11 Tips to Crack English Section of IBPS Clerk Prelims

English section of IBPS Clerk

Dear IBPS Clerk Candidates,

After getting huge readership on 10 TIPS to CRACK IBPS Clerk in 10 days article yesterday, we were yet again flooded with requests for ‘Tips’ to attempt and crack individual sections of IBPS Clerk Prelims – English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.

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So, we have decided to publish a series of 3 articles for Individual sections with detailed explanations on how to approach a particular section.

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As we highly recommended in our previous article for you to begin with English section,  here we are with “Tips and Tricks” to solve English Section for you to ace the test.
This is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes  a nightmare and biggest hurdle to clear the sectional  cut-offs.
We are bring you the detailed analysis of the English section for your perusal,

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11 Tips to Crack English Section of IBPS Clerk Prelims

1. There will be 30 questions in the English Section of IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam with questions from sub section divided as follows:

Reading Comprehension  10
Cloze Test 5
Sentence Correction 5
Spot the error 5
Fill in the blanks 5
Para jumbles 5

2. We reiterate that if you feel you have a command over English then this should be the starting section for IBPS Clerk. You can finish it within 10-15 minutes.

3. For those, who feel that English is not their forte i.e. it is average, we would still recommend that you should start your  IBPS Clerk exam with this section. Try to read carefully and avoid small mistakes. Remember to be extra cautious with Para jumbles. If you are not too sure about a problem, it is better to leave it. If you attempt 17+ questions in this section with good accuracy, you will be able to clear the sectional cut off without much trouble. The maximum time spent on this section should be 15 minutes.

4. If you feel that your English is really weak, then and then only you should attempt it after the Reasoning and Quantitative sections. Try to solve as many questions in the above mentioned sections as you can to clear overall cut-off even if you score less in English. Since, it’s your weakest section, don’t save more than 15 minutes for this section. Aim to get 12+ questions right. Plan ahead to figure out which sections do you regularly score well in English . Based on our analysis, we recommend you to avoid Para jumbles. Instead attempt Fill in the blanks, cloze test and Sentence correction question. Once you are done with them, attempt vocabulary questions from Reading Comprehension. This would be enough to clear the sectional cut-offs.

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Topic Wise Tips.

5. Reading Comprehension: It’s generally suggested to read the paragraph first and then the questions in RC section. But on a computer screen, it doesn’t make much sense as you can’t underline the important information. Hence, in order to saver time and increase accuracy, we recommend that you have a cursory look at the questions first and then go through the passage. This ensures that while reading the passage you exactly know as to what is being asked, answer it correctly and go on to the next question. Now 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.

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6. Cloze Test: One paragraph with numbered blanks. These questions are easy and help you improve your performance. 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.

7. 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.

8. Spot the error /Sentence Correction: Eliminate options by reading the sentence and asking yourself “Does this sound right?”

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9. Pick up an e book(fictional/non fictional), newspaper or journal which is just above your current level of reading. Keep a dictionary handy. Spend around an hour or so daily for this activity. Not only will it improve your speaking skills, it will also help increase your reading speed which comes in VERY handy while attempting any competitive exam, especially IBPS Clerk where your race is against time. Faster reading speed can make a critical difference in clearing the cutoff since it enables you to read more questions in stipulated time. Besides the above mentioned benefits, reading the newspaper drastically improves your general knowledge. Try reading most of the things on a computer or laptop screen. It will make your eyes and body accustomed to a computer screen where you have to write the exam finally. The above activity will help you in all the sections especially in RC .

10 Listen to speeches or watch movies and/or documentaries with subtitles. This increases knowledge of spoken english and comes in handy while attempting sentence completion and parajumbles. Do it for 30 minutes daily.

11. Talk to people in English. You may feel sluggish and shy at first and will make lots of mistakes but you will soon discover that with more talking, your confidence as well as your accuracy is increasing. This increased confidence will help build up the trust in your intuition and save you precious minutes while attempting the English section of IBPS Clerk Prelim exam.

