[APFC] How to Approach English Section (Part A) of Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners’ Exam? Topicwise Analysis and BooklistDevendra Vishwakarma
- Structure of APFC written exam
- Part A: English: Topicwise Breakup
- How to approach the English Section of APFC Exam?
- Sentence Correction
- Vocabulary: Synonyms, Antonym and Idioms
- Expanding Vocabulary through Newspaper reading
- Where to get practice for English section of APFC exam?
- Booklist for APFC Exam (English Section)
So far in the APFC series, I had written about
- Study plan for APFC
- Previous years’ Question Papers for APFC exam (2002 and 2004)
Go to the Archive page http://mrunal.org/apfc in case you missed anything.
Now thanks to the question papers provided by Mr.CSL180, here is the updated strategy/studyplan/booklist for approaching Part A (English) of APFC Question paper.
Structure of APFC written exam
- The paper contains 120 questions, and has negative marking (-0.33) for incorrect answers.
Part A: English: Topicwise Breakup
|APFC Exam||Number of Questions
asked in Each Year
|Types of Questions||2002||2004|
|Fill in the blanks (grammar)||2||0|
|Match words with Meanings||5||0|
- English portion is minimum system requirement. Because there will be many candidates who can tick in the range of 25-28 answers correctly. So if you’re awesome in English, that won’t make you a winner but it’ll definitely save you from failing.
- Donot be overconfident about English section ki “Mujhe toh English aataa hai” because In the questions of sentence correction / fill in the blanks, sometimes we feel our answer is right according to the day to day real-life English, it be may not correct according to the actual rules of grammar and vocabulary. And they’ve negative marking system.
- if you’re from Non-English / Hindi/ Gujarati /Marathi etc medium, donot feel inferior. It is never too late or never too difficult, to master English for competitive exams.
Some people think:
I’m not good
inat English, so I’ll just ignore that section and concentrate more on General studies (GS) and Aptitude topics.
^it is again a wrong approach, because there will be some really serious players who’re masters of both Part A (English) and Part B (GS+Aptitude). So instead of running away from your fear (English) you must face it.
How to approach the English Section of APFC Exam?
- For Sentence correction and fill in the blanks questions, you must know the rules of grammar.
- Tata-Macgrawhill Publication has a really good book “Compulsory English For Civil And Judicial Services By A. P. Bhardwaj” covering the topics in a lucid manner.
- If you donot have the time or money to buy this separate book, you may consult the IBPS Manual of either Arihant or Disha Publication.
- (ya some people would say for grammar consult Wren and Martin, I think that’d be an overkill)
Vocabulary: Synonyms, Antonym and Idioms
- For Synonyms, Antonym and Idioms: You’ll get list in the same AP Bhardwaj / IBPS manuals but know that such lists are never complete. So use google search to get as many words as you can.
- To deal with Synonyms and Antonyms, you must have a large vocabulary; so for time pass you may use a book Word Power by Norman Lewis. It is not that you’ll get direct questions from it, but it’ll definitely improve your vocabulary and the way you look at words.
- Donot get demotivated by the size of his book, just try to do 4-5 chapters per day and you’ll be done in no time. Also force your younger brothers and sisters to read this book. Because English is essential for everyone irrespective of his career ambition.
Expanding Vocabulary through Newspaper reading
- You must read either The Hindu or Indian Express for APFC exam (for GS and Current Affairs), so whenever you read it, note down the difficult words in a diary. Install a freeware called “Wordweb” in your computer and then check the meaning of those words and write the answers in the same diary. Keep revising it every 15-30 days. [There is no need to buy a dictionary]
- Reading comprehension requires practice. You’ll get it in the same IBPS manuals / you can download the Compulsory English papers for UPSC Mains exam from my site.
Where to get practice for English section of APFC exam?
- In the questions of sentence correction / fill in the blanks, sometimes we feel our answer is right according to the day to day English we use in real life, BUT it be may not correct according to the actual rules of grammar and vocabulary.
- Therefore you must practice as many questions as you can, otherwise you’ll get trapped in the negative marking.
- Similarly Reading comprehension too demands practice else you’ll end up wasting many minutes reading a stupid paragraph.
- Plenty of mock question papers for IBPS (Bank PO), GMAT, CAT available online and on pagalguy forum. Use their verbal ability section. Whenever you get fed up and bored reading GK and current affairs, switch to practicing such questions on English.
To sum up,
Booklist for APFC Exam (English Section)
- The Hindu OR Indian Express (MUST, No excuse.)
- A diary / notebook to note down the difficult words from newspapers (MUST, No Excuse.)
- Wordweb software (MUST, No Excuse.) (Note- softpedia page says “Demo” but Demo runs for infinite time so you don’t have to buy it.)
- Compulsory English by AP Bhardwaj (TMH Publication) OR IBPS Manual of Disha/Arihant Publication. (ofcourse there are many other decent books for English grammar, so if you already have any other good book, donot hesitate from using it.)
- Wordpower made easy by Norman Lewis (optional but recommended)