How to Crack IBPS Clerk Mains 2016: Study Plan & Materials to Prepare

IBPSThe IBPS Clerk 2016 – 2017 Main Exam is just round the corner as the prelims are getting over this weekend.Since it is the final chance for candidates to stay in the race for clerk jobs in banks, we are providing you with a detailed study plan on how to crack ibps clerk mains & study materials/ mocks tests for qualifying in this examination.


IBPS clerk mains is scheduled on December 31 & January 1, 2017.So we would have less than 15 days for the mains exam after the prelims results are announced.


Therefore you need to allot atleast 10 hours every day for mains preparation.If you are currently working, spare 3 - 6 hours daily to prepare after reaching home.


IBPS Clerk Mains Pattern

Before getting deep into the topics to cover & syllabus, do you know the exam pattern of clerk mains? Only if you can completely understand it, you shall be able to come up with a strategy for revisions.


The IBPS clerk mains online examination will have 200 questions which should be answered in 135 minutes.




Each question carries 1 mark & for every wrong answer, 0.25 is reduced as negative mark.


Cutoffs will be applied on two stages – on each section & on the total score.Candidates who pass in each section & score above the necessary cutoffs.


As there are no interviews, final selections will be purely based on merit considering your main exam scores only to fill 19243 clerk vacancies across India.


Clerk Mains Study Plan

In addition to hard work, smart work is also needed for you to qualify in the tests & get shortlisted for the interviews.


For that, you must concentrate on the important topics, learn the basics, do some examples & start practicing more such problems or questions.


Practice Materials: This is the time to practice & revise.Even if you are not totally prepared, be very thorough in known sections by practicing them well.
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Here is the syllabus & list of topics that every candidate appearing for IBPS clerk 2016 mains must be sure of.


English Language: 2 hours daily

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence Errors
  • Para jumble
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Vocabulary

Quantitative Aptitude: 3 -  4 hrs daily

  • Number series
  • Approximations
  • Simplifications
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Interpretation& Data sufficiency
  • Profit and loss
  • Compound & Simple Interest
  • Speed & Distance
  • Probability
  • Permutations & combination
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Average

Computer Knowledge: 2 Hrs /day

  • Computer Basics/ Fundamentals
  • Software and Hardware
  • Security & Networking
  • Data management
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet/ Email

Reasoning: 3 -  4 hrs everyday

  • Arrangement problems
  • Syllogism
  • Input & Output
  • Puzzles
  • Inequalities
  • Coding Decoding
  • Statement & Assumptions
  • Action & Arguments

General Awareness: 2 Hrs daily

  • Current affairs/ Latest events
  • GK questions
  • Banking & financial awareness

It is not compulsory for you to follow the time limit given above.That is just a indication for those who are starting new


If you are strong in a specific section, then allocate more time for weaker topics or sections & improve upon them.


Important Tips – Dont Forget:

Do Mock Tests: The most important plus point of giving mock test is that it will help you to get a real feel of the exam.


You can also analyze which sections to attempt first and how much time you should devote to answer a question.


At this stage, appearing for 10 mock tests will help you understand your own strengths & weakness.Thereafter you can fine-tune your practice accordingly.So invest in good online mock tests.


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Manage Time & Speed: In IBPS Clerk main exam, accuracy is necessary but you must also attempt maximum number of questions.


Because of section timelimit, you must know to manage time properly.Staying on one question for long will only put more stress on yourself while answering other questions.


What is your final preparation strategy? Say it in comments so others get inspired.

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