How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam (Tips and Strategies)

How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam (Tips and Strategies)
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Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an exam for IBPS Clerk every year. Many students who wish to join the public sectors banks in India opt for this exam. IBPS is the authority that is responsible for hiring and recruiting students for different public sectors banks of India. 

This exam was earlier termed as IBPS CWE Clerk Exam where CWE stands for Common Written Exam but now it is named as IBPS CRP Clerk Exam where CRP is referred to as Common Recruitment Process. 

This year, around 5000 vacancies are released which is higher than the previous year’s vacancies. The total number of vacancies in the year 2020 for the Clerical Cadre Examination was around 2500 whereas, in the year 2019, the vacancies for IBPS Clerk Recruitment were around 12000. 

If you want to apply for the IBPS Clerk Exam for 2021, you need to keep some important dates in mind like the IBPS Clerk Exam Notification, IBPS Clerk Prelims Date, and Mains Date. IBPS Clerk Exam Notification for 2021 exams is released on July 11, 2021. To get the detailed information, you are advised to go through the registration procedure, eligibility, and exams dates on the official page. 

Important Tentative Dates for IBPS Clerk Exam are as follows -

Events Exam Dates (Tentative)
IBPS Clerk Notification 11th July 2021
IBPS Clerk Prelims 28th and 29th August 2021
4th September 2021
IBPS Clerk Mains 31st October 2021

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

You need to know the latest exam pattern for IBPS Clerk Exam so you can prepare and schedule the preparation in that order. Exam patterns for IBPS Clerk Exam have been revised recently. Each candidate needs to go through and analyse the previous year’s exam patterns as well as exam papers from the official website to get proper knowledge.

IBPS Clerk Prelim’s Exam pattern is as follows -

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern Number of Questions Maximum Marks allotted Time allotted for each section (min)
English 30 30 20
Numeral Ability 35 35 20
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20

IBPS Clerk Main’s Exam Pattern is as follows -

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern Number of Questions Maximum Marks Allotted Time Allotted for each section (min)
Financial/General Awareness 50 50 35
General English 40 40 35
Reasoning Ability (RI) and Computer Ability (CI) 50 60 45
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 50 50 45

It is important for each candidate to prepare for both the exams, analysing questions in each section, their marking scheme, and the time allotted for each section in the paper to clear and hold a good percentile in both the test. 

Preparation for IBPS Clerk Prelims

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam is the first qualifying stage to get recruited in any public sector bank of India. You need to go through the syllabus from the official website thoroughly before you start your preparation for IBPS Clerk Prelims. 

After going through the syllabus properly, there are some common yet important tips you should follow during your preparation so you can complete your syllabus within the scheduled time and practice the previous year’s question papers properly. 

These tips for preparation of IBPS Clerk Prelims include -

  • You should be aware of everything related to IBPS Clerk Exam before applying for it. You can look for each detailed information on IBPS Clerk Notification on the official website.
  • You should check the IBPS Clerk Eligibility before starting your preparation for the exam.
  • You should keep yourself updated with the revised exam pattern as well as the syllabus for the exam.
  • You should go through IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis properly to understand the level of difficulty for each section.
  • You should refer to IBPS Clerk Books to get proper syllabus knowledge for each section.
  • It is important to prepare a scheduled time for each section to prepare notes and read study material properly before the exam.
  • You should practice enough questions related to Numerical and Logical Reasoning to increase the speed.
  • Before the exam, you can check and analyse your preparation by practicing multiple quizzes. 

Preparation for IBPS Clerk Mains

After you qualify for IBPS Clerk Prelims, the Mains exam will be the final step for you to be recruited in public sectors and to secure your job in various public sector banks of India. 

As it is the final step, you should practice and make yourself well-prepared for the IBPS Clerk Mains. If you have practiced in your Prelims, your study will get a bit easier for Mains. But there are some of the very important tips each candidate should follow while preparing for their Mains to clear the exam in one attempt.

These important tips include-

  • The first and foremost important tip that you should follow and practice even before starting your preparation for your IBPS Clerk Mains is to analyse and go through the syllabus properly from the official website.
  • After going through the syllabus properly, analyse the previous year’s question papers as it is very important to know the kind of questions each section can consist of in the exam.
  • You should schedule your timetable accordingly so you can finish the syllabus within the scheduled time so you have the extra time for practicing mock tests and question papers.
  • You should practice more and more questions for Reasoning Ability, Computer Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude to increase your speed to solve the questions.
  • You can go for practicing in groups and by solving multiple quizzes to analyse your preparation before the main exam.

Many candidates apply for the IBPS Clerk Exam every year but the ones who practice thoroughly and properly crack the exam and get recruited in different public sectors banks of India.

From the important dates to the revised exam pattern and syllabus, you should have the proper knowledge and every minute detail to prepare for the exam properly. You can visit the official website to check the eligibility which is an important factor to get yourself registered for the exam. Get yourself notified and prepare yourself accordingly to crack the exam on the first attempt.