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IBPS Clericals - How to prepare?

IBPS Clericals - How to prepare?

By / Feb 13, 2019

Dear Aspirants,
The first ever IBPS clerical prelims are less than a month away and it is high time to gear-up for the D-day. Given the fact that time is of the essence now, a clearly laid out strategy to clear the upcoming IBPS Clerical exams will most certainly go a long way in ensuring your success. But before moving to strategy, letís take a look at the pattern for this yearís exam. We already know that IBPS Clerical will be a two-tier exam; the patterns of the same are as follows:

Pattern of IBPS Clerical (Prelims)

• Total No. Of Questions- 100
• Exam Duration- 60 Minutes
• Exam Dates- 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th December 2015
• Overall Difficulty Level- Easy-Moderate

Pattern of IBPS Clerical (Mains)

• Total No. Of Questions- 200
• Exam Duration- 120 Minutes
• Exam Dates- 2nd and 3rd January 2015
• Overall Difficulty Level- Moderate-Difficult

Things you should know

• We have already seen two PO level Prelims exams till now and know for sure that Prelims are filtering test; the questions are not difficult. However, managing time and ensuring that you clear both the Sectional cut-off and Overall cut-off has been a challenge to most of the candidates.

• Prelims are speed tests; 100 questions in 60 minutes with no GK or Computer section. To save time, speed will make the difference between the qualified and the rest.

• The level of difficulty across slots remains almost similar in both the Prelims and the Mains exam giving all candidates a fair chance to compete.

• The total selection from Prelims to Mains in both the previous cases was approximately 20 times the number of vacancies available, while the overall conversion rate from Prelims to Mains has remained between 40-45% in both the cases.

• The scores of the Prelims are not added up in the final selection process. Hence, once qualified, there is no use of your Prelims scores any more.

• The procedure for final selection is the same as it was in the previous year, i.e. 80% weightage will be given to the mains score and 20% weightage to the interview score.

• The mains exams will be conducted within 25 days of completion of the Prelims exam. Hence, it is advisable to prepare for both together.

How to prepare?

1. Find out Your Strengths and Weakness- If you have appeared the IBPS PO Prelims/Mains exam, then you must already know where you missed. However, Clericals are much different than PO exams. We at TCY strongly recommend you take a Mock Test right now and understand where you stand.

2. Focus on Practice- Itís unfortunately a bit a late for starting from the scratch; it would more helpful to you if you focus on practicing and refining what you already know. Itís a good idea to take topic specific tests, find your mistakes and take remedial action like watching a video lectures or going through notes to refine your understanding for that particular topic.

3. Plan Your Progress- It is a good Idea to have study plan implemented from the earliest stage of your preparation. It helps in tracking your progress on a daily basis also gives you a clear picture of whatís done and whatís left. The TCY study planner has been created keeping this exact requirement of a student in mind.

4. Know Whatís Important and Whatís Not- Not every chapter is equally important for both the exams, certain chapters take a higher priority in prelims while others will be key focus areas in mains. You need to set your priorities; donít waste any time on chapter from where questions are not expected in the prelims exams, those can be taken care of after the prelims are over. In case you are not getting idea of what chapters are important for prelims and what are for mains here is the analysis of IBPS PO (Prelims) and IBPS PO (Mains) to help you out.

5. Practice Daily- The competition is high and speed, time and accuracy every single factor will contribute to your success. Hence donít wait for the last week of November to start the mock test; start now and take at least one mock test daily. Keeping this need of the students in mind, we at TCY have created and array of 35 Online Mock Tests for IBPS Clerical Preparation (20 Prelims and 15 Mains) to ensure you are never out of practice.

6. Be Confident- Last but not the least, the most important aspect of clearing any exam is the confidence that you carry along with you to the exam hall. However, this is also true ĎOnly the prepared can be confident of the resultsí. Hence, donít wait until itís too late; start your preparation now.

Team TCY

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