Last Minute Preparation Strategy for IBPS PO Exam 2020

The IBPS PO exam notification 2020 has been released along with the exam schedule for the Probationary Officer recruitment. Total 11 Public Sector Banks are participating in the IBPS PO recruitment this year and a total of 1417 vacancies have been released.

Similar to what has been observed in the past years, this year as well lakhs of candidates are expected to appear for the Probationary Officer Prelims exam, out of which only a few shall be able to qualify for the Mains and then finally the Interview phase.


To crack the IBPS PO exam 2020, candidates need to follow a strategic plan and prepare themselves accordingly. For any further information regarding the IBPS PO exam, candidates can visit the link here.

Let us first discuss the exam pattern in brief and then continue with the preparation strategy.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the Prelims exam is given below in brief:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Allotted
English Language303020 min
Numerical Ability353520 min
Reasoning Ability353520 min

The exam pattern for the Mains is given in brief below:

PaperSectionNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Allotted
Objective TestReasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 min
Objective TestEnglish Language354040 min
Objective TestData Analysis & Interpretation356045 min
Objective TestGeneral/Economy/Banking Awareness404035 min
Descriptive TestLetter Writing & Essay22530 min

Salient Points to Remember:

  • A penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer
  • Both sectional and overall cut off is released
  • Prelims are only qualifying in nature
  • Once the sectional time is over, candidates cannot revisit the section
  • Maximum marks for the Interview are 100 marks

IBPS PO – Preparation Strategy

Given below are a few tips which will help candidates now, with just over a month left for the Probationary Officer Prelims exam:

  1. Focus on Revision – This is the time to focus on revision and learn the important formulas, solve questions applying the shortcut tricks and strengthen your command over the topics covered
  2. Do Not Pick up New Topics – Avoid picking up new topics as it may result in stress and may affect your performance in the final exam. Devote more time to revising the concepts already prepared
  3. Solve more Mock Tests – Free online mock tests are easily available online which are based on the latest exam pattern and are an easy source to analyse your preparation level and judge which topics need more practice
  4. Work on Time Management – The key to crack bank exams is by managing time well. Try solving questions not just efficiently but also within a shorter time span
  5. Read the Admit Card Instructions Carefully – Once the admit card is released, candidates must carefully go through the data given in it and ensure that no error is found in the personal information part. Also, go through the rules/instructions mentioned in it and reach the exam centre on time with all the required documents
  6. Review the Previous Year Cut Off – The cut off has seen an increase over the past few years. So, go through the minimum qualifying marks from the previous years to get an idea as to how many questions can be considered as good attempts

Apart from all the points above, do solve previous year question papers. An analysis of that will help candidates understand what type of questions may be asked and what is the level of questions being asked. To get the IBPS PO Question Papers, aspirants can visit the linked article.

Candidates must make a note that they reach the exam venue on time and with a calm mind. This will help them focus more and score more in the examination.

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