How to Crack English Language Section in SBI Prelims 2018?
Hello Aspirant! We are now just a few weeks away from the Preliminary Exams of SBI PO and JA. As discussed in our previous strategy blogs, I am sure you have started taking mock tests to identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as to finalize your test-taking strategies.
In our column last week, we detailed out the test-taking strategy for the English Language section. We reasoned out the increased importance of this section because of the introduction of sectional time-limits and suggested a couple of strategies to maximize your score in this section.
I would strongly suggest you start employing these strategies in your mock tests if you haven’t done so yet. In today’s article, let us look at a few tips to attempt the different question types you come across in the English Language section in the PO and JA Preliminary Exams.
The English Language section consists of 30 questions spread across the following areas
1. Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions usually
2. Cloze Test – 5 to 10 Questions
3. Fill In The Blanks – 0 to 5 Questions
4. Error Spotting – 0 to 5 Questions
5. Para jumbles – 0 to 5 Questions
6. Critical Reasoning Questions – 0 to 5 Questions (in the PO Exam only)
In Reading Comprehension, yes, you are expected to read the passage and answer the questions based on it. However, it is also important to know the common question types you would see in RC passages –
• Questions based on facts from the passage
• Synonym/ Antonym based questions
• Inference based questions
• Structure-based questions
• Questions based on the tone of the author/passage
• Questions on central idea/title of the passage & Questions on the summary of the passage
The first two question types are less time consuming as well as easy to score as they do not require us to understand the complete passage. The ability, however, lies in how fast you can identify a relevant paragraph to locate a word/ phrase in question. However, you need to be good with vocabulary to be able to answer these questions accurately.
Inference based questions require us to understand the logic behind author’s opinions/ assumptions. Based on what has been mentioned in the paragraph, which of the following would the author disagree with is a common question in this category. In some cases, questions could also be asked on the logical structure of the passage; for example, is the author answering a question that he has initially put forth in the passage or is he trying to convince the reader of his point of view with examples etc. These questions are more commonly asked in the PO as compared to the Clerk.
When it comes to questions based on the central idea of the passage, you are asked either for the summary of the passage or the purpose with which the author has written the passage. These questions are preferably attempted after fact-based or vocabulary-based questions.
Cloze Test & Fill in the Blank Question Types
Cloze test gives you a passage with some of the words omitted. While solving for the omitted words, remember that the sentences in a passage flow in a logical way and in the first reading, you should be able to understand the flow and hence the central idea of the passage. Once that is established, you can fill in the blanks while ensuring the tone of the passage is maintained. One more quick way to eliminate options is by making use of parts of speech. We have seen a few modifications of this question type in the last couple of years – however, the basic strategy still remains similar.
For dual blank questions, we suggest you guess the answer to the question based on the tone and context of the question before looking at the options. This will help manage your time well while reducing a lot of confusion.
Error Spotting Questions
Error Spotting questions evaluate a candidate’s grammar abilities. However, if you have really looked at the previous SBI PO and JA Prelims question papers, you would notice that questions often evaluate you on some basic principles such as subject-verb agreement, tenses, adjectives, and adverbs etc. With good practice, it is easy to develop comfort with these basic question varieties and error spotting questions can become easiest and the most scoring question types.
A student could be either asked to spot the error or pick the right option for a specific part of the sentence – in both these cases, the strategy remains the same. Do not go with gut feel but keep eliminating the different rules of grammar that are not violated until you identify the actual mistake.
The first step in solving a para jumble is to identify the central idea of the paragraph. Look for connectors/ tone changes like but, however or further to build a logical flow to the passage. Mark these statements as pairs and start eliminating options based on these sentence combinations to arrive at the final answer. You could also use pronouns (which would only follow nouns) or words that suggest chronology or sequence of events to identify these pairs of statements. Students often find these questions confusing and rightly so – however, solving one set of jumbles can give you answers to 4 or 5 questions and that is always tempting
The PO Exam could also see a few questions based on Critical Reasoning – these questions could range from identifying the central idea of a passage to flaws in author’s logical reasoning or identify options that might strengthen or weaken the author’s conclusion. You are certain to see these questions in Mains exam but if the examiner wants to spring a surprise, you might also see a few of these in the Preliminary Exam.
Before you go for the final exam, you should have a fair idea where your strengths lie – are you better with Para Jumbles or the Grammar-based questions or is RC your strong suit or the Cloze Passages? How do you do so? Practice, Practice, and Practice! A mock test a day keeps all worries away
We wish you all the best!
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SBI PO Prelims Admit Card 2018 is Released For Download
The State Bank of India recently released the SBI PO admit card/call letter to be downloaded from SBI's official website. SBI is due to hold the Probationary Officer (PO) exam in the month of July. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on the 1st, 7th and 8th of July 2018. You can download the hall ticket/admit card any time between 18th of June and 8th of July 2018 but it is advisable to download it well before the exam date and save a soft copy of the admit card in a safe folder/space.
Prerequisites to Download SBI PO Prelims Examination Hall Ticket:
To download the admit card, these two things should be handy to avoid a mess.
