Exam Strategy for Indian Bank PO Prelims 2017

Banking Recruitment Examination has changed drastically last year, with some major changes in type and pattern started by SBI in it’s PO level exam and then taken up by IBPS in both PO and Clerical Level exams. But IPPB PO Prelims of Jan'17 was a sight of relief and tomorrow is Indian Bank PO Prelims, this calls for a strategy for Indian Bank PO Prelims 2017.

The best what every candidate aiming at Indian Bank PO Prelims should do is be prepared with these changes observed in previous examination but don't be much worried as we have observed from IPPB that prelims pattern is much conventional with a balanced paper. Here we will discuss with you the Strategy for tomorrow's exam and what all you can exactly expect in Indian Bank PO Prelims according to the current scenario.

Indian Bank PO Prelims Exam will have 3 sections, a total of  100 questions with 30 questions in English, 35 questions in quant and 35 questions in reasoning section; overall there are 100 questions for 100 marks with a negative marking of 1/4th of a mark for each wrong attempt. 

English Language

English Language Section is of 30 marks and it will be beneficial if you could complete it in 13-15 minutes as you have limited time for reasoning and quant. Firstly, you should choose to attempt questions of Cloze Test, Antonym/Synonym, Spellings and Fill in the blanks as they are relatively easier and far less time consuming than other topics. Then you can go for Sentence Improvement, Jumbled paragraph and Compound sentences. There are certain methods and tricks for these topics and by practicing well; you can easily get through these questions as well. Then you’ll be left with Reading Comprehension. The trick for Reading Comprehension can be to at first quickly read the questions and then accordingly go through the passage, this can save your time. Yes, this step is very important, and while reading the questions do note down important points or keywords that you have to search in the passage. Remember it’s better to leave those questions that you find too much time consuming; be careful with your choices. Around 10 questions will be asked from a Reading Comprehension and 5-6 questions can be of easy to moderate level. Choose wisely and don’t be tempted to take chances while attempting questions from Reading Comprehension as accuracy matters a lot.

Quantitative Aptitude

This section is of 35 marks and it is advised to complete it in 20-25 minutes. Quant can be lengthy and calculative and some might wonder how they can complete 35 questions in 20-25 minutes; the key is to master the art of topic management. Yes you must choose wisely what to attempt and what Not to attempt. Number series, Simplification & Approximation and Quadratic Equation/Inequality are generally of moderate level and you can start with them. 

You need to keep hawk’s eye on questions from these topics as they will give that easy mark you’ll instantly. 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. 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 problem 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. 

Reasoning Ability

This section is of 35 marks and it is advised to complete it in 15-20 minutes. Now if you brush up your skills in Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series and Inequalities you can easily score marks in these questions. Yes, you just need to understand their concept once and as their logic is much generalised, it is easy for a student to attempt questions of these topics. Along with them Alphabets and Ranking and Direction is also not that tough. Then there is Machine Input-Output and Syllogism. These topics are not very difficult but questions can be tricky.

As far as Logical Reasoning, Seating Arrangement and Puzzles are considered nothing can be said for sure and only practice can save you in questions from these topics. Among these topics Seating Arrangement can be relatively easy. You’ll need the right presence of mind to solve questions from these topics and they also come with an advantage. If you feel they are too time-consuming, a smart choice will be to skip them and invest your valuable time in other questions or other section.


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