How to Improve English section for Bank Exams?

There has been an increased competition in the competitive exams. I would call it as a cut-throat competition as a matter of fact to crack the Bank exams. After all, these public sector jobs offer such attractive perks. Struggling to get this dream job that offers a life-time job security does not look difficult once you achieve it.

Major Bank exams like SBI PO, IBPS PO etc. have separate descriptive paper for english.

Every aspirant must prepare a study schedule for these Bank exams to successfully crack it. The aim of this test is to assess the candidate’s English language skills and proficiency. This article deals with the strategy to improve English section for bank exams.


The English section in most Bank exams can be classified into the below sections:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Verbal Ability


Vocabulary is like an ocean, and can be developed over a period of time. So, for the bank exam, one needs to massively work on the vocabulary.

What type of questions comes in this section?

Questions related to Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error spotting, Phrase Replacement, Word Association Pair, Phrase or Idiom Meaning, Spellings come under Vocabulary.

How to improve:

  1. By reading Newspaper on a regular basis, make a note of difficult words, and find their meanings. Always, try to find the meaning and its usage when you come across a new word.
  2. Practice these words and their synonyms and antonyms; it will be easier to revise later.
  3. Solve the vocabulary sections in previous years’ question papers.
  4. Try mnemonic techniques to memorize the meanings of the words.


What type of questions comes in this section?

The main topics related to Grammar related questions are:

  1. Error Spotting
  2. Phrase Replacement

How to improve:

  1. You must know the basic Grammar concepts like Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Degrees of Comparison, Subject-Verb Agreement, Conjunctions, Parts of Speech, Standard Construction, Adverbs, Number in Nouns, etc.
  2. You can practice this section even online, i.e., on mobile apps as well. Even while travelling you can simply practice a few questions on such apps.
  3. Go through the articles related to Error Spotting and Gerunds. Solve previous years’ question papers and mock exams.

Reading Comprehension:

What type of questions comes in this section?

As it is the test of English in Bank exam, the passages asked here are mostly based on Finance, Banking and Economy, Geo-Politics, Social Issues, Business etc. Direct questions will be asked based on the passage. It is time consuming; only practice can help you speed up.

How to improve:

  1. The questions asked in these passages are mostly fact-based, inferences and vocabulary based. You must practice on comprehension questions every day so that your speed and accuracy are improved.
  2. You must make a habit of reading the passages faster than the usual pace.
  3. Understanding the passage is important to respond in the stipulated time.
  4. Practice comprehensions from various topics as you never know the kind of topic that might come up in the exam.

Verbal Ability:

What type of questions comes in this section?

This section consists of 6 Para jumble sentences with 5 questions. Even questions like an odd one out can also be expected.

How to improve:

  1. Questions on sentence and Para completion may be asked, you are asked to complete a sentence understanding the context of the paragraph.
  2. Follow the logic of the passage, it tells a story with the beginning, mid and the end.
  3. Connecting words help to link the story, look for such words.
  4. Practice more of sample papers and mock tests.

Accuracy and speed can be developed by solving more question papers in this section. Vocabulary needs to be improved by reading newspapers, magazines and watching the National Television channels. Your diction gets improved.

Practice SBI PO test series and IBPS test series for english section.






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