So folks, these were the tips for preparing the English Section of IBPS Clerk Prelim. For Tips on Reasoning and Quantitative Sections keep checking our bulletin. We will publish them soon.

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We agree that we might have been unable to cover all your queries in the above tips, so feel free to shoot your questions in the comments section below and we will be more than happy to answer them! Share these tips with your friends and get their good wishes! All the best. God Bless you.


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  • Ravi Mahawar

    Thanks for top most tips to crack English section in IBPS Clerk examination. By reading these tips any one can say that now he/she can crack English section.
    Sir can you please suggest some important books name for the preference. it will be more helpful for all the candidates.
    Thank you so much.

  • muthu

    sir please send more english shortcuts and more practice set and how tackle fill in the blanks and cloze test for us

  • winusuren

    hello sir, I’m good in english but quants section is the major problem for me.Due to this, I’ve cleared my prelims and failed in mains….what to do??? how to prepare for my exams??? Should I study all the topics or be strong in specific topics??

  • Abhinav Gupta

    tnx team

  • SR

    Bo maharastra admit cards are out you have not yet provided proper details for bom po ,imp topics no. Of questions from each topic with detail prepration analysis..

  • Ram

    Gm Sir, I need some guidance plzz

    In bank exams Iam unable to reach the total overall cutoff, In reasoning, quants and english i am scoring good but the main draw back for me is GA part. In GA i am scoring only 18-20 marks, because of this I am at 5 marks distance to cutoff . for IBPS/RRB- PO and clerk how to prepare for GA part (banking andcurrent affairs and GK(for RRB)).
    Please guide me sir how to prepare for GA for banks in these 2 months to get good marks.

  • ammy

    Hey Amit
    I am newspaper as well as watching subtitle movies, but not getting satisfactory results. What should i do??


      Have patience. It takes time

  • Sam Chakravartyn

    Sir I have 2 tattoos on my hand .
    Does it effect on my bank po medical test ??


      It will not affect

  • Abhi

    thnk u mam 🙂



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  • sasi kumar

    hello sir i am too poor in english ,so how i have to clear sectional cut off in english for the IBPS PO , please suggest best idea and best book to prepare .please sir…….

  • cvk

    Hello Sir, Is English scoring r qualifying subject for bank exams


      English is Scoring

      • candy

        Hi Amit sir…can you plzz provide us with previous year ibps Po question papers..it will be helpful for us… 🙂


          We will update them soon

          • candy

            Sir…can u plzz tell me the bank preference for ibps Po for applying..!! Am from telangana …thank you in advance 🙂

  • prasad le419

    respected sir ,this is prasad ,i am poor knowledge in English & i am also telugu mediam student ,how improve more score in banking exams ,,plz give me some suggestions

  • subramanyam subbu

    sir, i have attempt all ibps exams in last but i have secured in english languague. i am secured total cut off but i am not pass in english section(in ibps clerk v i got 115 in total but in english i got only 8 marks ) that is my problem please give me suggestion and how to prepare in english language in competative exams. because sbi notification is there. i know some kind of english lessons like articles, parts of speech, pharses and clauses but i dont how to use that if you tell me how to use that in examination tell me to solve my problem.

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  • amarnath chinchole

    hi sir,

    I am preparing ibps po exam . I am wroking eight hour. It is possible to prepare me ibps po exam .
    how much time spend to exam prepartion.

  • Harapriya Palai

    Hi Sir,The above mentioned Tips is verymuch useful to increase the confidence level in English.Plz sir give the effective tips for Qnt&Reasoning.I will be very thankful to you.

  • Nishu

    can u plz tell how can i prepare for english section, as my english grammar is not so good….

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  • Bikash Das

    Hello sir, my main problem is time consuming i can attempt only 10 question in 25 min. whether it is math , reasoning or English. so give me advise how to increase fast writing.

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  • shivali

    thanks sir for english tips

    • samhita

      You are welcome, Shivali. We are glad we can help you out.

