Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) PO Prelims 2016

Dear Candidates,

We have brought you the much awaited Tips to crack Quantitative Aptitude Section.Quantitative Aptitude is considered to be the first adversary of almost every Banking Aspirant or candidate (if it is not the case with you, trust us, we are so glad for you). Many aspirants have loose their dream banking job because they were, somehow, unable to clear sectional cut offs, primarily in the section we are discussing about.

1. Quantitative Aptitude contains 35 Questions and the expected Break up of this section is as follows :

Arithmetic Questions ( Percentage, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion,
SI & CI, Time and work, TSD, SI & CI, Mixture and allegations, Averages, Problems on Ages etc)
Quadratic Equations
DI [Pie Chart, Bar Graph ,Tables etc)
10 (5 *2)

Complexity Level : Complexity Level will be similar to State Bank of India PO Prelims Exam.

2. Time Allocation for each questions and Order of Attempt

If you are one of those few students who had never face any difficulty in Quantitative Section, you may like to attempt this section after English or Reasoning and allocate around 20 minutes. This section will not only assist you in clearing sectional cut offs but also scoring excellent marks in which turn will help you with overall cutoffs of the IBPS Examination..

This is for the students who are either weak or average in quantitative section you will attempt this section at the end. Time allocated to this quantitative section should be 25 minutes.

Categories of Questions : We can divide all Questions in Quantitative section into two categories.


3. Simple and Scoring Questions

Start your aptitude with these questions. These questions are commonly very easy to solve,require less time and you can easily get high accuracy. There are around 16-18 questions from this category.

  • Data Insufficiency (one of the DI Sets )
  • Simplification
  • Arithmetic Topics : Questions on Ages, Percentage, Averages, S.I / C.I, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportions.
4. Time taken Questions

Questions in this topic are complex/difficult than above and may require more time to solve these questions. These are time consuming as well as difficult question we need to solve this question using some short or easy trick. Attempt them after solving first category questions.
Some of the questions are complex and tricky. Accuracy will depend on amount of practice done before exam. The number of questions will be around 11-16 Questions from this category.

  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Arithmetic Topics : Mixture and allegations , Time Speed, Time and Work and Distance
  • Another DI Set
  • Number Series

For those students who just want to clear sectional cut offs solving first category questions with a few question from second will be complete but then you will need to solve excellent number of question in both English and Reasoning to clear the overall cutoff.


5. Tips on How to Prepare Quant Section in last 7 days.

Before the 7 days of exam, there are only a few tried & best approaches you can adopt for this sections. The Most ordinary approach is to identify the weak topics upon which you can work in the last 7 days.

In the last few days to formulate your planning to attempt questions based on this understanding. Solve as many previous year questions as possible just to make yourself confident & comfortable. You must not be fascinated and assumption on the final day on the pattern, topics, level of complexity of the questions etc.


6. Keep a notebook with yourself always where you write necessary points and formulas. This will assist you revisiting the most important points and formulas for your exam day.


7. Start Attempting/take as many mock tests as possible. When your are left with handful of days to go, nothing will help you more than writing and understanding of Mock Tests. These tests will provide you with insights, Selection of Questions and Topics , such as Time Management, formulation of an effective strategy to nail the test etc.


8. Topic wise Tips

Data Interpretation: If the answers are numbers not close to each other, then you do not need to do the exact calculations. You can round off the numbers and do approximate calculations and select the answer closest to the answer you calculated. No other planning can beat the option elimination technique in DI section. Try to avoid doing long calculations as in an exam that requirement aspirants to solve 100 questions in 60 minutes; you may end up wasting and not investing your time by doing long calculations. If you are good with calculations and approximation techniques, percentage, ratio & proportion and option elimination technique – these questions are very easily to solve.


Quadratic Equations – Revising your high school mathematics book on factorization can assist you finding the roots of the quadratic equations faster.

9. General Mistakes to Avoid:

Not Reading Questions Completely, In Quant section there is a most common mistake made by students. In hurry to solve questions faster, they don’t read the questions clearly and end up making mistakes. This problem can cause obstruction as even after solving the question methodically, you will not get the compatible option. And then, it becomes a forceful task to identify as to where you doing wrong. Hence, read twice & carefully before you go ahead and start solving.


10. Avoid Risky Shortcuts

You may be of the angle that the whole point of speed test is to solving question quick possible then why avoid shortcuts. If you have practiced a particular shortcut or trick on lot many questions during your preparation then go ahead. But, if you have just read little shortcut or any other trick during last time of your preparation, avoid using it in the exam as you do not know the conditions and situation in which this particular shortcut can be applied. Solve the question using conventional way even if it takes more time.


11. Guesswork

Do not try to guess or hit any answer in the examination.

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