English for IBPS PO/ SBI PO Mains: Complete Study Material

English for IBPS PO Mains 2020: How to prepare English for IBPS PO mains 2020

English for IBPS PO Mains 2020: How to prepare English for IBPS PO mains 2020

Bank exams are highly coveted jobs. It’s one of the lucrative jobs that attract lakhs of students appearing for the exam. In this article, I am going to detail the master strategy that can help you score very good marks in English.

All the sections are important, but the English language is the section which most of the aspirants find rather difficult. IBPS PO / SBI PO Exams are no doubt one of the toughest exams of India, and it is no surprise that the level of English section in Mains tends to recline towards the tougher side. But, do you know that you can score high with ease in this section?

Yes, this section can be very scoring if you follow the right strategy.

I Kratika have cleared IBPS PO 2019 Exam, RBI Assistant 2019-20 exam, IBPS Clerk 2019 exam with utmost accuracy in English section. Screenshots are posted for reference below. I will share some important handy tips and my personal strategy to help you boost your score to a larger extent. (Ask your queries below in the comment section)

Read Also: IBPS PO English syllabus before you start your preparation.


English Language section basically consists of Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Skill Test. Let’s have a look at the topics that will be asked in this section of IBPS PO exam.

Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting/Sentence Improvement/Sentence Correction
Phrase Replacement
Odd One Out
Match the column
Para Completion
Para Summary
Sentence Connector
Now, Let’s discuss them in more details.

How to Prepare English for IBPS PO or SBI PO mains 

Section Wise Analysis

The English section of bank exams can be broadly divided into 4 parts: Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability,  Vocabulary

How to ace these sections?
1. Have a firm grasp of Grammar-

Most of the questions like fillers, errors are based on the grammatical portion. According to the recent exam trend,
grammar-based questions are being asked in the RC, in the form of filler/error. In mains exam, 80% of the questions are based on grammar someway or the other. So, the grammatical portion is not only important for prelims but also an over-all score booster for mains. EK  publishes “English HotSpot: PDF of monthly compilation of The Hindu Editorials with RC, cloze test, vocab, error detection, para jumbles and other grammar questions with detailed solution. You must follow it on a regular basis. Make it a study ritual and witness the miracle. It’s a panacea that will make you score high in English.

Tip from my side – Follow English HotSpot (It is a premium study material, so it is paid, but rest assured that just Rs 29/- of monthly investment will make you score very good marks in English)


2. How to tackle RC ( Reading Comprehension) –

Most of the students struggle with the RC. To tackle the RC in the least amount of time, one should concentrate enough to understand the plot/ story in one go. If the concentration breaks in between, one has to re-read the whole RC, which is in itself very time-consuming. To get the RC in a single read, one must have a habit of reading. Without the reading habit, RC might seem a tedious task. Also, before reading the whole RC, one should always go through the questions. Once you go through the questions, you already know what is being asked and the chances of reading the RC again and again lessen. I highly recommend you “English HotSpot” to tackle reading comprehension. You must follow it on a regular basis. Make it a study ritual and witness the miracle.

Tip from my side – Again,  English HotSpot

It’s a one-stop solution for all the problems you face in English.

3. How to attempt Cloze Test-

Cloze test is the section where aspirant’s grammatical and vocabulary based skills are checked. Sometimes, only vocab based questions are asked while sometimes the same word is given with different propositions and different form of verbs, out of which the aspirant has to choose the correct option. If you prepare well for grammar portion and vocab portion, cloze test would be an easy nut to crack. I again highly recommend you English HotSpotto have a good grip on new pattern cloze test being asked in bank exams since 2019. You must follow it on a regular basis. It’s a panacea that will make you score very high in English.

New Pattern Cloze test asked in IBPS PO 2019) (It’s just an extract. Original passage was lengthier.)

The 2020 Budget was(a)/ expected to provide a _1_ for (b)/greater job creation coming as it did when (c)/ the country was facing a job crises(d). Many analysts believe that this impetus hasn’t _2_ and remain pessimistic about the job *outlook*. The budget documents _A_ that even the outlook on government jobs, the aspirational employment for India’s youth, is _3_.
According to the 2020 budget, there will be 3.5 million union government employees in 2020-21, just a 0.7% increase (or 24,000 jobs) over the current year. This is in line with the largely _4_ public sector job growth over the last decade and a/an _5_ over the negative average growth (-0.4%) under the National Democratic Alliance-II (NDA-II). These figures are also likely to be *over-estimates* of the true *extent* of government job creation.

a) growth

Come true




Q6. The first sentence of the passage has been divided into parts. One of these parts contains an error. Choose that part as an answer. Mark ‘no error’ as the answer if there’s no error in the sentence.
1) a
2) b
3) c
4) d
5) No error


Q7. Choose the word which correctly represents the word given below.

