[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: English, Grammar, Comprehension, Sentence Arragenment

Chart IBPS English

[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: English, Grammar, Comprehension, Sentence Arragenment

  1. IBPS English Topicwise Breakup
  2. IBPS English compared to other exams
  3. Booklist for English Section
  4. Non-Grammar part
    1. #1: Comprehension
    2. #2: Sentence Arrangement
    3. #3: Vocabulary
  5. Grammar part
    1. Prepositions
    2. Phrasal Verbs
    3. Singular Plural related
    4. Grammar rules

IBPS English Topicwise breakup

We can classify English MCQs into two parts

Grammar Non-Grammar
sentence correction sentence arrangement
fill in the blanks reading comprehension
vocabulary (synonym antonyms)

let’s observe the breakup now

Chart IBPS English

Type Topic 2011 2012
Non-Grammar Comprehension 5 passages with 1 question each.1 passage with 7 Qs1 passage with 8 Qs Only one Passage that contains 15 questions, out of them 7 on vocabulary (synonym-antonyms)
20 15
SentenceArrangement 5 5
Vocabulary 5 (separate individual questions on vocabulary) 0 (Vocabulary questions embedded within comprehension)
Subtotal (Non-Grammar) 30 20
Grammar Fill in the blanks(one questions with two plausible answers) 5 5
Fill in the blanks (one paragraph with many blanks) 15 10
Sentence Correction 0 16
Subtotal (Grammar) 20 30
Total (Grammar+Non-Grammar) 50 50

Note: In 2013’s exam, there will be 40 marks from English MCQ section (instead of 50 in earlier exams).

IBPS English compared to other exams

  1. Unlike SSC, this doesn’t have dedicated questions on idioms and phrases.
  2. IBPS’s Vocabulary based questions are easier than the level asked in SSC-CGL and CDS exam.
  3. Unlike SSC, there are no questions on spelling-correction, active-passive, direct-indirect speech.
  4. In SSC and CAT, one sentence arrangement case is followed by one question only. Here in IBPS, one sentence arrangement case is followed by 5 questions.
  5. In 2012’s paper, one extremely-lengthy passage is followed by 15 questions. Reminds me of the old CAT papers, they too used to give extremely lengthy passages- but only 5 questions on individual passage.
  6. Like SSC CGL, you’re given a passage followed by 5-10 blanks.
  7. In SSC-CGL, one fill in the blanks= has only one answer. Here you’ve to pick two answers for each blank.

Booklist for IBPS English Section

Any one book on IBPS/BankPO Paper sets(for practicing MCQs on English, Data Interpretation, Banking etc.)
  1. Arihant’s paperset of previous Bank PO exams
  2. Kiran Prakashan’s Practice book workbook for IBPS PO/MT (with FREE CD for computer test)
  3. If you’ve paperset from any other publication, that’ll also work just fine.
Any one book on English grammar
  • for comprehension + sentence arrangement, you can rely on ^paperset+pagalguy.com
  • for vocabulary, use “wordweb” software(free)
  • But for sentence correct and fill in the blanks, you first need a clear grasp over grammar. Plenty of books in the market, use anyone, even second hand used book also works just fine. Example
  1. Objective general English by SP Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
  2. Compulsory English for Civil and Judicial Service by AP Bhardwaj (TMH Publication)

Non-Grammar part

#1: Comprehension

Only one solution= “Practice.” Then Where to get truckload of practice? well there are many ways

  1. Paperset by Arihant / Kiran Prakashan
  2. Previous papers of Combined Defense Service (CDS) exam (available on official site of UPSC)
  3. Last two years’ UPSC CSAT Aptitude Papers. (although difficulty level would go in a different direction, but they’re worth solving)

You should give yourself a target to solve 3-5-10 passages every day.

#2: Sentence Arrangement

Some tricks explained in this article:


Again, only one solution= “Practice.” Then Where to get truckload of practice?

  1. PO Paperset of Arihant/ Kiran Prakashan
  2. Previous papers of CDS
  3. In Pagalguy.com forum you’ll find a dedicated thread for sentence arrangement (parajumble) questions. Follow it. click me

Sample Question from 2011’s Paper

Instructions: Rearrange the following seven sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F) and (G) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

  1. To elaborate briefly on these characteristics and dimensions that the author is talking about —NRMs are general tests intended to be used to classify students by percentile for measuring either aptitude or proficiency for admissions into or placement within a programme.
  2. Contrastingly, the CRM, such as a locally produced achievement test, measures absolute performance that is compared only with the learning objective, hence a perfect score is theoretically obtainable by all students who have a mastery of the pre- specified material, or conversely, all students may fail the test.
  3. In most of these books, the authors classify a measurement strategy as either norm-referenced (NRM) or criterion-referenced (CRM).
  4. Another author points out how the type of interpretation that an NRM offers is the relative performance of the students compared with that of all the others resulting in, ideally, a bell curve distribution.
  5. Numerous books on constructing and using language tests have been written by various authors.
  6. CRMs, on the other hand, are more specific achievement or diagnostic tests intended to be used for motivating students by measuring to what per cent they have achieved mastery of the taught or learned material.
  7. One of the authors clearly delineates the differences of these two types by focusing on the categories of “test characteristics” and “logistical dimensions”.

Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?

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