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Section-Wise Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO 2018 Exam

Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO

IBPS PO is one of the most popular banking exams of the country. The IBPS PO notification 2018 was released sometime back and the prelims exam is scheduled to be held on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st Oct 2018.  For your assistance, today we bring to you section-wise preparation strategy for IBPS PO 2018 prelims.  Let’s glance through the exam pattern first.

IBPS PO 2018: Preliminary 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

Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO 2018 – English Language

The key to successfully clearing the English section is having strong basics. Get a hold over the entire IBPS PO English syllabus and have clear concepts.

  • Grammar: It forms the basis of important question types such as: sentence re-arrangement, idioms & phrases, error spotting, sentence correction etc asked in the English section. So, build on your grammar. Make notes of important grammar rules that you can refer to during IBPS PO preparation and during revision.
  • Reading Comprehension: Strictly stick to what is given in the passage and assume nothing else. Do not make any assumptions whatsoever. It is essential to balance speed and accuracy to score well in any competitive exam. The best way in which you can gauge this is via practicing multiple mock tests.
  • Vocabulary: It is tested both directly and indirectly in the exam. There might be difficult words in the passage that may make it difficult for you to understand what is being talked about (indirect testing of vocabulary). On the other hand, there might be direct questions on synonyms, antonyms.

IBPS PO Prelims 2017: English Language Section Analysis

Question Type

Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension 10
Phrase Replacement 10
Error Spotting (new type of questions) 10


English Books for IBPS PO 2018

  • Wren and Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy – Norman Lewis

Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO 2018 – Quantitative Aptitude

While it is important to learn all the concepts across all the topics of IBPS PO Prelims Quantitative Aptitude, 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.

  • Start with Basics: Brush up you high school math concepts using NCERT textbooks (8th to 10th grade).
  • Improve your Calculation Speed: Learn tables up to 20 and square roots up to 30 and cube roots up to 20. Also, follow and practice the one-liner approach for quicker addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Mock Tests: Practice tests including questions of varying difficulty levels to prepare you for any kind of question in the exam. Also, always analyse your mock attempt, identify the weak areas and fix them.

IBPS PO Prelims 2017: Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis


No. of Question

Series (Missing) 5
Approximation 6
Data Interpretation 12
Average 1
Profit & Loss 2
Compound Interest 1
Discount 2
Problem on Ages 1
Ratio and Proportion 1
Time and Work 1
Boat and Stream 1
Miscellaneous 2
Total 35

Quant Books for IBPS PO 2018

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Agarwal

Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO 2018 – Reasoning

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, 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.

  • Build Concepts: Once your fundamentals are in place, start watching reasoning video lessons that breakdown every reasoning topic to the basic level. Learn the concepts using video lessons or reasoning preparation books.
  • Practice Questions: After learning each reasoning topic, take a sectional test for that topic to measure your progress. Continue learning and practicing till you’re thorough in that concept and then move on to the next one.

Reasoning questions can be lengthy and time-consuming. Always remember, you don’t have to answer all the questions. We suggest you first glance through the question and decide if you want to solve it or not. If you’re finding it difficult to solve a question, mark it for review and get back to it later. Do not spend too much time being stuck on the same question.

IBPS PO Prelims 2017: Reasoning Section Analysis


No. of Questions

 Inequalities 5
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20
Direction Sense 1
Blood Relation 2
Order and Ranking 2
Syllogism 5
Total 35

Reasoning Books for IBPS PO 2018

  • Magical Book on Puzzles by K. Kundan
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

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