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IBPS PO Main - Exam Strategy!
(Chat Transcript)

nayan : I FACE DIFFICULTY IN PUZZLES SO WAT SHUD I DO TO SCORE IN REASONING
krishnakuppachi : Hi Nayan, first pick up puzzles that have distribution/ranking of single/dual parameter; then move to arrangements of square or rectangle; then single line linear puzzles; and then the circular puzzles. In all these puzzles, start with conditions which are definitive in nature and then proceed with conditions having possible options. And within reasoning section, we have other questions which can be picked before puzzles... deductions, inequalities-based conclusions, coding-decoding; input-output; direction sense; blood relation.. please attempt these first, before moving to puzzles. This should help you score better in reasoning. Hope this answers your query!


bk : CAN U SHARE SOME TRICKS THAT WE CAN PRACTICE TO CALCULATE DI QUESTIONS IN LESS TIME.
hidayathullah : Please read Multiplication tables upto 20,Reciprocal values, squares upto 50 and cubes upto 30. Use approx where ever possible


ej : WHAT SHOULD BE THE LAST DAYS STRATEGY??
thiagarajan : Full length Mock Exams will help you in the last days. Do not learn new topics. Refresh all Quants formulae. Try to maximize the correct attempts and learn to skip some in the mock. Refresh the static general awareness questions like country capitals & currencies, days, awards, banking terminologies. A good night sleep before the exam is a must to clear your mind!


s : WHAT WAS THE OVERALL CUTOFF IN 2015 AND IN LIGHT OF EACH SECTION HAVING SEPARATE TIME, HOW MUCH CAN WE EXPECT THE CUTOFF TO BE, EVEN ASSUMING MARGIN OF ERROR?
supratim : Please check the mentioned page for previous exams cut off http://www.time4education.com/BankExams Please remember cut off depends on question paper difficulty level , performance of all test takers and number of test takers . None of the mentioned parameter is in your hand. So please concentrate on your own preparation and work hard to improve on weakness. All The Best.


siri : SUGGEST SOME MATERIAL TO PREPARE FOR GK AND BANKING AWARENES
khasim : read last 6 months current affairs,banking awareness capsule and monthly general awareness updates from your home page.


ra : WHAT TYPE OF GRAMMAR SHOULD WE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO?
keerthana : There are basically 2 types of grammar questions asked. They are error identification and phrase replacement. Be thorough with the exercises in your mock tests, SM, class handouts . . etc. Read a lot. Grammar is learnt when we read a lot.


s : IS THE STANDARD OF DIFFICULTY OF QUESTIONS IN MAINS EXAM HIGHER THAN THAT OF PRELIM EXAM?
thiagarajan : Yes! You need good concept knowledge for clearing Mains. Difficulty level will be slightly higher!


swati : I AM FACING TROUBLE IN GK. I AM TRYING TO MEMORIZE ANSWERS FROM SOME MOCK GK PAPERS. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD DO?
khasim : dont cramp gk issues,focus on last 6 months current issues.gk questions frame from current issues only.example where is chabahar port?here pm modi visited iran and there he signed mou with iran govt.so if u r very thorough with current issues you can crack the exam.you can read T.I.M.E. magazine and other competitive online sources


sayan : SINCE WE SAW NEW KIND OF PUZZLES IN SBI PO AND CLERK MAINS 2016.. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PUZZLES SHALL WE PRACTICE OTHER THAN THE REGULAR ONE'S THAN WE HAVE ALREADY PRACTICED? AND FROM WHERE??
supratim : Please write online sectional tests and full length tests . Any change is incorporated in those tests.


ej : AND WHAT CAN BE THE EXPECTED WEIGHTAGE FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS, BANKING AWARENESS AND STATIC AWARENESS UNDER GK SECTION ??
thiagarajan : close to 35% will be in Banking, 20% Indian Economy, 12% Current Affairs and the static awareness could be another 10%. There are approximate numbers based on previous years paper analysis. Need to prepared in all areas!


cho : FOR GENERAL AWARENESS HOW IS THE WEIGHTAGE OF QUESTIONS?I MEAN THE APPROXIMATE WEIGHTAGE ON CURRENT AFFAIRS AND ECONOMY?
thiagarajan : close to 35% will be in Banking, 20% Indian Economy, 12% Current Affairs and the static awareness could be another 10%. There are approximate numbers based on previous years paper analysis. Need to prepared in all areas


cho : PLS EXPLAIN THE STRATEGY FOR DI QUESTIONS? HOW TO FIND THE AVERAQGE OF MANY ITEMS WITHOUT ADDING AND DIVIDING THEM?
supratim : No strategy works without knowledge and practise. So first suggestion : Practise more . Next : please remember solving a DI set does not mean that you have to solve all questions from the set. We can solve 5 questions from one set or from 3 different sets. Doing it from 3 different sets will save your time and effort both if you take it for entire section. Third : To be specific in your query - if number of element is same in all cases , then there is no need for division . Addition alone is sufficient. While adding - please practise to ad most significant digits first . For example ad tens place digit first and then unit place digit. You need to practise this methods in online sectional tests and full length mock papers. All The Best!


