Every year the number of candidates appearing for the preliminary IBPS PO exams is increasing. In 2016, more than 2 crores are expected to sit for the exams. Preliminary or Phase I exams have been scheduled to be held in October 2016.
The highly rewarding job prospects for the rank holders are a sure draw. With such a huge number of people competing, you need to rethink your preparation strategy which helps you come out with flying colours even with a stiff competition.
Even if the prelims are just qualifying exams, many applicants fail to score the required cut-offs either in the overall or in particular sections. Hence, it is necessary to have a winning preparation plan. Here are 5 things to know about the prelims before you start preparing.
The exam paper is made of 100 objective type questions on reasoning ability, quantitative aptitude, and English language. The duration is one hour. By qualifying in the preliminaries, you will be able to take on the main examination. Each section has individual cut-off value. In addition to this, a minimum score for overall sections is taken into account after tallying the results. These two decide your entry into the main exam.
While many think that the reasoning section of the paper is the easiest, it is not entirely true. The best way to tackle this part of preparation is to take up the mock and practice tests on reasoning, especially the questions on puzzles.
English language section is where you can earn a full score. It is also the easiest of the sections to practice and attend. So, being well prepared in this section will almost always guarantee a full score. Keep this in mind while doing the preparation.
Because of the cut-offs being allotted for each section, you have to focus on all sections. This section which has data interpretation and mathematical questions needs a proper attention. If math is a tough subject for you, you can ignore trigonometry and geometry sections without them affecting the score.
Instead of preparing for one section per day, revise part of all sections daily. When you revise this way, you will be able to score more evenly and take care of the individual and overall cut-off criteria easily.
While preparing, make sure you create small lists of important points, tricks, topics, etc., for your last minute revision. Since there is negative marking, it is necessary to prepare as much as you can. These notes will help you answer the questions decisively instead of guessing the answers which can attract negative marking and bring down your score.
Be prepared to spend as much time as you can per day during the last few weeks, taking the mock tests to establish a good balance between accuracy and speed. Focus on the skill topics more instead of stressing much on the left topics. And remember to have a healthy diet and proper sleep routine to gain the stamina and endurance needed for the preparation.