IBPS Clerk Syllabus - Selection Procedure - Study Plan

   

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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) started conducting this IBPS Clerk exam in 2011 which, since then has been a gateway to the lucrative career in Banking Industry for a lot of students and working professionals across India. 15 Lakh + students appeared(from Official website www.ibps.in) for IBPS clerk Exam 2017 and with all that is happening around us – IT Layoffs and the economic slowdown, the number is definitely expected to rise considerably. The exam is to be conducted in two phases, Prelims and Mains. Here are things that you should know about IBPS Clerk 2018

  • This exam is to recruit Clerical cadre across various public sector banks across India. 
  • The number of vacancies stood at 7883 last year. For IBPS clerk 2018, we can expect a slightly less if not a similar number. 
  • Pay scale went as high as 20,000 + allowances last year.

Selection Procedure for IBPS Clerk 2018

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Language test

IBPS Clerk Selection Procedure

How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018

The number of vacancies is seeing a drop every year. This is partly due to automation. To excel in IBPS Clerk 2018, one should start preparation early as well as be smart with their preparation strategy. The first step, however, is to understand the Syllabus for Prelims and Mains examinations. 

IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelims Exam pattern

S.No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1 Numerical Ability 35 35 60 minutes composite time   
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35
3 English Language 30 30
  Total 100 100 1 hour

IBPS Clerk Mains 2017 Pattern 

S.No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration Time/Question Marks/Question
1 English Language 40 40 35 minutes 52 Seconds 1
2 General Awareness 50 50 35 minutes 42 Seconds 1
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes 54 Seconds 1
  Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge 50 60 45 minutes 54 Seconds 1.2
  Total 190 200 160 minutes    

Two important things to note are: 

  • There will be a negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong question in both Prelims and Main Examinations. 
  • The marks obtained in Main Exam along with the local language proficiency test will determine candidate's chances of getting into the final merit list. 

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

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IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelims Exam Syllabus

English Language

English section in IBPS Clerk Prelims consists of following topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Jumbles
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph Completion

IBPS Clerk English Language: Grammar-based questions

IBPS Clerk English Language: Reading Comprehension Question types

Numerical Ability

The Numerical Ability consists of questions from the following topics - Arithmetic, Algebra, Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Data Interpretation. Since our primary focus is on clearing the cut-offs, let's classify the topics into various difficulty levels considering average time spent to solve the questions. 

Easy - Quadratic Equations, Simplifications and Approximations, Number Series, Time and Work 

Moderate - Data Interpretation, Percentages, Ratio & Proportions, Profit, and Loss, SI & CI

Difficult - Time Speed & Distance, Pipes and Cisterns,  Mixtures, Mensuration

Make sure you complete practicing all the easy category questions first which will give you ample time to work on weak areas. Analyze your performance regularly.

IBPS Clerk Numerical Ability: Time, Speed and Distance Questions  

Reasoning Ability

Reasoning section has seen an increase in the number of questions which makes it a crucial section for optimum scoring. Let us classify the topics using a similar approach

Easy - Series, Analogies, Odd Pair, Directions, Numbers & Rankings, Dictionary Test

Moderate - Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Computer Knowledge

Difficult - Coding-Decoding, Input-Output machine, Complex puzzles 

Though the topics are few, Reasoning is a vast section with various models in each section. Practice as many as you can, take sectional tests frequently and keep taking full length tests.

IBPS Clerk Reasoning: Input-Output Based Questions

IBPS Clerk Reasoning: Arrangement based Puzzles

IBPS Clerk Reasoning - Clocks & Calendars Based Questions

IBPS Clerk 2018 Mains Exam Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section consists of questions from the following topics - Arithmetic, Algebra, Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Data Interpretation. Since our primary focus is on clearing the cut-offs, let's classify the topics into various difficulty levels considering average time spent to solve the questions. 

Easy - Quadratic Equations, Simplifications and Approximations, Number Series, Time and Work 

Moderate - Data Interpretation, Percentages, Ratio & Proportions, Profit and Loss, SI & CI

Difficult - Time Speed & Distance, Pipes and Cisterns,  Mixtures, Mensuration

Make sure you complete practicing all the easy category questions first which will give you ample time to work on weak areas. Analyze your performance regularly.

English Language

English section in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam consists of following topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Jumbles
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Error Sclerktting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Odd one out

To clear the cut-offs in this section, keep your focus on RC, Cloze test, Para completion and fill in the blanks. Read the newspaper every day and keep taking sectional tests on a regular basis. To improve your vocabulary you can use Conduira Online's Vocab Prep mobile app and stay updated.

IBPS Clerk English Language: Grammar-based questions

IBPS Clerk English Language: Reading Comprehension Question types

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Reasoning section clubbed with Computer Aptitude sees an increase in the number of questions which makes it a crucial section for optimum scoring. Let us classify the topics using a similar approach

Easy - Series, Analogies, Odd Pair, Directions, Numbers & Rankings, Dictionary Test

Moderate - Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Computer Knowledge

Difficult - Coding-Decoding, Input-Output machine, Complex puzzles 

Though the topics are few, Reasoning is a vast section with various models in each section. Practice as many as you can, take sectional tests frequently and keep giving full-length tests.

IBPS Clerk Reasoning: Input-Output Based Questions

IBPS Clerk Reasoning: Arrangement based Puzzles

IBPS Clerk Reasoning - Clocks & Calendars Based Questions

General Awareness

This is one section for which the preparation should optimally begin in the build-up to the examination rather than a week before. The topics covered in this section are  - National/International issues of last 4-6 months, Indian banking system, Abbreviations, Government schemes, National and International Financial Institutions. Check out our Daily GK Digest for Everyday news, current affairs & GK questions with answers. 

One important way to prepare for this section is to take quizzes frequently. This not just increases your question base but also increases your acquaintance to the time-bound environment. We provide Weekly Quizzes to test your knowledge on the most important happenings of the week. 

Apart from Daily GK Digest and Weekly Quizzes, Conduira Online also provides GK In-Depth Blogs.  In these blogs, most relevant topics for bank exams are discussed in detail. 

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Preparation plan for IBPS Clerk 2018:

Finding areas of improvement: Start by taking IBPS Clerk 2018 Mock Test to assess where you stand. Don’t let the result demoralize you. It’s just a measure of what you are good at and the areas that need your attention. Trouble finding mock tests? We at Conduira Online provide you with free mock-tests to help you assess your strengths and areas of improvement. 

Make a monthly plan: Once the weak areas are identified, it’s time to work upon improving in them. For the next one month concentrate hard on improving in these areas at the same time while maintaining your strengths with regular practice.

Time for Tests! – By the end of the month, you should be looking at taking module tests to assess your improvement in weak areas consistently and at the same time take occasional sectional tests.

Full-length Mock tests: In the month of April/May, you should start attempting IBPS Clerk Prelims Full-length mock tests every alternate day. This will help you in assessing your strengths, weak areas and experiment with your strategies, judgment of difficulty of questions and your time management skills.

General Awareness: Read a newspaper every day. It will not only help you in GA, but also in improving Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Critical reasoning but also improve your vocabulary significantly. Also, take quizzes frequently. 

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