Time Management for IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2017

Time is the greatest and the strongest part to get a government job. It plays a crucial role in banking exams for the students to qualify the exam. This is the most important factor for any situation in life. Time management is a most important thing. A person who understands the importance of time will never face any problem.

As it is known, that time given for the banking exams is less than the questions and the level of the paper. So the student has to manage its time accordingly. Here you find some of the best time management techniques to save your time during exams.

Be ready with the IBPS PO 2017 Exam Pattern

Subject Questions Marks Time
Reasoning 35 35 Composite Time
of 1 Hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

Know How Much Time do you Really Have in Hands

  • IBPS PO exam paper has 100 questions worth 100 marks. You have only 60 minutes to solve all the questions. So ideally, you have 0.6 minutes or 36 seconds per question. If you spend a total of 5 minutes in switching between questions, and another 15 minutes in reading questions, you are left with 40 minutes to handle 100 questions. This means you are effectively left with 0.4 minutes per question or 24 – 25 seconds to understand and solve the each question.
  • Since there are no sectional time limits, you can allocate your time the way you may see fit. Try out different time management strategies to figure out the best way to solve the paper. Also, remember that wrong answers carry a penalty of 0.25 marks. So let us look at the section-wise as well as overall time management tips for IBPS exam. Before we do that though, it is the best to take a look at previous year’s cut offs.
  • Now that you have a good idea about what scores are expected in the paper, let us take a look at Time Management Tips for IBPS PO exam to help you achieve them.

Time Management Tips for IBPS PO –

  • A student has to prepare himself/herself for the exam and decide which part should be attempt first.
  • The student should leave the question if he doesn’t know to answer. He should not spend too much time on any particular part or a problem.
  • English, General Awareness, and the computer should be attempted first as they acquire the least time to be solved.
  • On an average 1 minute for each question should be obtained otherwise the papers left.
  • If possible skip the topic which is lengthy and time-consuming like puzzles of reasoning because they consume a lot of time to be solved.
  • Before giving the exams, the student should take the test series so that he/she can analyze that in how much time the paper is getting completed. It helps to improve your timing and solving speed.
  • Always recognize your strongest zone first and solve it in a minimum period.
  • Never divide equal time to each part. Consume more time in reasoning and quantitative aptitude because these two sections take the highest time.

Time Management Subject wise

Now it is described section wise time management techniques that which subject should acquire the highest time. And how to manage different part with proper time limit check it.

Time Management Tips for IBPS PO – Reasoning

  • The reasoning section will have 35 questions, each worth 1 mark. This section is trickier and more time consuming than other sections. However, spend no more than 20 minutes on this section. Reasoning needs to be attempted with one goal in mind – pick the ones you can solve. 
  • You must have either devised or learnt question-specific tricks in your practice sessions. Be sure to quickly go through those tricks in the 2 days left before the IBPS PO Prelims exam.
  • In case you haven’t yet practiced well, go through some of these tricks so that you can score well enough to crack the cut off:
  • Quickly solve Coded Inequalities
  • Fictitious Language Coding-Decoding Hacked – Quick Tricks
  • Solve complex Blood Relation Problems in 10 seconds!
  • More Articles on Shortcuts of various Reasoning questions
  • You need to derive quicker ways to solve questions other than the usual methods, to your save time. You should be able to comfortably attempt at least 15-20 questions in the 20 minutes with reasonable accuracy if you are well prepared. 
  • Do not spend over a minute on any question of this section. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and move on to the next one.

Time Management Tips for IBPS – Quantitative Aptitude

  • The Quantitative Aptitude section may be the most difficult and tiring section among all the sections of the Prelims paper. 
  • It also comprises of 35 questions worth 1 mark each. Invest no more than 25 minutes in this section. Since there is now section-wise time limit, we recommend you to attempt this section at the very end.
  • Questions related to Simplification, Number System, Trigonometry, Geometry, Data Interpretation, Probability, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Interest, Profit & Loss, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Number Series etc. are asked in this section. You need to have a clear idea of concepts and formula before applying it for a question. Do not to use guess-work in the paper. On the contrary it is wise enough to move to other known questions rather than getting stuck to any specific question for long.

Time Management Tips for IBPS PO - English Language

  • The English section tests your proficiency in Vocabulary, Grammar and Basic English Language Comprehension. Your knowledge in this section will put you in a better position to further get selected in the recruitment process. Try to strengthen your hold over vocabulary and grammar for scoring maximum marks. With proper preparation you can finish the entire section in less than 15 minutes.
  • Try to attempt the Reading Comprehension at the beginning and quickly. There will be around 10 questions from the comprehension passage. Once you attempt these questions, move on to cloze test, fill in the blanks and phrase replacement, etc. If Para Jumbles are asked in the exam, then you can attempt the 5 questions based on them, right after the reading comprehension.

We hope these Time Management Tips for IBPS were useful to you. Use them while preparing for mock exams as much as possible. In conclusion, we are sure you will ace the exam if you follow these tips carefully. Good luck!!!

Additional Tips for IBPS PO Prelims:

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses before you go in for the exam. Attempt the questions that you know you can sail through. The exam is no time for you to experiment.
  • Do not get emotionally attached to any question. Solving a difficult question would fetch you the same marks as an easy one. So invest your time in questions that are worth it. Else drop them.
  • Questions in the Reasoning and Quant sections can be time-consuming. Identify the short ones and comprehension questions without too many calculations and attempt those first.
  • Forget about the questions you drop. You will definitely lose marks if you obsess over dropped questions.

Here’s the priority order (P.O) of various topics and the way you should divide your time:
Section Total Time
to Allocate
No. of Ques No. of
Good Attempts
Time to Allocate
1 English (Comprehension
& Para Jumbles)
10 min 15 12-15 RC:
6-7 mins
Para Jumbles:
3-4 mins
2 English
5 min 15 10-12 25-30 secs
3 Quant
including DI)
15-20 min 20 15-20 40-60 secs
4 Reasoning
(Easy &
20-25 min 25-30 20-25 55-65 secs
5 Quant
& Tough)
0-5 min 15 0-5 60-75 secs
6 Reasoning
0-5 min 5-10 0-5 Attempt only if
other sections
are secure.

Section-Wise Order of Attempt for IBPS PO Prelims

Make sure you attempt the paper according to the Priority Order given below:
Reasoning English Quant
1. Arrangement
& Pattern
2. Analogy Cloze Test No. Series
3. Classification Para Jumbles  DI
4. Coded Inequalities
Fill in
the Blanks
5. Directions &
Phrase Replacement Mensuration
6. Coding-Decoding Error Spotting DI Percentage
7. Blood Relations Ratio and Proportion
8. Order & Ranking Algebra
9. Circular Seating
Profit and Loss
& Partnership
10. Linear Seating
Time, Speed &
11. Analytical
Decision Making
Permutation and
12. Syllogisms Time and Work
13. Data Sufficiency Interest
14. Double Line-Up Mixture Problems
15. Scheduling Number System
16. Grouping &
Data Sufficiency
17. Series
18. Verbal Reasoning

Try to do mental calculations wherever you can. 

Don’t waste time putting everything on paper. Keep calm before the paper, and reach the exam centre on time so that you do not have a sense of hurry and can attempt the whole exam with ease.
We hope these Time Management Tips for IBPS PO Prelims exam help you ace the exam. Let us know if you want more help!

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