If you are looking for govt bank jobs in India, there isn't a better time than now.The upcoming months are packed with some important bank exams for various positions including the most popular - Clerical & Specialist officer cadre recruitments.The IBPS clerk exam is to be held in the month of December 2015.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection closed online registrations for 5th clerical common exam on September 1 thereby giving ample time for applicants to get ready for the testing day.
But from this year onwards, the clerical written test shall be held in two stages – Preliminary & Mains.Only those who qualify in the prelims are eligible to appear for the main test.
Since the IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam is to be conducted on December 5, 6 12 & 13, we are providing a detailed study plan along with a list of some of the best books that you can buy to prepare for IBPS clerk common exam.
IBPS Clerk 2015 Prelims
As said earlier, there is going to be a preliminary test for all applicants first.It is an online test that comprises of 3 sections.See the below image to know about the exact pattern.
Total Marks: 100
Duration: 1 Hour (60 mins)
Tests: English, Numerical Ability & Reasoning
While each correct answer fetches you one mark, 0.25 shall be reduced for every wrong answer.No marks shall be reduced if you choose to leave a question.
Having known the prelims pattern, it is necessary for you to also know about the topics that form part of these sections.
Reasoning: 35 questions are to be asked in this section & mostly it could be from the below chapters.
- Seating arrangements
- Coding – Decoding
- Blood relation
- Others (Puzzles, Analogy,Ordering & Ranking, Directions)
English Language: If you prepare well, this is an easy scoring area.It will have 30 questions from the following areas.
- Reading comprehension
- Error spotting
- Cloze test
- Fill in the blank
- Grammar & Vocabulary
Numerical Ability: This could be a tricky part for many candidates as numerical involves calculations, formula, rough work etc.,There will be 35 questions, most probably from the list down.
- Number series
- Time, Speed & Distance
- Averages, Interest (simple & compound)
- Geometry/Mensuration, Ratios, Profit & Loss
- Data Interpretation
There will be individual cutoffs for each test.Hence candidates have to pass in each section & also secure the total cutoffs.
It is highly necessary for you to buy guides & workbooks as it helps you to prepare anytime.So here are some popular IBPS clerk exam books that can be purchased online.
* Guide to Learn: Click to BUY IBPS Clerk Exam Guide (prelims + mains) – Rs.299 (read review)
* For Practice: Click here to BUY IBPS Clerk Prelims Practice Book (30 solved model sets) for Rs.218
We suggest you to buy both books as they serve two different purpose, which is very important.
IBPS Clerk Study Plan
For the benefit of candidates, here is our a detailed 8-week study plan which you may use as-it-is or modify as per your requirements.The the ideal time to spend on each topics is also given.
Note about color codes: Match the chapter name with the color to know the expected no. of questions that can be asked in the exam.
Inaddition to learning, allot considerable amount of time to practice & revise every week.
If 8 hours /week has been mentioned for a topic, it is recommended that one spends 3 -4 hours in understanding the concepts & 4 - 5 hours in practicing them.
Expected No. of Questions (0-3)
Expected No.of Questions (3-6)
Expected No. of Questions (>6)
Ratio & Proportion, Probability
Statements,Simple & Compound Interest
Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding
Speed, Time, Distance & Work
& Sentence Correction
Percentage, Ratios, Profit & Loss
Data Sufficiency, Directions, Ordering etc., (3-4 hours)
Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks
Simplification, Number Series
4-5 Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Revisions, Check for improvement areas & 5 Full Length Mock Tests
8-10 Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
The biggest disadvantage we have in IBPS clerk prelims is TIME.
In 60 mins, you are required to answer 100 questions with maximum accuracy.Infact candidates who appeared for IBPS PO prelims faced this problem big time.
So let your mind work towards finding the right time allotment from the preparation stage itself.
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