IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims Important Tips: Check how to prepare for Numerical Ability
IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims Numerical Ability Important Tips: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be conducting the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims exam on 18^{th} and 19^{th} December 2021. Earlier, the IBPS had successfully conducted the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims on 12^{th} December 2021. The IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims includes three sections Numerical Ability, English Language, and Reasoning Ability. Numerical Ability is one of the most important, scoring, and extensive sections of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims. In this article, candidates can read the top 7 tips on how to prepare for Numerical Ability for IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims, check important topics, weightage, expected number of questions, and the number of questions asked in IBPS Clerk 2020 in the Numerical Ability section. The IBPS Clerk 2021 exam will be held in two phases  Online Preliminary and Online Mains. The IBPS Clerk 2021 Mains exams will be held in January 2022/February 2022 (Tentative) for the recruitment of 7,858 vacancies of clerks in Public Sector Banks. Candidates who have applied for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2021 need to appear for the IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains Exams to get shortlisted for the Provisional Allotment.
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IBPS Clerk 2021: Important Dates
Event 
Date 
Prelims Admit Card Release Date 
November 26, 2021 
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Date 
12th, 18th, 19th December 2021 
Prelims Result 
December 2021/January 2022 (Tentative) 
IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims: Exam Pattern
Prelims Exam: In IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021, candidates will be asked 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from three sections English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. There is a sectional timing for each section. The exam will be conducted online. Have a look at the exam pattern of the IBPS Clerk Prelims:
Subject 
Total Questions 
Marks 
Duration 
Medium of Exam 
English Language 
30 
30 
20 minutes 
English 
Numerical Ability 
35 
35 
20 minutes 
As per State applied for 
Reasoning Ability 
35 
35 
20 minutes 
As per State applied for 
Total 
100 Questions 
100 Marks 
1 Hour 

Marking Scheme: In the IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021 Exam, 100 MCQs will be asked. Each question will be of 1 mark. There would be a penalty for the wrong answer marked by the candidate. Every wrong answer will deduct 0.25 marks.
IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims Numerical Ability Syllabus
Topics 
Topics 
Data Interpretation  Tabular, Bar Graph, Line Chart & Pie Chart 
Number Series 
Quadratic Equations 
Simplification/ Approximation 
Simple Interest & Compound Interest 
Profit and Loss 
Speed, Distance and Time 
Ratio and Proportion 
Agebased problems 
Data Sufficiency 
Work, Time and Wages 
Boats and Stream/ Pipes and Cisterns 
Mensuration  Probability 
Permutation and Combination 
Average & Percentages 
IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims Numerical Ability Important Topics
Important Numerical Ability Topics  Expected Number of Questions in IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021 
Arithmetic Questions (Time & Work, Probability, Mensuration, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, Mixture & Alligations, Pipes & Cisterns, Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Agebased problems, Averages, Ratio & Proportion)  10 12 
Simplification/Approximation  10  15 
Data Interpretation (Tabular, Bar Graph, Pie Graph, Line Graph, Caselet)  5  10 
Number Series  3  5 
Quadratic Equation  3 5 
Data Sufficiency  3  5 
IBPS Clerk Prelims Numerical Ability: Number of Questions asked in 2020
IBPS Clerk Exam (12th Dec 2020) Topic 
No. of MCQs  Difficulty Level 
Data Interpretation  Tabular, Line Graph 
10  Easy to Moderate 
Number Series  3  Easy 
Simplification  10  Easy to Moderate 
Arithmetic Word Problems  Profit & Loss, Age, Percentage, Mensuration  12  Easy to Moderate 
Total Questions  35  Easy to Moderate 
IBPS Clerk Exam (5th Dec 2020) Topic 
No. of MCQs  Difficulty Level 
Data Interpretation  Tabular, Line Graph 
5  Moderate 
Quadratic Equation  5  Easy 
Simplification  13  Moderate 
Arithmetic Word Problems  Profit & Loss, Age, Percentage, Mensuration  12  Easy to Moderate 
Total Questions  35  Moderate 
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Top 7 Tips: How to prepare for Numerical Ability in IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims
The Numerical Ability section in the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims is an important section that carries 35 marks. Candidates will be asked 35 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from Numerical Ability. There is a sectional timing of 20 minutes. The Numerical Ability section of the IBPS Clerk Prelims is based on mathematical calculations to test the problemsolving skills and numerical ability of the candidates. One needs to practice and develop basic mathematical knowledge along with fast calculation skills. With regular practice, one can score high marks in the Numerical Ability section in the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims. Candidates who appeared in the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims exam on 12th December 2021 shared their feedback that the overall difficulty level of the Numerical Ability questions was ‘Easy to Moderate‘ and they were able to make 21 to 26 good attempts. The remaining candidates are advised to follow these top 7 tips below:
(i) Analyse syllabus, sectionwise important topics, exam pattern, cutoff, last year’s exam analysis
Start by analyzing the syllabus, sectionwise important topics, exam pattern, the cutoff of previous years, questions asked, and last year’s exam analysis to make a schedule, and a systematic approach to prepare the Numerical Ability section of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims. Set aside ample time to practice the Numerical Ability section to improve your solving speed. Assess your present score by solving topicwise practice questions using conventional methods. You can implement a faster approach once you have understood the concept, formulas, and other crucial steps to avoid any confusion.