kumar : SIR WHAT ARE NEW TOPICS WE CAN EXPECT FROM GA IN MAINS?
thiagarajan : You can expect some questions on Olympics, Paralympics, US Elections, Brexit, Space Missions, New Government Schemes, etc.,


ej : THANKS @THIAGARAJAN
thiagarajan : You are welcome! All the very best!


cho : HOW WILL BE REASONING AND COMPUTER AWARENESS QUESTIONS? THEY COME UNDER SAME SECTION? WILL THEY HAVE SEPARATE CUT OFF FOR COM AND REASONING?
hidayathullah : Comp and Reas are two different sections . Separate cut offs. Reas - 50 Q - 50 Marks. Comp - 20Q - 20 Marks


money : SIR...CAN U RELEASE THE CAPSULE FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS, STATIC GK, BANKING AWARENESS AND COMPUTER AWARENESS?
hidayathullah : If your are a T.I.M.E. student,we have uploaded the latest GA PPTs on your SHP. Pls check


kumar : SIR I AM UNABLE TO ATTEMPT PUZZLES GIVEN BY TIME IN ALL INDIA MOCKS.IT WAS TAKING MUCH TIME TO SOLVE AND QS IN QUANT ALSO.I AM PRACTICING ALL FROM TIME.WHAT I DO SIR?
krishnakuppachi : Other than puzzles, were you able to attempt all other reasoning questions? And what was the accuracy rate for those questions?


ej : ANY PARTICULAR STRATEGY FOR CLOZE TEST ??
keerthana : Attempt this area FIRST as its easiest and you wont lose marks here. Read the entire passage once. This is because you need to have an overall idea of the text. Sometimes the answer-choice for the first blank may have a clue in the last part of the text. Then answer each blank in the order.


cho : SIR WHAT WOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS IN QA ? WHAT SHOULD FOR FIRST
supratim : Please do write online sectional tests to get a better idea. You should focus on all arithmatic chapters .


cho : SIR ARE THERE 2 COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH?
supratim : There will be more comprehension questions. It may possible that you are getting more than 1 passage in exam. Be prepared.


dev92 : HOW CAN WE MANAGE TIME EFFECTIVELY SPCLLY FR THE REASONING SECTION?
hidayathullah : First answer questions on Symbols Notations,Deductions,Cod Dec Blood rel,Dir sense,Puzzles,Data Suff,Input output and Critical Reas. Solve easy questions in each of the topics


kumar : OTHER THAN PUZZLES I AM 100 %ACCURACY SIR.WITH THAT I AM SCORING LESS THAN 20.HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY LEVEL?
krishnakuppachi : From the many sets of puzzles asked in the exam, pick up puzzles of distribution/ranking set first. Start with definitive conditions and then move to the possible options. Same with questions of linear/circular arrangement, start with conditions having definitive nature and then move to conditions which gives you possibilities. Practice more questions. And also once you finish with your mock, immediately analyse the puzzles, you will know where you are slow and that area can be improved. All the best


money : WHETHER CONSTITUENCIES OF MINISTERS WILL BE ASKED?
thiagarajan : Yes. Mostly look out for the recent changes if any.


s : IS THE GA CAPSULE RELEASED BY BANKERS ADDA OF GOOD STANDARDS?
khasim : some mistakes are there,better you can cross check them


cho : SIR COULD U PLZ PROVIDE THE VIDEO CLASSES FOR SOME KEY TOPICS LIKE DI, PUZZLE ETC?
hidayathullah : May be in future. As of now no.


s : 2015 PRELIM CUTOFFS FOR GENERAL CATEGORY WERE 37 AND MAINS WERE 76. THIS YEAR PRELIM CUTOFFS 46. IDEALLY HOW MUCH OVERALL SHOULD I AIM FOR, AT THE VERY MIMIMUM?
thiagarajan : Completely depends on the difficulty level of the question in the main exam. There is no strategy for finding out the number of questions. Please attempt maximum possible. If it is easy for you then it will be easy for all!


