IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017 – How to Crack IBPS Clerk 2017 Tips and Reference Books

IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the tentative calendar for Clerk Exam. According to the calendar, most probably the exam starts on December 2017. Lot of candidates are waiting for this opportunity to make an attempt once again, while some of them are going to attempt this IBPS Clerical exam for the first time. As the tentative dates have been announced, aspirants might have started preparing for this exam in advance. To guide those candidates in a right way and to put foundation for their success, here we have given some of the useful IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017 Tips. Read, follow and crack the exam. All the best!

IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017 – Highlights
Exam Name IBPS CWE Clerk VII Exam 2017 Exam Type Objective
Information IBPS Clerk 2017 Preparation Tips Exam Category  Clerical
Exam Date Prelims – 2, 3, 9 & 10 Dec 2017 Exam Phase Prelims & Mains
Authority Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Official Site www.ibps.in

Time to Start IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017

The official notification for IBPS Clerk exam will be let out on September/ October 2017. After registration is over, next admit cards will be issued to eligible applicants. But candidates should remember that, the IBPS Clerk exam is of two phases. One is preliminary and the other one is main.

If you start your preparation from now itself, you will get 4 months time to study well for prelims exam. Because, the IBPS Clerk Exam is scheduled on December 2017. After declaring prelims result immediately the admit cards for main exam will be issued by IBPS. Anyhow, on January 2018 the main exam will be conducted. So you will get more than one month time to prepare for main exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Dates
 Preliminary Exam 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th December 2017
Main Exam 21st January 2018

Tips to Crack IBPS Clerk Exam 2017

Candidates having desire to succeed in upcoming IBPS Clerk Exam follow these simple guidelines and start your preparation from now itself. The tips are,

  • Find the IBPS Clerk Prelims & Main Exam Pattern.
  • Collect study materials like Syllabus and Previous Question papers.
  • Prepare an IBPS Clerk Exam Study Chart.
  • First allot time to study known sections and then unknown topics.
  • But don’t leave any topics as uncovered, because for each section there is a separate cut-off.
  • Note down the important hints
  • Practice with Mock test and Model Question Papers to manage time, speed and accuracy in exam.
  • Try to study the shortcuts in solving each question. For that, go to Coaching institutes or get advises from experts.
  • Don’t focus on previous year IBPS Clerk cut-offs and set a goal for yourself to take marks above 90%.
  • Sleep on time and be tension free.
  • Don’t eat junk food and drink more water.
  • Revise all the subjects that you have studied at least one day before exam.
  • Penalty of 25 marks will be deducted for marking of incorrect answer in exam. So attend each question very carefully.
  • To save time, first try to attend easier questions. Or to take more marks, begin your exam by answering easier mark scoring topics.

How much to Prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam 2017?

For IBPS Clerk Exam 2017, questions will be drafted in the following format only. So plan, how much you should study on each section.

Prelims Mains
  • English Language (30 questions)
  • Numerical Ability (35 questions)
  • Reasoning Ability (35 questions)
  • Reasoning (40 questions)
  • English Language (40 questions)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (40 questions)
  • General Awareness – especially banking (40 questions)
  • Computer Knowledge (40 questions)

English Language: Candidates having good English communication can score more marks in this section. To improve your vocabulary, read daily English newspapers, find out the meanings/ opposites, practice more verbal ability based questions, etc. Major topics from which more often questions will come are given below.

Preliminary Exam Main Exam
Topics Questions Topics Questions
Reading Comprehension 10 questions Sentence Fillers 5 to 10 questions
Cloze Test 5 questions Errors 4 to 5 questions
Sentence Correction 5 questions Reading Comprehension 15 to 17 questions
Spot the errors 5 questions Para Jumbles 1 to 3 questions
Fill in the blanks 5 questions Word Formation/ Odd one out 5 to 8 questions
Para Jumbles 5 questions Paragraph Completion 2 to 4 questions

Reasoning: Candidates will usually take more time to find answers for logical problems, calculations, etc. questions asked in this section. So be aware and solve questions with speed and accuracy. Some of the important topics are,

