IBPS Clerk Pattern for Prelim and Mains Paper

IBPS Exam Changed Exam Pattern

IBPS CLERK Pattern for 2016 CWE Exam

This year the IBPS Recruitment 2016 pattern for Clerk Posts has been slightly altered. The Common Written Examination is a Two Tier Written Examination, as it was last year. However, for the Mains exam, each subject will have an allotted time instead of a composite time for the entire exam. This is a BIG change in the IBPS Clerk Pattern from last year and means that candidates will need to prepare for each section differently.

The question paper pattern for IBPS CLERK PRELIMINARY examination is as follows:

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) Questions/ Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability 35/ 35 Composite Time of 1 hour
2 English Language 30/ 30
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35/ 35
TOTAL 100

The question paper pattern for IBPS Clerk MAINS examination is as follows:

Sr.No. (Objective) Test Name Number of Questions Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
2 English Language 40 40 30 mins
3 Numerical Ability 40 40 40 mins
4 General Awareness with special emphasis on Banking Awareness 40 40 20 mins
5 Computer Knowledge 20 20 10 mins
TOTAL 200 200 140 minutes

What does the change in the IBPS Clerk Pattern for Mains exam mean for students?

  • Earlier a student would spend less time per question on the english, BA, and computer sections and use that time to solve Quant and Reasoning questions. With this new change, this is not possible. Students are allotted only 48 secs on average to solve a question in Quant or Reasoning. THIS IS A VERY SHORT TIME AND THIS MEANS THAT STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE QUESTIONS THEY ATTEMPT
  • Questions that take a lot of time WILL NEED TO BE SKIPPED
  • Special emphasis will need to be put on Speed Maths and memorising formulae, tables, shortcuts etc. so that time can be saved during the exam.
  • Special emphasis will need to be put on efficient guessing
  • The possibility of marking a question for review and coming back to it later is OVER. Students are advised to solve each question in one go and if it is not possible, to move on and not worry about partial attempts.
  • This calls for the students to be intimate with the complete syllabus of the exam and for them to know their strengths and weaknesses intimately. A student should not be confused on the exam about which question to attempt and which question to skip. Take a look at last year’s cutoffs to see what your aim needs to be
  • The goal of each student should be first to clear the cutoff for each section. This means that for the first set of 10-15 questions, students can afford to spend ~1min on each question. When a student is confident that the cutoff for the subject has been reached, then the strategy should be to accelerate and try and solve as many correct questions
  • Students should realise that it will not be possible to attempt all questions in the given time. Based on their performance on Mock Tests prior to the exam, students should try and attempt ONLY that number of questions that they can reliably solve and not worry about having a high number of attempts.

As you probably know, the complete syllabus of the IBPS Clerk exams is covered in Studycopter. You can buy a course to prepare for the exam and get completely ready for test day!

NOTE: The exam pattern for all other IBPS Exams (IBPS PO, IBPS SO etc.) can be viewed here

Do note that the Mock Tests will be added with the new pattern soon to enable you to prepare efficiently for the exams!

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