SBI Clerk Exam 2020 is a highly competitive exam that is conducted all over India, with lakhs of candidates appearing for the exam. This exam has three sections in the prelims paper- Numerical Ability, English Language and Reasoning Ability. Among all the three sections, the English Language is a highly scoring section that can easily help candidates to fetch good marks, provided their basic concepts of grammar and vocabulary is good. However, candidates are scared of this section and keep it for the last minute. Candidates must take all the sections of the exam seriously and prepare accordingly. With little effort, English, as well as other sections, can be mastered by the SBI Clerk exam. The main motive of the English Section is to test a Candidate’s Language skills and proficiency.
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Let’s have a brief overview of the number of questions, maximum marks and time allocated for the English Language Section before getting into preparations.
|Exam||Number of Questions and Maximum Marks||Time Allotted|
|SBI Clerk Prelims||30/30||20 mins|
|SBI Clerk Mains||40/40||35 mins|
The exam pattern has been changed for Prelims as well as Mains. There is section-wise allotted time durations for both the exams. Time duration to answer 30 questions is 20 minutes for the prelims exam and 35 minutes to answer 40 questions for the mains exam. To answer the questions within time, one must have theoretical knowledge and have practiced enough.
As many students come from a regional language schooling background, they find English rather tricky. But in reality, if you are minimum idea about the grammatical concepts of the language and have a decent vocabulary, solving the questions in SBI Clerk exam English section is very easy and scoring:
English Language section has been divided into four components:
Focus on two important aspects of the exam.
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Every year, the topics in English language remain static and are compulsory. This is especially true for English comprehension, cloze test, para jumbles and similar questions which are asked every year. Below are topic-wise preparation tips which will help you make sure every section is easy enough for you:
Questions related to English Vocabulary include Antonyms, Synonyms, Cloze Tests and Fill in the Gaps. To Improve and prepare for English Vocabulary:
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This is the most important component that comes under the English language. You need to have a strong knowledge of English grammar to bag good marks in this section. Questions asked are up to the level of Class 10 English Grammar.
It includes Error Spotting, Fill in the Gaps, Sentence Completion and Phrase Replacement. To prepare English Grammar:
There are two types of Comprehension tests- Fact-based and Story-based. Having a good grip of English Grammar and strong Vocabulary will help you easily understand them. To prepare Reading Comprehension:
This includes para jumbles and sentence rearrangements where you have to arrange 6-7 sentences to form a meaningful passage and then, some questions are asked from these passages. It can only be achieved and mastered by improving reading speed and logical thinking. Practice on a daily basis and master the English grammar rules along with reading regularly.
Good preparation is only possible when you have quality study materials and books handy. The following are some of the standard books to follow while preparing the English section for any banking exam-
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By making a proper strategy of the preparation plan and going through the right resources, you can make sure your English language preparation is up to the mark. We hope the tips shared above are helpful to you and wish you all the best for the exams this year.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.