Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is an organization conduction examination for the recruitment to various banks across the country. IBPS PO prelims exam is around the corner and it is now time to grid yourself and study. A structured and systematic preparation is required for cracking the exam and to ultimately fulfill your dream to be called as a Probationary Officer.
The preliminary exams will be conducted on 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st October 2018. The mains will be on 18th November 2018.
The IBPS PO prelims have three sections:
|Name of section||No: of questions||Max mark||Duration|
|English language||30||30||20 minutes|
|Quantitative aptitude||35||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning ability||35||35||20 minutes|
This year, a sectional timing of 20 minutes has been introduced for each of the three sections in prelims examination. Also, there will be sectional cutoff for each section. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS
The cutoffs for each section would be different. Looking through previous year cutoff marks, here is the expected cutoff for each section of the preliminary exam.
English language: 07.00
Quantitative ability: 08.25
Reasoning ability: 08.50
The cutoff marks would be decided based on the difficulty level of the question paper and after normalizing the scores.
6-week study plan:
Weeks English language Reasoning ability Quantitative aptitude
Week 1 Reading Comprehension
(With more emphasis on economy & banking related topics.)
Ratio & Proportions
Week 2 Spot the Error
Fill in the blanks
Coding & Decoding
Machine Input/Output (old and new pattern)
Profit & Loss
Time & Distance
Time & Work
Week 3 Idioms and Phrases
Linear & Circular Seating Arrangement
Ordering & Ranking
Simplification and approximation
Partnership and Ages
Week 4 Synonyms & Antonyms
Direction & Distance
LCM & HCF
Permutation & Combination
Week 5 Revision: Practice previous question papers
Week 6 Revision: Attempt mock tests
Preparation Tips: section wise
The one mantra to upgrade your language skill is reading. Read editorials of all newspapers. It will improve your speed of understanding a text, along with improving your grammar and vocabulary. Practice as many questions as you can. Try learning new words and phrases along with their meaning.
You have to learn the basic concepts first and practice different patterns of questions. Don’t spend too much time in one question. Set timers and practice the questions. Better practice will help you to score well in limited time. Seek help of applications like Entri to practice regularly. Attempt mock exams and see how many questions you can answer within the time limit.
This section might surprise you with unexpected and tricky questions, and it is important to solve the questions within a limited time. You need to train yourself to find the correct answers quickly.
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