# 8 Topics You Must Focus For Ibps Prelims Po

by Vidya Guru Coaching Institute
Every year Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a two-tier (preliminary and main) online examination for the recruitment of personnel for Probationary Officer posts in various Indian banks participating in the exam. Good salary along with high perks and respect draws lakhs of graduate students to sit for the prestigious exam. There are many good IBPS coaching institutes in India offering guidance to the hopefuls. Here are 8 topics for IBPS PO Prelims 2017:

1.    English Language
Here total 30 questions are asked having carrying maximum marks 30

•    Reading Comprehensions and cloze tests
You are provided with a passage which you have to read carefully and then answer the questions that follow. In cloze test, a passage will be given with gaps in between which has to be filled up by the candidate. In both the topics, the only way to score more is to practice reading and solving passages as much as possible.

•    Spotting Errors and Para jumbles
Besides rigorous practicing of topics covering spotting errors, one needs to read a standard newspaper daily and sharpen his/her English grammar to avoid making mistakes in this section. In Para jumbles, passages containing sentences will be provided in unorderly fashion and one needs to understand and write it in meaningful sequential order.

2.    Quantitative Aptitude
35 questions come from quantitative aptitude having maximum 35 marks.
•    Number Series and Data Interpretation
From number series, you must be well versed with Arithmetic and Geometric Progression which comprises square based and cube-based series. For the topic data interpretation, you need to practice pie chart, bar charts, and line graphs.

You should be well acquainted with the BODMAS rule to solve sums based on simplification. In quadratic equations, it’s important to know about the method of factorization. In total, around 10 questions come from these two topics

•    Miscellaneous
The miscellaneous category comprises Profit and Loss, Percentage, Work and Time, Relative Speed, Mixture and Alligation, Compound Interest and Simple Interest, Probability and many more. From here either one or two questions come every year especially from time and work and profit and loss. To score high marks you need to practice problems based on these topics thoroughly.

3.    Reasoning Ability
Like quantitative aptitude, here too 35 questions are asked containing 35 marks.

•    Puzzles and Seating Arrangements
The examiner can give tricky questions from puzzles and seating arrangements from topics like caselets, north-south arrangements, linear and circular seating arrangements and some logical reasoning questions. You need to practice a lot to be able to attempt maximum questions based on puzzles and seating arrangements.

•    Inequalities and direction
You need to have strong reasoning abilities to solve questions based on inequalities. Direction related questions include where a person is in relation to another after traveling for some time. To achieve high accuracy, it’s advisable to draw and analyze the direction based questions

•    Blood relations
You must be aware of all the relations that exist between family members. The examiner will introduce three-four subjects and provide their relation to each other and ask what the relation of one person to another is.

To get accustomed to the pattern of the IBPS exam and its syllabus, it’s advisable especially for freshers who have just graduated from college to join a reputed IBPS bank exam coaching institute. Though the coaching institutes and online websites can be a source of good guidance, ultimately it comes down to you to study and practice thoroughly and deliver the desired results.