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IBPS Clerk 2016 Preparation Tips

Last Updated - October 27, 2016

IBPS Clerk 2016 Preparation is going in full swing. IBPS Clerk 2016Preliminary exam is scheduled to take place on four dates i.e. November 26, 2016, November 27, 2016, December 3, 2016 & December 4, 2016 which is just a month away is not any easy riddle to crack as competition is very high. Candidates can download their call letters for Preliminary online examination from November 18, 2016 onwards. To crack this exam, mentioned below Preparation Tips help you in decoding the exam. The aspiring candidates are advised to stay calm and focused on your ultimate goal. No exam is tough until you do with full dedication & hard work.

It is a 2-tier entrance examination i.e. Preliminary and Main examination. The candidates who will qualify the IBPS Clerk Preliminary examination they can appear for IBPS Clerk Main examination.

The key to good preparation for IBPS Clerk 2016 is to first understand the exam pattern and study from the right resources. To crack the Preliminary and Main exam, one must study for English language, numerical ability, reasoning ability, general awareness and computer knowledge. Below giving the tips on how to prepare for the exam, helps the candidate as it is required to have a proper knowledge and practice about what to prepare and which are the sections, candidates need to concentrate on. As, candidates will have to pass this exam first, below is the section wise preparation tips for IBPS Preliminary examination.

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Subject wise IBPS Clerk 2016 Preparation Tips

English Language

This section is a compulsory section of IBPS Clerk examination. To do better in this section, the candidates need to practice hard to sharpen their grammatical skills. Make reading a daily habit and write regularly. Firstly, it is important to know which topics are relevant for this section, so that aspiring candidates will get an idea on which topics to attack on. Following is the list:

Reading comprehensionVocabularyPara jumbles
Sentence rearrangementIdioms & phrasesSynonyms & antonyms

Make a habit of reading: Reading daily makes it easier for the candidates to undergo newer sentences. This also improves the knowledge and vocabulary of the language.

Write regularly: During the process of preparation of the prelims examination, writing is also very important aspect. Though there would not be any descriptive questions to deal with by the candidates, but practice of writing regularly would enable them to enhance their spelling skills and sentence making.

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Arrangement and re-arrangement of sentences: The arrangement and re-arrangement of the words within the sentences are some of the questions that are quite prevalent in the paper to test the basic skill of sentence formation.

Grammatical skills :Grammar is the backbone for any language and candidates need to score well and need to be quite strong in this section.

Related Books-

  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations- by Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha
  • IBPS-VI Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination Success Master- by Experts Compilation
  • Target IBPS Bank Clerk Preliminary & Mains – 20 Practice Sets Workbook with CD

Quantitative Aptitude

It is the major section of the IBPS Clerk examination. The section need regular practicing, as this section is considered to be a tough one. This section is designed to test the vulnerability of the candidates by presenting a situation in front of them in the form of questions. Candidates need to focus majorly on the following topics:

Sequence & seriesData interpretationNumber systemQuadratic equationsGeometry

Related books-

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations- by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Advance Maths for General Competitions- by Rakesh Yadav


This section is considered as one of the most important section. The candidates are required to pay special attention while preparing for this section. Candidates can improve their reasoning ability by solving puzzles within a time limit. Candidates are advised to practice hard and practice daily regularly for fixed time. Following topics need to be focused:

Number seriesCoding & de-codingProblem solvingAlphabet testInput- output
Unseen passageBlood relationsStatement & argumentDirection sense testNumber ranking
Making judgementsLetter & symbol seriesComprehension reasoningMaking series/ analogyPuzzles

Related books-

  • A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning- by R.S. Aggarwal
  • General intelligence/ test of reasoning- by S. Thorpe
  • Analytical reasoning- by A.K. Pandey

General Awareness (with special reference to Banking)

Candidates should pay due attention to all the current events, current affairs, daily news, and all important events on a daily basis. Candidates need to read newspaper daily in aware of all the daily events or happenings in India and the world, which helps to easily scale the general awareness section.

Topics to focus in General Awareness section:

Current affairs of last 6 monthsMarketingHistory of bankingBanking termsRBI functions
Fiscal- monetary policiesIndian economyAwards & honors sportsFinanceAgriculture

Related books-

  • Objective- IBPS General Awareness book- by Manohar Pandey
  • General Knowledge & Current Affairs Level 1 & 2 with Current Update for Bank Clerk- by Disha Publication

Computer knowledge

It is very important section of the IBPS Clerk 2016 Examination. Candidates will need to excessively work on the computer. To score good marks in the examination, candidates will be required to clear the Basic computer knowledge section. Important topics is as follows:

MS-ExcelMS Power-pointShortcutsMS word basic knowledgeComputer shortcuts
Basics of computersNetwork basics (LAN & WAN)Generations of computerInput & Output deviceBasic internet knowledge & protocols

Related books-

  • Objective Computer Awareness- by R Pillai
  • Computer- by Rani Ahilya
  • Objective question Bank of computer awareness for general competitions- by Arihant Experts

Read About IBPS-CWE-CLERK-VI Pre-Exam Training Call letter

Important guidelines for IBPS Clerk 2016 Preparation Tips

The section-wise IBPS Exam Preparation tips will help the candidates to prepare well for the various topics in each section of the exam respectively. Candidates must be able to judge how to design the study plan for IBPS Clerk examination. Below given are some of the overall IBPS Clerk 2016 Preparation Tips:

1. A good time management strategy helps you identify questions which are easier and hence, can be solved in less time.

2. Candidates should enhance their practice with sample papers and mock tests to sharpen their knowledge and skills.

3. Candidates need to fully aware of their exam pattern and all the events happening at national, international or state level.

4. Candidates should give prior and more focus to sectional study separately.

5. Use previous year question papers for better reference.

6. The revision must be done after every day’s study.

7. Take good care of health as it is required for any candidate to be physically and mentally fit to do exam preparation to score well.

Candidates will have to be thorough with their study plan and IBPS Clerk syllabus with hard work and commitment for IBPS Clerk Exam. With the above given IBPS Clerk Preparation tips one can easily scale the Examination.



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