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Preparation tips - English Language for SBI PO Exam
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ms : HOW TO ANSWER THE "TONE OF THE PASSAGE" QUESTION WHILE SOLVING RC
sumita : The tone of the question can be ascertained by reading the words used in the passage, mainly adjectives, which give us an idea.It is an expression of the author' attitude towards a particular topic or situation. Tones can be either objective or subjective depending on the style of writing and the topic at hand. Tone is conveyed through diction, view points, grammar, and sentence construction.


ms : COULD YOU PLZ PROVIDE US WITH A RELEVANT FORMAT FOR THE LETTER FOR SBI PO
sumita : A formal letter has the following format: Your address (top left hand corner) Address of the person to whom you're writing Date Salutation or greeting Subject Body of the letter End with 'YOurs faithfully' if the name of the person you're writing to is not known 'Yours sincerely' if the name is known YOur signature Your name (underneath the signature) This is the general format of a formal letter.


ms : THE PROBABLE TOPICS WE SHOULD PREPARE FOR ESSAYS
sumita : Here are a few topics that may help you: A)Is the world being a global village a reality? B)Growth of aviation services in India during the last decade C)e-banking d) Women security at the workplace a deep concern e) Entrance Exams – A necessary evil f) Pros and cons of inflation g) Right to Education. h) Technological development affecting Banking Industry. i) Financial Inclusion


hims : I HAVE CONVERTS FROM NMIMS MUMBAI HR OR IMT GHAZIABAD MARKETING. WHICH ONE TO GO FOR?
sumita : Please get this query cleared on our B-school related chat.


ms : SUMITA MADAM, COULD YOU PLZ ELABORATE IN DETAIL ABOUT THE VARIOUS ADJECTIVES USED FOR DIFFERENT "TONES" OR MAYB GIVE SOME EXAMPLES
sumita : Well, while it is a bit tough to enumerate all the adjectives that denote tones, I will list out a few common ones that may help you. Acerbic, laudatory, encouraging, apathetic, caustic, bitter, disparaging, condescending, derogatory, sarcastic, humourous, indignant etc.


john : HOW TO PICK THE ODD SENTENCE OUT OF JUMBLED QS?
sumita : First read through all the sentences to find the topic of the paragraph. Then identify the starting sentence. Establish a connect between this and the next one by spotting and using linking words. Any sentences that continues with the idea will be next in the sequence. Don't forget to check if the pronoun(s) used in the following sentence link with the noun(s) on the preceding one. Keep arranging till you are done with the paragraph, and come across a sentence which is a misfit. Read the sequence you have arrived at and see if it is logical and coherent. The sentence that does not gel with the rest is the odd one out and your correct answer.


john : IMPORTANT USUAL TOPIC FOR SBI MAINS?
ritispandana : SBI PO exam, as you know has prelims and mains. All three topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and grammar are equally important. Focus on all the question types. Have a regular reading habit. Devote at least two hours exclusively for English practice. Brush up your grammar basics - this will help you identify errors in grammar-based questions. Try to learn vocab from different sources, and not just the newspaper. Try our practice tests to get a better idea on all types of verbal ability and RC questions.


john : WHAT MUST BE THE SEQUENCE OF QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED WHILE ATTEMPTING THIS SECTION TO MAXIMIZE SCORE
sumita : Essentially, cloze test first, then RC vocab-based questions, followed by passage-based detail questions. Next, sentence correction questions, and then FIBs. Attempt PFQs at the end as they are time-consuming. For RCs, a good reading of previous years papers will help, as it will familiarize you with the kind of questions asked. In order to maximise your score, a lot of focussed practice is also vital. Attend all mock tests, read all the booklets and go through all your class handouts as part of your preparation.


john : HOW TO START PREPARING FOR WRITTEN SECTION? ESSAYS N LETTERS.. WHAT SHOULD BE THE APPROACH?
sumita : The approach is simple. First try to understand the topic clearly. Then broadly organise your ideas on the aspects you wish to mention. Never go beyond the scope of the topic. During preparation time, jot down all these points. and also think about what other facts you need to elaborate on them. Prepare a proper structure and then format your essay into the introduction, body and conclusion. The objective of writing an introduction is to acquaint your reader with the topic and build a base on which your points will rest. THe body has the maximum number of words that are split into paragraphs as and when the idea changes. Mention all supporting details about your topic in this part. Sum up your ideas on the topic in the conclusion, which should be a logical outcome of all that you have written in the previous paragraphs. Review your write-up for any corrections or addition.


ms : MADAM, IT BECOMES SO DIFFICULT TO WRAP AN ESSAY IN JUST 250 WORDS. HOW DO WE APPROACH ANY TOPIC AND WHAT ALL DO WE INCLUDE IN AN ESSAY
sumita : I have just answered that. The number of words should not be a problem at all if you practice well and try to restrict your ideas within the word limit. If the word limit is less, don't elaborate on your sub-ideas and only mention important and relevant aspects. Dicide and distribute content accordingly, and you have an essay that is contained in the stipulated word count.


yash : WRITTEN EXAM IS ALSO GOING TO B THE PART OF THE PRELIMS?
sumita : No. No descriptive writing in the Prelims.


john : ANY BOOK PRESCRIBED FOR BETTER PREPARATION OF ESSAYS N LETTTERS FOR SBI PO
sumita : I recommend a variety of reading in order to gain a grip on all aspects pertaining to essay and letter-writing. But any grammar book that gives you grammar concepts and has compositions is a fairly good guide.


yash : MA'AM, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHEN THE BANK IS GOING TO DISCLOSE THE DATE FOR THE PRELIMINARY EXAM FOR SBI PO EXAM?
sumita : THe hall-ticket download link will be activated 15 days prior to the exam date.


john : FILL IN THE BLANKS QUESTIONS. I OCCUR MAXIMUM MISTAKES IN THIS PART.. HOW TO WORK ON IT?
sumita : I think this part is quite easy provided you keep in mind idea flow, grammatical elements, and vocab. Read the sentence carefully without attempting to fill in the blank form among the choices given. YOu will certainly get a word in your mind to fit that blank. Look for a word form the choices to substitute the word that you had thought of. Read the sentence again, and ensure that it has grammatical and logical consistency. If there are two blanks in the sentence, make sure you choose that option where both the words are appropriate.


john : THANK YOU!!
sumita : Most welcome and all the best!


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