ej : YES, ONE SHOULD TRY TO MAXIMIZE THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS ... BUT STILL IF ONE HAS SUPPOSE 75% ACCURACY(OVERALL), WHAT WOULD BE NUMBER OF SAME ATTEMPTS ??
hidayathullah : Hi. depends on the difficulty level of the paper. No speculations pls. Pls improve accuracy level.


ej : * WHAT SHOULD BE THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS ??
praveen : Completely depends on level of difficulty, the simplest answer is AS MANY AS POSSIBLE!. If level of difficulty remains like last year at least 100+ attempts for general category. All The Best.


cho : SIR, IS THERE ANY SHORTCUT FOR QUADRATIC EQUATION QUESTIONS WITHOUT DRAWING THE NUMBER LINE AND COMPARE THA VALUES?
hussain : One is by using formula and the other one is by using prime factors


k : I'M STUDENT OF TIME TEST SERIES. THE GENERAL AWARENESS GIVEN MONTH WISE ON SHP AND THE WEEKLY GA TEST ARE ENOUGH FOR GENERAL AWARENESS?
supratim : Yes. Read news paper also .


pappu : SIR ANY PARTICULAR STRATEGY FOR JUMBLE SENTENCES /REARRANGING SENTENCES
sumita : Yes. Please look for links in the sentences; these will help you connect one sentence / idea with the other. Spot the central theme first. This will help you unfold the sequence. Then look for these elements in the form of articles, pronouns etc. that help connect and continue with the idea.


money : SIR I AM A TIME STUDENT, I DON'T FIND STATIC GK IN SHP
hidayathullah : Pls refer GA ppts uploaded under Monthly GK and CA updates


cho : TELL ME PLS THE RESOURCE ONE CAN DEPEND ON TO PREPARE FOR COMPUTER AWRENESS QUESTIONS?
hidayathullah : Pls revise the material (Study Material,Mock tessts and hand outs provided by T.I.M.E. Revise atleast last 3 years IBPS & SBI original computer questions. You may also refer to book Computer Knowledge by Kira Publications


s : THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS, TIME TEAM. :) HOPE TO BRING YOU GOOD NEWS NEXT WEEK
krishnakuppachi : Our best wishes are with you. Be calm in the exam!


cho : @HUSSAIN SIR WHAT I MEAN IS AFTER FINDING THE VALUES IN ORDER TO COMPARE THEM I USUALLY DRAW THE NUMBER LINE AND COMPARE IT IS THERE ANY OTHER METHOD?
hussain : No


cho : SIR FOR IBPS CLERK THE QUADRATIC EQUATION WILL BE ASKED?
hidayathullah : Yes.


ej : @ HIDAYATHULLAH .. ACCURACY IS AFFECTED ONLY BECAUSE OF GK AND ENGLISH(IN MY CASE), SO SHOULD I TRY TO MAXIMIZE ATTEMPTS IN ENGLISH OR ONLY THE ONES I AM SURE OF ??
hidayathullah : Pls attempt only the ones you are sure of because of negative marking.


money : BANKERSADDA CAPSULE HAS LOT OF MISTAKES. IS THERE ANY OTHER WEBSITE RESOURCE WE CAN READ?
supratim : Please look at T.I.M.E. material / book , mocks. If you are not a T.I.M.E. student then please register in the following page http://www.time4education.com/BankExams


cho : COULD U PLZ INCLUDE SOME SHORTCUTS FOR QA IN UR ONLINE RESOURCES ?
hidayathullah : We cover the shortcuts in our class room.


cho : COULD U PLZ SUGGEST SOME USEFUL WEBSITES OTHER THAN URS FOR BANK EXAM PREPARATIONS?
praveen : Please refer online sectional tests,mock tests and monthly general awareness updates from your home page.This will take care of your GA preparation.


kumar : SIR WHERE I CAN FIND PREVIOUS ASKED QS IN GA AND COMPUTERS.GIVE ME SITE NAME CLEARLY.
hidayathullah : You may refer Kiran publications previous year papers.


ej : THANKS @HIDAYATHULLAH
hidayathullah : You are welcome.


pappu : SIR,WHAT ARE THE TOPICS NEED TO BE PREPARE FOR IBPS MAINS IN DEPTH?
supratim : Best Case Scenario - All. But with limited time , I would suggest you to write Maximum 2 Mocks ( One today or tomorrow and next one on Thursday ) and revise each and everything in this last 5 days. Please make sure to revise all arithmatic chapters of quant , at least 3 months GK from Magazines. All The Best.


cho : I'VE MISSED SOME OF THE ALL INDIA TESTS CAN I TAKE THEM LATER?
hidayathullah : Yes. You can take.


