IBPS CLERK: LAST MINUTE PREPARATION TIPS

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selectionor IBPS conducts various examinations such as PO exam, Clerk exam, RRB exam, and Specialist Officer exam every year. These exams are conducted for many posts in IBPS Participating Banks and Institutions. IBPS is going to conduct the Common Written Exam (CWE) for IBPS Clerk Prelims in the December 2016.

Eligibility for IBPS Clerk

The age of candidates who want to apply for IBPS Clerk exam must be between 20 and 28 years as on 1st October 2016. Candidates must have been born not earlier than 2nd October 1988 and not later than 1st October 1996 (both dates inclusive).

Candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a university recognized by Govt. of India. They are required to submit graduation marks while submitting IBPS Clerkapplication form.  Application fee for the candidates of general category is Rs. 600 and SC / ST / PWD /Ex- servicemen is Rs. 100.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

  • There are 200 questions of objective type in IBPS Clerk main exam and maximum time allotted will be 2 hours.
  • IBPS Clerk main exam contains five different sections which are – reasoning, English language, numerical ability, general awareness and computer knowledge.
  • There are three sections in prelims exam which are – reasoning ability, numerical ability and English language.
  • Total number of questions asked and maximum time are 100 and 1 hour respectively. There is negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

Candidates who qualify IBPS Clerk prelims exam will be called to take the mains exam.Candidates will be selected by their score of common written exam. Qualified candidates will be called for document verification and after that they will be given appointment letters.

IBPS Clerk: Last minute preparation tips

Some last-minute preparation tips are being provided for IBPS Clerk exam. Candidates can go through the following section wise tips to make it to the final list:

Reasoning

In this section, the examiner tests your basic reasoning skills and accuracy to solve logical reasoning too. Some tips are being given for the reasoning, following which may help the candidates. Firstly, the candidates should have proper and authentic material pertaining to reasoning. These materials include notes, mock test papers etc. It will help save time. Next, to avoid chaos candidates should refer to the syllabus. By referring to the syllabus it can be known that what to study and how much to study.Candidates should also maintain a copy for formulas. It reduces the effort to revise the complete syllabus.

General Knowledge

GK is a fundamental part of any banking system. Daily newspaper reading is one of the most reliable way.  For last minute preparation candidates can refer to magazines which cover monthly news in short. Some websites would prove to be of much help. Candidates should focus mainly on current affairs related to banking and finance sector.

English Language

This section tests the basic knowledge of English. Topics like comprehension, antonyms – synonyms, jumbled sentences, error correction etc. are asked. Solving 5-6 years previous year’s paper would prove to be a great help in last minute preparation.

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative questions consume lots of time to solve the problem. Data interpretation is the major part of this section. Candidates should have good knowledge about tabulation, pie chart, line chart, line graph and bar chart etc. Apart from data interpretation topics like sequence and series, number system, quadratic equation, ratio – proportion, percentage and average etc. are asked. Candidates can refer to books like M. TYRA for last minute preparation. Solving mock test along with M.TYRA would prove to be very beneficial.

Computer Knowledge

This section tests the computer skills and basic knowledge of computer. It also contains equal marks like any other section and should not be taken lightly. Although,this is not atime-consuming section. Topics like basic of computers, operating system functions, basic internet knowledge and protocols, network basics, generation of computer, input and output device, shortcuts and basic knowledge of MS – WORD, MS – EXCEL, MS – POWER POINT etc. are asked.  Candidates can refer to notes available online of these basic topics and previous year’s papers would be of real help.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION FOR IBPS CLERK EXAM

  • Be clear about the pattern

During these final days, candidate’s preparation must be based on real exam pattern. Only then candidates will be able to come up with a strategy for revision.

  • Do mock tests

The most important point of giving mock test is that it will help candidates get a real feel of the exam. Candidates can also analyze which sections to attempt first and how much time to devote to a question. Candidates should at least practice 10 mock tests at this stage.

  • Manage time and speed

In IBPS Clerk exam, accuracy is necessary but candidates also need to attempt maximum questions. Owing to sectional cutoff candidates must know to manage time properly. candidates should not waste too much time on one question, this will only put more stress on the candidates.