The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO exam for recruitment of Probationary Officers every year. These officers go on to manage some of the largest and most prestigious banks in the country. It is one of the most popular bank exams due to the prestige, benefits and the bank salary structure. Lakhs of candidates appear in the exam every year to secure the job of a bank PO. Standing out from this large pool of talented people requires dedication, discipline and a strong grasp of the subjects that constitute the IBPS PO Syllabus. To achieve this goal, we bring you a few tips on how to prepare for IBPS PO exam. The following tips have been drawn up after extensively studying toppers’ strategies for the bank PO exam:
- Know the Detailed Syllabus: The IBPS does not specify a definitive syllabus for any of its exams. However, one can deduce the major topics that feature every year from studying past years’ question papers. These topics are also available online and offline along with IBPS PO study material. Knowing the syllabus is half the battle won as this helps save time and effort. Many aspirants make the mistake of studying everything under the sun for each subject and end up diluting their efforts. This should be avoided at all costs.
- Make a Study Plan: The preparation strategy should include a well-planned schedule of study. Aspirants should aim to cover portions of the syllabus sequentially and include revision of topics periodically. The study plan should also include analysing previous years’ papers and identifying important topics for the exam.
- Attempt Regular Mock Tests: Mock tests should be a focus area for the exam. This is because one has to answer a large number of questions in a short amount of time. Attempting mock tests has two advantages. It gives the aspirant a good idea of their preparation level, allowing them to intensify focus on weak areas of the syllabus. It also provides ample practice in solving questions within the stipulated time. This is critical as the IBPS PO exam is conducted online with no scope of re-attempting questions once a section has been finished.
- Read Newspapers: Reading newspapers is an important but overlooked part of IBPS PO preparation. Candidates should regularly read the newspaper, focussing on the business pages to cover current affairs for the exam. This becomes a big differentiator during the exam while attempting the General Awareness section.
- Focus on One Stage At A Time: The PO exam is a two-stage exam with a large overlap in the syllabus between them. Candidates should focus on one stage of the exam at a time as the pattern is similar. Preparation for the Prelims also covers a large part of the syllabus for the mains. Preparation for the IBPS PO mains exam could then be focussed on the extra subjects that constitute its syllabus.
IBPS PO exam preparation does not have to take up most of the day for aspirants. One can use the following schedule for their preparation:
- Monday: Online mock test for Prelims + 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 3 Mock tests and revision.
Candidates should use these tips on how to prepare for IBPS PO exam to be successful in the exam. Study material, notifications, tips and strategies are available on the BYJU’S website for aspirants to use.
To know more about bank exams, check out the following articles: