Today I will discuss about how to prepare for IBPS PO Mains Examination. If you have qualified the preliminary examination than IBPS PO is the most important upcoming exam for you.
Prepare hard for this exam as the competition will be very intense now. I will also tell you today that how many candidates are going to appear in the main examination, how many will be called for the interview and how many will be finally selected.
I will also provide you breakup of bank wise vacancies.
The competition will now go to the next level because now the competition will be only among those who are good students and have already tasted success of the preliminary examination.
This year it was not easy to qualify for the mains examination as the number of vacancies was less and hence less number of candidates got through for the mains.
So in such a scenario what should be the right strategy for the preparation and how to ensure that you get through the mains examination?
Since only a few days have remained for the mains examination therefore your objective should be to consolidate your preparation. You have already qualified the preliminary examination so if I talk you about the exam pattern, syllabus etc. that will sound very basic. You already know all that. Most of the websites talk about syllabus and section wise preparation. I hope you have already read all that many times. Here I will talk about the correct strategy and approach for the mains examination. I will tell you about the sections where you can score very high and you can easily get through.
How to Prepare For IBPS PO Mains Exam
All of you must know that the marks of the preliminary exams will not be counted for the final selection. Therefore your selection will solely depend upon your performance in the main examination.
Sectional cut off is very important. You have to get the minimum cut off marks for each section as well as for overall exam. Your objective should be to give a balance performance in each section. If you do exceptionally well in 3 sections but cannot clear the minimum cut off in any single section, your effort will be wasted. The first objective is to clear the cut off and the next objective should be to score as high marks as you can.
Accuracy is also very important and plays a vital role in the final selection. As you know there is negative marking in the main examination also so guess work will be dangerous. There will be two effects of the guess work, one, your vital time will be wasted and second the negative marking will reduce your overall score. But it does not mean that there should not be any guess work. Do not go for blind guess work rather go for intelligent guess work. Hence your objective should be to as accurate as possible.
Know the art of skipping difficult questions. There will be 155 questions and you cannot do all the questions. You should have an idea about the lengthy and time taking questions. You should skip such question in the first go and can come back again on such questions if the time permits. Through solving practice sets you can develop such skill.
Try to score as high as you can in section such as general awareness, banking awareness, computer awareness etc. With good preparation you can easily score 85-90% of such questions which will give you an added advantage of 10-12 marks over others.
Data Analysis & Interpretation is another section. This section is having highest weight age of marks. The level of questions in this section will be difficult. Practice through CAT books for D.I. section where you will find difficult sets of Data Analysis & Interpretation. If you can score extra marks in these sections which I have discussed, you will surely get additional marks and edge over other and interview will remain just a formality for you. Other section of Reasoning and English I will not discuss as you have already qualified the prelims and know how to tackle them.
Letter writing and essay should not be of much difficulty if you know how to write. However please check the structure of various type of letter from any good letter writing book as structure is important in letter writing. Read editorial part of good newspaper such as TOI, Economic Times etc. This will help you both in letter writing as well as essay writing.
How many will appear in the IBPS PO Mains Examination
I am sure that you now have a good idea about how to prepare for IBPS PO Mains Examination. Now let me also tell you about the likely number of candidates who are going to appear in IBPS PO Mains Examination. Normally in the mains examination the ratio remains of 1:20 i.e. 20 candidates against 1 vacancy. Therefore about 85000 candidates must have qualified for the mains examination as the initial vacancies announced by the IBPS was 4252.
How many will qualify in the IBPS PO Mains Examination
In the interview the ratio normally remains of 1:3, hence about 13000 candidates should qualify for the interview.
Bank wise vacancies
Here is a breakup of the bank wise vacancies for each bank.
how to prepare for IBPS PO Mains – Conclusion
So you can see that you have a challenging task on hand. But with strong will power and right strategy you can surely qualify this exam. Apart from good preparation these small things also make a lot of difference. So prepare well and pay attention on these important points also. Also remain very confident during the exam .
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