10 Tips and Preparation strategy to clear IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016

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IBPS Clerk Preparation Strategy for prelims examination 2016.

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With less than 2 weeks remaining for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam, Today we will be discuss IBPS Clerk Preparation Plan for prelims exam to help you score better in all sections.

IBPS Clerk Prelims is scheduled to be conducted from November 26th 2016 in 3 slots daily. As per the latest changes in Exam pattern it is recommended to go through syllabus, Exam Pattern & Previous Year Papers of IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2016. It is also suggested to take a free full lenght IBPS Clerk mock test and check your preparation level.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Result & Cutoff will be released by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection in the month of December.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern:

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  • IBPS Clerk Prelims exam will comprise of 3 sections i.e Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language.
  • A total of 100 question will be asked in Prelims exam divided 35, 35 & 30 in Reasoning, Quant & English Respectively.
  • Candidates will have a composite time of 1 hour to solve all the sections.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
  • We advice you to go through syllabus and IBPS Clerk preparation tips to score better in your IBPS Clerk prelims Exam.
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IBPS Clerk Preparation Plan: How to Score better in IBPS Clerk Prelims

IBPS Clerk Prelims Preparation Plan: 10 tips to crack IBPS Clerk Exam

1. The most important thing to remember is that marks of clerk prelims will not be added to your overall marks. This means you do not need to be the topper or score maximum marks in clerk prelims. Clearing the prelims is enough. With only a few days left, focus on the following three factors.

a. Time management- It is concerned with how do you attempt the question paper to ensure you do not miss any questions. How to divide the time among sections and in what order questions should be attempted?

b. Accuracy- As evident by IBPS PO Mains analysis , it is making sure that you minimise the number of wrong answers and negative marking, so that marks per question gets maximized

c. Speed- How to improve the speed to attempt questions faster? How to do quick calculations? How to increase reading speed?

Time Management

2. Manage your time in such a way that you are able to go through all the questions at least once in the exam. The reason behind it is there are many questions which are deliberately designed to be complex and end up grabbing the lion’s share of time. A good time management strategy helps you identify questions which are easier and hence, can be solved in less time.

3. For the perfect time management strategy we got in touch with candidates who cleared last year’s examination and came to the following conclusion

a) Go for the English section first. It takes minimum time and you should be able to complete it in 10-15 minutes max. section takes minimum time. You should be able to attempt it in about 10-15 minutes.
b) With English done in the first 10-15 minutes, you need to divide the next 45-50 minutes depending upon your subject preference. If you are good in Quant, allot more time to it and vice versa. The ideal time to attempt Quant and Reasoning section is 20-25 minutes.
c) So the order of attempt should be- English –  section you are confident of– then the section you are most scared of.

4. In individual sections,  attempt the questions in the following order: first the questions you know and can solve quickly, then the questions you think you can do but are time consuming. Remember never try and waste your time attempting the questions you are not confident of solving. There are a lot of other questions to solve and score. Your aim is to clear the paper, not top it.  You can attempt the questions in two phases –  in first phase attempt the questions which are easy and take less time to solve. In the second phase(if time permits) attempt questions which are hard. This way you will be able to clear sectional cutoffs and get a high score.


5. In English, only guess if you are at least 40-50% sure of the answer, i.e. you will be able to eliminate 2-3 options.

  • Focus on topics like Reading Comprehension, Cloze TestParajumbles .(click on topic to see tips and tricks)
  • Start with comprehension. This may take 5 minutes but has the highest accuracy. This will help you clear the sectional cutoff for English comfortably.
  • Attempt cloze test and parajumbles next to increase your overall score.
  • English section is the highest scoring section of IBPS Clerk Prelims.

