Important Topics to Prepare for English in IBPS PO

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Important Topics to Prepare for English in IBPS PO


A good habit of reading English Newspaper on daily basis can actually help you in scoring marks in the English Language section of IBPS PO exam. As you can build up a strong grammar, improve your vocabulary and can help you in efficient reading skills. Further, the consistent practice sessions can also guide you in achieving the desired scores in the exam.


Being the scoring and easiest section of the recruitment exam, the English Language section provides you with a huge syllabus to prepare for. But with the right techniques and strategies scoring marks in this section will become easy for you. Covering the complete syllabus is a must for cracking the exam but knowing the important topics of the section is also essential for you to fetch good marks in the same. So, to give you an edge over the preparation of the English Language section of IBPS PO, we are discussing some important topics below.


Important Topics of English Section of IBPS PO Exam


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection IBPS conducts the IBPS PO recruitment exam every year to fill the various posts of Probationary Officer in government sector banks of India. The complete selection procedure includes IBPS PO Preliminary test, the IBPS PO Mains exam and finally Interview Round.


In the IBPS PO Prelims exam, you need to appear for three subjects which are Quantitative Aptitude, Analytical Reasoning Ability and the English Language section. You will be provided with 20 minutes to attempt each section of the IBPS PO Prelims exam. In order to appear for IBPS PO Mains exam, you will be required to clear the sectional  cut-off and overall cut-off of the IBPS PO Prelims exam which is decided by the official exam conducting authority.


The English section of the IBPS PO Prelims is scoring section if you prepare for the same in the right manner. The syllabus is huge so knowing the important and scoring topics always help you in fetching marks in the section leading to the successful attempt of IBPS PO exam.


Let’s look at the weightage of the English Language section first below:



Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Spotting Error



Reading Comprehension



Cloze Test



Para Jumbles



Sentence Correction



Spelling Mistakes





The English Section is divided into three parts covering Reading Comprehension, Questions related to Grammar and Questions related to Vocabulary. You need to prepare each section accordingly.


Reading Comprehension- In this, you will be required to read the context, process it and understand its meaning. You will be tested for this section in two skills vocabulary and text comprehension. The questions will not be direct but you need to infer from the given passage.  It is one of the most critical, easiest and most scoring topic of the English Section.


This topic involves around 20% questions from vocabulary part so read all the questions carefully as you will be asked to write the similar or opposite word. You don’t need to be exact with the meaning of the question. You just need to read the question and the passage, guess the meaning of the world and then observe the options and choose one of the closest answers.


Questions related to Grammar- The important topics related to grammar are Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting and Sentence Correction. To master these topics, you need to get a well-versed with golden grammar rules. You need more practice to avoid any grammatical mistake in the exam.


We recommend you to start the English section from Error Spotting questions as out of 4 questions, 1-2 questions will definitely have obvious errors. To solve questions from error spotting topic, check the subject-verb agreement and then read the individual part of the question and answer the question.

For Sentence Correction questions, read the questions carefully and look at the options. Start eliminating all the choices you feel don’t fit with the questions. For Fill in the Blanks, adopt the same rule of elimination and after that ensure that the word you have filled in the blank helps you in reading the complete sentence correctly.


 Questions related to Vocabulary- For this section, you need to improve your sense of vocabulary. Read new word on an everyday basis with its meaning. Attempt questions carefully after knowing the right word for the answer.


Apart from all these, practice questions from the previous year and mock test to enhance your speed and accuracy for the exam. For more information or query regarding the English section of IBPS PO exam, you can drop your comment in the comment section below.


Don’t forget to download Gradeup IBPS PO preparation app. It provides free study material, quizzes, mock test, previous year papers, and all the updates related to the exam.


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