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Preparing Reading Comprehension in English Language Section for Bank Exams: Expert Tips

Sep 15, 2014 18:05 IST

    Banking exams have provided many aspiring candidates to get jobs in government sector and every year thousands of candidates are sitting for the various examinations conducted by the corresponding authority. There are candidates from various backgrounds that apply for these exams and there are people who are from core interior villages where English never remained a strong point amongst them. In the banking and other government sector exams it is mandatory to go through the English language paper and thus it comes out as a challenge for such candidates who doesn’t possess an avid English background. Hence, it is necessary for these candidates to work a little extra on their preparation to go through the paper successfully and score well. (Read more for study materials)

    The English language paper consists of various types of questions related to English comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and grammatical skills. The overall English language grip of a candidate is tested so that the candidate can work without any hindrance in future in the respected fields of their jobs. There is a comprehension section among the questions (Read more for bank exam question papers) asked in the English language paper which needs a good reading and understanding capacity of the candidate. Candidates need to go through a paragraph to understand and analyze and derive a meaning out of it. The comprehensions generally remain easy when it comes to language but there are cases where tough language gets used in the overall passage testing skills of the candidates. It contains a paragraph and 10-12 questions related to the passage that needs to get answered. The answers generally lie within the passage or give an idea about the answers which then you need to formulate yourself. The questions can contain synonyms and antonyms of particular words from the paragraph as well.

    There are few tips (Read more for tips and strategies) that can help the candidates to score well in the Reading Comprehension section:

    • Read the questions first: Once you go through the questions that are asked below the paragraph you can at least have an idea where to stop at the passage while you start reading and you can mark the lines where you think the answer lies.
    • Get involved with what you read: The best way to understand and grasp the meaning of the paragraph is to divulge yourself completely while reading the paragraph so that you don’t miss any detail.
    • Make your own notes while reading: If you find a section of the paragraph tough to understand, you can read through it and right the gist of the sentence in your own language just by the side of the sentence. This might help you while you come back in search for the answers.
    • Re-read the passage when in doubt: If you are not satisfied with a certain answer or are confused about a certain portion of the paragraph, go through it twice and make sure you understand it well before answering.
    • Don’t opinionate your answers: It’s better to have your opinion not used while answering the questions of the passage and is safer to go by the opinions of the one who has written the passage.

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