[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

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?

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 stationery Kasab 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 verb right use wrong use
look down on=consider inferior Most parents look down on the government schools. Most parents looks down upon the government schools.
come down with=become sick My 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 flowers I like these kinds of flowers
None of the factors are relevant None 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-laws He has two sisters-in-law.
I made five cup of teas I 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).

1 2 3 4 5
The Government has asked individuals  with income of over 10 lakhs to electronic file tax returns for the year 2011-12, something which was optional till last year No error
The power tariff had already  been increased twice in the last 15 months and the Electricity Board had also levied additional monthly charges to consumers.  No Error
Despite of curfew  in some areas, minor  communal incidents were reported from different areas of the walled city.  No Error
This comes  at a time when fund allocation is been doubled.  No Error
As the prison will get  an official telephone facility soon, the prisoners won’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 shouting slogans like ‘Save The Earth’.  No Error
The poll contestants approached  the commission complaining that the hoardings violated the code of conduct  and influenced public perception.  No Error
The country has  adequate laws but problems  arise when these are not implemented in letter and spirit.  No Error
The Management feels that  the employees of the organisation are non-productive, and do not want  to work hard.  No Error
As far the issue of land encroachment in villages is concerned, people will have to make a start from their villages by sensitising 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)

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126 Comments on “[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: English, Grammar, Comprehension, Sentence Arragenment”

  1. Sir,

    Please upload Study plan for IBPS CWE Clerk.

    1. Hai Hima,
      This is Mythily, I have read your comment on mrunal.org site. Have you got the studyplan for IBPS clerical ? I too had started the preparation. I would like to know about the strategies. Could you please share the info about it?

      Thanks and Regards

        1. Hi.. Did u get study plan for IBPS Clerk??

          1. Not yet. If you have any materials pls send to my e-mail.

            Thanks in advance

  2. thank you very much sir

  3. Thank You…………

  4. sir please upload study material for IBPS RRB

  5. Thank you for the support you are providing to thousands of aspirants. With Mrunal’s guidance Iam sure that no need to join any coaching centres and prepare effectively from home :) :) :)

  6. Thank you sir………..

  7. good work sir keep it up

  8. Thanks for the article. Really helpful.

  9. Sir,
    Please upload [Studyplan] IBPS CWE clerk.

  10. tanks lot ….really great work…………

  11. Thank u very much sir……..again lot thanks……..

  12. thank u so much sir

  13. Good work Mrunal..!!!

  14. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work .

  15. Thankyou for the study plan.. It has really helped me a lot…Was waiting for this study plan..

  16. how is the previous paper book IBPS PO by BSC(banking service chronicle)? is it better than kiran or arihant or not ,,please suggest

  17. u r doing fantastic job keep it up .thanks a lot………………………

  18. Mrunal Sir please provide the ans to the above sample questions.

  19. please guide me on how to prepare effectively for banking awareness section.

  20. Lot of thanks Sir,
    GOD Bless you

  21. I bought mk pandey book(reasoning) as per suggestion of mrunal.he was right it has good concept building on topics like input output,assumption/reference,data sufficiency,Linear arrangement. but alas on the most important topic circular arrangement the book gives just one question (utter nonsense) as 7-8 questions on circular arrangement is a sure for ibps po(rs agarwal book covers the circular arrangement topic but the type of circular arrangement questions(arrangement with blood relationship,country,occupation etc) asked in previous ibps question is not there).so if anyone want to buy that book for circular arrangement.it would be a big mistake.for rest of the topics this book is good(concept building-mk pandey,practice-rs agarwal)…

  22. Please send me study plan IBPS CWE clerk and your suggestions……..

  23. you did amazing work thanks for all study plan…

  24. plz send me IBPS RRB OA details and suggestions……..

  25. Sir i have a problem. in “KIRAN PUBLICATION IBPS PO” model papers they follow the same pattern as ibps rrb : reasoning and math 1.25 each and computer 0.5 but when i gone through mahendra st and other post they clearly mention that each question is of same marks. limit is totally crossed when i read ARIHANT IBPS model paper they provide only 180 questions instead of 200. i am very confused about it.. can you please provide the exact pattern of ibps po 2013? are there 50-50 questions of reasoning and math or 40-40??? in ibps notification it was not clear.

    1. a information handout about the exam pattern will be provided on the website of IBPS along with the Exam Hall tickets in few days.
      You can confirm about it from there.


    2. Don’t get panic shashank you will definitely get all section with 40 question so please focus on your study in ibps handout they give max marks not question.

    3. Suggesstion:- Do solve the sets and for marking scheme believe IBPS advertisement. For example in Specialist IT marking schem is 50,50,25,75 in It Officer.and for PO it is 50,50,50,50,20 for all subjects.kewal paer solve karne me dhyaan dein..standard score toh IBPS wale tough ke hisaab se change b kar lete hein…

  26. This website is very usefull for me……..
    thank uuu……..

  27. sir send on my email english bank

  28. please guide me on how to prepare effectively for banking awareness section and english….

  29. Thanku sir for your guidance its really helping a lot

  30. dear sir, please send important synonyms, antonyms, phrase for ibps po on my email .

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