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How to Crack IBPS PO Exam in the First Attempt?

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Every year multiple examinations are conducted so that candidates can clear those exams to move on in their life to pursue what they desire. One such examination is the exams that are conducted by the banks so that they can enlist the candidates for different posts. Many candidates appear for these exams to work as accountants, clerks, insurance agents, development officers, associates, auditors, sales and marketing, officers, and probationary officers.

IBPS (Institute Of Banking Personnel Selection) examines the post of Probationary Officer (PO). A large number of candidates apply for the IBPS PO. The selection of the candidates is based on preliminary exam, mains exam, and interview. Aspirants who are willing to apply for this examination should prepare enough to pass this exam.

To become eligible for IBPS PO Mains, aspirants have to crack the IBPS PO Prelims exam. They have to secure minimum passing marks in each section of the Prelims exam to clear this paper. For this, they have to devote lots of time to prepare for the exam. The last one month becomes crucial for the aspirants as they have to revise all the concepts and topics which are coming in the examination. The information in the article will help you in making an effective study plan to crack the IBPS PO examination.

Here are some tips that are given below which candidates must follow to prepare for the IBPS PO exam:

Know About The Syllabus.

Go thoroughly through the syllabus of the IBPS PO exam. The preliminary exam  paper is distributed into three sections:

  1. The English Language Portion or Section contains questions based on the topics of comprehension, grammar and vocabulary.
  2. The Mathematical Ability Section includes questions of elementary maths (Class 10 basic mathematics).
  3. The Reasoning Skill Section assesses your analytical and reasoning skills.
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Be Aware Of The Exam Pattern.

The question paper is of objective type. The blueprint of the IBPS PO exam is given below.

  1. The English Language Section
    • Maximum Marks – 30 marks
    • Number of Questions – 30
    • Time Duration – 20 minutes

2. The Numerical Ability Section

    • Maximum Marks – 35 marks
    • Number of Questions – 35
    • Time Duration – 20 minutes

3. The Reasoning Ability Section

    • Maximum Marks – 35 marks
    • Number of Questions – 35
    • Time Duration – 20 minutes

The question paper of the Preliminary Exam is of 100 marks having a total of 100 questions which should be completed in 60 minutes.

Divide The Syllabus.

To complete the syllabus on time, divide the chapters into two categories i.e. easy chapters and difficult chapters. This method will help you to comprehend the concepts easily. Also, you will get to know about your strengths and weaknesses. Try to finish the easy chapters as soon as possible so you can get sufficient time to focus on difficult chapters.

Construct A Schedule.

After knowing about the syllabus of the exam and enlisting the simple and tough chapters, you must prepare a timetable. The timetable should have balanced activities. Once you are done creating the timetable, you should obey it seriously. Try to finish the simple topics in 10 – 15 days. Then use the remaining days for studying the tough topics and in revision.

Make Use Of Mock Tests And Previous Years Question Papers.

Aspirants should solve the IBPS PO mock test papers to prepare well for the exam. By doing this method, they will be able to finish the main examination paper before the allotted time. They should also practise previous years’ question papers as doing this will help them to understand the concepts or topics more easily. These papers will also give an idea about the question pattern and the level of questions asked in the exam.

Have A Habit Of Reading.

Out of the 3 sections or portions of the IBPS PO Preliminary exam, two sections need comprehensive learning and understanding of the theory. One should read regularly and understand all the protocols of English grammar so that they can solve questions of the English Language Section. Also, the Logical Skill Section contains topics for which one needs to comprehend the theoretical part first to solve the questions. So, give some time to improve your reading skills.

Strengthen Your Basics.

Candidates must clear their basics to answer each question. If they are unaware of the information behind these concepts, then they won’t be able to detect what the question is all about. Aspirants should finish easy topics first without taking much time so that they can have more time to practice and concentrate on the tough topics. They should have the habit of highlighting the important points so that at the time of revision they can easily comprehend the topics. For Numerical Skills, candidates need to clarify their basics so that they can solve questions easily.

Learn The Formulas And Steps To Solve The Problems.

You should memorize all the formulas to solve the problems of the Quantitative Aptitude Section. You can learn them by writing so that you cannot forget them till the examination. For solving the questions of the English Language Section, try to remember all the rules of grammar. These rules will help you to find errors when you will read a particular sentence. For Logical Reasoning, practice the questions from the sample papers to get a hint about the steps that you must follow while attempting the question in the main examination paper.

Use Your Time Effectively.

It might get difficult to memorize all the information till the main examination. But if you’ll practice questions, it’ll become easy to remember all the concepts. After revising the syllabus, you should practice sample papers for 3 – 5 hours every day to have a strong grip over your topics. Start solving easy questions and then move onto the difficult ones. As speed is also necessary alongside accuracy, try to improve your writing speed by solving mock test papers or previous years question papers. So, maintain a balance between accuracy and speed. 

Show Your Smartness.

Don’t be overconfident that you will be able to attempt the question paper correctly in the given time. This may develop chances of doing questions incorrectly. As there is negative marking also, guessing the answer will not help. Try to act smarter while attempting the question paper. As it is not possible to complete the paper in the allotted time, this means that you should use the given time in solving those questions that you know very well. Make sure you answer them correctly so that you don’t lose marks.

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