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How to start IBPS PO IV preparations

Published on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Many readers asked me a repetitive question that how to start preparation for IBPS PO IV exam. Today I am sharing everything you need to start your preparations. Ask your queries in the comment box. I will answer every query within 12 hours.

Exam Structure

Max Marks
Reasoning test
120 mins
Quantitative Aptitude
General Awareness(special ref to Banking Industry)
Computer Awareness

Exam Strategies

Quantitative Aptitude

While doing preparations, you will spend most of your time on this section. Syllabus is vast and difficulty level of this section is increasing day by day.
  • Time and work (1-2 ques)
  • Time and distance (1-2 ques)
  • Mixtures and alligations (1-2 ques)
  • Permutation and combinations (1-2ques)
  • Probability (1-2ques)
  • Mensuration (1 ques)
  • Data interpretation (10-15 ques)
  • Number system (1-2ques)
  • Ratio and proportions (1-2ques)
  • Problems based on ages (1-2ques)
  • Pipes and cisterns (1-2 ques)
  • Simple and compound interest (1-2ques)
  • Mensuration (1-2 ques)


This section is time consuming. You can solve almost every question if you have adequate time with you, but the problem is that time is limited. Best strategy to solve questions quickly is by going through each and every question type and practice it again and again.
  • Data sufficiency (5 ques)
  • Series (5 ques)
  • Sitting arrangement (10 ques)
  • Puzzles (5 ques)
  • Directions and distance test (1-2 ques)
  • Coding decoding (4-5 ques)
  • Alphabets arrangement (4-5 ques)
  • Syllogism (4-5 ques)
  • Statement and conclusions (4-5 ques)


There is no proper book for this subject. I recommend you to read more and more. Read "The Hindu" everyday. Specially the editorial page. Try to undertsand author's views. This will improve your problem solving ability.
  • Reading comprehension (15 marks)
  • Fill in the blanks (5 marks)
  • Para jumbles (5 marks)
  • Synonyms and antonyms (5 marks)
  • Vocabulary
  • Spotting errors (5 marks)

Banking awareness

  • RBI, SEBI, IRDA - Functions and working
  • Banking terms
  • Banking news
  • Banks and their heads

General awareness

I share GK digest every month for free. You can download July GK digest here.
  • Current affairs
  • Sports events
  • Financial terms
  • Persons in news

Computer awareness

  • Basics
  • Computer devices
  • Internet technologies
  • Microsoft office suite
  • DBMS

Ideal time allotment

Ideal time to give
Quantitative Aptitude
35 min
35 min
25 min
General awareness
15 min
Computer awareness
10 min

Best books to follow

Right now most of the books in the market (including Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal) are outdated. I made a list of books here containing updated material.

Video lectures

You can get video lectures in form of DVD here

Test series  

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