How to score 35+ marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS Clerk Mains 2018!

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Quantitative Aptitude section is an important segment of any bank exam. It carries a weightage of 50 marks in the mains phase of IBPS Clerk 2018. The quantitative aptitude section, if prepared well, can prove to be a highly scoring section in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam. So, today, we will discuss how you should prepare for the quantitative aptitude of the IBPS Clerk Mains exam 2018 and score 35+ marks in this section


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Quantitative Aptitude Preparation for IBPS Clerk Mains

First and foremost, it is crucial that you have a clear idea of the topics and the number of questions asked from them in the quant section of the exam conducted last year.

Quantitative Aptitude Analysis of IBPS Clerk Mains exam 2017

Name of the topic

Number of Questions asked

Number Series

5 Questions


5 Questions

Data Interpretation (Tabular DI, Caselet DI, Bar Graph DI, 

15 Questions

Quadratic Equations

5 Questions

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems

15 Questions

Preparation tips for the Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS Clerk Mains

Let us now see how you should prepare the individual topics of the quantitative aptitude section for the IBPS Clerk Mains exam.

1. Number Series

  • Have a thorough understanding of the common patterns of the number series questions. Here are some of the common patterns that are asked in the exams:
    (a) Square/Cube Series
    (b) Multiplication or Division Series
    (c) Prime Numbers
    (d) Addition/ Difference based Series
    (e) Double step based series
    (f) Alternate term series
    (g) Series involving combination of arithmetic functions
  • Following questions were asked from the Number Series topic last year:
    (a) 15, 20, 28, 45, 69, ?
    (b) 256, 176, 216, ?, 206, 201, 203.5
    (c) 100 , 51, 53 ,109 , ?, 3525
    (d) 2, 4, 10, 32, ?, 652
    This will help you understand the type of patterns asked in the exams.
  • Practice at least 10-15 sets of the number series questions regularly, so that you get comfortable at identifying the patterns in the given series.
  • To clear your basics of the topic, you can go through the link below:

How to solve Number Series

2. Data Interpretation

  • Have a thorough practice of mixed Data Interpretation questions, especially the calculative sets.
  • Be prepared for Missing as well as Caselet DI questions as well.
  • Clear your basics of percentages, ratios, averages, proportions as well as common arithmetic topics like profit & loss, time & work etc.
  • Practice at least 5 sets of data interpretation questions per day and make use of a timer while doing so to keep a track of the time you are spending on these questions.
  • We have already shared the study notes of Data Interpretation on Bar Graph, Line graph, Pie charts, Mixed graphs, Missing graphs, Caselet DI as well as Tabular DI. Make sure that you go through them for better understanding.
  • Any type of Data Interpretation can be asked in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018. Be it Missing DI, Mixed DI, Caselet DI or Tabular, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Line Graph DI, the candidates must practice all types of Data Interpretation question properly.

3. Quadratic Equations

  • Practice Factorisation as well as Formula-based questions properly.
  • Students are often confused while marking the options in these questions. So, compare both the roots of each variable properly and then establish the relationship between the two. Don’t mark your answers based on a single root of the equation.
  • Proper practice of quadratic equation based questions on a regular basis will easily fetch you 5 marks in the exam.
  • You can go through the link below to understand this topic better:

How to solve Quadratic Equations

4. Simplification/ Approximation

  • Practice is the only way to ace this topic.
  • Attempt questions based on BODMAS rules regularly.
  • Read the questions thoroughly before attempting the questions to ascertain if you need to calculate the approximate value or the exact value.
  • For a better understanding of this topic, you can go through the link below:

How to solve Simplification/ Approximation

5. Mathematical Inequality (Quantity-based questions)

  • The questions of mathematical inequality are quite easy to attempt.
  • You just need to calculate the values of the given quantities, compare them and establish the relationship between them.
  • Questions of mathematical inequality may be based on any topic of the quantitative aptitude section, ranging from quadratic equations to any topic of the arithmetic section.
  • So, to attempt the questions of mathematical inequality, you should be very clear of the remaining topics of the quant section.

6. Data Sufficiency

  • Data Sufficiency topics again are based on the other topics of the quantitative aptitude section.
  • You need to identify whether the data of which given statement would be sufficient to yield the required answer.
  • Remember, you do not need to calculate the exact values in these questions. So, don’t solve the complete question given in the statement, rather just check if it would be sufficient to give you the required answers.
  • To understand this topic better, you can go through the link below:

Data Sufficiency Study Notes

7. Miscellaneous Arithmetic Questions

Key Takeaways for preparation of Quantitative Aptitude section:

  • A good speed and accuracy are quite important factors while attempting this section. So, work on improving them right from the start.
  • You will have a time frame of 45 minutes to attempt the quantitative aptitude section. So, while attempting sectional tests, try to use a timer and find out how many questions you are able to attempt in the time frame of 45 minutes.
  • Target to improve your attempts in this time frame.
  • Target to attempt at least 30+ questions correctly in this section.
  • Attempt sectional tests as well as daily quizzes of quantitative aptitude for better practice.

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