This year, IBPS has announced a total of 19242 Post Vacancies for clerical cadreIBPS CWE Clerk VI Recruitment Examination will be held in the month of Nov-Dec 2016 this year and a lot of candidates will be appearing for the exam. IBPS Clerk is one of the most sought after banking jobs of the country. Since, the exam date is approaching, candidates must start preparing for IBPS Clerk exam as soon as possible.

In this article, we will be giving complete information on how to start preparing for IBPS Clerk Exam 2016. We will also share a few handy tips that will guide you throughout your preparation. But first, let’s have a look at the exam pattern for IBPS Clerk 2016.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2016 (Prelims)

The IBPS Clerk Exam is divided into two phases i.e. Preliminary and Mains Examination. The Online Computer-Based Test (CBT) for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016 will be conducted in objective MCQ pattern. There will be 100 questions in total and 3 sections – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English Language3030
Numerical Ability3535
Reasoning Ability3535
  • The total number of questions will be 100.
  • The Paper mode will be bilingual in nature i.e. English/ Hindi.
  • Each question carries 1 mark.
  • The total time to solve the entire paper is 60 minutes.
  • There will be sectional and overall cutoff.
It is very important to note that marks secured in IBPS Clerk Prelims will be taken into consideration. So, you can not afford to take this section lightly. Now, let’s shift our focus to the

How to Start Preparing for IBPS Clerk Exam 2016

At this stage, the need of the hour is to formulate a proper strategy that will help you have a better impact on both the prelims and mains exam of IBPS Clerk. Your focus should be on optimal utilization of both time and efforts while preparing for IBPS clerk. Moreover, you need to have a clear perspective of how you can start preparing for the exam that will help you during all stages of the IBPS clerk Examination.

So for the benefit of our readers, here is a list of basic fundamental study tips for the upcoming IBPS Clerk exam 2016.

Study the Syllabus in an Optimized Manner

First and foremost, you should acquaint yourself with the entire syllabus of IBPS clerk. Although, studying the list of topics for every section may seem like a mountainous task, you must strive to go through them at least once.

Once you know the syllabus, you should be able to filter out topics of higher significance and weightage of marks. Try to give more attention to these topics and also focus on how you can optimize the syllabus to your benefit. Have a look at the exam analysis for previous year’s IBPS clerk paper with the help of thislink. 

Try to analyze the topics which have been repeatedly mentioned and formulate a proper study plan around it.

Time Management

  • The most important factor which one should keep in mind is time management. One thing which we can not control is time but we can most definitely manage it in our way. The most efficient way of time management is to start with easier questions first. Save the difficult questions for the end as they will be time-consuming.
  • Try to allot a particular time frame for each section of the paper and do not waste time in over-analyzing or over-thinking the questions. Your aim is to clear the paper, not top it.

Speed and Accuracy

  • For maintaining speed and accuracy, solving previous years’ questions papers and mock tests will give you all the confidence. Remember that regular practice will undoubtedly give you an upper hand over the others. With such a fierce competition, IBPS clerk exam becomes a tough nut to crack. But, if you focus on regular practice and hard-work you will be rewarded with great results.
  • Solving previous year’s papers will help you in getting familiar with the exam pattern. Start preparing with mock test one month prior to the examination. Set a timer for each test and try to solve it within the time frame. This will help you increase your speed as well as accuracy.


  • Practising for IBPS Clerk Exam through full-length mock test and practice paper series is a good activity. But you should never miss out on the opportunity of analysing your performance after you attempt any mock test, sectional or full syllabus. Knowing about your strength and weakness will go a long way.


  • Revision of concepts, previous chapters, important formulas and patterns for solving particular questions is extremely important. Make sure your study plan has a designated number of hours every week for revision.
We hope this article provides you with all the necessary information on How to Start Preparing for IBPS Clerk Exam 2016.

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