How to Crack IBPS Clerk?

IBPS Clerk is conducted for recruitment for Clerical posts in some banks affiliated to IBPS. The questions asked in the exam are derived from the syllabus notified by IBPS along with invitation of applications from interested students. The exam which is conducted in two stages comprises Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Awareness in its prelims stage. Let’s take a quick look at IBPS Clerk Syllabus and exam highlights.

  • IBPS Clerk is conducted in two stages, each stage being qualifying in nature.
  • Finally recruited students have to clear each round and also should meet the eligibility of qualifying being a graduate.
  • IBPS Clerk is one of the most sought after a competitive exam and every year more than 200,000 students appear for the exam.
  • Total Questions Asked: 200
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

IBPS Clerk Notification is released by IBPS around December with Admit Card being released in the same month. The exam is conducted in January of the next year, and IBPS Clerk result is released soon after the successful conduct of exam.

Date of Exam Preliminary – December 2017
Mains – January 2018
Conducting Body IBPS
Mode of Exam Online
Paper Type Objective
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Duration of Exam Preliminary – 60 minutes Mains – 120 Minutes


Since the exam is conducted for total vacancies of 8000 and the number of students appearing are more than 100,000. Thus, the success ratio in the exam is below 1%. Students appearing for IBPS Clerk should have a clear strategy of attempting the paper and coming out successful. So here are the five tips for each section along with recommended books to ace the exam.

    1. Previous Year Papers: The Reasoning Section of the exam often tends to repeat some questions asked in previous counterparts of the exam. It would be similar to giving away sure marks by not attempting such questions. While you are preparing for the exam, solving and practicing through past year papers will give you an edge over other students of being more in touch with the pattern along with having tasted the type of questions asked in the exam.
    2. General Science is the Key: Often, I have seen students focusing on something they already know and clearly ignoring what they don’t during exam preparation. Their point being, “I don’t want to let go of marks I know I can get, I don’t want any of my silly mistakes to jeopardize topics I am good at. Also, starting a topic from scratch would hurt my time as I can surely practice other topics much better at the same time.”  While I love the logic, it will still not help you the way you are expecting it to. General Science is often ignored in papers when it is the key to success. While every other student is focussing on other subjects, you need to over smart them by practicing the General Science as well. That’s how you are going overscore them and get yourself shortlisted for the next process.


  • Percentage holds the maximum weightage:  When you prepare for Quantitative Aptitude, be sure to pay extra attention and spend extra hours on Percentage in Quantitative Aptitude. You may already figured that this topic is going to consume most of your time, and if you pay an extensive attention, Percentage in Quantitative Aptitude will consume most of your time while you at it.


  • Vocabulary is what you need: English will not take much of your time. In fact, it is the most quickly solved section in the IBPS Clerk Paper. It gets solved even quicker than General Science (well off course, if you have studied General Science). However, unlike Quantitative Aptitude where you are sure of an answer, English is stuffed with closely meant words, and it often confuses the students in marking of the correct response. You need to build your vocabulary in order to get over this hurdle.
  • Computer Awareness, just the basics:  Don’t be afraid of the section, They are not going to ask you to code in python or java. The awareness itself proves that the test holders just want to acquaint themselves with your understanding of Computer basics. As the job, ahead of you will involve almost all work being done on computer systems. Therefore, you need to have a basic understanding of the same.




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