How to Prepare for English Section of SSC CGL and IBPS PO Simultaneously?

How to Prepare for English Section of SSC CGL and IBPS PO Simultaneously? For almost all government job aspirants, SSC CGL and IBPS PO are two of the most sought after and awaited examinations. Both the examinations are well known as the largest government sector job generators. Thousands of graduates and post- graduate aspirants appear for these exams every year.

IBPS PO 2018 is scheduled to be held April onward, whereas SSC CGL 2018 will held in mid-June. Often candidates cannot resist these tempting opportunities and apply for both the examinations. While most of the syllabus for both the exams is different, it is similar on some grounds.

While IBPS PO question paper consists of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning, SSC CGL question paper is divided in the four sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies.

Quantitative Ability and English Language are the common sections in both the papers. Aspirants can prepare for these sections for both the exams at the same time. But it is always harder said, then done.

To cater to all those planning to appear for both these exams simultaneously, below we have a study plan on how to score well in the English Language section of SSC CGL 2018 and IBPS PO 2018 , without having to study twice.

  • Understand the syllabus/ type of questions asked in the exams

The first and foremost step is to understand the syllabus for both these exams in detail.

SSC CGL 2018:

The English language section of SSC CGL 2018 will consist of questions, testing you on the following aspects:

  1. Vocabulary: Your question paper is likely to consist of questions to check your vocabulary skills. Questions based on Synonyms & Antonyms, Phrase or Idiom Meaning, One Word Substitution, Spellings, Fill in the Blanks and Phrase Replacement will be under this segment.
  2. Grammar: This section will test you for grammatical errors. Questions will be based on Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks, Direct and Indirect Speech and Active and Passive Voice.
  3. Comprehension: This can be the most scoring part of English segment. Questions will be asked on the basis of the content mentioned in the passage above.
  4. Verbal Ability: The verbal ability segment will consist of questions based on Para Jumbles and sentence jumbles.
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 IBPS PO 2018:

Similar to SSC CGL, the English language section of IBPS PO exam is also divided into 4 broad groups. Each of these groups test you for different English skills. These groups along with the type of questions asked in each segment are given below:

  1. Reading Comprehension: Passages focused on topics like Banking & Economy, Business, Social Issues etc. Fact. Inference and Theme based questions.
  2. Grammar: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks.
  3. Vocabulary: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Cloze Test (single passage with 5-10 questions), Fill in the Blanks (Double Blanks).
  4. Verbal Ability: Para Jumbles.

As you can see most of the questions asked in the English section of both the exams are quite similar. You can definitely ace in both the examinations if you are thoroughly prepared for one of them.

  • Make a list of topics that need to be focused separately:

Now that you are familiar with the basis on which the questions will be asked in both the examination, you have to separate the topics that are not common among the exams. The idea is to see the differences in the preparation of both these exams. While IBPS PO exam emphasizes on Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement & Sentence Correction, Word Association Pair etc. Furthermore, due to change in pattern, the questions will be at par with those asked in CAT level exams.

SSC CGL exam has more questions based on Grammar & Vocabulary. The questions will be based on Idiom Meaning, Spellings and One Word Substitution and other IBPS PO topics. In Tier II exam, you will find several questions on Direct & Indirect Speech as well as Active & Passive Voice.

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The idea is to give priority to the topics accordingly, to make sure that you are prepared for the particular exam beforehand.

  • Your Approach for both the exams:

When compared with IBPS PO, the difficulty level of questions SSC is very basic. IBPS PO will consist a variety of grammatical questions, difficult than that of SSC CGL. Candidates can start by preparing for SSC CGL and then enhance their performance by moving from basics to in-depth knowledge for IBPS PO.

Candidates must focus on vocabulary and practice questions, based on common ground for both the exams- Reading Comprehensions, Para Jumbles and Cloze Tests.

For Vocabulary- The best thing about preparing for vocabulary is that one does not need to put in extra efforts. By reading newspapers, books, one can build the same automatically. The trick is to start noting down new words i.e if you find a new word and you do not know its meaning, you can make note of the same along with its meaning. At the end of the day, go through these notes and try using the words in sentences.

To enhance your speed and accuracy, prepare through previous years’ papers and mock tests. Books usually have questions at the back of each topic, solve them and match your answers for clarity.

For Grammar- Students often loose marks due to grammatical errors. It is impossible to learn correct grammar fast, so one must practice every single day. Various internet portals consist of grammar lessons and questions. Focus on the concepts and basics, this will help you in solving the questions easily.

For Comprehension- As mentioned earlier, comprehension based questions are usually the easiest. Questions are usually direct from the passage, however, questions can be tricky too. Questions will two similar answers often confuse the aspirants which leads to deduction in marks. So stay alert while choosing an option.

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Also, practice comprehension on a daily basis to inculcate the habit of reading fast, but at the same time understanding each and every word of what you read.

For Verbal Ability- Verbal Ability usually consist of tricky questions. Candidates often get confused and write the incorrect answer. However, most people do not understand that the key to answer this section is to stay away from wild guesses and follow basic logic. Understand the story as a whole and the passage will itself help you give a definite beginning, middle and end.

Hope this article will help you ace English section of both the exams and you land up with your dream job.

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