IBPS PO Prelims and Mains 2018 Important Topics

Last Updated - February 20 2018

Aspirants appearing for IBPS PO 2018 must be aware of the exam format and syllabus. To score well, it is essential to plan your study schedule and prioritize the important topics for IBPS PO as per their weight in the exam.

IBPS has announced the exam dates for IBPS PO 2018 on its official website. The Prelims are scheduled for October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 while the Main Examination will be organized on November 18, 2018.

Here are a few important topics from the IBPS PO Syllabus that aspirants must focus on for effective preparation.

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Important Topics

As per IBPS PO Exam Format, the Prelims consist of 100 objective type questions carrying 1 mark each from the following sections:

  1. English Language-30 marks
  2. Quantitative Aptitude-35 marks
  3. Reasoning Ability-35 marks

Here are some topics which you can concentrate on specifically:

English Language

This section of the paper contains 30 questions and each question carries 1 mark. As per earlier year’s format, the following topics are important for this section.

  • Para Jumbles -
    There may be 5 questions from here. Again, try to exercise questions based on the new format to be familiar with the type of questions asked in the exam.
  • Spotting Mistakes -
    You may come across 5-10 questions from this topic. Questions may also be asked from Sentence Improvement. Be thorough with your grammar basics to score well in this section.
  • Cloze Test -
    5 Questions are expected from this part. You must exercise well for this section by trying out as many IBPS PO Sample papers as you can.
  • Reading Comprehension -
    You can expect 10 questions in the IBPS PO prelims. The passage might be based.

Quantitative Aptitude

This section carries 35 marks in IBPS PO prelims and it is not very difficult to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude. Aspirants must not mark their responses based on guesswork since the exam employs negative marking where 0.25 marks will be deducted for every inaccurate response.

The following topics are important for IBPS PO Prelims:

  • Miscellaneous -
    This would involve Age-based problems, Mixture, and allegation, etc.
  • Number Series -
    Questions based on arithmetic, squares/cubes based series, the combination of arithmetic operations, and double level operations based number series may be asked.
  • Quadratic Equations -
    About 5 questions may be asked from this area. Remembering all the formulas is the key to solving such questions.
  • Data Interpretation -
    You can expect minimum 2 sets, i.e. 10 questions from this part of the prelims syllabus. Exercise tabular DI regularly since it has a high probability of being asked in the exam.
  • Simplification/ Approximation -
    Approximately 5 questions are expected from this section. Such questions must be approached with the BODMAS rule for correct calculations.

Reasoning Ability

This section has several important topics for IBPS PO Prelims. It will include of 35 questions carrying 1 mark each.

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

You can expect 2-3 sets of puzzles and seating arrangement (i.e. 10-15 questions). Earlier years’ questions in the prelims comprised -
(a) Linear arrangement
(b) Moderate circular arrangement
(c) Floor-based puzzle

  • Inequality  

There can be 5 questions from ‘Inequality’ in the IBPS PO prelims.

  • Syllogism

A total of 5 questions may be asked. Questions based on the new format of Syllogism must be exercised.

  • Blood Relations, Direction, and Ranking based questions

Around 5-10 questions can be asked from this section. These questions are not very difficult and can help you score 5-10 marks within two or three minutes.

IBPS PO Mains 2018 Important topics

IBPS PO Mains examination is an online exam comprising of 155 questions carrying 200 marks. New changes have been introduced to the Main exam which is now modeled on the SBI PO exam format.

IBPS PO Mains will now also comprise a descriptive paper carrying 25 marks. The exam period has been increased to 3 hours and the number of questions has been decreased which means that the difficulty level of the exam is expected to go up this year.

Here are a few important topics for IBPS PO Mains that the aspirants must focus on:

Data Analysis & Interpretation

Data Interpretation

  • Boat & Streams
  • Work
  • Pie charts
  • Profit & Loss

Data Sufficiency

  • Age Problems
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Comparing Quantities
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Mensuration

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

This is the easiest section of the question paper. The important topics expected in this section are given below:

  • Directions & Distances
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Syllogisms
  • Puzzle
  • Scheduling
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Verbal & Critical Reasoning
  • Computer Aptitude

English Language

This section has 35 Questions which must be done in 40 minutes. Questions are established to be very easy and the difficulty level is nearly equal to the IBPS PO Prelims.

Reading Comprehension

Question Types: Banking & Economy, Business, and Social Issues etc. are some of the topics which are focused on in the passages. You can also expect Vocab, Fact, and Inference based questions.

Mistake Spotting & Phrase Replacement

5 sentences will be given & you have to find out the grammatically incorrect/accurate sentence among them. There may also be questions concerned to mistake spotting with one or more than one part of the sentence containing the mistake, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction with more than one accurate response.

Para Jumbles/Sentence Jumble/Odd Sentence Out

This is an important topic in IBPS PO Mains where aspirants are given a Jumbled paragraph or an odd sentence to be established out.

Sentence Completion/ Fill in the Blanks/Para Completion

Question format would comprise paragraphs or long sentences where the aspirants would have to fill in the blanks in between.

Word Association Pair

This section tests your vocabulary as the questions probe your knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and the relation between words.

General Awareness

This section consists of 40 Questions and the time period is 35 minutes. It is easy to prepare for General Awareness and it is quite scoring & less time-consuming if you are updated with the present affairs of last 6 months. Here are a few important topics to help you prepare well:

(1) Financial/Banking Awareness

Aspirants can expect factual questions based on:

  • Acquisitions and Deals
  • New Policies and Pacts
  • Function of institutions & its roles
  • International Trade
  • Currencies of different countries
  • Union budget, railway budget, economic survey.
  • Trade Deficits, Exchange Rate, and GDP growth.

(2) Present Affairs

This section is expected to contain questions from the following topics:

  • Government Schemes & Policies
  • New recruitments
  • banking and economy-concerned news
  • International events and everyday events.
  • National and International news
  • Books by popular individualities

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