The IBPS Clerk exam is one of the government exams that is conducted in India. It is not easy to crack this examination in the first attempt. Students have to put their all dedication into preparing for this examination. The aspirants whose age is between 20-28 years old and who have done their bachelor’s degree in any course are eligible to give this examination. Also, the person having the post of the IBPS Clerk gets a good stipend and his salary increases as he gets promoted. Students must follow specific techniques to score good marks in the IBPS Clerk examination. This article will discuss some strategies with candidates to crack this examination in the first attempt. But before starting with the preparation tips, aspirants must know about their IBPS syllabus and the exam pattern so that they can easily prepare for their exams.

Curriculum Of The IBPS Clerk Exam

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 includes 5 crucial topics. These are General English, Logical Ability, Mathematical Ability, Computer Aptitude and General/ Financial Awareness. The sub-topics of the above-mentioned topics are listed below:

• English Language
1. Theme Detection
2. Passage Completion
3. Topic Rearrangement of Passage
4. Deriving Conclusion
5. Active and Passive Voice
6. Direct and Indirect Speech
7. Phrases and Idioms
8. Spotting Errors
9. Spelling
10. Word Formation
11. Synonyms
12. Antonyms
13. Homonyms

• Reasoning Ability
1. Series Test
2. Odd Figure Out
3. Analogy
4. Miscellaneous Test
5. Sitting Arrangement
6. Assertion and Reason
7. Input or Output
8. Figure Series
9. Decision-making Test
10. Direction Sense Test
11. Number, Time and Ranking Sequence
12. Alphabet Series
13. Passage and Conclusions
14. Blood Relations
15. Coding-Decoding
16. Statements and Arguments
17. Statements and Assumptions
18. Statements and Conclusion Syllogisms
19. Word Formation
20. Classification

• Quantitative Aptitude
1. Profit
2. Loss and Discount
3. Mensuration
4. Elements of Algebra
5. Data Interpretation
6. Pie Charts
7. Trigonometry
8. Equations and Probability
9. Simple and Compound Interest
10. Permutations and Combinations
11. Logarithms
12. Height and Distances
13. Clocks
14. Surface Area and Volume
15. Bars and Graphs
16. Line Charts
17. Tables
18. Partnership
19. Percentages
20. Stocks and Shares
21. Mixture and Allegation
22. Distance and Time
23. Ratio and Proportion
24. Averages
25. Work and Time
26. Speed

• Computer Knowledge
1. Viruses
2. Security Tools
3. Basics of Hacking
4. Database Basics
5. Communication and Networking
6. History of Computers
7. Internet Terms and Services
8. Windows Operating System Basics
9. Basics of Software and Hardware
10. Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-PowerPoint, MS-Word, MS-Excel, etc)

• General Awareness
1. Recent Credit and Monetary Policies
2. History of the Indian Banking System
3. Overview of the Indian Financial System
4. Current Affairs related to National and International issues if last 6 months
5. Banking Terms
6. Economic Terminologies and Abbreviations
7. Government Schemes on Capital and Money Market
8. Introduction to National Financial Institutions like FSDC, RBI, SEBI, IRDA, etc and of International Organisations like World Bank, UN, ADB, IMF, etc.

Blueprint Of The IBPS Clerk Exam

There are two stages in the IBPS Clerk examination which have to be cleared by the aspirants to get the post of the Clerk in the banks. Underneath is the exam pattern for both phases.

• The exam pattern of Prelims
1. Section A – English Proficiency

No. of questions – 30

Maximum marks – 30

1. Section B – Calculative Ability

No. of questions – 35

Maximum marks – 35

III.    Section C – Logical Ability

No. of questions – 35

Maximum marks – 35

• The exam pattern of Mains
1. Section A – Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability

No. of questions – 50

Maximum marks – 60

1. Section B – General English

No. of questions – 40

Maximum marks – 40

III.    Section C – Quantitative Aptitude

No. of questions – 50

Maximum marks – 50

1. Section D – Financial/ General Awareness

No. of questions – 50

Maximum marks – 50

Important Preparation Strategies

• Construct A Study Plan

A timetable proves to be very helpful in preparing for the examination. Thus, each candidate should make a proper schedule so that they can use their time productively. In this table, they should allot time in such a way that they can focus on every topic. Studying 8-10 hours every day can help students in better preparation.

• Explore The Sample Papers

The best way to make a strong grip on the topics is to practice solving mock test papers and previous years’ question papers. Also, it is said that practice makes a man perfect hence these papers will assist competitors in doing self-evaluation. They will get to know about their weak concepts so that they can work on them. These question papers are the best learning material at the time of preparation.

• Prepare Handy Notes

The question paper also contains problems related to basic Mathematics. Therefore, it is important to learn all the formulas. For this, aspirants can make notes of the formulas. This method of note-making can enable them to memorize or learn each formula effortlessly. These notes will prove to be an asset at the time of revision.

• Do No Compromise With The Preparation

As soon the students get to know about their syllabus, they should start with their studies. They should not delay their preparation. If they do so, then they will not be able to complete their course on time. Also, candidates are advised not to leave any topic to study later. They should clear their queries hand to hand so that they can have a grasp on the topics.

• Enhancing The Abilities

Questions related to current affairs and general English also come in the question paper of the exam. For attempting these questions correctly, candidates have to improve their skills in these fields. They should read newspapers daily to know what’s happening in the world. Also, they should be well-versed with the English grammar rules. They can solve various questions related to English grammar to strengthen their basics.

• The Correct Way Of Attempting The Question Paper

When the students get their question paper, they should read it carefully. They should try to solve those questions which they know very well. The guessing method will not work in the examination as there is negative marking in the paper. Candidates should maintain their writing pace so that they can finish their exam on time.