How to Prepare for IBPS PO Prelims Examination 2017

IBPS PO 2017 is very near now. In this post I am going to tell you about how to prepare for IBPS PO prelims examination.

IBPS PO is one of the most popular examinations of the country.

The online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts in the Participating Organizations is tentatively scheduled in October / November 2017.

The schedule for the examination is as under:-

IBPS PO prelims examination schedule 2017

Since in this post I am going to tell you about the preparation strategy for the preliminary examination hence we will discuss only about preliminary exam. We will discuss about the main exam in some other post.

However those who are not aware can check the detailed exam pattern here.

The pattern for the IBPS PO prelims exam is as under:-

ibps po exam pattern

How to Prepare for IBPS PO Prelims Examination.

As you can see that there are three papers consisting of 100 questions. You only have one hour to solve the paper. Roughly you have only 36 seconds to solve a question. So you have to keep four things in mind.

  1. This is a test of speed and accuracy. Both speed as well as accuracy is equally important.
  2. There is a sectional cut off. A Candidate has to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination. So it is different from SSC CGL 2017 where there was no sectional cut off.
  3. There is a provision of negative marking. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question. Learn how to tackle negative marking.
  4. Level of competition is very high in this exam as lacs of students will fight for a handful of vacancies. Therefore prepare very well to have realistic chances for qualifying.

How Much One should study

In my view one should devote at least 2 hours on each of the section every day. Apart from this one should also solve a practice set daily. Some time you should also devote to analyze the questions which you could not do during the day.

Syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims Examination

Here I am mentioning indicative syllabus for each of the section of the prelims examination.

Syllabus for English Language

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Syllabus for Reasoning Ability

How to improve your Speed

Speed is very important particularly for Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning section. Both these sections are time taking therefore your focus should be to increase your speed. Speed can be improved by three ways. First understand basic concepts, learn quick tricks wherever possible and attempt practice sets to monitor your progress in speed as well as accuracy.

Some of the must read books are Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey, Quicker Math by Tyra, Objective Mathematics by RS Agarwal

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