How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018
Updated on Dec 8, 2018 - 12:28 p.m. IST by Shristi Kirti

How to Prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Confidence, strategy, and dedication are some of the key tips for the preparation of IBPS Clerk exam. As the exam of IBPS Clerk is being conducted on December 8, 2018, aspirants are left with not much time to prepare for it. In such a situation, the biggest question that arises in a candidate’s mind is how to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 exam. Candidates follow various preparation tips for IBPS clerk 2018 so that they can easily crack the exam. Thus, it is very important for the candidates to know how to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018.

 As the time left for preparation is less, few candidates might have completed the syllabus of IBPS Clerk and started revising, while few must be still working on their conceptual clarity, command over various sections, speed, solving the mathematical problems and reasoning ability.

 The prelims exam of IBPS Clerk 2018 is the first stage in the selection process. Thus it is very important for the candidates to get through the preliminary test. Candidates are thus concerned about how to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018.

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How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Pre-Examination Tips

There are various ways in which candidates can strategize their preparation for a better result. Candidates can follow various steps:

  1. Know about Syllabus/Pattern of IBPS Clerk

  2. Arrange best books for IBPS Clerk

  3. Make a Schedule to study

  4. Divide chapters that must be completed within a day

  5. Start with the subject you are good at

  6. Solve previous year question papers

  7. Take as much online mock tests as possible


1. Know about Syllabus/Pattern of IBPS Clerk

The first stage of how to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 is knowing the syllabus and exam pattern of IBPS Clerk. Before the candidates start preparing, they must know which topics to study that will be asked in the exam. This helps the candidates to systematically cover each and every subject and topics so that no important topic is left uncovered. As the syllabus of IBPS Clerk holds a lot of significance from the exam point of view, so does the exam pattern. Thus, apart from the syllabus, candidates must know the exam pattern thoroughly so that they know which sections/topics are given more weightage in the exam. Once that’s clear in their head, they can plan their preparation part accordingly. Through the exam pattern of IBPS Clerk, candidates will get to know the number of questions that will be asked from each section, time allotted and marks distribution, mode of the exam, sectional weighatage, etc.

How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 – Sections

  • English Language

  • Reasoning

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • Computer Knowledge

  • General Awareness 

Topics to cover in English Language



Reading Comprehension




Word Formation


Spotting Errors

Phrases and idioms

Direct and Indirect speech

Active/ Passive voice

Theme Detection

Passage completion

Topic rearrangement of passage

Deriving Conclusion

 Topics to cover in Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal Reasoning



Word formation

Statement and conclusions Syllogism

Statement and assumptions

Statement and arguments

Coding Decoding

Blood Relations

Passage and conclusions

Alphabet test

Series Test


Ranking and time sequence

Direction Sense Test

Decision-making test

Figure series

Input/output Assertion and reasoning

Sitting Arrangement


Series test

Odd figure Out


Miscellaneous Test


Topics to cover in Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude


Computer Knowledge


General Awareness


  • Ratio and proportion

  • Averages

  • Time and work

  • Speed

  • Distance and time

  • Mixture and allegation Stocks and shares

  • Percentages

  • Partnership

  • Clocks

  • Volume and Surface Area

  • Bar & Graphs

  • Line charts

  • Tables

  • Height and Distances

  • Logarithms

  • Permutation and combinations

  • Simple and compound interest

  • Equations

  • Probability

  • Trigonometry

  • Profit

  • Loss and Discount

  • Mensuration

  • Elements of Algebra

  • Data Interpretation

  • Pie charts


  • Basics of Hardware and software

  • Windows operating system basics

  • Internet terms and services

  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)

  • History of computers

  • Networking and communication

  • Database basics

  • Basics of Hacking

  • Security Tools and Viruses


  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months

  • Overview of Indian Financial System

  • History of Indian banking system

  • Recent credit and monetary policies

  • Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc

  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies

  • Banking Terms

  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.


2. How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Arrange best books for IBPS Clerk 2018 preparation

After knowing the syllabus of the IBPS Clerk exam, there is a challenge for the candidates to find books from where they can start preparing for the exam. Pick up the best books which are available in the market as well as on the online shopping sites from where candidates can get their books from.

It is very important for the candidates to choose the best books for their preparation as it contains contents written by experts. These books are also referred by candidates who have already appeared in the IBPS Clerk exam and have cracked it with excellent ranks.


