IBPS has scheduled the prelims exam for the recruitment of clerks on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of December. With less than 60 days to go, IBPS Clerk online preparation can be extremely helpful in learning and revising the concepts. Read how to prepare for IBPS clerk exam at home. In this article, let us have a look at how to draft an IBPS Clerk study plan to ace the test.
Going through IBPS Clerk previous year papers will help to know about the various types of questions that frequently appear in the exam. Also, solving the previous year papers will help to know about the level of the questions that one can expect to see in the exam.
IBPS has introduced some changes in the pattern of the prelims exam. From this year, each section will carry a time limit of 20 minutes. Therefore, taking IBPS Clerk mock tests in the revised pattern is crucial to performing well in the actual exam. Also, the IBPS clerk study plan must be made taking this factor into account as it has become important to perform well across the sections.
IBPS Clerk study plan 2018:
Let us take a look at the pattern of the prelims exam before moving on to how to draft the study plan. The prelims exam consists of 3 sections – English language, Reasoning ability, and Quantitative Aptitude. The English language section will have 30 questions and the other two sections will have 35 questions each. There is a time limit of 20 minutes for attempting each section. Each question carries 1 mark and an incorrect choice is penalized by deducting 0.25 marks.
- The study plan that one adopts should focus on all 3 sections.
- It is important to allocate some time for revising the concepts in all three sections every day.
- The IBPS Clerk study plan should ensure that you do not forget to hone your strengths while working on your weaknesses.
- Let us take a look at a week-wise schedule that one should adopt to ensure that most of the topics are prepared for before the exam. Allocate at least an hour every day to each of the three sections.
|Week 1||Learn squares, cubes, square roots, fraction to decimal conversion and the vice versa||Inequalities, directions, blood relations||Revise Grammar|
|Week 2||Number series, Quadratic equations,
|Floor puzzles, Einstein puzzles, linear arrangement puzzles||Reading practice|
|Week 3||Data interpretation||Circular arrangement, square and rectangular tables, Unconventional puzzles (box, vehicles)||Practise RC questions|
|Week 4||Data interpretation||Queues, series, sequences, coding-decoding, language coding||Revise Grammar. Practise sentence correction and spotting the error questions.|
|Week 5||Time speed distance, time and work, Mensuration, Profit and loss, Ratio and proportions)||Syllogisms, Difficult puzzles based on direction sense and arrangements||Para jumbles, double fillers, para completion|
|Week 6||Miscellaneous topics based on main topics
(Investments, races, boats, basic probability, mixtures)
|Miscellaneous topics (Like weight, height based arrangements)
Revise inequalities and puzzles
|Practise RC questions|
This study plan ensures that all the important topics are prepared for before the prelims exam. The skillset varies greatly from one person to another. Tweak the study plan to suit your needs.
IBPS Clerk mock tests:
- Try to take 2 to 3 mocks a week. From November, try to take a mock a week. Do not postpone taking mocks till you complete the entire syllabus. Taking mocks will be of significant help in improving your question selection skills.
- Analyze the mocks thoroughly after taking them. If the mistakes made are due to lack of conceptual clarity, go back to the basics and revise them. Try to improve your performance with each mock you take. Maintain a repository of the mistakes you make in the mock and revise them regularly to ensure that you avoid making such mistakes on the day of the exam.
- Allocate the last 2 weeks to revise the basics. Develop a strategy for the exam and test the strategy in the mocks. Avoid learning a new topic in the last two weeks. Also, avoid taking mocks on the day before the exam.