Crack IBPS By Studying 20 Hours A Week

Yes, why not. Cracking IBPS is not about studying 20 hours every day but cracking IBPS bank exams is all about positive attitude, positive strategy and practice as much as you can. Cracking IBPS is more about smart work than hard work. Rest assured if you study 20 hours a week for next 20-25 weeks, you are good to go.

IBPS conducts exam for various posts. Given below is the list for which the exam is conducted:

  1. IBPS PO
  2. IBSP Clerk
  3. IBPS SO
Does cracking IBPS exams with 20 hours of preparation a week seem impossible?? 

Refer to the links below and crack the upcoming PO, SO & Clerk exams with just 2 to 3 hours of preparation per day:

Candidates must note that the number of applicants that apply for various IBPS exams is very high and so is the competition. So giving yourself a time duration of a week for the IBPS exam preparation is quite less but qualifying the exam is not impossible. In this article, we bring you tips to crack the IBPS exam within a week.

It is suggested that candidates must carefully go through the IBPS syllabus before starting to prepare for the exam.

7 Simple Tips for 20-Hours a week Study Plan

  1. Schedule a day to day study plan – When preparation pan has to divided into seven days of a week, the strategy should be devoting time to different sections per day along with dedicating a specific amount of time in preparation
  2.  2.5 to 3 Hours Self Study Each Day – For candidates who are taking Coaching classes, they must ensure that at least 2.5 to 3 hours of self-study is mandatory. Only then they will understand if they are able to get their concepts clear or not
  3. Turn to video lectures – This is especially important for candidates who are preparing all by themselves at home. Video lectures are more interactive and engaging and easily available online. Referring to these will help candidates learn and understand the concepts from basics
  4. Solve at least 1 mock test each day – The best way to revise the entire syllabus from each section and all important topics is by solving mock tests based on the latest bankIBPS exam pattern. The marks scored at the end of each test will also help aspirants apprehend which sections need more practice
  5. Make Proper Notes – Most topics in Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude/ Data Interpretation are interrelated. Thus, it is important that candidates make proper notes where they have all the important formulas, shortcut tricks and other relevant information written at a single place.
  6. Work on efficiency – Since there is negative marking of 0.25 marks in each section, candidates must work hard on efficient answering. Candidates must practise in a manner that they not only are able to solve questions quickly but also solve them efficiently
  7. Time Management along with Self Management – Another important aspect which needs to be kept in mind is time management. Each section under IBPS exams has fixed time devoted to it. Thus, candidates must ensure that they refer to shorter tricks and formulas to get the answer correct and quick

Candidates can check the links given below to prepare themselves with section-wise study material and get the list of important topics from the examination point of view:

Quantitative Aptitude Verbal Ability
Static GK Banking Awareness
General English for Competitive Exams Logical Reasoning Questions

Section-wise Preparation Strategy to crack IBPS Exams

Here are few other smart work tips you can use for IBPS preparation:

  • Video lessons: most people see YouTube as a waste of time, but here we will tell you how you can use it as a boon for each section of bank exams.

For general/ banking awareness:

Study IQ education (India’s biggest educational channel)

GK & Current Affairs for All government exams

The Hindu Editorial Analysis

Banking/ Financial Awareness for IBPS PO, SBI PO, Clerk (Bank PO)

To prepare current affairs candidates can visit the linked article.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Maths/Quantitative Aptitude Shortcuts and tricks for SSC CGL, IBPS PO, SBI, CLAT, IHM and UPSC

  • Mock Tests: Everyday mock tests are necessary. Time mock tests help you perform in pressure. Focus more on the areas where you are wrong in your mock tests. Mock tests give you a clear picture of your concepts. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Get a hold on the areas you are strong in, and make them perfect.

Monday: Online mock test + Quantitative Aptitude

Tuesday: Online mock test + Reasoning and GK

Wednesday: Online mock test + English and computers

 Thursday: Online test + evaluate performance + detect weaker areas and work on them

Friday: work on sections you scored less

 Saturday: work on sections you scored less

Sunday: at least three Mock tests

For the reference of candidates, given below is a list of mock test series by BYJU’S that shall prove to be helpful in the preparation:

IBPS PO Mock Test IBPS SO Mock Test
IBPS RRB Mock Test IBPS Clerk Mock Test
  • Important topics that should have your mains focus.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Numbers: basic Number Systems, Simplification, HCF and LCM, Number Series

Arithmetic:  Averages and allegations, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss

Modern math: Permutations and Combination, Probability

Geometry: Mensuration

Quadratic Equations: quadratic equations to compare the magnitudes of x & y

DI: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation


Analytical Reasoning:  Linear arrangements, selection, circular arrangements, matching etc

Syllogism: logic questions with statements and conclusions

Logical Inequalities: different inequality relations

Blood relations: family tree and relations questions

Miscellaneous: questions dedicated to Direction sense, Critical reasoning, Input-output

Coding-Decoding: words/ phrases provided, you need to identify the matching codes.

For the detailed logical reasoning section, candidates can visit the linked article.


Reading comprehension: Reading newspapers will develop your professional skills.

Grammar: Read books and newspaper which are the best way to improve one’s English.  

Vocabulary: Target on the root of words, this develops in deriving the meaning of the word.

Candidates can know the detailed bank exam syllabus at the linked article and start their preparation for the upcoming IBPS exams.

To get a detailed Strategy to Prepare for Upcoming Competitive Exams, candidates can visit the linked article and based on the tips mentioned, start their preparation accordingly.

Remember practice hard, but study smart. Give 25% of your time in studying and 75% of your time in practice daily. Practice makes a man perfect. For any assistance, BYJU’S counsellors are here to guide you.


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