The stage is set for the big battle with the release of the probationary officer's (PO) notification by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The notification was released for over 4000 vacancies. The selection of the candidates will be based on two phases of the online written exam followed by an interview.
When more than 15 lakh aspirants are expected to lock their horns for this exam, cracking the IBPS PO exam in the first attempt will not be a cakewalk. Aspirants have to put their best foot forward in practising and mastering the concepts to ace the exam.
Apart from these, one should also avoid some common mistakes while preparing for the exam. Here are some of the top common mistakes you need to avoid while preparing for IBPS PO.
1. Not Improving Your Speed
IBPS PO is a competitive exam and one should work on increasing their speed because it matters a lot if you want to attempt all the questions. While increasing your speed, never ignore accuracy because there is negative marking in the IBPS PO exam.
2. Not Opting For Constructive Preparation
When the bar is set high for the competition, aspirants should opt for constructive preparation to ace the IBPS PO exam. There are more than two months left for the IBPS preliminary exam; hence, we advise you start exploring each section one after the other.
3. Giving Least Preference To Mock Tests
The IBPS PO preliminary and main exams will be conducted online. To make yourself familiar with the online format, taking mock tests is required. Though you are practising enough offline, attempting full-length mock tests online will provide positive results.
4. Not Revising Your Lessons
Many aspirants feel that revisions should be done only during the final phase of the exam. To make yourself confident with the concepts, one should do their revisions at regular intervals. Apart from this, one should also devote at least 5 hours for revisions, specifically during the last day of your preparation.
5. Missing Tricks & Shortcuts
When the IBPS preliminary exam time is restricted to 60 minutes, during which you'll have to answer 100 questions, aspirants have to speed up to solve all the questions. Mastering the shortcuts is required while preparing, which saves time during the exam. However, practising too many shortcuts sometimes creates ambiguity.
6. Giving Least Importance To Weightage
In a competitive examination such as IBPS PO, aspirants should focus only on attaining the cut-off score and qualifying marks. Considering all the topics and concepts equally is not encouraged. One should first focus on the important topics which can help you attain the minimum score required.
7. Juggling Too Many Books
Be it IBPS PO or any other competitive exams, there will be no end to the preparation process. Reading multiple books to understand a single concept will lead to ambiguity. Hence, we suggest you pick one quality book and start reading the concepts. The same goes for other sections such as English.
8. Not Rectifying Your Mistakes
Ignoring the mistakes you've made previously and repeating the same should be addressed immediately. After practising the questions related to a particular subject, one should learn from their mistakes. If you don't do this, you will surely be left behind in the competition.