Fill in the Blanks/Fillers type Patterns asked in IBPS PO

Dear Banking Aspirant,


The awaited exams in the forthcoming matters the most an you would have increased the efforts by now after the IBPS RRB Scale I officer and Office Assistant examinations. The English section is the most feared section for many aspirants and now the forthcoming exams like IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk preliminary examinations will have this section and even we can state, this section determines the overall mark of every candidates in the exams.

In the preliminary examination of IBPS PO, we can definitely expect the English section to be on par with the SBI PO preliminary examinations and not less than that. So your preparation level have to be in a different level and also the preparation should be done with the difficult range of questions for both the exams, even though Clerk examinations don’t have questions in the difficult range, this preparations will help you to crack the exams if the questions are in the difficult range. These days exams have become unpredictable and so the difficulty level of the questions.

Fill in the Blanks and Double Fillers have become an integral part of the English section now and you have to solve these questions as these will give you the possibilities of getting more marks within less amount of time. Many patterns have been asked in the previous exams and we are not sure about the new pattern they would ask in the future and so brace yourselves for any new patterns in the forthcoming days.

Patterns in Fill in the Blanks/Fillers

Pattern 1 – Single Statement Fillers – Only one blank provided in a sentence.

Pattern 2 – Single Statement – Double Fillers – Two blanks provided in sentence

Pattern 3 – Multiple Statement Fillers

Pattern 1 – Single Statement Fillers

In this type, only one blank will be provided in a sentence and candidates have to choose the word that match the blank in the sentence. This is an old pattern and it is mostly asked in the Clerk level exams and even if there are chances for this to be asked in the PO exams.

E.g : Raghu, the former army officer is very ____ even at the age of eighty.

(a) tired

(b) small

(c) nervous

(d) old

(e) active

The answer for the above one by the elimination method is active. We can eliminate all the other options in the question, as they will not give correct meaning to the sentence. The sentence is in a positive tone and so the answer should be i a positive one.

Pattern 2 – Single Statement – Double Fillers

In this type , one sentence with multiple blanks are provided and candidates have to fill both the blanks which completes the sentence. These type of questions are asked in the exams nowadays and many enhancements have been made to this pattern in the recent days.

E.g :

Children are more ____ than adults, it is _______ their quickness in learning a new language.

(a) intelligent, disproved by

(b) adaptable, reflected in

(c) conservative, seen in

(d) susceptible, demonstrated in

(e) resourceful, proportionate to


The best method to crack these type of questions is the elimination method and finding the individual meaning for these type of questions are a tough process. Also Don’t go by the first word alone, it should match both the blanks, remember that. For some questions, the first word in a option could fill the blank and the second one that is in the option if not gives or fills the blank is not the correct option. In the above question, the answer which satisfies both the blanks is the option B.

Pattern 3 – Multiple Statement Fillers

In this type, more than one sentence will be provided and the options will be provided according to the number of sentences given. As said in the former type, even in this pattern of questions, one should note that the number of words given in the options should correctly give the meaning to the sentences when filled.

E.g :


Failure of crops was due to continuous_______

The leaders were _______ needed by those to whom they addressed.

(a) Deception, angrily

(b) Draft, readily

(c) Drought, scarcely

(d) Drift, rarely

(e) None of these

In the question above, the words in the option C satisfy both the sentences. These type of questions are asked in the recent exams and even there can be changes in this type too and you can expect the same in the forthcoming exams in PO level.

How to solve Fill in the blanks / Filler type Questions

  • Try to find the word that best fits the blank in the given sentence and remember all the words in the options can fill the blank in the sentence and the word that best suits the blank will be the answer. This type of question also checks your vocabulary skills because you have to find a particular word that satisfies and settles to be the best one from the rest.
  • Grammar rules comes in handy while filling the sentences and moreover they actually provide you the clue to the correct option among the many.
  • Check the sentence again after you finalize your option and reread it again to check if the option gives exact continuity to the given sentence.
  • Given the conditions, check the central theme of the sentence and check whether the given sentence is in the positive state or negative state. If the sentence is in the positive state, then the correct option will be in the positive state only(The reverse pattern of the above said statement is very low, but we cannot neglect it as a whole).
  • There may be indication words which gives the required option for the sentence and those indication words will help in finalizing the correct option.
  • Once if you are unable to find the correct option by finding the theme, go for the elimination method. Eliminate the words which are unfit to be in the blanks of the sentence. Be careful in neglecting the words because some options have identical words that will confuse the candidates. Choose the words carefully in that situation.
  • Always the logical structure of the sentence will always go with the options side by side. So if any way, two options could fit into the blanks and you couldn’t arrive at a single option, choose the one which have maximum possibilities to be in that blank.

Try to solve many questions in all the pattern, so that even if there is any new patterns in the forthcoming exams, you may be able to solve these questions. If by any chance, you cannot arrive at a solution for a question, there’s always a chance of skipping the question and coming back to the question at a later time.

You could try these types of patterns from the posts given below in the links.


You could also check the same topic in the link give below asked in the CRACK IBPS PO STUDY PLANNER 2017.

CRACK IBPS PO STUDY PLANNER 2017 Double Fillers Questions