Preliminary Exam Main Exam
Topics Questions Topics Questions
Seating arrangement 3 to 10 questions Logical Reasoning 4 to 5 questions
Coding & Decoding 3 to 5 questions Seating arrangements 15 and above questions
Mathematical Inequalities 2 to 5 questions Coding & Decoding 4 to 5 questions
Blood relations 2 to 5 questions Data Sufficiency 3 to 4 questions
Syllogism 2 to 5 questions Puzzles 10 to 15 questions
Arrangement & Pattern 0 to 3 questions Verbal Reasoning 2 to 3 questions
Scheduling 0 to 5 questions Direction & Distance 10 to 15 questions
Direction & Distance 1 to 2 questions Classification/ Analogy
Classification/ Analogy 0 to 2 questions Series
Series 0 to 5 questions Ordering & Ranking
Ordering & Ranking 1 to 2 questions Analytic Decision making

Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude: This section is also somewhat difficult, as like reasoning. To score marks in this section, candidates should have prepared well in concepts, formulas, properties, shortcuts tricks, etc. Otherwise you will waste too much time in this section. Major topics to be studied are,

Prelims Exam Main Exam
Topics Questions Topics Questions
Data Interpretation 5 to 10 questions Data Sufficiency 5 to 6 questions
Data Sufficiency 2 to 5 questions Quadratic Equations 5 to 10 questions
Simplification 2 to 5 questions Data Interpretation 10 to 12 questions
Mensuration 1 to 3 questions Miscellaneous 10 to 15 questions
Profit & Loss 1 to 3 questions Number Series 2 to 5 questions
Time & Work 1 to 3 questions Simplification 15 to 20 questions
Ratio & Proportion 1 to 2 questions Permutations & Combination and Probability
Percentage 1 to 2 questions Algebra
Number Series 0 to 5 questions Interest
Quadratic Equations 0 to 5 questions Time & Work
Mixture Problems 1 to 2 questions Time & Distance

General Awareness and Computer Knowledge: To score marks in this section, be aware of current events, banking knowledge, basic computer usage, uses of computer, etc. Aspirants can expect equal number of questions for IBPS Clerk main examination from the topics tabulated below.

General Awareness Computer Knowledge
  • Banking Awareness
  • RBI
  • Indian Constitution
  • Budget and Taxes
  • Government Schemes
  • Countries & their Currencies
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Law & Politics
  • Agriculture
  • Indian History & Geography
  • Sports
  • Awards & Honours
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Desktop applications & Windows
  • MS Office Applications
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Internet & Networking Terminology
  • Operating System

Best Books to Prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam 2017

In order to score high mark in IBPS Clerk Exam 2017, aspirants are advised to at least buy and study the following books.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2017 – Books/ Authors/ Publications

  • R.S. Aggarwal books of Reasoning
  • 30 Model Papers IBPS-VI Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination – Experts Compilation (Arihant publications)
  • Test of Reasoning – Edgar Thorpe (Pearson Publications)

Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability:

  • R.S. Aggarwal written books
  • Arihant Publications quantitative aptitude books
  • Magical Book on Quicker Maths – M. Tyra

Computer Knowledge:

  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy – Kiran Publication
  • Computer Awareness 7th Edition – Arihant Publication
  • Computer Knowledge for IBPS CWE Clerical Cadre – Content Crop Publisher

English Language:

  • Objective General English 1st Edition – R.S. Aggarwal
  • Arihant Books of General English
  • Objective English for competitive exams 5th Edition – Mc Graw Hill Education (Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha)
  • English Grammar & Composition very useful for all competitive exams 2nd Edition – S.C. Gupta

General Awareness:

  • General Knowledge Encyclopedia Publisher – Prabhat Prakashan
  • Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs – Disha Publications
  • General Knowledge Encyclopedia Publisher – Prabhat Prakashan
  • Manorama Yearbook 2015 50th Edition –  Mammen Mathew


  • IBPS CWE Bank Clerk Guide for Preliminary & Main Exam 5th Edition – Disha Publications
  • IBPS Bank Clerk CWE Solved Papers 2011 to 16 – Kiran Publications
Reference Links
IBPS Clerk Exam Preparation 2017 Click here
Official Site www.ibps.in

Aspirants may get the easier tips for IBPS Clerk Preparation 2017 from above section. To know more about this upcoming exam, refer the exam pattern, question papers and syllabus articles that we have updated in our website.

Updated: 2017-09-06 — 12:30 pm

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