The competition for the bank jobs has increased over the years. Considering the number of aspirants, the conducting body, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), has also revolutionised the exam with many changes. According to the IBPS's tentative calendar, the preliminary exam for the probationary officers and clerks will take place in the month of October and December respectively.
When lakhs of job aspirants eagerly wait for the recruitment notification from IBPS, aspirants have to start their preparation early to stand out from the crowd. Here are the important things you need to do before the announcement of the IBPS PO notification.
Start With A Diagnostic Test
Be it the academic or the competitive entrance examination, it is always advised to take a diagnostic test prior to the preparation because it will tell you all about your weak and strong areas.
Taking at least more than two diagnostic tests are suggested to understand the exam pattern as well. Devote considerable time to analyse where you went wrong in the diagnostic test.
Acquaint Yourself With The IBPS PO Syllabus
The official recruitment notification of IBPS PO will only mention the name of the subjects which are going to be included in the preliminary and main examinations. They will publish a detailed syllabus for every subject.
Hence, one should do this work individually. Analyse the previous years' question papers for this activity. Also, tour the syllabus of similar exams for more command.
Know The IBPS Cut-off At Various Stages
As the competition will be massive for IBPS PO, one has to know about the cut-offs prior to the preparation. Cut-off means minimum marks required to qualify for the next round. For this, one has to understand the exam pattern. Click here to read the IBPS PO exam pattern.
Once you analyse the exam pattern, you will find general awareness and computer aptitude in the main examination. Based on the previous year's cut-off, you need to prepare for the subjects. According to the sources, the maximum cut-off for the general candidates in IBPS PO 2017 is 65.58 and minimum is 47.04.
Gather The Required Study Materials
Once you've analysed the syllabus and have appeared for the diagnostic test, the next step is to gather all the required study material including the previous years' question papers. We also suggest you subscribe to the full-length online mock tests at this stage because the cost will be increased at the end of the examination.
Almost all the major publications are carrying the same information and tips. If you're still finding it difficult to choose the right books, stay tuned. We will be publishing the best books for IBPS PO preparation soon.
Prepare A Study Schedule
The final and most important step is preparing the study schedule. One has to also give enough time for preparing the basic concepts besides regularly practising solving questions.
Over three months are left for IBPS PO exam and your timetable should cover both preliminary and main written examinations. If you are a working professional, you should manage time effectively on the weekends.