IBPS PO Preparation Tips 2021: Check Subject Wise Strategy Here

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Apr 29, 2021

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced the IBPS PO 2021 tentative exam dates, which will be starting from October 9, 2021. Hence, the aspirants, who are willing to appear for the exam, will get 6 months’ time for preparing for the exam. To qualify for the exam, the candidates should follow the subject-wise preparation tips thoroughly.

IBPS PO is a highly competitive exam and to get a good score on the test, the aspirants should have a good understanding of the topics. Apart from that, the candidates should have in-depth knowledge about the IBPS PO exam pattern and syllabus. All the aspirants are advised to improve their test-taking skills with utmost confidence. The aspirants can also follow Topper’s Preparation strategy to crack the exam at one go. You can check Kirtan Buhecha’s strategy, who cleared the IBPS PO 2020 exam just in 6 months of preparation. Click here

IBPS PO Section Wise Preparation Strategy

The section-wise preparation tips both for prelims and mains exams are given in the following:

English Language Section

To ace the preparation of the English section, the candidates should focus on the reading and comprehension ability.

  • Improve your reading habit. It will, in turn, help you to boost up your reading speed and your vocabulary stock can also be improved.
  • You can reduce the grammatical errors in your write-up and can also improve the sentence structures.
  • To improve your vocabulary section, the candidates should learn new words, their meaning, and the execution of the words in the sentences.
  • The aspirants are advised to read the editorial section of newspapers such as The Hindu, The Economist, and The Indian Express, etc.
  • For getting a good score in the grammar section, practice the topics like error spotting, cloze test, fill in the blanks as much as possible. Also, read the IBPS PO Syllabus 2021 before you start your preparation for the IBPS PO exam.

Check some useful links on IBPS PO exam 2021 in the following:

Quantitative Aptitude Section

Start your preparation for the Quantitative Aptitude section with the topics like Average, Percentages, Profit and loss, Time and work, etc. You should clear your concept for answering the questions from these sections.

  • To attempt a decent number of questions from this section, the aspirants should work on a good calculation speed.
  • All the aspirants are advised to memorize the multiplication tables till 30 along with the Squares and Cubes of the natural numbers.
  • The candidates should also practice some important topics like quadratic equations, simplification, and number series for improving their calculation speed.
  • Learn short-cut methods to solve the questions, hence, you can save your time.
  • Data Interpretation unit of Quantitative Aptitude carries huge marks. Hence, all the aspirants should give extra focus on it to uplift their proficiency level. Also check the IBPS PO 2020: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Reasoning Ability Section

The Reasoning Ability section covers a number of topics such as Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, Arrangement based, etc.

  • All the aspirants are advised to well-verse with the basic concepts before they move on to developing tricks and shortcuts.
  • Once you grab the basic concept, the candidates should switch to the time-bound practice method.
  • The candidates should gradually attempt the higher difficulty level questions. Catch the details on IBPS PO 2020: How to Prepare for Reasoning Section?

General Awareness and Descriptive Section

Computer Knowledge Section

The candidates, who will appear for the IBPS PO Mains exam, should go through the Computer knowledge sectional test. In this exam, the basic knowledge of the computer ability of the aspirants will be tested. Being a Probationary Officer, the candidates have to work effortlessly on the computer.

  • The aspirants should work on the following topics:
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Networking and communication
    • Database
    • Windows Operating System
    • History of Computers
    • Logic Gates
    • Hacking, Viruses, and Security Tools
    • Basic Functionalities of the MS-Office

To know more about the preparation strategy of Computer Knowledge, check the news here.

General Tips

General Tips for Preparing the IBPS PO Exam 2021

The aspirants should follow some of the general tips apart from following the subject-wise tips and tricks before appearing for the IBPS PO exam 2021. Check the following content:

Create a timetable

Once the aspirants get to know about the exam pattern and syllabus of IBPS PO, the aspirants should make a realistic timetable. The desired aspirants should read 5-6 hours of study daily. The aspirants should find out their weak areas and spend more time on those sections.

Clear the basics

All the aspirants have to focus more on the learning basics, which will help them to develop a better understanding of the exams.

