IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018-19: Last Minute Tips

The banking team of Jagranjosh.com has arrived with few time management tips that can help you to be more accurate with your preparation for IBPS Clerk Mains exam 2018.

Updated: Jan 18, 2019 15:41 IST
Last minute tips for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam
Last minute tips for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

IBPS is all set to conduct the Mains examination for the post of clerks. The examination is scheduled to be held on 20th January 2019. Candidates who qualified the prelims examination are eligible to appear in Mains examination. Here, the banking team of jagarnjosh.com has come up with last minute tips and strategy to crack the IBPS Clerk Mains examination 2019.

Pattern of Mains examination:  The structure of Mains examination is given below-

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018-19


No of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration of Exam

General/ Financial Awareness



35 Minutes

General English



35 Minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude



45 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



45 Minutes




160 minutes

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Here, the banking team of jagarnjosh.com has come up with last minute tips and strategy to crack the IBPS Clerk Mains examination 2018.

Time Management Tips for IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2018-19:

Here are some useful tips to attempt IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2018-19.

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.  So use your allotted minutes smartly and revise your answers immediately once you have done with the section.

Scan the section first

Every competitive examination has some easy, some moderate and some very tough questions – those who wish to ace the exam must learn to spot the easy ones and avoid the tough ones. No one will be able to attempt all questions in the given time and therefore the best approach is to focus on accuracy rather than on the number of questions to be attempted.

Start solving questions with a Calm Mind

When you are calm and peaceful, your mind starts thinking well and you can solve questions easily. Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, which is really required to crack the exam.  Don’t get panic; it will decrease your speed.

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore. - Cyril Connolly

Sectional Cut off is there

Well, this eliminates a lot of candidates in the examination since nobody is a champion in each and every section of the examination. However, a banking job requires equal ease with all the subjects in the examination. In case you are not comfortable in one or two sections, try to score decent marks in those sections at least. Otherwise, even if you score high in other sections, you are out of the race altogether.

Avoid negative marking

Candidates should avoid negative marking as it can reduce your score. Read and understand questions carefully before marking the answer.  Do not ever think of attempting more questions in case you are not sure about them. In the examination hall, it seems correct but once you come out, the number of wrong questions increases and so does negative marks, thereby, reducing the overall marks in the examination. Focus on increasing your speed with accuracy because without that even 100 percent attempt won’t matter much for you. Aspirants are advised to avoid guesswork as there will be negative marks of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

Avoid using the shortcuts that you learn just before the exam:  This is one of the aspects that should be kept in mind.  Aspirants are advised not to use shortcuts that you are not completely sure about. Questions can be very tricky in the mains exam, so read them carefully before applying shorts cuts.

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Adopt an Elimination Strategy

Sometimes one can easily get the answer by just checking the given options. In case you are not sure about an answer; try to eliminate the option which you know are definitely wrong. This can increase your chance of marking the right answer.

Don’t get stuck with one question

If you are no closer to solving a Question even after 2-3 minutes then it is wise to abandon the same immediately and move ahead.

Revise General Awareness and Computer Knowledge

Revise General Awareness and Computer Knowledge section as these are scoring section. Concentrate on the topics that you have already covered. Do not try to learn new topics as at this time it will only lower your confidence.

Important Points to remember:

  • Reach the Venue before 30 minutes :It is essential for candidates to reach the examination venue before time. Try to reach the place 30 minutes prior to the time of examination. This will help you to avoid all kind of discomfort and problems that may arise while transportation. It is advisable for the appearing candidates to visit the examination center a day before the examination so that you can get an idea about the exact location of the exam center.
  • Carry all essential documents: In the examination hall, the call letter along with a photocopy of the candidate’s photo identity (bearing exactly the same name as it appears on the call letter) such as PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ Voter’s Card/ Bank Passbook with photograph/ Photo identity proof issued by a Gazzetted Officer/ People’s Representative  along with a photograph / Identity Card issued by a recognised college/ university/ Aadhar card with a photograph/ Employee ID should be submitted to the invigilator for verification. The candidate’s identity will be verified with respect to his/her details on the call letter, in the Attendance List and requisite documents submitted. If the identity of the candidate is in doubt the candidate may not be allowed to appear for the Examination.

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‘Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and at some point, you will.’       

All the best!

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