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

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  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

sentence correctionsentence arrangement
fill in the blanksreading comprehension
vocabulary (synonym antonyms)

let’s observe the breakup now

Chart IBPS English

Non-GrammarComprehension5 passages with 1 question each.1 passage with 7 Qs1 passage with 8 QsOnly one Passage that contains 15 questions, out of them 7 on vocabulary (synonym-antonyms)
Vocabulary5 (separate individual questions on vocabulary)0 (Vocabulary questions embedded within comprehension)
Subtotal (Non-Grammar)3020
GrammarFill in the blanks(one questions with two plausible answers)55
Fill in the blanks (one paragraph with many blanks)1510
Sentence Correction016
Subtotal (Grammar)2030
Total (Grammar+Non-Grammar)5050

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?

1) G 2)B 3)C 4)D 5)E

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

1) A 2)B 3)C 4) F 5)E

Which of the following should be the SEVENTH (LAST) sentence after rearrangement?

1) A 2)B 3)C 4) D 5) E

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

1) A 2)B 3)G 4) D 5) E

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

1) A 2) B 3) C 4)D 5) F

#3: Vocabulary

  • Synonym, antonym questions are usually based on the comprehension passage. (except 2011’s paper) Hence it doesn’t pose as big challenge as ‘absolute’ vocabulary questions asked in SSC/CDS.
  • But you must be clear about the usage of certain confusing words. Because they might indirectly come in the sentence correct / fill in the blanks. For example:
  1. Advice=as an object you give it to somebody.
  2. Advise=as verb, the ‘activity’ of giving advice.
Doctor adviced him to avoid desi-liquor.Doctor advised him to avoid desi-liquor.
I don’t need your advise.I don’t need your advice.
  1. Allude=hint
  2. Elude=evade
During interrogation, Shiva eluded to the previous crimes of Asaram.During interrogation, Shiva alluded to the previous crimes of Asaram.
Asaram alluded police-summons for many days.Asaram eluded police-summons for many days.
  1. Appraise=Evaluate
  2. Apprise=inform
Bank Managers apprise their POs against the number of mutual fund policies sold.Bank Managers appraise their POs against the number of mutual fund policies sold.
Bank Managers appraise their POs about the number of mutual fund policies to be sold.Bank Managers apprise their POs about the number of mutual fund policies to be sold.
  1. Stationary=not move, stand still.
  2. Stationery=pen,pencil etc.
Kasab ordered the hostages to remain stationeryKasab ordered the hostages to remain stationary
Flipkart offers great discounts on stationary products.Flipkart offers great discounts on stationery products.
  1. it’s=it is
  2. its=possessive of it
Its so hard to find work in Bollywood.It’s so hard to find work in Bollywood.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it’s pants on.A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
  • Whenever you solve comprehension passages at home or read any English book/newspaper/web-article, you should note down any unfamiliar words in a separate diary.
  • Download and Install a free software called Wordweb (http://wordweb.info/free/)
  • Look up the meaning of those words in wordweb software, note down the meanings in the same diary.
  • Revise this diary once in a while. Don’t stop this exercise after the exam is over. Continue it, until you’re selected in your dream job.

Sample Vocabulary Questions from 2011’s Exam

Instructions: Below is given a single word with its meaning in different contexts as options. You haveto select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed. Select the correct alternative from 1), 2), 3), 4) and 5) which represents all those synonyms.

