The English section is undoubtedly the most scoring section in the IBPS-PO Prelims and Mains exam 2017. It is also one of the most dreaded section of the exam. Still candidates take the exam with little or no preparation of English. Out of the entire English sylabus, English Grammar is the most easy to prepare and vital in determining the overall score in the section.

Candidates are often apprehensive of English Grammar owing to dearth of sufficient knowledge and practice. With a sincere effort and focus, the Grammar section can be made highly yielding. This article will enlighten you all with the Tips to Master English Grammar for IBPS PO Prelims 2017.


Topics Which Fall Under the Ambit of English Grammar

We have previously discussed the type of questions asked in English section of IBPS-PO. Here we are listing the topics of IBPS PO Prelims which fall under the Ambit of the Grammar Section:

  1. Sentence Correction/Improvement
  2. Spotting Error
  3. Cloze Test/ Cloze paragraph
  4. Fill in the Blanks


Tips to Prepare English Grammar for IBPS PO Prelims 2017

I. Prepare the Basic Grammar Concepts in the Beginning

The foremost requirement for scoring high in the English Grammar section is that you need to be well-versed with the basic grammar rules. You need to learn 8-10 Important rules of each of the following grammar essentials:




Degrees of Comparison

Subject-Verb Agreement

Nouns and Pronouns


Parts of Speech


Number in Nouns

Standard Construction

Thoroughly prepare the Basic Grammar concepts. Even a short but a strong preparation of the Basic Grammar Rules will help you to boost your score in the Grammar section. The topics might seem too many right now but this won’t take you more than 3-4 days.

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II. Refer to 1 good book for English Grammar:

Refering to too many books for English Grammar practice for IBPS-PO and Clerk is not required. Just choose 1 out of the following 3 choices:

  • High school English Grammar & Composition– By Wren & Martin is one of the most popular book for English Grammar. This book is popular only because it aims at brushing up your basics.
  • Objective General English –R S Aggarwal is also recommended for practice questions.
  • To go back to the basics, you can also refer to the Grammar books of the 9 and 10 th standard.


III. Solve Previous Year Papers

You must solve the previous year papers to get acquainted with the expected difficulty level of the questions and this will also help you to assess your performance. You can start practicing similar questions from your practice books.

Also, there are chances of questions getting repeated year after year. Therefore, solve the previous year papers to boost your overall score in the exam.


IV. Tricks for Spotting Error Questions

Trick 1: For these type of questions, you must read the complete sentence cautiously. You must check the subject-verb agreement while reading the entire sentence.

Trick 2: In most cases, you will be able to track the error in the first attempt. If you still unable to detect the error, then you must carefully look for Noun based errors, Pronoun based errors, adjective and adverb based errors, etc.

You will find all details in this link: How to solve spotting error questions accurately?


V. Tricks for Sentence Improvement Questions

In these questions, you must go through the original sentence very carefully and check whether the sentence sounds grammatically correct.

Trick 1: Even if the original statement sounds grammatically correct, you must review the options to figure out if any of the options provide a better alternative. This is the mistake a lot of candidates make.

Trick 2: Go by the elimination method. Eliminate the options which offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives. You will be finally be left with 1 or 2 options.


VI. Tricks for Cloze Test/Fill in the Blanks

These questions might seem like a test of your English vocabulary but are really a test of your grammar. The words to be filled in are difficult but you have to choose a word that makes the sentence/paragraph meanful and grammatically correct. In the Cloze Test questions, you can easily figure out the correct answer since the statements are logically connected.

Method: In case you are unable to figure out the correct answer, you must review the options and try to eliminate the irrelevant ones.

For tricks on this topic, read the complete lis of Cloze test tricks.

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VII. Consistent Practice

Practice is vital to success in any entrance exam. Persistently practice a large number of Grammar questions from a variety of sources. Solve all types of questions ranging from simple to complex. Besides solving the questions from competition books, solve online quizzes. Also, analyze your mistakes regularly.


VIII. Monitor your Performance Regularly

You must monitor your performance regularly. Attempt a large number of topic-wise online mock tests to attain a grip over each topic. Track your performance after each test and identify your mistakes. Strive to reduce your mistakes with each subsequent attempt. Attempt 4-5 topic-wise tests each day to master each topic.


IX. Develop the Habit of Reading

The most effective way to enhance your Grammar skills is to inculcate the habit of reading.

If novels, Editorials and Newspapers bore you then switch to magazines and online news. Do this on a regular basis to brush up your Grammar skills. Switch on the English news channel on TV or watch an English movie/ documentary which has subtitles.


The aforesaid tips, if implemented efficiently, will surely help you all to excel in Grammar in the IBPS PO Prelims 2017. Keep practicing and share any further doubts in the comments section below. Good luck!

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