The IBPS PO 2020 Notification is out now and we expect that the aspirants have started filling up the IBPS PO 2020 online application form. The IBPS PO 2020 notification this year announced 1167 vacancies which later got increased to 1417. The number of banks which are participating this year is 11. Are you excited about getting a government job in the banking sector? If yes, take an IBPS PO Prelims Free Mock Test now and see how ready are you for the exam. Get an insightful analysis of your performance in several measures like your weak areas, your country-wide rank, your performance compared with that of the topper etc.. Properly working on all these inputs will definitely improve your performance over the period of time. As you keep taking Mock Tests, you will be able to track and correct your performance. In this article we are helping the candidates by telling them the important preparation strategy for the upcoming IBPS PO Prelims 2020 exam along with the important topics that one should not miss including English, Quant and Reasoning.
As you would be already aware that IBPS PO recruitment comprises of 3 stages: Prelims, Mains & Interview. In this article, we will be focusing on how to start your preparation for the Prelims exam. Let’s first have a look at the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern and other important details related to the IBPS PO 2020 recruitment.
IBPS PO 2020 Important Exam Dates
|On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application bycandidates||05.08.2020 to 26.08.2020|
|Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)||05.08.2020 to 26.08.2020|
|Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Trainingl||September 2020|
|Conduct of Pre-Exam Training l||21.09.2020 to 26.09.2020|
|Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary||October 2020|
|Online Examination – Preliminary||03.10.2020, 10.10.2020 and11.10.2020|
|Result of Online exam – Preliminary||October/ November 2020|
|Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main||November 2020|
|Online Examination – Main||28.11.2020|
|Declaration of Result – Main||December 2020|
|Download of call letters for interview||January 2021|
|Conduct of interview||January / February 2021|
|Provisional Allotment||April 2021|
IBPS PO 2020- Vacancies
Earlier the vacancies were 1167, however these are now increased to 1417. Mentioned below are the details with the revised vacancies.
|1||Bank of Baroda||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||Bank of India||110||55||198||74||297||734|
|3||Bank of Maharashtra||37||18||67||25||103||250|
|5||Central Bank of India||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|7||Indian Overseas Bank||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Punjab National Bank||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|9||Punjab & Sind Bank||14||6||21||8||34||83|
|11||Union Bank of India||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR|
IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern
|Sr.No.||Name of Tests||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Medium of Exam||Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)|
|1||English Language||30||30||English||20 minutes|
|2||Quantitative Aptitude||35||35||English and Hindi||20 minutes|
|3||Reasoning Ability||35||35||English and Hindi||20 minutes|
- Negative Marking of 0.25 per incorrect answer is applicable.
- Marks of Prelims will be considered only for the Mains Exam and not in the final selection
- Aspirants need to clear the Overall & Sectional Cut-offs to qualify for the Mains exam
Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO Prelims 2020
English Language – IBPS PO Prelims 2020
There will be 30 questions of 30 marks for which you will be given 20 minutes. If you have been devoting 45 mins-1 hour to reading newspapers on a daily basis, keep continuing that practice. Not only will it gradually increase your reading speed, but it will also enhance your vocabulary. In case you ain’t reading a newspaper, start reading it today onwards. Let’s have a look at the list of topics you need to cover in this section.
- Cloze Test
- Correct Usage
- Error Spotting
- Fillers– Single, Double
- Idioms and Phrases
- Odd One Out
- One Word Substitution
- Para jumbles
- Paragraph Completion
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Improvement
- Synonyms/ Antonyms
- Vocabulary based questions
- Word/Phrase Replacement
Start with one topic at a time and practice enough number of quizzes using Topic-wise Quizzes and English Mini Mocks on the PracticeMock App. Solve a number of questions and focus on the areas in which you are getting the answers wrong. Buy the IBPS PO Prelims Package and get access to 20 Mock Tests and 15 Sectional Tests where you can practice, evaluate and improve upon your performance. Review the detailed solution of the question you answered incorrectly to understand your problem-area. With consistent practice and working on your weak areas, your performance will most likely improve.
Quantitative Aptitude – IBPS PO Prelims 2020
In this section, there will be 35 questions of 35 marks and you will be given 20 minutes. Let’s have a look at the list of topics which needs to be covered:
- Age Problems
- Boats and Stream
- Clock and Calendar Problems
- Data Interpretation – Charts and Graphs: Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart; Tabular; Caselet; Mixed DI
- Data Sufficiency
- Decimal and Fractions
- Indices and Surds
- LCM and H.C.F
- Mixture and Allegations
- Number Series
- Number System
- Permutation and Combination
- Pipes and Cisterns
- Profit, Loss and Discount
- Quadratic Equations
- Simple and Compound Interest
- Simplification & Approximation
Pick a topic and check the questions on it. There are plenty of videos available on the internet. Try watching a video from a trusted channel and have a crystal-clear conceptual clarity. Once the concepts are clear, try understanding the shortcuts & tricks. Do this for all the topics listed above. Take a Free Mock Test as well and shortlist your weak areas. Clarify their concepts and take Topic-wise Quizzes on the PracticeMock App. Fresh quizzes are uploaded on a daily basis and are absolutely free to take.
Reasoning Ability – IBPS PO Prelims 2020
In this section, you will get 35 questions of 35 marks which should be solved in 20 minutes. The topics which need to be covered are:
- Alpha-numeric/Alphabetical Series
- Analytical Reasoning
- Blood Relations
- Coded Inequalities
- Coding and Decoding
- Data Sufficiency
- Directions and Distances
- Double Line-up
- Order and Ranking/Direction
- Puzzles – Box based, Floor, Calendar, Day/Months based, etc.
- Seating Arrangement– Linear, Circular, Facing Inside/Outside, Mixed
- Statement and Conclusion
- Statement-Course of Action
Pick one topic at one time. Let’s say you picked the topic Blood Relations. Watch some videos on the internet from trusted channels and try understanding the different kinds of questions asked. Come up with your own shortcuts/tricks like assigning +sign to males & -signs to females and so on. Do this for each and every topic. Additionally, take Reasoning Mini Mocks and Topic-wise Quizzes on the PracticeMock App. These quizzes and mocks are absolutely free to take.
The importance of practising via Mock Tests can’t be undermined. After all Mock Tests provide you with a simulated environment where you can face the exam multiple time before the actual exam. Consider buying the IBPS PO Prelims Package in only Rs 299 and practice via 20 Full-length Mock Tests and 15 Sectional Tests.
Wishing you good luck with your preparation!
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