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# Subject Overview: Subject Overview

### Numerical Ability Chapters

### IBPS SO Exam 2015-16

### Your Numerical Ability Study Plan

### Quant Chapters

### IBPS 2015 Clerk Mains Exam

### IBPS 2015 Clerk Prelim Exam

### Cutoffs

### Your Quant Study Plan

### Quant Chapters

### IBPS 2015 Clerk Mains Exam

### IBPS 2015 Clerk Prelim Exam

### Cutoffs

### Your Quant Study Plan

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- IBPS SO Exam
- IBPS PO Exam
- IBPS Clerk Exam

The IBPS SO Examination contains 50 questions, each with 5 multiple choices, for the Numerical Ability section. As the total time allotted for is section is fixed at 30 minutes, a candidate should aim to solve all Quant questions in the allotted time.

Do note this is a change from last year as there was no fixed time for each subject in 2015-16.

The marks per question have not been disclosed by IBPS. However, we do know that each incorrect attempt will lead to a deduction of 0.25 x the mark for each question. For instance, if IBPS decides that each English question will be for 1 mark, 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect attempt. If each question is for 0.5 marks, 0.125 marks will be deducted for each incorrect attempt and so on.

Note that this year, the Numerical Ability section is only for qualifying and the total score in this section will not be used for your final selection.

The following Numerical Ability chapters are covered in Studycopter:

1. | Number Series | 2. | Number System |

3. | LCM/ HCF | 4. | Decimal Fractions |

5. | Square, Cube and its Roots | 6. | Ratio and Proportion |

7. | Percentage | 8. | Simplification |

9. | Averages | 10. | Problem Based on Ages |

11. | Profit, Loss and Discount | 12. | Partnership |

13. | Mixture or Alligation | 14. | Simple Interest and Compound Interest |

15. | Time and Work | 16. | Time, Distance and Speed |

17. | Linear, Quadratic Equations & Inequalities | 18. | 2D – Mensuration (Area and Perimeter) |

19. | 3D – Mensuration (Volume and Surface Area) | 20. | Permutations and Combinations |

21. | Probability | 22. | Data Sufficiency |

23. | Data Interpretation | 24. | Miscellaneous |

Some topics are more time-consuming than others – students are advised to try solving questions on the exam only when they are confident of getting correct answers. There is no point in part–solving a question and then moving on.

The breakup of questions from last year are as follows:

S. No. | Chapter | Questions | Details |
---|---|---|---|

1. | Profit, Loss and Discount | 1 | Profit Percentage (1) |

2. | 3D - Mensuration (Volume and Surface Area) | 1 | Cone (1) |

3. | Time, Distance, Speed | 3 | Train (1), Boats & Streams (1), Average Speed (1) |

4. | Time and Work | 1 | Efficiency of Work (1) |

5. | Partnership | 1 | |

6. | Averages | 1 | Word Problems (1) |

7. | Simple Interest and Compound Interest | 1 | Difference between Simple Interest and Compound Interest (1) |

8. | Mixture/ Alligation | 1 | |

9. | Number Series | 5 | To Find the Missing Term (5) |

10. | Data Interpretation | 20 | Mixed Graphs (5), Line Graphs (5), Bar Graphs (5), Case Study (5) |

11. | Data Sufficiency | 5 | Averages (5) |

12. | Simplification | 5 | Approximation (3), Using BODMAS Rule (2) |

13. | Linear & Quadratic Equations & Inequalities | 5 | Inequalities (5) |

Certain chapters are building blocks of the numerical ability section as concepts from these sections are used directly or indirectly in almost all exam questions. You should start with these chapters first and then move to understanding deeper concepts from other chapters. Students would be best served by starting with Number System, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, and Linear and Quadratic Equations. You can then move to other chapters in the order contained in the Study Material.

You should start by going through the Study Material for a particular topic, go through the available video lessons, go through the solved examples and conceptual questions. Once you have a degree of comfort on a chapter, you should then move to the practice questions. Studycopter contains problems on various level of difficulty asked in the exam i.e.; Easy, Medium, Hard, and Very Hard. Varying level of problems helps you to determine how well you are prepared for the test. Moreover, each chapter getting asked in the exam is covered so you will not need any other resource in addition to Studycopter.

Once you have developed mastery over core Quantitative Aptitude concepts and have studied all chapters, Studycopter's Smart Learning System will guide you to Practice Mock Tests. These tests would enable you to check or assess your real performance in the competitive exam and to evaluate your actual scores vis-a-vis your targeted IBPS score.

Before your test day, you should easily be able to look at a question and correctly guess its difficulty level.

Lastly, if you get stuck on a particular chapter or type of question, feel free to reach out to our 24x7 Private Tutors via Studycopter’s My Tutor System. Our tutors are here to help guide you throughout your exam preparation journey.

The IBPS Preliminary Examination for Clerical cadre contains 35 questions, each with 5 multiple choices, for the Quantitative Ability section. As the total time alloted for all three sections – Verbal, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude is 1 hour, a candidate should aim to solve all Quant questions in 22–25 minutes.

