How to clear sectional cutoff English Section RBI Grade B

Dear MockBankers

How is your preparation for RBI Grade B going on?

In the series of posts on how to clear sectional cutoff for RBI Grade B, we have already covered Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and General Awareness. Today we will conclude the sectional cutoff series for RBI Grade B Phase I with tips and analysis of the English section.

Following our tradition, let us start with the pattern.

Pattern of English section RBI Grade B

Topic No. of Questions
RC 10
Parajumble 5
Cloze Test 10

This pattern is pretty much the standard for RBI Grade B English section. There will be 2 Reading Comprehensive passages, followed by para jumble and cloze test. The only surprise you can get will be in sentence formation, as it was asked for the first time in RBI Grade B 2014. Nevertheless it will not impact your overall performance.

Order of Attempt  

English section of RBI Grade B can be considered to be its easiest section if you have a good command on grammar and vocabulary. We would recommend you to attempt it after the GA section thereby conserving time for Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. The ideal time allotted to this section should be 15 minutes.  

If you are among those candidates whose English is weaker as compared to other sections, it would still be recommended to attempt it either before or right after GA section. Keeping the english section for last will hamper your ability to focus on Quant and Reasoning.

Topic Wise Tips

We will take each topic one by one:

1. Reading Comprehension

  • More commonly known as RC among bank exam aspirants. It is a bounty of marks.
  • This section, if solved correctly can take care of sectional cutoff for English single handedly.
  • Since you will be attempting the English section at the starting of the paper, make sure you attempt both the RC. However if you are short of time, pick the one based on the following preferences :
    1. The one with less number of words: Lesser the words, lesser your reading time.
    2. Topic of understanding: If you are a science graduate, it makes sense to go for topics related to scientific discovery, inventions etc and to avoid topics related to finance or medicine.  Same applies for graduates from any field. Choose the topic related to your field of interest.
    3. Tone of the author: formal or informal. Identify what the author wants to convey and if you can can  relate yourself to it.
  • There are two approaches to solve a RC:
    1. Conservative approach: Read the paragraph completely and then go about solving the questions. This approach is lengthy. Considering the RC is a 800 word article and your reading speed is 400 words per minute, it would take you atleast 2 minutes to read one RC and a total of 5-7 minutes to solve one. Time is a luxury for you.
    2. Bottom Up Approach: This means, just go through the RC in 30 seconds, read the questions, and then go about looking for the information in comprehension. That said, ultimately it should be your decision to to which approach you should use for solving RC. A small tip, practice various reading  comprehension with the above two approaches and find out which takes the least amount of time and has higher accuracy.
  • To find the gist(“what does the author wants to convey “kind of questions), don’t go about reading the whole passage. Read the first and last paragraph of the passage to find an idea about the core of the passage.
  • About 4-5 questions from the 10 mentioned will be from vocabulary. To ensure you are on top of vocabulary, start practicing daily vocabulary challenges. Click here to give vocabulary challenge.
  • For answering questions from vocabulary, instead of fretting about trying to remember the exact meaning of the word, just read the sentence the word is present in and without looking over at the options, think about the context that word is used in. Then check the options and the nearest assumption is your answer.
  • Never ever use past knowledge to answer questions of RC.
  • That’s all about RC, if you have any questions or difficulty, please ask in the comments section below.

2. Para jumble

3. Cloze passage

  • In Cloze passage, you will be given a text passage with some words removed. Your task will be to replace the missing words from the options given to solve the question correctly.
  • Give 4-5 minutes to solve Cloze passage.
  • To solve cloze test correctly, you are expected to have a strong command over the language and grammar, along with good vocabulary.
  • Cloze passage is slightly difficult than RC and para jumble  because of the arbitrary nature of the options.
  • Read the cloze passage without filling up the blanks.
  • Then fill up those blanks which you are 100% sure of.
  • Instead of treating each sentence individually and filling the blanks one by one,think of logical connections that link up the sentences together.
  •  To find out the missing words in the remaining gaps, find out which among the following part of speech will fill in the gap: articles, nouns , pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, adjectives, conjunctions or verbs.
  •  To solve the blanks with multiple correct options, first mark the options and try fitting them in the blank one by one. Then using the one which fit perfectly. Use words that fit appropriately with the given sentence as well as with the content of the complete passage.
  • Use options which fit the tone, viz. humour, serious, narrative etc. Identify the tone and pick the words accordingly.  If the tone is funny/humorous try and use words which evoke fun and vice versa.

4. Sentence Formation

  • A sentence followed by 3-4 statements will be given. You task will be to combine the statements in a way that they convey the meaning of the written sentence.
  • This topic can be swapped with any other kind of questions.
  •  Therefore do not depend on this section to clear your sectional cutoff for English section of RBI Grade B.
  • The basic trick to solve sentence formation is read the statement and finding out whether it makes logical sense.
  • The difficulty level of sentence formation questions will be easy to moderate in nature.
  • This topic will take maximum of 2 minutes of your time.

Now that we have analysed each topic carefully, it is time for the overall tips.

Tips to clear sectional cutoff of English Language section RBI Grade B Phase I 2015:

  1. The sectional cutoff for English Language in RBI Grade B 2015 will be 14-16.
  3. More number of questions, doesn’t necessarily means higher marks.
  4. Go for Reading comprehension first.
  5. Get 100% accuracy in RC section(Mark the questions for review if you aren’t sure about the answer).
  6. Give a maximum of 7-8 minutes for solving both RC questions.
  7. After that attempt Para jumble and Cloze passage with 90%+ accuracy.
  8. Give 6 minutes to solve para jumble and cloze passage.
  9. You have 1-2 minutes left and you can attempt sentence formation questions with 100% accuracy.
  10. The total time given to English section should be 15-16 minutes.

Friends, this is it for the sectional cutoff series for RBI Grade B Phase I 2015. Please share with us your valuable feedback on this series and suggestions on improvement for future posts.

Also do let us know preparation tips are required for which subjects for RBI GRADE B PHASE II, in the comments section below.

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  1. All the posts related to sectional cut off are really helpful. Plz provide detailed information on banking awareness. B’cos this section is very important. Like practice questions.

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