IBPS PO Preparation Guide with tips – Prelims 2018

IBPS PO 2018 is one of the most sought after gateway to get into banking for serious baking job aspirants. Moreover, the prelims examination is going to take place on (insert dates).However, the format of the exam took its own turns to make it little more strenuous for the candidates to clear compare to the previous years. Since IBPS conducts most of the banking exams like IBPS CLERK/PO/SO/RRB/REGIONAL RURAL BANKS SBI PO, BOB PO, etc. On the other hand, the likelihood of upcoming exam questionnaire would be much difficult to attempt.  Therefore, we are here to help you with smart strategies along with comprehensive study plans which will not only equip you to perform in the exam with utmost confidence but also lays a strong foundation for your banking career. Nevertheless, we would help you with some of the best tips and techniques to make your life easier whilst preparing for IBPS PO Prelims Exam – 2018.

IBPS PO Preparations – Know Your Exam Pattern.

All the candidates who are attempting this exam for the first time must be familiar with the complete pattern of the exam and its scoring system.

The preliminary paper of IBPS PO Examination comprises mainly three sections. Subsequently, its format is quite easier than mains exam.

SectionNo. of QuestionsMax MarksDuration
English Language30301 Hour
Quantative Aptitude3535
Reasoning Ability3535



  • TEST PAPER CAN BE GIVEN IN TWO LANGUAGES: each section ( except English language ) will be available in both the languages ( English & Hindi )




  • BE AWARE OF SECTIONAL CUT-OFF:  each section will have individual cut-off. In addition, you need to obtain minimum overall score threshold in order to be eligible for appearing in mains which is decided upon evaluating your results by IBPS.
  • NEGATIVE MARKING SYSTEM: Each wrong answer will lead to deduction 0.25 of the marks assigned to the specific question from your total. Thus, each question is worth of 1 mark. Hence, you lose ¼ of the marks per wrong answer.



Reading Comprehension –

You must elevate your reading speed to the maximum and start practicing as much as possible to answer difficult questions from tough passages. Remember, Practice is always vital for any exam preparation.

Grammar –

Having strong command over grammar is not everyone’s cup of tea. Therefore, you must invest exorbitant amount of time in reading, writing, listening to conversations, and lastly reviewing your basics.

Note: The buzz word “practice” should be always on your mind in order to get betterment in your grammar.

Vocabulary –

Become avid reader, which simply means reading should be integral part of your daily preparation.

Start reading Norman Lewis’s book named Word Power Made Easy. Since this book consists of 50 sessions which ideally enables to improve your vocabulary and helps you to learn as many new words as possible. Therefore, attempt one session at a time and finish all the sessions’ one after the other at your own pace. But be consistent.

Verbal Ability –

There are no short cuts in mastering the verbal ability. Hence, identify the theme of the jumble for easy solution.


Key Formula to prepare for Quantative Aptitude:

In general, it takes lot of time to solve the problems in the Quantative Section. More often than not you need to sharpen your brain like a two edge sword to do quick and faster calculations. Data interpretation is being the major and it consists up to 15 items in it. Therefore, you should train your mind to have sound knowledge on topics like Tabulation, Pie chart, line Chart, Line graph and Bar Chart, etc.

Aptitude Topics to Focus –

Data Interpretation, Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification, etc.

IBPS PO Preparation Strategy for Reasoning:

You need to be realistic when it comes to practicing reasoning. Moreover, have the right balance between high accuracy and low accuracy topics in order to get better outcome.

High Accuracy Topics:

Coded & Mathematical Inequalities, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Arrangement and Pattern, Analogy, Classification.

Low and Moderate Accuracy Topics:

Syllogisms, Coding and Decoding, Double Lineup, Scheduling, Data Sufficiency, & Series.


IBPS PO Preparation Strategy:

  • As we know there is individual cut off. Hence, attempting mock tests should part of your DNA.
  • Practice Mock Tests on regular basis and evaluate yourself to know where you stand.
  • Be familiar with prelims exam syllabus as it helps you to know as and what to expect in the real time exam. In a way you will be able to prioritize on which topics you should be focusing more comparing to the rest.


IBPS PO Preparation Guide with Tips 2018

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