How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 – Important Books

 Books for IBPS Clerk – Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Quantitative Aptitude Test – By N.K Singh, Upkar Prakashan

  2. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations – By R.S. Aggarwal, S. Chand

Books for IBPS Clerk – Reasoning

  1. Test of Reasoning – By Edgar Thorpe, Pearson Publication

  2. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Revised Edition) – By By R.S. Aggarwal, S. Chand

  3. 30 Model Papers IBPS-VI Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination – By Experts
    Compilation, Arihant

Books for IBPS Clerk – English 

  1. Objective English – By Edgar Thorpe

  2. Objective General English - R.S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal

  3. High School English Grammar & Composition – By Wren & Martin, S. Chand

  4. Word Power Made Easy – By Norman Lewis, Penguin Publication

  5. Essential Grammar In Use (3rd Edition) – By Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press – New Delhi

  6. Objective English for Competitive Examinations (5th Edition) – By Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha, Mcgraw Hill Education Publication.

Books for IBPS Clerk – General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge

  • Manorama Year Book

  • Pratiyogita Darpan 

Books for IBPS Clerk – Computer

  • Computer Knowledge for IBPS – CWE Clerical Cadre - Content Crop Publication

  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy 2610 + Objective Question - Kiran Prakashan.

How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018


3. Make a schedule to study

It is very important to make a schedule to study. Making a schedule will help the candidates to start preparing for IBPS Clerk 2018 in an organized manner. Many candidates make timetable where they divide time for their daily work and study hours. So, you also need to have a strong determination to keep up with your daily study hours, no matter what. One who’s able to keep up that daily rhythm in his/her preparation period, will be able to complete the syllabus in time, without much difficulty. One who does not will have to undergo severe pressure of missing many days and eventually will end up leaving many invaluable topics without any preparation. His/her exam will finally be affected accordingly.

How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 – Know how to effectively divide your topics


4. Divide topics as per the time

Candidates must divide topics to cover according to the time they have in hand for preparation. Suppose if the candidates have 10 months in hand for preparation then the time they give in studies must be 5 to 6 hours a day. If the candidates are left with 6 months, then they must give more time to studies, say 8 to 10 hours a day. Only then the candidates will be able to complete their syllabus on time. By completing the syllabus of IBPS Clerk 2018 on time will give the candidates enough time to revise the topics they have covered. 

5. Start with the subject you are good at:

Candidates must start their preparation from the subject they are good at. This will help them to polish the subject they already have command on. If the candidates start with the subject they are weak at, then they will probably spend more time preparing for it. Thus, wasting more time on one topic/subject. This would leave them with very less time to prepare rest of the topics that will be asked in IBPS Clerk exam 2018. Lack of time might lead the candidates in the state of confusion. Last minute preparation might also lead them to forget important theories and formulas that they have learned.

6. How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Solve previous years question papers:

One of the most accepted practices for preparation of IBPS Clerk 2018 is solving previous years question papers of IBPS Clerk. By practicing from IBPS Clerk question papers, candidates can be benefited at various grounds:

  • Knowledge - While solving the IBPS Clerk question paper 2018, candidates might come across questions, the answer of which they might not know. In such a situation they try to find out all such questions and prepares accordingly to make sure they know all the answers to the questions in the question papers of IBPS Clerk. This improves the knowledge of the candidate about the questions that are asked in the IBPS Clerk exam 2018.

  • Improves the speed and accuracy – By practicing regularly from the previous years question papers candidates can develop a better speed of answering the question which will provide them benefit in the actual examination of IBPS Clerk 2018.

  • Develops confidence - Candidates who are appearing for the IBPS Clerk exam 2018 for the first time might be nervous. Sometimes it happens that the candidate forgets the important theories and methods of solving a question despite a good preparation. In such a case, practicing with previous years question papers of IBPS Clerk help the candidates with all means. A candidate who has solved a lot of question papers of IBPS Clerk will find the actual question paper familiar and would feel confident about IBPS Clerk exam.

  • Understanding of the question paper - Practicing from the sample question paper of IBPS Clerk 2018, the candidates will understand the marks distribution, time allotment, and structure of the questions that are asked in the IBPS Clerk exam. It helps the candidate to know which part of the question paper needs more preparation and which part is prepared properly.

7. How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Take as much online mock tests as possible

Online mock tests can be very beneficial for the candidates while preparing for the IBPS Clerk exam 2019. Candidates can take as many mock tests of IBPS Clerk in order to test their potentiality of answering the actual question paper in the allotted time. By taking various mock tests, candidates experience the actual exam environment, and improves their speed and accuracy. They also come to know about all the instructions that are given before writing the online exam. This will help them save time on the day of the actual exam. Candidates will already have an experience of appearing in the online test which will give them confidence on the day of examination. While taking the online mock test, candidates come across question banks that contains various questions that might be helpful to the candidates in the preparation.


How to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Do’s & Don'ts

Apart from studies, there are few more points which the candidates must keep in mind before they appear for the IBPS Clerk 2018 exam. Candidates must keep the following points in mind:

  • Take proper sleep

  • Drink water properly

  • Eat healthy food

  • Exercise

  • Must be patient

  • Discuss with friends, the topics which are prepared

  • Do not panic if any topic is unprepared

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