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How to Prepare for IBPS Mains Exam 2017

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Here I come with another ibps exam preparation series hot topic for IBPS Mains exam. Check Complete guide on IBPS Mains Preparation tips for PO, RRB, Clerk and SO Exams.

Aspirants, who read this article hope they all have cleared their ibps preliminary exams because only after that you will be eligible for mains exam. First of all, you need to understand that how to start study for ibps mains exam.

What is IBPS Mains Exam?

Institute of banking personnel selection (IBPS) exam is generally conducted in two phases, one is preliminary and second is mains exam. The IBPS mains exam is conducted for those students who have qualified the preliminary exam and are eligible to appear for mains examination.

The mains exam is generally conducted in order to refine the candidates who appear for second phase examination so that the deserving candidates could be appointed for the respective IBPS PO, RRB, Clerk, SO job posts.

The IBPS Bank mains exam is the main deciding exam, as the name suggests because the marks obtained in the mains exam would be considered for the allotment for the respective job posts.

What to Prepare for IBPS Mains Exam

The mains exam is conducted for the qualified candidates of prelims exam. what are the main topics for ibps mains exam? OR what is the ibps mains exam syllabus?

So the mains examination generally includes 5 sections namely reasoning ability, English language, Quantitative aptitude, general awareness with special reference to banking and computer knowledge. The difficulty level of the exam is higher than the preliminary exam. Also, there are section wise time limits.

IBPS Mains Exam Pattern 2017

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

(Objective) Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 2 hours
General Awareness 40 40
Numerical Ability 40 50
English Language 40 40
Hindi Language (हिंदी) 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
 Total 200 200

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2017

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Min.
2 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Min.
3 English Language 35 40 40 Min.
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 Min.
TOTAL: 155 200 03 Hours
 5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 Min.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Sr No. (Objective) Test Name Marks Maximum Marks (Separately timed)
1 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Min.
2 General English 40 40 35 Min.
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Min.
4 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Min.
Total 190 200 160 Min.

How to Prepare for IBPS Mains Exam?

After knowing the complete pattern of ibps mains exam now the major thing is how to prepare for ibps bank mains exam? here you find subject wise ibps mains exam tips and tricks with major syllabus topics.

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How to Prepare Reasoning for IBPS Mains Exam?

The reasoning section of ibps mains exam might have some questions which are time-consuming. The topics which are covered in this section are input-output, sitting arrangement (circular), floor puzzle, analytical reasoning, syllogism, linear inequality, coding-decoding, data sufficiency, blood relation and linear arrangement.

These are the topics that have to be prepared by the candidates and should be performed by candidates as per their order mentioned. Check Complete IBPS reasoning mains syllabus topics here.

Check complete tips to prepare for ibps mains exam.

Tips for reasoning test

Tips are generally provided for improving the preparations for any exam. The reasoning section is the section which could be proved as a game changer section for the candidate. The need to formulate the proper strategy is must to score well in the exam. Check Complete Reasoning Preparation tips for IBPS Mains Exam here.

The first thing is to understand the concept, which would help the candidate to attempt the question. The topics such as blood relations, coding-decoding and inequalities are able to fetch you good marks. Alphabets, ranking, and direction are also not very tough to crack.

One can score good marks with proper techniques and basics. The tricky questions such as machine input-output and syllogism, logical reasoning, seating arrangements and puzzles should be skipped once if unable to solve them.

How to Prepare English for IBPS Mains Exam?

The English section is not very much time consuming if your reading speed is fast and accurate. The topics covered under this section are reading comprehension (length one), reading comprehension (medium one), Para Jumble and less time-consuming questions are synonyms/ antonyms, sentence improvement, error finding or editing/ omitting, fill in the blanks and cloze test.

Tips for English language test

In this section, first attempt the questions related to cloze test, antonym/ synonym, spellings and fill in the blanks as they are less time-consuming. Then proceed for sentence improvement and jumbled paragraph.

Then what left is reading comprehension.Candidates should read carefully and with accuracy and speed. Do note the important words while going through the passage. Check Complete English Preparation tips for IBPS Mains Exam here.

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How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS Mains Exam?

Quantitative aptitude is the most time-consuming section as it deals with the problem-solving techniques and simplifications and also takes into consideration the numerical solving skills.

The topics covered under this section are profit and loss, percentages, ratios and proportions, simple and compound interest, simplifications, time and distance problems, bar graphs and pie charts etc.

The syllabus for this section is very vast so candidate must make a firm hold on this section from very starting of the preparation. Check Complete IBPS Mains Quantitative Aptitude syllabus topics here.

