IBPS PO Quantitative Ability – Tips | IBPS PO 2018


IBPS PO 2018 Prelims has come to an end with all the focus shifting towards the Mains now. The syllabus prescribed by the IBPS includes several topics which are common for both the stages. One of them is Quantitative Aptitude. Here in this article, we present the important aspects of the topics in that section. As observed in the IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern, this section of Quantitative Aptitude will be of 60 marks and 45 minutes duration. Read below to know more. Read this article to prepare for IBPS PO Mains Quantitative Ability.

How to Prepare for IBPS PO Quantitative Ability

Since the syllabus for IBPS PO 2018 is vast, we are providing you with the topic-wise guidance for each section. The points to remember for the Quantitative Aptitude in IBPS PO Mains 2017 section are as follows:

Easy Medium Hard
Topics Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Interest, Profit & Loss Data interpretation (DI), age problems, quadratic equations Permutations and Combinations/Probability, Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Mensuration, Mixtures, and Allegations
  • Learn shortcuts
  • Enhance calculation speed
  • Attempt in the beginning
  • Be thorough with basic formulae
  • Solve the typical DI-based questions, i.e. tables, charts, graphs.
  • Apply the mathematical concepts learned in school
  • Focus only if you know the shortcuts as the questions are time killing
  • Make a formulae sheet and keep an eye on it every day
  • Practice the conventional questions on- Trains, Boat & Stream

    – Work Efficiency, Wages, and Pipes & Cisterns

    – Cubes, Cuboids, Square, Rectangle, Cylinder, Sphere, Circle


Focus on the following points as you move ahead with your preparation:

  • One has to be careful and wary of time management if he/she is looking forward to scoring the most out of this section.
  • Applying shortcuts and algorithms to the trickiest of questions becomes necessary as they can significantly improve your efficiency.
  • Try to judge the difficulty level of questions for pattern recognition.
  • Topics such as Data Interpretation, Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Geometry, and Probability are crucial and will supply most of the marks from this section.
  • Since the topic of Data Interpretation is similar in terms of pattern and difficulty in both Prelims and Mains, you are advised to focus as much as you can on this topic.
  • Try using Vedic Mathematics for speeding up calculations, as this section is all about mathematics and it’s going to be challenging if you struggle with numbers.
  • Spend at least 3 hours on basic mathematics and see if you are improving through such tests.
  • Increase your understanding of topics pertaining to Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification as they carry a substantial amount of weight in IBPS PO Mains.
  • Go back to the old ways of learning maths from RD Sharma/ RS Aggarwal if it is hard to grasp the basics.

IBPS PO Quantative Ability – Tips

One must remember that there is a sectional cutoff in this exam. Along with this, there is also the negative marking. Therefore it is not just enough to focus on certain aspects. One must at least aim to prepare most of the topics. Go through the exam pattern and types of questions before attempting the exam so that you get a fair idea of the difficulty level of the questions. Here, we curate some tips that will help you crack IBPS PO Quant.

  • Some of the highest weightage topics that are relatively simple are Simplification (5), Data Sufficiency (2-5) etc. Finish these topics off first. For obvious reasons, they will help you to score more in the exam
  • You can always classify the topics into easy, moderate and hard for preparation. This will not only motivate you, but also help you recognise your strengths and where you need to focus on.
  • Topics like percentages, probability, profit and loss, while only carrying a weightage of 1-3 questions, are still relatively very easy and therefore you can finish them easily. Some basic tips while learning them include assuming everything as base 100 for profit and loss. Always calculate profit or loss on a base of 100 and then appropriate it suitably to the figures of the actual problem
  • Next in line are topics such as Quadratic Equations, Number series, Data Interpretation etc. While these topics are easy enough to master, the approaches are diverse. They are not as linear as for the topics in the above point. Therefore, one must learn the concepts first and practise the applications individually. Allot more time to these areas because you won’t be demotivated with the fact that you’re unable to understand them.
  • Finally, there are topics such as permutations and combinations, time and work, time and distance etc. These topics are not only time consuming, but require critical analysis and understanding of the topic. Most students give up at these topics. That can be your plus point. However, only invest in these topics if you have enough amount of time. Otherwise, put them until the very end. you can always score well in IBPS PO Quant with the easy and moderate topics

Generic Tips to crack IBPS PO Quant:

  • Learn your concepts well. There isn’t the problem of excessive formulae as in Geometry and mensuration. So what limited formulae you have, ensure that you know them by heart
  • Practise a lot. Practise about 50 questions in the easy topic section, while you solve about 75 in the moderate question section. For the difficult questions part, solve about 30 per topic. The rationale is that, even if you don’t grasp the topic on the face of it, with rigorous practise, you’ll be well versed to think on your feet, and you’ll know how to solve similar problems. That means you’ll be solving about 125 questions in easy and moderate topics per day, and about 30 per day in the difficult one. That means, overall, you’d be solving about 200 questions a day. That’s the kind of practise that will develop your speed for the exams and help you crack the sectional cut off
  • There is negative marking. Leave the questions you can’t answer. Don’t guess them. If you haven’t prepared for them, you don’t know the concepts involved.
  • Take a lot of mock tests and at least two full-length tests in a week.

Lastly, there are sample papers and mock tests which you should practice day in and day out for they are the ultimate sources of preparation in any competitive exam.

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