How to Prepare for IBPS PO 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 08 Oct, 2018 17:10 IST


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How to Prepare for IBPS PO 2018

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 practiced 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 peach 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.

Subject-Wise Preparation for IBPS PO 2018 Prelims

To help you better with the IBPS PO 2018 prelims 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:

English Language:

  • For an average student, the time taken to complete this section should be 10 minutes to 15 minutes.

  • Divide your time according to the portions and then start practicing.

  • Devote more time on Reading Comprehension and Paragraph Completion. These two sections can be practiced 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.

  • Practicing 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.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Average time taken to solve quantitative aptitude should be not more than 20 to 25 minutes.

  • 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.

  • Data Interpretation from Mathematics section can be achieved with rigorous amount of practice. The more sums are practiced, 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.

  • There are many coaching centers 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.

Reasoning Ability:

  • 18 to 20 minutes should be the maximum time devoted to this section.

  • To solve this section quickly and correctly, you should have a good hold on tricks used to solve the questions.

  • Time-management plays a crucial role for winning Reasoning Ability section.

  • Practice more, the various types and patterns of questions including seating arrangement, puzzles, blood relations, direct sense, order and ranking, etc.

  • To get a good command over this section, you can start practicing 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.

Best Books for IBPS PO 2018

To get a good score in the competitive exams, it is important to study from good books and reference materials. Mentioned below are few top recommended books for the aspirants of IBPS PO 2018. Go through the list and select the book as per your preference and choice.

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

IBPS Bank PO Preliminary & Main 2017 Simplified (Guide + 20 Practice Sets + General Knowledge 2018) - 4th edition by Disha Experts

Bank Success Book: Score Well in SBI & IBPS, Clerk, PO & SO Exams by BankingCareers Experts

Objective Mathematics for Competitive Examinations by Tarun Goyal

A New Approach to Logical Reasoning by B.S.Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal

Objective English by Hari Mohan Prasad and U.R.Sinha

Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication

Basic Banking & Financial Issue by Gantam Majumdaar

Section-wise Preparation Tips for IBPS PO 2018

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.

Reasoning: 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.

General / Economy / Banking  Awareness: General Knowledge is another important part of bank exam preparation. Awareness of daily events and activities in India with the help of news channels and newspaper is necessary. In this way, a candidate does not have to devote extra time on GK revision. 

English/Hindi Language: English/Hindi are scoring subjects in IBPS PO Exams. Language can be chosen by the candidate as per his/her background stream. English has become a commonly used language across the globe so candidates can go work on improving their Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.

Data Analysis and Interpretation: Data Interpretation questions take a lot of time to solve problems. Data interpretation is most essential part of this subject and it contains up to 15 terms. Candidates knowledge should be good about tabulations, Pie chart, Line chart, Line graph and Bar Chart etc

Computer Aptitude:  In this section, candidates basic computer knowledge and skills are tested. Computer syllabus is not very large so it's easy to score.

Important Instructions for IBPS PO 2018

  • 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.

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