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Topic Wise Preparation Plan for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017

Topic Wise Preparation Plan for IBPS Clerk Prelims

The IBPS Clerk 2017 exam will be held in the month of December and January as per the official notification. The candidates should start preparing for this exam now as only two months are left for the exam. This article covers topic wise preparation plan for IBPS Clerk Prelims exam in order to help you in preparing for the exam.

The IBPS Clerk Prelims exam consists of three sections:-

  • English Language and Comprehension
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Numerical Aptitude

The candidates should first cover all easy and scoring topics and then gradually move to moderate and difficult level. Although the syllabus of these topics is limited.

Candidates should follow a smart pattern of topics and practice free mock test for IBPS Clerk prelims preparation.

This will help you in boosting your confidence and score good marks. The section wise bifurcation of topics and preparation plan is given below:-

English Language and Comprehension:-

Difficulty Level Topics
Easy The candidates should start with grammar:-
Passive voice
Question Tag
Subject-Verb Agreement
Conditional Sentence
Verb basic and advanced
Noun and Pronoun
After completing these topics the candidates should practice following:-
Error detection
Sentence improvement
Cloze test
Moderate In moderate level the candidates should cover:-
Passage: – The passage can be very scoring if you tackle it in a rational way. You should read a lot from various sources on various topics which are important for the examination point of view. To improve reading skills you should practice reading fast.
Para jumble: – The next moderate topic is Para jumble. Although in previous years exam questions were not asked from this topic you should be prepared for surprises. Try to practice Para jumble exercises of various levels.
Difficult In difficult level the candidates should cover:-
Vocabulary:-The candidates with good vocabulary always have upper hand over other candidates. Therefore to stand out of crowd you should start building your vocabulary from today itself. As vocabulary building is a time taking process, the consistent efforts are required for it. Learn new words from newspapers and news articles.
Finding odd sentence: – In recent trends, the questions from this topic are very common. The candidates should practice an ample number of questions on this topic in order to score high marks.
Combining two sentences: – The knowledge of grammar is must in such topics. If you are good in connectors you can easily score good marks in this topic.

Next Topic

Reasoning Ability:-

Difficulty Level Topics
Easy Inequalities:- This is a very scoring topic. The candidates should practice this topic first, in this topic practice direct and coded both forms.
Syllogism:- In this topic, you can expect questions from direct or reverse syllogism. The candidates should practice the ample number of questions in the new pattern to score well in this topic.
Direction sense:- This topic covers questions from easy to moderate level. If you practice the sufficient number of question, you will be able to score well. The directions can also be given in the coded form.
Order and Ranking:- The candidates should practice both old and new pattern questions of this topic. In exams, you can face surprise elements in this topic, therefore, build basic concepts and practice a lot.
Blood Relation:- This is very interesting topic. If you are able to grab all basic concepts of this topic you can easily solve questions of various types with ease. The questions can be direct or in coded form.
Moderate Coding-Decoding:- In this topic new type of questions are very common in current exams. The candidates should practice the ample number of questions in a new pattern and also practice questions of the old pattern so as to get prepared for all situations.
Data Sufficiency:-  Although this topic is of mains exam, it can appear in prelims as a surprise element. Therefore the candidates should practice all sort of questions including questions of three or more statements.
Alphanumeric series:-  This topic can appear in individual question form or in a puzzle form. The candidates should practice both new and old patterns of this topic.
Difficult Puzzle: – This section holds good weight in terms of marks. If candidates follow a rational approach this topic can be very scoring. The candidates should practice various types of puzzles including:-
Seating arrangement with blood relation
Classification puzzle having four parameters
Box-based puzzle – New type
Shelf and frames based puzzle – New type
Floor and flats based – New type
Data Flow-based:- This type can be asked in the exam where you will be given a data flow and based on that you have to solve questions. This type is scoring if you concentrate on paths followed and practice good number of questions
Input-Output in the new pattern:- In earlier exams machine input-output questions were common, nowadays the type has been changed though new type is not very much different practicing a good number of questions is a must to score well.

Numerical Aptitude:-

Difficulty Level Topics
Easy Simplification: – This is an easy and scoring topic. Use digit sum and unit digit method for quick calculations
Approximation:- In this topic take care in approximating numbers and use percentage method for quick calculations
Quadratic Equation: – This also one of the scoring topic. The candidates should practice various types of questions on this topic to improve speed.
Moderate to Difficult Miscellaneous topics: – This topic covers arithmetic concepts. The candidates can excel these topics with practice
Ratio and Proportion
Profit and Loss
Time, work and wages
Pipes and Cisterns
Boats and Streams
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Problems on ages
Data Sufficiency: – Although this topic is of mains you should be ready for any type of surprise element in the exam.  The questions may be asked of three or more statements.
Number Series: – In this topic, the series can be from easy to difficult. The candidates should face as many patterns as they can to excel this topic. As striking of the pattern is must in the exam, only then it can be a scoring topic.
Data Interpretation:- The calculation speed matters in this section. The questions asked can be direct or tricky. The candidates must gain experience of various types before the exam. This topic can be scoring if you follow a rational approach. It includes following types:-
 Line Graph
Bar Graph
Pie chart

After completing these topics start taking mock tests. Keep following points in mind while taking mocks:-

  • Take mock tests of good quality only, as the content matters. The mock tests should be matching the level of exam, neither very easy nor very difficult. It should be balanced with different levels of questions.
  • Do a proper analysis of mocks. Try to identify that area where you still need improvements.
  • Try to implement various permutations of taking the test to know which particular sequence suits you most.

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