IBPS Prelims 2018 is the qualifying exam to appear for IBPS Mains. IBPS Mains will be organizeed in the month of November 2018. The final selection of the aspirant will be done on the basis of the Interview which is scheduled in January 2019. IBPS Prelims is expected to be organizeed in October 2018.
The format of IBPS PO which is nearly same from the last year that is selected is done on the basis of Prelims test, Mains and the interview.
IBPS Prelims will have 100 questions which are of objective nature. The total period of the exam is 100 marks total with the time period of 1 hour. Prelims will comprise 3 subjects, namely:
The time period of IBPS Mains will be 2 hours in which aspirants have to solve 200 questions. The Mains will comprise: The total weightage of the exam will be 200 marks.
The syllabus of both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains for subjects Mathematics, Reasoning and English will be same the difference will be just the level of difficulty as per the marks allotted to that particular subject. Aspirants required to prepare for General Awareness and Computers once they complete the Prelims paper for the Mains Exam.
The initial stage of IBPS PO exam is a Preliminary exam. It is organizeed in the computer-based method at the allotted centre. There are 100 questions divided into 3 sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal) and English Language.
The clear period of the exam is 1 hour. Here is the weight of various sections in the IBPS Prelims exam: The question paper for IBPS Prelims 2018 will be English or Hindi.
Here are the important highlights of IBPS PO Prelims Exam Format 2018:
|Time Duration||1 hour|
|Method of Exam||Online|
|Negative Marking||For each wrong response 0.25 marks will be deducted.|
IBPS PO Mains is organizeed in online method with 200 questions objective type in nature. The questions are divided in five sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.
The weightage of each section is given below:
There is a separate time limit for each section while the overall time period for the exam is 2 hours. Here are the details of the IBPS PO Exam Format for Mains: One Mark will be honoured for every right response. Negative marking prevails in the exam so attempt questions cautiously. The questions are in English or Hindi.
|Time Duration||2 hours|
|Method of Exam||Online|
|Negative Marking||For each wrong response 0.25 marks will be deducted|
IBPS PO Mains Schedule: Section wise
There is a separate time period for each section of IBPS Mains. Given below is the schedule for each section in the exam:
|English Language||30 minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||40 minutes|
|General Awareness||20 minutes|
|Computer Knowledge||10 minutes|
Each subject has a various format based on the syllabus and the topics that subject comprise.
The question papers for IBPS exams are designed in such a way that it filters out brilliant students having excellent knowledge of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English and Computers. Along with the Excellency in these subjects, aspirants must also be well updated with General Knowledge and Present Affairs.
The aspirants who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the IBPS PO 2018 Exam Format to manage their preparation accordingly.
The aspirants who are preparing for IBPS PO should have very good speed while solving question paper as they have to solve many questions in limited time duration.
To score well in the exam, accuracy is also important with speed. To increase the speed and accuracy, aspirants can solve IBPS PO Earlier Years Question Papers and Mock Test Papers.
In order to utilize the time in an efficient way, the aspirants are advised to solve the easier questions first as these questions won’t take much time to be responded.
Focus on Important Sections
The aspirants need to set their command on all the sections in the IBPS PO Exam. Here are few tips to aid the preparation of each section:
IBPS PO Exam Syllabus is a clear guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based. Here we offer you with the topic wise syllabus with preparation books of each:
This section comprises questions from basic mathematical topics. Here are the important topics to be focused on while preparing for Quantitative Aptitude:
The clear syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude is tabulated below:
|Ratio and proportion||Permutation and combinations|
|Averages||Simple and compound interest|
|Time and work||Quadratic Equations|
|Speed, Distance and time||Probability|
|Mixture and allegation||Trigonometry|
|Percentages||Profit, Loss and Discount|
|Volume and surface Area||Elements of Algebra|
|Height and Distances||Data Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts|
This section of IBPS PO is scoring if the concepts are complete and well-exercised. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well:
|Analogy||Passage and conclusions|
|Word pattern||Series Test|
|Statement and conclusions||Number, Ranking and time sequence|
|Syllogism||Direction sense Test|
|Statement and assumptions||Judgement making test|
|Statement and arguments||Figure series|
|Coding Decoding||Input/output, Assertion and reasoning|
|Blood Relations||Sitting Arrangement|
This section is further classified into sub-sections. Here are few important topics to be covered and exercised in IBPS PO 2018:
The detailed syllabus for English is tabulated below:
|Spotting Mistakes||Phrases and idioms|
|Direct and Indirect speech||Active/ Passive voice|
|Theme Detection||Passage completion|
|Topic rearrangement of passage||Deriving Conclusion|
Given below are the topics from which the questions of General Awareness section are made:
|Present affairs concerned to national and international issues of last 6 months||Overview of Indian Financial System|
|History of Indian banking system||Recent credit and monetary policies|
|Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc.||Abbreviations and Economic terminologies|
|Banking Terms||Important Government Schemes on capital & money market|
The table given below gives the detailed syllabus for Computer Knowledge section in IBPS PO Mains:
|Basics of Hardware and software||Windows operating system basics|
|Internet terms and services||Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)|
|History of computers||Networking and communication|
|Database basics||Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses|
Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. It reduces the efforts. Selecting the best books to simplify your learning procedure and enhance your chances of doing best in the Exam.
Books that the aspirants required to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts complete. If you go for easy books all via the preparation it will not help in solving the toughest questions, though knowing the formulae can make you solve even the toughest questions practice beforehand with the difficult questions and that too with the time management will save your time in the exam.
Here are the list books that the aspirant must refer for best results:
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude||R.S.Aggarwal|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude Test||N.K.Singh|
|Quantitative Aptitude||The Clear Success Package – Bank PO||Arihant Publications|
|General Awareness||Guide to Banking General Awareness||R.Gupta|
|General Awareness||Manohar Pandey Book||Arihant Publications|
|Computer Knowledge||Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy||Kiran Publication|
|Computer Knowledge||Computer Awareness||Arihant Publication|
|English||Essential English Grammar||Murphy|
|Reasoning||Verbal- Non-Verbal Reasoning||R.S.Aggrawal|