Preparation Tips to Crack IBPS PO 2021 Exam

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Mar 20, 2021

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IBPS PO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer exam) is conducted for the selection of Probationary Officer/Management Trainee in various participating public sector banks. It is a two-tier entrance examination and includes a Preliminary Examination and Main Examination.

  • Applicants who wish to apply for IBPS PO must have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Shortlisted candidates based on their Mains exam score are called for the Interview round. 
  • The final selection of candidates is done based on the overall performance of the candidate. 
  • It is essential to be familiar with IBPS PO Exam Pattern before appearing for the IBPS PO exam.

IBPS Preliminary Examination is scheduled to be held on October 09, 10, 16, and 17, 2021. The candidates who clear the Preliminary Examination are eligible to appear for IBPS PO Main Examination that will be conducted on November 27, 2021IBPS Admit Card for each tier will be released separately.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern

IBPS preliminary examination comprises 100 multiple-choice questions. The time duration for the exam is 1 hour (60 minutes). The medium of examination for the General English section is English, however, it is English and Hindi for the other sections.

The major highlights about the preliminary examination of the IBPS PO exam are given in the table below:

Section English Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Total
Number of Questions 30 Questions 35 Questions 35 Questions 100 Questions
Marks 30 Marks 35 Marks 35 Marks 100 Marks
Medium English English & Hindi
Expected Minimum Cut off 8 Marks 12 Marks 8 Marks 40 Marks
General English Preparation

How to Prepare for General English Section?

Firstly it is important to know which topics are relevant for the English section, so that candidate will get an idea of which topics to ponder on, to prepare well for the exam. Following is the list:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Para jumbles
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Synonyms & Antonyms

Tips to Crack English Section

  1. English section tests your knowledge of General English. For this, candidates will have to read a lot. You can start by reading the editorial pages of daily newspapers.
  2. Increase your vocab by learning new words. Learning at least five words each day which will enhance your verbal ability and will help you answer the questions in this section.
  3. If you are having a tough time discovering new words, you can refer to different dictionaries like Oxford and Cambridge Learner’s dictionary.
Quantitative Aptitude Preparation

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

The important topics for this section are as following:

  • Geometry
  • Mensuration – 2D and 3D
  • Probability
  • Algebra Functions
  • Graphs
  • Heights & Distance
  • Direction Sense & Time
  • P&L
  • Trigonometry
  • Clocks
  • Speed & Distance
  • Statistics
  • Table

Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Section

  1. Start with practicing basic Math by taking help for Class 9th and 10th textbooks. Learn as many formulas as you can and try to experiment with your own shortcuts.
  2. To increase your calculation speed and save time, the candidate must solve questions about puzzles, squares, and cubes regularly. Track the time, each time you solve the puzzle and improvise on time management.
  3. Go through the previous year’s IBPS question papers, so that one can get a fair idea of the type of questions, he/she will need to attempt in the exam.
Reasoning Preparation

How to Prepare for the Reasoning Section?

The important topics for this section are as following:

  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency
  • Puzzles
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Directions
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism, Statement, and Conclusions

Tips to Crack Reasoning Section

  1. IBPS aspirants can improve his/her reasoning ability by solving puzzles within a time limit. This will help you in time management too. Practice solving puzzles, twice a day. 
  2. Candidates must prepare a Question bank for each section which will further help them in checking their knowledge and level of preparation. After complete revision, the candidate can attempt to answer these questions to get a reality check.

To score well in the IBPS exam one should prepare well and attempt all the questions with full confidence. A strategic approach, effective time management, and prioritization of questions are the correct mixture to attempt IBPS Preliminary Examination. 

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Books for IBPS PO

Best Books for IBPS PO 2021 Exam

Reference books give you an idea about the exam pattern and also help in exam preparation. These books will certainly equip you to score well in the exam:

Books for Reasoning Section

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Revised Edition) - R.S Agarwal
  • Comprehensive Guide to IBPS-CWE Bank PO (English) 3rd Edition- Disha Publications
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 2nd Edition- Indu Sijwali & B.S. Sijwali

Books for Qualitative Analysis

  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • The Complete Success Package – Bank PO Recruitment Examination (English) 7 – Arihant Publications

Books for English Language & General Awareness

  • Essential English grammar by Murphy
  • Target IBPS-CWE Bank PO/ MT Exam Practice Workbook with CD (3rd English edition) – Disha Publication
Online Sources

Online Sources for IBPS PO Preparation 

Online resources are quite time-efficient and perfect for those who cannot afford to take regular classes. Here are some of the best websites for the preparation of IBPS PO:

  • Practice Questions - Aptitude Questions and Answers (India Bix Website)
  • Video Lectures - VIDYA GURU Institute Youtube Channel. Their videos will really help you with a lot of shortcuts, tricks, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
  • Online Test Series - Leader in Test Prep (Test Funda Website)
  • GK & Banking Awareness - GK & Current Affairs for IAS, UPSC, PSC, IBPS & SSC Exams (GK Today Website) and RBI Website
  • English Vocabulary - Online vocab quizzes on Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster
  • Discussion Forum - PaGaLGuY (Pagal Guy Website).

Candidates who will qualify the IBPS PO Prelims and Mains exam, will be called for the IBPS PO Interview round. IBPS PO combined score would be declared based on scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and Interview in the ratio of 80:20. After the interview round concludes, provisional allotment will be done as per the vacancies in different banks.

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