IBPS PO: Study plan

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.   

Exam dates:

The preliminary exams will be conducted on 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st October 2018. The mains will be on 18th November 2018.

Exam pattern:

The IBPS PO prelims have three sections:

Name of sectionNo: of questionsMax markDuration
English language303020 minutes
Quantitative aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour


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:

WeeksEnglish languageReasoning abilityQuantitative aptitude
Week 1Reading Comprehension
(With more emphasis on economy & banking related topics.)

Number System
Quadratic Equations
Ratio & Proportions
Week 2Spot the Error
Cloze Test
Fill in the blanks
Coding & Decoding
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Machine Input/Output (old and new pattern)
Data Sufficiency
Profit & Loss
Time & Distance
Time & Work
Week 3Idioms and Phrases
Sentence Improvement
Linear & Circular Seating Arrangement
Ordering & Ranking
Simplification and approximation
Data Interpretation
Partnership and Ages
Week 4Synonyms & Antonyms
Para Jumbles
Direction & Distance
Speed Maths
Number series
Permutation & Combination
Week 5 Revision: Practice previous question papers
Week 6 Revision: Attempt mock tests

Preparation Tips: section wise

English language:

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.

Quantitative Aptitude:

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.

Reasoning ability:

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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