IBPS Clerk Mains Exam: 20 Days Plan

IBPS had conducted IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam on 7 and 8 December 2019. All the aspirants who have appeared in the Exam must not wait for the IBPS Clerk Prelims Result and should focus on the upcoming stage of IBPS Clerk Recruitment. IBPS is all set to conduct the next phase of IBPS Clerk Recruitment that is., IBPS Clerk Mains Exam on 19 January 2020. Now, you can easily count the days left in the Mains Exam on your fingertip. With only 20 days left in the examination, the main concern of the students must be slicing everything that is important for the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. We have come up with the strategy that will help in sailing through the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam in the left-over time. Also, this article will provide you with the exam pattern and other crucial information that will boost your preparation.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam has a different pattern than the Prelims stage. Here is 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
Note: There is a sectional cut-off and sectional timing in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. 

IBPS Clerk Mains: 20 Days Preparation Tips

With 20 days in the bucket, IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is on head. If you have gone through the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, you must have started your preparation by now. In case you haven’t given fuel to your vehicle, do not worry. We have preparation tips that will not only help those who have already started their preparation but also for them who are going to make it in 20 days. 

General Tips to keep in mind

Focus Areas: There is a sectional timing and cut-off in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. So it is important for an aspirant to focus on all the areas so that they can crack the exam.

Syllabus: Exam pattern is given above and you can see the division of marks in that. Go through the IBPS Clerk Syllabus to get an insight of all the topics. 

Study Plan: To crack any exam, you need a proper strategy. You can make a study plan that can cover all the important topics of the exam. IBPS Clerk Mains Study Plan is also provided on our website that can help you to boost your preparation. Plan your day in such a way that all the sections of the exam are covered properly.

Previous Year’s Paper: Go through the previous year’s papers religiously. You should take a glance of at least IBPS Clerk Mains Previous Year Paper of 5-6 years so that you can understand the trend that is prevalent in IBPS Clerk Mans Exam.

Preparation Tips 

The Mains stage of any competitive exam demands extensive smart work as its level is high in comparison to prelims stage.


A well planned strategy is what you need to sail through the exam. Make a study plan in accordance with the sections in the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. Divide your day in 5-6 slots and fit 4 slots with the 4 sections of the exam. In another slot, you can put mock test and revision and analysis. We are giving you a dummy for making a time table:

1-2 Hours 1-2 Hours 1 Hour As needed Mock Test Analysis  Revision
Quant Reasoning English GA (newspaper, monthly current affairs magazine) At alternate days on the same day of the mock Everyday


You can change the number of hours and order of preference as per your comfort but make sure to indulge everything in your plan that is mentioned in the table. Also, revise everything you read in the end of the day. Attempt mock at every alternate day and do not miss to analyse your performance in the mock. The next day you can again go through the mistakes you have attempted in the mock.

Data Analysis & Interpretation Section (Quant)

Quant covers a total of 50 question with 50 marks. Prepare DI of different types ranging from pie chart, bar graph, tabular form, etc as it is in trend these days. Practice as much as you can. Important topics of Quant for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

  • Data Interpretation

Types of DI to be covered for IBPS Clerk Mains 2019

  • Pie Charts
  • Line Graph 
  • Bar Graphs 
  • Tabular 
  • Radar DI
  • Caselet DI 
  • Missing DI 
  • Funnel DI(latest from SBI)

Except for DI, other Topics to be covered for IBPS Clerk Mains 2019 are:

  • Inequality/ Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Other miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion etc.



Practice is the only key to success. Learn short tricks and how to compute them in a question. Always revise from the basic and then move to advance level. Take online mock test.

Important Topics Expected Number of Questions
Puzzles and Sitting Arrangement 10-15
Syllogism 5-7
Inequality 8-10
Blood Relation 2-4
Coding-Decoding 4-5


Things to remember:

1.Practice a different variety of puzzles and other questions

2.Make sure you find the idea behind the questions within seconds

3.Do not stick to a single question for long.

English Language

This section will test your basic knowledge of English grammar rules, Vocab and proficiency in other topics as well.

Important Topics Expected Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10-15
Spotting Errors 5-10
Cloze Test 7-8
Fillers 5
Vocabulary 1-2

Keep the following important things in mind before you start off your preparation:

1.Reading newspaper will enhance your reading and vocabulary

2.Revise all the grammar rules, for that you can solve maximum questions on spotting errors.

General/ Financial Awareness

GA is a dynamic section. GA has both static and current portion. It does not have a specific structutre. But you can learn to surf by solving quiz and reading monthly current affairs. Read newspaper daily and read last 5-6 months current affairs magazine. You can also visit to our quiz and curretn affairs section given below:

Current Affairs & Daily GK Updates 2019 

Current Affairs Questions and Answers For All Bank Exams


Important Tips

  • Make a sheet of daily schedule.
  • Set two type of task: short term plan and long term plan
  • Short term will include setting task for a week and long term will include completing major syllabus.
  • Look for the topics which are carrying more marks and focus on them.
  • Decide time for every subjects and read them daily.
  • Solve a mock test every alternate days with keeping time in mind. When exams are just 10-15 days away, try to solve 2-3 mock test and revise them thorougly.
  • Stick to the plan as consistency will help you in succeeding easily.

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