With only a few more weeks left for the IBPS exams, candidates need to learn smart time management if they want to get top scores.
If you look at the main exam schedule, you are required to answer 200 questions in a time frame of 120 minutes, which does give you under 1 minute to solve a question. This is the case for the preliminaries too. The reasoning section or the data interpretation questions need more than 5 minutes, so how will you manage to answer all the questions, avoiding negative marking and scoring well?
Despite time management being a great challenge, a good strategy goes a long way towards passing the exam and gaining additional marks. Here are a few crucial tips you will find of immense help while attempting to solve the questions.
The first thing to do when you begin the exam is to read all the questions thoroughly. This helps you to identify the easy questions which you can attempt first and move on to the difficult onesthat consume more time. Try solving 75% of questions in each section if you possess normal speed before moving to the next part.
Since each section is different, avoid spending equal time on them. It is best to allot more time to the section which you are confident of scoring high. And for the sections that you are weak in, spend lesser time and attend minimum questions that help you clear the cut-offscore.
In general, the time allotment should roughly be like this:
Now use the remaining 10 minutes of the total time of 120 minutes for solving the skipped or the difficult questions.
English section: Attempt the comprehension questions first as you need a clear and fresh perspective to give accurate answers. You can easily score 10 marks this way which will help to clear the cut off in this section.
Quantitative aptitude: Try solving the questions on time/distance, time/work, ratio/proportion, simple/compound interest, Profit/loss, etc. These fetch you aminimum of 7 marks.
The probability questions too are easy to solve if you know the basics.
Of the 2 questions on data interpretation, try solving at least one, if you cannot solve a set in less than 5 minutes.
Reasoning: This is the most difficult part of the exam. Puzzles take more time and give a fewer score. To get more scores in this section, solve the questions on inequalities, age, blood relations, direction, and data sufficiency which are easier to score. If you have to choose between puzzle and seating order questions, always go for the latter.
To score more marks, try the block questions which are mostly on the seating order, comprehension, and paragraph jumbles and data interpretation. Always remember the negative marking each wrong answer carries, and try to solve the questions which you are confident of being right. And finally, make sure you are familiar with the online question and answer pattern. Taking the mock tests and practice test online before the actual exam helps you revise and become accustomed to the pattern. This definitely gives you a better advantage.