  1. LABOUR (A) expedite(B) to move faster(C) controlled (D)toil
    1. Only (D)
    2. Both (A) and (C)
    3. Only (B), (C) and (D)
    4. Only (A), (C) and (D)
    5. All (A),(B), (C) and (D)
  2. ALONE: (A) exclusively(B) morose(C) solitary (D) human being
    1. Only (A)
    2. Both (A) and (C)
    3. Both (B) and (C)
    4. Only (A), (C) and (D)
    5. All (A),(B), (C) and (D)
  1. MEAN (A) imply (B) understand(C) average(D)characterized by malice
    1. Only(C)
    2. Both (A) and .(D)
    3. Only (A), (C) and (D)
    4. Only (A), (B) and(D)
    5. All (A), (B), (C) and (D)
  2. REGULAR: (A) present(B) common(C) indiscriminate  (D) uniform
    1. Only(D)
    2. Both (B) and (D)
    3. Both (A) and (C)
    4. Only (B), (C) and (D)
    5. All (A), (B), (C) and (D)

Grammar part

In grammar, they ask two types of questions

  1. sentence correction
  2. Fill in the blanks.

In IBPS-2012, we can see that 30 out 50 English questions were from grammar part only. English grammar is made up of many rules and caveats, but from competitive exam point of view, you don’t need to cover everything. Focus on following areas first:


Often, the sentence correction / Fill in the blanks questions will test your understanding of prepositions. For example

What is the time in your watch?What is the time by your watch?
We traveled in train.We traveled by train.
He was trembling in rage.He was trembling with rage.
There was an interesting show in TV.There was an interesting show on TV

So you must be clear about the usage of prepositions from your grammar book / via internet.

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs do not always follow the rules of preposition.Example

phrasal verbright usewrong use
look down on=consider inferiorMost parents look down on the government schools.Most parents looks down upon the government schools.
come down with=become sickMy brother came down with typhoid last week.My brother came down from typhoid last week.

So, mugup the list of common phrasal verbs + examples, from your grammar book / via internet.

Singular Plural related

This is another favorite area for sentence correction and fill in the blanks.

I like these kind of flowersI like these kinds of flowers
None of the factors are relevantNone of the factors is relevant.
A list of contributing factors are being complied.A list of contributing factors is being complied.
Once I’ve formatted this harddisk, I’ve five more PC to repair.Once I’ve formatted this harddisk, I’ve five more PCs to repair.
He has two sister-in-lawsHe has two sisters-in-law.
I made five cup of teasI made five cups of tea.
A box of illegal drugs were found in his car.A box of illegal drugs was found in his car.

Similar rules are scattered in the topics of adjectives, pronouns, noun, subject-verb agreement etc. Hence you’ve to study the grammar rules.

Grammar rules

  • From your grammar books, Study the grammar rules of noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb, conjugation, articles, active-passive, direct-indirect, parallelism, embedded question, with examples for sentence correction.
  • Finally solve maximum number of questions from old question papers for BankPO, CDS, SSC, LIC etc. If you come across any unique rule/case for sentence correction, note it in your diary for future reference.

Sample Q. Sentence correction from IBPS-2012

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is No error’, the answer is ‘5’. (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any).

The Government has asked individuals with income of over 10 lakhs toelectronic file tax returns for the year 2011-12,something which was optional till last yearNo error
The power tariff had already been increased twice inthe last 15 months and the Electricity Board had alsolevied additional monthly charges to consumers. No Error
Despite of curfew in some areas, minor communal incidents were reportedfrom different areas of the walled city. No Error
This comes at a timewhen fund allocationis been doubled. No Error
As the prison will get an official telephone facility soon, the prisonerswon’t have to make calls in discreet manner through smuggled mobile phones. No Error
The area was plunged into darkness mid a wave of cheering and shoutingslogans like ‘Save The Earth’. No Error
The poll contestants approached the commission complaining that the hoardingsviolated the code of conduct and influenced public perception. No Error
The country has adequate laws but problems arise when these are notimplemented in letter and spirit. No Error
The Management feels that the employees of the organisation arenon-productive, and do not want to work hard. No Error
As far the issue of land encroachmentin villages is concerned, people willhave to make a start from their villages bysensitising and educating the villagers about this issue. No Error

