Earlier this year the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducted the IBPS PO and IBPS RRB Prelims Examinations. Later, IBPS released a new notification this year for re-conducting these prelims exams, for those aspirants who could not appear for these exams as their respective colleges/universities did not release their graduation results. Both, IBPS PO Prelims Exam and IBPS RRB Prelims Exam will take place in January. IBPS has released the admit card for IBPS RRB&PO, Candidates appearing for these exams can now download their hall tickets from the official website of IBPS. Aspirants must fast track their preparations to score maximum and qualifying marks in them.
Strategies to Prepare for IBPS PO & IBPS RRB Prelims Exam
Reasoning Ability Section
This section is common in both IBPS PO and IBPS RRB Prelims Exam. In IBPS PO Prelims Exam this section holds a weightage of 35 marks while in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam this section holds a weightage of 40 marks. Let us look at some topics that are frequently asked in the reasoning ability section:
- Seating arrangements
- Coding decoding
- Blood relations
- Direction sense
Practicing these questions will make the candidates have a stronghold on the reasoning ability section and they can increase their chance of scoring maximum marks in it.
Quantitative Aptitude Section
In the IBPS PO Prelims Exam, this section consists of 35 questions of 35 marks and in the IBPS RRB prelims exam, this section (numerical ability) consists of 40 questions of 40 marks. Some of the questions/topics that are frequently asked from the quantitative aptitude section are:
- Number series
- Data interpretation
While preparing for the prelims exam the candidates need to cover all the important topics above to secure good marks in the quantitative aptitude section, a majority of the questions are based on these topics.
English Language Section
Candidates will only see this section in the IBPS PO prelims, not in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam. This section will consist of 35 questions of 35 marks for which the candidates will be given 20 minutes in IBPS PO prelims. Some of the important topics on which the majority of the questions are based in the English language section are:
- Reading comprehension
- Sporting heroes
- Fill in the blanks
- Para jumbles
- Cloze Test
Make a schedule
Candidates must make a schedule/daily timetable which they can follow to keep track of every section and to cover every topic. This will give them a thorough knowledge of each section and a better understanding of the topics asked in each section in detail.
Previous Years Papers
The best way to get a taste of the actual exam is by solving previous years’ papers. Candidates can also check the memory-based question papers and solutions of the IBPS PO and IBPS RRB prelims exam that was conducted earlier this year and get an idea of the pattern of questions asked in these exams.
Candidates must give 4 marks in a week to constantly keep track of their preparations and identify their weak areas which need improvement. Candidates can attempt mock tests with Adda247 and analyze their own performance with the given detailed solutions.