IBPS PO 2018: 100-day study plan to crack the exam

IBPS PO prelims exam 2018 is scheduled to be held on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October.  Here is study plan for IBPS PO exam 2018. The study plan help will you to crack the exam.

IBPS PO 2018: 100-day study plan to crack the exam
IBPS PO 2018: 100-day study plan to crack the exam

To crack bank recruitment exams, we cannot ignore the importance of the study plan because these exams basically test your time management skills. Planning is the most important function to achieve desired results.

With SBI PO and SBI Clerk examinations scheduled over the next couple of months followed by IBPS RRB PO and Office Assistant papers, all of you must be focused on preparing for these exams. The next one in the exam season will be the IBPS PO Paper for recruitment of probationary officers / management trainees in various public sector banks across the country. The syllabus for IBPS PO is more or less the same as those of the SBI, RRB PO etc. examinations, so, it will be quite helpful for your own sake if you keep IBPS PO examination also in your focus. In this article, we shall give you a comprehensive 100-day study plan for the examination so that you can start early and rock the exam.

IBPS PO 2018: Complete Syllabus

IBPS PO Examination consists of the prelims, mains and the interview. While the prelims examination is of 100 marks and mains examination is of 225 marks (200 marks for objective examination and 25 marks for descriptive test). The examination will have the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning Ability and Computer Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude/ Data analysis and interpretation
  • General Awareness with special focus on banking and finance

It is now clear that your success depends on your level of preparation in the above-mentioned subjects. Let us first understand the syllabus of these subjects individually.

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The English Language section will contain the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error correction
  • Phrases and idioms
  • Cloze test
  • Para jumbles
  • Paragraph completion
  • Misfit sentences
  • Vocabulary

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The reasoning ability section will have the following topics:

  • Coding-decoding
  • Puzzles
  • Seating arrangements
  • Mathematical Inequalities
  • Direction test and Distances
  • Ranking test
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Series (Numerical / Alphanumerical)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relation
  • Input-output
  • Tabulation
  • Scheduling

The Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation will have the following topics:

  • Simplification
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixture and Allegations
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Pipe and Cistern
  • Ratio, Proportion and Percentage
  • Number System
  • Series and Sequence
  • Mensuration (Both 2D and 3D)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Algebra

The General Awareness Section will be based on the following topics:

  • Current Affairs of National and International Importance (please cover for the last 6 months)
  • Static GK (Countries and capitals, countries and currencies, temples, famous places, sports and players, musical instruments, international organizations and headquarters, constitution and polity, history, geography, basic economy etc.)
  • Banking Awareness

Though the computer section will be included in the Reasoning Section itself, the following topics will have to be covered in this subject:

  • History of computer
  • Input and output devices
  • Memory of computer
  • Internet
  • DBMS
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer abbreviations
  • MS Office
  • Computer software and hardware
  • Operating System
  • Networking
  • Computer fundamentals / terminology

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What is the complete study guide for success in IBPS PO 2018?

This is an oft-asked question by the candidates year after year to the successful candidates so that they can follow the same study schedule and routine. But it is very important to remember that the same routine may not be successful for you. It is pertinent to mention that you have to devise your own strategy to succeed in this examination.

Here, we shall be discussing about a 100-day study plan for success in this examination. Since we have around 120-days left for Prelims, we shall divide the 100-day time period into study and then practice sessions. Let us assume that we shall dedicate 60 days for completion of the syllabus whereas the rest will be for continuous practice, revision and mock tests.

Here we are dividing the plan in four slots:

# Slot-1: Topic-wise plan for first 40 days


Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

General Awareness

Computer Knowledge


Coding-Decoding (the old type)

Simplification (fraction, BODMAS, squares etc.)

Reading Comprehension

(Economy and Banking topics)

Current Affairs of last 6 months

History of Computers (various generations of development)


Coding –Decoding (the concept-based new ones)

Reading Comprehension 

(Social topics)

Input and Output Devices with examples


Blood relation

Permutation and Combination

Reading Comprehension


Computer memory (Primary and Secondary memory)


Syllogism (the easy ones with normal logic)

Understanding the basics of RC

(Identifying the main idea, inference from the individual paragraphs etc.)

Keyboard Shortcuts


Syllogism (the possibility cases)


Basic rules of grammar (tense, articles)

Keyboard Shortcuts revision


Syllogism (Negative cases)

Basic Grammar (Parts of speech, participles and gerunds etc.)

