunctions that will help you link the story well.

We hope all the tips from us did you good!

We wish you all the best and hope all your hard work pays off!

IBPS PO English Language Important Topics

The English section of the exam tests the candidate’s basic knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, reading, and verbal ability. Since the selected candidates would be placed as an officer in charge (of some financial /administrative aspect) it is expected from them to have a working knowledge of the English language.

The syllabus of the exam just mentions the word English and Comprehension and does not specify what specifically is to be studied. In order to crack the English section of the exam, it is important to have a clear-cut demarcation of what to study and what not. Thus, candidates should have a list of important topics before starting preparations for the exam. To cut your task out we are providing you the list of important topics in the English section for the IBPS PO exam based on the analysis of the previous year papers.

  • Vocabulary related topics like homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, word formation, etc.
  • Reading Comprehension (deriving conclusion, inference, theme detection type questions would be asked).
  • Articles
  • Prepositions
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Active and Passive voice
  • Spotting errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • One word substitution
  • Tenses

IBPS PO English Language: Sample Questions

As we discussed above that the English section tests the candidates for working knowledge in the English language the questions too are not of a very high level. The type of questions asked in English is divided into four parts namely Reading and Comprehension, Vocabulary, verbal ability, and basic grammar. The types of questions asked under each head are listed below.  

Basic Grammar

The questions asked under this section are from topics like Tenses, adjectives, preposition, etc.

  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the blanks (Cloze test)


The vocabulary section would focus on areas like idioms, phrases, corrections, etc.

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Spelling Corrections

Verbal ability

This portion is pretty much similar to the vocabulary section. The difference is just that you are required to apply your cognitive skills to deduce a correct pattern or order out of random sequences.

  • Para jumbles
  • Theme analysis of Para jumbles.

Reading and Comprehension

As the name suggests the section tests the candidates for their reading and comprehending skills.

  • Passage based questions
  • Theme analysis of a passage
  • Inference from the passage
  • Synonyms/Antonyms from the passage

IBPS PO English Language: Sample Papers

Practice is the key to master the English section for your IBPS PO exam. Solving previous years question papers, Mocks, revision tests, etc. would help you in identifying those gray areas in your preparations and would help you in strengthening them with some more handwork. For helping you out in your practice we have attached some sample papers here.

IBPS PO English Previous year Cutoff

The cut-off of the English section in IBPS PO is not too high and can be easily cracked with a little bit of effort. Candidates who are regular in their preparations would not find it difficult to clear the cut-offs. For your reference, we have tabled the category-wise cut-off of the English section from previous years.

Category Prelims Cut-off (out of 30 Marks) Mains Cut-off (out of 40 Marks)
General 7.00 4.75
SC 4.50 2.25
ST 4.50 2.25
OBC 4.50 2.25
PWD 4.50 2.25

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.