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IBPS Clerk 2016: Brace yourself for the new pattern

Sep 5, 2016 16:30 IST
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IBPS has recently published a notification regarding recruitment of clerical cadre of staff in the participating organizations such as Bank of India, Indian Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of Maharashtra etc. The preliminary examination for the same will be conducted in November/ December 2016 and the main examination is going to be conducted in January 2017. The final result for the recruitment process is going to be announced in April 2017. There have been a few changes announced in the advertisement that need to be explained in detail. In this article, we shall try to answer your doubts and queries before the registration process starts from 22nd August 2016.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2016: The Pattern

IBPS clerical examination 2016 is going to be conducted in two phases: Preliminary and the mains examination. This year as well, there will be no interview in the process and the marks in the mains examination will be considered for final selection in the banks for the financial year 2017-18:

  • Prelims: The preliminary examination will be as per the pattern followed last year. There will be a test of 60 minutes with 100 questions. You need to answer 30 questions in English and 35 questions each from reasoning and quantitative aptitude. The marks obtained in this exam will be considered for screening candidates for main examination.
  • Mains: The mains examination will consist of subjects same as last year i.e. quant, reasoning, English, computer aptitude and general awareness. Each section will have 40 questions though the marks allotted will be 50 marks each for reasoning and quant section whereas the weightage of computer has been increased to 20 marks. Marks for other sections have been kept unchanged at 40. However, the biggest surprise is the introduction of sectional timing in the examination: Quant (30 minutes), GA (25 minutes), Reasoning (30 minutes), English (30 minutes) and computer (20 minutes). That makes the total time for the examination as 135 minutes instead of the previous 120 minutes.

IBPS Clerk 2016: Understanding the new pattern

IBPS Clerical examination is round the corner and once you will be done with your PO examination, you have to brace for the new pattern for IBPS Clerical Examination 2016. So, how to prepare for this new pattern with limited time? We shall try to find out the answer to this question by understanding the pattern in this article.

  • No change in Prelims: This is the first thing that you need to clear in order to get a job in any of the participating banks and it is a good news for the aspirants that there is no change in pattern of the prelims exam as compared to last year. So, follow the same strategy as you have done last year or for SBI Clerical exam recently.
  • Reasoning and Quant have more weightage: Yes, from this year, prepare the syllabus of these two sections more rigorously because the marks allotted to these two sections are more than other sections.
  • Do not think about time in each section: This is because IBPS has already specified that there will be separate timing for each section and you have to finish that section within that time only. There will be no option for you to come back to that section after you have exhausted the allotted time to that particular section. The pattern is similar to the SBI Clerical examination that was conducted in June 2016.
  • Total time allotted is more than last year: The total time allotted to the test is increased to 135 minutes instead of the 120 minutes that was allotted to the test as of last year. So, you get more time, true, but you have to use it according to the time allotted by IBPS.
  • Separate vacancies announced for separate states: This is a new thing introduced by IBPS in the advertisement as it has announced the state-wise number of vacancies for each state separately in the advertisement. This will help you understand your chances based on your performance in the mains examination.
  • Computer loses its edge: The weightage has been reduced to 20 only whereas the time allotted to this section is also 20 minutes whereas it is sufficient to have 10 minutes to answer these 40 questions. You are likely have excess time in this section, so, give more time to quant and reasoning instead of computer awareness during your preparation days.

The exam season is here and all of you must be preparing with your best efforts to secure a job in one of the public sector banks in the country within next year be it as a PO or as a clerk. To secure a job in an environment of cut-throat competition, you need to focus on the requirements of the examination and prepare accordingly. IBPS Clerical Examination is going to be similar to SBI Clerk with a few minor changes. So, keep that exam in mind while preparing and prepare properly.

All the best!!

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