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IBPS Clerk Exam 2015: Syllabus and Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

Dec 28, 2015 12:50 IST

    Like every year, Indian Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) has invited candidates to apply for clerical posts in nationalized banks around India. The clerical examination this year would take place in two parts: Prelims and Mains. The prelims examination would be conducted on the month of December and on successful selection through the exam the candidates would have to undergo Mains examination in the month of January. Due to the rising number of aspiring candidates the body had to make it a two tier written examination so that the best among the best could get filtered out for the posts. The candidates after the written examinations need to go through personal interview round as well for final selection.

    The Preliminary written examination consists of 100 marks and consequently 100 questions that needs to get solved in 1 hour duration. The time becomes really challenging while solving questions that require calculations and applications of formulas. Quantitative Aptitude is one such paper which is quite time consuming and candidates having adequate preparation only can pull this off in time. Hence the candidates need to focus on the paper along with the other two: English Language and Reasoning Ability.

    Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude: Although IBPS does not provide syllabus, Jagranjosh has come up with topics to be prepared for IBPS Clerk Exam 2015.

    The topics list:

    • Ratio and proportion
    • Averages
    • Time and work
    • Speed, Distance and time
    • Mixture and allegation
    • Stocks and shares
    • Percentages
    • Partnership
    • Clocks
    • Volume and surface Area
    • Height and Distances
    • Logarithms
    • Permutation and combinations
    • Simple and compound interest
    • Equations
    • Probability
    • Trigonometry
    • Profit, Loss and Discount
    • Mensuration
    • Elements of Algebra
    • Data Interpretation
    1. Pie charts
    2. Tables
    3. Bar & Graphs
    4. Line charts

    Preparation Tips:

    • Revisit the formulas and methods: The key is to get back to basic matriculation level mathematics in order to revisit the various algebraic and geometrical formulas and functions for this paper. The level of the questions remain of Higher school level and a better understanding of the formulas and procedures of solving them helps the candidates in solving the paper with ease and on time.
    • Manage the time effectively: Time becomes an important factor while solving the paper as lack of preparation in this paper can ruin your chances of going through to the mains. Some of the questions are really tricky in this paper and takes a lot of time of the candidates once they get stuck to it. Hence, it is advisable to move on to other better known questions than to spend time on some unknown question.
    • Derive your own formulas and Methods: The best way to solve questions in this paper is to derive and churn out your own methods and formulas for solving questions. This can be done following various preparatory books on offer by the competitive book publishing houses and magazines.
    • Prepare through previous year questions: Previous year questions provides a base for the candidates with which they can derive an idea about what the questions can be. This helps the candidates immensely and they seat for the examination knowing very well what they are going to expect.
    • Keep aside the anxiety: The time factor along with the mountain high number of questions does presses a certain panic button amongst the candidates. But it is advisable not to fell in the trap and keep composure to solve most number of questions which the candidates have prepared themselves for throughout their preparing months. This would further give confidence to approach the questions in a right manner and complete the paper on time without major faults.

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