IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2018: Changes in Prelims Exam

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IBPS Clerk New Exam Pattern for 2018 Exam

IBPS has released the official notification for the recruitment of Clerks in Public Sector Banks of India. The notification comes as a bliss to the banking aspirants but also makes them jump out of their skin by introducing the changes in the pattern of examination to be conducted this year.

You all must be aware of the striking changes made by IBPS in the pattern of examination by now. As these changes were already introduced in the pattern of SBI Clerk/ PO and IBPS PO Examination, it was expected that a more or less same pattern will be introduced for the IBPS Clerk Examination too. The changes introduced are for the Prelims Examination pattern whereas the pattern of Mains Examination, to your aid, still remains the same. The major change introduced in the pattern of Preliminary Examination for IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2018 is the introduction of sectional timings (20 minutes for each section) for the three different sections (English, Reasoning, and Quants).

This is how the new pattern of IBPS Clerk 2018 Examination looks like:

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination Pattern 2018:


Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour (60 minutes)

Now, in prelims examination, students have to do with each of the three sections within a time limit of 20 minutes only. Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As IBPS has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, one really needs to break her/ his back in order to attain good or satisfactory marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section. Whereas one gets enough of the time to solve the questions efficiently, i.e., 20 minutes for 30 questions. Earlier, students used to have a mindset of doing with the English section within 10-15 minutes and thereby solving the questions of the Quantitative Aptitude or the Reasoning Ability Section that are comparatively complex and time-consuming. But to your dismay, all these strategies won't be working anymore.

So, all that you need to do is to have a pre-planned strategy so that you are not a bundle of nerves while attempting the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam. One really needs to plan her/ his preparations in a way that she is able to handle the examination pressure with poise. Practice as much as you can and success will be wrapped around your little finger. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful.