Target IBPS PO 2018- Begin Preparing For Mains Exam Now

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  • The IBPS PO Prelims Exams have already started from 13th, 14th October and will continue till 20th and 21st October 2018.

  • The IBPS PO Mains Exam is scheduled to be held on 18 November 2018.

  • IBPS has introduced a time limit for each section in Mains exam.

  • Negative marking is applicable in Mains exam as well.

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According to the IBPS calendar, the IBPS PO Prelims have already started from 13th, 14th October and will continue till 20th and 21st October 2018. However, the Mains are scheduled for 18th November 2018. With ample time in hand to strategise your preparation, here are few guidelines to start preparing now.

A. General Strategy
Take a look at the prelims and mains exam scheme. There is almost 100% overlap of the topics for both prelim and mains. The only difference is that for the Mains, candidates have to additionally prepare for General/Banking Awareness and Computer Knowledge.

Detailed overview of Mains Exam Breakdown

Sr. No. Subject No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2. English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4. General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
  TOTAL 155 200 03 Hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 02 25 30 minutes


Key points to remember:

  • In order to stay in the strategic line, candidates need to remember these important key points:-
  • IBPS has introduced a time limit for each section in Mains exam.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 times as per the marks allotted to the answer for every wrong answer.
  • Both prelim and mains will have sectional and overall cut-off.
  • The weightage (ratio) of CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively. 
  • Both accuracy and speed is important for qualifying in the exam. 
  • Do not ignore any of the sections as this may lead to disqualification due to a low sectional score.

B. Subjects Preparation Guide
I. Quantitative Aptitude/Data Analysis and Interpretation
Important Topics:
1. Quant Topics: Simplification, Profit & Loss, Mixtures and Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Ratio & Proportion, Sequence & Series, Permutation, Combination & Probability.
2. Data Interpretation: Pie Charts/Bar Graph/Histogram Interpretation, Percentages, Averages etc.

Important Tips:    

  • Prepare sheets for topic-wise formulae  and learn them by heart 
  • Learning tables up to 20, fraction to percentage conversions and square roots/cube roots up to 30
  • Learn the shortcuts and tricks for faster calculation 
  • Start with the topics you feel confident about. Similarly, attempt the questions you feel confident, first. 
  • Practice regularly

II. English Ability

Important Topics:
Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para-jumbles, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Vocabulary – Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms, Grammar.
Important Tips:
Reading editorials daily from the Hindu/Business Standard is of great help.
For enhancing your vocabulary, Word Power Made Easy is of great help.
For revising concepts in Grammar, use the book Wren and Martin.

III. Reasoning
Important Topics:

Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement - Circular /Linear etc., Double Lineup, Scheduling, Input Output, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding
Important Tips:
For Reasoning Section, practice topic-wise.
Focus on practicing the topics that are time consuming. 
Learn simple techniques for arranging variables in puzzles, plotting on paper, flow charts and diagrams that are useful while solving the puzzles. 

IV. General/Banking Awareness
Prepare for a 3–6 month window for the current affairs. News from Banking/Insurance and Finance sector is of great important. Reading one newspaper daily (eg: The Hindu/The Indian Express) will help cover the Budget and Economic Survey, census, focus on the key demographics, etc. 
Banking terminology abbreviations are also very important. 
If you prefer an online source for GK/GA, make consistent and methodical micro-notes of the important facts and revise them in the week before the exam.
V. Computer Knowledge
Important Topics:

Internet, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking, Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies are some of the themes from where questions can appear.
Important Tips:
Only go over the fundamental concepts, examples, abbreviations and only the basics that are being tested with a technical view.
Other Suggestions
1. Purchase any/all test series from below:-
Practice mock

2. Aim at improving the calculation speed with complete accuracy.
3. Learn the multiplication tables till 20*20
4. By heart squares and cubes till 30 and shortcuts
5. Learn fractions till percentage till 1/30
6. Consult the different banking websites such as:-
Bankersadda ( ADDA247 APP)
Aspirants notes
IBPS guide

All the best!


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