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IBPS PO Mains 2018 Preparation Digest | Strategy & Sources

The result of IBPS PO Mains is out... Start your preparation now and don't waste precious time that you have to ace subjects and topics to score in the second phase of this year's Probationary Officer recruitment process.

The Main Examination (Online Objective Test) for 200 marks, would be of three hours duration and will consist of 4 sections followed by a descriptive paper (duration: 30 minutes) of 25 marks as follows:

Sr. No.

Name of Tests

No. of


Medium of

Time allotted for each Test


Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



English & Hindi

60 minutes


General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



English & Hindi

35 minutes


English Language




40 minutes


Data Analysis & Interpretation



English & Hindi

45 minutes




3 hours


English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)




30 minutes

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Section Strategy

  • The trick to attempt the maximum number of questions in the Reasoning Section in minimum time is to attempt the difficult puzzles in the end. 
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with the questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other random topics. 
  • For Computer Aptitude, you need to be familiar with the basics of computers and proper definitions. You can refer to the computer capsule available on Bankersadda and Adda247 App for quick revision.

English Language Section Strategy

  • If you are good at vocab and reading then attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. 
  • But if you are good at grammar, attempt Reading Comprehension in the end. 
  •  Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deeper penetration through the paragraphs. 

General/ Banking/ Economy Awareness Section Strategy

  • So much is happening every day that unless you keep yourself abreast of these changes you cannot adjust yourself to them or tackle the GA section of any exam smoothly and easily. 
  • To save your precious time, we provide you with an alternative that is Adda247’s “Daily GK Update” (Available in both Hindi and English languages) that contains only the news that is important from the point of view of competitive examinations. It contains all the news that is likely to be asked in the IBPS PO Mains  Examinations. 
  • You can go through the Monthly Capsules provided by Bankersadda for both Current Affairs as well as Banking Awareness. 

Data Analysis & Interpretation Section Strategy

  • The trick to scoring marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section is to attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then going for Number Series. 
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. 
  • The remaining few questions will be based on miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. 

And there is also a Descriptive Writing Test at the end...

The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted online. All candidates are supposed to obtain a minimum score in each section of the objective test separately to get shortlisted for the Descriptive test evaluation/Interview. The descriptive test would be conducted after the objective test. This Test is of 30 minutes duration and of 25 marks. It will test your writing skills, understanding, analyzing and summarising skills. Candidates are tested for English Language Writing Skills (Letter Writing and Essay Writing). One has to put forward the best and the necessary points about the topic that has been asked in a limited number of words. So, try not to mention the points that are useless from the point of a competitive examination as you will only be wasting your words.
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