Strategy to crack IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2017

IBPS conducts recruitment drives
for various posts of banking sector in India. It has notified for the
recruitment drive for clerks in public sector banks. The exam will be conducted
in two phases, first phase is preliminary exam followed by main exam. The level
of competition is on its peak as the number of vacancies has reduced from
previous years and number of applicants has increased. The candidates required
a best fit strategy to crack this exam. Through this exam we will be providing
you with the best fit strategy.
The preliminary exam has three
sections English Language and Comprehension, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative
Aptitude. The exact exam pattern is:-
Section
Name
Number of
Questions
Maximum
Marks
English Language
30
30
Numerical Ability
35
35
Reasoning Ability
35
35
Total
100
100
It means we are having sixty
minutes to attempt 100 questions. It means we are having 36 seconds for one question.
The next big question is how many questions one should attempt to stay in safe
zone. As per current trends of banking exams, one must attempt at least 75+
questions with more than 90% accuracy. The exam must be attempted in two
phases, first phase to secure sectional cut off and second phase to increase
marks.
The candidates should follow a
rational approach to achieve these figures. The preparation plan can be divided
into following sub plans:-
  • Completing
    syllabus (from easy to moderate to difficult)
  • Taking quizzes
    while completing syllabus
  • Taking mocks
    after syllabus completion
  • Analyzing mocks
    to improve speed and accuracy  

Although the syllabus for this
exam is vast but there are certain topics in every section which hold maximum
weightage. Therefore the candidates should focus on scoring topics first and
then move to other topics. The section wise strategy is given below:-
IBPS has notified for the
recruitment of specialist officer exam. This exam will be conducted in three
phases, the preliminary exam, mains exam and interview. First step is
preliminary exam. The competition is going to be very high. Therefore a best
fit strategy for attempting exam is a must. In this article we will be
discussing this best fit strategy.
The preliminary exam has three
sections English Language and Comprehension, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative
Aptitude. The exam pattern is:-
Section
Name
Number of
Questions
Maximum
Marks
English Language
30
30
Numerical Ability
35
35
Reasoning Ability
35
35
Total
100
100
It means we are having sixty
minutes to attempt 100 questions. It means we are having 36 seconds for one
question. The next big question is how many questions one should attempt to
stay in safe zone. As per current trends of banking exams, one must attempt at
least 75+ questions with more than 90% accuracy. The exam must be attempted in
two phases, first phase to secure sectional cut off and second phase to
increase marks. The subject wise strategy is given below:-


English Language and Comprehension: – In English Language and
Comprehension the candidates can score 25+ marks. This number of attempts is
possible with a rational strategy. The candidates should prepare for scoring
sections first to secure cut off marks and then move to other topics.
Phase 1:- To prepare for scoring
and easy topics
  • Cloze test: –
    This type of questions remains easy to tackle if you first read complete
    paragraph quickly and then start attempting blanks one by one. The candidates
    can score well in this topic with little efforts. The grammar and vocabulary
    both are covered in this type. The candidates should gain expertise in both
    grammar and vocabulary as well.
  • Spotting errors:
    – These types is also easy and less time consuming as either you know the error
    or leave the question. Follow good source to know the main areas from where
    maximum questions are asked in exam. For example subject verb agreements,
    confusing words, questions tags etc.
  • Para jumbled
    sentences: – With a short span of time you can easily expertise this type of
    questions.
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Phase 2:- Scoring but level of
difficulty is either moderate or tough:-
  • Passage: – The
    passage is time consuming therefore you should first practice questions based
    on Synonyms and Antonyms. Once you are able to save time in English section,
    try to practice complete passages.
  • Finding Odd
    sentence out: – This is the new type of question asked in exam these days. This
    topic requires a lot of readings from various sources.
  • Merging two
    paragraphs:- This type of questions can be asked in preliminary exam also,
    therefore practice ample amount of questions before exam.


Quantitative Aptitude: – In this section also there are questions
from easy to moderate and sometimes difficult also. The candidates should
attempt 23+ questions. The candidates can prepare for this section in two
phases:-
Phase 1:- To prepare for scoring
and easy topics:-
  • Simplification
    and approximation: – This type of questions is easy to solve and take less
    time. The candidates can easily attempt 8+ questions.
  • Series: – The
    candidates can easily solve 3+ questions out of 5 in this section. If you are
    able to get the clue of pattern in first 10 seconds, then you should attempt it
    else leave the question.
  • Quadratic equations:
    – This also one of scoring topics, you can easily score 4+.

Phase 2:- Scoring but level of
difficulty is either moderate or tough:-
  • Data
    Interpretation: – In this type of questions the candidates can easily attempt 4+.
    If the question is direct and involves less calculations you should attempt it
    else leave the question. Try to solve questions using ratio analysis method for
    quick calculations.
  • Miscellaneous:
    – This type is a mix of easy, moderate to difficult types of questions. The
    candidates should hunt for easy and moderate questions. The difficult questions
    should be skipped. In this manner the candidates can attempt 4+ questions
    easily.
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Reasoning Ability: – In this section also there are questions from
easy to moderate. The candidates should attempt this section in two phases,
first to secure sectional cut off and second to increase score. The candidates
should attempt 27+ questions:-
Phase 1:- To prepare for scoring
and easy topics:-
  • Inequality: – The questions of
    inequality remain easy to attempt. The candidates can easily attempt all 5
    questions in 3 minutes.
  • Number
    /alphabet series: – This type of questions is from easy to moderate the
    candidates should attempt the easy questions first and then moderate ones. The
    candidates can attempt 5+ questions. The candidates should not waste time if
    they are not able to get the pattern in first 10 seconds.

Phase 2:- Scoring but level of
difficulty is either moderate or tough:-
  • Miscellaneous:
    – In miscellaneous questions are from easy to difficult. The candidates should
    attempt easy and moderate questions. They should skip difficult questions in
    order to save time. The candidates can attempt 4+ questions.
  • Puzzles: – If
    the puzzle is having two or less than two parameters attempt it else leave it.
    There remain three puzzles out of which two puzzles can be solved with proper
    time management. The candidates thus can attempt 8+.

Once the syllabus is complete
start taking mocks on regular basis. The candidates must do proper analysis of
mocks in order to know the grey areas.
All the best for your exams,

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