IBPS PO Verbal Prelim Exam Tips
1. There will be 30 questions in the English Section of IBPS PO Prelims Exam with expected breakdown as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 10q
Cloze Test: 5q
Contextual Vocabulary: 5q
Spotting of Errors: 5q
Passage Completion: 5q
2. If English is your strong section, you should start from this section. Devote 12-17 minutes to Verbal
3. For Parajumbles problems, make sure you know the answer 100% before attempting the questions. If you are skeptical of the answer or not sure, IGNORE all Parajumbles questions
4. If English is a weak section for you, don’t spend too much time on Parajumbles or RC questions (except the vocabulary based RC questions). Your goal should be to get 12+ questions right
5. For Reading Comprehension questions, you should know your strategy upfront. Are your comfortable with reading the paragraph quickly and then answering the questions or are you more comfortable with reading the paragraph in detail? Both strategies work for different types of students- you need to know which works better for you. The best way to do this to analyze your performance in past tests and see how you did and what you can do to improve. If you have yet not attempted Mock Tests, You can get last minute Mock Tests here.
6. Even if you don’t know the answers to the overall RC passage, you can still attempt the vocabulary based questions (from RC). For the synonym/antonym and vocabulary questions of RC, first read the questions carefully and then identify the sentence in which the word is present and read it once. Then, have a look at your options and trust your intuition to answer the question i.e. the first choice that props up in your mind is the most probable answer.
7. Cloze Test: If you are confused between two options, then move onto to the next question, solve it and come back to the question where you are confused. You will now have a better idea about the correct choice.
8. Fill in the blanks: Go with the elimination rule and you can easily solve this section by eliminating options and getting them down to 50-50 choice. Again, trust your instinct for choosing between the two options.
9. Spot the error: Eliminate options by reading the sentence and asking yourself “Does this sound right?” Apply Grammar Rules that you have learned from Studycopter. Don’t hesitate to read a sentence multiple times.
10. To improve your vocabulary, you can go through the Vocabulary section on Studycopter and grasp key words. This can be done during your down-time as well (watching TV etc.). If you don’t have a good Vocabulary – DON’T WORRY. There is no need to take tension during the last few days.
Best of Luck for your exam. If you are not 100% confident on Mock Tests – there is still some time left.