How to Prepare for IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude 2018

How to Prepare for IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude 2018

IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips 2018: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS CWE PO every year for the recruitment of candidate to officer posts in various Public Sector Banks (PSBs).

The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) will conduct IBPS CWE PO/ MT Recruitment Examination in the month of October 2018. In order to secure good marks and qualify in IBPO PO Prelims 2018, here is a proper study plan on how to crack IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude section.

We will be providing important pointers about the Prelims Exam first. So, let us begin by understanding the exam pattern for IBPS PO Prelims 2018, followed by Tips to crack IBPS PO Exam.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 (Prelims)

The Preliminary Examination for IBPS CWE PO/ MT will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) and the pattern will be Objective MCQ type. There will be 100 questions in total from 3 sections – English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. For the first time, IBPS has introduced sectional timings

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018: Sectional Timings Introduced

Phase-IPreliminary Examination

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.


How to Prepare for IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude 2018

We have got a number of queries from many aspirants regarding the difficulty level of the Quantitative Aptitude (QA) sectionThe most common query was that “The QA section was the toughest of all and we might have secured well if we had a few more minutes’. In contrary, it is considered to be one of the easiest sections as it is mainly based on calculation power, speed, and accuracy. The candidates can easily score in this section and can transform their weakness into strength, provided they have good command over all the topics and clarity on basic concepts.

As per the previous year exam analysis, here is a list of topics that are important from IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude section: Simplification, Quadratic Equation, Approximation, Number Series, DI & Miscellaneous. This time too, these topics are expected to cover a major chunk of IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude section.

Let us now touch the core of this article which will help you acquire useful tips on IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude section.

How to solve DI (Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie-chart)?

To master this area, you need to combine skills with strategy. This section tests your ability to interpret and comprehend graphical data and then answer the questions that follow. What is essential is that you need to have an idea of all the types of questions that are asked, so that you can attempt them in the correct manner.

  • A candidate must be thorough with Table (at least up to 50), Squares, cubes, Square roots, percentage to fraction conversion & vice versa.
  • Some of the mathematics areas which you must be good at are time & work, percentage, averages & ratio proportion.
  • Another important aspect is that you need to be aware of the options given. In certain questions, the exact to the point answer is not necessary. The options are spaced in such a manner that approximations can be done. Thus looking at the options before answering the questions saves plenty of your time.

Study the graph/ table/ chart carefully and pay attention to all the details. Compare the solution with the given options with caution, sometimes options are almost the same or nearby.

Handling Approximation

You will probably have less than 1 minute to solve any type of question. Make sure you don’t waste that in excess calculating or taking a longer route. Try and memorize tables up to 20, squares and cubes and conversion values of a commonly used fraction to decimal and vice versa. Knowing this while solving approximation will definitely boost your speed in the paper.

How to Solve Quadratic Equation

There are various methods to solve Quad equations. One of the methods is to directly solve for roots of the equation. The formula for finding the direct root is Quad

However, you will be getting less than 1 minute to solve any type of question. Hence, we will suggest you make use of other short-tricks like analyzing the signs of the equation to infer the signs of the roots. Instead of giving simple quad equations, IBPS may give two variable questions & ask you to solve & compare the variables. An easier way to solve these questions is to simply the given equations such that the coefficients of a particular variable become equal. This can be done by multiplying equations with constants.

Learn Squares, Cubes, and Fractions

Try to master shortcut techniques for multiplication, cubes, squares, cube root, square root, etc. The following things should be at your fingertips.

  1. Tables from 1 to 20
  2. Square from 1 to 30
  3. Cube from 1 to 30
  4. Most common Fraction to Decimal Conversions and vice-versa

Alos, this will help you save a lot of time that is otherwise unnecessarily wasted in lengthy calculations. It will give you an extra edge over the others. Memorize important formulas and theorems.

Regularly Solve Math Puzzles

If you solve math puzzles regularly, it will help you in mastering calculations and increase your speed. It is also beneficial for you as solving puzzles is a great exercise to freshen up your mind.

Also, you can try solving the puzzles when you take a break in between your study period. This will save your precious time that you can utilize for other topics and subjects.

Memorizing Shortcut Techniques, Formulae, and Tables

A lot of formulas and tables are present in solving aptitude questions. These questions also involve lengthy calculations. So, to accentuate your speed and save time, practice a lot of shortcut techniques and use them while solving questions.

Try to memorize formulae, tables, common conversions, squares and cubes to escalate your promptness to solve. This is the best technique to help you prepare for IBPS PO quantitative aptitude section.

Time Management in Calculative Questions

This is a very specific query. How to solve questions involving calculations? As we have stated above, learning shortcut methods like memorizing squares, cubes and common fraction to decimals can be great on such questions. But, if there is a chance that error can occur, you may skip such questions and devote that time towards solving questions from other topics. Also, remember that the question to time ratio is less than 1.

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We hope this article on ‘How to Prepare for IBPS PO Reasoning Ability 2018 helps you in cracking the IBPS CWE PO/ MT Recruitment Examination.


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