6. For Quantitative Aptitude, there is no scope for guessing. Your aim is to have 100% accuracy. Attending less questions with higher accuracy is more rewarding than attempting more questions with less accuracy. Double check your solutions and be extremely conscious. Prepare the following topics for Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2015. (Click on the topic to see concepts, tips tricks, video solutions and attempt quizzes)

7. Logical reasoning:  This section also requires 100% accuracy. Do not blindly try to solve all the questions and aim for the highest marks. Instead attempt questions from the following topics:


8. Although speed matters a lot, it can sometimes come at the cost of accuracy. Generally the following type of questions require speed.

a) Reading Comprehension: You can consider reading the questions first before reading the passage. This way, while reading the passage itself, you will be able to mark the answers and all questions will be done in only one reading of the passage.
b) Data interpretation- If the answers are numbers not close to each other, then you do not need to do accurate calculations. You can round off the numbers and do approximate calculations and mark the answer closest to the answer you calculated
c) Long calculations- You can work on speed mathematics. Memorize Tables till 20, squares till 30 and cubes till 15.

Click here for Speed Reading Tips and Tricks .

Mock Tests and Mentorships

9. In the last 15 days, attempt atleast 1 mock test daily with honesty for 1 hour duration. Appearing for mock tests help you gauge your preparation levels and help you improve upon them, if necessary.

10. Online mock tests simulate the official online exam scenario, enabling you to experience the exam in real time and get acquainted about navigation in the exam application. After attempting online mock test, you can evaluate your performance and identify which questions took the maximum time and avoid taking them in IBPS Clerk Prelims exam. You can also see your response vs the correct response and detailed solutions in the mock test. Follow this up with a mentorship call with expert to help address the critical lacunae in your preparation.

Friends this is it for IBPS Clerk Preparation Plan and tips. Feel free to ask us any queries and questions you have in the comments section below and we will be glad to answer them for you. We wish you all the very best for your IBPS Clerk exam.

  • durai

    Sir how to I improve my speed in ibps clerk because I only attend nearly 40 questions. So please say suggestion

  • pranesha

    How do I join mock online test? For cleaning clerk exams. Is there any specific side to join mock test preparations. Plz send me last year exmas preliminary exam paper of clerk.

  • Sahil

    What was the sectional cutoffs IBPS PO 2015

    • Akshay Jain

      We will post it when exam will be near for 2016

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    sir please details of ibps pre exam cut off and solve english question
    give the link for solve english question
    thank you

  • Neha

    Will attempting 60 questions in ibps clerk prelim be enough or not? Ibps po prelim cut off for general category was 37, is ibps clerk prelim cut off supposedto go high since the difficulty level of this exm may be low as compared to po?

    • Vaibhav

      Yes Neha you are correct. 60 questions will be more than enough for clearing sectional cutoff for IBPS Clerk Prelims. Cutoff will go around 45-48

  • Sanjay

    Sir, What’s the sectional and overall cut-off for IBPS Clerical Prelims for General Category?

  • shailly

    Thankyou for all your kind support . its really helpful . thnx again!

  • shailly

    Thank you for all your kind support ! Its really helpful. Thnx again !

    • Vaibhav

      Your welcome Shailly

  • swati kalantre

    Thanks for tips …sir.

    • Vaibhav

      Welcome Swati All the best for your exam

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  • neeraj pandey

    in ibps po pre exam i got 23 in reason
    15.75 in quant
    & 6 marks in eng
    i cleared overall cut off but in eng i cant cleared due to only .5 mark
    plz suggest me
    what shuld be secure marks in ibps pre exam

  • Vishal

    Sir what is the In-hand salary of a clerk? Is it lowest among all the posts?

  • hemanta

    thanks for Tips.

    • Vaibhav

      Your welcome hemanta

  • Amit tiwari

    Sir in ibps po pre I have got 41.75 marks( QA.- 16.25,RA.- 20.75,English.- 4.75) and gen. Cut off 37.50 but weak in eng I have not cleared pre. Now please give me some tips for English section . at least I have cleared eng cut off.

  • jyoti pandey

    in English wat should I attempt first….cloze test or r.c. or error detection

    • Vaibhav


  • Rahul

    What is the procedure to solve online mock test
    Please provide with link of website