Sample Q. Fill in the Blanks from previous IBPS

  1. ____ before the clock struck 8 on Saturday night, India Gate was swamped with people wearing black tee-shirts and holding candles. (A) Minutes(B) Time(C) Later(D) Quickly(E) Since(F) Seconds
    1. (B) and (E)
    2. (A) and (C)
    3. (A) and (F)
    4. (B) and (D)
    5. (C) and (E)
  2. The States should take steps to _____ the process of teachers` appointments as the Centre has already sanctioned six lakh posts. (A) fasten(B) move(C) hasten(D) speed(E) early(F) quicken
    1. (D) and (F)
    2. (A) and (C)
    3. (C) and (F)
    4. (D) and (E)
    5. (B) and (D)
  3. A senior citizen’s son ____ threatened her every day and physically harmed her, forcing her to transfer her property to him. (A) superficially (B) mistakenly (C) allegedly (D) miserably (E) doubtfully (F) purportedly
    1. (C) and (F)
    2. (A) and (E)
    3. (C) and (E)
    4. (D) and (F)
    5. (A) and (C)
  4. Medical teachers said that the management had continued to remain ____ to their cause leading to the stretching of their strike. (A) unmoved (B) lethargic (C) unconcerned (D) apathetic (E) indifferent (F) bored
    1. (B) and (C)
    2. (C) and (F)
    3. (A) and (E)
    4. (A) and (D)
    5. (D) and (E)
  5. The parents had approached the high court to ____ the government order after their children, who passed UKG, were denied admission by a school. (A) void(B) quash(C) annul(D) stay(E) lift(F) post
    1. (A) and (D)
    2. (B) and (C)
    3. (C) and (E)
    4. (E) and (F)
    5. (C) and (D)

For more on IBPS PO/CWE related articles and study plans, visit Mrunal.org/IBPS

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So far 114 Comments posted

  1. shubham

    i want to know how to prepared the IBPS PO interview

  2. priya

    hii sir hw to prepare for ibps po nd clrk also coz i’m gud all the subject but my english is not so gud so give someadvice hw to read and solve passage nd rearrangment related question nd close test give me answer as soon as possible

    1. leo

      Ypu can use plinth to paramount by neetu singh for improvement in english

    2. pradeep

      i to my english is so bad, how can i improve sir for sbi and ibps po

      1. rohit

        S. P. Bakshi is a good book. But reading newspapers can be more helpful. This is true for 2 reasons. First, for spot the error type questions extensive reading is must and newspapers can be of great help. Secondly, it will also help you to rapidly build your vocabulary


        how to good score in english language in IBPS po exam

        1. Arpita

          sir pleas tell me how can i understand grammers which are use in new paper editorial and also tell me what kinds of grammer used in news paper editorials and where i can found these kinds of grammer , suggest some books which are helpful for me in reading and understanding news paper editorial .Please reply me soon

  3. varun batra

    sir, I want to prepration for cds exam, help me for prepration

  4. Raj

    Guys Suggest to me one best book for ENGLISH (Bank PO)

  5. DK

    2 mahine me SBI PO ka exam foda ja sakta hai ya nahi

  6. vijaylaxmi goswmi

    can you tell me .. how to prepare for descriptive english for s.b.i. p.o..???


    how much marks will obtain at graduation for SBI-PO?



      1. Vivek

        i dont think that’s true what you are saying…..it is not necessary to have 60% in grad. to apply for govt. jobs…..and ibps withdrew that criteria last year………..i hope mrunal can validate my statement……imp. for all as it concerns alot of people…

        1. Kaizer

          You are absolutely correct, the edu qualification for most of the govt exams is 50% (applies to IBPS) as well however for RBI-Grade B & some others its 60%..

          1. Dev

            there is no such requirement at-least in banking examinations. just read the notifications before mentioning such things. if this was to be then wouldn’t have been working in bank of india despite scoring a meagre 39.35%

            Source: my self

      2. ankku

        bro. It’s not worthy to having 60% mark is only qualified for the govt. job because it’s wholly depend upon the requirement of the post by the concerning authority/authorities..

  8. tejasusmi

    thank you admin.