anwesha : IF I ONLY ABLE TO ATTAIN 15 QUESTIONS IN EACH SECTION IN IBPS CLERK PRELIMS WITH 95% ACCURACY,WHAT'S THE POSSIBILITY OF CLEARING THE CUT OFF?
hidayathullah : Please remember cut off depends on question paper difficulty level , performance of all test takers and number of test takers . None of the mentioned parameter is in your hand. Difficult to comment


cho : SIR UUALLY WHICH SECTION HAS THE LOWEST CUT OFF?
hidayathullah : depends on the difficulty level of the questions in the sections.


money : CAN WE HAVE 10 MOCKS FOR RRB PO TOO?
hidayathullah : Yes.5 for PO and 5 for Clerk


vlsa : SIR HOW TO SOLVE ENGLISH SECTION TO GET GOOD MARKS
sumita : Attempt the easy and doable questions first, those which you are confident about. Try the VA questions first, preferably the Cloze test, before moving on to RCs which are usually more time-consuming. Work out the easier ones first; usually vocab questions fall under this category. Then attempt Grammar questions. We usually recommend that FIBs be dealt with after Error identification / Phrase replacement questions, and Para jumbled questions be left for the end.


cho : SIR USUALLY WHICH SECTION HAS THE LOWEST CUT OFF?SIR FOR CLERK THE COMPREHENSION WOULD BE BASED ON STORY OR ECONOMIC FACTS?
sumita : The Reading Comprehension passages for PO are based on Indian economy and banking, technology etc. We usually get story-based passages in clerical exams. In 2016, the lowest cut-off was for the English section, for Prelim. Earlier, it was for another section. We can't be sure as such things are at the discretion of the organising body.


cho : SIR FOR SYLLOGS WHICH IS BETTER VENN DIAGRAM OR EQUATIONS?
krishnakuppachi : Venn Diagram is a better method for getting the correct answer every time one attempts.


pappu : SIR,WHAT ARE THE TOPICS NEED TO BE PREPARE FOR IBPS MAINS IN DEPTH IN COMPUTER AWARENESS SECTION?
supratim : Please write online sectional tests . Its more than sufficient. Brush up areas from Computer Book as well.


ra : HOW TO SCORE WELL IN QUANTITATIVE SECTION?
hidayathullah : Focus on DI,individual quant questions,Data sufficiency and series questions.


money : SIR IF U MAKE YOUR NOTES DOWNLOADABLE. IT WILL BE EASIER FOR US TO PRINT AND READ
hidayathullah : Policy decision of the organization. We will see what can be done.


pappu : THANKS @SUPRATIM
hidayathullah : Pls focus questions on Internet, MS office(excel,word,Power point),Basics,Architecture,memory related,operating system and networks.


hysa7al01 : SIR LZ TELL LAST MIN PREPARATION
hidayathullah : Do not read any new concepts/chapters. Revise what ever you have studied. Practice online sectional and mock tests. Do the analysis of mock tests.


cho : HOW TO GET THE HAND OUTS PROVIDED BY TIME?
hidayathullah : Are you a T.I.M.E. student?


money : @HIDAYATHULLAH @SUPRATIM @THIAGARAJAN THANK U VERY MUCH
hidayathullah : You are most welcome.


vlsa : ARE TIME MOCK TESTS SUFFICIENT TO SELECT IN MERIT LIST IN IBPS PO MAIN
hidayathullah : Yes definitely,provided you have practiced.


pp : I HAVE MY BANK PO MAINS ON 20TH NOV...PLZZ GUIDE ME HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR IT -I MEAN THE SOURCE THAT WOULD BE THE EBST AT THIS POINT AND THE TOPICS..PLZZ
hidayathullah : Do not read any new concepts/chapters. Revise what ever you have studied. Practice online sectional and mock tests. Do the analysis of mock tests.


cho : PLZ EXPLAIN THE STRATEGY FOR DOING DI QUESTIONS?
hussain : Solve the easier first,medium next, spend only 5 min. to solve one set which contains 5 questions ( practice calculation of %, averages, ratio, profit and loss ), give priority for the sets like Table, Bar graph, Line graph and Pie chart ( Leave the Case-let )


hysa7al01 : THANK U
hidayathullah : You are welcome.


anwesha : AS OF NOW,I HAVE ATTAINED 50 MOCK TEST & FEW SECTIONAL TEST & ANALYSE THE SOLUTION,WHAT ELSE I NEED TO DO TO PERFORM WEAL IN UPCOMING IBPS CLERK PRELIMS?
krishnakuppachi : Hope your accuracy rate in these tests have been high. If not, revise the topics where the attempted questions were wrong. Also look at the questions that you have not attempted, which were otherwise easy. Keep your calm and relax your mind. Let there be no other thougths, other than the preparation. These will help you perform better in the actual exam.


