How To Manage Timing And Negative Marking In IBPS Clerk Mains

IBPS Clerk Mains exam is scheduled to be held on 19th January, as only few days are left for the final exam students must be feeling bag on their nerves to face the competition. Aspirants are just a step away from getting a seat in the public sector bank as there is no interview in the IBPS Clerk exam.As always mentioned one should be always exam ready with time, speed and accuracy in banking exam. Time given to complete the exam paper is less, but students have to attempt a number of question  to complete the task. The time before the real examination is very energy sapping and information intensive.You can also check IBPS Clerk Mains strategy.

Now level of the banking exam is increasing rapidly, it is difficult to give it a cold shoulder. Sections have become tricky and complex. Now aspirants have to devote more time in getting the concepts clear and moving to advance level. Successful candidates will be posted in the state they have applied from. As IBPS Clerk exam is conducted every year so the exam pattern is same. There is negative marking, Sectional timing and sectional cut off in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam. Students need to pay attention towards the sectional cut off and negative marking. Now they can not mark answers on the random guessing besides this they have to clear the minimum cut off marks which will be decided by the organization for each section.

Students appearing for it, must be in dilemma how to clear the sectional cut off and how they can avoid negative marking. Negative marking is the major factor that should be considered if you are applying for any banking exam. This article is dedicated to the detail tips and strategy to manage time in IBPS Clerk mains exam and to avoid negative marking.

Time management is the most important factor that can eliminate half of your hurdles coming in the path of your desired job. Besides paying attention to failure reason, it is important to manage time for the Bank PO mains exams. One should keep an eye on  time management tips for IBPS Clerk exam to fetch high marks. As there will be sectional timing in the IBPS Clerk mains, students can not allot the time to themselves according to their convenience. Now students have to devote all their time equally to each section in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam. Keep on reading this article to check how you can manage time during the exam for each section in IBPS Clerk Mains to score better.

Time Management Tips: IBPS Clerk Mains 2019

The first thing to be concluded is to have knowledge about the IBPS Clerk Mains exam pattern and IBPS Clerk syllabus for mains examination. Everyone has the ability to crack bank PO exams only if he dives into the hardship of the IBPS Clerk exam 2019. One needs to understand the importance of Managing time for each section. Sectional timing has been introduced in  IBPS Clerk Exam by IBPS  to tackle the worst situation that can hit your way, check the tips given by our expert team to handle the time management for IBPS Clerk Mains exam.

Lets begin with the English section to score better with the time management skills. According to IBPS Clerk exam time slot, Only 35 minutes would be given to you to solve 40 questions. Check how you can make the best out of it.

Have a look at the IBPS Clerk Mains exam pattern:

Sr. No Name of Tests


No. of




Medium of Exam Time allotted for each

test (Separately timed)

1 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 English & Hindi 35 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 35 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

English section : 35 minutes 

You can choose to attempt the easy question in the starting. If you are good at reading you can pursue ahead with it otherwise miscellaneous part would be easy handling for you. Check how much time you should devote to topics mentioned.

Error detection 5 minutes
Sentence Improvement 5 minutes
Cloze test 3 minutes
Fillers 5 minutes
Para jumbles 3 minutes
Reading comprehension As per your reading skill (Not more than 7-8 minutes)
Column based 5 minutes

Make sure at the last 2-3 minutes are left for other questions you may have skipped or for revising all that you have attempted.

Note: There can be other topics as well in place of the topics mentioned above. Kindly manage your time accordingly.

Quantitative Aptitude : 45 minutes

This section can be your saviour if you practiced well. Due to increasing level of difficulty this section has become a nightmare for the students. Pick those question in the starting which are doable and does not require much of calculation. Have a look at how you can distribute your time for each section.

Number series 4 minutes
Data sufficiency 5 minutes
Quadratic equation 4 minutes
Data Interpretation 15-20 minutes
Miscellaneous In the left out time

Make sure whatever you attempt is accurate. Along with the Time management accuracy is important. Do not mark answers on random guessing just to increase your attempted score. This will ruin your accuracy.

Note: There can be other topics as well in place of the topics mentioned above. Kindly manage your time accordingly.

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude Section: 45 Minutes

This section tests your thinking ability and the idea behind a very particular question. Puzzles in this section carries the highest weightage but sometimes are time taking due to complexity in nature. Check how much time should be spend on single topic.

Data sufficiency 5 minutes
Syllogism 5 minutes
Blood relation, Direction sense 5 minutes
Miscellaneous including machine-output 10 minutes
Puzzles 15 minutes

Note: There can be other topics as well in place of the topics mentioned above. Kindly manage your time accordingly.

General Awareness Section: 35 Minutes

This section does not require any calculation thus you can easily answer 50 questions in 35 minutes. You just have to read the question and mark you answer. If you have learnt all the important topics so well then this topic would be a blessing for you. Make sure you mark only those answers you are sure about.

Tips To Avoid Negative Marking in IBPS Clerk Mains : All You Need To know

Be sure about your accuracy: Be very choosy with the questions you are sure about as there will be negative marking of 1/4 marks in Mains exam . Attempt only those which will reward you a mark in return. Accuracy in any competitive exam matters the most. So keep a record of your accuracy.

Do not mark answer on guessing: Keep in mind that you will not earn marks just by marking all the questions . Although there may be no negative marking in prelims still your focus should be on the accuracy. So, never mark the answer on just mere guessing it will make you lose 1/4 or the marks allowed against that question. Make sure you only attempt and mark answer of those question, which you are sure about.

Read the instructions carefully: Always go through the instructions before you start solving any question. Sometimes we make up our mind about the type of particular question and examiner may twist it anytime. For instance, we may think to find out the wrong word in the sentence but possibilities are there that examiner may have asked the correctly spell word. So read the instructions to avoid negative marking in the IBPS Clerk mains exam.

Check the Close options accurately: There may be questions in the quant or English section in which very close options are given. Don’t be over confident and mark the answer. Check the question carefully and then decide. This mostly happens in the case of Simplification and approximation. Even the difference in the decimal place can make you lose marks in the Main exam due to negative marking.

Language section: Whether you are opting English language or Hindi Language, there may be questions from vocabulary and it has observed that students mark the answer on the basis of what they feel is right not what is exactly right or they do not know the answer on their own. So avoid these common mistakes in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam.

Check the marked Answer: After solving the question, be careful on marking the answer for the same. Sometimes due to place od decimal or other similar options students ignorantly mark the wrong answer even if they have solved it correctly. Make sure you mark what you have solved.

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