IBPS Clerk Prelims 2018: How to Get 25+ Marks in Numerical Ability?

Numerical Ability section is measured to be one of the tricky sections in most of the competitive exams. Many aspirants find it hard to score more on this section as because of its intricate and hard level questions. Therefore, we are here to render some useful tips to score high in the numerical ability section in the forthcoming IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelims exam.

Practice plays a major role in cracking the prelims exam. It is essential that you have to learn some shortcuts and tricks to improve your speed in this section. Make use of this useful information regarding how to get 25+ marks in Numerical Ability for accomplishing your dream job.

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Expected Pattern for Numerical Ability in IBPS Clerk Prelims 2018:

S. No. Topics No. of questions
1. Simplification/Approximation 5  or 10
2. Number Series (Missing/Wrong term) 5
3. Data Interpretation 5
4. Quadratic Equation / Data Sufficiency 5
5. Application Sums 10 or 15

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Topic wise tips:

Simplification / Approximation:

Minimum – 5 Marks; Maximum – 10 Marks

Aspirants can expect maximum 5 to 10 questions from this topic. Level of questions will be easy to moderate. Try to attempt these questions first to get confidence and score better in the prelims exam.

Number Series (Missing/Wrong term):

Minimum – 5 Marks

You can easily identify the pattern or logic of given questions by continuous practice. It is assured that you can easily solve maximum 4 questions in this topic. Make sure that you don’t spend more than 1 minute in each question.

Data Interpretation:

Minimum – 5 Marks

For clerk prelims, you can expect maximum 5 questions in this topic. Mostly, 3 questions will be easy and 2 questions will be calculative.

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Quadratic Equation / Data Sufficiency:

Minimum – 4 Marks

During preparation, spend enough time to practice on quadratic equation and data sufficiency questions. You can expect maximum 5 questions from any one of these topics. You have to be strong in all aptitude topics to attend the data sufficiency questions.

Application Questions:

Minimum – 5 Marks; Maximum – 10 Marks

You can expect minimum 5 questions to maximum 10 questions in this topic. There is no need to attend all questions in the application sums as it consumes most of your time. It is important that you have to attend this topic at the end after attempting the easy-scoring topics. Pick the questions that you can solve it with cent percent accuracy to stay away from negative marking.

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Some Useful Tips:

  • Try to attempt the less time-consuming and easier questions first so that you can clear the sectional and overall cut-off successfully.
  • You will know which questions need to attempt first and which are to be at last through constant practice.
  • It is good to attend the questions of simplification/approximation, data interpretation and quadratic equations first. Then, move on to the questions of number series, data sufficiency and application sums.
  • Numerical Ability questions might be complicated and so you need to ensure ample practice before the exam to attain speed and accuracy.

Practice both sectional and topic-wise tests based on the format of IBPS Clerk exam. After every mock test, you have to analyze your score and recognize the weak areas. This will assist you to gain an edge over the hard topics.

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