IBPS PO 2018 Quantitative Aptitude: Important Topics To Prepare


IBPS PO Prelims Examination is scheduled to be held in the month of October. The three important sections asked in this preliminary examination are English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude. Although the thought of attempting the Quantitative Aptitude Section gives heebie-jeebies to most of the candidates, the subject can get you cent percent marks once attempted with an efficient time management and accuracy. And, to carry it through, one must get down to nitty gritty and latch onto the syllabus of the subject so as to be on the ball at this year's IBPS PO Exam. Here are the important topics for the Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS PO 2018 Exam.

Data Interpretation

Data and Interpretation is a major part of Quantitative Aptitude Section of all the banking examinations, be it IBPS or SBI Exams. So, it is important not to give a cold shoulder to this topic. The usual pattern of DI questions has always been based on Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, and Profit and Loss, but in the recent times, we observed a change in the pattern when DI questions asked were based on Time and Work and a few more topics from Arithmetic. So, be well prepared with these topics so as to deal with DIs with poise. The other important job is to be excellent at calculation because all that you need to do in DI is calculation and if you lag here, this section can prove to be a can of worms for you.

Inequality/ Quadratic Equations

The other most important topic for IBPS PO Prelims Quant Section is Inequality. The number of expected questions on this topic is 5-6. There is a possibility of two types of questions on this topic. First is the usual concept of Quadratic Equations and Second is the new pattern of Quantity 1 and Quantity 2 where the questions asked are based on Profit and Loss, Average, Mensuration, etc. and you will have the compare the two quantities based on the solutions obtained. Earlier the new pattern questions were asked only in the Mains Examinations, but this year, they were asked in Preliminary Examinations as well. So students, be well prepared with Quadratic Equations to cross that bridge when you come to it. 

Number Series

Number Series is an equally important topic for IBPS PO Prelims Exam. The number of expected questions from this topic is also 5-6. The number series are mostly based on two patterns, Uniform, and Non-Uniform Pattern: The uniform pattern may have series based on Addition, Subtraction, Prime Numbers, Squares, Cubes, Decimals, etc. The non-uniform pattern may include the series based mixed pattern of the topics mentioned for the uniform pattern. The only way to deal with this section is practice. The more you practice, the more easily you recognize the pattern of the series.

Simplification and Approximation

The number of expected questions on this topic is 5-6. This can be the simplest part to deal with if you are good at calculations. So, be fast with calculations and keep practicing, it will always stand you in good stead. The important trick to deal with this section is to remember the VBODMAS Rule and have all the tables, cubes, squares entirely grasped.

Other miscellaneous topics

The number of expected questions on miscellaneous topics is 10-15. The topics that come under this part are CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, etc. The questions are generally framed in a twisted manner and may be time taking. This is the reason why one is always advised to attempt the questions on miscellaneous topics in the end.

So, these are the important topics for Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS PO Prelims Exam that one needs to be excellent at. Don't just go through the article, try to implement everything mentioned in it in your schedule instead. There is no shortcut to success. Only and only hard work will pay you off in the end.


Best of luck!!