IBPS PO 2017 Study Plan - How to Start

Many of you might not be interested in the topic but I am writing this study plan after getting dozens of requests from my readers and followers who failed in many competitive exams.
IBPS PO 2017 Study plan

I wrote this article for all the students who are wasting their money and time in wrong strategies, methods and resources. Many of you might not agree with my strategies, I will be happy to edit this post. Give me your suggestions in the comments section.

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Resources

Useful resources

  • The Hindu and Indian Express - Best study material for English language. Read Editorial page everyday.
  • Learn all the shortcuts from my Pen Drive Course, get here
  • GK Digest, a monthly online magazine for GK
  • Online test series - Start taking mock tests, 2 weeks before the exam. Remember that Test series is a tool to boost your self-confidence. Never take a test series in the beginning of your exam preparations.
  • Various useful Facebook pages

Waste resources

  • Books by BSC publications and Kiran Prakashan. BSC always try to write thousands of shortcut techniques, learning all those techniques is not possible. Let's take an example of M.Tyra's Quicker Maths, he shared many Vedic maths tricks in first chapters but it won't improve your score at all. Avoid it at any cost.
  • Model papers by Arihant. They are outdated!
  • All the books that are useful for CAT, because CAT is still harder than Bank exams. While in bank exams you need Speed!
  • Printed magazines - I don't find anything interesting in any printed magazine for bank exams.
  • Avoid Word Power Made Easy. It is a good book but at the same time, it's lengthy.

Where to Start

English

  • Start reading The Hindu or Indian Express from Day 1. This is the most important part of preparations.
  • Reading comprehensions are most important part of English section. RCs test your reading speed and grasping ability. While in an exam there can be RCs from sports, fiction, nonfiction, economics or even history. You should be comfortable with any topic. I shared tricks to solve RCs here. Download free RC workbook.
  • If you don't know the basic grammar rules then don't feel ashamed of reading a VIIIth NCERT. It's better to improve than to avoid.
  • Cloze test is the simplest part of the exam. Never skip this part. It takes a couple of days to practice this part. It brings you 5-10 marks in the exam.
  • Learning a Vocabulary list is important from examination point of view. I upload one Vocabulary quiz every day, it's a fun way to improve your vocabulary. If you are looking for a boring way, then download Vocabulary List here.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Most of you might be spending 90% of your time in preparation of this section. 
  • Start your preparations from scratch. Even if you think everything is simple. You need to be in the top 1% strata so learn it properly. This section will take around 40-50 days
  • Get my DVD or watch videos on YouTube. There is no need of coaching, all you need is bandwidth. Never make fun of IIN, read success stories, you will find that most of the successful candidates prepared with the help of Internet and without any coaching institute. Many of you might have wasted lot of money with coaching institutes. Don't waste more money in coaching centers!
  • Practice makes a man perfect. You heard this many times before, it's time to think of it!
  • There are just 15 chapters and it's all about learning a few dozen of logics. Rest depends upon your problem-solving speed.
  • Data interpretation is an important part. Make sure you solve kind of DI set, that's it! Nothing else for DI.


Reasoning

The biggest problem that students feel is that they don't give time to this section. Cutoff remains really low for this section.

Many students face problem in solving Circular Seating Arrangement sets. Click the click to read the right strategy.

Syllogism is an important part of this section. I have a trick here. Many of you might be already using that.

Marks rich parts of this sections


General Awareness

  • Read previous 6 months GK Digest
  • Read Current affairs updates everyday and take GK Quiz daily
  • Download and read GK Digest every month. If possible get print outs and read it 2-3 times.
  • Check your GK with Current affairs question bank. It's a great way to revise current affairs.
  • Continue above steps till IBPS PO VI exam, I don't think anything else is required for GK section
Download previous 6 months Digests. 

Key to Success

  1. Pick right study material. This is the foundation for best preparation plan.
  2. If you find a very easy on first look, don't continue. Get a better book.
  3. Don't solve previous because level of difficulty is increasing day by day.
  4. You can never crack a bank exam without reading an English Newspaper daily. 
  5. Instead of joining a coaching center, make a study group. 
  6. Have patience. It's normal to fail in first attempt. 

