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IBPS PO Mains Preparation Tips

Last Updated - April 03, 2017

IBPS PO Mains exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 20, 2016. Only a few days left for the D-Day. As per the IBPS PO Exam Pattern, no major change is there except the introduction of sectional time limit.

In the IBPS PO mains exam, there are 5 sections- Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Reasoning Ability (RA), General Awareness (GA), English Language (EL) and Computer Knowledge (CK). A total of 200 questions are asked and 1 mark is awarded for each correct marked answer. For each incorrect answer, ¼ marks would be deducted.

The following chart depicts the distribution of marks among all the sections in IBPS PO Mains

IBPS PO Mains Preparation Tips

Given below are some of the preparation tips for the candidates appearing in IBPS PO Mains. Candidates who haven’t downloaded their IBPS PO Mains Admit Card, can download it by logging in with Registration Number/ Roll Number and Password/ DOB.

Play With Numbers

From Quantitative Aptitude section, 50 questions are asked and the sectional cut off goes quite high. If you are not good with numbers then there are certain topics to cover and that can fetch you to achieve the minimum qualifying marks set by IBPS. The topics are:

  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simplification
  • Number Series

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

Just be stress free as hoarding a ton of tension can never let you score better in exam. Choose the topics which are easy to solve and less time consuming. Speed and Selection of the questions are the key factors to success in IBPS PO. Apply short tricks, use Vedic mathematical tips, learn tables, cubes & squares to solve questions faster. If you stuck at any question, leave it and move forward.

Use timer while practicing questions. Join a test series for improving the chances of clearing this section. Mahendras, Test Book, Oliveboard, Career Launcher and Preparation Ladder provides the best online test series.


Have Effective Reasoning

Like Quant, Reasoning Ability section also comprises of 50 questions. This section can be both scoring as well as time consuming. You can find some great study material either offline or online. Analyze the IBPS PO Exam Pattern and find out the strongest area, weakest area and the moderate one. Polish your strong areas and work hard over the weak sections. Check your status by going through the mock tests.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

It is the section that doesn't need much attention once the practice is done perfectly. Candidates should focus more on the analytical part. Given below are the topics which can fetch you more marks.

  • Making Series/ Analogy
  • Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Problem Solving
  • Passage and Conclusions Type Questions
  • Comprehension Reasoning

Don’t neglect the topics that carry high weightage. To achieve your goals, you have to define the time allocation to the sections. The weaker section has to be given more time other than the strong ones. Skills for solving questions effectively vary with the topics involved and sometimes varies even within. Every topic generally has kinds of questions which are solved with different tricks. There is only thing that can really help you out and it is practice.

Indiabix can help you out in clearing your doubts. You can even prefer R S Aggarwal for verbal and non-verbal reasoning.


Become A Grammar Nazi

40 questions are asked from this section. There are certain things that can help you such as listening English news channels, reading newspapers, teaching friends and etc. These will help you in getting excel to the sections of the exam. Your comprehensive ability and grammar skills will only let you clear this section.

Buy a good grammar book and practice the exercises. For reading comprehensions, start reading books or e-books. If you are not much of a reader, then you should acquire the habit of reading soon.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

In exam, read the questions first and then go to the comprehension as it makes easy to get the answer. No one can learn all the grammar rules in a day practice. Splitting paragraphs into small paragraphs comes in a very helpful manner. Splitting helps in collecting the information and vocabulary. A good vocabulary helps in scoring more in cloze test and completion of sentences.

If you have set your 4 goals- Decide the desired rank or marks, Starting Point, End Point and Practice & Analysis, and then automatically you will achieve speed and accuracy as well. Having clear concepts in grammar is the key to success. It is very important to be thorough with the syllabus. Candidates are requested to concentrate more on the sections which can fetch more marks.

Pen down the mistakes and work hard on them. Brush up your strengths. ‘Word Power Made Easy’ really makes this section easy.

Read About  IBPS PO Syllabus


Be An Investor In Knowledge Bank As It Pays The Great Interest

GA (General Awareness) is a very scoring section and it is less time consuming. Most of the questions in IBPS PO are asked on Current Affairs. Apart from GA, candidates should be aware of the banking terms and its updates. In any entrance exam it is crucial to prepare self-made notes and it plays a vital role during revision.

There are certain apps and websites that are very good for practicing this section such as- testbook, gradestack, news in shorts, online tyari, career launcher, mahindras, gktoday and bankersadda. Read Banking Awareness from good books such as Arihant, Lucent, Kiran and Disha Publications or else you can download the pdfs from internet.

GA is vast topic and it cannot be prepared in a day preparation. Yes, this section is the worst, meanest and biggest but nothing can be done as 40 questions are asked and there is a provision of sectional cut off in IBPS PO. 20 minutes are sufficient to crawl through all the questions.

Focus on the last 5 months current affairs. Read monthly magazines. Cover as much topics as you can. You can practice questions on apps while traveling, read the magazines before going to bed and revise it in early morning


A Binary Lifestyle Only A Geek Can Understand

The smallest, easiest and the fastest section in IBPS PO that anyone can attempt with high accuracy- Computer Knowledge. Only 20 questions come and a time allotted to this section is 10 minutes. Only basics of computers such as Operating System (OS) Function, Internet, Protocols, Network, Generations, Input/ Output Devices, Shortcut Keys, a bit of DBMS and MS Office are asked.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

This subject can even be prepared in one day. Candidates can download pdf from internet and they are very good for the preparation. The questions come in a familiar way. There are some books available in the market which can help to an extent.


5 Point Rule To Excel In IBPS PO Mains

1. Time Management: Keep a bull’s eye on the timer you are provided to solve each question. If a question takes much time to answer, leave it and jump over another. Don’t worry, there are 200 questions in IBPS PO, if one is unable to get solved.

2. Speed & Accuracy: Keep solving mock tests to stay in touch with the older topics.  It is not possible to complete all the questions but it is mandatory to qualify the set cut off in order to be eligible for the IBPS PO Mains Exam. Only practice can improve the accuracy level.

3. Revision: Give quality time to all the sections of IBPS PO. There are topics which are easily forgettable, so revise them properly. It is very important to revise on a regular basis.

4. Proper Planning: An organized schedule that outlines study times and learning goals. Practice till you become excel for IBPS PO. You must be able to solve the questions in such a way that you can explain the questions in multiple ways without any hesitation.

5. Be Healthy: Make out some time for physical activities too to fresh your mind and stress-free. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily and stay healthy. 


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