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How to Crack IBPS PO 2017 Exam?

IBPS PO Exam will start in the month of October this year. We will now discuss how you can crack IBPS PO Exam 2017 in this post. In order to get through prelims phase of IBPS PO 2017, it is imperative to have a proper study plan in place and we hope this post will help you devise an efficient strategy to clear IBPS PO preliminary exam 2017. 

Many of you have been feeling dejected after the experience of SBI PO Mains exam this year. However, at this point, it is essential that you get a hold of yourself and start preparing for IBPS PO exam now. IBPS usually follows the footsteps of SBI, so it would be better if you get yourself well prepared from right now. 
As per the official calendar released by IBPS, IBPS prelims exam for the post of PO will be conducted on 07.10.2017, 08.10.2017, 14.10.2017 & 15.10.2017. 
The right time to start your preparations and score good in the IBPS PO result is now. So, take a proper look at this post and get on with your studies!

Pattern and level of bank exams has changed drastically over the years. With the Government offering a lucrative salary of IBPS PO, the level of questions are getting trickier and tougher day by day. So, don't think that one month preparation will help you get through this exam. 
Some of you plan to prepare for the banking exam in 15 to 20 days before exam date. As of now this is not going to happen. Yes, it is true that there are many who will tell you that we have prepared in only 15 days or a month, but you know yourself better than anybody else, so prepare your own strategy, and start with your preparations accordingly.

Major Don'ts for IBPS PO Exam Preparation

Before we start with the preparation strategy, have a look at some common mistakes that students commit while studying and try to avoid them in your preparation. 
  • Many of the students don't have a defined aim/ goal. They fill out the form just for sake of it. But is that right? Absolutely not! First and foremost understand if this is actually what you wish to do, set your goals and then start preparing for it with proper dedication. 
  • Most students don't devote proper time to all the sections while preparing. Yes the prelims exam is just qualifying in nature. But you still need to clear the sectional cutoff and you need to score high, since both level as well as cutoff of the exam has been on a constant rise. 
  • Many of the candidates buy online test series but don't take them seriously. Many of you don't opt for test series, thinking offline preparation would be sufficient to clear the exam. Both these are serious errors on your part. You need to realize the significance on online tests in the current scenario. 
  • Many times, students get distracted from their goals. You need to avoid that. Reduce your social media engagements for some time and focus just on your studies. This will definitely help you in the long run. 
  • Another major error that the students commit is that they are often too over-confident, and this attitude eventually messes with their result. 
Make sure that you take proper note of these mistakes and avoid them during your preparation. Let us now see how you can prepare for IBPS PO Exam 2017. 

Exam Pattern & Syllabus of IBPS PO 2017

The very first step of your preparation for this exam is to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and detailed syllabus of IBPS PO Exam. Unless you are well aware with what topics you would come across in the exam and in which manner will they be asked, you cannot prepare properly. So, understand the exam pattern and syllabus of IBPS PO 2017 thoroughly before moving on with your study plan. 

How to Crack IBPS PO 2017 Exam?

With proper planning, preparation, and the right strategy you can easily crack IBPS PO 2017 exam.

Know where you stand:

Firstly, in beginning of the preparation process, sit down and with a focused and methodical approach, start with an honest analysis of yourself. What are your strengths? What are you good at? What are your areas of improvement? Where do you need more time to practice? This analysis can be done by taking up Online Mock Tests.
Take the test as though you were answering the real one. Take it seriously. And then, when you are done, see the patterns of your results. What key points come up? Are you weak in vocabulary? Do you take more time in reading comprehension? Do you have mastery of quantitative fundamentals? Are you able to complete the mock test within the required time frame? Do you blank out and get nervous?
Key factors to watch on-

  • (i) Yes, mock tests do help in your own way.
  • (ii) Take every mock test as if it’s the actual exam.
  • (iii) Don’t take tests just for the sake of taking tests.
  • (iv) These tests will not to tell you how good you are, but how you can be better.
  • (v) Try to analyze these tests to understand your strengths and weaknesses.
  • (vi) Learn from your mistakes and don’t kept repeating them.
  • (vii) Know your area of strength and target them (like If you are good in Reasoning so used to make sure you get them right every time).


Don’t be demotivated with Mocks Test score – Mock Test score doesn’t matter much. The biggest myth that candidate have in their mind is that if they are not scoring good marks in Mock Test, they feel that it’s waste of preparation and it is end of road for them. They cannot qualify the actual exam with such low scores. Mocks is just to analyze where are you lacking and how can you improve your banking awareness. You get to know your strong and weak areas with the help of these tests. Once done with the test, analyze your performance -
  1. Good Speed, Good Accuracy: You are already good but do practice regularly.
  2. Good Speed, Bad Accuracy: Look at your practice answers. Where did you commit mistake? Is there a pattern? Assess and improve.
  3. Bad Speed, Bad Accuracy: Put in the most focus into this section. Work by researching on easy tips and techniques to improve the speed and accuracy for these types of questions.
  4. Bad Speed, Good Accuracy: Practice, Practice hard, Practice more. Practice each questions by setting timer. Try to apply short tricks. Practice will improve speed. Get easy strategies on improving and keeping the momentum that are available by us.

