Posted On : 30th August 2017

Preparations Strategy to Crack IBPS PO Prelim Examinations 2017 - Tips & Tricks

What is IBPS Preliminary Exam?

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released notification regarding the post of probationary officer/management trainees. There are total 3562 vacancies for IBPS probationary officer/management trainees. IBPS vacancies also have reservations under various categories will be as per prevailing Government Guidelines at the time of finalisation of the result.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts examination for the post of Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerical Cadre every year. IBPS will take CWE-VII for Probationary Officers as an Online exam in two parts:

 1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

2. IBPS PO Mains Exam

Test Name




Reasoning Ability Test



01 hour

Quantitative Aptitude Test



English Language Test








How to Prepare for IBPS Prelims Exam?

Each section has its value. Each chapter has an individual cut-off. Besides this, there is a minimum overall score decided by the IBPS after the results are tallied, that you need to cross to move to the next round. SO You should focus on IBPS Syllabus for prelims exam and major topics from each subject.

English Tips for IBPS Prelims Exam

English Language paper includes 30 questions of 30 marks means one mark for every question. Here examiner tests your Basic English skills. Who has good command they will score high in banking and other competition exams? IBPS Bank English Syllabus contains various topics such as Vocabulary, Grammar, Comprehension, etc. here we put some top most items to be prepared for IBPS 2017 Preliminary Exam. 

Major Topics to prepare – Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, Para Jumbles, Rearrangement of Sentence Questions for IBPS, Spelling Mistakes, Noun, Verbs, Direct -Indirect, etc

English Topics for Prelims

Weightage of Qns.

Reading Comprehension


Cloze Test


Sentence Correction


Spot the error


Fill in the blanks


Para jumbles


IBPS English Preparation starts from basics. If you have the proper command, you can quickly complete English section of IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk exam in 15 -20 minutes. Here you can check some valuable IBPS Prelims preparation tips for English.

  • If you are strong in English, you should first start with it. Here in this section you just required 18 correct answers to clear the sectional cut-off.
  • If you are weak in the English section, then you should solve it after the Reasoning and Quantitative sections.
  • Based on our analysis, we recommend you to avoid Para jumbles. Instead, attempt Fill in the blanks, cloze test, and Sentence Correction question. Once you are complete with them, attempt vocabulary questions from Reading Comprehension. It would be enough to clear the sectional cut-offs.
  • For Reading Comprehension Questions – You must understand the mean of passage first then try to answer.
  • For Cloze Test, if you are confused between two-three options, then only move on to next question.
  • For ‘Fill in the Blanks’ type of issues, the process of elimination is the best method.
  • For Spot the error /Sentence Correction, speak the sentence in your mind, whichever sounds perfect is your answer.
  • Practice with IBPS Prelims model papers for better Idea of the exact test.


Reasoning Tips for IBPS Prelims Exam

Your primary focus should be on accuracy So try to solve easy section first such as Classification / Odd pair, Series Completion / Analogy, Direction based tests / Direction Sense Test, Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test and Alphabet test / Dictionary, etc.

  • Don’t waste lots of time on a single topic.
  • Your Score depends on your accuracy with speed. SO try some IBPS Prelims mock test for reasoning.
  • Learn Formulas and Shortcut tricks.
  • Practice more and more with Mock tests.

Reasoning Topics for Prelims

Weightage of Qns.

Seating arrangement

3 – 10


3 – 5

Mathematical Inequalities

2 – 5

Blood relations

2 – 5


2 – 5

Arrangement and Pattern

0 – 3


0 – 5

Direction and Distance

1 – 2


0 – 2


0 – 5

Ordering and ranking

1 – 2


IBPS Prelims Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude paper contains 35 questions of 35 marks. You should have well prepared for formulas, concepts, properties, shortcuts tricks, etc. to get success in this subject.

Aptitude Topics for Prelims

Weightage of Qns.

Data Interpretation

5 – 10

Data Sufficiency

2 – 5


2 – 5


1 – 3

Profit and Loss

1 – 3

Time and Work

1 – 3

Ratio and Proportion

1 – 2


1 – 2

Number Series for IBPS

0 – 5

Quadratic Equations

0 – 5

Mixture Problems

1 – 2

Quantitative Aptitude Tips for IBPS Prelims Exam

  • You should Attempt Easy category questions first such as Simplification, Problems on Ages, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest, Profit and Loss, TSD, Ratio & Proportions, etc.
  • This section consumes most of your time if you are not familiar with shortcut tricks.
  • Practice more and more with IBPS Preliminary Mock tests.
  • If you do not feel good with this subject, take it at last.
  • Check Previous IBPS Prelims Question Papers for a better idea.


How Much Time to Allocate in Each Section? 

Time Management for each section – Timing is the crucial part in IBPS Exam 100 questions in 60 minutes, not an easy task. You should well prepare for it. Here in this below chart, I divide your total exam time according to the subjects.


Total Time Spent in Each Section


English Language

15 Min.

01 hour

Reasoning Ability

20 Min.

Quantitative Aptitude

25 Min.


Here's some last-minute advice that might help you achieve some good scores:

1. Do not burden yourself with new topics all of a sudden and study regularly

At this point of time, many new things and thoughts might be popping up in your mind, but you must not let them get to you. Don't get confused by taking up too many new things or topics at once at this last moment. 

2. Go with a plan

Candidates should go with proper plan -- you should know what your strong areas are and where you lag. You have to be careful of negative marking as well.  Sometimes, a particular topic or question, for example, a puzzle or a question of data interpretation may be very difficult, and while attempting the same, you may get carried away by devoting much more time on that particular question, it will mean that you will be compromising with some other questions as you will have less time for them. 

3. Remember sectional cut-offs

And most importantly, you need to remember that there is a sectional cut-off in the exam and if a particular section is tough, it will be tough for everyone; so you don't have to panic, just give your best attempt.

4. Mock tests are your savior

You will just have 60 minutes for 100 questions in an SBI PO Prelims exam, this leaves the ball in your court as you will have to manage time for each section yourself. These test series are your real savior as by taking tests every day, you can work on your strategy of time and topic management.

5. Stay healthy and take care of yourself

Being sound and healthy is very important at this time; so, don't burden yourself with overwhelming thoughts and tasks. Your confidence will sail you through this phase of the examination. Along with taking care of your preparation, do take care of your mind and body as well.

Protip: Take the print out of your admit card and photo identity proof in advance as waiting for the last moment is not in your favour and do reach the exam centre well ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary tension. Just believe in yourself and you will be able to pass this examination with flying colours.


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