The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the main exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) on November 26 this year. With just a few weeks left for the paper, candidates need to focus the revision.
The exam is being held for around 3,500 posts in various banks. As far as the difficulty level is concerned, the main examination of IBPS PO has seen a noticeable rise in the last two years. Last year, the IBPS PO main cut-off was at 52.5 out of a total score of 200. However, this year the cutoffs are expected to rise as the number of posts have dropped.
Here are some important tips that will help candidates crack this exam:
1. Important topics
In each section of the exam, there are some specific set of topics on which a good number of questions will appear. To crack the exam you must practice a number of questions from these topics.
In data interpretation and analysis, be comfortable with all kinds of graphs and tables. Out of 35 questions, it can be expected that at least 20 questions will be of data interpretation. Be comfortable with attempting easy-moderate level data sufficiency questions. Read | IBPS PO 2017: Successful candidates share their exam strategy
For English, reading comprehension of medium length must not be missed. Also, cloze test, antonym synonym, error spotting can be some low hanging fruits in the exam.
In reasoning and computer aptitude, keep some basic knowledge of microsoft office, as many questions are expected from this. For reasoning, go with questions like blood relations, inequality, linear arrangement and direction sense, as these are less tricky and less time-consuming.
Finally, for GK, do not miss out current affairs questions. Keep an eye on latest happenings in the banking sector and in general as well, as you can get some easy and popular questions from these topics.
2. Previous years’ papers and mock tests
It is the time to keep reference books aside and solve past year question papers. Understand that by ignoring question papers you might be missing out some important and repetitive questions. By solving these, you will get to know that how to choose the least time-consuming questions and attempt maximum number of questions.
Under the pressure of highly important exams, aspirants are unable to perform well due to a loss of control under the ticking timer, uncertainty and loss of focus. The only way to eliminate this possibility is that you take a lot of mock tests. Mocks give you two big advantages, first, you practice in exam like manner, and second, you get physically and psychologically habitual to face the exam.
While covering the syllabus you must have created a notebook where all the tips, tricks and formulae are written. Make sure that you go through these notes again, so that you do not miss any important concept. There are a number of ways you can do this. One way is to divide the whole syllabus into parts and revise it in parts. Another way can be to take topic tests, like a short test for para jumbles, or pie charts, or arithmetic topics. These are an effective method of both revision and practice.
4. General knowledge
IBPS PO has a separate section for GK and has its own sectional cutoff. There are numerous ways to study GK. The popular one these days are mobile apps. Learning through video lessons is another fantastic and very effective method. The last method is the traditional one— studying through books and notes. Reading the newspaper daily and staying updated with the current events can also help you score well.
5. Set realistic goals
One thing candidates must understand is that you do not need to score AIR 1 in the exam. All you need is to clear the cutoff which will fetch you a call for the interview. This means that you need to make a proper strategy. First, assess how well can you perform in the interview. If you are not that confident about the interview, then target a high score in the written exam so that you can ensure the job even after a bad interview.
Another important aspect is that you must not set any specific score target in mind as this can backfire heavily. The level of difficulty can be completely different from last year’s paper and cutoffs can be anywhere from 70 to 140. In such a huge range, it is not good to have any prejudiced target.
Lastly, decide which section can fetch you maximum marks and in which ones you are just looking to clear the cutoffs. Having a proper understanding of weak and strong points is vital.
Make sure that when you enter the exam hall, you are clear about what you want to do and how you are going to do it. Give it your best, and you will definitely achieve success.
~ Authored by Devyani Madan, Collegedunia.com
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