English is the language of the world. Mastering this would help you know the world better. Not only for networking but from the exam point, the role of English is inevitable. The weightage for the English section is huge in all the bank exams. Let’s discuss here some tips to score high in English for Bank exam 2020, or say any competitive exam that comes by the way. Many people assume this as a herculean task. Meanwhile, with constant effort and dedication, anyone could easily learn English and score good marks.
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Initially, let’s take a glance at the topics to be covered:
Reading comprehension, cloze test, fill in the blanks, para jumbles, error spotting, phrase replacement, match the columns, Essay & Letter Writing for Descriptive Exam. Note the most frequently asked ones:
READING COMPREHENSION: Do regular practice with time. Since Passages are long so, you need to improve your speed. First attempt questions which can be solved directly ie “Most opposite or “Most similar” kind. Here you needn’t know the exact meaning of the word. Go through the passage, understand the context, and find the word that suits the most. Now move towards the indirect questions, but ensure you don’t stick on it for long.
CLOZE TEST: is a type of comprehension exercise in which the reader is required to add words that have been omitted from the passage. Link the previous and next sentences. Be careful with nouns, pronouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunction, article, and tenses while dealing with this.
ERROR SPOTTING: This is a very scoring as well as a very less time-consuming section. In most cases, there is an error in the subject-verb agreement. Learn all the error spotting rules of each topic like articles, tenses, nouns, pronouns, etc,…
FILL IN THE BLANKS: For this, a rich vocabulary is required. Apply the elimination rule if you can’t find the answer in one go. Read the full sentence and try to go with the flow.
PARA JUMBLES: In these questions, you have to rearrange the parts of sentences to form a meaningful sentence. Read the sentences carefully and find what is being talked about in the paragraph. you should first arrange phrases and then add those phrases in a meaningful manner.
Here are some tips to master the English language:
Reading is to mind what exercise does to the body. Reading is a habit that has to be inculcated from early childhood, being it a novel or newspaper or your favorite blog. The Editorials of Newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian express gives us an insight into recent happenings and perspective of the society about them. It will also help you to prepare for GK topics, Essay writing, and interview. Regular reading will give you a fair idea about the usage of grammar rules while framing sentences and confidence to speak up in public.
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Write What You Have Learned
Whether you are a beginner or intermediate in this language jot down your ideas or views about the recent happenings or on any of your favorite topics. Ensure you write at least one paragraph per day. Note down the new words along with their meanings in a notebook. Writing a diary is a good habit to improve your writing skills. Many online platforms like Medium, WordPress, etc. are available now to share your ideas with fellow human beings. Slowly and steadily you will see yourself improve the spellings, usage of grammar rules, and English all together.
Focus on vocabulary
Solving crosswords, framing sentences with the newly learned words, etc.. would help do better. Avoid Bulk learning. Languages can’t be mugged up altogether. It takes time to bring it within your comfort. Solve the vocabulary from previous year question papers and understand where you stand with the current level of preparation. Also, this will help you understand the level of questions asked for the exam. It’s crucial to learn as much as new words as possible because unlike Grammar rules, this section is vast and we can’t basically predict the questions that might come.
Try out techniques like Mnemonic to remember the vocabulary. It’s a learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in human memory through phrases, stories, images, etc..
Read our latest article on Weekly English vocabulary based on The Hindu editorial here
Practice makes a huge difference to improve your authority over this language. It begins with thinking in English. Let your thoughts be in English. Many times people find it difficult to communicate because they initially frame a sentence in their native language in their mind and then translate it to English. This is not an ideal way to master the language. Practice by conversing in it with yourself or talk with someone else. Change the language on your phone, laptop, etc.. to English. Listen to BBC podcasts like “My Indian Life” or any others that you find interesting. Make a habit to watch English news channels.
Working on Grammar
Many aspirants have a misconception that Grammar is the toughest of all sections in English. Follow these simple tips and you are sure to find the Grammar section the easiest among all :
Clear your doubts by learning the basic grammar rules. Be thorough with the concepts. Take the assistance of online classes when necessary. Follow standard books of Wren and Martin to learn the basics. Focus on reading different genres and styles of writing such as classic literature, fiction, biographies, blogs, and articles. Learn the difference between confusing words – Homographs, Homophones, Heteronyms, and Homonyms that cause difficulties frequently. Being thorough with them will help you minimize the chances of getting errors.
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Now let’s discuss some Dos and Dont’s during the hours of the exam:
- The vital tool is Time Management. You need to answer 25-30 questions in just 20 mins.
- It’s advisable if you start with the vocabulary section first. You can get good marks in one go and will also help to boost up your confidence.
- Solve Reading Comprehension next. A quick read, say 2-3 times might be enough to answer all the questions based on that. Ensure you answer the vocab based questions before solving those based on the main idea of the para.
- Likewise, apply elimination rule in each topic of English section ie while going through options eliminate the most unsuitable choices and thereby reach out to the most appropriate answer.
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