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  • renji

    Hi sir
    I m going to attend clerk exam.. I m strong enough in quants and logical reasoning. But weak in english always i miss .5 in english… Pls help me sirr

    • Vaibhav

      Renji we will do posts on individual sections of IBPS Clerk soon.


    Sir ,
    pls suggest me . how i crack english section in IBPS CLERK

    • Vaibhav

      Ranjan we will do an article on english section for IBPS Clerk soon

  • ashwini

    Sir my english section is weak
    Somtimes in paragraph compresion difficult to unterstand sentence meaninng
    How can i do in english ?

    • Vaibhav

      You should start by improving your vocabulary and reading speed.

  • jainty

    Hello sir

    I m feeling very sad becz my reasoning & quant is ok but very weak in english section. So pls suggest me any book for improve my english than i crack a sectional cutoff. pls help me ……………………..

  • shri meshram

    sir mai kaise padai karu english ki maira hamesha english black rahata hai kya karu pl help me.

  • vicky

    sir in ibps po pre i failed sectional cutoff in eng by 0.50.overall i got 53.75 but in eng i got only 7.plz guide how to tackle this menace??

  • sagar

    sir gimme the idea of how to increase my reading skill in english section i qualified the sectional cut off english bt i want to make scoring subject so please tell me some guidance in english section and i hv made vocab collection in diary but i always forget

  • priya

    hi sir, I have scored more marks in quants and reasoning but i didn’t clear sectional cutoff in the previous exams so please give me some tips to clear english section.

  • Helo sir . I have just started preparation. What should be my approach to qualify xam. How do I decide how much tym to giv evry topic. To crack p.o mains how to work on English.

  • Thamaraikannan

    No one will reply bye to this website….

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Thamaraikannan

      I’m sorry you didnt got the reply to your question, if you may have asked. We try to reply each and every query everyday but the weekends. Please post any query you have here to get it clarified. Thank you

  • Thamaraikannan

    Hi sir,
    I don’t know how to put the word humble…is it too hard don’t take it as mistake.
    Sir actually my problem is I don’t know how to prepare English …but by assumption I have follow some steps…I need a clarification and guidance from you

    Step 1:
    Memorize 100 words per day( I can make it and can remember without struggle)
    Step 2:
    Read Newspaper
    Sir please tell is this useful?
    Can I continue this method? Is this help in exam point view?

    I eagerly waiting for your reply sir please have a look onto my comment and reply as soon as possible..

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Thamaraikannan
      I would suggest the following changes to your already good strategy.

      Dont look for memorizing 100 words a day. You will end up remembering none. Instead learn 10-20 words daily and try to use them in the sentences, use them when you are talking to people. Please check out our http://www.mockbank.com/bulletin/daily-vocabulary-words-october-16th-2015/
      . read the words and reply with your sentences.
      Then read the newspaper daily.
      Along with that start reading any good english literature book atleast one hour a day .

  • Diksha

    Sir actually i am good in maths and reasoning but english and gk are my weak parts. So how can i improve these parts..
    ..I’m losing my confidence and hope. Plz help me out. I will be very thankful to u.

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Diksha

      There is no need to lose hope and confidence. You can cover lost ground by following the above tips. Also prepare section wise. Individually

  • Manoj

    Hello sir/madam,
    These articles are really helpful to improve one’s confidence level.. Thank you…
    i have a main problem on English vocabulary.. most of the time i get confuse in between to probable words to answer.. and my answer gets wrong.. so what should i do for better performance.. ?

    • Vaibhav

      Your Welcome Manoj

      To improve your vocabulary, we would suggest you start reading a book by a renowned author. Keep a dictionary handy and refer it. Apart from that use the words in your sentences and while talking to people. This will increase your trust.

      While giving the exam, always trust your instincts .

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  • Rainy

    Sir please provide tips for the quantitative aptitude section soon.. so that we can practice the mock tests accordingly.

  • sir, your English section tips are good and helpful, can you please give some tips regarding Quantitative aptitude.
    thank you.

