How to give your best in IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2015?

IBPS is all set to conduct the Common Written Examination for recruitment of personnel for Clerical cadre Posts in the Participating Organisations. The exam is scheduled in the month of December and January 2016. The examination will be held in two tiers: Preliminary and Main.

Created On: Nov 19, 2015 14:42 IST

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is all set to conduct the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment of personnel for Clerical cadre Posts in the Participating Organisations. The exam is scheduled in the month of December and January 2016. The examination will be held in two tiers: Preliminary and Main. This is the first time that IBPS is conducting two written exams for recruiting clerks. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear in Main examination. The short listed candidates in main examination will subsequently be called for Interview.

The tentative schedule of events is as follows:

Online Examination – Preliminary

05.12.2015, 06.12.2015,

12. 12.2015, 13.12.2015

Result of Online exam – Preliminary

December 2015

Download of Call letter for Online exam- Main

December 2015

Online examination- Main

02 & 03.01.2016

Declaration of Result – Main

January 2016

Download of call letters for interview

January 2016

Conduct of interview

February 2016

Provisional Allotment

April 2016

The structure of the preliminary Examination which will be conducted online are as follows:

Name of tests

No. of questions

Maximum Marks


English Language



Composite time of 1 hour

Numerical Ability



Reasoning Ability







Note: No Questions will be asked from General Awareness and Computer Knowledge section in the Preliminary examination.

Effective Time Management Tips: The aspirant for the examination should follow some tips and strategies that will boost up their confidence level and smooth their last stage preparation can be better than ever.

The banking team of has arrived in with few time management tips that can help you to be more accurate with your preparations. Some tips are mentioned below:

Practicing of Mock Test:

If you are willing to crack through the written exam of IBPS Clerk, you need to have a strict look at your watch. You can’t let a second go waste. There are 100 questions overall that needs to get solved in 60 minutes which makes the job a real tough one. You would get less than a minute’s time to solve a particular question. Hence, you need to start practicing today while keeping a watch beside you, counting the time that you take to finish your practice sets. Some of the papers like Reasoning and Numerical Ability take more time to solve and thus a proper adjustment should be made in the time given to these questions while you are practicing, so that you can perform the same while giving the examination. Candidates are advised to join Online Mock test series provided by many coaching Institute. The regular practice allows candidates to clear their concepts and increases their speed and accuracy.

Prepare a revision time table: Make a revision strategy, timetable and study according to the schedule just before the examination .Candidates are advised to revise all the formulas and rules for each subject.  For example: Revise basic English grammar rules from any grammar book. Candidates are also advised to revise entire syllabus at least two times during last days just before the examination.

Figure out what's covered: Concentrate on the topics that you have already covered and about which you are confident. Do not try to learn new topics as at this time it will only lower your confidence.

Time allocation for each section: Allocate time to each section as there is sectional cut offs. The candidates have to qualify in each section. Candidates should decide in advance how much time they will spend on each section. Plan this out according to your strengths and weaknesses.

Focus on accuracy: Candidates should not try to attempt all the questions as it is not possible to solve all questions in given time. Candidates are advised to focus on accuracy with speed.

Cross-check the options:  Sometimes one can easily get the answer by just checking the given options. So cross check the given options before marking your answer. 

Avoid wastage of Time: Don’t spend too much time on reviewing question paper and avoid solving a particular question repeatedly. It will lead to have inadequate time to solve other sections.

Avoid guessing answers: With each wrong answer you would decrease your chances of selection in the written examination as negative marking is applicable in this examination. Guessing doesn’t help in such examinations to topple the hurdle. 

Be confident:  Self Confidence is the key to crack this examination. From a comparative analysis of the candidates who got already selected, self confidence was one thing that found common amongst all selected ones. You need to keep yourself charged and have faith in yourself. This will definitely help you to answer your questions in the examination with self-assurance and conviction. 

Don’t overstress yourself:  In order to do well in the exam, your mind needs to be stress-free. You need to take breaks in between your preparation hours to refresh your mind and stay focused on your study.

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