There are two things are that are really very important to clear a Bank PO exam in 1st attempt, good speed, and high accuracy. First, you must be well aware of the syllabus and pattern of the examination.

  • 1st of all attempt 4–5 previous year preliminary Examination paper of the SBI/IBPS PO. Find out the topics which are repeatedly asked in the exams and note down them.
  • Now choose any topic of that you like. You can watch YouTube Videos to clear your doubts. Gradually you will increase your pace and move on to the next topics.
  1. Down here is the strategy for Preliminary Examination.

Quantitative Aptitude:- This is the easiest section of the preliminary examination. With a good approach, you can easily score 25+ marks in the given 20 minutes. Target below topics first.

  1. Number Series – 5 Question
  2. Simplification/ Approximation – 5 Question
  3. Quadratic Equation – 5 questions
  4. Data Interpretation – 10 questions
  • You can easily score 20+ marks in less than 15 minutes in the above mentioned topics.
  • Out of the remaining 10/15 Arithmetic questions pick up the 6–7 easy questions based on percentage, profit-loss, time distance, average, simple interest etc.
  • Thus you can easily attempt 27–28 questions in allotted 20 minutes.

Reasoning Abilities:- In reasoning also there are some easy scoring topics like

  1. Inequality – 5 Questions
  2. Syllogisms – 5 Questions
  3. Coding-Decoding – 5 Questions
  4. Machine input-output – 5 Questions
  5. Blood Relationship – (3 – 5) questions
  6. Direction Sense – 2/3 Questions
  7. Logical Reasoning – 2/3 Questions

You need to focus more on the above topic. They are really easy scoring topics. A total of 20–22 questions will be asked from above topics. Rest of the questions will be of Puzzles / Sitting arrangements.


This is one of the toughest section when it comes to banking examination. The reason behind it is the constant change in the exam pattern.

Earlier they used to ask 10 marks of questions from error section that too of an easy level. Any average candidate could have scored 6–7 marks in this section that too with basic knowledge of grammar. Now the pattern is changing by leaps and bounds.

Now a days they focus more on comprehension and vocabulary part more. Therefore Newspaper reading is the key for English section.

The pattern of English is almost same in Prelim and Mains exam. Therefore no need to worry much. Just keep reading English newspaper daily like The Hindu and Indiatimes.

Take mock test daily. You can get good practice test at