Once you have made your assessment, familiarize yourself with the IBPS PO examination. Know the parts of the IBPS PO exam. IBPS consists of Quantitative Aptitude, English language skills, Reasoning clubbed with Logical Reasoning, Computer and General Awareness.
Then, divide the whole work into simple steps - 

How to master in English Section?

Are you good at knowing the meaning of difficult words? Is there a lot of room to improve? If so, then set a target for yourself and work on it accordingly. For instance, you could target to learn and revise at least 10 new words everyday!
Let us see what approach you should follow in order to excel in this section. 
  • Divide it up into chunks and seriously master each chunk. Memorize with a fresh mind.
  • Read our Series, Daily Word-list, English Masters and Grammar Scholar and practice exercises/ quizzes to have good command over English Grammar & vocabulary. 
  • Easy way to learn English vocabulary apart from these series is read books like Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis to improve your vocabulary skills.
  • You can use the difficult words assigned for the day in conversation or in your writings to help you practice.
  • Improve your context skills.
  • Play word games online or with friends and crossword puzzles.
  • Use memory tricks like mnemonics. Practice vocabulary tests. Target to improve your results each time. 
  • Next, see your performance in the reading comprehension section of the mock test.
  • Are you quick in picking up the context and meaning of what you are reading or do you need some time? Practice by doing a lot of reading.
  • Read books, articles, blogs, websites, newspapers etc. of varying topics and length.
  • Reading newspapers like the Hindu, Economic Times etc is a good start. Certain international newspapers and magazines like The New York Times, Economist and Washington Post (all available online) will give you international perspective and good reading practice. This will improve your reading speed and comprehension.

How to master in Quantitative Aptitude Section?

The basic idea is to get your fundamentals (basics) strong.  Generally, quantitative questions in the exams are based on simple concepts, and this makes it an absolute must that one has a working knowledge of these concepts. For this, a few core skills should be developed.
  • These core skills include accuracy and speed. 
  • It also includes the ability to perform simple and complex calculations under time pressure and the ability to use logic and reasoning while solving mathematics questions.
  • Furthermore, pacing is an important aspect. It involves the practice of moving onto the next question if you are stuck on a single question so to cover more questions of the test.
  • Do not waste most of the time in a few questions while missing out on the rest.

How to master in Reasoning Ability section?

Have you ever thought why this section is needed or important for banking exams. As this section has no practical application in banking jobs. This section is important because it reflects you, your ability to handle situations and the most important thing is how you approach, how you think and handle/ solve the situation in less time.
  • First understand the basic concepts of different topics. 
  • Identify the topics that scare you most and work hard to get a good hold over them. 
  • Lot of practice is required to excel in this section. The more you practice, the more you'll get good at various topics of this section. 

How to master in General Awareness section?

Now the section which has no end, no boundary. This section can prove to be a game changer, it's less time consuming and can be attempted with 100% accuracy. This section needs vast information with daily update. We all know that “Old is Gold”, same thing applies here too.
  • We need to make a habit of reading newspapers regularly.
  • Read “The Times of India”, “The Hindu”, “The Telegraph” etc. 
  • You need to keep an eye on what’s happening around you in your country and world as well.
  • There are many leading magazines that focus on current affairs and General Knowledge.
  • These magazines beautifully categorize the articles with its genres to make it interesting to read on. Some of the useful magazines are Banking Service Chronicle,  Pratiyogita Darpan, Business Today etc.
  • Follow news channels at least once a day. Try to go through all the breaking and highlighted news, and make it a habit.
  • Note down all important news of the day in your note book, learn it and revise it on a next day. This exercise will make you master in GK section.
  • For Banking Awareness go through our series, Banking Awareness and Financial Awareness.
  • Try to give priority to areas like Sports, Government Affairs or technology, news on banking sectors, and economic and business news.
  • Last but not the least follow our Daily GK Updates and Monthly GK Digest & One Liner GK updates, that will keep you a step ahead.
At last -

  • (i) Online Examination is an exam which needs preparation as well as smartness.
  • (ii) Crack IBPS PO exam because you "want" to and not because you "have" to or "prove" yourself to someone.
  • (iii) Hard work never goes waste. It always repays well in some form or the other, sooner or later.
  • (iv) Don't go by what society says or what status quo dictates. Just do what you feel morally right and good about.
  • (v) Since you only need to succeed once, it doesn't matter how many times you fail . Learn from your failures and stick to your dreams during your darkest times . the dark times prepare you for your success .
  • (vi) Basics of financial awareness is equally important. Some realize it earlier, some later.


Remember –
There is no substitute for Hard Work!We have already shared a preparation strategy for IBPS PO Exam 2017. Go through it in case you missed it out and start your preparation now!

All the best for your Exams..
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