  • The candidates have to improve their analytical skills in every topic.
  • Memorizing formula is not efficient to score well in the Quantitative Aptitude Section, hence, learning the derivations is equally important for this section.
  • Understand the importance of theory behind every chapter of the Reasoning Ability section. Check the news Preparation Tips to Crack IBPS PO 2021 Exam at one go, here.

Make Notes

It is easier to memorize if you make and read short notes of the units. It will be helpful for revising the chapters before the exam. Jot down the important points when you thoroughly read the sections. This is an effective way of retaining information for a long period of time.

Follow a Strategy of Practicing the Chapters

Unless you make a habit of regular practicing, your IBPS PO preparation will not be completed. Solve IBPS PO practice papers as much as possible. Also, solve previous years’ question papers to know the question pattern and the weightage of questions of each section.

It will be wiser to start your preparation with the simple questions and then move to the complex parts. The aspirants have to practice and revise more those sections, which you have found difficult.

Improve the Time Management Skills

The aspirants should first attempt the which are easier for you, otherwise, you will have to spend more time solving the complex questions. In turn, you will not be able to complete the questions within the scheduled time. Hence, apart from the accuracy, the candidates have to work on the speed, so that they can complete the test within the time. Therefore, it will be better to practice in a time-bound manner.

Take IBPS PO Mock Tests

Take a full-length mock test will be helpful for you to ace your test-taking knowledge. Based on the performance analysis, one can find their strength and weakness and can further work on the weak areas. It will, in turn, help the candidates to improve their scores in the IBPS PO exam. Before the exam, the aspirants will feel confident and can efficiently complete the test.

Previous Years’ Cutoff Marks

Lastly, the aspirants should have well aware of the IBPS PO Cutoff trends of the previous years. They should analyze the increase or decrease of the minimum scores, sectional cutoff of the past years.

Last Minute Tips

Last Minute Preparation Tips

  • Revise the important topics of each of the sections
  • Do not try to read any new topic before the exam date.
  • Revise the formulas
  • Work on the weak points
  • Try to keep yourself stress-free

Get all the latest news on IBPS PO, click here.

Toppers Tips

Topper’s Tips for IBPS PO Exam

In the following section the preparation strategy of Vaishali Singh (who cleared the IBPS PO 2017 exam) has been highlighted:

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Clear your basics first
  • If you find this section difficult, then at least make few topics strong, which cover huge marks. Some of these topics are: Quadratic Equation, Data Interpretation and try to practice then daily.


  • Improve your reading skills
  • Take speed tests as much as possible and then analyze them properly.


  • Since the pattern of this section has been changing rapidly, hence, all of you are advised to practice the quizzes from the internet
  • Check multiple websites for keeping yourself updated

General Awareness

  • This section is a savior to get a high score in the IBPS PO Prelims exam
  • Keep yourself updated with the recent events and cover as much as you can.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Can I prepare for the IBPS PO exam without coaching?

Ans. Yes, one can prepare for the IBPS PO exam without coaching. Only you need to study regularly and follow the above-mentioned preparation tips.

Ques. Is it useful to solve previous years’ question papers?

Ans. Yes, it is very important to solve previous years’ question papers to understand the question pattern and the difficulty level of the questions.

Ques. How long should I study for the IBPS PO Exam?

Ans. The aspirants should study for 5-6 hours dedicatedly on a regular basis.

Ques. Is it possible to crack the IBPS PO exam at one go with six months of practice?

Ans. Yes, it is possible to crack the IBPS PO exam with six months of practice.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


rohan bharti
Is it important to check last Years’ Cutoff Marks and from where can I check the same?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must be well aware of the IBPS PO Cutoff trends of the previous years and try to analyze the increase or decrease of the minimum scores, sectional cutoff of the past years.

puja sao
Is learning short-cut methods for solving the questions, helps save time?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must practice important topics like quadratic equations, simplification, and number series for improving their calculation speed. If you learn short-cut methods then you can easily solve the questions within the time limit only.

lakshay kakkar
How can I improve my vocabulary section?
jaya garg

Hi. In order to improve your vocabulary section, you must try to learn new words, their meaning, and the execution of the words in the sentences. Also, candidates are suggested to read the editorial section of newspapers like The Hindu, The Economist, etc.