IBPS PO 2016 Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude

Dear Readers,

Are you Aiming to be a Probationary Officer in a leading Public Sector Bank?

Are you aiming at IBPS PO with a proper strategy? 

With only about a month left for IBPS PO Prelims Exam, every moment and your every move counts. And in Banking Examination the most important aspect is good practice and strategic plan. If you are blindly following any book or study material, that won’t help you much. You must be fully aware of what you need to study and how should you attempt the questions on The Day of Examination.

We’ve already discussed the Strategy you should follow for Reasoning and Today we’ll discuss about another very important section Quantitative Aptitude. 

In IBPS PO Prelims this section will have 35 questions which can fetch you maximum 35 marks and there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer. And most importantly you will have just an Hour for all the three sections English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude collectively. Here comes a need for Strategy.
When most of your read Quantitative Aptitude, your mind divert towards the word ‘Mathematics’ and you instantly relate ‘Practice’ with it. Isn’t it?

Yes, Practice is very important to gain speed to solve questions of Quant but more than that is correct approach towards the subject. Along with the topics you must have knowledge of the way to attempt the section in the examination. 

At first every student appearing for IBPS PO Examination must know what all are the important topics that you need to cover or practice well to score in the examination.

The topics that you need to cover are:

☑ Simplification and Approximation
☑ Percentage
☑ Average
☑ Ratio and Proportion
☑ Partnership
☑ Profit and Loss
☑ Time & Work and Work & Wages
☑ Pipes and Cisterns
☑ Allegation or Mixtures
☑ Simple Interest
☑ Compound Interest
☑ Number Series
☑ Permutation and Combination
☑ Quadratic Equation/Inequality
☑ Probability
☑ Mensuration (Area and Perimeter, Volume, Surface Area)
☑ Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table Graph, Cumulative Bar Graph, Radar Graph, Caselet)
☑ Data Sufficiency

Strategy to make the most in limited time.

Just over a month time is left for IBPS PO, and if you want to score good in Quantitative aptitude brush up your basic calculation techniques. You should learn tables till 20, squares and cubes so that you don’t kill your valuable time struck in multiplication and division. And this will help you a lot throughout the whole quant section.

Number series, Simplification & Approximation and Quadratic Equation/Inequality are generally of easy to moderate level. Yes, students, you need to keep hawk’s eye on questions from these topics as they will give that easy mark you’ll instantly. And you’ll certainly need good calculation to save your time. These topics can be your life saver if you attempt them at first with 100% accuracy.

Then your approach should be to target questions of Data Interpretation. In each set of a DI there will be 5 questions among which 2-3 will be of easy to moderate level. And as we’ve seen in previous years in Prelims there can be 1-2 DI sets in Quant section. With good practice you can easily score in Data Interpretation too. And while practicing, do practice with all different types of DI that can asked; as DI can be in the form of Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table Graph, Cumulative Bar Graph, Radar Graph and Caselet. Remember do not get struck if you find a particular question too lengthy, you necessarily do not have to attempt all the questions in a set of DI. Attempt first those question you find relatively easy and not so lengthy.

After you are done with DI you can now focus on Language Problem. In Language Problems or Miscellaneous part the topics are Percentage, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Time & Work and Work & Wages, Pipes and Cisterns, Allegation or Mixtures, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Mensuration and Data Sufficiency. The only strategy to tackle language problems is to go for those questions first you feel you are comfortable with. If you are good at Probability choose a questions of probability first, and likewise go on.  For getting a good command over these topics you need good understanding of concepts and good speed of solving these questions which comes with nothing but practice. You can attempt Daily quizzes on Bankersadda and practice as many questions you want so that you can speed up your calculation.

Time management is a big issue for many students. In IBPS examination you much choose wisely which question to attempt and which question to leave. Ultimately you have to manage to clear sectional cut off as well as the cut off for the whole examination. And there is only one good way to quickly understand time management for bank exams by practicing with Test Series. Remember maintaining accuracy throughout the paper is also the key to score good marks in Banking examination.

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