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IBPS PO Mains 2019: Get last-minute tips to score high in the IBPS PO Mains Exam 2019 which is scheduled to be held on 30 November 2019. 

IBPS PO Last Minute Tips 2019: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the IBPS PO Mains 2019 exam on the 30 November 2019 in different shifts. IBPS has already released the IBPS PO Mains Admit Card 2019 @ibps.in. Get here the last-minute tips and strategies to score high in the IBPS PO Mains 2019 Exam. These last-minute tips and strategies will help candidates to ace the IBPS PO examination.  

Lakhs of aspirants are going to appear for the IBPS PO Recruitment exam this year and there are a total of 4336 Vacancies for the post of Probationary Officers/Management Trainee in the public sector banks. In such a scenario, only qualifying the Exam will not be enough. Candidates should aim to score high marks to be able to attain the IBPS PO cut off marks. Considering this, we have listed here a few last-minute preparation tips for IBPS PO Mains 2019 Exam.

It is the perfect time to brush up your preparations and get hold of your weak and strong areas to be able to score above the IBPS PO Cut-off 2019. Have a look at these last-minute tips and ace the examination.

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Last-Minute Tips of IBPS PO Mains 2019

1. Prepare a section-wise strategy to attempt the Mains exam

As per the IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern, MCQs will be asked from three sections – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language and Data Analysis & Interpretation. There is sectional timing for each of these sections. In order to attempt the questions with high accuracy and within the given time frame, candidates should prepare a proper section-wise strategy. They should know which questions to attempt and which ones should be skipped. Before building up the strategy, have a look at the IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2019:


Number of Questions


Sectional Timing

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 Minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 Minutes

English Language



40 Minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 Minutes

Total (200 Marks)

155 Questions


3 Hours

Descriptive Paper - English Language

(Letter Writing & Essay)

2 (English)


30 Minutes

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2. Revise through Previous Years Papers & Mock Tests

These last few days are not meant for deep studies. Candidates should devote this time for revision. Brush-up your preparations by going through the previous years’ questions papers, practice papers and mock tests. If you have already attempted or practised the papers, then analyse them to know your weak and strong areas. This will also give you a good idea about the type of questions asked in the mains exam.

3. Avoid guesswork & focus on accuracy

In IBPS PO Mains Exam, there will be a penalty for the wrong answer given by the candidates. Each wrong answer will invite a negative marking of 0.25 marks. Above that, candidates need to fetch the cut off marks to qualify for the next round – Interview. In such a scenario, the candidates’ focus should be on delivering accurate answers. Candidates should avoid guesswork and try to attempt questions with accuracy. If you are not sure about the correct option in a particular question, then adopt the eliminating approach. Take the calculated risk and eliminate the options that do not go with the question. This might work well for you to avoid getting stuck in a particular question.

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4. Time Management

Candidates’ main focus should be to manage the time properly while attempting the exam. To attempt as many questions with high accuracy, it is advisable that candidates should avoid spending much time in any particular question. Candidates should not devote more than 1 minute to a question.

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5. Carry essential documents – Admit Card & ID Proof

Do not forget to carry essential documents such as IBPS PO Admit Card, Photo ID Proof and photograph to the examination centre. Candidates who forget to carry these documents to the exam centre will not be allowed to enter the centre. Try to reach the exam centre 15-20 minutes before the reporting time.   

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