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SBI PO 2018: Preparation Strategy

PUBLISH DATE 5th May 2018

SBI PO 2018: With that in mind, the SBI PO 2018 examinations have English Language in both parts of their examinations including the SBI PO 2018 Prelims and SBI PO 2018 Mains. Hence, it’s essential to have a good preparation strategy to tackle the English Language part efficiently and accurately.

SBI PO 2018: With the SBI PO 2018 recruitment notification already released on April 21, it is now the time to accelerate your preparation in full swing as there are only a couple of months available before the exams. With that in mind, the SBI PO 2018 examinations have English Language in both parts of their examinations including the SBI PO 2018 Prelims and SBI PO 2018 Mains. Hence, it’s essential to have a good preparation strategy to tackle the English Language part efficiently and accurately.

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Here’s a guide to aid your preparation for the SBI PO 2018 English Language section.

Before moving on, please note a few things regarding the English Language section in general –

  • The English Language section usually has lengthy, time-consuming questions

  • Questions in this section test your grammar and vocabulary

  • Unlike other sections, English Language requires you to actively apply your knowledge to become better at it; hence, speaking in English is encouraged

SBI PO 2018: Examination Pattern

Before moving on to the SBI PO 2018 English Language preparation, let’s look at the SBI PO 2018 exam pattern for the SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains.

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SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No.

Subject

No. of Questions

Marks

Duration

1

English Language

30

Total Marks 100

20 Minutes

2

Quantitative Aptitude

35

20 Minutes

3

Reasoning Ability

35

20 Minutes

Total

100

 

60 Minutes

 

SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

Sr. No.

Subject

No. of Questions

Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

Total Marks 200

 

60 Minutes

2

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

45 Minutes

3

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

40

35 Minutes

4

English Language

35

40 Minutes

Total

155

 

180 Minutes

Therefore, for the SBI PO 2018 Prelims English Language section, about 30 questions are to be attempted in 20 minutes which leaves us with approximately 0.67 minutes or 40 seconds per question. In the Mains exam, 35 questions must be attempted in 40 minutes which provides us with approximately 1.14 minutes or 68.6 seconds per question.

SBI PO 2018: Topic-wise Preparation Tips

Given that English Language section already has time-consuming questions, one needs to be quick and accurate. Hence, here are some topic-wise preparation tips.

Reading Comprehension

This is the lengthiest area in the subject; first read the questions and then skim through the passage. This way, you will be able to ‘pick’ out the answers from the passage as you go through it. If you are comfortable, try answering the vocabulary questions first.

Cloze Test

Practice is needed to familiarize yourself with more topics; when presented with the options, make sure you read each word that is given as an option and then try fitting it in the sentence and seeing if it makes sense to you; that way by the method of elimination, you can remove the parts that you think are not a good fit for the sentences.

Sentence Rearrangement

Read through all the sentences to determine the gist or summary of the passage; look up the sentences independently and then think of how they come or match together. Then try arranging them separately or one-by-one; try to identify the first and last sentences of the passage, because that helps build a mental image or idea of how the rest of the sentences should be arranged.

Spotting Errors/Sentence Improvement and Correction

Read the sentence in its entirety and see if it makes sense to you; quite often, some error will be obvious and hence it will be easy to spot that out. If not, look for the options and see what appears to be the most logically correct choice.

Phrase Replacement

Once you read the initial sentence first, you shall be able to answer the question easily by eliminating the options. Ensure that your preparation and knowledge of grammar is at par with the exam’s standard of questions, because often spotting a grammar error is one of the easiest ways to disregard an option.

Descriptive Test

SBI PO 2018 Mains have 2 parts pertaining to English: the objective English Language exam module and the Descriptive Test. The Descriptive Test has 2 questions which are to be completed within 30 minutes and carry a total of 50 marks; usually, it includes 1 letter writing and 1 essay writing assignment. To practice for this section (descriptive writing), simply practice writing letters and essays on topics pertaining to banking and government (such as on schemes released by the government or on RBI’s notifications)

Of course, to do all this as suggested, one needs to practice regularly. Regular practice under exam-like conditions is the key of success in any exam, whether that is SBI PO 2018 or any other.

SBI PO 2018: Best Books for Reference

Thorough preparation for the SBI PO 2018 requires constant practice; should you consider supplementing your online preparation with some reference books, here are some recommendations –

Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi

High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin, and

Word Power Made Simple by Norman Lewis. 

 

 

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