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IBPS PO Mains Preparation Tips

Last Updated - February 14, 2018

As per latest notification, IBPS will conduct the entrance exam for appointing Probationary Officers in the month of October. The Prelims have been scheduled for October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 while the Main exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018.

The Application Form for IBPS PO 2018 is expected to be out by August 2018. Candidates are advised to ensure whether they fulfill the eligibility criteria for the exam before filling the form.

Candidates must be well versed with the IBPS PO Exam Pattern to score well in the exam. No major change has been announced in the exam pattern except the introduction of sectional time limit.

In the IBPS PO 2018 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. 

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude?

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

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.


How to prepare for Reasoning Ability?

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 offline and online. Analyze the previous years’ question papers of IBPS PO to find out the strongest and weakest areas. Polish your strong areas and work hard over the weak sections. 

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

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


How to prepare for English Language?

40 questions are asked from this section. There are certain things that can help you such as listening to English news channels, reading newspapers, etc. Your comprehension  and grammar skills will enable you to 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 develop the habit of reading.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

In the 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 handy. Splitting helps in retaining information and vocabulary. A good vocabulary will helps you score more. 

Having clear concepts in grammar is also essential in order to ace this section. It is very important to be thorough with the IBPS PO syllabus for effective preparation. Candidates are requested to concentrate more on the sections which can fetch more marks.

 ‘Word Power Made Easy’ really makes this section easy.


How to prepare for General Awareness?

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. With the right planning, it is very easy to prepare for General Awareness section in IBPS PO 2018.

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 one day. Stay updates with latest events through newspapers. 20 minutes are sufficient to crawl through all the 40 questions. Focus on the last 5 months current affairs. Read monthly magazines. 

How to prepare for Computer Knowledge?

The smallest, easiest and the fastest section in IBPS PO that anyone can attempt with high accuracy- Computer Knowledge. It comprises of only 20 questions and should take about 10 minutes to get sthrough. 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 in the exam.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

You can prepare for the Computer Knowledge Section with ease through online and offline resources. Candidates can download study material from the internet as they are very good for preparation. The questions are not very difficult if the basic concepts are clear. There are also some books available in the market which can help to an extent.


Preparation Tips for IBPS PO 2018

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. 

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 sectional 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. 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 stay stress-free. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy. 


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