Last Minute Tips to Prepare for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021 Exam

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : December 11th, 2021

The Preliminary Exam of IBPS Clerk 2021 will commence from 12th December 2021 and will be conducted in 4 different slots each day. We are here with some important last-minute tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021, which will help you score better marks in this upcoming exam. So, to gain an edge over others and give final touches to your exam preparation of IBPS Clerk, check out these IBPS Clerk Prelims Last Minute Tips now!

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Students often face a lot of queries at this time about the correct approach for the exam. We have shared some of them in the form of a questionnaire below.

Ques. 1. How should I manage my time in the exam?

Ans. Plan your exam strategy beforehand and you must know which topics you need to attempt first and which you should attempt later on. 

Ques. 2. Which section should I attempt first in the exam?

Ans. As we know that there is sectional timing in the IBPS Clerk prelims exam, you have to attempt the section in the order which will be given in the exam.

Ques 3. What would be the good attempts for this exam?

Ans. We will share the number of good attempts based on the level of the exam, in the exam analysis, as soon as the first shift of IBPS Clerk concludes. Meanwhile, we have shared the minimum questions that you should target in each section and overall exam to score good marks at the end of this post.

Ques 4. How to clear the cutoff of the English section in this exam?

Ans. Go through point number ‘6’ of the tips mentioned below.

Ques 5. What will be the expected cutoff of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021?

Ans. The cutoff of the exam cannot be predicted before the actual exam. If someone is giving you the expected cut-off, before the actual exam concludes, they are merely making wild guesses. So, instead of repeatedly asking about the expected cut-off, try to maximize your attempts in the exam. However, for reference, you can go through the previous year’s cutoff of the IBPS Clerk exam below.

Ques 6. How to maintain speed in the exam?

Ans. Speed comes from practice. A regular and thorough practice will certainly help you maintain a good speed in the exam.
In the exam, keep a close watch on the timer and make sure that you do not spend more than a minute on any particular section. If possible, try not to write each and every step of the question while solving it. Calculations in the Data Interpretation question are often repetitive. For instance, you might be asked to calculate the total population of a village in any one question and the same data might find application in another question of the same DI. So, make such calculations clearly and make a short note of such calculations to avoid their repetition.

Ques 7. How to score more in this exam?

Ans. To score good marks in the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam 2021, read the tips (1-9) mentioned below!

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Last-Minute Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2021

The below-mentioned expert last-minute tips for the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam will certainly help you score 80+ marks in this exam. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at these IBPS Clerk Tips now!

1. Efficient Time Management is imperative!

Proper time management is quite crucial for this exam. Also, this time there is a sectional time limit. So, make sure that the composite time of 20 minutes in each section is divided properly among all the topics in which you possess good command.

2. Do not miss out on any topic

IBPS is clearly done away with the differentiation between the topics of Prelims and Mains phases. For instance, topics like Input-Output & Data Sufficiency, which were only asked in the Mains phase earlier, were also asked in the Prelims exam this year. So, don’t ignore any topic under IBPS Clerk Syllabus and make sure that you have a clear understanding of the different topics asked in the three sections.

3. Maintain Good Speed and Accuracy

As we have repeatedly said for many preliminary exams, maintain a very good speed right from the beginning of the exam and do not compromise with accuracy under any circumstance. A good hold over these factors will certainly give you an edge over other aspirants of this exam.

A good accuracy will also help you avoid negative markings in the exam.

4. Question Selection should be done wisely!

Be very careful of the questions that you pick to attempt first in the exam. A wise question selection approach will certainly help you in scoring better in the exam. Always start with less time-consuming topics first or the topics that you are most confident about.

5. Last Minute Revision

Do not over-stress yourself at the last moment. However, it would be prudent to revise certain basic things like common formulas of the numerical ability section, basic grammar rules, tables, squares, etc before the exam.

6. English Language Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims

Start with the topic that you are most comfortable/confident about. For instance, if your reading skills are good and you have a decent holdover vocabulary, you could start with Reading Comprehension, since the passage is more likely to be story-based and should be easy to attempt. If you are strong at grammar, you could opt to attempt questions like Spotting Errors, Sentence Improvement, etc first.

7. Numerical Ability Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims

Questions of this section are usually calculative. Hence, it is of utmost importance that you maintain a very good speed right from the start of this section. If you get stuck on any particular question, you will end up losing precious time and will also compromise on your attempts. So, make sure that you solve the questions carefully and avoid calculation mistakes.

Try to start with Simplification/ Approximation questions and then move on to Number Series or Data Interpretation as per your convenience. Attempt the miscellaneous arithmetic questions in the end.

8. Reasoning Ability Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims

The reasoning section is all about how well practiced you are. You need to be very careful while attempting questions of this section, especially puzzles & arrangement questions because even a minute error at any step could lead to an incorrect arrangement. Start with the easier topics of this section like Inequality, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Direction, Alphanumeric Series, etc, and then move on to puzzle and seating arrangement questions.

9. Think Positive & Stay Calm!

A positive attitude will certainly ease your nerves in the exam and you’ll be able to attempt the exam with much more ease. So, stay calm. Try to engage in any of your hobbies for some time to reduce your exam anxiety. Remember, you have been preparing for the exam for quite some time now. Don’t let a moment of panic ruin all your hard work.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021, Minimum targets for the exam!

Based on the previous year’s cutoff of the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam, you should try to attempt the under-mentioned number of questions in each section and overall exam:

Note: These are not good attempts or sectional cutoffs. We have merely shared the number of questions that you should target to attempt to clear the cutoff with a high margin.

English Language

Try to attempt at least 23-25 questions in this section.

Reasoning Ability

Try to attempt at least 29-31 Questions in this section.

Numerical Ability

Try to attempt at least 28-32 Questions in this section

Overall Exam

Try to attempt at least 80+ Questions in the overall exam!

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  • Plan your exam strategy ahead of time, and know which areas you should tackle first and which you should tackle afterward.

  • The IBPS Clerk last-minute strategy for Reasoning Ability-

    Start with the simpler themes in this area, such as inequality, syllogism, blood relations, direction, alphabetical series, and so on, before moving on to puzzle and seating arrangement questions.

  • The IBPS Clerk last minute strategy for Quantitative Aptitude-

    This section's questions are mainly calculative in nature. As a result, it is critical that you maintain a high speed right from the start of this phase.

  • The IBPS Clerk last-minute strategy for English-

    Begin with the subject about which you are most comfortable/confident. For example, if you have solid reading abilities and a good carryover vocabulary, you could begin with Reading Comprehension.

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