With the date of IBPS PO Mains just 7 days away, aspirants will definitely be in their top gear of the preparation. And rightly so; after all, this exam which is being held on a national level is a gateway to the banking career. It won’t be incorrect to say that IBPS PO is a dream-job of a majority of the banking aspirants. To achieve this lucrative government job, aspirants would have been preparing for months, and some for years. At this point in time when the exam is just some days away, the level of preparation is going to matter a lot. Without losing your focus, you need to continue on the path you have been treading on for so long. Let’s have a quick look at the exam pattern and the tips which may come handy at the eleventh hour.

IBPS PO Mains Pattern

Sr. No. Name of test No. of Questions Max. Marks Medium Time Allotted (in mins)
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60
2 English Language 35 40 English 40
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45
4 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35
Total 155 200 180
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30


Revise the concepts

There are definitely going to be some topics where you are pretty good at and you might not be that good at other topics. Well! now is the time that you give the concepts of those topics a thorough revision at which you’re not so good at. Also, you must have encountered some tricky questions while solving your mock tests/previous year papers; you should revise the concepts involved therein. Remember: Starting with a new topic at this point in time will yield no result; rather it may confuse you and waste your time which you could have better used practicing the topics you already knew.

Keep the cut-offs in mind

At this point in time nobody can predict the sectional and overall cut-offs as it all depends on the performance of all the aspirants, you can take some reference from previous year cut-offs. Remember: In the preliminary exam, marks were just a gateway to the mains exam and weren’t considered anywhere else, but marks in the mains exam will be a key parameter for selection. You need to score as high as possible in different sections and at the same time, get an excellent overall score. The more you score, the more is your probability of getting selected, provided you perform well in the interview, GD etc.

Tips for the Descriptive Test

We are sure that you are following these tips for the descriptive test. Also, be abreast on the topics which are in news. Not only it will help you in writing it will also keep you updated on the general awareness section. Just keep writing one essay and one letter on alternate days. Remember: You only need to have passing mark in this section.

General Awareness Revision

This is the section which you can heavily capitalize on to increase your overall score. These questions take less time to answer if you are well-prepared. To ensure that you haven’t missed any important fact and for your last-minute revision we have come up with a collection of 500+ most probable current affairs questions. Remember: 35 minutes are pretty good to answer all 40 questions, so ensure you make the most of it. And for this, you need a proper revision beforehand and this is the right time to do it.

One day before the exam

We would suggest you not to take any mock test on the day before the exam. You can revise general awareness questions and stay calm and relaxed. Remember: You’ve already done, whatever you need to do; stressing out at this last moment isn’t going to help. Keep your admit card & stationery in a waterproof cover. If possible, take a stroll at your test center so that you don’t have any difficulty in finding it the next day.

That’s all from our side! Wishing you all the best for your mains exam!

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