IBPS RRB Clerk-Prelims and Mains Exam - Study plan 2018

   

IBPS RRB Clerk 2018 - Preparation Plan 

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

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IBPS RRB Clerk 2018, Exam will be conducted in three phases:

  1. Preliminary Exam

  2. Mains Exam

The Number of vacancies: The number of vacancies is seeing a drop every year. IBPS has announced 7883 vacancies for Clerical Cadre posts in 19 banks. In 2018 the number of vacancies may be Increase or Decrease.

The number of candidates appearing for the exam: 14 Lakh+  for last year( For IBPS RRB 2017). It expected to rise for IBPS Clerk 2018

IBPS RRB Clerk 2018 Exam Dates:

Important Dates: 
IBPS Clerk 2018 Notification Release Date -September 2018
IBPS Clerk 2018 Application Form Starting Date -September 2018
IBPS Clerk Application Form 2018 Last Date to Apply -October 2018
Last Date to Pay Fee -3rd Week of October 2018
IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelims Exam Date -8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th December 2018
IBPS Clerk 2018 Mains Exam Date -20th January 2019

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 pattern and 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 2018 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
4 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 a 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.

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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:

  • The study schedule is formulated by considering the time an average student needs to study a topic. Hence, it is perfectly possible for you to complete your studies in the time you have.

  • Topics from the syllabus are arranged in the IBPS Clerk Study Schedule as per difficulty level. Thus, the easiest topics are at the top of this schedule. Whereas, the moderate and difficult topics are found in the syllabus.

  • This IBPS Clerk Study Plan covers the entire syllabus & make you prepare for the best possible way. So if you are not clear with the IBPS Clerk syllabus then go through the link below before moving further.

Finding areas of improvement:

Start by taking an IBPS Clerk 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. So, tests can help you, to practice more on weak areas in the required syllabus. Conduira Online provide you with free mock-tests to help you assess your strengths and areas of improvement.  Attempt short quizzes to increase your speed. This will help you attempt number of questions in the exams. Since the atmosphere in exams is stressful, already mastering quickness is an additional benefit.

Few important tips here will be:

  • Take not more than 15 minutes per section

  • Focus on sectional Cut-offs. You don’t need to be a James Bond and score 100/100.

  • Last year negative marking of a 1/4th mark for every wrong question. Please attempt confident answers first. 

  • Not all questions will take 1 – minute. Most of the Quant questions can be solved very quickly.

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