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IBPS Clerk Prelims will be held on Dec 7, 2019. This leaves you with only 47 days of preparation. If you haven’t started your IBPS Clerk Prelims preparation, we suggest you start your preparation as soon as possible. Last year, the number of aspirants who applied for this exam was 10.82 lakh and we are expecting a similar number this year. To stay ahead of the crowd, you need to start your preparation right away and excel at it. Take a Free Mock Test of IBPS Clerk Prelims now and check your All India Rank instantly. In this article, we will be sharing the strategy to get maximum marks in the Reasoning section. Let’s first have a look at IBPS Clerk Prelims exam pattern.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

S. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMax MarksTime alloted for each test (separately timed)
1English Language303020 mins
2Numerical Ability353520 mins
3Reasoning Ability353520 mins

Total10010060 mins
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As you must have noticed that in the reasoning section, you need to solve 35 questions in 20 minutes. This is for sure going to be a challenging situation considering the fact that there is a negative marking of 0.25 mark. After all, you need to maintain a balance of speed and accuracy to make the most of this section. Remember that this section will have a mix of easy, moderate and difficult questions. And it does make sense to solve easy & moderate questions first before touching the difficult ones. Now, you must be wondering how to differentiate easy & moderate questions from the difficult ones.

Remember, this skill can only be learnt if you are crystal-clear with the basic concepts and have done enough practice. Let’s plan out a strategy which will help you utilize the remaining 47 days in clearing your concepts and make you practice more & more. Have a look at the syllabus first.

IBPS Clerk Prelims- Reasoning Syllabus

  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Ranking/Direction/
  • Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding
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Clarify Your Concepts

Pick a topic say, Alphanumeric Series. Read a couple of articles understanding its concept. Alternatively, you can watch videos online as well for this purpose. Solve at least 15-20 questions to get a hang of Alphanumeric Series questions. By now, you must have got an overall idea of the kinds of questions asked. Try to develop your own tricks & shortcuts for these kinds of questions. There are plenty of videos online; take their help as well. Now, start practising questions using these tricks & shortcuts. Solve at least 40-50 questions on this topic. After solving these many questions, your speed must have increased and you must have got an idea of the different types of questions.

Start Taking Sectional Tests

Start doing this for all the topics. This exercise should get over by mid-November and by now you would have developed and understood a lot of tricks and would have practised a lot of questions. Now is the time to start taking tests in a controlled environment. Start taking Sectional Tests and use the report card to see which areas still have scope of improvement. Start putting extra efforts in those areas and if at all, you get bored doing all this, remember that your competition is with around 9-10 lakh aspirants. This much understanding & practice will definitely help you identify the easy & moderate questions.

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Use Mock Tests to Track & Improve Your Performance

Keep taking Mock Tests in between as well as you would definitely like to see your performance in a completely simulated test in a controlled environment. Use Mock Tests’ report card to assess your performance and put continuous efforts to improve. Also, don’t ignore the questions which you have answered incorrectly or the ones which you have skipped. Take help of the detailed solutions of the Mock Tests to understand why you couldn’t solve it or answered incorrectly. Remember, there is no alternative to practice. So keep practising via Sectional/Mock Tests, use the analysis to review your performance and ace the reasoning section.

If you have any feedback for us, write it in the comments section below. Wishing you good luck for your preparation!

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