DBMS System and architecture


Machine based input-output (Simple)

Mensuration (2-D Figures)

Basic Rules of grammar


DBMS System and Architecture (contd.…)


Input- Output (complex)

Mensuration (3-D figures)

Cloze test (simple old type)

Computer abbreviations


Data Sufficiency

Ratio and Proportion (simple)

Cloze test (new type)

Revision of Computer Abbreviations


Direction and Distance 

Ratio and Proportion (advanced problems)

Para Jumbles (how to identify sentences and their sequence)

Internet and its methodology


Mathematical Inequalities (simple)

Profit and Loss (basic problems with simple application of rules)

Error spotting

(fragment based and sentence based)

MS Office package (MS Word and MS Excel)


Mathematical Inequalities (Coded)

Profit and Loss (advanced problems)

Filler questions (both single and double fillers)

MS Office Package (MS Power-point and MS Access)


Linear Arrangement (simple ones)

Ages and average

Phrases and clauses

Software system in computers (system software and application software)


Linear Arrangement (Single Row and buildings)

Simple interest

Idioms and one word expressions

Hardware system in computers


Linear Arrangement (Dual Row)

Compound Interest


Vocabulary practice (synonym)

Computer fundamentals


Linear Arrangement (Mixed questions)

Simple and Compound Interest mixed problems

Vocabulary practice (Antonym)

Various terms associated with computers


Puzzles (normal ones with one variable)

Time, speed and distance (simple problems)

Vocabulary Practice (confusing words, homonyms etc.)

Operating System in computers


Puzzles (Mixed ones)

Time, speed and distance (complex problems)

Sentence Improvement (Basic Rules with examples)



Circular Arrangement (inward and outward looking)

Time and Distance (Boat and Stream problems)

Sentence Improvement (various topics associated with these questions such as subject-verb agreement, non-finite verbs, degrees of comparison etc.)

Miscellaneous chapters such as Basics of Programming etc.


Circular Arrangement (Mixed with linear arrangement)

Time and work

Misfit sentences (Practice sessions)

Miscellaneous (Contd….)


Circular Arrangement (Mixed)

Pipe and Cistern problems

Miscellaneous questions

(Any new type of question such as summary writing from CAT papers)

Revision of Current Affairs (Last 6 months)

Revision of Computer syllabus


Circular Arrangement (Advanced level)

Data Interpretation (Bar and Line chart)


Double line-up arrangements

Data Interpretation (Pie Chart and Histogram)


Double line-up (mixed type)

Data Interpretation (Misc.)


(Technique should be the same as other subjects)


Order and Ranking

Data Interpretation (Mixed problems)


Order and Ranking (Advanced level)

Data Sufficiency

Static GK



Scheduling (time based)

Quadratic Equations


Scheduling (month based)

Number system



Series and Sequence (simple)


Logical Reasoning (statement-conclusion)

Series and Sequence (Mixed)


Logical Reasoning (Statement-argument)

Linear Algebra

Revision of Static GK chapters

Solve questions from individual chapters from any standard book so that you are ready to face any kind of challenge


Logical Reasoning (Advanced level)

Complex algebra


Revision of the chapters

(The revision phase should be utilized such as you first go through your weak areas based on your primary study and then the rest If you get time after that, revise the weak areas once again. Since the weak areas will vary from candidate to candidate, we have not devised a particular study plan for revision)



Revision of the chapters (Same pattern as Reasoning)







For the 40 days after you are done with the syllabus, the first 30 days should be invested in taking sectional mocks for one or two subjects a day before you are ready to face the full-length mocks for the rest of the time before the examination. Please note that you get less than a month for mains after the prelims and that is why, it is very important to focus on both at the same time.

# Slot-2: Topic-wise plan for next 20 days:


Revision of the chapters

(The revision phase should be utilized such as you first go through your weak areas based on your primary study and then the rest If you get time after that, revise the weak areas once again. Since the weak areas will vary from candidate to candidate, we have not devised a particular study plan for revision)

Revision of the chapters (Same pattern as Reasoning)

Chapter-wise solving of questions from any standard grammar book such Wren and Martin / RS Aggarwal etc.

(Different from Sectional test since it is about strengthening  one chapter at a  time)

Banking and Financial Awareness

Solve questions from individual chapters from any standard book so that you are ready to face any kind of challenge











Banking and Financial Awareness Revision










# Slot-3: Next 20 days: Improve Speed and Accuracy

You have completed the syllabus. Now it’s time to focus on speed and accuracy.  Speed and accuracy are the two most important skills that a banking aspirant needs to ace the exam. With the below mentioned approaches, one can easily enhance their speed and solve the questions in the exam quickly.

  • Solve Mock Test on regular basis
  • Don’t waste time on one specific question
  • Improve your calculation speed
  • Focus on reducing the wrong attempts

Candidates should solve two mock tests on daily basis. Mock test helps you tune your mind and reduce your anxieties.

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# Slot-4: Last 20 days for Revision and Mock Tests

You have given enough mock tests in last 20 days. Now it’s time to analyze your strength and weakness. Continue to take mock test on daily basis but only after thoroughly analyzing the previous mock. Maintain an excel sheet to track your performance.

In the last 20 days, aspirants should focus on sharpening the strong areas. It helps them to maintain their confidence level.

The aspirants should also start to revise the concepts in these days as you cannot leave everything for the last day.

We hope that the above study schedule will help you to crack the written examination with good marks so that you do not need to depend much on the interview round. Please keep in mind interview is about personal perception of the panel but written examination is not. And that is why, it is very important that you score well in the written examination to boost your chances of final selection.

Make your routine or you can follow the one given above according to your level of comfort. Give your best to preparation so that you can come out with flying colors in this examination.

All the best!!

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