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Top 6 Time Management Tips for IBPS PO 2016

“Good time management is a good motivator, from my perspective”- Charles Smith

IBPS PO 2016 exam time management tips

In the exam hall, I was all set to start with the paper. The examination was of 1 hour and the first thing which came to my mind was “One hour is more than enough. I can complete the entire paper”. I started with the questions which seemed tough and lengthy. As the questions were really tough, I was stuck at many points and ended up wasting a lot of time gazing at the diagrams of the questions, randomly guessing the solutions and scratching the head of my pencil on the forehead. The remainder from the teacher which was “Last 10 mins” was like a last minute monster. I was very confused of what to attempt and what not. I still recall the experience as one of the “worst time management” experiences.

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Time management: An essential tool for giving your best performances in any field. Sensing the importance of time management in crucial examinations like IBPS PO Prelims, we have got some of the most promising time management tips for you.

But before going to the tips, let us take a look at some of the note- worthy details of IBPS PO Prelims 2016:

IBPS PO Prelims 2016: Pattern:

Sl. No.






Reasoning Ability Paper



01 hour


Quantitative Aptitude Paper




English Language Paper






IBPS PO Cut-off Category-wise (Expected):

Now, let us take a look at the cut- off marks of IBPS PO Prelims 2016:

Candidate’s Category

Cut-offs on Total (Out of 100)

Hearing Impaired (HI)


Visually Impaired (VI)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Orthopedically Challenged (OC)


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Other Backward Classes (OBC)


General (Gen)


Let us take a look at the top 7 appealing tips for exceptional time management in IBPS PO Prelims:

  • Every section is essential: You should never ignore any section in the entire paper. Each section is equally important as sectional cut- off is also considered. Allot suitable time slots to each section which will help you easily manage the total time duration.
  • Try to be consistent in preparation: Consistency in preparation will help you increase your speed and pace. This, in turn, will make you manage time very cleverly.
  • Don’t stick to questions you are confused with: Don’t stick the questions you are not sure about as you will end up wasting time which you could utilize for other questions.
  • English first: We would suggest you to attempt the English section first if it is your strong point. It is less time taking and you will get ample time for other sections.
  • 1 minute for one question: Invest one minute for one question. This is the golden trick for answering maximum number of questions.
  • Skip lengthy portions: If possible, skip the portions which are lengthy. It will help you save a lot of your valuable time and prevent you from running out of time.

We would suggest you an ideal time allocation for each section which would prove to be very helpful if you go according to it:

  • English language - 18-20 minutes
  • Quantitative Aptitude - 20-22 minutes
  • Reasoning - 20-22 minutes

We hope that this article would help you fly high in the IBPS PO examination 2016. Stay connected for more updates. Way to go!

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