cho : PLZ TELL ME THE OPTIMUM TIME TO DO THE PUZZLE QUETIONS FOR MAINS EXAM LEVEL?
hidayathullah : 15 to 20 mins. Do not start with puzzles.


vlsa : THANK YOU
praveen : Welcome, All the Best


kxsa6a113 : PLEASE SUGGEST SOME BOOKS FOR GRAMMAR
hidayathullah : Please revise the material provided by T.I.M.E. -Booklet,mock tests and sectional tests. You may refer English Grammar & Composition - Rajendra Pal and Premlatha suri


cho : @HIDAYATHULLA NO SIR BUT I'VE PURCHASED THE TEST SERIES
hidayathullah : You may get handouts in class room course and correspondence course.


pp : I WANT TO KNOW PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE GA SECTION ONLY...WHAT ALL TO DO IN THAT AS I HAVE ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT AND I DONT KNOW MUCH OF GA.ON SEEING THE LAST YEAR PAPERS I SAW THAT QS WERE FROM BANKING AWARENESS BUT WHERE CAN I FIND ITHE TOPICS?
supratim : http://www.time4education.com/BankExams Please register in the page and read . If you are a T.I.M.E. student then please revise last 3 months magazine.


vlsa : HOW TO SOLVE PUZZLE SECTION (CIRCULAR ARRANGEMENT, BLOOD RELATIONS) WITHIN LESS TIME FOR PO MAIN
krishnakuppachi : Mastering puzzles comes mainly with practice, and the key to success is the ability to identify the right decisive condition to start the puzzle. Do as many puzzles as possible. Later analyse the solutions. That will give you more tips on how to identify the right condition to start the question.


pp : AND SINCE I HAVNT TAKEN COACHING FOR IT AND ITS ONLY A RANDOM ATTEMPT I AM ALL THE MORE CONFUSED.
supratim : Please register in the mentioned page and write Mock tests . http://www.time4education.com/BankExams


kumar : SIR PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR ALL INDIA MOCK TESTES.NOT AVAILABLE FOR ME MT2001664 AND 66 FOR REFFERENCE.
hidayathullah : Pls give your ID card number. We will get it uploaded.


cho : SIR IS THERE ANY WEBSITES WHICH PROVIDE PREVIOUS QUESTION PAPERS?
hidayathullah : Better to purchase Kiran publications previous year papers.


cho : PLS PROVIDE THE STRATEGY FOR INPUT OUTPUT MACHINE?
supratim : Find out answers for 2 questions what the machine is doing ? and how the machine is doing it?


vlsa : WHICH AREAS ARE IMPORTANT FOR GA SECTION (INCLUDING BANK AWARENESS)
hidayathullah : Banking, Economy, CA-National & International. Other imp topics include sports,awards,imp days,persons in news etc..


kumar : GLSA4N132 SIR.PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR ME ALL INDIA MOCKS.
hidayathullah : Ok. Noted


kumar : @HIDAYATHULLAH ,@KRISHNAKUPPACHITHANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS.SOON WILL HEAR WITH A GOOD NEWS.
krishnakuppachi : We will be delighted to hear the good news. Stay calm. Our best wishes for your exam!


vlsa : CAN QUESTIONS ASKED ON UNION BUDGET, RAILWAY BUDGET
praveen : Yes questions are possible and likely.


cho : FOR ALL FACULTY MEMBERS THANKS
hidayathullah : All the best. You are welcome


cho : SIR WHAT WOULD BE THE EXPECTRED CUT OFF FOR RRB PO AND RRB CLERK?
supratim : Depends on paper difficulty level, number of test takers and performance of all test takers.


vlsa : THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE GUIDANCE
krishnakuppachi : All the best. Stay calm.


hwsa7a031 : HOW TO MANAGE TIME PERFECTLY EVENTHOUGH I KNEW THE ANSWER I FAIL TO ANSWER IT DUE TO LACK OF TIMING HOW IMPROVE FOR IBPS CLERK
supratim : Please spend 2 min/section to find out the composition of the paper. Start with the easiest ones. Getting right answers for first 3/4 questions will automatically boost your confidence thus speed. Second : Please learn the art of leaving an question. Please remember we do not have to answer all questions in a competitive exam.


hwsa7a031 : HOW TO QUICKLY SOLVE PUZZLES QUESTIONS I CAN SOLVE MOSTLY ALL TYPE OF PUZZLES EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN CASES BUT TAKES TIME....
supratim : Please find out definite information's quickly. For example Ram is sitting in the left hand corner is a definite information.


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