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
English Language Syllabus
HCF & LCM
Direction and Distance
Synonyms & Antonyms
Problems based on numbers
Ordering and ranking
Speed Time And Distance
Ratio and Proportion
Arrangement and pattern
Profit and loss
Simple interest and Compound interest
Time and Work
Permutation and Combination
General Awareness Syllabus
Computer Aptitude Syllabus
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.
Defence News e.g. Recent Naval, Air and Army Exercises, New Weapons, Satellites.
Money and Capital Markets
RBI and its functions