How To Make Your Study Plan To Crack Bank PO Exams In 2020?

Study Plan For Cracking Bank PO Exam: Making through any competitive examination demands a proper strategy driven by a study plan. When we talk about Probationary Officer, it is one of the most prestigious position in the banking sector. The competition for Bank PO Exam is thus higher. So, cracking PO Exam isn’t an easy nut to crack. However, there is always a way out for all that will eliminate your daunting thoughts. We have a strategy or we can say a study plan for Bank PO exam 2020.

Bank PO Exam like IBPS PO, SBI PO, IBPS RRB PO etc are held every year to recruit eligible candidate as a Probationary Officer in Public Sector Banks. Bank PO is an lucrative job due to it’s salary and profile. If your aim is to become a Probationary Officer, start prepare for some of the leading recruitment procedures:

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Structure of Bank PO Exam

Bank PO exam is held in three stages: Prelims, Main and Interview. Prelims stage is qualifying nature but it is the entry pass for the next stage of the recruitment. The merit list is framed by adding marks of Main and Interview. We have come up with PO Exam pattern which is same for SBI and IBPS PO recruitment whereas for IBPS RRB PO, the pattern varies.

Bank PO Prelims Exam Pattern


S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes



Sr No. Name of the test Medium of Exam No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
2. Numerical Ability Hindi/English 40 40
  Total   80 80


Bank PO Main Exam Pattern


S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60
2 English Language 35 40
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40
Total 155 200


Other than this, there is a descriptive test of English Language as well of 25 marks in IBPS PO and 50 marks in SBI PO Main exam. 


S. No. Name of the Test Medium of the exam No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Ability Hindi/English 40 50 Composite time of 120 minutes
2. Numerical Ability Hindi/English 40 50
3. General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4.a English Language English 40 40
4.b Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5. Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
  Total   200 200


Out of 4a and 4b, candidates have to choose one. 

Bank PO Exam Study Plan

Due to the wide area, you need to understand how to prepare for PO Exam. Also, students generally crumble the preparation due to which they fail to crack the exam. With the right guidance and strategy, you will make through the PO Exam.

Make your mind first: Be sure that you want to be a Probationary Officer. Make you mind in accordance to that. Do not let your mind get diverted. Make a goal and start your journey.

Look for the exam pattern and take a tour of common areas: Once you have made your mind, you should look for the exam pattern of the PO Exam. The prelims exam and mains exam pattern of both SBI AND IBPS is same while there is difference in the IBPS RRB PO Exam. Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning are the common areas in all the three recruitment. So, you can make a plan accordingly.

Syllabus: Have a look at the syllabus of all the section, this will make you aware of the topics that are to be covered in the exam.  

Previous year’s paper: After the basic steps, you have to take a tour of previous year’s paper that will not only provide you the scoring topics but will also gives detail regarding how the questions are asked in the examination. Solving previous year’s paper should be in your priority list.

Strategy: After knowing the exam pattern, syllabus and previous year’s paper, you are ready to prepare a strategy for each section. You are required to make a slot of all the sections with 1-2 extra slots giving time to revision and paper solving activity. Give importance to the scoring as well as non-scoring topics as you have time now to get a hold over all the topics.

Mock Test: Obviously, you can not miss mock test. Solving mock test is as important as filling the registration form because without it you won’t be able to judge your performance. Mock test will enhance your speed, accuracy and time management. Solve as many mock test as possible. 

Revision: Revise everything that you have learnt for 3-4 times. This will help in saving the negative marks.

For GA: General Awareness section is prevalent in the mains exam. However, student who want to make through the final list need to go through current affairs and other general awareness topics for getting through all the stages of the exam.

Computer Awareness: It is important for aspirants to have knowledge of computer. So, read the basics of computer, abreviations and about hardware and software.

Descriptive Test: In SBI PO and IBPS PO, you need to go through the descriptive test in addition to the 4 sections of objective test.

Bank PO Exam is generally held in online mode. So, candidates are advised to read and practice through online mode. Use tricks to solve reasoning and quant section. Also, work on the trio: time management, speed and accuracy. This will act as the key in saling through the exam. 

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