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IBPS PO: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Last Updated - April 22, 2017

Quantitative Aptitude is an important part of all major competitive exams. Quantitative Aptitude Test is based on mathematical calculations. It evaluates numerical ability and problem solving skills of candidates. To score better in this section, the candidate needs to practice hard and analyze on the theoretical aspect rather than going hard at the examples and learning formulas.

The questions comprise of numeric calculations like problems of Arithmetic Reasoning, Graph and Table Reading, Percentage Analysis, Categorization and Quantitative Analysis. Firm command over concepts, speed and accuracy are some of the key factors which help candidates to secure good marks in IBPS PO.

So, the candidates must be smart enough to implement new methods and techniques to clear this exam. Through this article, here we are providing you Tips and tricks for preparing Quantitative aptitude section for the IBPS PO Exam.


Quantitative Aptitude Preparatory Strategy

Every Quantitative aptitude problem can be solved in two ways. One is without using formulae and applying some common general intelligence. But it is not possible for all the problems, some of the problems to be asked in Common Written Examination must be dealt with proper formulae.

Some of the important topics for exam are:

  • Number Systems.
  • Number Series.
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest.
  • Time & Work.
  • Time & Distance.
  • Profit & Loss.
  • Percentage.
  • Average.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Probability.

Further, you can save your time if you know more formulae than you save time and solve questions quickly. Let’s have a look on some of the important preparation tips on quantitative aptitude.

Take a systematic approach

In the beginning, try to solve the problems using conventional methods. Later, try out your own shortcut methods to increase speed. But first solve the topic wise practice questions using step by step formulae. Be alert not to jump directly on crucial steps which might confuse you later.

Know different types of questions

Practice different types of model and previous years’ papers which will give you an idea of different ways the questions can be set. The questions can be deliberately set in a confusing manner or in a more twisted form instead of a more direct form that you are more familiar with.

Master your basics by self-study

Self-study is the most efficient way of studying Quantitative aptitude. The basics and the fundamentals need to be cleared before exam, as it is one of the reason because of which people struggling in the quantitative aptitude section. Do not leave any topic, even if it seems relatively unimportant, as questions can be asked from anywhere. Revise the concepts as and when possible.

Solve Mock test paper

Solving mock test paper will give you a clear idea about the difficulty level, pattern, & how to allot minimum time to solve particular type of questions. This will help you know yourself, your capabilities & the field in which you are lagging.

Mark strong and weak sections

While solving different problems, try to find out the topics that you are strong in and also the ones in which you aren't. Do not neglect the ones you are considerably weaker in, as these might constitute a major part of the paper.

Compete with yourself

Try to enhance your learning skills. Compete with yourself first. You should always strive to get better. Practice as much as you can, set your own goals. Whenever you solve a mock test or a previous year’s paper, always make it a point to monitor the time and evaluate your performance and efficiency in terms of accuracy and speed.

Time Management in Calculative questions

Time management plays a vital role in quantitative aptitude section. It is a crucial element that can make or break something. If any question requires lengthy calculations, mark it for later review and come back to it after you have solve the other questions and if you have time left in the end.

Regularly solve Math Puzzles

If you solve math puzzles regularly, it will help you in mastering calculations and increase your speed. It is also beneficial for you as solving puzzles is a great exercise to freshen up your mind. You can try solving the puzzles when you take a break in between your study period. This will save your precious time that you can utilize for other topics and subjects.

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IBPS PO 2017 Quantitative Aptitude Trend Analysis

It is one of the ‘Time-consuming’ section of IBPS PO Examination. It needs utmost practice for better results and accuracy. Let us take a look at the number of questions from each topic from ‘Quant section’ in IBPS PO 2015 & 2016 and expected questions from each topic in 2017.

Name of the unitTopicsQuestions asked in 2015Questions asked in 2016Expected questions in 2017
Data Interpretation & logical reasoningLine graphs5165
Radar graphs555
Venn diagrams55
Table & case lets55
Numerical aptitudeVBODMAS, laws of exponents & round off & approximations566
Series565
Income/salary112
Place value111
AlgebraQuadratic and linear equations544
Selection (combination)212
Measurement & ratesBoats & streams and trains255
Problems on ages, work, and partnership3
Ratios & percentageCompound interest & simple interest232
Profit & loss, discounts, inflation22
MensurationRectangle121
Triangle11

Also Check IBPS PO: How to crack English Language Section?


IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude: Sample Questions

The questions asked in the quantitative aptitude section are based on the arithmetic skills of matriculation level. Candidates can easily solve 60% to 70 % of the questions asked in this section with regular practice and analysis. The syllabus of the IBPS PO exam mentions just the word Quantitative aptitude without defining in details the various sub-topics. The analysis of previous year question papers can help the candidates in analyzing the types of questions asked and the areas which are targeted by these questions. Candidates can expect the following type of questions in the IBPS PO exam quantitative aptitude section.

The questions asked from the above-mentioned areas cover more than 90% of the quantitative aptitude portion in both Preliminary and Mains examination. Other topics like surds, races, unitary methods etc also cover a small portion of the quantitative aptitude part.

  • Missing number in series
  • Simplification of calculations
  • Approximation based calculations
  • Questions based on boats and streams
  • Questions based on mixtures and allegations
  • Questions based on menstruation
  • Questions based on Averages
  • Questions based on Simple and compound interest
  • Questions based on Pipes and Cisterns/Time and work
  • Questions based on probability
  • Questions based on Data interpretation

IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude Previous Year cut-off

The cut-off of the quantitative aptitude section in IBPS PO is not too high and can be easily cracked regular practice. Candidates who are regular in their preparations would not find it difficult to clear the cut-offs. For your reference, we have tabled the category-wise cut-off of the English section from previous years.

CategoryPrelims Cut-off (out of 35 Marks)Mains Cut-off (out of 50 Marks)
General8.2512.50
SC5.2510.75
ST5.2510.75
OBC5.2510.75
PWD5.2510.75

IBPS PO Quantitative aptitude Sample Papers

Practice is the key to master the quantitative section for your IBPS PO exam. Solving previous years question papers, Mocks, revision tests etc. would help you in identifying those gray areas in your preparations and would help you in strengthening them with some more handwork. For helping you out in your practice we have attached some sample papers here.


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