IBPS PO Online Preparation – How to make the most of it?

The IBPS PO 2018 official notification was out recently. In our previous blogs, we have helped you with IBPS PO cutoffs, syllabus, study plan and toppers’ tips. Today, we bring to you tips on making the most of IBPS PO online preparation. Preparing online is important mainly because the IBPS PO exam will be conducted online and it is important to get adjusted with the exam environment. Besides, when you prepare online, you can study anytime anywhere. Before we move to IBPS PO online preparation tips, let’s glance through the exam pattern first.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of Tests

No. of Questions

Max Marks


English Language 30 30 20 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 mins
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 mins
Total 100 100

1 Hour

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Name of Tests

No. of Questions

Max Marks


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
Total 155 200

3 Hours

The Main exam also consists of an English Language descriptive writing test.

  • Questions: 1 on essay writing; 1 on letter writing (Total: 2)
  • Maximum Marks: 25
  • Time Allotted: 30 mins

IBPS PO Online Preparation – How to get started

Start with Basic Concepts: It is important to have clear concepts. Having strong basics helps you crack the toughest of all questions and thus score better. Besides, a lot of times, questions are tricky and only clear concepts will help you solve such problems on time.

The best way to build your basics is to watch video lessons. These are better alternatives as: video lessons are interactive, you can learn at your own pace and if you’re not clear, you can always watch again!

Online Mock Tests: If you are preparing for banking exams for a while, you can start with a Free Full-Length IBPS PO Mock Test to understand where you stand. You can evaluate your attempt and identify weak areas. This way, you will be able to concentrate more on topics you are weak at. Start preparing now with Oliveboard’s Mock Tests.

You will get access to: 

  • 20 Mock Tests for IBPS PO 2018 Prelims
  • 10 Mock Tests for IBPS PO 2018 Mains
  • All Topic Tests
  • Sectional Tests
  • GK Supplement with 2500 questions
  • Video Crash course – 200+ Videos
  • Lessons on All Topics

Take Topic & Sectional Tests: These tests come in 3 difficulty levels, namely: Level 1 (easy), Level 2 (moderate), Level 3 (difficult). Take these tests to establish your proficiency in a topic. Learn the basics and then gradually move from easy to higher difficulty questions.  On the other hand, sectional tests will help you focus on each section and think of it as one paper. Fine tune your strengths, identify your weaknesses and work on them.

Learn with Experts: It always gives a sense of confidence when you learn with experts. One of the best ways to revise your concepts or get tips could be YouTube videos. For example, Oliveboard shares informative videos on banking awareness, quant tips, scoring more in English etc. on a regular basis in their YouTube Channel. Besides, there are also live sessions conducted by experts. These sessions are best to accelerate your preparation and boost your confidence at the same time.

Downloadable Materials: What better way to prepare on the go than downloadable materials. eBooks or PDFs work best for preparing for GK or Banking Awareness. These are handy, and you can refer to them anytime.

These are few ways you can make the most of IBPS PO online preparation. Hope this helps!

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