The IBPS CWE Clerk 2015 Prelims exam is around the corner, scheduled to be held on 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th
The CWE Clerk grade Prelims exam has been introduced by IBPS for the first time. Hence, you should understand the exam pattern so that there are no surprises in the actual exam.
The IBPS CWE Clerk Prelims is a 60-minute exam with 100 questions in total. The section wise break-up of exam is as follows:
Section No. of questions
English Language 30
Reasoning Ability 35
Quantitative Aptitude 35
Note: For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from the total score.
As this is the first time IBPS is conducting the preliminary exam, it is difficult to predict the exact topic-wise break-up of the paper. However, the pattern can be discussed on the basis of the IBPS CWE PO 2015 exam that was held in October and deductions can be made about the nature of the exam.
Expected Pattern (based on IBPS PO Prelims & IBPS Clerk 2014):
1) Quantitative Aptitude:
Topic No. of Questions
Data Interpretation 10
Number Series 05
2) English Language:
Topic No. of Questions
Spotting Errors 05
Para Jumbles 05
Cloze Test 05
Fill in the Blanks 03
Synonym – Antonym 02
Reading Comprehension 10
3) Reasoning Ability:
Topic No. of Questions
Seating Arrangement 05
Coding & Decoding 05
With 10 days left, you need to concentrate on the most important topics and final revision. Let’s discuss the strategy for each section.
a)Vocabulary is the most important topic in this section as it carries 10 marks. Topics like Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks & Synonym-Antonym, will test your vocabulary skills.
b) The second most important topic in this section is Reading Comprehension. Candidates should tackle at least one passage every day and try to solve it within 4-5 minutes.
c) Good proficiency in basic Grammar will help you score well in topics such as Spotting Error wherein questions are fairly easy to solve.
d) Topics like Para Jumbles can be time-consuming at times but will fetch you 5 easy marks if solved correctly. Make sure you solve one set of para jumbles daily. Good practice will help you to reduce the time taken to solve these questions. If solving the whole question turns out to be too time-consuming, you can focus on identifying the first and last sentence of the paragraph. This will get you at least 2 marks.
a) Topics like Syllogism, Coding – Decoding & Inequalities are worth 15 marks in total. These questions are based on the basic concepts of logical reasoning, are fairly easy and not time-consuming. With sufficient practice, these topics will easily fetch you maximum marks and save a lot of time.
b) Questions on Seating Arrangement/Ordering and Puzzles are often asked in groups. If you are able to solve/arrange things for the entire set, the whole bunch can be answered in one go. Though they are time-consuming, with practice these can become high-scoring topics.
c) Miscellaneous questions based on Directions, Blood Relations, etc. are worth 5 marks in total. Using the diagram approach, you can easily solve these questions.
a) Most important topics in this section are based on Arithmetic. These questions are generally direct and not time-consuming. With good command over basic concepts and with enough practice, you can easily score well.
b) The second major topic is Data Interpretation (DI). A total of 10 questions in 2 different sets could be from DI. Usually, the questions are based on simple mathematical processes and test your speed of calculation. A good amount of practice is necessary to score well in DI.
c) For this section, you should solve questions from topics such as Simplification & Number Series. These are fairly easy and will help you save time. You can use this time for topics like DI.
Time Management strategy:
As the difficulty level of this exam is easier vis-à-vis IBPS PO Prelims exam, candidates are expected to attempt a greater number of questions within the given time limit.
The following table highlights the time you should ideally spend on the three sections:
Section Minutes to be spent
English Language 15 minutes
Reasoning Ability 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 minutes
a) Candidates are advised to attempt English Language section first. The simple logic behind this is that these questions are not time-consuming and you can target a substantial attempt within 15 minutes.
b) Candidates should be more careful while solving Para Jumbles. Ideally, 3-4 minutes are enough to solve the complete set. If it is taking too much time, you can solve the first and last sentence in the set.
c) You should attempt Reading Comprehension at the end. First deal with the vocabulary-based questions in RC as these
d) In Reasoning, candidates should tackle Syllogism, Coding – Decoding & Inequalities & miscellaneous first. You should be able to solve 20 such questions within 10 minutes. You should ideally take 5 minutes each to solve topics like arrangements and puzzle.
e) Quantitative Aptitude is the last section you should attempt. Questions based on Arithmetic, Simplification & Number Series are formula-based, thus fairly easy. You can solve questions in these topics within 17-18 minutes. Topics like DI are time-consuming and you should ideally solve these when you have finished with
f) Remember, the essence of time management in an exam is to maximise your attempt with the help of easy and moderate questions. Also, in the first attempt, you should avoid lengthy questions and target those that can be done within a minute. This way, you maximise your attempts per minute and increase your chances of clearing the cut-off.
With the Preliminary exam, IBPS has introduced a significant change in the exam pattern this year. Since there has been no official clarification on the cut-off procedure (whether a single or state-wise cut-off) to be adopted, it is hard to predict the same with exactness.
Considering the nature of the IBPS Prelims exam and the fact that the clerk exam is generally easier, the cut-off can be expected to be around 55 +/-5 marks. In order to achieve this score, you should target to attempt around 65 to 75 questions with good accuracy.
Ideal No. of attempts:
To clear the expected cut-off, candidates need to work hard on speed and accuracy. To secure 55 +/-5 marks with 90% accuracy, candidates must attempt
a) From now on till the day of the exam, focus on revision rather than delving into new topics.
b) Try to devote maximum time to practising speed tests and increasing accuracy.
c) Spend enough time on each section and attempt at least 20 questions per section.
d) Do not try to answer questions that you are not sure about just to maximise your number of attempts. You need to ensure speed as well as accuracy. You could lose 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
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Best of Luck!!!