2) Area
3) limit
4) sheer
5) meaning

Q8. Choose the word which correctly represents the word given below.

1) To guess
2) emphasize
3) considering big
4) thinking
5) pondering

Q9. Choose the word which can be filled in the blank marked as A.

1) tell
2) report
3) suggest
4) predicted
5) added

Q10. Choose the word which can replace the word given in bold.

1) proliferation
2) profit
3) employment
4) profile
5) no correction required

Click here for the detailed solution 

Tip from my side – Again, follow English HotSpot 

You will get to practice similar new pattern cloze tests in English HotSpot

4. Have a decent knowledge of vocabulary-

Vocabulary is the second most important and easiest portion to score marks. One should be well versed in this portion.
Mostly, vocab based questions are asked in RC; a synonym or antonym of a certain word is asked. Sometimes, an individual question (set of 4/5) based on vocab is asked too. To enhance the knowledge of vocabulary, one
must refer to well-known books. The most recommended method would be doing English HotSpot                                                                         
Let’s look at a question based on vocab
that has been asked in IBPS PO mains examination.


Which of the following word given in the options
should fill the blank marked as (A) in the second segment (II) of the passage, to
make it grammatically and contextually meaningful? Note that the word should also
fill both the blanks of the following two sentences to make them contextually meaningful.

(i) _________ to popular myth, the majority
of accidents are not caused by speeding or drunkenness.

(ii) The villagers expressed regret that their
habitations lacked road connectivity and other basic amenities ________ to the government’s
tall claims.

  1. Complying
  2. Contrary
  3. Complimentary
  4. Cursory
  5. Commissioning

Solution B

Complimentary- approving

Cursory- casual

Commissioning- authorizing

In the given question, we need to find a word which fits into all the three blanks. “contrary”, which means “in contrast to”
is the best-fit word for the blank.“Complying” and “complimentary” would convey a meaning opposite to what is required. The words given in the last two options will convey an appropriate sense. “Contrary” fits in both the blanks of the given
two sentences. In the first, it means that what is usually believed with reference to accidents does not actually hold true. In the second sentence, it means that opposed to the government’s promises, the habitations of the villagers lacked
road connectivity and other basic amenities. It’s clear that one must have a strong catch on vocabulary to answer questions like these.

In the upcoming Free Crash Course starting from April
5th, we’ll provide Hindu Vocabulary compilation, explained in detail with root words
so that one doesn’t have to mug-up all the words. All the grammar rules (frequently asked) including
practice sets, will be provided on the same platform (that is, @EnglishKendra )

so that you don’t have to look
it up anywhere else. Follow EK for daily updates.

4. How to tackle Para jumble –

There are always 5-6 small statements given
and the examiner expects you to arrange them in a particular order so that it
makes the paragraph meaningful. One should always read the statements one by
one, with the clear understanding.

The statement which seems introductory to
you i.e. a statement which introduces something, be it a government scheme/ a
story or anything, that statement would be the first statement.
The statement which has the conclusion in
it i.e. the climax/closing/ result of something which is being talked about in
the paragraph, would be the last statement of the paragraph.

Now coming to the remaining statements, one
should have the knowledge of Noun/ Pronoun/ Prepositions to arrange them in the

Remember, the order of your statements
should show the progression of an activity. So the order would be Introduction <
progression< climax.


Click here to attempt high-level Para jumbles

6. How to tackle Descriptive in Mains Examination-

Descriptive tests, if prepared well can be
very fruitful. The descriptive exam consists of an application/letter (10
marks) and passage (15 marks) making it the most scoring section. One has to type
the answer on the keyboard in given time frame (30 minutes).

As there is time frame, one should be
decent enough in typing to complete the test and check the answers in the given
time frame.

One of the grave mistakes that students
make is not to mark the question. As there are options given, out of which you
have to choose one. You should always mark the question number before writing
the answer.

Grammatical mistakes impact the whole
application/ essay negatively. One should be well versed in grammar to avoid

You should not necessarily use extraordinary
vocabulary, even if with a decent knowledge of vocabulary you can score well.
The essay/ application should be clear enough to the examiner that he gets your
point. Your essay/ application should not be ambiguous.


We’ll be providing you a detailed explanation
of the answers and tell you how to score maximum in this section. Previously
asked questions along with their answers and explanations would be discussed on
the same platform too. Keep following ( @EnglishKendra )   for daily PDFs and keep learning.

Thank You 🙂 Feel free to mention your views/doubts in the comment section.



Click here for the compilation of 20 frequently asked GRAMMAR RULES in bank (IBPS, SBI) exams 


 Click here for the compilation of frequently asked VOCAB in IBPS exam

Click here to attempt Practice Set 1


Click here to attempt Practice Set 2





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