Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 07 Dec, 2018 10:16 IST
Wondering how to prepare for IBPS PO 2018? A smart plan with some time management can help candidates solve this riddle. Before we start discussing the tips and tricks related to this examination, candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern and syllabus of IBPS PO 2018. This will help candidates in planning their preparation strategies according to the subject-matter.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for POs (Probationary Officers) is an all India level examination conducted for the aspirants of the banking sector. The exam will be conducted through online mode at different allotted centers. IBPS PO 2018 is scheduled to take place in October 2018.
It is important for candidates to know that they need to prepare themselves for three different stages of IBPS PO comprising of Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Therefore, the preparation must be in a way that candidates are able to clear all the three stages with the qualifying marks. Listed below are pointers that can help aspirants prepare well for IBPS PO 2018.
Create a Study Plan:
For IBPS PO 2018 preparation, it is essential for you to prepare an effective study plan. A good study plan covers all the important sections of the syllabus. A planned and well-implemented time-table will not only help you cover the entire syllabus but it will also help in reducing your stress level caused due to exam pressure.
Take Tests Regularly:
Regular test-taking is a good habit for entrance exam takers. Taking tests on a day-to-day basis improves speed to solve tricky questions. Moreover, test-taking helps in getting a strong hold over the subject-matter.
Seek Guidance from Expert
A good preparation may help you cover the entire syllabus but there will be some topics that might need special attention and detailed explanation. This is the situation where guidance from the experts is required. You will need a guide who can make you understand topics better. Joining coaching centers to seek guidance on difficult subject-matters is also a good option. These centers can help you with techniques to handle difficult topics.
Managing time is one the most important parts of good preparation. For exams like IBPS PO, where there are as many as 100 questions that need to be answered in just 1 hour, you need to be quick enough to answer all. This can only come with proper time-management techniques practised during the preparation.
Stay Calm and Stress-Free:
To improve concentration and mental ability, staying calm and free from all kinds of stress is very important for IBPS PO aspirants. Being in stress decreases the mental stamina, which in a way affects the performance on the day of the exam. Try to devote some time to meditation and yoga as they can bring peace to your mind and help in reducing stress around the exam time.
Revise the Syllabus:
Revision is an activity that completes the preparation process for an exam. While preparing for IBPS PO 2018 exam, revision can be a quick way of going through the entire syllabus in an easy manner. For good revision, you can make short notes on important topics of each subject. Revising topics will help you to memorise the important points. The more you revise the topics, the more clarity you will have. Plan your revision time and try to follow it on a daily basis.
IBPS PO is one of the most popular banking exams taken in India. Hence, the competition for the exam is quite high. In order to crack the exam, candidates must come up with unique strategies. To help you better with the IBPS PO 2018 prelims and mains preparation, we have categorised the preparation strategy according to subjects that cover the IBPS PO syllabus. These subject-wise tips will help you brush-up all the topics that you need to prepare for the examination. Let’s look at the subject-wise tips mentioned below:
For an average student, the time taken to complete this section should be 10 minutes to 15 minutes.
Dividing time according to the portions given the English Language section of IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus and then start with the practice session is more recommended by experts and toppers.
Devote more time to Reading Comprehension and Paragraph Completion. These two sections can be practised well with the help of previous years’ question paper, which in a way will give an idea about the type of comprehension passage that you might get in the exam.
Practising para jumbles, cloze test, fill in the blanks, etc. can be become easy if you have a good command over English language and grammar.
Take help of good English grammar books and start from the very basic to have a clear understanding of the language.
While solving the question paper, try to solve questions in which you have full confidence and then go on to solve the other questions.
Don’t be in a hurry to complete the paper. Remember, your mistake can take off your 0.25 marks. Relax and then solve the questions keeping a good pace.
Average time taken to solve quantitative aptitude should be not more than 20 to 25 minutes. Toppers recommend test takers to look back the unanswered question and revise the answered ones before switching to the next section. This practice must be followed in order to increase the chances of more correct answers than before.
This is a section that requires more understanding of the skills, patterns and easy tricks to solve each riddle.
The best is to be quick with the calculations and interpretation of the questions. This can effectively be claimed by solving mock test series of IBPS PO with a stopwatch.
Data Interpretation from the Mathematics section can be achieved with a rigorous amount of practice. The more sums are practised, the more clear and quick you will be with the questions.