Where as in Mains exam, 40 questions having 5 multiple–choice answer options are asked. The total time for the exam is 140 minutes of which 40 minutes can be spent on the Quant section. Do note that you can't switch between sections during the Mains exam and you need to finish the entire Quant section prior to moving to another section. A student should aim to solve each question in under a minute to do well on the exam.

The following Quant chapters are covered in Studycopter:

1. | Number Series | 2. | Number System |

3. | LCM/ HCF | 4. | Decimal Fractions |

5. | Square, Cube and its Roots | 6. | Ratio and Proportion |

7. | Percentage | 8. | Simplification |

9. | Averages | 10. | Problem Based on Ages |

11. | Profit, Loss and Discount | 12. | Partnership |

13. | Mixture or Alligation | 14. | Simple Interest and Compound Interest |

15. | Time and Work | 16. | Time, Distance and Speed |

17. | Linear, Quadratic Equations & Inequalities | 18. | 2D – Mensuration (Area and Perimeter) |

19. | 3D – Mensuration (Volume and Surface Area) | 20. | Permutations and Combinations |

21. | Probability | 22. | Data Sufficiency |

23. | Data Interpretation | 24. | Miscellaneous |

The prelim exam questions are easier than the mains exam questions and are also less time consuming. All students must aspire to get 85–90% accuracy among all questions attempted on the exam.

Some topics are more time-consuming than others – students are advised to try solving questions on the exam only when they are confident of getting correct answers. There is no point in part–solving a question and then moving on.

The breakup of questions from last year are as follows:

S.No. | Chapter | Questions | Details |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Simplification | 5 | BODMAS Rule (5) |

2 | Number Series | 5 | Missing Term (5) |

3 | Percentage | 3 | |

4 | Problem Based on Ages | 1 | |

5 | Linear, Quadratic and Inequality | 5 | Inequality (5) |

6 | Mensuration-2D | 1 | |

7 | Permutation & Combinations | 1 | |

8 | Probability | 1 | |

9 | Ratio & Proportion | 1 | |

10 | Decimals & Fractions | 2 | |

11 | D. I. | 20 | Line Graph (10), Case Study (5), Table Chart (5) |

12 | D. S. | 5 | Percentage (5) |

S.No. | Chapter | Questions | Details |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Mixture or Alligation | 1 | |

2 | Average | 2 | |

3 | Time, Distance and Speed | 2 | Trains (1), Boats & Streams (1) |

4 | Percentage | 2 | |

5 | S.I. & C. I. | 1 | |

6 | Simplification | 10 | VBODMAS Rule (10) |

7 | Decimal & Fraction | 1 | |

8 | Miscelleneous | 1 | |

9 | Time and Work | 1 | |

10 | Partnership | 1 | |

11 | Mensuration- 2D | 2 | |

12 | Number Series | 5 | Missing Term (5) |

13 | Profit, Loss & Discount | 1 | |

14 | D.I. | 5 | Table Chart (5) |

In the 2015 Prelim exam, a general category student had to get 4 marks (our of 35) in the quant section to clear the sectional cutoff. The sectional cutoff was 3 marks for all other categories.

In the 2015 Mains exam, a general category student had to get 7 marks (our of 50) in the quant section to clear the sectional cutoff. The sectional cutoff was 4 marks for all other categories.

**Note:** Cutoffs for exams change each year based on the exam's difficulty but you should keep last year's cutoffs in mind to aim for a realistic score in the exam.

Certain chapters are building blocks of the quant section as concepts from these sections are used directly or indirectly in almost all exam questions. You should start with these chapters first and then move to understanding deeper concepts from other chapters. Students would be best served by starting with Number System, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, and Linear and Quadratic Equations. You can then move to other chapters in the order contained in the Study Material.

You should start by going through the Study Material for a particular topic, go through the available video lessons, go through the solved examples and conceptual questions. Once you have a degree of comfort on a chapter, you should then move to the practice questions. Studycopter contains problems on various level of difficulty asked in the exam ie; Easy, Medium, Hard, and Very Hard. Varying level of problems helps you to determine how well you are prepared for the test. Moreover, each chapter getting asked in the exam is covered so you will not need any other resource in addition to Studycopter.

Once you have developed mastery over core Quantitative Aptitude concepts and have studied all chapters, Studycopter's Smart Learning System will guide you to Practice Mock Tests. These tests would enable you to check or assess your real performance in the competitive exam and to evaluate your actual scores vis-a-vis your targeted IBPS score.

Before your test day, you should easily be able to look at a question and correctly guess its difficulty level.

Lastly, if you get stuck on a particular chapter or type of question, feel free to reach out to our 24x7 Private Tutors via Studycopter’s My Tutor System. Our tutors are here to help guide you throughout your exam preparation journey.

