Strategy to crack English section for RBI grade b

English Language section is one of the simplest to crack. You need to touch up your basic skills in grammar by developing a reading habit. Additionally, that will also help advance your vocabulary. You can also go through the previous years' papers to get an idea of what kind of questions will come. Questions in the section are usually expected from Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Para Jumbles, Antonyms and Synonyms. To master these skills the tools you can use our thesaurus, dictionary and English Newspapers.

If you are a regular reader of newspaper, your knowledge of English will be more than enough for this section. The scoring in the section will depend more on how much you practice as the options in this section are usually very confusing. However, you can start working on your vocabulary and learn new words daily to increase your confidence level and thus the chances of scoring high in this section. But the key will be practice. Especially you need to practice the questions of arranging the sentences in an order so that it makes a meaningful passage.

Again, keep in mind that this is the section which will help you clear the overall cut-off. So, your aim should be to maximize your score in this section

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2018 - English Section

The section comprised 11 reading comprehension questions in total. There were two RC passages which had four and seven questions in each passage. One RC passage was based on exchange rate and the second was based on life events. Most of the questions were extrapolation based and could have taken a long time to figure out the answer. Other topics in the exam included sentence correction, statement connection, etc. No para jumble and Cloze test questions were asked this time. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was moderate to difficult.


Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (4-7)


Moderate to Difficult

Sentence Correction (Spot the Error)



Match the Sentences (Two Columns, Three Sentences)


Moderate to Difficult

Para Completion (4 Sentences)


Moderate to Difficult

Statement Connection



Jumbles Words (In 6-7 paragraphs, bold words misplaced)



Topic wise preparation tips

1. Reading Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension questions are typically easy to moderate difficulty level.
  • 20% questions in RC are from vocabulary. Read the question carefully. Sometimes you are asked to ‘select the word opposite in meaning rather than similar ‘. Make sure you don’t hastily read the question and mark the option accordingly.
  • To solve questions from vocabulary, remember that you are NOT expected to know the exact meaning of this word. To answer vocabulary questions, read the passage again and question yourself ‘how is this word used in context’. Predict the meaning of the word and then see the options. Finally select the one closest in meaning to your prediction.
  • Read the first and last paragraph to get the gist of the passage. This is useful when answering questions like ‘What does the author wants to convey in this article or What is the theme of this article etc.’
  • It is alright to leave some questions (ones which are detailed or require you to read the entire paragraph) They take up precious time leaving you with no time for Quant/Reasoning.

2. Cloze Test

  • The second topic after RC, which doesn’t requires grammar.
  • This in combination with RC will make sure that you do not fall short of sectional cutoff.
  • The basic tip to solve Cloze test, read the sentence and without looking at the options, fill in the blank. Then look at the options and choose the one which matches your prediction.
  • If you are not 100% sure about any option, leave it. Do not waste time on that question.
  • Even if you attempt 80% questions, you are good to go.

3. Sentence Rearrangement (Para jumbles)

  • Parajumbles can be tricky.
  • If you have 3-4 minutes to spend, then only attempt para jumble.
  • One good thing about para jumbles is, if you get the sequence right (even after spending 5 minutes), you will get 5 questions right with 100% accuracy.
  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Look out for words like ‘Instead’, ‘Furthermore’ etc. Sentences starting with these words will always come in the middle. Eliminate these sentences and check the others. Basically you are looking for starting sentence.
  • Generally the starting sentence gives a brief overview about the issue/problem being discussed in the passage. Look for chronological order (dates, time ).
  • Once you get the starting right, the rest of the task is easy.
  • For sentences with words like ‘instead’, ‘furthermore’, ‘because’, ‘hence’ etc try and find the previous sentences.
  • Once you get a skeleton with starting sentence, one or two middle sentences, fill up the rest of sentences in logical manner. To know how to do this, read these tips on parajumbles.

4. Grammar Questions (Error Spotting and Fill in the blanks)

  • Many people complain about their inability to solve grammar questions, due to low confidence or because their grammar is weak.
  • If you solve the above three topics (RC, Parajumbles and Cloze test) you will easily clear sectional cutoff.
  • Not only solving above three topics will help you will clear sectional cutoff for english but you will also score high marks (18-20) in english section without even touching grammar.
  • That said, go through the error spotting questions, out of 5 there will surely be 1-2 questions which will have very obvious mistakes. Attempt those questions.
  • Similarly in fill in the blanks, there are 1-2 questions which can solved without having any knowledge of grammar at all

Reasoning and Quant are the favored sections of many students and English Language section is the one which is most avoided by many students. One needs to analyze one’s strengths while preparing for the English Language section. Some people are good at vocabulary and reading while others may be good at Grammar. If you are of the former type, you should attempt the Reading Comprehension and Cloze Test first along with Error Detection, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. But if you are good at Grammar, attempt those questions first. The advantage of trying to attempt more in English section is you can score more in lesser time in comparison to Quant and Reasoning. However, you must improve on your accuracy in English.

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