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Easy Preparatory Tips to crack IBPS Exam

Last Updated - June 28, 2017

You can’t get success, easily, ‘hard work’ and ‘preparation’ are the key terms to be followed. IBPS PO, which is just a month away is not an easy riddle to crack as innumerable number of candidates appear for this exam. To crack this exam, we will provide you with an antidote in form of preparatory tips, which will help you in decoding the exam. The aspirants are advised to read on the article to get a sigh of relief as this will serve as confusion-breaker for the candidates who wish to crack IBPS PO exam.

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IBPS PO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer exam) is conducted for selection of Probationary Officer/Management Trainee in various participating public sector banks. The IBPS PO exam is a national level examination which is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS). It a two tier entrance examination i.e. Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. IBPS PO Registration is a one-time online process to apply for the examination. Candidates are advised to download their IBPS Admit card (Pre-exam Training) before October 08, 2016. IBPS Preliminary Examination is scheduled to take place on three dates i.e. October 16th, October 22nd and October 23rd, 2016. The candidates who will clear Preliminary Examination stands eligible for giving IBPS PO- Main Examination.

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Before giving you tips on how to prepare for the exam, let’s just get familiar with IBPS PO Exam Pattern as candidate is required to have a proper knowledge about what to prepare and which are the sections, candidate needs to concentrate on. Below is the exam pattern for IBPS Preliminary Examination as candidate will have to pass this exam first, then only he/she will stand eligible for IBPS PO exam.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS preliminary examination comprises of 100 multiple choice questions in total. The time duration to complete the exam is 1 hour (60 minutes). The medium of examination for General English section is English, however, it is English and Hindi for the other sections. The major highlights about the preliminary examination of IBPS PO exam is given in the table below:

SectionEnglishQuantitative AptitudeReasoningTotal
Number of Questions30 Questions35 Questions35 Questions100 Questions
Marks30 Marks35 Marks35 Marks100 Marks
MediumEnglishEnglish & Hindi
Expected Minimum Cut off8 Marks12 Marks8 Marks40 Marks

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Tips to Crack IBPS Preliminary Examination

The paper comprises of three sections in total, namely, English, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Candidates need to pull up their socks to prepare well for these sections. Below we will give you some tips in accordance to each section.

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Tips to Crack English Section

Firstly it is important to know which topics are relevant for English section, so that candidate will get an idea on which topics to ponder on, in order to prepare well for the exam. Following is the list:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Parajumbles
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Synonyms & Antonyms

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How to prepare for General English Section?

  1. English section is about testing your knowledge on General English and in order to increase your knowledge for the same, the candidate will have to read a lot. You can read the editorial pages of daily newspapers.
  2. Increase your vocab by learning new words, at least five words each day which will enhance your verbal ability and will help you answering the questions of this section.
  3. If you are having a tough time discovering new words, you can refer to different dictionaries like Oxford and Cambridge Learner’s dictionary, which will always help you not only for cracking IBPS PO  but will help you with increasing your vocab for long term.

Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Section

The important topics for this section are as following:

  • Geometry
  • Mensuration – 2D and 3D
  • Probability
  • Algebra Functions
  • Graphs
  • Heights & Distance
  • Direction Sense & Time
  • P&L
  • Trigonometry
  • Clocks
  • Speed & Distance
  • Statistics
  • Table

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

  1. Start with practicing basic Math by taking help for Class 9th and 10th textbook. Also, study material will help you a lot in increasing your Mathematical skills to clear IBPS entrance exam. Learn as many formulas as you can and try to experiment with your own shortcuts.
  2. In order to get hands on fast calculation and save time, candidate must solve puzzles, squares and cubes. Track the time, each time you solve the puzzle and improvise on time management.
  3. Go through previous year’s IBPS question papers, so that one can get a fair idea of type of questions, he/she will need to attempt in the exam.

Tips to Crack Reasoning Section

The important topics for this section are as following:

  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency
  • Puzzles
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Directions
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism, Statement and Conclusions

How to prepare for Reasoning Section?

  1. IBPS aspirant can improve his/her reasoning ability by solving puzzles within a time limit. This will be help you in time management too. Practice solving puzzle, twice in a day. Remember the mantra, Practice makes a man perfect.
  2. Candidate must prepare Question bank for each section which will further help him/her in checking the knowledge and how much you have studied for the exam. After complete revision, candidate can attempt answering these questions to get a reality check.

In order to score maximum in IBPS exam one should prepare well and attempt all the question with full confidence. Strategic approach, effective time management and correct prioritization of questions to attempt is a correct mixture to attempt IBPS Preliminary Examination. We hope you know that there is no substitute for hard work, but these tips or guidelines can be a source of help to you. We wish you all the best for IBPS exam and hope you get on the next level of the exam which is IBPS PO Main Examination.

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Preparatory Books for Cracking IBPS Exam

The books can be of great help sometimes! Here, we will provide you some help by referring preparatory books to benefit you in preparing well for the exams. These books will certainly aid you to score good in the exam. Following is the list, section wise:

Books for Reasoning Section:

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Revised Edition) - R.S Agarwal
  • Comprehensive Guide to IBPS-CWE Bank PO (English) 3rd Edition- Disha Publications
  • A new Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 2nd Edition- Indu Sijwali & B.S. Sijwali

Books for Qualitative Analysis:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • The Complete Success Package – Bank PO Recruitment Examination (English) 7 – Arihant Publications

Books for English Language & General Awareness

  • Essential English grammar by Murphy
  • Target IBPS-CWE Bank PO/ MT Exam Practice Workbook with CD (3rd English edition) – Disha Publication

Some of the best websites (online resources) for IBPS PO Preparation are:

  • Practice Questions - Aptitude Questions and Answers (India Bix Website)
  • Video Lectures - VIDYA GURU Institute Youtube Channel. Their videos will really help you with a lot of shortcuts, tricks, grammar, vocabulary etc.
  • Online Test Series - Leader in Test Prep (Test Funda Website)
  • GK & Banking Awareness - GK & Current Affairs for IAS, UPSC, PCS, IBPS & SSC Exams (GK Today Website) and RBI Website
  • English Vocabulary - Online vocab quizzes on Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster
  • Discussion Forum - PaGaLGuY (Pagal Guy Website).



1 Comment
Divya Jain

Hello Friends..!!! IBPS has declared all the results of IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk

01 Apr, 2017 12:36

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