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IBPS PO 2017 How to prepare in 6 months

Last Updated - June 28, 2017

You can’t get success, easily, ‘hard work’ and ‘preparation’ are the key terms to be followed. IBPS PO 2017, which 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.

As per the initial schedule the PO exam will be held in October 2017, hence leaving a total time period of six months. Thus, it’s time for the candidates who are going to appear for the IBPS PO 2017 exam to pull up their socks and get ready to crack it. It is advisable for the candidates not to rush through the exam preparation. It is pretty much assured that 6 months is more than enough for a candidate to prepare for IBPS PO 2017.

The IBPS PO Prelims exam would consist of 100 multiple choice questions divided among three sections: English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. In each section of IBPS PO, candidates are required to obtain a minimum score to clear the sectional cut-off. To clear the overall cut off the candidate required to obtain a minimum total score in the IBPS PO Prelims. The candidates who qualify the IBPS PO Prelims online test only will be shortlisted for the Mains phase for IBPS PO 2017 exam.

IBPS PO is held in two slots: Preliminary and Main. The question papers of the IBPS PO 2017 will comprise of a total of five sections:

  1. English Comprehension
  2. Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. General Knowledge and Banking Awareness
  5. Computer acquaintance

IBPS PO 2017 Month-wise Strategy

In this article, we will discuss the strategy aspirants should adopt right now in order to ensure a good score in the IBPS PO preliminary and main exam. The preparation schedule for IBPS PO 2017 is segregated into three steps. Every step is allotted with two months:

A. 1st and 2nd month

Prepare a list of all the topics according to the sections from which the questions are usually asked. Begin with the topic which according to you is difficult or you have hardly heard about it. The time allotment for each section should not be more than an hour. For subjects like Computer Knowledge, General Knowledge and Banking Awareness the time allocation per day will be 30 minutes or half an hour. As a reference to learn the primary notions take the help of the text books used in schools and normal copies.

B. 3rd and 4th month

This is the period when you are well accustomed with the topics that you have listed. At once you should start concentrating on your preparation. Purchase the preparation text books and begin working out on questions following the topic list. For solving these questions again, you just need to give 1 hour per day. The purpose of pursuing these books is to get familiar with the question pattern of the IBPS PO. This is because their pattern of questions is slight different from those in the textbooks of the school. Moreover, you should gain the skill of shortcuts in order to solve the long sums.

C. 5th and 6th month

In the remaining couple of months, it is suggested for the candidates to register themselves to any site conducting mock test for IBPS PO and solving a minimum of one paper per day. Besides, solving the mock papers of the Preliminary rounds, the aspirants must also solve the test papers of the Main examination of IBPS 2017. The online mock tests will boost the confidence of the candidates for online exam and they will be benefitted for the same on the day of the examination.

IBPS PO 2017 Sectional Preparation Tips

Guidelines to deal with all the subjects

The following details about the subject will provide the detailed assistance about how to deal with each and every portion of the IBPS PO. Besides, you should also practice the model test paper a lot.


  • Make a habit of reading popular English newspapers since the first day of your preparation. This is the significant part of your preparation.
  • Thoroughly reading the comprehension is an important part of the English section. Practice reading all types of passages as the question paper contain passages on any of the following topic like: sports, fiction, non-fictional work, history, etc. You should be at ease with any topics given.
  • If you are not so familiar with the fundamental concepts of basic grammar then get yourself a standard VIII NCERT grammar book now! It will improve your basic grammatical knowledge.
  • Cloze test is an integral part of the exam. Never overlook or ignore this portion as it can help you to score 5-10 marks in the test. Just invest a day or two for practicing this part.
  • Getting acquainted with the vocabulary list is very important. Keep yourself updated with all the vocabulary tricks available online. The vocabulary list teaches you the usage of a particular word in a sentence.


  • This is particularly the section where the candidates invest more than 90% of their allotted time a day.v
  • Begin your preparation with scratch. It seems very simple but it needs immense efficiency to attain 1% of the level to learn it efficiently. This portion needs a minimum of 40 days to get familiar with.
  • To learn the shortcut tricks to lengthy problems no need to waste money on coaching classes buy books or you can also subscribe to YouTube channels for learning the tricks.
  • The Quantitative Aptitude is comprising 15 chapters and you just need to prepare the logics related to it. The rest is depended on an individual speed of solving the problem.
  • Data Interpretation is an important part. Just learn it thoroughly.


The candidates do not waste much time for the preparation of this section because the cutoff marks for this portion is comparatively low. The most common problem face by most of the students in solving this portion is the ‘Circular Seat Arrangement’.  Don’t worry!! There are other zones too which can score you enough marks in this portion. They are as follows:

  • Inequalities
  • Data sufficiency
  • Direction Test
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Machine Input Output
  • Age related problems


Just keep yourself updated with all the happenings from the past six months related social, sports, entertainment, infrastructure, business and economy, etc. You can either read the news and affairs online or you can follow the different news channels.


This section is all about the practical knowledge of the candidate. A candidate must have the fundamental knowledge of a computer applications like:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hardware and Software
  • Windows and its applications
  • Networking
  • Internet and its usage

Suggestions to crack IBPS PO 2017

The following tips will help the candidate to crack the IBPS PO conveniently:

  • Always choose the appropriate study material. Remember, the right study material is the base of your preparation strategy.
  • If you find the study material very easy in first go just exchange it with a difficult one.
  • It is suggested not to solve the previous year papers as model test papers as the question papers are getting trickier day by day.
  • To crack IBPS PO 2017 the candidates have to daily follow an English newspaper.
  •  Make group studies instead of attaining coaching classes
  • If one fails in the first attempt there is nothing to get de-motivated. Pull up your socks and prepare for the upcoming one.
  • Be focused on your goal.
  • Do not let any other issue bother you.
  • Eat healthy sleep well prior to the exam days.

IBPS PO 2017 Last Minute Preparation Tips

These suggestions will help the candidate to get rid of panic, nervousness and tensions on or before the exam days:

  • To get the appropriate idea of the question paper pattern have a look at the earlier year ones.
  • Make small highlights like shortcut tricks, formulas, important points for revision in the last minute,
  • Go through all the topics multiple times.
  • Do not panic if your answer is incomplete.
  • Do not invest a great deal of time in any topic.
  • Take part in online IBPS PO mock tests, speed enhancing tests and other series tests.
  • On the day of exam stay calm. Do not answer wrong, if you cannot attempt any question just leave it as there is negative marking.
  • To manage time efficiently make a proper schedule of time allocation for each type of question.

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



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