Tips for IBPS Quantitative Aptitude test

It is advisable to first solve the ibps questions of number series, simplifications, quadratic equations/ inequality as these are generally of easy to moderate level and then go for data interpretation. Then further percentages, ratio and proportion, partnership, time and work, work and wages, simple interest and compound interest permutation and combinations and data sufficiency.

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How to Prepare General Awareness for IBPS Mains Exam?

General awareness deals with the current affairs. Candidates should be aware of the current happenings that are going on in India related to all fields. Check complete IBPS Mains General Awareness syllabus topics here.

The candidates should give some time daily to study bank news as the current affairs related to banks are more important and it’s not even time-consuming as you have to just read the question and hit the answer. So, be aware of the current affairs for the last 6 months.

Tips for general awareness test

General awareness could only be improved by reading newspapers and other beneficial stuff such as corporate magazines; can surf internets for the information about the current affairs. you should collect the information about the banking and financial sector also as this section just deals with the questions that come directly from current affairs.

Make some small notes in order to remember the facts and also it would help in quick revision during the exam time.

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How to Prepare Computer for IBPS Mains Exam?

The last section of the exam deals with the computer knowledge. The candidates should have basic knowledge of computers as computers are used in banks so candidates should know some of the basic which would be required in dealing with day to day activities. Check Complete IBPS Mains Computer syllabus topics here.

The topics covered are MS office, networking, Internet, computer peripherals and keyboard shortcuts. These are not very difficult topics and also the question paper that is designed for this section would also not have many difficult questions related to computers. It would be basic questions only.

Tips for computer knowledge test

  1. In order to excel in computer knowledge test, focus on history and general questions on computers with the basics of hardware and software with input-output devices.
  2. Basic knowledge concepts such as MS office suite and computer memory has to be prepared as the questions from these topics are also expected to come.
  3. Learn some keyboard shortcuts also which would help to crack some questions in computer test.
How to Improve English Grammar for IBPS Mains? आईबीपीएस बैंक परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करे? हिंदी में

Shortcut Tips and Tricks for improving score in IBPS Mains Exam

The score could be improved with proper study only. There is no shortcut for the same. But some tips and tricks would help out to score well in the examination.

  1. Firstly, the candidate should make a timetable or a schedule according to which he/she should make preparations for the exam.
  2. Secondly, learn some shortcuts for the topics to which shortcuts could be applied. The information for these shortcuts could be searched on the internet.
  3. Thirdly, the candidate should attempt the easy questions first and then devout the remaining time to the difficult questions which are left over.
  4. Candidates should be confident while attempting the exam as this will boost up the energy level and the candidate would be able to attempt the questions before the time gets over.
  5. Candidates should read all the questions carefully and then only answer. Guessing the answers would make you lose the marks. So don’t guess any answers as negative marking is there for the exam.
  6. Try to attempt as many mock tests as possible. By doing so, the candidate would be able to know about the time he/ she takes to attempt the exam and also would know about the exam pattern.
  7. The candidates should be in relax mode and take the exam situation to be easy so that the concentration should not be distracted.
  8. If there is a stuck at any question, just skip and proceed to the next question. Try to re-attempt the left question again after completing the entire questions as the chances to attempt the questions second is more.
  9. The most important is to take care of health as sound mind resides in the sound body. Good luck to all the candidates who are eligible to appear.

Hope now you better understand the whole concept of how to prepare for ibps mains exam? If I missed something here or you have any suggestion/query about IBPS Mains preparation plan let me know in below comment section.

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  1. Hi sir What is a good score? I got 46 on 100 in a online mock PO test. 93 percentile.

  2. Hello sir I am gaurav me b.com last year me hu kiya
    Me Ibps ka from Apply kr skta hu .pls reply

    1. Gaurav, Complete Graduation first.

  3. Sir my graduation is final in this year.am I eligible for ibps clerk. Dob-9/12/1996

    1. Arun, Complete Graduation required.

  4. hai sir i am b.com completd wit 45 percentage iam elgible to apply for clerk post iam bcc catogrie.also give suggestion for exam

    1. Yes, Steven you can apply.

  5. Dear Sir,
    I have done my Graduation in Bsc year 2006.please let me know which post is eligible for me in banking exam.

  6. 01-06-88 obc in eligibul ibps clerk

    1. Not Eligible. Minimum 20 years age required.

  7. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I applied for CWE PO/MT-VII exam but am not getting to download admit card / Call Letter

    1. Hello Devi, Wait for IBPS PO Prelims Admit Card link it has not come yet.

  8. dear sir/madam
    i applying CWE PO/MT-VII I examption fee structure include in sc cast ,given to training date 23/9/17 to 19/09/17 but iam not enterd in traing .ofter taken prelimanary exam,araise any problem plz guide me sir

    1. No Problem Ramanath.

  9. Aaj hi paper h sir?

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