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IBPS PO Exam 2015: Quantitative Aptitude-Syllabus and Preparation Tips

Sep 9, 2015 16:35 IST

    Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has invited applicants to apply for IBPS PO CWE V examinations that are going to take place in the month of October, 2015. Candidates who are gearing up for getting into banking industry need to go through the prelims and mains examination conducted by the body and get through to the various listed nationalized banks under IBPS. The prelims examination is expected to be easier than that of the mains examination and would contain two less papers. The Mains examination would consist of English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge papers containing a total of 200 marks. The 200 objective questions needs to get answered in 2 hours’ time and there are negative markings on each wrong evaluation in the part of the candidates.

    Quantitative Aptitude is quite a tricky paper among all the other papers in the examination. It needs regular attention of the candidate while they are preparing. Once you get through with the basics of the paper it becomes a lot easier to crack it on time. While solving questions in this paper, the time becomes a major factor and thus managing it efficiently becomes very important. There needs to be planned way of progressing in this paper if the candidates are eyeing for the mains examination. The prelims level questions would be from basic level mathematics, but the Mains would contain quantitative questions of at least secondary level. Hence, it would be advisable to get the mathematical wheels rolling and get back to the basics of it real well.

    Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:
    Although IBPS does not provide syllabus, Jagranjosh has come up with topics to be prepared for IBPS PO Exam 2015.

    The topics list: This part covers following topics:-
    • Roots
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Averages
    • Time and work
    • Speed, Distance and time
    • Mixture and allegation
    • Stocks and shares
    • Percentages
    • Partnership
    • Clocks
    • Volume and surface Area
    • Height and Distances
    • Logarithms
    • Permutation and combinations
    • Simple and compound interest
    • Equations
    • Probability
    • Trigonometry
    • Profit, Loss and Discount
    • Mensuration
    • Elements of Algebra

    Data Interpretation

    • Pie charts
    • Tables
    • Bar & Graphs
    • Line charts

    Tips & Strategies
    Approach preparation in positive manner: Many a people fear the very aspect of mathematics and solving sums. This leads quite a number of aspiring candidates to lose the battle even when it has not begun. It is needed to buckle up your confidence and have a look at the questions that are recurring in these examinations. The best way to start preparing is to approach in a positive manner and get through it without worrying much.
    Look up at your old books: For better understanding of the basic concepts of mathematics, it is best to look up to the basic 10th and 12th standard mathematics books. It is where the candidates can re-visit what they have learnt and it can immensely help them solving problems in the examination while saving enormous amount of time.
    Go through mock tests and drills: Cracking these examinations becomes easier when you go through previous year questions and mock drills that help you get an idea about the pattern of questions and amount of time required to solve the questions. Candidates need to pass individual papers and thus they cannot avoid any of the paper and move with the other. Hence it is important to make equal preparation for each of the paper to succeed through.
    Try and look up for formulas and tricks: Nothing saves more time than a trick to solve a question. Candidates need to derive their own methods and tricks or branch out ideas from various sources like practice sets, preparation books, online journals and other academic sources available.
    Manage your time while preparing: Time management is the key for your success in the examination. You need to always prepare having a stopwatch by your side. This would clock the exact time you need to tick in order to complete your papers and move through to the next round in the recruitment process.

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