  9. akhil parashar

    respected sir kripya mujhe ye bataye ki bank po english ka prepration kaise karenge

  10. hiran

    sir, plz tell us the study plan for sbi clerk exam.

    Thank you.

  11. akhilesh

    please suggest me best book for english prepration for po exam

    1. Kaizer

      S.P Bakshi is good for all exams, but most importantly do read newspapers on daily basis as its helps one a lot..

  12. shamasher

    Which will be best book for bank P.O exam plz tell me

  13. Vivek

    Hello everyone… Yesterday i was going through some words. But I stuck with a word….the word is “awesome” everyone is using this word on facebook to comment on anyones pic.
    But according to oxford dictionary this is not correct.
    So please can anyone give contextual use of this word.

  14. Avinash kumar shivratnam

    ibps ki taiyari k liye agar apke pas bahut kam time hai to aap bina soche previous questions ko solve karne me lag jaiye, isse apka confidence bahut badh jayega’aur aap exam hall me accha pardarshan kar sakenge…previous questions aap ,….cds ka english portion ar math k liye sbi ka ar ibps ka previous questions padh skte hain.

  15. Vivek

    Why awesome is good but awful is bad?
    Can anyone have any idea about this?

    1. summit

      shut up man… asking stupid questions…

  16. smita

    Sir ,can u tell me which is the best book for english in bank exam.

  17. Saurabh Arora

    I have 42% marks in my grads…if I clear ibps po/ mt 4..then it affects call for interviews..plz suggest.

  18. sukhdev rathod

    recently rrb cleark exam your many tips in g.a. section what is the in g.ag section current orbanking awarness so pleas sir guid me

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  21. raman

    only one solution read the hindu

  22. pratiksha

    Suggest best book for English (ibps po ) exam. ..

    1. titu

      always you search mrunal.org/ibps
      and you must follow pratiyogita kiran publisher

  23. Parmita

    hello ,

    I am preparing for ibps exam , so I want to know which books will be helpful for preparing maths, eng and reasoning. kindly help.

  24. sadashiva

    can any one suggest me the best book for general English (IBPS)

  25. GAGAN

    सेंटेंस अरेंजमेंट पर आपने जो मार्गदर्शन किया वो बहुत लाभकारी है.बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद सर।
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  26. RISHI

    Sir I want to know how to prepare for descriptive English, i.e., Essay writing, Letter writing n Precise? Where may I find material for practice? It is required for both BANK PO as well as INSURANCE AO.

  27. Manish Thakur

    Please give about the best book of english for all competitive exams.

  28. shobha gupta

    i wantto know how to prepare bank ibps
    plz help me

  29. shobha gupta

    my english is week
    suggest best book for english

  30. sir plz suggest me the best book for ibps po exam

    Sir please suggest me the best book for ibps po exam

  31. thasmi

    how to preparation in english ibps exam ,iam so poor in english plz give me answer

  32. shyamala

    Hello Sir,
    Pl suggest can we apply IBPS for both PO/MT and RRB

  33. jay

    how to improve vocabulary

  34. atchaya

    can u pls suggest me the best book for ibps clerical and to score good marks in english and gk which book i have to study

  35. atchaya

    hi sir,
    pls suggest me the book for ibps clercial and ibps po

  36. atchaya

    pls suggest me the book for ibps clerical

  37. Arpita

    sir pleas tell me how can i understand grammers which are use in new paper editorial and also tell me what kinds of grammer used in news paper editorials and where i can found these kinds of grammer , suggest some books which are helpful for me in reading and understanding news paper editorial .Please reply me soon

  38. shreeram

    sir how to prepare general english of engg. service exam

  39. koaml verma

    hii sir hw to prepare for ibps po nd clrk also coz i’m gud all the subject but my english is not so gud so give someadvice hw to read and solve passage nd rearrangment related question nd close test give me answer as soon as possible




  41. ranu jain

    Banking english and competitive exam

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