IBPS Clerk 2016: Strategy to Success (Part-1)

Dear Readers,

IBPS Clerk Notification is out and there are around 19K vacancies. Last year it was around 24K. But, it is a great opportunity for those who want to get in to a government job. And one great advantage is that there is no interview for the post of Clerk now. So, you just need to perform well in the written exam and you will get a government job!

So, a good strategy to secure good marks is very important. So, here we are providing the approach which you can follow to get good marks in the exam.

Starting from the application to the exam and exam strategy, we will proceed to the result. We will discuss this in 2 parts.

1. Application: 

Interested candidates who satisfy the eligibility criterion as mentioned in the point B of the page number 2 of the official notification can apply between 22nd Aug'2016 to 12th Sep'2016. 

Now, the exam will be held in 2 phases i.e. (I) Online Pre Exam and (II) Online Mains Exam.

2. Online Pre-Exam:

(I) Exam Dates:

Pre Exam is set to be held in online mode on 26 & 27.11.2016, 03.12.2016 & 04.12.2016 (if required). 

(II) Result Date:

Result of Preliminary exam will be declared in December'2016 only. 

(III) Pattern of the exam

There will be 3 sections viz English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. And the test will be of composite 1 hour duration. 100 questions will be asked for 100 marks.

The details are as below:

(IV) Syllabus to be covered:

(a) English Language:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Single fillers and double fillers
  • Error Detection
  • Synonym/ Antonym
  • Para-jumbles
Strategy: At first your approach should be to clear sectional cut off. So, attempt those questions first which you think you can do without mistakes. We will suggest to attempt the cloze test at first, then go for single or double fillers, then attempt the synonym and antonyms. After that go for error detection. Then solve para-jumbles. Attempt the Reading Comprehension questions in the end as it may take much time to read and understand the comprehension.

But, for those candidates who are weak in English language - must attend the RC as though it may be quite time consuming but chances of correct answer is more in these questions. 

(b) Numerical Ability:
  • Quadratic Equations based Inequality
  • Number Series
  • Simplification
  • Data Interpretation
  • Miscellaneous

Strategy: At first your approach should be to clear sectional cut off. A decent number of attempts with accuracy is important to qualify this exam. As weight-age to the Reasoning and Numerical Ability is more so you should prepare well for these sections. Attempt the easier questions first which can be solved in lesser time. You can start with simplification, then proceed to quadratic equations. After that aattempt Number series. Then Go for Data Interpretation. In the last, attempt miscellaneous questions.

(c) Reasoning Ability:
  • Alpha-Numeric Series
  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relation
  • Linear Seating arrangement
  • Order and Ranking

Strategy: At first your approach should be to clear sectional cut off. Then try to secure good marks in this section. You can start from any of the questions which you feel is easy for you. Practice more and more puzzles.

And, in the end, practice more and more SPEED TESTS! And evaluate and correct your weak points after you attempt the test.

(V) Previous Year Cut Offs:2015

Strategy for Mains Exam will be discussed tomorrow!

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