Prelims is a filtration process to weed out the non-serious candidates from the serious ones. Aspirants would be faced with more difficult questions in IBPS PO Mains as compared to the IBPS PO Prelims.

In this post we will provide you with -

  1. Section wise analysis of SBI PO Mains exam 2015
  2. Last minute tips & preparation strategies for IBPS PO Mains

Analysis of SBI PO Mains exam 2015

IBPS PO Prelims paper was similar to and on lines of SBI PO Prelims, so we are anticipating that IBPS PO Mains 2015 would also be set on the pattern of SBI PO Mains 2015 and therefore, we have come up with analysis of SBI PO Mains examination.

Given Below are section wise topics of SBI PO Mains 2015:

English Language:

The section consisted of questions based on:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Cloze test
  • Error spotting
  • Antonyms/synonyms
  • Fill in the blanks (2 blanks)

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Reasoning Ability

There were questions from:

  • Cause and effect
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Course of action
  • Higher reasoning
  • Comparison of rank
  • Syllogisms
  • Input Output
  • Statement argument
  • Puzzles
  • Critical reasoning


Quantitative Aptitude

This section had maximum questions from:

  • Percentages
  • Bar graph
  • Line graph
  • Quadratic equations
  • Pie charts
  • Tables

This section would be different for IBPS-PO Mains. The SBI-PO Mains has majority questions on data interpretation in the quant section.

General Awareness/Computers/Marketing

The questions in Marketing were analytical in nature. There were questions from current happenings of 3 to 4 months but the section included some static questions too which were related to banking.


Do not miss the above mentioned topics for IBPS PO Mains 2015 and prepare them thoroughly. They have been a part of SBI PO Mains 2015 and are surely expected to be covered in IBPS PO Mains 2015.

Cover current affairs topics till the exam date and not just the last 4 months.

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Last minute tips & preparation strategies for IBPS PO Mains

IBPS PO Mains would be conducted on 31st October 2015. At this time mostly, everyone would be in the last phase of preparations and by now must have finished learning new concepts/terms. So now everyone must be in the revision and practice mode.

Well, this is the apt time to take IBPS-PO mock tests, improve your weak areas and build some exam taking strategies.


1. Important topics should be revised and not the entire syllabus

At the last minute, it is best to revise the important questions from the main topics of the syllabus.

In quant’s ability section revise different topics like profit & loss, Bar Graphs, Pie charts, LCM based questions and tables, Simple & compound Interest, Linear equations, percentage, Time and work and Time, speed and distance.

In English section, for IBPS PO 2015 practice Reading Comprehension passages and sentence correction.

In reasoning section concentrate on revising some questions on seating arrangement, puzzles, syllogisms, input output and family tree.


2. During revision - Focus to excel in weaker sections

In the process of revision focus more on your weak areas and pay lesser attention to your strong areas. Spend time revising your weak areas thoroughly.


3. A wise strategy should be planned

It is not the time invested in preparation but it’s the time that is invested in formulating a strategy will fetch you success in IBPS PO Mains exam. On the basis of your strengths and weaknesses, plan which section and what type of questions you want to attempt first and which questions you want to leave for the last. Review how much time you spent per section.


4. Device a strategy as per your preparation

Make a strategy based on your preparation level. Attempt the section first which is your strength and is less time consuming. Do not forget to pay attention to time while solving questions. You could also try the 20-20-20 trick in the exam but first practice it I the mocks.


5. Seek to attempt mock online tests rather than paper pencil test

The test will be on a computer based platform and student’s usually waste time in getting used to a computer based platform.

The speed is usually slow and a student takes a while to get used to the computer based test. By taking such computer based mock tests will help you handle time to solve the paper. So, aspirants should take as many online tests compared to a paper pencil test.

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6. Practice to write formulae’s and rules mentioned in syllabus

“Visualizing the formulae, writing them down and seeing them written down in your own handwriting boosts retention” – as per a research. You are advised to write down the formulae and practice. Prepare formulas topic wise and then revise them at the last minute.


7. Beware of the negative marking in the exam

All candidates will try to score as high as possible in the Mains exam so that they cannot just clear the IBPS-PO 2015 Mains cut-off but to get a bank of their choice. Try not to compromise on your accuracy to increase your overall attempt.


8. You should know how you perform section wise

Are your able to at least score 15 marks per section?

You are not only required to clear the overall cut – off but also have to clear the sectional cut – off in all the sections. Make efforts to attain the expected cut off by the experts. The subjects like computers and general awareness which were ignore till now will need some extra attention.

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