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IBPS PO 2017 Prelims : 1 Month Study Plan

IBPS PO 2017 Prelims Study Plan

IBPS PO 2017 Prelims Study Plan

The preliminary exam or the IBPS PO Prelims 2017, would be held on 7th October, 8th October,14th October and 15th October. While most of you may have started your preparation already, it’s time your preparation became more structured and systematic. This article is going to help you do just that. In case, you’ve already finished your syllabus once, you can use the following study plan to structure your revisions.

Here, we have used Oliveboard’s dynamic study planner to create a one-month study plan for IBPS PO prelims. You can also use it to track your preparation progress. Click here to sign up for the same.

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One can follow this study plan to complete / revise their syllabus.

IBPS PO 2017 Prelims : Quantitative Aptitude Preparation

While it is important to learn all the concepts across all the topics of IBPS PO Prelims Quant and practice them, it is equally important to learn them in an order. Most quant topics are interdependent, meaning, you need to know concepts of one topic to understand or solve another.

For instance, most Quant topics require you to apply concepts of Interest, Percentage and Profit & Loss. Therefore, we suggest you start by learning, what are called the base of Arithmetic section: Percentage, Profit & Loss and Interest. Understand the concepts and practice them to master them.


Start by learning topics that form the base for other topics and then move on to higher-level difficult topics that require you to have a knowledge of these base topics.

In the 2016 IBPS PO Prelims the Quant section was of easy to moderate level. The topics that appeared in previous year IBPS PO Prelims quantitative aptitude section were:

Data Interpretation – 10 (2 sets) questions

Quadratic Equations – 5 questions

Approximation – 5 questions

Number series – 5 questions

Miscellaneous (Simple and compound interest, speed and time, profit and loss, time, work, averages, ages, ratio, etc.) – 10 questions

IBPS PO 2017 Prelims : English Language Preparation

The English language section is the one that is a cause of worry for most of the aspirants. However, if one understands the basics then he / she can easily clear the cut-offs for this section.

IBPS PO 2017 Preliminary Exam : English Language Section ( Question Types )
Topics Expected Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 10
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Multiple meaning/error solving 0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction 5
Para Jumbles 5
Miscellaneous 5

*Please note these numbers are not definitive. Usually the number of questions from reading comprehension is fixed (10) and numbers vary for the rest of the question types.

The key to successfully clearing the English section is having strong basics. So, let’s see how to do just that for each of the above mentioned question types. 

  • Grammar

This isn’t a question type as such in the exam, however it forms the basis of important question types such as : sentence re-arrangement, idioms & phrases, error spotting, sentence correction etc. So build on your grammar by referring to helpful books such as : Wren & Martin. You can also refer to custom made e-books such as : 100 important idioms. These help you with your preparation as they cover exactly what is covered in the exam.


  • Reading Comprehension Section

A good reading speed gives you an edge to score well in the exam, so make sure while preparing for RC you also work on your reading speed.

Read how to increase your reading speed here.

IBPS PO 2017 Preliminary Exam : Reasoning Section

The Reasoning section tests your problem-solving, decision-making skills and logical abilities. It takes months and constant and consistent practice to master these skills and it is not something you can achieve in a short time. Therefore, we suggest you start spending some time solving puzzles online, like Sudoku, Crossword puzzles, Mind bender puzzles, etc. These will sharpen your skills and train your brain to think logically.

Following is the list topics that appeared in IBPS PO Prelims 2016 Reasoning test and their weightage:

  • Inequalities – 5
  • Miscellaneous – 5 (ranking, direction sense, blood relations)

In general, while preparing for an exam, you must decide on the following things:-

  • Order of attempting various sections
  • Time to be spent on each section
  • Number of questions to be attempted

Understand that all the 3 things mentioned above are dynamic and would vary from person to person, or sometimes even paper to paper, based on the difficulty level. Attempting a substantial number of mock tests (both sectional & full-length) would help you decide on the above-mentioned things. Do remember, the mock tests mentioned in the study plan will serve their purpose only if you analyze them and devote sufficient time to that analysis, instead of simply taking a mock test.


Understand, that the goal is to clear the individual sectional cutoffs first and then to maximize your overall score. Clearing sectional cutoffs requires a basic level of proficiency in each of the sections whereas, for maximizing the overall score, one can capitalize on their strengths. 

Apart from the subject knowledge, your time management skills play an equally important role in the exam. Taking mock tests will also provide you with a situation where you can practice making such important decisions, and thus be better prepared for the actual exam.

Once you’ve done all that we’ve mentioned, rest assured that your preparation is complete. Just be confident, and go ace that exam.


Hope this helps.

All the best!

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