IPPB Preparation Tips for Prelims and Mains

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Mar 19, 2021

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The candidates for IPPB exam are finally selected based on their performance in the three phases of the exam. To ace each phase you should be familiar with the syllabus, exam pattern and strategize a study schedule accordingly. Presently, the notification for IPPB recruitment 2021 is yet to be announced, hence the vacancy available is unknown. The previous year, nearly 3600 vacancies were declared for IPPB 2020.

IPPB Exam Pattern Highlights

  • The first phase is the preliminary exam of 1 hour. It consists of 100 marks and has three sections. The English language section carries 30 marks for 30 questions while the Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning section, both carry 35 marks each.
  • The marks obtained in prelims are not taken into account for final selection- it is a qualifying test and those who get the minimum required marks, are called for the mains exam.
  • The phase II exam or Mains consists of 250 marks. There is an objective paper of 200 marks and a descriptive paper for creative writing of 50 marks.
  • The objective paper has four sections of 50 marks each and the time duration is 2 hours.
  • The descriptive part of Mains has to be completed in 30 minutes.
  • The descriptive paper will be available right after the Mains paper is completed.
  • Both prelims and mains exams are conducted online.
  • The third phase of the exam is the interview round. Candidates will be called for the interview based on the result of their mains exam.
  • The final merit list is prepared to take the performance in Mains and the interview into account.
IPPB General Tips

IPPB Exam General Tips

We will share a few general tips which will help you organize your study routine better before delving into the topic-wise tips.

  • Go through the previous year question papers and exam analysis to get a gist about the topics from which maximum questions are asked.
  • Make a habit of reading quickly and making notes of new words whenever possible- this will help you with the English language and the descriptive section too.
  • Prepare a study routine that you follow every day dedicatedly. Keep it realistic so that it can be followed.
  • Set aside at least two hours daily for solving and practicing questions related to reasoning and quantitative aptitude.
  • Do not skip mock test schedules as they are important to assess your preparation so far.
Topic Wise Tips

IPPB Topic-wise Preparation tips

Considering all the topics in prelims as well as mains, we have created a preparation strategy for each topic:

IPPB Preparation tips for English

  • The English section is tougher for IPPB when you compare with other competitive exams.
  • Improve your vocabulary and make a habit of reading newspapers while tallying a dictionary as many questions asked in this section are based on synonyms, antonyms and spelling errors.
  • Important topics include grammar, comprehension, error correction, cloze test and the question that tests your vocabulary.

IPPB Preparation tips for General Awareness

  • The general awareness section is easy and the most scoring.
  • Events and topics related to banking, finance and economy are of particular importance while preparing for this section for IPPB.
  • There are static GK questions on finance and similar topics, but current affairs are equally important. Study the events from the past 6 months thoroughly to cover all possible questions in this section.
  • Subscribe to good newspapers and current affairs-based magazines.
  • Take note of the gist of the news or clip newspaper cuttings to make notes for last minute revisions.

IPPB Preparation tips for Reasoning

  • This section is common for both prelims and mains. The difficulty level of the questions increase in the Mains paper.
  • Practice is the key to perfecting this section.
  • The most important topics are syllogism, blood relations, seating arrangements, direction based questions, analogy, missing characters, data sufficiency, and coding-decoding.
  • Start with questions that you are confident about solving, while attempting this section. This will minimize the time required and let you attempt more questions.
  • Practice model papers and previous year papers to get used to the pattern of questions and you may even get exactly matches from previous years.

Preparation for quantitative aptitude

  • These are mathematical questions and topics like ratio and proportions, simple interest, age-based problems, profit and loss, time and work are particularly important.
  • Memorize the basic mathematical formulas and attempt these formula-based questions for as they are the easiest.
  • Practice regularly to increase your speed and accuracy.
  • Do not try guessing the result for any sum. But back-calculation based on the options given is a useful technique provided you can do it fast.
  • Data analysis and interpretation is a part of these sections but questions are more graphical and trickier.
  • Topics related to graphs and pie-chart are important. It is a time-consuming section so make a habit of solving at least 5-10 such problems daily and improve your speed.

IPPB preparation tips for Computer knowledge

  • If you have practical skills with computers this section is scoring and easy.
  • However, one or two questions on the history of computers are also asked which you should study.
  • Abbreviation and computer glossary is also important and several questions are asked based on this topic.

Preparation of the exam as per topic is a holistic approach that ensures you have covered the entire syllabus. Moreover, if you follow a routine dedicatedly, you will have enough time to revise before the exam.



Ques. What books should you buy for the IPPB preparation?

Ans. Any good book for banking exams and individual books for the topics is suitable for the IPPB preparation.

Ques. Can you prepare for the Prelims and Mains together?

Ans. There are similar topics in IPPB Mains and Prelims but the difficulty level is different. However, if you are able to solve the mains topics fluently, then you can also cover the prelims syllabus.

Ques. Are the same books suitable for both prelims and mains preparations?

Ans. It is better to get dedicated study materials for the Prelims and Mains separately.

Ques. Can you finish the entire syllabus in 3 months before the exam?

Ans. If you have a daily 8-10 hours study routine and follow it daily, you can finish the entire prelims and mains syllabus of the exam in three months.

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