Dear Candidates

More than 50 lakh candidates will be appearing for the IBPS Clerk 2016 exam, Competition is going to be very tough. To make matters slightly easy, we have come with a Preparation plan for IBPS Clerk in 50 days, curated especially for IBPS Clerk Prelims by our group of experts.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus, Pattern and Preparation in 50 days

Pattern of IBPS Clerk Prelims

Sr No. Topic/ Section Questions. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 35 35 01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 English Language 30 30
 Total 100 100

The test will consist of 100 questions, with 1 marks awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus:p>The second step in preparation is getting acquainted with the syllabus for IBPS Clerk Prelims  2016.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus English Language:

There will be 30 questions (easy to moderate difficulty) covering the following topics:(click on the topic for tips , tricks and questions on that topic)

IBPS Clerk Syllabus Reasoning:

In the reasoning section of IBPS Clerk 35 questions will be asked across all difficulty levels, with most of the questions falling under moderate difficulty level. The topics to be covered are:

IBPS Clerk Syllabus Numerical Ability (Quants)

Comparatively, the toughest section IBPS Clerk Prelim 2015. The number of questions asked from Numerical Ability is 35, covering the following topics:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Preparation in 50 Days

Day 1-10 :

  • Starting today, digest the syllabus and pattern.
  • Go through each topic’s question. You will immediately reckon your likability for each topic. You will notice some topics are easy for you and some are a bit tedious.
  • Identify your strong and weak topics and write them down.
  • Since 50 days are left for the exam, you can afford to give time on weaker areas as well.
  • However, focus most of your strength on sharpening your strength.
  • Start reading a book or any english literature for increasing your reading speed (Click here for Speed Reading Tips )and improving your vocabulary

Day 11-15 :

  • Now that you have identified your strong, weak sections its to time to get cracking at concepts.
  • The time divided between strong and weak sections should ideally be 50-50 at this time.
  • Go through individual concepts and solve basic questions.
  • If you find some topics in which you are strong but they are taking a lot of time in solving , put them in weak sections.
  • Keep reading English literature.

Day 16-25:

  • After the end of second week, you now have gained basic knowledge of all the topics and have reached average or above average reading speed.
  • Identify shortcuts and tips tricks for the topics in which you are strong.
  • Start using these new learned tips and tricks to solve questions.
  • The ratio of time allotted to strong vs weak sections should be 60:40. i.e. 60% time should be allotted to topics that you are strong in, learning new ways to attempt questions in that and 40% of time should be allotted to weaker sections.
  • Start giving full length and sectional mock tests.
  • Keep reading!

Day 26-35:

  • By now some weak sections must have turned to sections that you are comfortable in.
  • Leave other weak sections in which you are still not confident.
  • 100% focus should be on questions you can solve confidently and correctly.
  • Analyse your performance in mock tests and identify questions which are gobbling up most time.
  • Solve maximum questions from that section and keep improving your solving speed.
  • The benefits of reading 1 hour daily will start to show its effect now.
  • You would notice you can go through questions swiftly, i.e. you can read the question quickly and get more time to actually solve the questions. This enables you to solve atleast 4-5 questions more than you could normally do. This can be the difference between selection and failure.

Day 35-49: 

  • You can now solve the entire mock test in given duration.
  • Scour for previous year question papers and start solving them in time bound test.
  • If you can solve the previous year paper and clear the respective cut offs, then you are good to go.
  • If you find you are lagging with some marks, then focus on areas where you can increase your scores.
  • Keep practicing hard.
  • Revise concepts and again solve some basic questions(mind you thats necessary. You tend to forget the basics when you go deep into the difficult questions).
  • Stop taking suggestions from ‘Well wishers’ and focus only on your preparation.

Day before the exam:

If you have followed this preparation plan for IBPS Clerk, you have prepared exceptionally well. Have no worries , get a sound sleep of 8 hours and have light food. All the best for the next day!

We hope you find the above preparation plan for 50 days useful. Please ask your questions and queries in the comments section below and we will make sure to answer them promptly.


  1. madam i am silpa completed my masters.i read in so many interview reviews of ibps clerk that candidates with more qualification than degree will be rejected in the interview due to over quqlification is that true.plz reply me i am waiting i am feeling tensed

  2. Hi jigisha

    We are glad our updates help you.
    For quant section i would suggest you to first analyse where are you lacking. In calculation, concept or the overall execution. Once you find your weak area then you can focus on clearing it. Start by having a timer for question and finding out which takes maximum time. Then practice. give more mocktests, solve as many questions as you can. You will soon start getting results.

  3. Hi Pia

    The only thing that can help you manage time is mock tests. Since they are time bound you get an exact idea about where you stand in terms of time per question/per section

  4. thanku fr the article sir.. ur updates really boot my confidence..
    May u help me by suggesting some QA topics I should start with?..as I have lost both RRB n IBPSPO due to QA sec.

    mm good in calculations nn hv practiced basic questions (especially examples of R.S.Aggarwal)
    but still it is hard to solve mock/exam QA questions in a go…

  5. Its very hopeful for me after failure of several exams
    Always i failed in english since i can talk and written as well but in reading section so weak

    Yet i practiced too but still 3 to 5 marks less for selection

    What can i do pls help so serious consirn

  6. Hi
    Please don’t feel as a loser again. Only people who fail often, succeed at a later stage. There are many examples in world like Abraham Lincoln, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs who failed miserably before turning those lessons to success. We will help you in every way possible to achieve success.! Please visit our bulletin daily.

  7. Hi Rita

    We will soon post tips for quantitative section of IBPS Clerk. Please checkout mockbank.com/bulletin daily.

  8. Thanks again for the hope , can we have some mock tests and expected cutoff’s for GEN category.

  9. I don’t even wanna tell my name here. I was frequently failed in so many exams for past few years.. In ibps po too.. I m hoping for the best.. Need change in life.. i hope mockbank will help me.. Becoz when I go through the guidelines ,it simply tells me to make a chance to win atleast once.. Thanks for the hope that you are giving to me when I am broken.

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