IBPS PO Mains Preparation Strategy
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IBPS PO Mains Preparation Strategy: IBPS PO Mains is the next obvious target, especially for individuals who didn’t make it through the SBI PO Prelims. Now, is the time to go all-in for IBPS PO Mains preparation.


IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021

S. No. Name of test No. of Questions Max. Marks Medium of Examination Time Allotted 
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes 
2 English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes 
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes 
4 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes 
 TOTAL 155 200  180 minutes 
5 English Language (Letter & Essay Writing) 2 25 English 30 minutes 

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus 2021

Reasoning AbilityEnglish LanguageQuantitative AptitudeGeneral Awareness and Computer Knowledge
Seating Arrangements
Data Sufficiency
Blood Relations
Order and Ranking
Alphanumeric Series
Distance and Direction
Verbal Reasoning
Cloze Test
Reading Comprehension
Spotting Errors
Sentence Improvement
Sentence Correction
Para Jumbles
Fill in the Blanks
Para/Sentence Completion
Number Series
Data Interpretation
Simplification/ Approximation
Quadratic Equation
Data Sufficiency
Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportion
Work, Time, and Energy
Time and Distance
Simple and Compound Interest
Permutation and Combination
Current Affairs
Banking Awareness
GK Updates
Important Places
Books and Authors
Prime Minister Schemes
Important Days
Basic Computer Knowledge

IBPS PO Mains Preparation Strategy

Reasoning Section Approach 

  • If you are done with your concepts and topics now, you should start taking sectional mocks to evaluate your sectional performance. You can take them bi-weekly. Try to finish the sectional test before 45 minutes as you progress.  
  • Don’t leave any topics of puzzle or seating arrangement. These two are going to carry the maximum marks in this section. However, this doesn’t mean you should be easy on another topic. Practice a few puzzle related questions daily to boost your confidence.  
  • Critical reasoning isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is proper guidance. A step-based protocol for attempting such questions. You can read our detailed blog on – Critical Reasoning Tips and Tricks (Bank Exams) 
  • Computer Aptitude can act as a decider between aspirants who qualify and the ones who don’t. It is not wise to undermine the computer aptitude questions. You can read our detailed blog on– Frequently asked Computer awareness questions 

English Language Mains Strategy 

  • We hope you haven’t stopped with the regular reading practice.  
  • For many aspirants, the clerk exam would have given them a reality check about English that it matters. You might crack the prelims without doing good in English, but the mains exam will not be that kind. You will have to give time to the English section.  
  • 2-3 Reading Comprehensions will improve your overall English preparation 
  • Error detection questions are a must. You should practice 10-15 questions daily.  
  • Practice cloze test questions as they may come with a good weightage of marks. They can be hard to understand conceptually, but enough practice will make you comfortable.  
  • Other topics, including sentence arrangement, para jumbles, etc., are also important. 

Quantitative Aptitude Strategy 

  • Divide your attempt strategy on the basis of category of questions 
  • Approach Quant section with the mindset of reasonable attempts 
  • Practice Speed Maths tricks and methods religiously 
  • Divide your time as per the category of questions 

General Awareness Strategy 

The top 10 GK Topics you need to cover at any cost  

  • Banking GK    
  • Economics GK    
  • Funds allotted    
  • State news    
  • Appointments (Special designations of banks and Government of India)    
  • Schemes    
  • Books and Authors – You can easily cover them because hardly 4-5 books are released every month. Don’t miss out on this topic.    
  • Awards     
  • Committees – Bank related    
  • Rankings and reports    

Other Tips for GA: 

  • Look for a 6-month window of February/March – August /September 
  • Refer to PracticeMock’s Monthly GA PDFs – Download monthly GA PDFs  
  • Look for the previous year GA Questions  
  • Choose the Relevant Reference Books as per the Syllabus  

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