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Are you ready for the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam?

For the year 2015, the time has arrived to ask yourself "How much are you ready for the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam?"

One of the most awaited exams for Banking Sector is IBPS Clerk organised by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) every year. All thanks to the reasonably large number of vacancies, minimum eligibility criteria of graduation and the galore of benefits offered by the banks, “Bank Clerk” is now one of the most sought-after career paths for Indian youth.
But the introduction of Two Tier Exam pattern in IBPS Clerk has made it way more difficult than it was last year to clear the exam. The same examination pattern in IBPS PO this year has left many candidates heartbroken because of their negligence in some or the other point which needs to be focused on.
So, the candidates who have successfully cleared the Preliminary Exam of IBPS Clerk need to have a clear vision and strong determination towards their goal if they really aspire to crack IBPS Clerk Mains Exam.

Last Minute Strategy for IBPS Clerk 2015 Mains Exam

Talking about the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern, from this year onwards, the exam will be conducted in two stages. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is scheduled to be held on 2nd & 3rd January 2016 which is of 200 Marks & Total Time Duration for this exam is 2 Hours.
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Time Duration
Reasoning Aptitude

2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
General Awareness

Note: i. Marks obtained only in the Main Examination will be considered for short listing for interview and also for Final Merit List. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is NOT of qualifying nature.              
ii. Negative marking of 0.25 marks will be done for every incorrect answer.

Since the time left in hand is very less, it is very important for all the aspiring candidates to prepare a proper strategy to be followed at the time of exam which will lead you to the next phase of the selection procedure.

Section wise strategy to crack IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

Reasoning Aptitude: Playing a very crucial role in the exam, this section can become a deciding factor in Bank Exams as the main advantage of Reasoning Section is that by solving a single passage correctly, you can easily score 5-7 marks related to that passage. But this plan can backfire if you solve even a single step wrong which will cost you the marks of 5-7 questions along with the negative marks and the most important of all, YOUR TIME. So attempt the questions from this section wisely which can change the game.
Topics to focus in this section are: Syllogisms, Input – Output, Mathematical Operators, Coding – Decoding and Puzzles.

Quantitative Aptitude: This could be a tricky part for many candidates as numerical involves calculations, formula, rough work etc Aptitude is the section which play final role in the marks & Merit List of candidates. Candidates who score more in this section have fare chances to score high in the exam.
Calculations in these questions are very time taking, so candidates have to manage time for solving questions.
NOTE: Don’t waste much of your time in a single question. If it is taking more than a minute to solve question, better to skip it and move on to the next question.
Try to save time from other sections as this part takes more time to solve the problems.
Topics to focus in this section are: Simplification, Series, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Profit & Loss and Data Interpretation.

English Language: It is the most avoided and least prepared section but the main point to be noted is that the maximum candidates who are unable to qualify IBPS Exams are disqualified due to English section only.
If you prepare well, this is an easy scoring area & less time taking if proper preparation time is given to the subject.
Topics to focus in this section are: Candidates need to focus more on selected topics like Spotting Errors, Fillers, Comprehension, Sentence Improvement & Cloze Test.

General Awareness: This section is considered to be the most important and scoring one because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 12-15 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well.
Topics to focus in this section are: The questions in this section mainly consists questions from current affairs (past 2 – 3 months), banking questions and static based.

Computer: This section is considered to be the easiest of all and the Basic knowledge of computer is enough to score good in this particular section.
Topics to focus in this section are: MS Office, Basic Computer fundamentals, History of Computers, Computer abbreviations, Internet, Basic software, hardware and peripheral devices and Networking.

6 Beneficial Tips to Crack IBPS Clerk Exam:
1. Prepare the Strategy Beforehand: You need to enter the examination hall with a well planned strategy about “Which section you will attempt first?” and “How much time to devote in each section?”

Go for the section first you’re most confident with. If you are good in solving questions of the English Language section, then attempt that section first, or if you are good in Reasoning or Quant start your exam with those sections. This will give you a lot of confidence.

NOTE: According to our view, the time division should be as follows:
·            General Awareness: 15 mins
·            Computer: 10 mins
·            Reasoning: 30 mins
·            English: 25 mins
·            Quantitative Aptitude: 30 mins
10 minutes left at the end should be utilized to visit that section again which you think is your strong area.

2. Make the perfect combination of Speed and Accuracy: As far as competitive exams are concerned, speed matters a lot but don’t forget that along with speed, there should be 100% accuracy which will enhance your marks and save time.
So JUST FOCUS ON SPEED AND ACCURACY and you are halfway there.
This also means that you need NOT waste much of your time on the sections you are weak at. From your weak areas, attempt only those Questions in which you are fully confident. Try to get More Marks from the Sections which are your Strength.

3. Focus on Important Topics: Revise the important topics 1 hour before you enter the exam hall. This will build your confidence.

4. Overburden is not allowed: It is important not to overburden yourself while preparing for the examination. This is most important requirement for maintaining focus and concentration.

5. Attempting ONLINE Mock Test is a must: Attempt Mock Tests with Honesty and sincerity. Pay attention towards time during solving questions. It will guide towards your weak points as well as will help you to prepare a strategy on how to manage Time during the exam.

6. Hide n Seek with Easy questions: Last but not the least search for the easy questions first. You need to find such questions in the paper which are either direct formula based or you are well aware of. These questions will fetch you good marks in less time.

Along with hard work, keeping your mind relaxed and at ease is just as important. Be confident, get a sound sleep of eight hours so that your body doesn’t decide to rest at the time you need it the most and have light food.

Stay Focused and Never Give Up

All the Best


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