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Strategy for IBPS PO 2016

Published on Saturday, August 06, 2016
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IBPS PO Preliminary exam is getting closer, Today I am going to share the strategy for the preparation of Preliminary exam.

The examination is conducted in three stages which are the preliminary exam, the Main Exam followed by the Personal Interview.
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Exam Pattern

Remember only those candidates who clears Preliminary exam will be eligible for Mains exam. Preliminary exam is meant for qualifying only.Score obtained in Preliminary exam will not be considered in Final selection.

Preliminary Exam

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Mains Exam

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Keep in mind penalty for each wrong answer is ¼.

Pre exam -


  • Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Number Series/System 
  • Simplifications 
  • Roots & Averages 
  • Surds & Indices 
  • Percentages 
  • Profit and Loss 
  • Ratio & Proportion 
  • Partnership 
  • Chain rule 
  • Time & work 
  • Pipes & Cisterns 
  • Time & Distances 
  • Problems on trains 
  • Boats & streams 
  • Allegation & mixtures 
  • Simple Interest 
  • Compound interest 
  • Stocks & Shares 
  • clocks algorithms 
  • mensuration 

Data Inteepretation: - 15 Questions

  • Line graphs 
  • bar graphs 
  • pie charts 
  • Tabulation 

Reasoning Ability:

  • Reasoning Ability consists two parts: 
  • Verbal Reasoning 
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning 

Syllabus – Verbal reasoning

  • Analogy 
  • Coding and decoding 
  • Blood relations 
  • Inequality 
  • Sitting arrangements 
  • Series completion 
  • Syllogisms 
  • Puzzle 

Syllabus – Non verbal reasoning

  • Analogy 
  • Series completion 
  • Classification 

General English

  • synonyms 
  • Antonyms 
  • Sentence completion 
  • Comprehension 
  • Cloze Test 
  • Error detection 
  • Fill The Blanks 
  • Spelling check 
  • Grammar 
  • Idioms 
  • Phrases- 

General Awareness

  • Knowledge of current events,person in news,currency,capital,defence 
  • Sports , history, geography, culture,Indian constitutions 
  • News about technology and research 
  • News on India and its neighbouring countries 
  • Economy, banking and finance related 

Computer Awareness:

  • Computer hardware 
  • Operating System concepts 
  • Shortcut keys 
  • Ms word, excel 
  • Ms power point, access 
  • Internet & networks 
  • Basic security concepts 
  • Latest technologies 

1.Do not go for previous year Question Papers

All coaching centers and teachers generally advise that use previous year question papers to get some kind of idea but IBPS improves its way of question answering,depth of questions day by day so it's useless to refer previous year easier one question papers. ( Ex.-In recently held SBI Clerk mains there were 2 RC passages in English section,which were never found in previous year Question Papers in any clerk exam,also passages based on economic concept previously passages based on story type.)

2. Take a Mock Test Online

The test will make you aware level of difficulty and your current status. To know 'Where do I stand?' is extremely crucial before you actually put in your time and efforts preparing for any competitive exam.

3.Find your weak and strength areas

After giving mock test analysis it.Find your weak and strength areas, then make your study plan according to it.Give more emphasis on weaker area.

4.Practice helps to improve speed and accuracy

As we all know, practice make men perfect. So if you want to crack bank exam then practice is must. Without practice, it is going to too tough task for any of us to crack exam.For proper practice, you may join test series.

5.Time Management:

Always attempt the easier questions first and time consuming or difficult questions later. Scan the entire section first and find out the easier questions and attempt them first.Do not waste more time on any question. Make plan and go according to it in mock test before actual exam.

6.Be confident: 

Self Confidence is the key to crack this examination. From analysis of the candidates who got already selected, self confidence was one thing that found common amongst all selected ones.

Section wise tips

A.Quantitative Aptitude -

Meant to check your calculation speed with accuracy. Doesn't require formula mugging. This section is time consuming because you know the method but time is less.So speed is the key and it comes with practice lot of practice. Do a lot of mental math in everyday life and make yourself able to calculate really fast. Do not waste money in coaching centers and do not buy any book just refer NCERT books to clear your basic concept and practice online free questions. (Focus area- simplification,series,approximation,D.I., time -distance, average,percentage).

B. Reasoning

Meant for checking your logical ability and problem solving ability. You can understand basic from any book.It doesn't require your subject knowledge but practice and practice.You can solve free online practice questions.(Focus area inequality,blood relations,syllogism,Coding-decoding,direction test)

C. English.

This subject is meant for checking your comprehensive ability and English language understanding.You must be a good reader of English Language. Make a habit of reading different pieces of writings; News Articles, Journals, Magazines,The Hindu is important one.For grammar basics just refer NCERT books.Do not buy any book (Focus area Cloze test,fillers,para jumble,Antonyms-Synonyms)

D. General Awareness.

Follow any good newspaper daily.Read newspaper according to points maintioned above in syllabus of General Awareness.This is very scoring subject helps you to improve your chances of final selection.

E. Computer Knowledge. 

You need not be a Computer Engineer to clear this section. You can refer book by NIOS and once you are done with its contents practise a lot of sample questions either online or offline.

Smart Tips To Attempt

Exam is designed in a such way that no one can attend all 200 questions not even topper.So better you have to left some questions.So as lines goes from ‘kaminey’ movie - “vaat usse nai lagti hum konsa rasta pakdte hai, vaat ussse lagti hai hum konsa rasta chhodte hai” ,now everyone will ask "which questions we should not attend?"

It differs from person to person but basic part remains same.
Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude section takes lots of time both in preparation and in exam,while results shows that Reasoning and Quantitative sections has lowest cutoffs among the all five sections but you have to clear these two sections. So attend questions enough to clear sectional cutoff only. Don't try to score in these section. Try to score in this section only if you are CAT student. As cost to benefit ratio is very low in these sections. These sections are made to consume your valuable time. As questions in these sections are very lengthy eating much of your time reading the questions. Some questions in this section also designed as trap. So you waste much of your time in satisfying your ego which will effects on subsequent section, so try to attend these sections in the last.

Try to attend computer and banking awareness first and full. As this consumes less time and scoring. In these sections you either know the answer or you don't know the answer. So requires less brain burning which again boosts your confidence and prepares you for Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections.

After Banking Awareness and Computer Awareness try to attend English section try to attend these three sections fullest.

Do the time management such that you can finish English, Banking Awareness and Computer awareness sections within forty to fifty minutes so you have enough time to attend enough questions in reasoning and quantitative sections to pass cut off.

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