December 5, 2020, is the day when IBPS Clerk Prelims will be conducted. We hope that you have done your preparation & revision up to the mark. Please be informed that the intensity of competition is going to be very high for these 1,557 vacancies and even a couple of marks can make or mar your chances of selection. So, your concentration level has to be very high in this exam and you should make the most of every second. Therefore in this article, we have come up with Topper’s Success Strategy which will help you maximize your marks.
- To implement this strategy, you must have no doubt on what your strengths are. Some aspirants consider number series questions their strength and prioritize that. Some other aspirant may be comfortable with starting with quadratic equation questions. So it all depends on your unique thought-process.
- By now, you must have taken several mock tests and would have got to know your strengths. Start with those topics in each section which are your strengths.
- Also remember: there is sectional time limit in this exam, which means that you can’t utilize 1 section’s time in another section. So, you need to be diligent enough to utilize each section’s time.
The Art of Skipping a Question
- With 100 questions to be solved in 60 minutes, you hardly get 36 seconds for each question.
- However, you don’t need to solve all the questions. Solving easy questions selectively can help you clear this exam easily. Pick the easy questions first, answer them & secure their marks before moving on to the moderate & difficult questions.
- If any question is taking more than 40-50 seconds, it’s better to skip that question to deal with it later. It again depends on a situation; if you have solved 90% of the question in 40-50 seconds, you can take another 10 seconds to arrive at the answer.
- Taking mock tests in a pressurized environment will perfectly train you on skipping questions.
Topper’s Success Strategy to Help You Maximize Your Score in IBPS Clerk Prelims
If you have keenly observed previous years’ banking exams, you must have noticed that any such exam is a mixture of easy, moderate & difficult questions. As discussed above, since all the questions carry equal marks, it is wise to answer the easy questions first. Based on the feedback from a number of aspirants, we have categorized each of the 3 sections (English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability) into 3 rounds. In each of the rounds, we have provided the list of the topics you should be working on.
No. of questions and suggested time: At least 20-25 questions should be solved in 20 minutes
Round 1: Prioritize Non-RC based questions like antonym/synonym and vocab based questions. You can also attempt vocab based RC questions.
Note: In synonym/antonym questions, try getting the sense of the word by reading the preceding/succeeding line.
Round 2: Attempt grammar based questions like Error detection, Sentence correction, Phrase correction etc. in this round
Round 3: Go for non-vocab RC based questions and para jumbles and para connectors.
No. of questions and suggested time: At least 25-28 questions should be solved in 20 minutes
Round 1: Start with number series, approximation, simplification, equations comparison, and easy data interpretation sets.
Tip: If you get stuck with one number series question and unable to solve it within 30-40 seconds, skip it.
Round 2: Solve word problems and easy data interpretation sets.
Round 3: Move on to difficult data interpretation sets.
No. of questions and suggested time: At least 20-30 questions should be solved in 20 minutes
Round 1: Start with non-puzzle based questions like coding-decoding, syllogisms, questions related to direction sense, blood relations etc.
Round 2: Move towards the critical reasoning questions and solve simple puzzles (may relate to blood relations, circular/linear seating arrangement, floor-based puzzle) and questions related to input-output.
Round 3: Solve difficult puzzles/seating line arrangement (double line puzzles)
Please note that to implement this strategy, you need to make decisions quickly and should not take any question on your ego. As already mentioned, if any question takes too much of your time, it’s better to skip it and check other questions. Also, don’t rely much on guessing the answers as there is a negative marking of 0.25 mark.
This is all from us in this article. Wishing you all the best for the exam tomorrow.
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