How to Prepare GA for IBPS Clerk Mains 2019

IBPS is done with IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam on 7th and 8th December 2019. All those student who have gone through the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam must start the drill for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam as the competition is very high. Unlike the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern, the mains exam has a distinct pattern. The IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is scheduled to be held on 19th January 2020. So, all the candidates should start preparing for the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

This is the best time to start your preparation as one month is left, and you can easily frame a plan for your upcoming examination. IBPS Clerk Exam consist of 4 sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English and General Awareness. General/ Financial Awareness forms a major part in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. The other three sections have the same syllabus but the difficult level is increased in mains as compared to prelims exam. This article will comprehensively guide you through the IBPS Clerk Main GA section. Before sharing the strategy, we are providing you with the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern.

IBPS Clerk Main Exam Pattern:

Sr. No Name of Tests(NOT BY SEQUENCE) No. ofQuestions MaximumMarks Medium of Exam Time allotted for eachtest (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

Important Note – Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main examination will be considered for shortlisting for final merit list.

There will be negative marking for every wrong answer in both Preliminary and Main Examination for which there is a penalty of ¼ or 0.25 of the marks assigned to the particular question.

IBPS Clerk: GA Strategy

IBPS Clerk General Awareness section carries a total of 50 questions with a total score of 50 marks out of 200 marks. It is important for an aspirant to prepare for each section due to the sectional cut-off and sectional timing in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. GA strategy IBPS Clerk is all that you need. We are providing you with the IBPS Clerk Mains GA tips here:

General Tips

Understand the Concept: GA IBPS Clerk is dynamic in nature. However, if you will understand the nature of the questions and topics, your preparation journey will get easy. There are two divisions in IBPS Clerk General Awareness: Current and Static. Sometimes, the static questions are hidden in the current parts. So, prepare every topic in accordance with the demand of the exam.

Current Affairs Questions and Answers


Previous Year’s Paper: Go through the IBPS Clerk Previous Year’s Paper. Previous Year’s Paper will not only provide you a proper insight but will also helps in understanding the type of questions asked in the examination.

Plan: After going through the previous year’s paper, you must be well versed with the type of question and pattern. Plan a strategy to help yourself sail through this section. You should read current as well as static part simultaneously every day. GA should be read everyday.

Read, Learn & Revise: 

Read all the important topics for the exam. We have covered important topics for GA in this article, you can go through them as well. Also, if your read something, try to memorize it. Learn the facts and than revise. The GA demands three step preparation. The first being you have to read, than n your have to learn and in the end you have to revise it multiple times. Make a revision plan at the starting of January.

Read Newspaper Daily: Read a standard newspaper like The Hindu, Indian Express daily. Focus more on economy and financial news as it has the highest chances to appear in the question paper. Do not makes note as you have only limited time, we have a alternative of this note making. You can make some important points out of it.

Monthly Magazine: Supplement your knowledge with a monthly magazine as it will help you in revising what you have gone through in the newspaper. Also, some of the important events that are not present in the newspaper are also covered in the monthly General Awareness Magazine. This will act as a comprehensive notes of your GA section. You can also check GA Capsule.

Important Topics for IBPS Clerk GA

You can not afford to skip general awareness. GA forms a part and parcel of various competitive examination. Here are few topics that are to read for IBPS Clerk GA Section:

  • National Current Affairs
  • International Current Affairs
  • Person in News/ Awards
  • Economy Current Affairs
  • Important organizations : SEBI, RBI
  • Schemes launched by governments related to banking and finance
  • Organizations:RBI; NABARD; Planning Commission; 5 year plans; Finance Commission; World Bank
  • Economic/ Financial terms & concepts: GDP; GNP; PPP; HDI; Inflation; WPI; CPI; IIP; SLR; CRR; Repo rate; Reverse Repo; Bank rate; Mutual Funds, Open Market Operations; Money supply
  • Different kind of accounts and corresponding interest rates
  • Budget
  • Banking services: Assets, liabilities and working capital of a bank; NEFT; RTGS; Banking Correspondence agents;
  • BASEL norms
  • Types of Markets, Money and banking instruments
  • Banking Abbreviations, terms and concepts (Static)
  • Headquarters of Banks (Static)

So, start your preparation from today onwards. Do not wait for the prelims result as it will be too late than. General Awareness takes time but it can be the most interesting part of your preparation.

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