Candidates preparing for the IBPS exams have to prepare with care and consistency to clear the sectional and overall cutoffs easily. Of the various sections, the numerical ability is an area that has to be suitably focused on.
While candidates differ in their method of preparation, such as taking the mock tests first and studying later or vice versa, for the numerical ability the best strategy is to take the mock tests first. This will help in familiarizing with the exam pattern which aids in better preparation.
This section has questions on topics such as simplification, data interpretation, simple interest and compound interest, time and work, partnership, approximation, Permutation/combination, and data sufficiency.
To prepare with precision, you should fix a minimum mark target you want to achieve and the syllabus portions you have to master for the marks.
The expected cut-off, which you have to score to clear the numerical ability, is set at 14 marks for candidates in general category and it is 5 marks for candidates belonging to reserved category.
Knowing about the questions you expect from this section will help in better preparation. The model questions and previous year questions will help you identify the expected questions from the different chapters allotted for numerical ability.
Fast calculation is an important criterion to answer numerical ability questions. When you have a thorough knowledge of the tricks and tips for the tables, formulas, and calculations, it will be easier to solve. Understanding the different number operations also helps a great deal. For an easy cut-off score, being proficient in the chapters of ratio and proportion, percentage application, and number operation is vital.