IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019: Expected Topics from Numerical Ability, Maths

IBPS Clerk Exam 2019: Check here important Numerical Ability topics for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019 Exam and get familiar with the preparation strategy of each topic.

Created On: Dec 6, 2019 12:01 IST
IBPS Clerk Important Topics 2019
IBPS Clerk Important Topics 2019

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019 exam begins on 7th December. Get here the important topics from the Numerical Ability/Maths section for the IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019. The Numerical Ability or Maths section is considered as the most time-consuming section of the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam. If you have the clarity of basic concepts and formulas of Mathematics, then nothing can stop you in attempting this section in the given time frame that too with high accuracy. Candidates must make sure that they undertake the proper practice of the Numerical Ability section that it becomes their strength area in the exam. 

The IBPS Clerk Important Topics shared here are based on the latest IBPS Clerk Syllabus and exam pattern. These Important Topics are from the Numerical Ability/Maths section. Go through these Numerical Ability topics before appearing for the exam and know their difficulty level and the number of questions asked. The exam will be conducted online and candidates will be given 60 minutes to attempt the maximum questions out of the total 100 MCQs to score high in the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam. These 100 questions will be asked from three sections - Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability and English Language and each of these sections will have separate sectional timing. Candidates need to attempt a total of 35 questions from Numerical Ability section in a time frame of 20 minutes.

Here are the important topics of Numerical Ability section that are segregated into three levels - Easy, Moderate and Difficult:

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IBPS Clerk 2019: Easy Level Numerical Ability Topics

To begin with the preparation for Numerical Ability section, candidates should start with easy topics. Here we have provided the easy level topics of this section which will surely help you in scoring high. Have a look:

Easy Topics

No. of Questions

Preparation Strategy



Work on Simplification methods such as BODMAS Rule, square roots, cube roots, Fractions, decimals, Surds and Indices etc.



Practice this topic so well that you are able to determine the percentage mentally without using paper & pen



Average requires clarity of basics and fast calculation

Ratio and Proportion


This topic requires thorough practice that candidates can work out the ratio mentally without using paper & pen

Problems on Ages


Solve basic problems first and then undertake the complex problems

Number System


It tests candidates’ knowledge of concepts like LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers and other Numbers.

Number Series


First understand the pattern of given number series such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and then calculate what could be the next number in the series

IBPS Clerk 2019: Moderate Level Numerical Ability Topics

The Numerical Ability Topics of moderate level difficulty are Profit and Loss, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Data Interpretation and others. These topics are quite scoring and require more deep studies. Have a look at these topics:

Moderate Topics

No. of Questions

Preparation Strategy

Time, Speed and Distance

(Boats & Streams, Trains, etc)


Complex questions are asked on this topic. You need to apply formulas to solve these.

Profit and Loss


Learn basic formulae and clear your concepts of Partnership & Discount

Simple Interest and Compound Interest


Learn all the formulae

Time and Work


Questions are asked on Time & Work, Work & Efficiency and Pipes & Cistern.

Mixture & Alligation


If you have practised Ratio & Proportion well, you can solve the questions from this topic.

Data Interpretation


To solve Data Interpretation (DI) questions, you need to know the basics of Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Decimal and others. DI questions are asked in the form of Table, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts and Caselet.

IBPS Clerk 2019: Difficult Level Numerical Ability Topics

The Difficult Level Numerical Ability Topics require a lot of efforts and practice. Candidates can solve these topics only if they have practised well and solved various practice sets of such questions. These topics are Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and others. Have a look at the preparation strategy of such topics:

Difficult Topics

No. of Questions

Preparation Strategy



The questions are based on Linear Equations with one or two variables. Practice more and more such questions to arrive at the accuracy



Try to learn all the important theorems and solve questions on Triangle, Rectangle, Circle, Chords & Tangent, other shapes, etc.



Learn the formulae of all shapes such as Square, Rectangle, Triangle, Circle, Cone, Cylinder, etc.



Mug up all the Trigonometric formulas to solve these questions

Tips to Score high in Numerical Ability Section

- Clear your basic concepts and learn all the formulae

- Focus on the time allotted to every question and topic. Time plays a vital role in Bank Exams

- Learn Short-cuts and tricks to solve questions in less time

- Follow a proper strategy for all the topics

- Practice Previous Year Papers and undertake Mock Tests online

- Analyse the solves papers and tests

- Leave topics that are more time consuming, prefer to devote more time to your strong areas

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