Tuesday, July 18, 2017

IBPS PO: Easy or Difficult? Check IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus- IBPS PO is conducted as a Computer-based standardized test, candidates are selected on the basis of their Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).The duration of the exam is 1 hour(60 minutes). Total 100 no. of questions are asked.

Last year, Quantitative Ability section and Verbal section under IBPS PO Syllabus held 35 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section had 30 questions. Along with the objective type questions, there were some non-multiple choice questions in each section and it was to be answered in the space provided to them.The total duration of the IBPS PO exam is 60 minutes or 1 hour. The order of the sections is-
      VARC
      DI & LR, and
      QA
For appearing in the exam, candidates should have Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification (recognized by HRD Ministry, Government of India). Candidates appearing for final exams in are also eligible to take up IBPS PO. But the necessary documents have to be submitted before. IIM has a strict verification process, hence check all the documents carefully before submitting them.

Exam pattern highlights

Exam Mode
Online (Computer Based Test)
Sections
3 (General English, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning)
Question Type
Objective (MCQs)
Total Questions
100
Time Duration
1 hour (60 minutes)
Negative Marking
0.25 mark deducted for wrong answer

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability in IBPS PO covers all the aspects of english aptitude and test candidates construction of ideas into words. A separate section is dedicated to Verbal Ability in IBPS PO holding equal weightage as other sections of Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The section aims at testing candidates knowledge about english as a second language. The questions in the section are in form of MCQs and Non MCQs. Here’s a quick look at the Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Verbal Ability Section.

         Total Questions Asked: 30-35
         Maximum Marks: 30-35
         Time allotted: 15 minutes advisable
         Difficulty Level: Secondary
         Marking Scheme: +1/-0.25
         No negative marking for unattempted questions

Syllabus for IBPS PO Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability is the defined as capability of a candidates in expressing ideas using words in a clearly understandable manner. Verbal Ability is a very important component of competitive examinations primarily management entrance exams.

Topics
Frequency of being asked
Difficulty Leve;
Sentence Correction
Frequently Asked
Moderate
Para Jumble
Frequently Asked
Moderate
Fill in the blanks
Frequently Asked
Low
Para completion
Rarely Asked
High
Fact Inference Judgement
Rarely Asked
High
Analogies
Frequently Asked
High
Idioms
Freuently Asked
High
Word usage
Frequen;y Asked
Very High

Recommended Books for IBPS PO Verbal Ability

         Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension -Arun Sharma.
     Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning -RS Aggarwal.
     Verbal Ability & Comprehension.
     Wiley's Exam XPert MBA, Verbal Ability

Exam Pattern for IBPS PO Logical Reasoning

The Questions in Logical Reasoning are based on deductive and inductive approaches of Logical reasoning. Comprising a total of around 30. Similar to Verbal Ability and Quantitative Aptitude, the section holds equal importance and weightage in IBPS PO question paper. Questions in the section cover topics mentioned in the syllabus below. Meanwhile, here’s a quick look at the paper pattern of Logical Reasoning in IBPS PO.

         Total questions asked: 30-35 questions
         Maximum Marks: 30-35
         Total Time: 20 minutes advisable
         Difficulty Level: Secondary
         Marking Scheme: +1/-0.25
         No negative marking for unattempted questions

Syllabus for IBPS PO Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning, also known as critical thinking or analytic reasoning, involves one's ability to isolate and identify the various components of any given argument. Logical Reasoning in IBPS PO covers the verbal and nonverbal aspects of reasoning. Let’s enlighten ourselves with syllabus of Logical Reasoning asked in IBPS PO.

Topics
Frequency of being asked
Difficulty Leve;
Seating Arrangement
Rarely Asked
Moderate
Blood Relations
Rarely Asked
Moderate
Syllogism
Frequently Asked
High
Venn Diagram
Most Asked
High
Propositions
Most Asked
Low
Data Arrangement
Frequently Asked
High
Puzzles
Frequently Asked
Moderate
Assumptions
Most Asked
Moderate
Statements
Frequently Asked
High
Sets
Most Asked
High
Clocks and Calendars
Rarely Asked
Moderate

Books recommended for Logical Reasoning

         Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for IBPS PO by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
         How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the IBPS PO by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
         How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the IBPS PO by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.

Exam Pattern for IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude
Aptitude is considered as a competence to do a certain work, whereas quantitative aptitude is competence solve a complex problem numerically. The section of quantitative aptitude is considered to be the toughest section of all asked in IBPS PO. Here’s a quick look at the exam pattern of Quantitative Aptitude
         Total questions asked: 30-35 questions
         Maximum Marks: 30-35
         Total Time: 30 minutes advisable
         Difficulty Level: Secondary
         Marking Scheme: +1/-0.25
         No negative marking for unattempted questions

IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude is the most conceptual and the section where you don’t have the fear of being wrong once you have calculated the answer. The section comprises multiple choice question and one answer questions. Candidates should know the syllabus better to ace the section.

Main Topics
Sub-Topics
Arithmetic
Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, SimplifiIBPSPOion, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances, etc.
Geometry
Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles, etc.
Mensuration
Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern, etc.
Trigonometry
Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.

Recommended Books for IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude
1.    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the IBPS PO by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
2.    Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for IBPS PO by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
3.    Quantum IBPS PO: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma, Publisher- Arihant
4.    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut Methods by Abhijit Guha.
5.    NCERT Mathematics books for class 8th, 9th, 10th and 10+2.

Marking Scheme in IBPS PO
IBPS PO will follow the previous year trends in terms of number of questions and total marks allotted to each section. The marking scheme of IBPS PO will be done as mentioned below. Candidates scoring marks above than the mentioned cutoff as per IBPS PO Marking Scheme will be shortlisted for calls from management institutes.
·         Correct Responses: +1
·         Incorrect responses: -0.25
·         Questions not attempted: no negative marking
Important Instructions for IBPS PO
Candidates appearing for IBPS PO need to stay sharp, alert and always a step ahead of their competitors every time. IBPS PO is somehow a game of timing and precision. You need not solve every question that comes your way but solve whatever you can. Here are some tips that will help you scale up your IBPS PO preparation
·         Logical Reasoning clubbed with Data Interpretation comes as main antagonist with some nasty powerups. Proper attention should be given to every sub topic of the both sections.
·         IIMs have recently introduced 60 minutes constraint for each section. So, it is advisable to strengthen every section equally.
·         Quantitative Aptitude is infamously termed as toughest section of off while in truth it is the easiest. While Verbal Ability is subjective in nature and logical reasoning complex, Quantitative Aptitude is the only section that’s robotic and calculative. Hence, with just a little extra attention to formulae and concept, you can ace the section like a boss.

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