- Registration No./Roll No.
- Password/DOB (in DD-MM-YY format)
Step by Step Process to Download the Admit Card/ Call Letter for SBI PO 2018:
- Please log on to sbi.co.in/careers
- Now there's a 'Latest Announcement' yellow-colored tab on the top right corner. Scroll through the announcements to find the announcement reading 'Recruitment of Probationary Officers in State Bank of India'
- There are many links below the said announcement. The last but one announcement that reads 'Download Preliminary Examination Call Letter' is the official link to download the admit card for SBI PO Prelims 2018.
- Click on the link below to directly go to the official download page released by SBI [DOWNLOAD LINK]
- Now after landing on the official page, you would find the 'Login Credential' section on the right-hand side of the page. Enter the desired information and then submit your details.
- View and download the admit card and save a soft copy for exam use.
Along with the admit card, the SBI will also release a booklet ‘Acquaint yourself'. This booklet will provide detailed information about the PO exam. ‘Acquaint yourself' contains information pertaining to various aspects of the online exam and describes the kind of test that will be given in the examination. Please read the FAQ before downloading the SBI PO admit card for 2018.
For further updates, stay tuned to the official website of SBI.
IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Reasoning Ability Practice Papers
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) started conducting IBPS PO examination in the year 2011 which, since then has been a gateway to the lucrative career in Banking Industry for a lot of students and working professionals across India. The IBPS PO Preliminary examination for this year is scheduled to be held on 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st October 2018 and the mains exam is to be held on 18th November 2018.
A detailed preparation for the three sections, viz., Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability will help you to crack the IBPS PO Prelims and will render you eligible for the mains. Not just preparation but monitoring your preparation is an important step towards cracking the bank PO exams. Take as many mock tests as you can and find your strong and weak sections and tailor your routine accordingly. Without further ado let's analyze the Reasoning Section for the prelims followed by the sample papers.
Important Chapters for Reasoning Ability for IBPS PO Prelims Exam:
Reasoning section has seen an increase in the number of questions which makes it a crucial section for optimum scoring. The topics include Series, Analogies, Odd Pair, Directions, Numbers & Rankings, Dictionary Test, Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Computer Knowledge, Coding-Decoding, Input-Output machine, Complex puzzles
Reasoning Ability Practice Questions for IBPS PO Prelims 2018:
1. Find the Missing Number:
10, 22, 46, 94, 190,?
In the series, each digit is first multiplied by 2 and then 2 is added to get the next number.
10 x 2 => 20 +2 => 22,
22 x 2 => 44 + 2 => 46,
46 x 2 => 92 + 2 => 94,
94 x 2 => 188 + 2 => 190,
190 x 2 => 380 + 2 => 382.
So the missing number is 382.
2. Cows: Herd, then Crows:?
Group of 'Cows' is called 'Herd', then the group of 'Crows' is called 'Murder'.
3. Find the odd man out:
Sound, Heat, Light are forms of energy. Height is not a form of energy.
4. I am facing south. Turning to the left I go 20m, then turning to the right I go 15m, and turning to the right I go 10m, then turning to left I go 10m and turning to right I go 20m, then again turning to right I go 25m. In which direction am I from my original position?
I am on the west side of my original position
5. Kiran is 7 ranks ahead of Sagar in a class of 39. If Sagar`s rank is seventeenth from the last, what is Kiran`s rank from the start?
Sagar is 17th from the last and Kiran is 7 ranks ahead of Sagar. So, Kiran is 24th from the last. Number of students ahead of Kiran in rank = (39 - 24) = 15. So, Ravi is 16th from the start.
6. Arrange words in Dictionary order:
1: Blame, 2: Boehm, 3: Bame, 4: Brame
A. 2, 3, 1, 4
B. 1, 3, 4, 2
C. 1, 2, 3, 4
D. 3, 1, 2, 4
Bame → 3
Blame → 1
Boehm → 2
Brame → 4
7. Statements: Some Apples are Bananas. All the Bananas are Grapes.
Some Bananas are Grapes.
Some Bananas are Apples.
A. Only conclusion 1 follows
B. Only conclusion 2 follows
C. Either (1) or (2) follows
D. Neither (1) nor (2) follows
E. Both (1) and (2) follow
8.Instructions for Questions a to c: Read the given information below and answer the questions that follow
Six friends A, B, C, D, E, and F are sitting around a hexagonal table with each at one corner and facing the centre of the hexagonal. A is second to the left of F. B is neighbour of C and D. E is second to the left of D.
a. Which one is sitting opposite to E?
So, C is sitting opposite to E
b. Which of the following are the neighbours of D?
A. F and A
B. E and C
C. F and C
D. F and B
So, F and B are the neighbours of D.
c. Who is the third person to the right of A?
So, D is the third person to the right of A
9. Which of the following is not an input device for Computer?
B. Light pen
Plotters is an output device. The plotter is a computer printer for printing vector graphics.
10. If COMPUTER is coded as RFUVQNPC, then how MEDICINE is coded?
Each letter of the word except the first and last letters is moved one step forward and the order of letters obtained is reversed to get the code.
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