How To Start IBPS Clerk 2020 Preparation | Beginner’s Guide

How to Start IBPS Clerk Preparation?

If you want to know how to start IBPS Clerk preparation and are looking for the right direction to your destination then you are at the right place. Already IBPS Clerk 2020 notification is out. In this blog, we will give you a 11 step guide on how to start IBPS Clerk 2020 preparation.

With the release of the official notification for the post of IBPS Clerk 2020 in various banks, it’s time we buckle up and put our everything into the preparation so that our dream of getting into a government job comes true. The online application for the IBPS Clerk 2020 has started from September 2, 2020, and the last date for submitting the online application is September 23, 2020.

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1. Know the Exam Pattern before You Start IBPS Clerk Preparation

The first step before you start the IBPS Clerk 2020 preparation is to go through the exam pattern to understand the requirements of the exam.

The IBPS Clerk exam has three stages:-

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains Examination
  3. Language Proficiency Test

a) Preliminary Examination

Subject  No of Questions Time Limit (in minutes) Marks
English Language 30 20 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 35
Reasoning 35 20 35
Total 100 60 100



b) Mains Examination

Subject  No of Questions Time Limit Marks
English Language 40 35 minutes 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 45 minutes 50
Reasoning 50 45 minutes 60 
General Awareness 50 35 minutes 50
Total 190 2 hrs 40 mins 200


Note:- There will be negative marking for every wrong answer in both Preliminary and Main Examination of IBPS Clerk for which there is a penalty of ¼ or 0.25 of the marks assigned to the particular question.

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2.Syllabus For IBPS Clerk 2020

Go through the syllabus very carefully before you start your IBPS Clerk preparation. This will help you to know the topics and subjects you need to focus on so that you do not get off-track during your whole preparation.

Tip:- One way to keep yourself on track is to take a print out of the syllabus and stick it in front of your study place. So that you can follow the tips here on how to start IBPS Clerk 2020 mains & prelims exam preparation.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

Read more about IBPS Clerk Syllabus here

3) Go through the Previous Year Papers of IBPS Clerk

The best way to understand the examination demands and to start IBPS Clerk preparation is to go through the previous year’s papers and see the type of questions that are mostly asked by the examiner. Once you understand the mindset of the examiner it will be easy for you to get into the right frame of mind to start your IBPS Clerk preparation.

IBPS Clerk Previous Year Papers

4) Right Resources To Start Your IBPS Clerk Preparation

Even if you do everything right and then select the wrong resources you will most likely not be able to get through the examination. Therefore the selection of the right resources during your preparation should be the utmost priority.

You can go through the following link to know about the books to refer to start your IBPS Clerk preparation.

IBPS Clerk Books

If you want to prepare from basics to advanced with proper guidance then you can buy the IBPS PO/Clerk Pre+Mains Batch by Team NASA from the link below.


You can also refer to the free daily quizzes and pdfs for practice from this link.

IBPS Clerk Free Daily Quiz

5) Mentorship From IBPS Exam Qualified Mentors

There are times during preparation when you do not know what to do next and you need someone to guide you. IBPS Guide has brought a free Mentorship Program to help you in your preparation. The Mentors at IBPS Guide are people who have already qualified various IBPS Exams and are experts in guiding students. Even if you want to know how to start IBPS Clerk preparation you can call the toll free number to ask any queries you may have regarding your preparation. Click on the link to know more Guidely Mentorhip Programme.

6) Things to do Daily During Your IBPS Clerk Preparation

Speed plays a major role in prelims examination so you should work on your speed to get through the prelims examination. For that, you must do the following things daily:-

  1. Tables up to 20
  2. Squares up to 40
  3. Cubes up to 20
  4. Percentage to fractions and vice- versa
  5. 4-5 Prelims level Puzzle for IBPS Exam
  6. 10 Questions based on grammar rules
  7. 1-2 Reading Comprehension

You must do these things daily if you want to excel in the prelims examination of IBPS Clerk 2020.

7) Basics!

The common mistake that most of the aspirants make while they start IBPS Clerk preparation is to run after shortcuts without understanding the concepts. If you want to get through the examination then you must understand the basics of each and every topic. This will not only help you in Prelims but also in your Mains Examination. So don’t run away from concepts.

8) Practice A Lot!

Once you are done with your basics then the next part of your preparation is practice. You need to practice a lot of questions from each topic. Also, you should focus on each type of question within the topic so that no question is left unknown to you. This will boost your confidence while attempting mock tests of IBPS Clerk 2020.

9)Prepare for Prelims and Mains Exams Simultaneously

After you have started IBPS Clerk preparation and your basics are clear you should start focusing on Mains exam as well because there is only a month gap between the prelims and Mains examination and it will become difficult for you to prepare for Mains exam in one month. So to be in a better position after prelims exams you should allocate some time during your day to your Mains Preparation. This will help you take a lead from others in your IBPS Clerk preparation.

10) General Awareness for IBPS Exams

It could be a game-changer in your Mains examination. 50 questions are asked from General Awareness for 50 marks and if you prepare wisely, you can score 40+ in this section and this will help you take a lead from a lot of aspirants. You should allocate 30 mins to 1 hrs for your GA section daily. You should keep yourself updated with the daily current affairs, for that you can refer to the Daily Current affairs classes on the Guidely youtube channel by Abhijeet Mishra Sir.

And you can also refer to the daily, weekly, and monthly current affairs from this link.

11) Mocks Tests For IBPS Clerk Exam 2020

Once you are done with your basics and some practice then comes the most important part in your preparation and that is “IBPS Clerk Mock Tests”. You should give a lot of mock tests to get yourself familiar with the exam pattern and this will also help you in developing the habit of sitting in front of your computer screen for a long duration. Also you should understand that it is not just the mocks that will improve your score, it is the analysis part that will help you to know your weak areas so that you can improve on them before giving your next mock. With 2 months in hand, you can start giving one mock every alternate day. You can also give one Mains mock every week to keep your Mains preparation on track. You can refer to the mock tests by IBPS Guide based on the latest pattern with updated questions. 

Lastly, Do Not Give Up! there will be times when you will not be able to achieve your targets, do not worry just keep going and keep giving your best and you will ultimately achieve success.

Best Of Luck.


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