Quantitative Aptitude/Maths is the most scoring section of IBPS-PO exam yet many candidates are seen struggling with it. Some have shared their doubts and queries related to Quant with us. So , we have reached out to our Quantitative aptitude expert, Mr. Deepak Dureja to answer all your queries.

He will be sharing important topics related to quants and give you insights on preparations for IBPS PO:

Hello Sir, please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello students. My name is Deepak Dureja. I am a Civil Engineer, M.B.A and P.G.D.C.A. by qualification. I have 15+ years of experience in teaching CAT aspirants. I have worked with all leading CAT coaching brands of the country viz TIME, PT, Bulls eye as Senior Faculty for Quant, DI n Logical Reasoning.

Currently I am coaching Bank-PO and CAT aspirants at Competitive Brainz, Chandigarh.

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Sir, our students are anxious since only 2 months are left for IBPS PO exam. Is it possible to prepare Quant in just 2 months?

Yes it is possible. 2 months’ time is sufficient to prepare for Quants if you follow a specific strategy.

Prepare first from the important topics and keep the unimportant topics to be prepared for the end. Work hard with regular practice. Clear your basic concepts and practice questions from your weak areas adequately. Spend some time pondering on how to increase speed in the exam.

Also read: Time Management tricks to get more marks in IBPS PO.


What are the most important topics for Quants from examination point of view?

When I coach my students for SBI-PO and IBPS-PO, I usually go through the most important topics first. They are:

  • Simple Equations
  • Percentage change with maximum focus on Data Interpretation blocks (Pie charts, Bar Graphs). Focus must be on percentage increase and decrease.
  • Number systems (LCM, HCF, prime no., natural no., etc)
  • Averages
  • Mixture Allegations
  • Time work
  • Time distance
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Basic Geometry & Mensuration.

These topics are important because most of the questions are expected from here. I’m not saying that don’t prepare the rest, just focus on these first.  If you don’t have enough time, then you can skip preparations for the remaining topics like permutation combination, probability, etc.

Also read: Expected exam pattern of IBPS-PO Prelims


Out of the three sections, which section should be attempted first in the examination?

There is no specific answer to this. It actually depends on the student’s strength. I always attempt quant first followed by reasoning and English at the end. You might be best at English.

So I would say, first attempt the section you are strongest at.  Attempt maximum questions from that particular section. Then move to the section that you are second best at. Finally attempt your weakest section. Attempt at least enough questions from this section to clear the cut –off. Always remember that there is sectional cut – off which is mandatory to clear.

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Please share tips for quick preparation and revision in 2 months.

Give Mock Tests and after that analyze the test results. Practice more in the areas you find yourself to be weak at. Don’t get into the habit of giving too many mocks rather give a few mock tests but with full preparation.

Do not refer to too many books.

Study G.K. and English in the morning for better grasping with a fresh mind. And study logical reasoning and Maths at night as these subjects involve calculations which keep the mind active. By studying Reasoning and Maths at night you won’t feel sleepy and would be able to invest more hours for studying.

Spend 3-4 hours for preparation in the starting. And invest 8 – 10 hours just before the exams. This study of 8 – 10 hours includes taking mock tests and analysis of mock tests.

For revisions in last 1 week revise formulae of geometry and mensuration, tables, etc. Rest regular practice would be an ongoing part of your preparations and revisions.


Any Quantitative Aptitude book recommendations for shortcuts and tricks?

Books like R. S. Aggarwal and Sijwali are usually recommended but I would recommend you to study from M. K. Tyra for Quantitative Aptitude.

There are no shortcuts in quant. But to improve your speed, I would suggest you to memorize

  • Squares – upto 30
  • Tables – 19
  • Cubes – 35
  • Fractions – 1/20

Good luck!

We have tried covering all the important points above but if you still have some queries you can ask in the comments section below. We will get them clarified from the expert as soon as possible.

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