How to Prepare and Crack IBPS Clerk Exam in 1st Attempt?


How to Prepare and Crack IBPS Clerk Exam in 1st Attempt?

The number of candidates appearing in the IBPS Clerk Exam is increasing every year. The competition is getting tough, and the majority of the students are failing to clear the examination. Some candidates attempt several times but still fail, while some candidates crack it in the first go.

What is the mantra behind cracking an exam as difficult as the IBPS Clerk Exam on the first attempt? 

Well, this article talks about the exam pattern of both IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains Exam, the preparation strategy, and how you can prepare and crack the IBPS Clerk Exam on 1st attempt.


IBPS Clerk Exam - Exam Pattern

Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes


IBPS Exam Pattern - Mains

Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
General English 404035 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Total190200160 minutes

The first step towards the preparation of the IBPS Clerk Exam is to understand the syllabus and exam pattern, looking at previous year papers and cut-offs, and create a study plan.

IBPS Clerk Preparation Tips

The biggest mistake that most candidates commit is that they invest all their time and energy in focusing on Prelims without understanding that the Mains exam follows shortly behind. Prelims are only a qualifying exam, while the marks of Mains are added to the merit list. It is important that candidates prepare for the two exams alongside. 

The syllabus of the two exams for the subjects like English, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude is also quite the same though the level of questions, the time allotted, the exam pattern, etc., are different.

Keeping this in mind, the sectional preparation tips for every subject are given here-

English Language

  • Work on the basics of grammar. If your grammar isn’t good, you cannot score well in the English Language.
  • Reading English newspapers can also be a great help. It helps you to improve your vocabulary.
  • Make the right use of technology and install applications that help you remember words, their synonyms, antonyms, their usage, etc.
  • It is advised to keep a pocket dictionary and a notebook with a pen. Whenever you find a word that is good, and you think is relevant to your exam, note it down and search for its meaning later.
  • For reading comprehension, practice reading and understanding the meaning as fast as possible. You must read at least one or two paragraphs each day.

Reasoning Ability

  • The questions in the reasoning ability section are mostly based on directions, series, numbers, square roots, etc. You must have the basic knowledge about these topics to master skills in reasoning ability.
  • In the reasoning section, many answers seem like the more reasonable ones. Do not fall for those answers. Learn the tricks and answer accordingly. Remember, there is a negative marking in your exam.
  • In the reasoning section, you are given a set of data and information regarding it. You have to solve the question by keeping that data and information in mind. Do not assume anything else, no matter how absurd the question sounds.
  • This section is all about judging your analytical and logical skills. These skills can be improved. So, improve yourself.
  • Everyone knows alphabets, but for the reasoning section, you must have a master grip on these letters. Their serial numbers, sequencing, etc., are important, and you must learn that to solve the questions quickly.
  • You get better at reasoning questions only if you practice. Practice as much as you can.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • This is the most time-consuming section. Students are advised to attempt it at last unless they are a pro in solving Quant.
  • Sometimes, an answer may seem like the right one, and it might be. But do not mark it unless you have literally solved it. No guesswork.
  • Shortcuts and tricks are the way to go for quantitative aptitude, but if you haven’t used them while practicing, do not use them in exams. You may put the wrong tick in the wrong question.

General Awareness

  • This section consists of questions from static GK, science, polity, economics, etc., which require daily work in order to score well.
  • For current affairs, read newspapers, magazines, journals, and periodicals on a daily basis.
  • Make summary notes to revise everything quickly at the last moment.
  • Revise everything regularly to memorize the facts.

Computer Knowledge

  • It is an easier part of the entire syllabus; hence giving three days in a week will be enough.
  • The syllabus consists of some basic topics which are easy to understand and learn.
  • Keep revising it, and you will be able to score well in the section.

General Tips To Crack IBPS Clerk Exam In 1st Attempt

  1. Solve lots and lots of mock test papers.
  2. Divide the syllabus into high-scoring and low-scoring topics and focus more on the high-scoring ones.
  3. Increase your speed by solving papers.
  4. In the exam, you have sectional time limits. Make sure that you make most of that time.
  5. Ensure that you focus on speed with accuracy.
  6. Revise each and every subject before the exam.
  7. Do not panic. Keep calm during the exam and just focus on answering the questions.
  8. Do not stay stuck over a question. If you have any doubt, leave it and move on. You can solve it later if you have time.
  9. It is advised to keep track of the time, not to see how much time you have left, but to plan what best you can do with the remaining time.
  10. Learn the ricks, understand the syllabus, and you are good to go.


It may sound impossible, but it is possible to prepare and crack the IBPS Clerk Exam on 1st attempt. Just follow the above-discussed tips, work hard, practice a lot, and you can make it through in one go.

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