IBPS PO Main Exam: Study Plan & Topics to Cover in Each Section

After the IBPS PO prelims results were announced, qualifiers may have started to prepare for IBPS PO Mains 2015 exam.We are just few days away from the final frontier which is going to be the real battleground for bank job aspirants.So we thought of explaining about the pattern, studyplan & topics to cover in each section.Added to it, we have also given few tips on the timeplan to follow during the test.


The IBPS PO Mains 2015 is an online objective exam for 2 hours that comprises of the following sections:




As you can see, each question carries 1 mark.So all papers have to be given equal importance while preparing.


What Topics to Cover?

The three sections that were part of PO prelims – Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English language are also in the main exams.So you would have already prepared many chapters from the above 3 subjects.


The two new papers - General awareness & Computer knowledge will decide your result status.Since both of them are easy scoring areas and won’t take a long time to complete, candidates should start from here.


Take a look at the SBI PO Main exam 2015 scores that were published few days back.IBPS PO mains & SBI PO main exams are of similar pattern.

SBI PO 2015 Cutoff Scores



Can you see that 21.25 was the minimum qualifying marks in General Awareness in SBI PO recruitment.It is very high compared to other subjects.


Not only this.You may also look at previous year IBPS PO cutoffs wherein GA occupied the top position for cutoffs.


With only 10 more days for the final exam, a strict daily studyplan wont work.You should allocate maximum no. of time to learn the new subjects (GK & computers) and begin revisions during the last 3 days.


Therefore we are giving a syllabus studyplan, based on which you can look at the important topics that are needed to focus during this limited period.


General Awareness: Out of the total 40 questions, 28+ can be termed as good no. of attempts.

You need to be aware of banking terms, economic/business news, bank related announcements, trends in banking sector etc., as there will some questions to test your banking knowledge.

You should have been reading newspapers regularly to have kept track of what is happening.If not, get hold of The Hindu & Economic Times or you may also visit Google news everyday for real-time news updates.


Under GK, once can expect questions from latest events, current affairs, personalities, sports, awards, agreements etc.,


Reference books: Manorama Yearbook 2015 [covers everything in GK] - Rs.190


Computer knowledge: There will be 20 questions each carrying 1 mark.Make sure to attend 15 – 18 correctly.

Basics of computer systems, Operating systems, Networking, Hardware, Internet, Security, Latest trends etc are the only possible chapters from which questions could be framed.

If you had bought the IBPS PO book we recommended earlier, it contains detailed material on computer section as well.There are various quizzes available online, which can also be tried.


English language: It has 40 questions in total. Desired no. of attempts: 25+


All candidates will have gone through this section for prelims itself & the same type of questions are only expected in mains with a little more difficulty.

Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Fill in the blank, Error spotting, Sentence correction, Synonyms/Antonyms, Para Jumbles are the standard syllabus.

Remember to attend the comprehension question within the shortest possible time & inorder to do that, practice reading passages faster.


Quantitative Aptitude: Of the total 50 questions, anything above 35 should help you in final scores.

This being the main exam, QA could have more indepth questions.So concentrate on Data Interpretation/Sufficiency, Time – Distance problems, Number series, Quadratic equations, Geometry, Probablity etc.,

In addition to the above, don’t forget to go through the chapters that you prepared for prelims because they are also part of QA.


Reasoning Ability: You will have 50 questions in this part of which 30+ attempts can be termed as good number.

Lessons to cover: Seating arrangements, Puzzles,Assumptions, Input-Output, Inqualities, Coding-decoding, blood relations etc., 

This is a time consuming section with some tricky questions.So attend only those which you are sure of & do not waste time in solving a difficult one.Proceed to other questions immediately, if you are stuck on a problem for more than 3 minutes.


How to Manage Time?

One of my friend often says “If anyone wants to know the value of time, ask them to appear for a bank exam.”Such is the power of time.Managing time in IBPS PO exams is the key for candidates especially when cutoff scores are missed by few digits.


Here is our plan of attack: Computers -> General awareness -> English -> Reasoning or Quantitative aptitude.

Make sure you have atleast 1 hr or 1hr 15 mins to attend Reasoning & Quants sections. This means, the other 3 sections should be completed as fast as possible.

Whatever said, you need to practice atleast 5 mock tests so that you can understand your strength,weakness, time taken to answer each question etc.,


Click here to buy IBPS PO Mains Online Mock Tests for Rs.499 (10 sets) & start practicing immediately.

Get FREE Email Alerts on Bank Jobs/Exams & other Govt Recruitment news, Tips to Prepare & Books ->

Share this :