12 Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016

12 Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016

Hello IBPS PO Candidates, With Only a few weeks left for IBPS PO Prelims Exam for the year 2016, we bring you the much awaited Tips to crack Quantitative Aptitude Section.

12 Tips to Crack Quantitative Aptitude Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016

Quantitative Aptitude is considered to be the arch nemesis of almost every Banking Aspirant (if it is not the case with you, believe us, we are so happy for you). Many aspirants have missed their dream banking job because they were; somehow, unable to clear sectional cut offs, primarily in the section we are talking about.

Order of Attempt and Time allocation

1. This section, like Reasoning Section, contains 35 Questions. Difficulty level will be similar to SBI PO Prelims Exam and the expected Break up of this section is as follows:

Arithmetic Questions ( Percentage, Profit and Loss, Ration and Proportion, SI & CI, Time and work, TSD, SI &CI, Mixture and allegations, Averages, Problems on Ages etc) 8-10
Series 5
Quadratic Equations 5
Simplification 5
Probability 0-2
DI [Pie Chart, Bar Graph ,Tables etc) 10 (5 *2)


Time Allocation and Order of Attempt

2. If you are one of those few students who never had any trouble in Quant Section, you may like to attempt this section after English and allocate around 20 minutes. This will not only help you in clearing sectional cut offs but also scoring decent marks which in turn will help you with overall cut-offs.

For those who are either weak or average in Quant you can attempt this section at the end. Time allocated to this section should be 22-25 minutes.


Categories of Questions : 

We can divide all Questions in Quant section into two categories.

3. Easy and Scoring Questions

Start your quantitative section with these questions.  These questions are generally easy to solve , require less time and you can easily achieve high accuracy. There will be around 15-17 Questions from this category.

4. Time Consuming Questions

Questions in this category are difficult than above and may require more time to solve. Attempt them after solving first category questions.

Some of the questions are tricky. Accuracy will depend on amount of practice done before exam. There will be around 12-15 Questions from this category.

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


Tips on How to Prepare Quant Section in last few weeks

With less than a few weeks left for exam, there are only a few tried & tested approaches you can opt for. The Most Common approach is to identify the weak topics upon which you can work.

5. Compartmentalization of topics is very important. One must know the topics one is comfortable with – from least to most. One also needs to know as to what could be the level of difficulty of questions; one can handle in an examination scenario.

To make you understand, lets assume I am extremely confident with percentage related problem. Irrespective of level of difficulty, I know in my heart that I would be able to do solve the problem. I also have also realized during my preparation that I can solve easy to moderate level questions from TSD (Time, Speed and Distance). And, the moment I see a question from Probability, I feel nauseated. One has to have an understanding of this level pertaining to one’s preparation to sail through test without much trouble.

6. Use the last few days to formulate your strategy to attempt questions based on this understanding. Solve as many last year questions as possible just to make yourself comfortable & confident. You must not be wondering and surmising on the final day on the pattern, topics, level of difficulty of questions etc.

7. Keep a notebook with yourself where you write important points and formulas. This will assist you revisiting the most vital points and formulas on your exam day.

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


9.Topic wise Tips

  • Data Interpretation: As we mentioned in our previous article, if the answers are numbers not close to each other, then you do not need to do the accurate calculations. You can round off the numbers and do approximate calculations and mark the answer closest to the answer you calculated. No other strategy can beat the option elimination technique in DI section. Try to avoid doing long calculations as in an exam that demands 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 & approximation techniques, percentage, ratio & proportion and option elimination technique – these questions are very easy to answer.
  • Quadratic Equations – Revising your high school mathematics book on factorization can assist you finding the roots of the quadratic equations faster.
  • Series – Mostly n2, n3, n2 ± constant, n3 ± constant, n2 ±n, n3 ±n, n2 ±n3 will cover around 75% of the series completion problems. Hence, relax and attempt.


General Mistakes to Avoid:

10. Not Reading Questions Completely

In quant section this is the most common mistake made by students. In hurry to solve questions faster, you don’t read questions clearly and end up making mistakes. This problem can cause frustration as even after solving the question methodically, you will not get the relevant option. And then, it becomes a herculean task to identify as to where you went wrong. Hence, read twice before you go ahead and start solving.

11.  Avoid Risky Shortcuts

You may be of the view point that the whole point of Speed test is to solving question as fast as 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 some shortcut or any trick during last leg of your preparation, avoid using it in the exam as you do not know the conditions in which this particular shortcut can be applied. Solve the question using conventional way even if it takes more time.

