IBPS Clerk Exam | Here’s Which Reasoning & Numeric Ability Topics Need More Attention

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the Common Written Examinations for IBPS Clerk every year. These examinations are going to be held later this year for the various clerical posts. Candidates who are preparing for IBPS Clerical exams should apply on the official website of IBPS well before the last date of registration passes.IBPS clerical exams are conducted each year to fill several vacancies of the clerk of various grades of many banks across the country.

Each year, there is a sea of aspirants sitting for the IBPS Clerk examination. It is at this point essential to know the pattern of the Common Written Examination that is carried by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection so that one gets to know how they can excel in the test. The mains exam consists of five sections that include Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude,  English Language and General Awareness. Though every section of the IBPS Clerk CWE is equally important, the reasoning and quantitative aptitude are to be especially kept in mind, since these topics need more discretion and demand more time than the other sections. Let us discuss the topics that carry more weight in the numerical aptitude and reasoning section.

Depending on the frequency of the questions asked in the two specified sections, we have curated a list of the very important set of topics to be kept in mind to crack IBPS Clerk common written test.


  • Numerical problems that include problems on missing numbers, series completion etc.
  • Percentage and profit & loss, discount, marks, share problems etc.
  • Market price, Cash price & Expenditure problems.
  • Problems based on Time & Work, Speed & Distance
  • Fraction, Ratios, Average & Volume
  • Factorization that includes working on LCM, HCF etc.
  • Mensuration formulas that involve calculation of length, breadth or height of various figures of shapes life square, rectangle, cubes etc.
  • Simple interest & Compound interest includes questions like find the missing variable or direct questions on the same topics.


To prepare for numerical ability, one needs to first reread the concepts as well as the questions related to them again and again so that they understand the exact problem that they are about to solve. Also, one needs to keep in mind that understanding concepts is far more important than cramming up tricks for the same concept.  

Also, for excelling in the numeric ability, one must master the BODMAS rule which means Brackets, Order, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract since it is the only way to get the right answers and practice as many problems implementing the rule as possible.

Try and use common sense to solve questions that are real-life oriented since there occur many instances where one applies too many tricks while answer stays in the basic logic. This can happen in problems like those including distance, age, time etc.

Learn the tricks to solve the questions faster in your mind since there are no electronic devices allowed to help you in calculation during the examination.

Time management is the greatest issue while solving mathematical problems. There are times when the aspirants know the right solution to a particular problem but cannot solve it in the given time. This is something that is particularly to be worked upon.

The above pointers tell us the importance of practice in the preparation of IBPS clerical examination. You need to practice as many model papers & previous year question papers in a particular frame of time so that you do not exceed your time while solving your mathematical problems.

Candidates who feel that they are weak in numerical ability can take help from the various reference and preparation books and also can attempt as many mock tests available online as possible.


Reasoning judges your power of discretion and mental ability more than any other section of the IBPS clerk CWE. Here, one majorly needs to concentrate on their puzzle-solving techniques and keep their mind open to all the possible keys to a particular query. Here are a few topics you consider preparing for the perfect outcome in the reasoning section:

  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Blood relation
  • Analogy
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Input Output
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Data Sufficiency and Interpretation
  • Miscellaneous

These are the most important topics to work on when it comes to reasoning ability. One always needs to keep their minds and eyes open and consider every possibility. Detail is the key in the reasoning section. So always keep in mind to pick every small detail of your problem and consider it while solving your question.

Now that you know the topics, tips and tricks to prepare for your IBPS Clerk CWE for sections Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability, it is going to be easier to attempt the question paper fruitfully and even crack it.

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