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SBI PO Syllabus 2017 for the English language is not well defined like that of Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning. The questions are designed on testing the knowledge of Basic English grammar rules, spellings and vocabulary.
SBI PO exam analysis will tell you about good attempts, good score and minimum time required to attempt the questions. The english section of SBI PO Prelims can broadly be divided into 4 sections namely Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension and Verbal ability.
As there is negative marking of a quarter mark for every incorrect answer it would be wise to check the tips and topics listed. This will help in identifying the important topics, scoring areas and less important topics.
The english section for SBI PO Pre Exam comprises 10 important topics. The following table states the topics a candidate needs to prepare
|Reading Comprehension||Spotting Error|
|Fill in the blank||Cloze test|
|Para-Jumbles||Word Association Pair|
|Phrase Idiom Meaning||Spellings|
|Sentence/ Paragraph Completion||Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction|
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SBI PO Preliminary exam got the rating of moderate difficulty level this year. SBI PO Preliminary exam 2017 was of same difficulty level. There was the difference in the total number of questions.
|Topic details||Number of questions||Difficulty level|
|Reading comprehension ( passage on cyber security||10||Moderate|
|Sentence correction||10||Easy- moderate|
|Cloze test||10||Easy- moderate|
The table below states the difficulty level of each topic in the English section:
|Topic||No of Questions||Difficulty level|
|Reading Comprehension (Interest in Computer Science among girls and boys)||10||Moderate|
|Cloze test (Technology usage in modern world||5||Easy|
|Para- Jumbled (software technology in china)||5||Difficult|
Every year some new questions come in SBI PO Prelims exam. The analysis is done on the basis of the following parameter:
|Good attempts||Number||Good score||Approximate time (minutes)|
|SBI PO Prelims English 2017||17-19||15-17||15|
|SBI PO Prelims English 2016||17-21||14-20||18|
Read about SBI PO Prelim Paper Analysis
Preparation makes all the difference in the performance in the exam. An effort must be made in increasing the number of good attempts in English section. The best way is to work with the sample questions for all the topics defined in the syllabus:
|Nature of question||Topic||Expected questions|
|Scoring, easy Last minute scorer, High accuracy||Fill in the blanks||0-5|
|Moderate time consuming High accuracy||Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test||RC: 7-10 Para Jumbles: 0-5 Cloze test: 5-10|
|Moderately Scoring, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible||Error Spotting||5-10|
Least important topics for SBI PO English section:
|Word Association Pair||0-5|
|Phrase Idiom Meaning||0-3|
|Sentence/ Paragraph Completion||0-5|
|Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction||0-5|
The questions are designed to identify a candidate’s ability to infer or find the answer to a problem from the given piece of data. Sometimes, you may be asked to arrange sentences in order from the given set of information. Generally, the paragraph is of 300-500 words.
Preparation tips for fill in the blanks:
Candidates have to fill in the blanks and find the most appropriate word to fill the blank; this is done on the basis of the passage defined. The test is designed to identify the ability to comprehend text.
Preparation tips for cloze test:
There will be a set of sentences given and they have to be rearranged in the meaningful form. All sentences will form part of a single question. The passage is on the general topic. It is best to use conjunction/ connectors to identify the meaning.
Preparation tips for Para Jumbles:
There can 1 or 2 blanks in each of the sentences given. Answers can be picked easily by elimination method and understanding the context of the text.
Example 1: He __________a map of the Caribbean next to the letter, to trace the ship’s _______.
1. Unfolded, plan
2. Unfurled, course
3. Unrolled, course
4. Unrolled, fate
5. Used, course
Example 2: She noisily _________ the water, _________ half of it onto her chin.
1. Drank, dropping
2. Inhaled, spilling
3. Gurgled, slopping
4. Gurgled, dropping
Spotting error in long or short sentences on the basis of vocabulary, tenses, idioms, parts of speech, preposition, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite and Non-finite verbs. Such questions require practice, too much of guessing can spoil your score.
Preparation tips Error spotting:
There will be 4 words given in the option and candidate will have to identify the use of synonyms, antonyms, the relation between the words.
1. Synonym of PROPEL:
2) Antonym of abstain is:
The meaning of the phrase/ idiom given has to be identified.
Answer: Run over
Identify the correct spelling from the pair of spellings given in the questions. Easily confused words like affect and effect can come, where the pronunciation is same and meaning are different.
A part of the statement is given and the other part has to be selected from the set of options given. Select the sentence or paragraph semantically.
There are many industries where India has an advantage because of relatively lower Costs of all forms of manpower-whether it is professional or factory labour. However, while this can give initial advantage, it should not be taken for an enduring advantage due to the following reasons. One, as products become more sophisticated, labour as cost factor becomes less and less important. Two, the differences in costs are narrowed down through higher level of automation. There, in processes that require large number of cheap labour, the industry is bound to shift its operation along. The line of the ever-declining scale of proper countries. So a poorer country than India can eventually overtake us with yet cheaper labour. Therefore, when one has established an export market on the basis of cheaper manpower……………..
1. One has to be vigilant to make sure that one builds up other advantages to compensate for the inevitable loss of this temporary advantage.
2. One has to be vigilant to make sure that this advantage should not be given away
3. One needs not be vigilant as there is no competition in near future
4. There is need of caution to see the variations in labour charges of other countries
5. There is need to build this cheap labour on regular basis
The questions generally come on the construction of sentences, the order of words, phrasal verbs, homonyms, etc.
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