IBPS Clerk exam 2016 notification has been recently published and many candidates are going to appear in the most awaited examination of the year. IBPS Clerk exam, as the name suggests, is conducted in order to recruit staff in the clerical cadre of the nationalized banks in the country. Vacancies are huge and competition is tougher than expected by most of the average candidates. It is often seen that candidates are driven by some myth or the other that is there for a long time and the bad thing is that, it affects their preparation which, in its turn, causes them to lose the opportunity to land a job in a prestigious bank. In article, we shall try to bust these so called myths.
IBPS Clerk: The myths that rule
IBPS clerk is one of the most awaited examinations of the year due to large number of vacancies and the opportunity to get employed as a banker in a reputed organization such a PSB in India. It is, therefore, very important for candidates to prepare positively since this is a make or break opportunity for them. As popular as an exam is, the number of myths surrounding it increases just as we see for UPSC, there are myths such as coaching is mandatory, you need to study for 20 hours a day etc.
Myth 1: This Exam is easy
This is there because candidates are often of the view that number of vacancies is more compared to probationary officer whereas the level will be that of clerical level. But the truth is, competition has increased and though, the number of vacancies is more, you can compete for only vacancies in your state. So, keep in mind that you need to be a topper in your state to get a job as a clerk in a reputed bank.
Myth 2: Maths and Reasoning are easy in clerical exam
Gone are the days when you could solve a problem only by seeing it in case of clerical exams. These days, quant section has been the reason for many candidates to miss the bus in the final selection or even for selection in prelims examination. Reasoning section is no less culprit since you need to solve a lot of puzzles which are too much time consuming or you have to be very good at logical reasoning to attempt the statement conclusion questions correctly.
Myth 3: Coaching is a Must
This is true for any competitive examination in India right from IIT to IAS exam. But, it is also true that candidates need to study themselves and there is no shortcut to that. Coaching centres will feed you with materials and tests but it is upto you how you will utilize them. If you can manage your resources well, it is not necessary for you to go for classroom caching at all. But, yes, if you want to test yourself before the actual test, mock tests are really helpful if you are taking these tests from an institute which is really an expert in the field so that questions are similar to the actual examination.
Myth 4: You need to be too good at mathematics
Actually, you need to be good at everything. These days, many bank exams are changing pattern and you never know what you will face in the examination hall. You need to give equal emphasis on every subject of the exam since without good score in every section, your chances of making it to the final list are very slim. So, do not try to be good at only one or two subjects, rather try to be good at managing all the subjects with equal ease in order to be selected in the rat race.
Myth 5: Accuracy matters and not attempts
After every single exam, candidates come out and say that they have attempted these many questions or those many questions but what about accuracy? That nobody knows and many of these candidates lose in the final battle because of the stupidity of attempting more and more without having any clue about the accuracy. So, better focus on increasing your speed with accuracy because without that even 100 percent attempt won’t matter much for you.
Myth 6: Scoring in mocks means scoring in real examination
People are often carried away by the fact that scoring in real examination is similar to scoring in mock tests. That is why, you will often see people boasting of their scores in various mock tests provided by various organizations these days. But in the real examination, there is tension and pressure and that makes it difficult to score. So, do not rely too much on your mock scores, rather try to focus on scoring in the real examination as well by being calm and composed during the real fight. Nobody remembers a mock exam topper but everybody remembers a successful candidate.
Myth 7: GA is all about luck in the exam
It is actually not since there is a pattern in the questions asked in the general awareness section and you need to decode that and then only, you can prepare yourself for this section. Gone are the days when you do not have any idea about GK questions in the examination. So, prepare accordingly since GK section is very important to succeed these days in any examination. If you are not sure about anything in this section, do not go for blind guesswork since there is negative marking in the section and it seals the fate of many serious candidates in the final list.
IBPS Clerical examination is round the corner and the registration process for the same has also started long back. This is your time to understand the exam pattern properly and then go for the real fight. Finish the syllabus first, then go for reliable mock tests and judge your level of preparation. After that, keep your calm in the examination hall and make it happen.
All the best!!