(ii) Mark your strong and weak areas
Numerical Ability is the most scoring section in the IBPS Clerk Prelims if one is prepared well. Assess your strong and weak areas so that you do get stuck on questions that are not your strong areas or which require too many lengthy calculations. Study different types of questions through previous years’ question papers. The best strategy for attempting Numerical Ability is to start with Data Interpretation, Simplification/Approximation, Number Series, Average, Time &Work, Profit & Loss, and Quadratic Equation.
(iii) Master Mathematics basics, theoretical concepts, formulas, equations
Numerical Ability is one of the lengthiest and timeconsuming sections of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims. Candidates should focus on speed and accuracy to finish 35 questions in the allotted time of 20 minutes. For this, one needs to practice Mathematics basics, theoretical concepts, formulas, and equations to solve quickly yet correctly. Develop faster calculations skills, become proficient in basic Mathematics. Practice squares upto 30, cubes upto 25, square root, cube root, tables upto 25, basic percentages and their decimal & fractional equivalents, and BODMAS.
(iv) Regularly solve at least 10 Mathematics questions from different topics
One should solve at least 10 Mathematics questions from different topics mentioned in the Numerical Ability Section of the IBPS Clerk Prelims. Some of the important topics are Data Interpretation (Tabular, Pie, Line, Bar Graph, Caselet), Simplification/Approximation, Number Series, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Quantity based problems, Arithmetic Problems. This will brush up your basics, increase your speed, enhance accuracy, and evaluate your performance overall.
(v) Numerical Ability Topicwise preparation tips and strategies
We have shared the important topic and topicswise expected number of questions in the Numerical Ability section in the IBPS Clerk 2021 Prelims to help you score better. Practice BODMAS to solve questions from Simplification/Approximation. Practice table chart, bar graph, pie chart, line graph to increase calculation speed while solving Data Interpretation questions. Practice factorizationbased questions of Quadratic Equations. Practice Data Sufficiency is an important topic in the IBPS Clerk Prelims. Practice basic arithmetic to score well in Number Series and Arithmetic Questions.
(vi) Practice Numerical Ability quizzes, mock test papers, previous years’ papers
One should take a mock test before starting the preparation to assess the current performance and the areas to work on. Once the preparation is underway, one should solve previous years’ question papers with a timer in place to adapt to the exam pattern of the IBPS Clerk Prelims. The Numerical Ability section is allotted 20 minutes for 35 questions. Attempt Numerical Ability quizzes to assess your performance, master basic Mathematics, and increase calculation speed.
(vii) Avoid Guesswork, Attempt only what you know correctly to avoid penalty
One need not attempt each and every question. The IBPS Clerk Prelims are qualifying exams to reach the Mains. Candidates need to focus on attempting the questions correctly or else leave them blank to avoid penalties. For each wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25 marks. However, in case a question is left blank or not answered, there will be no negative marking for it. In a computerbased exam, one will not have the option to go back once the allotted time is over.
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