Take help of good explanatory books and teachers to guide you through this subject. You can also choose to join IBPS PO Preparatory Coaching Centers near you, that will help you handle this subject well.
There are many coaching centres that can be of help as they teach the tricks to solve questions and also make you practice them a number of times.
In the actual paper, try to solve number series, simplification and approximation and inequality first. This will help you to become quick with more number of attempted questions.
This subject has a significant role in the bank exam preparation. The best thing about reasoning is that it is a scoring section and candidates can easily score good marks in this section.
18 to 20 minutes should be the maximum time devoted to this section. Keeping 5 minutes for revision and attempting unanswered must be utilised by the test takers.
To solve this section quickly and correctly, you should have a good hold on tricks used to solve the questions. For this, you can read through good Reasoning Ability books designed to enhance both your knowledge and skills to tackle questions of this section.
Time management plays a crucial role in winning the Reasoning Ability section. The more you practice the quicker you will be these questions.
Experts advise practising more of questions related to the seating arrangement, puzzles, blood relations, direct sense, order and ranking, etc.
To get a good command over this section, you can start practising the sections with timers on. This will help you to become quick with the sections and will also help you know the sections that consume more time as compared to others.
Data Analysis and Interpretation
A total of 35 questions frame this portion of IBPS PO 2018. Ideal time used to answer these questions should not be more than 40 minutes keeping 5 minutes in hand to revise the entire section.
The section has been designed to test the calculation and understanding of the patterns. The questions may vary from Moderate to Difficult depending upon the trend being followed.
The best practice that can be done to master this section is to master the calculations and formulas. For this, all you need to do is to practice, learn and revise these calculations and formulas.
Solving Previous Years’ Question Papers of IBPS PO will help you with the practice sessions. Get all the papers and start practising them.
This will also help you to understand the trend and pattern of the questions that can hit this year as well.
By the end of each preparation day, try to revise the formulas you used that they to solve Data Analysis and Interpretation questions. If you want these formulas to be on the tip of your hand at the time of examination then you must practice this activity on a regular basis.
Combined with Reasoning Ability, this section mainly deals with your basic computer knowledge and skills.
You must not take more than 50 minutes to solve the 45 questions of this section. Remember to keep a time slot for revision and give a shot to the questions that are left unanswered.
Important sections of this section include Networking, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office, History of Computers, Computer Abbreviation and Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies.
Books of junior classes mainly 6th to 8th standard will serve to be a good source of information for the preparation of Computer Aptitude section.
It will be good if you follow an integrated and systematic approach to cover all the important sections of Computer Aptitude first and then go on to the other sub-sections.
If you have practical knowledge then answering this section will become a bit easy. Therefore, you must brush your hands over the computer once before appearing for the examination.
General / Economy / Banking Awareness questions can be covered within 30 minutes keeping 5 minutes extra for cross-checking the answers and attempting left questions.
Being an important part for the banking exam, General Awareness if prepared well on a daily basis, will help you in devoting more time for other sections instead of preparing for General Awareness.
The best way to prepare for this section is to read newspapers and journals on a daily basis. This is one of the most effective medium of collecting information and gaining knowledge for General Awareness paper.
News Channels and Specific News or information oriented Television Shows will also help you in increasing your general knowledge and awareness of daily events and activities happening in and around India.
General Awareness and Computer Aptitude are two sections that can help you score good and reach the cut-off marks of IBPS PO with the least pain and stress. Therefore, you must cover these two sections in the best way and score marks to hit the cut-off list.
There are good general knowledge books available in the market that can help you know about all the latest developments, changes and amendments in and around the nation.
Apart from these books, you can also scroll the internet for more information and knowledge about a particular issue or topic.
Candidates should report to the exam center 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.
IBPS PO 2018 Admit Card is a must-have document at the examination center.
A valid ID proof along with the admit card is compulsory for candidates taking the IBPS PO 2018 exam.
No candidate will be permitted to enter or exit the examination hall once the exam has started.
Candidates are not allowed to use cell phones, pagers, calculators or any other electronic device in the examination hall.
Instructions disseminated by the invigilators are to be followed by the test-takers.
Candidates will be debarred if they indulge in any activity against the rules and regulations published and announced by the examination conducting authority.