12. Guess Work

Absolutely avoid any guess work.


This brings us to the conclusion of our well read and much loved series about IBPS PO Prelims Tips.

We hope you gained lots of knowledge and confidence for attempting and cracking IBPS PO Prelims 2015. Let us know how this whole series helped you and how we can improve to serve you better by commenting below. Also please ask us any questions not only related to Quantitative Section but with IBPS PO in general. Thank you. God Bless you

  • harsh tiwari

    Thanks a lot mam.i ususally faced problem in vocab section .now ‘what can i do when handful days are remain for prelims

  • jigisha

    Tips are good. But post is really late.. 5days span is really tough to incorporate any change in usual practice.

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Jigisha

      If you incorporate the above changes even in the last 5 days it might make the ultimate difference towards selection. In the above post we have tried to answer the problems faced by candidates in the last week. We reiterate that there is no secret tonic to clear exam. You need regular practice to clear the exam. But many candidates like Kavita, face the last minute jitters even though they had prepared considerably well and end up performing just below their best level (just short of cut off). We aim to enable these candidates to realize their dreams.

  • Kavita

    Thank u so much for these tips for each section…i lost last sbi for juz 5 marks. Reading dis post I understood what kind of stupid mistakes I have made.I hope to make it through dis time.Thanks a lot

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Kavita
      We would hope you don’t repeat the same mistake again.

  • Avishek

    Thanks a lot for the suggestion. This will really help .

    • Vaibhav

      Your Welcome Avishek. glad it helped

  • Thank you so much for suggestion. This is very helpul many aspirants…..

    • Vaibhav

      Your welcome Nagaraja

  • atishruti mitra

    thanks a lot for this suggestion as i really needed this.. ia am really nervous about quants section.. thanks a lot for this.. one more thing i would like to ask that if u can provide the estimated cutoffs and the overall marks needed to clears the prelims.this would be a great help…

    • Vaibhav

      Hi atishruti

      Estimated cut off for quant depends on category. If your’s is general then it would be around 10. Safe score is 50+

      • atishruti mitra

        thankx a lot… ur suggestions are really very helpful…

        • Vaibhav

          Your welcome atishruti

  • yogita singh

    Thank you so much.All these information is so helpful.Now can you please upload some important model papers regarding IBPS PO so that we can practice better to ensure our selection in the exam.

  • Guneet

    Supposing if I dnt knw d ans of a question.. Is dere a way to solve it by luck I.e marking d answer widut any actual solving. Will that have a deep impact on overall marks.

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Guneet

      You would wanna do that only if you dont want to get selected in the exam or when you havent prepared for the exam even a bit and won’t mind the luck. This straetgy, however is not good for candidates who have prepared well. Our recommendation would be NO GUESSES at all

  • saurabh singh

    Thank you very much
    It is very helpful for me as I lost SBI just of 2marks due to poor in selection of questions this post is very helpful to all aspirants.

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Saurabh

      We appreciate your feedback. It motivates us to do more and help candidates.

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  • vinod kumar

    Thank you sir… for ur tips.

  • Jarrett Schwetz

    So if you get single mark less that the qualifying cut-off then all your marks in other sections will not make you successful at all. Even your good performance in other sections will not be considered. The fact of IBPS PO exam is that it is not made for checking your mathematical ability that how you solve math’s problems, it is made to check that how fast you solve any problem and how fast you produce results.

  • Anu

    Hi.. I got ibps clerkal priliminary day after tomorrow.. and am very weak at quantitative.. oly straight questions am able to attend.. so i really want to know how much i need just for quants.. coz am really good at reasoning and english.. i don wana loose this chance just coz of quants.. and i belongs to obc..

  • sowjanya

    plz tel me frs manchi score cheydam ela?

    • Vaibhav

      Hindi or English sowjanya

  • sujoy saha

    hi am nw 25 age and for this reason in the remaining years can i will be able to crack the ibps PO ??plz hlp mam

  • Govind

    ab to lagta hai kavita ji nikal ni lengi

  • Govind

    ab to lagta hai kavita ji nikal hi lengi???

  • Saurabh Bhandari

    Awesome man ! This blog helps. Keep up the good work.


      thanks for your valuable feedback Saurabh


        give also english…


    how about english?? sir

  • amit singh

    plz tell me in which order paper should be solve?