  • tushar

    sir,wats the ideal time to be spend on VA section in ibps mains and tell me the sequence of attempting the section along with time

    • Vaibhav

      We will publish an article for IBPS PO Mains soon.

  • sir,my english and resoning is good ,but i am very week in quant.what do i do,please guide and help

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Savita

      We will publish a article on Quant tips soon. please check our bulletin regularly

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  • srikany

    sir, I am good In reasoning , average in math..but I am confuse and loose faith while attend the English portion.. I am not very good on her portions.. when I attend a question I feel like every option is right…what am i going to do about this …please help me….

    waiting for. your advise……

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  • in english, RC section has lengthy paragraph….consuming more times….it is very difficult in online mode….so plz suggest me how to solve RC question

  • Rosalin Sahoo

    hello sir
    Plz suggest me how to clear my quant DI in lees time.

    • admin

      We will soon publish Tips for Quant section. Please regularly check MockBank Bulletin for it.

  • Rajh varddhan

    Your tips and tricks are very useful Is any another tips for para jumbled questions and sentence correction

    • admin

      Hi Rajh
      Thank you for your warm feedback. Please keep checking this space for tips on parajumbles, sentence correction and other topics.

  • falguni

    Hello sir,
    Pls give me some tips to improve my grammer part. I am able to clear the cutoff but need to get higher marks also as in prelims all three sections are important to get higher marks. Pls suggest some tips for grammer.

    • admin

      Hi falguni
      We completely agree with you. However improving grammer is not a quick fix process. It takes regular practice and perseverance. Start by reading and applying rules of english language. Take any resource (even textbooks of school students if possible) and start applying them. You will find many rules have subtle differences. Once you master them start solving more and more questions in online mocks and on pen paper.

  • rakesh kumar singh

    As I read above post that for RC section first read question then try to look up that question in paragraph.
    But we do not get question on same page,we have to press next button.Then again move to question that will consume time.

    • admin

      Agreed. But if you read the entire paragraph and then go to the question you will anyway have to come back to check the paragraph wasting double time. This happens because when you first read the paragraph you tend to read it keenly, but your brain is not looking for answers to a particular set of questions. You are just improving your knowledge. However when your brain knows the question you are just looking for keywords related to the answer of particular question.

  • anusha

    sir i am good in quant and reasonig,but i am very weak in english,i was not qualified in english sections in previous exams,please give tip to improve the section

    • admin

      Hello Anusha

      The mantra for success in IBPS PO is to focus on your strengths. Since you are strong in Quant and Reasoning make sure you score above average in these two sections. Give mock tests to increase your accuracy and speed in quant and reasoning. Now coming to english. As we have suggested before don’t try and attempt all the questions of the english section. Rather think about your strong sections (RC, Parajumbles and Cloze Passage) which can be attempted without any prior knowledge. Focus on attempting these sections. To improve your score in these sections improve your speed by taking speed reading tips. Also Start watching some english tv sops with subtitles to improve your language. Most of all practice more questions specially of these sections.

  • rashmi

    Hi ..ur solutions r very helpful ..
    .plzz suggest the same for maths and reasoning also….thank you…

    • admin

      Hi Rashmi
      You Welcome for the kind words. We will post Quant and Reasoning tips and tricks very soon. Check our bulletin daily.

  • garima

    I am losing my confidence especially in English and because of this I am unable to trust my intitution
    Please give me some examples with the answers. I also want to know the number of questions required to clear in each section and overall for general category.

    • admin

      Hi Garima

      The first step is to stop questioning your abilities. Its always better late than never. Since you can’t drastically improve grammer in a week, think about solving Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles and Cloze test. Start reading newspaper and books atleast 2.5 hours a day and solve 1-2 tests especially for english section. Don’t solve all the questions. Just focus on the above mentioned topics. Answer grammer based questions only if you are certain of the answer. Minimise your negative marking and maximise your score in english section. This would certainly help you clear English Section Cut off and overall cutoff

    • admin

      Regarding examples and answers we will post some questions today along with solutions. Be sure to check them out.

