Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO Prelims

The marks distribution for prelims is –

Most of the students don’t give any mocks because they think it’s just a pre-exam. Time management is the key here.

Here you have given 100 questions with the time limit of only 60 minutes i.e. 36 seconds for 1 question, exam so solving all the 100 questions in this time frame is not viable.

So what can we do the exam?

How much time do we invest in each section?

Let me share my exam experience with you, how much time I devoted in each section-

English-15 minutes(15-20 questions)

Quants-25 minutes(15-20 questions)

Reasoning-20 minutes(15-20 questions)

You need to attempt at least 15 in each section and time management is most important, don’t exceed the time limit set by you in any section.

Many people will say that the sectional cut off will not go beyond 9-10 or 11-12 so why attempt 15 ? The answer is simply that you are not aiming to clear only sectional cut off, you have to clear the overall cut off as well.

Some of you might be thinking what to attempt and what not to attempt in each section, so let me help you a little bit.


  • Cloze test
  • Spotting the Error
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para-jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension

Attempt the English section in the above order and never start with RC because it will consume a lot of time(just attempt synonyms and antonyms of RC)


  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Miscellaneous Questions
  • Linear Arrangement
  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzles

Attempt in this order if you don’t have your own strategy.


  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Number series – Please do not stick to trying to solve number series questions. Skip the questions, if you are unable to find the series.
  • Miscellaneous questions – Average, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, etc.

DI is the scoring topic so I will suggest you practice a lot of DI before the exam.

If you have any query, doubt about this or any exam, feel free to contact me.

All the best.

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