06 Apr

IBPS Clerk is one of the most prominent bank recruitment exams in India. Every year lakhs of candidates who wish to be a part of public sector banking in India take IBPS CWE Clerks. Undoubtedly, this exam is highly competitive and can be cracked only if you properly understand the pattern of the exam. In order to guide you in the right direction, Vidya Guru, the best Bank Coaching Centre in Delhi, has decoded the pattern of the exam. Apart from it, this article focuses particularly on the Numerical Ability (Math) section which is generally an area of concern for many candidates.

Pattern of IBPS CWE Clerks

  • IBPS CWE is an online exam which has an overall duration of 2 hours.
  • The exam is worth 200 marks and is divided into 5 sections of 40 marks each.
  • The five sections are (I) Reasoning (II) English Language (III) Numerical Ability (IV) General Awareness (V) Computer Knowledge
  • There is a minimum cutoff score for each section. You must get a minimum score on each section and also a minimum aggregate score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview.
  • Incorrect answers attract a penalty. For each incorrect answer .25 marks are deducted from your aggregate score.
  • The focus of General Awareness section is on testing your knowledge of banking industry and current events.
  • Except English Language, all other sections are available bilingually, i.e. in both English and Hindi. You can choose to attempt these sections in either of the two languages.

Numerical Ability (Math)

This section has questions from numeracy and mathematical concepts up to class 10th level. Here it is important to understand the topics that comprise the syllabus of the numerical ability section. In this regard, the analysis of Math section in IBPS Clerk exam 2014 can be particularly beneficial. The topic wise break-up and the analysis given below will give you clarity on how the section is structured and how you need to prepare for it in order to perform well.

Topic-Wise Breakup: Numerical Ability

IBPS Clerk Math Analysis

Detailed Analysis

  1. A cutoff score of 13 was required to clear the section and become eligible for short listing in the general category.
  2. The exam is highly focused on testing your ability to perform numerical operations. Data Interpretation and Approximate Value Calculation questions together comprised 50% of the section.
  3. Memorizing the values of squares, cubes, square roots, cube roots, fractional conversion of percentage figures, tables up to 30 etc. is critical for performing calculation work quickly.
  4. Strong performance on Data interpretation (DI) alone was almost sufficient to clear the sectional cut off. However, when it comes to DI you must be prepared for some lengthy calculations.
  5. Out of the 3 core areas of Mathematics i.e. Arithmetic, Geometry and Algebra, the one carrying highest weight age was Arithmetic.
  6. The combined weight age of Algebra & Geometry was worth 7 marks, where questions worth 5 marks were from Simplification of Algebric expressions alone.
  7. Step based conventional problem solving approach must be replaced with a conceptual shortcut based approach. Only through such an approach can you perform well under time pressure.
  8. Question selection must be learnt thoroughly by attempting ample number of sectional tests. A lot depends on right question selection as it saves time and improves accuracy.


IBPS Clerk Math section can surely be cracked, if you prepare for it methodically. The points mentioned in this article clearly illustrate the approach that you must follow while preparing for this section. Moreover, as a candidate, you must realize that the right approach also needs to be supplemented with the practice of online mock tests provided by the institute imparting the best Bank Exams Coaching in Delhi. Such practice will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and educate you on how to maximize your aggregate score. For seeking further guidance and support, feel free to write at vidyagurudelhi@gmail.com.

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