      Check out the table in the above articles for topicwise breakup of questions. Its clear from the table that you can attempt a total of 20 questions from RC, parajumbles , Fill in the blanks and Cloze test. Leaving out the grammer part. Think of attempting atleast 15-17 and increase your accuracy in them.

  • sweta

    sir.. sometimes I perform very well (25+ out of 30 correctly) but sometimes I am unable to secure even cutoff marks required in english section.. actually I am fine with the vocab but weak in grammar.. so, please help me sir as I need a definite selection in IBPS PO this time..
    Looking forward for your help

    • admin

      Hi Sweta
      From what you have written, we can figure out that you have average to good english. The problem lies in the number of questions attempted. As stated above you first need to identify your weak areas. In your case, it is grammar. So focus more on Reading comprehension, parajumbles and close test since they don’t require grammer knowledge as such. To improve your accuracy in the above mentioned topics you need to increase your reading speed. Start reading atleast 2 hours daily. Focus on speed reading. There are many techniques available on the internet – http://fourhourworkweek.com/2009/07/30/speed-reading-and-accelerated-learning/
      Give atleast one online test for english and refrain from answering questions in sentence correction and other topics which require grammer. DONT WILD GUESS. You will see you regularly clear the cut off for english section.


    Hello Sir,I have 1problm to crack po exam.My English is very weak an also vocabulary. so plz suggest me how to clear english cut off

    • admin

      Hi Sajan

      Focus on Reading comprehension, parajumbles, cloze test and fill in the blanks. To improve your accuracy in the above mentioned topics you need to increase your reading speed. Start reading atleast 2 hours daily. Focus on speed reading. There are many techniques available on the internet – http://fourhourworkweek.com/2009/07/30/speed-reading-and-accelerated-learning/
      Give atleast one online test for english and NEVER WILD GUESS in sentence correction and other topics which require grammer.. You will see you regularly clear the cut off for english section. If you attempt only 20 questions you will easily be able to clear the sectional cut off.

      • c .lalita

        this will help me a lot thaq sir.

  • Ravindra patidar

    Hello sir; I have one problem in po exam crack.
    My reasoning and maths is good but English is very weak so plz suggest me how to clear English cutoff.

    • admin

      Hi Ravindra

      The key to clearing sectional cutoff for english in IBPS PO is to focus on topic wise breakup of questions. As you might have seen you can attempt 10 questions if you leave out the grammar part. Feel free to give lots of tests on english and improve RC, parajumbles, cloe test. Focus on improving your accuracy. Attempt only 20 questions and aim for scoring 15-17.

    • suman kayal

      plzz,,,read read and more read ,,,then slove problem

    • Dev

      Practice more to score well in English section. Visit http://www.ibpsenglish.co.in .This site will help you.

    • DEV

      To score well in English Section, You should have knowledge English Grammar, specially Parts of Speech, Use of Verbs and Tenses, Voice Change, Narration Change and proper use of Aadjectives. Besides make habit of reading. This will increase your skill both in Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. And solve regularly English Practice Sets.

      • Vaibhav

        Awesome tips Dev. Will utilise them in our next articles for the benefit of fellow students. Kudos. Keep it up

    • DEV

      Mockbank’s these 11 tips are planned very well. They are aaccording to the present day competitive exam’s rrequirements. The are not only aappropriate for IBPS, but also for other competitive exams like SBI PO/Clerk, RBI Grade B/ Assistant, SSC CGL, LIC AAO and MBA Entrance Tests. Anyone, especially, the job seeker can follow these steps to enhance their English strength. So, keep reading and practicing.

      • DEV

        Mockbank’s these 11 tips are planned very well. They are according to the present day competitive exam’s requirements. The are not only appropriate for IBPS, but also for other competitive exams like SBI PO/Clerk, RBI Grade B/ Assistant, SSC CGL, LIC AAO and MBA Entrance Tests. Anyone, especially, the job seekers can follow these steps to enhance their English strength. So, keep reading and practicing.