Tips to Crack IBPS PO 2020 Exam in the First Attempt



Are you planning to appear in the IBPS PO Prelims 2020? If yes, then start the exam preparation without any delay to crack the exam in the first attempt. The best study strategy is the one that enables a candidate to identify his or her learning abilities and to overcome the weakness with adequate practice. Before starting the IBPS PO exam preparation candidates should go through the latest exam pattern and syllabus. It will assist the candidates in crafting the best study plan to cover all the sections and the topics of the syllabus. After understanding the syllabus one should frame the IBPS PO 2020 preparation tips and strategies. Let us discuss some significant tips to crack IBPS PO 2020 exam.
The selection process of IBPS PO 2020 comprises of three stages namely Preliminary, Mains, and Group Exercise and Interview. Aspirants should score minimum cutoff marks to qualify each phase of the exam.
IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 
Aspirants can refer to the detailed exam pattern of IBPS PO Exam 2020 given below for different stages of the exam:
Exam Pattern: IBPS PO Prelims Exam
Name of the Section
Max. Marks
Time Duration
English Language
20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
20 Minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 Minutes
1 Hour
Exam Pattern: IBPS PO Mains Exam
Name of the Section
Number of Questions
Objective Test
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 Minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 Minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
35 Minutes
English Language
40 Minutes
Subjective/ Descriptive Test
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)
30 Minutes
3.5 Hours
IBPS PO 2020 Preparation Tips: 
1. To practice from previous years’ question papers 
Candidates must concentrate on the revision of complex yet significant topics. They should give special focus on topics with maximum weight age in the IBPS PO prelims exam.
2. To revise from short notes or video lectures
It is advisable to revise the topics already covered in the class from the short notes prepared while reading it from the resource book and if you have not prepared short notes then you can join an online video course for the IBPS PO exam to get short and précis preview of the related topics.
3. Make a section-wise preparation tips
IBPS PO EXAM has sectional timings therefore candidates should cover the entire syllabus to attempt the exam effectively. The sectional cutoff can be easily reached if the candidate is prepared with all the topics. Make a balanced section-wise preparation strategy so that you give equal time to all the subjects rather than focusing only on your strong ones. Try to overcome your weaknesses by keeping a separate time slot to revise the difficult topics under the supervision and guidance of the experts.
4. To analyze the performance report of mock tests
Candidates must take the sectional and full-length mock tests during preparation. They should join the best online test series for IBPS PO EXAM to practice adequately for the exam. Make it a practice to solve one mock test every day during the exam preparation time. Analyze the performance after every test and identify your weak areas and try to improve them with subsequent doubt sessions.
5. Learn the concepts thoroughly
Candidates must be clear with the concepts. The standard of the IBPS PO syllabus is of graduation level. Candidates can clear their basic concept of Quantitative Aptitude and rules of grammar from their high school books.
5. Work out section-wise study strategy
Every aspirant needs to prepare effective study strategy to cover each section of the exam. The study plan ought to be such that candidates give equal time to each section of exam.
6. Learn short tricks and methods
Candidates should learn short tricks and methods of solving questions. IBPS follows sectional timings hence learning them will assist candidates to attempt maximum questions in less time.
7. Attempt practice sets with sectional timings
Candidates should daily practice full length mock tests of IBPS PO EXAM to develop the habit to maintain sectional timings in the final exam. Prefer to practice online test series for best outcomes because IBPS PO exam is conducted online.
8. Avoid making Guesswork
IBPS PO exam adopts negative marking while evaluating the exam where one fourth marks are deducted for incorrect responses. Therefore, candidates should avoid doing guesswork because guess can never be correct always. It may backfire with negative marking therefore it is better to avoid.
9. Do not spend more time in any question
In case you come across any difficult or complex question do not get stuck there because there is limited time allotted to every section and you might miss the question which is in your reach or easy question where you can score. It is advisable to leave the questions which are not in your reach rather than wasting your time.
IBPS PO study strategy section-wise
1. Reasoning Section
The Reasoning section is a scoring section and if one focuses more on the significant topics such as Symbols and Puzzles (Linear Arrangements, Circular Arrangements, Distribution, and Comparison) then it will definitely enhance the score. These topics are key topics with more weightage in the section. Questions in this section are framed to analyze the candidate’s ability to follow a set of multifaceted instructions.
2. Quantitative Aptitude
Candidates should pay special attention to topics such as Simplifications, Approximations, Missing and Wrong Number Series, Data Interpretation, Quadratic comparisons. One must practice regularly to qualify the exam with a high score and this is a scoring section. The questions are conceptual and logical therefore prepare them thoroughly with a lot of practice. 
3. English Language
In this section, questions are asked to analyze comprehension skills and basic grammar knowledge. Comprehension skills are analyzed by giving questions like  Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, FIBS, Para jumbled, Grammar (Error identification, Phrase replacement), Word interchange, Match the Clause, and Incorrect usage form important components of this section. The level of questions asked in the prelims exam is much easier than that of the mains exam. Therefore revise the basic rules of grammar and enhance the vocabulary by reading English articles, novels, and news daily. It is one of the easiest sections to qualify if you have strong vocabulary and grammar basics. 
4. Computer Aptitude
To perk up the computer aptitude section, candidates encompass to know the basic knowledge of computer software and hardware. The key topics will include in the computer are the computer basics, operating systems, LAN and WAN, Basic MS office, etc.
5. General Awareness
This section can be prepared by reading daily newspaper and magazines. Candidates should watch the news channels or youtube channel with current affairs on a daily basis. There are some significant topics that candidates must focus on these are the Indian economy, Marketing, Awards and Honours, Indian Constitution, Banking, Agriculture, Sports,etc. Candidates must give importance to Banking terminologies.
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