If you are desperately seeking bank jobs in India, there inst a better time than now.The next 3 months are packed with exams for various positions in govt banks.The most prominent among them are for clerical & officer cadre.The IBPS clerk exam which is to be held in the month of December 2014.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection closed online registrations for 4th clerical common exam on September 1 thereby giving ample time for applicants to get ready for the testing day.
To all those who keep asking on how to prepare for IBPS clerk common exam, this article shall help you with the basics.
IBPS Clerk Exam 2014 Pattern
As said earlier, the mode of examination will be online which means you need not shade circles in OMR sheets.Instead, have to click the correct answer for questions displayed on computer screen.
Private Banks have already employed online tests for their recruitments & going by that, candidates should have options to move back & forth and complete questions left unanswered before final submission.
200 for 200
The structure of question paper is same; have to attend 200 objective type questions in
5 sections for a total of 200 marks within 2 hours (120 minutes)
While each correct option fetches one mark, 0.25 shall be reduced for every wrong answer.There is no penalty if you choose to leave a question.
To minimize the effect of negative marks on your total score, take calculated risks (see how to minimise negative marks for more tips)
References materials have become necessary nowadays to get acquainted about the pattern & here are some clerk exam workbooks & practice guides to help you in preparations.
* Clerk common exam guide – Rs.273 - Buy online
* Bank clerical exam (15 years solved papers) – Rs.207 – Buy online
What to prepare for IBPS clerical common exam? is one of the frequently asked query by applicants who are new for banking examinations.
Unlike few other competition tests, IBPS does not provide syllabus for their PO or clerk CWE.
Hence we are listing some topics from which most no. of questions were asked in previous years
General awareness: Have good knowledge about the recent happenings in India & neighboring countries.Be very thorough in banking terms
- Ministers & portfolios
- Top news in business, sports, culture & entertainment
- Prominent committees & their heads
A G.K book for facts & reading newspapers everyday or alternate days will suffice.
Computer knowledge: Answering this part won’t be tough as many are well versed in computer operations & questions would be only of basic level such as
- Computer parts & their functions
- Basic internet & email controls
- MS Office package (word, excel, powerpoint etc)
- Popular software names & their uses
Since ms-office software is widely used in banks, checkout its features by working on it if possible.
Reasoning & Numerical ability: It would be better if you allot good amount of time in preparing for these 2 sections. The topics to cover shall include,
- Coding & decoding
- Venn diagrams
- Number series
- Work, Time, Speed & distance problems
- Profit & loss, Ratios, Simple interest etc.,
Try practicing with as many problems possible to get acquainted with types, formulas & shortcuts.
Though common interviews shall be conducted for all qualifiers your CWE scores will carry maximum weightage in final selection (read how common interviews might affect you)
So accuracy & arriving at the correct answer in shortest time is the key to score good marks in IBPS common bank exams.