How to prepare quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk ?

How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS Clerk
How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS Clerk

IBPS has introduced sectional time limits in the prelims exam from this year. Each section will carry a sectional time limit of 20 minutes. Aspirants should try to maximize their scores in each of the 3 sections to have a fair shot at getting selected. In this article, let us have a look at how to prepare quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk exam.

IBPS Clerk prelims exam has been scheduled for the second and third weekends of December. IBPS Clerk online preparation can help a lot in boosting your scores in these last 2 months. Apart from preparing for the exam by going through the materials, one should also take a good number of IBPS Clerk mock tests in the last 2 months to fine tune the test-taking skills.

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How to prepare quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk ?

Aspirants who have appeared for the exam in the previous years will have some idea about the various types of questions that appear in the exam. Aspirants who are just starting their preparation should go through previous year papers of IBPS Clerk to understand the nature and difficulty of various types of questions that frequently appear in the exam.

Before moving on to how to prepare quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk, let us have a look at the pattern of the exam. The quants section in IBPS Clerk prelims exam will have 35 questions carrying 1 mark each. An incorrect response will attract a penalty of 0.25 marks. The time allotted to answer the questions in this section is 20 minutes. The quants section in the mains exam will contain 50 questions carrying 1 mark each. The time allotted to the quants section in the mains exam is 45 minutes.

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On going through the previous year papers, we can see that the questions can be classified into the following categories:

1. Approximations
2. Quadratic equations
3. Number series
4. Data interpretation
5. Word problems


These problems are the easiest of the lot. Being quick with calculations is crucial to solving these questions within a few seconds. Also, one should keep track of the kind of approximation one is making (increasing or decreasing the value) to avoid any error.

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Quadratic equations:

Quadratic equations are also often easy to solve. Being familiar with the common roots helps a lot in solving these questions in a short time.

Number series:

Questions based on number series are also easy to solve. Going through the commonly used patterns will help. While attempting these questions in the exam, try to figure out the logic within 20 seconds. Move on to the next question if you cannot figure out the logic within a minute.

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Data interpretation:

DI is the most important topic in the QA section. 2 to 3 sets appear from this topic in every exam. Being good with calculations is mandatory to doing well in DI questions. Knowing the squares, cubes, square roots, cube roots, fraction to decimal conversion values and the vice versa helps a lot in these questions. Also, depending on the options provided, it might be sufficient to arrive at the approximate answer.

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Word problems:

Problems from various topics such as ratio and proportions, time and work, time-speed-distance, investments, mensuration, interest, and basic probability account for about 10 marks in the exam. These questions are often time-consuming and hence, it will be a wise idea to attempt these questions towards the end of the exam. Also, these questions are of individual type. With 3 to 4 minutes to go on the clock, attempting a DI question will be a risky step. It makes a lot more sense to attempt these questions when you are about to run out of time.

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IBPS Clerk Quant General preparation Plan:

  • Invest the first month completely in revising the basics of all the concepts.
  • Complete the topics in the order given above to maximize your return on time invested. After November 15th, take a mock every day.
  • Try attempting the questions in different orders and choose the one that suits you the best.
  • Maintain a notebook and note down the mistakes you usually make in the mocks.
  • Revise the notes every now and then to ensure that you do not make the same mistakes on the D-day.

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We hope that this article would have helped you know how to prepare quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk exam. For more useful articles, try reading IBPS Clerk expected cut off and IBPS Clerk in-hand salary after 7th pay commission.


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