IBPS PO VII Exam Pattern

a. Preliminary Examination

Sr.
No
Name of Tests
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Time Allotted

1.
English Language
30
30
1 hour
2.
Quantitative Aptitude
35
35
3.
Reasoning
35
35

Total
100
100


Candidates who clear Preliminary exam will be eligible to appear for Mains exam. Marks secured in Preliminary exam will not be considered in Final score for selection.

Main Examination

Sr.
No
Section
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Time Allotted

1
Reasoning
50
50

2 hour
2
English
40
40
3
Quantitative Aptitude
50
50
4
General Awareness
40
40
5
Computer Knowledge
20
20

Total
200
200

Update - In this article, I openly criticized many well-known books. I personally feel that these books don't help a student to improve his/her score within a time span of 2-3 months.

This article is updated on 8 August 2017

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31 comments:

  1. satyaprakash sahuMay 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Really nice sir...I must follow according ur above footprints to success. . .

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  2. Im very weak in QA and one topic has to be explained to me atleast four five times even then i ought to do mistakes. The fees for coaching classes is really high here and i dont want to pay there im going through these materials and hope for getting more free materials

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  3. ok thaanku sir..will you launch any online speed test?

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  4. Same here...q.a for me is d last obstacle bt finding it a bit hard.
    nw starting from abc... Hope to get better...

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  5. @Ammu I will launch speed tests within a week

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  6. Don't join coaching then. IIN is the best coaching available !

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  7. sir please guide me for q.a.
    i want to b a banker this year at any cost

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  8. I thinks xcept buying ur DVDs and nt practicing frm BSC mag and arihant pub all are gud suggestions i will follow..thanks

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  9. raman sir please provide interview preparation guide for NICL AO

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  10. Download GK digest + http://www.bankexamstoday.com/2015/03/insurance-digest-version-2-download-pdf.html

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  11. Hello Sir,
    I got selected in IOB as a clerk in CWE IV. But I just missed PO by 2 marks. I would like to go for it this year. Will there be any problem in getting NOC for attending interview in CWE -PO V..It would be great if you clarify this...Thank you...

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  12. Hello Sir,
    I got selected in IOB as a clerk in CWE IV. But I just
    missed PO by 2 marks. I would like to go for it this year. Will there be
    any problem in getting NOC for attending interview in CWE -PO V..It
    would be great if you clarify this...

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  13. Yes there will be trouble. Read service boan terms

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  14. thank you very much sir

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  15. sir any interview preparation guide for sbi associates clerk?

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  16. Do you suggest that if I really confident that I can crack CWE PO V I should avoid Clerical Cadre post and start preparing for PO?

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  17. Actually I haven't received my offer letter yet.....

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  18. Cheers Thank you very much ...I appreciate your help sir...

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  19. nice post... its like an alert to the aspirants....

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  20. Hello Sir, I always qualify written with average marks in ibps po,ssc,ibps clerk,etc...but finaly fail in the final selection by 1-2 marks...Can't think what to do..aiming at SSC CGL and ibps po 5..plz give guidance for SSC CGL exams also..it'll be very helpful..Thanks..

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  21. Sir plz tell any gud online test series for SBI pre which we can buy

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  22. Gopala Krishna KarinkiMay 7, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    thank you very much sir
    sir i upgraded test funda tests with rs.299.i login to website.i start exam. but no exam is there.but time starts.please solve the problem
    my mail id is :krishnakarinki@yahoo.com

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  23. Sir I am selected as bank of india po. There is bond of 2 years..I am also writing state psc exams,so will I face trouble getting noc for state psc interview in 2 year probation period? Pleas reply I am tensed

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  24. Hello Sir,

    my mother's name is kumwar Devi in 10th class but in 12th and graduation my mother's name is kunwar Devi. So please confirm that i will get any facing issue for bank selection . and please provide the solution for this type of issue..

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  25. Hai ramandeep singh sir.I have mailed you infinite times for the dvd.you have cheated me by not sending dvd along with my quantitative aptitude book.please dont cheat like this.

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  26. great caring by @Ramandeep Singh, thanks a lot !!

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  27. sir,please put online speed test made by you , if you make it all will buy yours first.

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  28. Hi Raman. I have been a follower of your blog since long and would like to appreciate you for your work. :)

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