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Sure shot success Mantra to crack IBPS PO Prelims 2016

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Sure Success mantra

How do you feel when you watch the topper of a competitive examination interviewed? Do you feel it is their attitude which brings them success? Is it their hard work which pays off? The answer to this question is both of them. It is both the right attitude and right endeavours which lead us to the path of success. It is the attitude to work hard and put sincere efforts in it. You might have often heard people saying “Hard work doesn’t go in vain”. Yes, they are absolutely right. It definitely does. So, our primary motto is to encourage you and make you focused to achieve your goal.

The IBPS PO Prelims 2016 examination is all set to hit the examination centres and all students are curious regarding the conduction of the examination. The pivotal need of the hour is to strictly follow a well-planned strategy and stick to it by all means. The strategy should be a smart one covering all the important areas and not a hectic one which will end up messing you. So, to mend your thoughts and plans in the right direction and to give a perfect shape to your dreams, we present you some of the most helpful strategies to ace IBPS PO Prelims 2016.

IBPS PO Prelims: Pattern


Number of questions


English Language

30 Questions

30 Marks

Quantitative Aptitude

35 Questions

30 Marks

Reasoning Ability

35 Questions

35 Marks 

IBPS PO Prelims: Cut- off Marks

The cut- off marks (expected) are supposed to be as follows:


Cut- off marks





Let us take a look at a few section- wise tips to master in the individual sections:

Reasoning Ability- This section becomes the trickiest of all sections which, in turn, creates a fear in the minds of the students. But if you are sound enough in this section, you will be very well able to master this section. The questions need to read carefully as the questions asked in this section are hardly obvious. They are more of tricky and ambiguous. So, in order to master this section, the only tool is ‘practice’. Continuous practice will make you well equipped with accuracy and will make you comfortable with different types of questions asked. Some of the important topics for preparation from this section are: Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Coding Decoding, Inequality, Machine Coding- Input Output, Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Argument, Cause and Effect, Blood Relation, Directions, Syllogism, Puzzles, Linear Seating Arrangement, Two Row Seating Arrangement, Circular Seating Arrangement, Tabular Arrangement, Code Binary Numbers etc.

Quantitative Arrangement: For many students, the only scariest thing about any competitive examination is “Quantitative Aptitude”.          This is also one of the trickiest sections of any examination which consists of numerical and situational based questions. For performing well in this section, brush up your basics first. If you will make your basics strong, you can attempt the questions much faster than anyone else. The next step will be “Rigorous and consistent practice” which will make you comfortable with the questions. Some of the important topics for preparation from this section are: Data Interpretation, Number Series, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Probability, Time and Work, Problems on Age, Speed and Distance and Percentage etc.

English Language: Here comes the “All time scary” subject for most of the banking aspirants’ i.e. English Language section. But trust me, this section can make you score like anything if you are good enough in it. Moreover, this section is highly essential as a banking professional is expected to be proficient enough in his written and spoken English skills. Go through different standard books and sharpen your skills in this section. Some of the important topics for preparation from this section are: Antonyms and Synonyms, Para jumbled/ Sentence Rearrangement, Cloze test, Reading Comprehension, Grammar topics etc.

Sure shot success tips: Become a high- flier

  • Maintain a daily time- table or study routine and adhere to it. Make sure you give enough attention to all the areas and do not skip any section at any cost.
  • Start with the sections which you feel is difficult, strengthen those areas and work on them. However, do not ignore the areas which you feel are easy due to overconfidence. Practising those areas will make you even more efficient in them.
  • Take care of managing time efficiently and judiciously. Invest less time in the sections which you are confident about and spend more time in the sections you are not that confident about.
  • Work your fingers to bone in order to shape the trajectory of your success and make sure the valuable time you have is not squandered.
  • Appear mock tests as it will give you immense confidence to increase your accuracy level.
  • Last but not the least, pull your socks up to hit it! It is you and only you who can drive your dreams to the sky of success. Make sure you get it.

We hope that this article helps you to stay motivated for giving your best in the IBPS PO Prelims 2016. Stay connected for more updates. Good luck!


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