Last minute Tips for IBPS Prelims Exam 2016

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Dear Aspirants,

As we all know, the IBPS PO Prelims exam is fast approaching and from coming Sunday the exams going to start, We know that the preparation is in full swing. While most of you have been preparing for it for months together, there are also many who have started preparing late or are yet to start preparing .

If you’re one of them let’s get to a quick start and explore the chances now.

Have a look at the exam pattern:

Sr. No Name of the section Number of Questions Total Marks Duration (in mins)
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 60 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


You have 3 sections and a total of 60 minutes to attempt them. Start with the section which is easiest for you and then move on to the more difficult ones. Don’t spend too much time on a section if you’re not very confident in it.


Tips to prepare for English Language

  • Read:

    Set aside some time every day to read. Read at least for an hour every day and read it online. Reading online will help your eyes get accustomed to the screen and familiarize you with the exam environment. Increase your reading speed by reading blocks of two-three words at a time, so that you save time during the exam.

  • Improve your vocabulary:

    Keep a dictionary handy. If you don’t understand a particular word, look it up immediately. This will help you improve your vocabulary. Another way to learn and memorize new words is through mind mapping. Associate words with pictures so you remember them better. Solving crossword puzzles and playing word games online will also help in improving your vocabulary.

  • Practice:

    Be consistent in your reading and do it every day. Practice makes perfect!

We recommend focusing on the following topics in this section:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Parajumbles
  • Error spotting
  • Cloze test
  • Spelling mistake/Inappropriate usage
  • Phrase replacement 


Tips to prepare for Reasoning

  • Reasoning is one of the main and scoring subjects of IBPS PO. This section carries a total of 35 marks out of 100. It tests your logical thinking ability, speed and accuracy.
  • Start your reasoning preparation by taking mock tests online to analyze your performance and identify your weak areas.
  • List down topics you’re weak at and focus on improving them. Solve previous years’ question papers, to get an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked in the exam.
  • Find out ways to solve problems quicker so you are able to save time during exam. Although you will be issued a rough sheet during the exam to make calculations, it’s better to practice calculating in your mind to save time.
  • To sharpen your brain and develop logical thinking, play puzzles like Sudoku and games such as checkers and chess.


We recommend you focus on the following topics for Reasoning:

  • Analytical reasoning (circular and linear arrangement, floor puzzle, grid/matrix puzzle, box puzzle)
  • Inequalities
  • Coding-decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relations
  • Directions
  • Data sufficiency
  • Critical Reasoning


Tips to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Since there is less than a month to go for the exam, it’s a good idea to first start by taking mock tests online. Take multiple mock tests, analyze your performance and identify your weak points. This will help you focus on your weak areas and improve them.
Click here to take a FREE IBPS PO Mock test.
  • Quant has a lot to do with math; so, clear basic concepts, learn tables, formulas, this will make calculating easier. Maintain a sheet/book to write down all the formulas and shortcuts to make it easier for you to revise before the exam.
  • Get your fundamentals in place: Learn basic formulas and attempt as many math problems as possible. Math is something that can be mastered by regular practice, so be consistent in your practice.
  • Refer to previous years’ question papers (last 5 years), to get an idea of the kind of questions you can expect in the exam.

We recommend you focus on the following topics for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Data Interpretation (Pie chart, Line graph, bar graph, Spider chart, Labels)
  • Word problems
  • Number series
  • Data comparison
  • Approximation


General tips for preparation

  • Set a goal:

    Once you have a goal set, you can divide your time and set sub-goals to achieve that target. Suppose you have one month left for the exam, categorize and divide your topics and set a time for each topic and finish it within the assigned time.

  • Prioritize:

    Start by preparing for topics that you’re good at to boost your morale and then move to the sections you’re weak at.

  • Focus on one topic at a time:

    Focusing on multiple topics at a time will make you panic, as the number of topics can overwhelm and confuse you. Instead, focus on one topic at a time and finish the task at hand before moving on to the next one.

  • Refer error free Study Material:

    The study material you refer should be authentic and free of errors. Look for resources that can help you cover all the topics under the subject.

Make notes for revision:
  • Writing will help you remember stuff better. Write down important notes, formulas, shortcuts, new words and their meanings. This will also come in handy while revising before the exam.
  • Practice:

    Practice makes perfect. Be consistent and focused.


Few tips that can come handy during the exam

  • If you find a particular question difficult don’t waste your time trying to solve it. Instead move to the next question and come back to this later on.
  • Remember the sectional cut-off of each section and the overall cut-off. If you find a particular section challenging, attempt it in the end and answer the minimum number of questions required to clear its sectional cut-off with good accuracy.
  • Questions can be very tricky! So read them very carefully before answering.
  • As we mentioned earlier, avoid using the shortcuts that you learn just before the exam and avoid guess work.


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