Last Week Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

We are sharing some important last week preparation tips for IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2019 today to help you all make the best use of the time remaining before the exam. The Prelims phase of IBPS Clerk exam will start from 07th December 2018 and will be conducted in 4 different slots.

So, without further ado, let us check out these expert tips about the 1-week preparation strategy for IBPS Clerk Exam 2019.


Last Week Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019

1. IBPS Clerk Last week tips for Numerical Ability

First, a quick look at the topics and questions asked last year in this section:

  • Number series – 5 questions
  • Simplification / Approximation – 15 questions
  • Data Interpretation – 5 questions
  • Miscellaneous – 10 Questions

However, given the varying trend of IBPS Exams this year, you can also expect questions from topics like Quadratic Equations, more DI Questions etc.

Now, let’s see how you can utilize your time in these remaining 7 days in the best way possible to score better in this section.

  • You calculation speed will play a crucial role in determining your success in this exam. So, work on it.
  • For this purpose, learn and revise tables up to at least 30. Go through the squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots of common numbers (up to 25). Make sure that you revise this on a regular basis so that you remember them at the time of the exam. You should ensure that you devote at least 30 minutes to this practice daily.
  • Practice Simplification/ Approximation questions thoroughly making use of BODMAS rules. This will also help you speed up your calculations. Try to solve at least 20-30 questions from this topic per day.
  • Look up the common patterns of Number Series questions to have a clear idea of the type of questions that might be asked in the exam.
  • Spend at least 2 hours per day on the practice of individual topics of this section. Make sure that you check out the solutions to the questions that you attempt. This way, you’ll also know short tricks to solve the questions, which would, in turn, save your time in the exam.
  • Go through your daily study plan for the Quantitative Aptitude section before the exam below and make sure that you practice questions in this time frame on a regular basis. 

Name of the Topic

Time to be spent regularly on Practice/ Revision

Revision of Tables/ Squares/ Cubes etc

15 minutes

Number Series

20 minutes

Quadratic Equations

20 minutes

Simplification/ Approximation

25 minutes

Data Interpretation

40 minutes

Miscellaneous Arithmetic Questions

40 minutes

2. IBPS Clerk Last week tips for the English Language

Have a look at the topics asked under the English section last year below:

  • Reading Comprehension – 5-10 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 10 Questions
  • Spotting Errors – 10 Questions
  • Fill in the blanks – 5 Questions
  • Phrase Replacement – 5 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 5 Questions
  • Para Jumbles – 5 Questions
  • Mis-spelt words – 5 Questions

However, we would recommend you to prepare topics like Fill in the blanks (new & old pattern), sentence improvement, sentence connectors, para jumbles etc as well.

Here are some important last week preparation tips for the English section of the IBPS Clerk exam:

  • Most of the questions of the English section, like spotting errors, sentence improvement, cloze test, etc are based on the basics of Grammar.
  • A clear understanding of Grammar rules is very important to crack this section. So, check out the common grammar rules and make sure that you go through their examples as well as exceptions for an overall understanding.
  • You can follow our series Grammar Scholar for an in-depth study or follow our Study Notes on Sentence Correction to know the common grammar rules for this exam.
  • Apart from that, make sure that you spend 40-45 minutes to read at least 1-2 newspaper editorials daily. Check out the new words that you come across and revise them regularly. This will not only help you in the comprehension section but will also help you to work on your vocabulary.
  • Attempt Quizzes of English Language on a regular basis and do look up the detailed solutions provided for each question, to understand the approach to correctly attempt such questions in the exam.
  • Here is your daily study plan for English section of the IBPS Clerk exam:

Name of the Topic

Time to be spent regularly on Practice/ Revision

Revision of Grammar Rules

15 minutes

Reading Editorials & practice of Comprehensions

35 minutes

Spotting Errors & Sentence Improvement

2o minutes

Fill in the blanks

15 minutes

Cloze Test

20 minutes

Para jumbles

15 minutes

3. IBPS Clerk Last week tips for Reasoning Ability

Following topics were asked last year in the reasoning section of IBPS Clerk Prelims:

  • Inequality – 5 questions
  • Puzzles – 5 Questions
  • Seating Arrangement – 10 questions
  • Alphanumeric Series – 5 questions
  • Miscellaneous – 10 questions
  • Syllogism – 3-4 Questions
  • Series based questions – 5 Questions
  • Coding-decoding – 5 Questions
  • Blood Relation – 2-4 Questions
  • Direction Sense – 2-4 Questions
  • Order and Ranking – 1-3 Questions

Keeping in mind the varying pattern of BPS, have a thorough preparation of other topics like Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Complex puzzles, Input-Output as well as Data Sufficiency.

Now, let us have a look at some important last week preparation tips for Reasoning Section of the upcoming IBPS Clerk exam:

  • First and foremost, understand that there are no specific formulas or rules that you can mug up to score better in this section. How well you perform in the reasoning section purely depends on your practice.
  • So, try to devote 2-3 hours daily on the practice of different topics of the reasoning section. We have presented a timetable that you can follow for the practice of different topics of the reasoning section below:

Name of the Topic

Time to be spent regularly on Practice/ Revision

Puzzles & Seating Arrangement

60 minutes


20 minutes


20 minutes


20 minutes

Miscellaneous Topics (Blood Relation, Direction, Ranking, Alphanumeric Series, Alphabet Test)

25 minutes


20 minutes

Data Sufficiency

15 minutes

  • The above timetable will help you cover almost all the topics of the reasoning section that are expected to be asked in exam and will ensure that you have their thorough practice before exam.

Apart from the individual section-wise practice, make sure that you practice at least 1-2 mock tests per day, to ensure that you have a proper time-bound practice before the exam. Make sure that you pre-decide the time for each section and attempt them within that time frame in the mock tests as well as actual exams.

This is the last week before the prelims phase of IBPS Clerk starts. So, make sure that you make each and every second of this time count. Devote 8-10 hours to your studies regularly now, because how you utilize this time will have a huge impact on your IBPS Clerk exam score.


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