The IBPS Preliminary Examination for Clerical cadre contains 35 questions, each with 5 multiple choices, for the Quantitative Ability section. As the total time alloted for all three sections – Verbal, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude is 1 hour, a candidate should aim to solve all Quant questions in 22–25 minutes.

Where as in Mains exam, 40 questions having 5 multiple–choice answer options are asked. The total time for the exam is 140 minutes of which 40 minutes can be spent on the Quant section. Do note that you can't switch between sections during the Mains exam and you need to finish the entire Quant section prior to moving to another section. A student should aim to solve each question in under a minute to do well on the exam.

The following Quant chapters are covered in Studycopter:

1. | Number Series | 2. | Number System |

3. | LCM/ HCF | 4. | Decimal Fractions |

5. | Square, Cube and its Roots | 6. | Ratio and Proportion |

7. | Percentage | 8. | Simplification |

9. | Averages | 10. | Problem Based on Ages |

11. | Profit, Loss and Discount | 12. | Partnership |

13. | Mixture or Alligation | 14. | Simple Interest and Compound Interest |

15. | Time and Work | 16. | Time, Distance and Speed |

17. | Linear, Quadratic Equations & Inequalities | 18. | 2D – Mensuration (Area and Perimeter) |

19. | 3D – Mensuration (Volume and Surface Area) | 20. | Permutations and Combinations |

21. | Probability | 22. | Data Sufficiency |

23. | Data Interpretation | 24. | Miscellaneous |

The prelim exam questions are easier than the mains exam questions and are also less time consuming. All students must aspire to get 85–90% accuracy among all questions attempted on the exam.

Some topics are more time-consuming than others – students are advised to try solving questions on the exam only when they are confident of getting correct answers. There is no point in part–solving a question and then moving on.

The breakup of questions from last year are as follows:

S.No. | Chapter | Questions | Details |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Simplification | 5 | BODMAS Rule (5) |

2 | Number Series | 5 | Missing Term (5) |

3 | Percentage | 3 | |

4 | Problem Based on Ages | 1 | |

5 | Linear, Quadratic and Inequality | 5 | Inequality (5) |

6 | Mensuration-2D | 1 | |

7 | Permutation & Combinations | 1 | |

8 | Probability | 1 | |

9 | Ratio & Proportion | 1 | |

10 | Decimals & Fractions | 2 | |

11 | D. I. | 20 | Line Graph (10), Case Study (5), Table Chart (5) |

12 | D. S. | 5 | Percentage (5) |

S.No. | Chapter | Questions | Details |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Mixture or Alligation | 1 | |

2 | Average | 2 | |

3 | Time, Distance and Speed | 2 | Trains (1), Boats & Streams (1) |

4 | Percentage | 2 | |

5 | S.I. & C. I. | 1 | |

6 | Simplification | 10 | VBODMAS Rule (10) |

7 | Decimal & Fraction | 1 | |

8 | Miscelleneous | 1 | |

9 | Time and Work | 1 | |

10 | Partnership | 1 | |

11 | Mensuration- 2D | 2 | |

12 | Number Series | 5 | Missing Term (5) |

13 | Profit, Loss & Discount | 1 | |

14 | D.I. | 5 | Table Chart (5) |

In the 2015 Prelim exam, a general category student had to get 4 marks (our of 35) in the quant section to clear the sectional cutoff. The sectional cutoff was 3 marks for all other categories.

In the 2015 Mains exam, a general category student had to get 7 marks (our of 50) in the quant section to clear the sectional cutoff. The sectional cutoff was 4 marks for all other categories.

**Note:** Cutoffs for exams change each year based on the exam's difficulty but you should keep last year's cutoffs in mind to aim for a realistic score in the exam.

Certain chapters are building blocks of the quant section as concepts from these sections are used directly or indirectly in almost all exam questions. You should start with these chapters first and then move to understanding deeper concepts from other chapters. Students would be best served by starting with Number System, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, and Linear and Quadratic Equations. You can then move to other chapters in the order contained in the Study Material.

You should start by going through the Study Material for a particular topic, go through the available video lessons, go through the solved examples and conceptual questions. Once you have a degree of comfort on a chapter, you should then move to the practice questions. Studycopter contains problems on various level of difficulty asked in the exam ie; Easy, Medium, Hard, and Very Hard. Varying level of problems helps you to determine how well you are prepared for the test. Moreover, each chapter getting asked in the exam is covered so you will not need any other resource in addition to Studycopter.

Once you have developed mastery over core Quantitative Aptitude concepts and have studied all chapters, Studycopter's Smart Learning System will guide you to Practice Mock Tests. These tests would enable you to check or assess your real performance in the competitive exam and to evaluate your actual scores vis-a-vis your targeted IBPS score.

Before your test day, you should easily be able to look at a question and correctly guess its difficulty level.

Lastly, if you get stuck on a particular chapter or type of question, feel free to reach out to our 24x7 Private Tutors via Studycopter’s My Tutor System. Our tutors are here to help guide you throughout your exam preparation journey.

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