As per the tentative schedule published on the official website, Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the preliminary exam for recruitment of probationary officers (PO) in the month of October.
This leaves roughly six months for banking job aspirants to prepare for the exam. While it's not necessary that you begin preparation for IBPS PO exactly six months prior to the exam but it will definitely give you ample to go over all the topics and revise. In this article we will discuss the strategy aspirants should adopt right now in order to ensure a good score in the IBPS PO preliminary and main exam.
IBPS PO Preliminary and Main combined, there are total five sections in the IBPS PO exam - English Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Banking Awareness and General Knowledge, and Computer Awareness. Six months are fairly enough to be completely prepared for both Preliminary and Main exam.
1st and 2nd month
Make a section-wise list of all the topics from which questions may be asked. Start with the ones you find the toughest or have never heard of before. Devote one hour on each section. In case of Banking Awareness and GK, and Computer Awareness, half an hour a day is enough. Refer only school textbooks and normal exercise books to learn the fundamental concepts.
3rd and 4th month
By now you would have gone through every topic on your list. Now you need to begin focused preparation. Buy a preparation book for bank exams and start solving questions topic-wise. Again an hour a day should be enough. You should follow preparation books because the questions asked in the exam are a tad bit different than the ones which are mentioned in school textbooks. Also focus on learning shortcut tricks for solving lengthy problems.
5th and 6th month
In the last two months, we suggest you sign up for Mahendras online speed test and solve at least one paper in a day. Don't just solve preliminary speed test but also speed tests designed for Main exam. Solving speed tests would help you identify your problem areas and you can work on them. Speed tests would also get in the gear for online exam and benefit you on the exam day.
This schedule (even with a little variation) would allow you to cover every topic including revision and give you an edge over other candidates appearing in the exam.