IBPS PO, Eligibility, Study plan and strategy ?

IBPS PO is gateway to banking sector of our country and is also perceived as one of the toughest examinations to crack as entry level bank examinations organized by IBPS. Successful candidates get placed in 21 Nationalized Banks across India. Cost to Company ( CTC) Package for Probationary officers is around 6 Lakhs INR per annum and which is also due for pay revision this year.

Team CAT Aspirants has analysed this very examination in all possible dimensions and penned down all key observations in form of this blog on demand of many readers and aspirants. We hope that this blog will add certain values in your preparation and try to answer all your doubts and queries regarding this very examination.

Examination Structure and Question Pattern:

Phase I: Preliminary Examination

S.N. Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Reasoning 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes
  Total 100 100 60 Minutes

Note: Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.

Phase II: Main Examination

S.N. Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
1 Reasoning & computer aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
2 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
3 English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
4 Data analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
  Total 155 200 180 Minutes
5 Letter writing & Essay 02 25 30 Minutes

 Phase III: Interview

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main examination for CRP- PO/MT-VIII will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

Study Materials:

Strategy and Study Plan:

Planning is the first step towards completion of a task and also to get desirable result, a good and effective plan can lead you to success. Team CATAspirants.Com has outlined a comprehensive six weeks plan for IBPS PO on popular demand of our readers.

Every effective preparation strategy requires a systematic planning to optimize available resources and to achieve maximized outcomes /results. First of all, banking aspirants must list all available resources to them and then accordingly devise their unique Study plan. Team CAT Aspirants recommend that banking aspirants must also do the SWOT analysis for recognizing their areas of Strengths,   Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, accordingly they can devise their preparation strategy and study plan.

Week-1:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Progressions, Averages
General English Vocabulary: A to C, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Précis writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: January 2018 to March 2018, Economic Survey 2017-18
Marketing Marketing: Basics, Definition, Aptitude
Banking Banking Terms
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Relation

Week-2:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Allegations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest
General English Vocabulary: D to G, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Précis writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: April  2018 to June 2018, Budget 2018-19
Marketing Marketing-Mix, Environment & Planning
Banking Banking Terms
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Venn Diagram based Questions

Week-3:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Ratio, Proportions & Variations. Time & Work, Time Speed & Distance
General English Vocabulary: H to L, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Précis writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: July 2018 to September 2018, 12th Plan- Summary
Marketing Marketing strategy & buyer behaviour
Banking Banking Terms
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Circular table and arrangements

Week-4:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Geometry & Mensuration
General English Vocabulary: M to P, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Précis writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: October 2018 to December 2018, Economic Survey 2017-18
Marketing Marketing segmentation & Sales forecasting
Banking Banking Terms
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Questions based on Pictorial representation

Week-5:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Quadratic equations, Inequalities, Logarithm, Set Theory
General English Vocabulary: Q to U, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Letter - writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: January 2019 to March 2019, Budget 2019-20
Marketing Product Life Cycle, Planning, Development and packaging
Banking Banking Terms
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Puzzles

Week-6:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Probability, Permutation & Combination
General English Vocabulary: V to Z, Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, Letter - writing
General Awareness Current Affairs: April 2019 to August 2019, SBI Annual Report
Marketing Channels, Advertising, Pricing, Marketing Research
Banking Banking Terms- Marketing Relevant
Computer Knowledge Basic Computer terms
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Puzzles

Banking Aspirants should also write an essay every day on current economic issues and topics such as Rupee depreciation-its causes and effects on Indian economy, Gender Budgeting etc. Candidates may practice module based online mock tests and full length mock tests to assess their accuracy and speed. Banking Aspirants may also solve previous years Question papers of IBPS PO in their last week of preparation.

Important Dates:

On-line registration: August 7-28, 2019.

Online Examination – Preliminary: October 12-13, & 19-20, 2019.

Online Examination – Main: November 30, 2019.

Official Website: www.ibps.in

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Candidates may visit official site of IBPS and can apply for IBPS PO 2019 examination.

All the Best

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