IBPS Clerk Study Plan 2016: Tips to Crack Prelims Exam in 45 Days

IBPS Clerk Study Plan 2016

IBPS Clerk Study Plan 2016: The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) will be conducting the IBPS Preliminary Examination on 26, 27 November, 3 and 4 December 2016. It is essential for every candidate to crack both Prelims & Mains Examination, if he/she wants to work as a Bank Clerk in a prominent Public Sector Bank (PSB) in India (excluding SBI). 

Hence, with this article, we will formulate and try to follow a proper IBPS Clerk Study Plan for the next 45 days and crack IBPS Clerk Prelims Examination.


IBPS Clerk Study Plan 2016 | How to Crack Prelims Exam in 45 Days

Over here, we have built a IBPS Clerk study plan for each section of the IBPS exam. Further, section wise compilation of topics has also been mentioned for you to formulate your strategy. If you pay attention to top three to four topics in each subject, you can very easily clear the sectional cut-offs. Nonetheless, you need to work more on topics/subjects of your strength to clear the overall cut-off.

As we are left with approx. 45 days effectively to prepare for IBPS Clerk Prelims exam, we should carefully structure and review our “IBPS Clerk Study Plan”. Assuming that a student studies for 4 hours a day, we are left with a total of 200 hours to prepare for the test.

 Total Number of Days  45 Days
 Number of Hours per Day  4-5 Hours
 Hours dedicated towards IBPS Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Preparation  70 Hours
 Hours dedicated towards IBPS Clerk Reasoning Ability Preparation  70 Hours
 Hours dedicated towards IBPS Clerk English Language Preparation  60 Hours

Read the Detailed Syllabus to know the chapters, topics, sub-topics and type of Questions that appear in the IBPS Clerk exam. Knowing the syllabus and important topics helps majorly in formulating a proper IBPS Clerk study plan.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2016

Before heading to the IBPS Clerk study plan, it is important to go through the exam pattern. The Preliminary Examination for IBPS CWE Clerk V will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) and the pattern will be Objective MCQ type. There will be 100 questions in total from 3 sections – English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.

Section Name Number of Questions Maximum Marks
English Language 30 30
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Some of the essential details related to IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016 are as follows.

  • The total number of questions will be 100.
  • The Paper mode will be English/ Hindi.
  • Each question carries 1 mark.
  • The total time to solve the entire paper is 60 minutes.
  • There will be sectional and overall cutoff.

Now let us start by discussing the study plan for each section of the IBPS Clerk Exam 2016.

IBPS Clerk Study Plan for English Language

English Language is one such section where you need to work on intuition and understanding. If you have enough time, there is one advice that can take you places – READ. Form a regular habit of reading newspapers and novels which would help you to both increase your vocabulary and understanding at the same time. Apart from this, here are some preparation tips to help you prepare for IBPS Clerk English Language with optimum time utilization:

  • Complete the books like “Word Power Made Easy” and “High School English – Wren and Martin”. Alongside, keep practicing Reading comprehension, Para Jumbles and Cloze Test paragraphs from a book and devote at least 1 hours daily to these activities.
  • For Grammar, keep revising the rules and write them essentially from topics like Subject Verb Agreement, Tenses and Active & Passive Voice.
  • Study the important topics from paper-sets. Dedicate time in learning topics like one word Substitution, Synonym/Antonyms etc. You will feel the change over the time as vocabulary cannot be improved in a single day.
  • Try to understand the basic concepts of English grammar that will increase your performance. Also, analyze the important topics which have maximum weightage of marks.
 Topic Name  Number of Questions (Expected) Allocation of Hours
 Reading Comprehension 10-15  14
 One Word Substitution 5  8
 Spotting the Error  5  5
 Sentence Correction  5  5
 Parajumbles  5  5
 Synonyms/ Antonyms 3-5 4
 Idioms and Phrases 3-5 5
 Spellings 3-5 4
 Cloze Test 5-10 10

It is not a rule that we are left with only 60 hours for this section. You may differ based on level of your preparation and allocate time for this section accordingly but the idea is to make you aware of the most Important Topics in each section. 

IBPS Clerk Study Plan for Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS Clerk Quantitative Aptitude is considered to be the arch nemesis of almost every Banking Aspirant. Many aspirants have missed their dream banking job because they were; somehow, unable to clear sectional cut offs, primarily in the section we are talking about.

Compartmentalization of topics is very important. One must know the topics one is comfortable with – from least to most. One also needs to know as to what could be the level of difficulty of questions; one can handle in an examination scenario.

 Topic Name  Number of Questions (Expected) Allocation of Hours
 Simplification 10 8
 Number Series 5 7
 Distance, Speed and Time 3 4
 Time and Work 1-2 4
 Percentage 1-2 3
 Average 1-2 4
 Profit and Loss 1-2 4
 Partnerships 1-2 4
 Boats and Streams 1-2 4
 Pipes and Cisterns 1-2 4
 Ratio and Proportion 1-2 4
 Number System 1-3 3
 Bar Graph 5 6
 Tabulations and Tables 5 6
 Pie Charts 5 6

Keep a notebook with yourself where you write important points and formulas. This will assist you revisiting the most vital points and formulas on your exam day.  It can be considered as an Ideal IBPS Clerk Study Plan if you jot down the important topics and take time out for revision.

IBPS Clerk Study Plan for Reasoning

The best part of preparing for the reasoning section is that it can be solved by using common sense. One’s presence of mind is more than sufficient to solve these problems. One can score very heavily in this section by having a proper IBPS Clerk Study Plan resulting in achieving the overall cut-off for the exam.

While building concepts and solving questions, there should be no time limit or pressure. Ideally, one should try one’s best to solve 30-40 questions on each topic (attempt section tests). Let us see analyze the section wise allocation of timing and expected no. of questions from reasoning section.

 Topic Name  Number of Questions (Expected) Allocation of Hours
 Blood Relations 2-4  4
 Coding Decoding 3-5  4
 Mathematical Operations and  Inequalities 5  3
 Direction Sense Test 2-4  3
 Alphabet Tests and Dictionary 2-4  2
 Number, Ranking and Time  Sequence Test 3-5  3
 Sitting/Complex Arrangement and  Puzzle Tests 5-7  3
 Logical Statements and Syllogisms 3-5  2

To optimally continue progressing further in the IBPS Clerk Study Plan to crack Prelims exam 2016 Examination, you should not exceed the time limit by dedicating any more than 40% of the remaining time towards revision.

After your revision, go straight to solving various mock tests and previous years’ question papers.


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After this perfect IBPS Clerk study plan for sections coming in IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam, You can go through our complete sectional plan on our blogs:

Previous Year Paper that you will be further  helpful in your preparation for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2016:
IBPS Clerk Prelims Previous Year Paper 2015

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We hope this article helps you in formulating a proper IBPS Clerk Study Plan to crack prelims exam in the next 45 days. Know more about the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam through the following info box:

IBPS Clerk Mains Sectional and State-Wise Cutoff (Revised)

Read: IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Review and Expected Cut-Off 2015

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