IBPS has announced recruitment to 3562 posts of PO (Probationary Officer/Management Trainee). The IBPS-PO Prelims 2017 is scheduled in the mid of October. Becoming a bank officer is a highly backbreaking task since candidates have to face intense competition through the selection process.

To be able to get through the IBPO-PO Prelims, a strategic study plan is essential especially at the time of such intense competition. In consideration of this, we have devised One Month’s study schedule which would assist the candidates to prepare within the next 30 days. 


IBPS-PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2017


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Medium of Exam


English Language






Composite time of 1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude



English & Hindi

Reasoning Ability



English & Hindi






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4 Weeks Study Plan for IBPS-PO Prelims 2017:


           Week 1

     Week 2

       Week 3

Week 4


Syllogism (Old Pattern)



Attempt 1 sectional test

Circular Sitting arrangement

Syllogism (New Pattern)


Attempt 2 sectional tests.

 Sitting arrangement(linear)

Direction + Blood Relations

Practice some more puzzles

Practice 1 full-length mock test.








Revise the whole syllabus.

Practice 5-6 full-length Mock Tests.






Number series

DI( Pie-chart & table)

S.I & C.I


Attempt 1 sectional test.

Quadratic Equations

Ratio & proportion

Speed & distance


Attempt 2 sectional tests.

DI (Line, bar etc.)

Time & work

Mixture & Allegations

Profit & Loss


Practice 1 full-length mock test

English language


Spotting error

Double Fillers

Attempt 1 sectional test on daily basis


Sentence improvement

Attempt 1 sectional test on daily basis

Cloze test



Attempt 1 sectional test on daily basis


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Key points that must be kept in mind while preparing for the examination:

1. Set a fixed routine for study:

Divide the time for topics as per the difficulty level. Don’t study a single subject for too long. All the sections are equally important. So don’t neglect any section. Study reasoning for 2-3 hours and then take a break and after that spend 2-3 hours on maths. Study Maths in the morning when you are fresh and computers before going to bed. English can be studied when you are tired of studying Maths & Reasoning.


2. Analyze your strong & weak areas

Try to spend more time on your weak topics and prepare them well and sharpen your strong areas. After the Prelims, you must have a rough idea about where you were weak. You will only be able to judge your strong and weak areas better once you take a number of full-length IBPS-PO Prelims mock tests.

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3. Time management plays a key role

Time management is very important. 100 questions are to be attempted in 60 minutes. You should be quick from the very beginning & practice plays a very important role to increase your speed. You should make use of a stopwatch while practicing at home.


4. Accuracy is essential to qualify the exam

You must attempt the paper with atleast 90% accuracy. Accuracy is essential as you already there is negative marking. So, attempt only those questions in which you have more than 90% accuracy.


5. Learn Shortcuts and tricks

Learn Effective shortcuts and tricks which assist you in solving questions at a faster pace. It must be kept in mind that it is essential to practice shortcut tricks on a regular basis otherwise you’ll get confused in the exam and will land up in selecting the wrong choice.


6. Give more and more sectional tests

Sectional tests help you analyze how well you have prepared for a single topic. Give more sectional tests on the topic you are weak at.


7. Practice full-length mock tests

Try to attempt atleast 4-5 full-length Mock Tests before your exam. Mock tests give you a feel of real examination & by taking ample mock tests you will also be able to learn time management. Proper analysis of mock tests lets you know about your weak areas and you can work on them.

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8. Clear all your doubts

It is very important to clear all your doubts. You can take the help of your friends, teachers etc. You can discuss your doubts with a group of friends. You can also take help of Online sources for clearing your doubts.



Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference.

So make an effort in the right direction otherwise all your efforts will go waste. Make a correct strategy, stay focused, have faith in yourself & prepare with determination, you will surely be able to succeed.

“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you”


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