IBPS Clerk Mains 2018 Exam Strategy | Preparation Hacks

Dear Students, as per the tentative schedule of IBPS 2018, the mains examination for the recruitment of IBPS Clerks will be conducted on 20th of January. If one gets through this phase of the examination, she will get to serve as a Clerk in a Public Sector Bank of India. Mains examination, being the second and final step of this examination, demands extra study hours, efforts and travail. With a month remaining for this examination to be held, you must have yourself realized the dire need of keeping your casual attitude at bay and sinking your teeth into preparations. Before you start off with your revision, plan everything in a way that you are able to do with the syllabus and revision on time. Here are the most important preparation tips one must have a look at before she sets off revising for this exam.

The Main Examination (Online Objective Test) for 200 marks, would be of 160 minutes duration and will consist of 4 sections as follows:

Sr. No
Name of Tests
No. of
Medium of Exam
Time allotted for each
test (Separately timed)
General/ Financial Awareness 
English & Hindi
35 minutes
English Language
35 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude
English & Hindi
45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude

English & Hindi
45 minutes
160 minutes

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Section Strategy

  • The trick to attempt the maximum number of questions in the Reasoning Section in minimum time is to attempt the difficult puzzles in the end. 
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with the questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other random topics. 
  • Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to solve and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way. 
  • Computer Aptitude is a subject that many students are already good at. Although not many questions are asked from computers, as an aspirant yearning to score maximum in the exam, you should revise this subject too. 
  • For Computer Aptitude, you need to be familiar with the basics of computers and proper definitions. You can refer to the computer capsule available on Bankersadda and Adda247 App for quick revision. 

English Language Section Strategy

  • The trick to scoring in the English section can vary from one person to another depending on his/her strengths and weaknesses. 
  • If you are good at vocab and reading then attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. 
  • But if you are good at grammar, attempt Reading Comprehension in the end. 
  •  Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deeper penetration through the paragraphs. 
  • The important topics for cloze test are subject-verb agreement, preposition, and verbs. These topics may help you do some other questions too that will be based on grammar. So make sure that you have these topics on your fingertips when you are to attempt the examination.  

General/ Financial Awareness Section Strategy

  • So much is happening every day that unless you keep yourself abreast of these changes you cannot adjust yourself to them or tackle the GA section of any exam smoothly and easily. 
  • To save your precious time, we provide you with an alternative that is Adda247’s “Daily GK Update” (Available in both Hindi and English languages) that contains only the news that is important from the point of view of competitive examinations. It takes in all the news that is likely to be asked in the IBPS Clerk Mains  Examinations. 
  • Avoid the habit of ignoring the everyday news, thinking of doing it in the end when the examinations are close, you only end up lying crushed under a pile of news. 
  • You can go through the Monthly Capsules provided by Bankersadda for both Current Affairs as well as Banking Awareness. 

Quantitative Aptitude Section Strategy

  • The trick to scoring marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section is to attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then going for Number Series.
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation.
  •  The remaining few questions will be based on miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc.
All the best!!