IBPS conducts common written examination for the post of PO across various centers in the country. The Quantitative Aptitude included in the syllabus of IBPS PO is a difficult section to solve. Most of the problems are a bit tricky to solve. Maximum of the candidates who appear for the PO post fail to clear the sectional cut-off in Quantitative. Both the prelims and mains consist of this section hence this section cannot be neglected in any way. This section is all about speed, accuracy and calculation power.
Candidates are advised to proceed with this section in a strategic way. The preparation plan should be followed to excel in this section. The tricks and shortcuts must be well known as this section is time-consuming and complicated problems are there to solve.
The important topics for PO are:
- Simple Interest
- Profit and loss
- Problems on Ages
- Ratio & Proportions
- Data interpretation
Here are some tips to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude:
- To start with Number Systems: This topic requires practice, so it’s better to start the preparation with this topic. As this topic is not theory based so the concepts need to be understood by diagrams. The candidate has to make sure to include number system in his daily schedule.
- Cubes, fractions and square should be at the tip: The shortcut process for cubes, multiplication tables, square root, etc should be well known.
- Cube from 1-30
- Square from 1-30
- Tables from 1-20
The conversions that are from fraction to decimal are important to memorize especially formulas and theorems as it will save time and these bank exams are time limited exams so time plays a major factor.
- Math puzzles increase the confidence: Math puzzles help the candidates in increasing the speed as well as accuracy. The calculation also comes to the tip. It freshens the mind which will decrease the stress before exams. Puzzles can also be solved during leisure time.
- Tests: Solving problems through mock test paper and previous years question paper helps to analyze the performance in terms of speed and accuracy. The weaker sections can be focussed by self-analysis through daily tests.
- To be calm: Quantitative Aptitude is all about practice and knowing the right way to approach. The candidate needs to be focussed and patient to proceed with the preparation. The positive attitude and high confidence only help to retain the strategies over the period of time. If the candidate is not good at solving certain problems from a section, he/she should not get stressed instead should focus more on the strategy.
Books for preparation:
- R.S Aggarwal for Quantitative Aptitude
- Online resources
Candidates can master in this difficult section if approached in a right way. These preparation tips might help the candidates for their preparation for this Bank exam.
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