The Preliminary phase of the IBPS Clerk Exam is scheduled for 26 – 27 November and 3 – 4 December 2016. Since hardly few days are now left for the first set of exam to start, we are sharing with you today, last 10 days tips for this exam that we hope will help you strategize for the exam better.

A clear idea of the structure of the exam is a must.

clerk pre exam pattern

Now, let us move to the sectional strategies that you should follow in order to obtain a good score in this phase of the exam.

English Language

As already mentioned, 30 questions would be asked from this topic. Questions would be asked from the following topics –

  • Reading Comprehension (including vocabulary based questions – Synonyms/Antonyms)
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles

If we have a look at the previous year exam analysis of this exam, 10 questions from RC and 5 questions each from Cloze Test, Spotting Errors, Sentence Improvement and Para jumbles were asked. Since numbered days are now left for this phase, we advise you all to focus mainly on the less time consuming topics now. Try to have a thorough practice of the following topics since you can easily attempt them and they do not take up much time –

  • Cloze test
  • Spotting errors
  • Sentence Improvement

Try to go for Para jumbles and Reading Comprehension after you finish these topics in the exam. Make sure you practice all these topics regularly. 

Numerical Ability

You might come across questions from the following topics –

  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Series
  • Miscellaneous Questions (Ratio & Proportion, Problem on Ages, Percentages, Partnerships, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Time, Work & Wages, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats and streams, Problem on trains, Permutation, Combination & Probability)
  • Quadratic Equations

Now, if we have a look at the exam analysis of previous year’s preliminary phase, 5 questions from number series, 5 from DI, 10 from Simplification and 15 miscellaneous questions were asked. Hence we advise you all to focus on the following topics now –

  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Some miscellaneous topics like time and work, time and distance, boats and streams, probability etc are also comparatively easy and less time consuming.

Reasoning Ability

You might come across questions from the following topics –

  • Puzzles / Seating Arrangement (Linear/ Circular/ Square)
  • Inequalities
  • Coding Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Miscellaneous Topics – Ranking, Blood Relations, Direction and Distance/ Alphanumeric Series etc.

If we have a look at the previous year exam analysis of the preliminary phase, questions from following topics were asked – 5 questions from inequality, 10 from seating arrangement, 5 from coding – decoding, 5 from series and remaining miscellaneous questions were asked.
Given the limited amount of time left now, we advise you all to focus on the following topics as of now –

  • Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Miscellaneous topics including blood relations, direction based questions which are easy to attempt and take up less time.

Time allotment for different sections –

Try to finish the topics in the following time frame so that you have sufficient time to attempt all the sections –

English Language – 10 – 15 minutes
Numerical Ability – 20 – 25 minutes
Reasoning Ability – 20 minutes

Remember following things before you attempt this exam –

  • This exam is just Qualifying in nature.
  • However, you need to clear the sectional as well as overall cutoff in order to be eligible for the Mains phase. So, make sure you attempt sufficient number of questions in each section.
  • Try to divide the allotted time constraint of 60 minutes equally in the three sections and attempt each section within that time frame.
  • Do not waste too much time on a particular question. Move on to the next question if you feel stuck at any point.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer. So be very careful while you mark the answers.
  • Try to attempt the mock tests as much as possible.

All the best for your exams..

Team NDMIAS™..!!


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