PREPARATION TIPS FOR IBPS CLERK 2018
IBPS Clerk Preparation Tips
For any competitive examination, which includes IBPS Clerk recruitment exam, time management is the key to succeeding. In the case of this examination, the applicants find themselves stressed out about the time limit associated with the test. So, right from the preparation process, it is important that they should develop their time management skills to get through the examination with ease. Here are some tips management tips that will help with both preparation and as well during the examination:
Understand the Exam Pattern
Firstly you should do to follow the format of the test entirely. Format means that you should know the number of questions for each test in the preliminary examination. Also, remember the time allowed for completing each test. This knowledge will help you plan your preparations well.
How Much Time is Left With You?
You know the pattern well now. Yes, IBPS Clerk exam will have 100 questions worth a total 100 mark. The time allowed for solving all the tests is 60 minutes. So, the ideal time you will have to spend per question is 0.6 minutes or 36 seconds. Let us consider that you spend a total of 5 minutes in moving from one question to another.
Also, let us imagine that you spend 15 minutes in reading questions. The result will be that you are just left with 40 minutes to which you will have to complete 100 questions. This means that you hardly have just 0.40 minutes per question or 24-25 seconds to understand and solve the questions.
The good relieving thing about IBPS Clerk examination is that there is no specific time limit for completion of each test. This means that you can allocate your own time for each test as per your speed. This means that right from the preparation time, you will have to try out various time management strategies to identify the best way suitable for you to solve the IBPS Clerk Preliminary test.
Another crucial point you will have to remember is that wrong answers will carry a negative mark of 0.25. Let us get into some useful time management tips for each test in preliminary examination here:
Time Management Tips for Reasoning Section:
There will be 35 questions in the reasoning section with each question carrying one mark. This is the section that consumes more time for most candidates as compared to other sections as it is a tricky section. But, you should remember not to spend more than 20 minutes for completion of this section. The trick in solving the reasoning section is that you should attempt the questions with a single motto in mind.
It is to choose the ones that you can solve. During your preparation session, you can device question-specific tricks. Just note down these tricks for easy revision before the examination. You can take help from past question papers. Thorough practice will surely help you in solving the reasoning section with ease.
Time Management Tips for Quantitative Aptitude:
In this section, you will find questions under time speed & distance, profit & loss, interest, ratio & proportion, average, probability, data interpretation, geometry, trigonometry, number system and simplification. So, practice questions in these chapters wisely during your preparation process. At the IBPS Clerk prelims examination, you can solve this section as the last section as you can solve the test paper in any order as per your interest.
Even you can keep the reasoning section as the last to attempt, and before reasoning, you can go for quantitative aptitude. It is better to develop a clear idea of formula and concepts, and this idea will help you with cracking this section with ease. But, do not stay in a single question for long. If you cannot arrive at the answer to a specific question quickly just move on with the others.
Time Management Tips for the English Language:
The purpose of this section is to test your English vocabulary, Basic English comprehension, and grammar skills. If you are strong in this section, there will be better chances for you in the further rounds of IBPS recruitment process. So, to score good marks in this section, the best thing you can do is to develop your hold over grammar and vocabulary.
When you prepare well for this section, you can complete this section within 15 minutes, such that you can use the available time for concentrating on tougher sections like quantitative aptitude and reasoning. You can prepare this section by solving many reading comprehension questions. In the actual test, you will get a paragraph with 10 questions.
You can begin the English section in IBPS clerk prelims by solving perception, and then you can move on to phrase replacement, fill in the blanks, etc. In case, you find that there are para jumble type questions in the test, you can complete 5 of these questions and then can move on with the others.
Other General Tips:
Apart from the specific section-wise tips, here is a list of other tips that will help you with your preparation for IBPS Clerk examination:
- The first and foremost thing you should focus on right from the first day of your preparation is to identify your strengths and weakness. This will help you quickly solve questions under your strong sections. When you are aware of the strengths, you can attempt the sections that you can easily sail through. Remember that the examination hall is not the ground for doing experiments.
- Remember not to get any emotional attachment to any questions. The reason is that both the hard question to which you are emotionally attached and also the simple question carries the same mark in IBPS Clerk examination. So, investing time on the right questions, yet simple questions is important to get through the test.
- Questions under quantitative and reasoning sections are time-consuming to solve. So, the best thing you can do is to identify the comprehension questions and short ones without making too many calculations and just attempt them first.
- Remember not to stay obsessed over dropped questions. Dropped questions will not attract any negative marks, but wrong answers will. So, plan wisely and answer accordingly.
- Try to do mental calculations. Do not put everything on paper as it will contribute towards wasting time.