How to Prepare for IBPS PO 2016 in Few Weeks [FREE Study Plan]

IBPS PO 2015 study plan,prepare for IBPS PO 2015 exam in 60 days,How to prepare for IBPS PO exam from home,IBPS PO 2015 self studyIf you are dreaming about bank officer jobs in any Indian govt banks, then to qualify in the IBPS PO 2016 exams should be your aim.With just 8800 PO job vacancies, you can expect intense competition among applicants this year. Inorder to help you prepare for IBPS PO 2016 exams & crack it easily, a proper & free study plan is designed as per the latest pattern & difficulty level..


Most of you will know that IBPS exam pattern is based on a two tier written test procedure - Preliminary & Mains.


Only those candidates who clear the prelims can appear for the main examination & based on this score only, they will be shortlisted for personal interviews.


Therefore here is a detailed study plan for the IBPS PO prelims exam 2016 that is scheduled on October 16, 22 & 23.


What is IBPS PO Prelims & Syllabus?

IBPS PO Prelims is the 1st exam that all applicants need to write.It is only a qualifying test & your marks in it wont be considered for final selection.


It is very likely that the IBPS PO syllabus shall be similar to the SBI PO prelims held in July.The highlight of prelims exam pattern is:

  • Total marks: 100
  • 1 hour time limit
  • 100 questions from Quantitative Aptitude, English & Reasoning ability

Cutoffs on each section & total score will be fixed by IBPS based on the performance of all candidates in prelims.So you need to secure above those two cutoffs in order to qualify for mains.


Quantitative Aptitude: This section shall comprise of 35 questions that could be picked from the following chapters:

  • Numbers – Basics of Number Systems; HCF & LCM; Simplication; Number Series
  • Arithmetic – Averages & Alligations; Ratio & Proportion; Percentage, Profit & Loss; Simple & Compound Interest; Age Problems; Speed, Time & Distance; Time & Work
  • Modern Math – Probability; Permutations & Combinations
  • Geometry – Mensuration (questions about area, perimeter and volume)
  • Quadratic Equations –  2 quadratic equations are given asking you to compare the magnitudes of x & y
  • DI – Data Interpretation & Data sufficiency 

Reasoning: The expected chapters in this section are given below from which 35 questions could be asked.:

  • Analytical Reasoning Linear arrangements, Circular Arrangement, Selection, Matching etc.
  • Logical Inequalities Different inequality relations are provided
  • Syllogism – Deductive logic questions with statement and conclusions.
  • Blood Relations Questions related to family tree and relations.
  • Coding-Decoding – Words or phrases that are coded are provided and one needs to identify the matching codes.
  • Miscellaneous – A small number of questions may be dedicated to Direction sense, Input-Output, Critical reasoning (Assumptions, Courses of action, Arguments)

While each correct answer fetches you 1 mark, the level of questions would only be of easy to moderate level.


Note: In recent years, questions from Analytical Reasoning have increased in bank prelims exam while the focus is less on on Syllogism, Coding-Decoding etc.


English: This section will contain 30 questions from the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Parajumbles
  • Cloze Test & Fill in the blanks
  • Vocabulary

You are required to score pass mark in each of the above three papers.

Books to Refer:

Here is a list of books we compiled that will be useful for those who are thinking to prepare for IBPS PO 2016 from home (self study).Even those who are attending coaching classes can buy them to practice & learn shortcuts.


Guides & Practice Books

* IBPS PO Exam GuideClick here to buy for Rs.399 (with previous solved papers)

* IBPS PO Practice Workbook - Click here to buy for Rs.161


Subject Specific Books

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams Click here to buy for Rs.417


Magical Book on Quick Maths (for Quants) -  Click here to buy for Rs.214


Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (for Reasoning) – Click here to buy for Rs.236


Objective English - Click here to buy for Rs.236


All the books listed below are hugely popular among candidates & have also received many positive reviews on Flipkart and Amazon.


IBPS PO Study Plan

Based on the syllabus and the importance of topics (expected number of questions), - a 8 week study plan has been created which would make yourself ready within the next 60 days.


How to read the color codes: Colors on topics denote the expected no. of questions that could be asked in that specific section.


The no. of hours specified under topics in the table is for a week & not for a day.


The plan is created assuming 25% of the time for learning and 75% for practice.So stick to the study plan to crack IBPS PO prelims.


For example: When you see 8 hours being marked for a set of topics, it means we you must spend 2 hours in learning the concepts and 6 hours in practicing them.


To practice, we recommend Oliveboard`s online mock tests for Rs.499Click here to buy them.


You can refer to the plan below or if you want to create a more personalized plan, you can use Oliveboard’s Study Planner & save your plan.Click here to create your own personal plan.




The plan also suggests you spend at least 1 hour (or more) after each mock test on analyzing your mistakes & seeing how to improve than blindly taking as many tests as possible.


Remember: It is what you do between mock tests that will determine your improvement, not how many tests you attempt.To take a Free Mock Test in the new IBPS PO prelims pattern, click here


So the final weeks should be entirely allotted only for practicing/ revisions.


We believe the above syllabus & study plans will help you in managing that time effectively to crack the IBPS PO 2016 exams. 


This IBPS PO exam study plan was exclusively created for readers by Oliveboard: It is an exam preparation site for Bank PO exams. It provides Videos, Study Material, Practice Tests and Test Series for IBPS PO (Prelims & Mains). It was selected as one of the top education startups of India.Click here to visit the site.


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