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Best Study Plan For IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Preparation

In order to help you prepare efficiently, we are giving you an IBPS PO study schedule. This schedule covers all the topics from each section of the IBPS PO Prelims exam in such a way that you should be able to complete the syllabus well in time. Some more features of this time table are:

  • Topics carrying more weightage in the exam are placed higher above in the schedule. Therefore, if you study according to this study schedule, you should easily be able to pass the minimum sectional and overall cut-off.
  • The targets set for each day are achievable. We have not set any unrealistic goals for you.
  • Enough room provided for you to analyse your performance by taking regular mock tests.

For more convenience, you can even download this article as PDF and place it in your study area.

Although this is a flexible time table and you can tweak it as per your requirement, we recommend that you stick to this schedule. By following this plan you will have at least 5-7 days before the exam to revise. Read on to know how to benefit the most from this IBPS PO Study Schedule.

Read the Detailed Syllabus given further in this article to know the chapters, topics, sub-topics and types of questions that appear in the exam. The additional Shortcuts and Tips provided with it will help you learn simple tricks to tackle difficult questions quickly. Now, let us take a look at the IBPS PO Exam pattern to know what all you need to study.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No. Subjects No. of questions Marks Time allotted for
each test
(Separately timed)
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes

20 Minutes

20 Minutes

2 English Language 30 30
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
4 Total 100 100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.
Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be
shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS PO Study Schedule for Prelims – Study Routine

Before you go through the time table, make it a point to:

  • Religiously take one mock test every day.
  • Carefully analyse all your answers and the questions that you skip.
  • This is how you need to divide your time:
Activity Time allocation
Quantitative Aptitude 45 min
Reasoning Ability 45 min
English language 45 min
Mock test 1 hr
Mock Test Analysis 1 hr
Total time 4 hrs 15 min

Shortcuts, Tips & Tricks + Detailed Syllabus to Crack IBPS PO in 30 Days!

Since there’s just few month left for the preparation, you cannot afford to lose time in reading books, cover to cover. Keep the following Tips & Shortcut methods handy along with the study plan, to know where exactly to begin studying everyday. These cheat sheets, tricks, mini quizzes, learning hacks, calculation shortcuts, etc. will help you stay focussed on relevant topics and most probable questions.

IBPS PO Study Schedule for Prelims – Time Table

The three sections are colour coded as follows:

  • Reasoning Ability: Green
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Yellow
  • English Language: Blue
  • Time to practice your weak topics: Red
45 min 45 min 45 min
1. Coding Decoding in Fictitious Language Simplification Reading Comprehension
(With more emphasis on economy & banking related topics.)
2. Family Tree (Blood Relations) Percentages + Averages
3. Ordering & Ranking + Direction & Distance Profit & Loss
4. Data Sufficiency
5. Mathematical Inequalities Speed, Time & Distance (Relative Speed, Partial speed & Average Speed)
6. Double Line Up Problems on Trains, Boats & Streams
7. Time & Work Grammar & Common Errors
9. Scheduling Quadratic Equations, Polynomials & Number Systems
10. Linear Arrangement Linear Equations in one or two variables + Ratio Proportions Grammar & Common Errors
11. Circular Arrangement
12. Circular Arrangement + Blood Relations Mixture Problems
13. Mensuration -2D & 3D Cloze Test
14. Mensuration – Mixed Problems Para Jumbles
15. Simple and Compound Interest (Pay more attention towards mixed questions.) Vocab (Frequently Confused Words, Spellings)
16. Data Interpretation Pie Chart + Table
17. Practice Puzzles Data Interpretation Miscellaneous
18. Data Interpretation Bar graph + Line Graph Practice Error Spotting & Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction
19. Permutations & Combinations Fill in the Blanks
20. PRACTICE YOUR WEAK SPOTS Probability + Simple & Compound Interest Reading Comprehension (Social Issues + Technology)
21. Data sufficiency Practice Reading Comprehension

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Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability is going to be a difficult section as reasoning section of banking exams has always been difficult as compared to other examinations. The pattern is getting complex day by day and most of the topics of this section are now being asked in the form of puzzles only. The only way to ace the scores in the section is strenuous practice. Here is the IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning Ability Section.

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)


Quantitative Aptitude | Data Analysis & Interpretation

The level of every other section has only turned more complex and convoluted, there is no doubt that this section too will be making your blood run cold. If we talk about previous years examinations, this section consumes a lot of time so what one needs to do is an efficient time management that can only be achieved through practice. Data Interpretation and topics from arithmetic section make it hard for one to deal with the section as easily as any other section. Practice continuously, it will pay big time. Here is the IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section.

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

English Language

This topic can be easy as pie if your basics are clear. Sometimes, even those who can communicate very well in English, fail to perform to the best of their ability in competitive exams. A habit of reading an English Newspaper can actually do a good turn because it helps to build up a strong vocabulary, effective knowledge of grammar, and efficient comprehension skills. Rest depends on how hard you practice. Here is the complete IBPS PO English Syllabus for English Section.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions (Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)


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