IBPS PO 2016 preparation: Practice is the key to scoring good marks, says Anil Nagar, CEO, Career Power

How to prepare for IBPS PO

Firm command over concepts, speed and accuracy are some of the key factors that help candidates to secure good marks in IBPS PO exam. One of the most competitive bank exams of India, IBPS PO is taken by approximately 8 to 10 lakh candidates every year. And to ace this test, candidates must have conceptual clarity, problem solving ability, excellent command over mathematical calculation and reasoning ability. 

With just three months left for the IBPS PO 2016 preliminary exam to be conducted on October 16, 22 & 23, students are either finishing the exam syllabus or have started revising and taking mock tests.


As part of Careers360’s IBPS PO 2016 Preparation Series, we bring you some tips and guidelines on how to prepare for IBPS PO 2016 by Mr. Anil Nagar, CEO and Co-founder of Career Power, a coaching institute offering guidance on competitive exams.

Excerpt of Interview:


Careers360: Now that the exam date for IBPS PO 2016 has been announced, what kind preparation strategy should aspirants begin to follow?

Anil Nagar: Practice and only practice is the key to scoring good marks in IBPS PO 2016 entrance exam. The quantitative aptitude and reasoning section should be covered first in these next three months. And current affairs should be taken up on a daily basis. English and computers should also be covered separately on a daily basis along with other subjects. Every student has a strategic approach to the paper and it varies from student to student. But a definite plan will help you to cover all the topics as per the prescribed syllabus.


Careers360: Please suggest some important books for quantitative aptitude, reasoning, English language and Computer that are important and help aspirants in their preparation.

Anil Nagar: Now if we talk about the books and study materials, seeing the change in IBPS PO 2016 exam pattern, student should prepare from the books and materials that are based on the new paper pattern. Also, they must solve the sample paper based on previous year exam to analyse their performance. Candidates must read competitive magazine on current affair and newspapers on daily basis to prepare for General awareness section. 


Careers360: The bank PO exam syllabus being vast, should aspirants cover the entire syllabus or prepare for only selective topics?

Anil Nagar: Yes, a student is required to go through the entire topic at least once. In recent bank PO exams like SBI, we have seen a lot of changes in the pattern as well as difficulty level. But those who had a good command over their basics did well in the examination. So these types of exams demand good knowledge in each section. And if we talk about those selective topics, then candidates should focus on those topics which had been frequently asked in past years. 


Careers360: Should aspirants take mock tests on a regular basis? How it will enhance their performance?

Anil Nagar: The most important thing that is needed to crack the exam is practice.  Though only practice will not help as what students need is to practice in the right direction. This can be done by taking mock tests. Students should give mocks on a regular basis as this will help them to increase their speed and help them in time management.  By giving regular mocks, the student can also check how accurate he/she is.  Taking regular mock tests help them to attempt a good number of questions in the exam with accuracy.


Careers360: What are your suggestions for IBPS PO 2016 preparation? 

Anil Nagar: The suggestion can be many but from the aspects of preparation some are listed below: 

  • Study the concepts in-depth. Do not just rely on the shortcuts and tricks. If something is happening in any question then make a habit of asking ‘Why’ and ‘How’.

  • Try to explore more and more. Solve the variety of questions. Do not just move on because you are not getting how to approach the particular question. Just peep inside the each and every aspect of the question. See the solution and understand the concept. And try similar questions on same pattern.

  • Practicing the difficult questions does not mean that you have to leave the easier ones. You need to practice those also as that easy question because they may also appear in the exam. But lack of practice makes even the simple questions difficult during the exam

  • Attempt more and more speed tests. After finishing the mock, solve those questions also which you could not be able to solve in the stipulated time

  • Study for yourself, and not because someone is forcing you to study. Because, unless and until you develop interest towards the subject you will not be able to pass in that

  • Do not be a paper setter, be an exam candidate only while attempting the mocks! Do not start thinking like this question is too easy and that question is beyond the level of IBPS. You never know what question can be asked during in the exam. 

  • Develop idea of thinking. Think that in what other ways the same question could be asked to you, or, how could that question be made complicated one

  • Think positive and develop a problem solving approach. Do not search points for excuse. Fight for the best!

  • Fight for the single seat because. Do not think and analyse again and again that this much is the vacancy and I have to score this much to clear the cut off. Give your best out of yourself. Then only you will get close to the success!

Important topics in IBPS PO preparation-

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Reasoning Syllabus

English Language Syllabus



Reading Comprehension,




Number series

Direction and Distance

Synonyms & Antonyms

Problems based on numbers

Ordering and ranking

Sentence Completion

Data Interpretation


Error Detection

Speed Time And Distance

Blood relations


Percentage, Average

Sitting arrangement

Cloze Test

Ratio and Proportion

Arrangement and pattern


Profit and loss



Simple interest and Compound interest

Mathematical Inequalities


Time and Work

Coded Inequalities





Number Series



Permutation and Combination




General Awareness Syllabus

Computer Aptitude Syllabus

Important Days

Computer Hardware and Software

Scheme launched by PSBs/Private Banks and Foreign Banks

Basics of computer network and transmission media

Central/state government’s schemes

Knowledge of the Internet

Awards and Rewards

M.S Office Suite and Shortcut keys

National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary

History of Computer and some famous personalities

PSBs, its CMD/MD/Chairman, tagline, headquarter


Recently visit by Indian PM and President aboard and agreements signed

Computer Security Terms e.g. Bugs, Virus etc.

Sports news (IPL, French open, Australian open F1 Race etc.)

Names of latest operating systems e.g. Ubantu is based on Linux.



10.Banking Awareness






Defence News e.g. Recent Naval, Air and Army Exercises, New Weapons, Satellites.


Monetary Policy


Money and Capital Markets


RBI and its functions


IBPS Ask & Discuss here

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First Published On : 22 Aug 2016 04:43 PM IST

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