With the IBPS PO Mains falling on Nov 18, 2018 there are only 15 days left. We are sure that your IBPS PO mains preparation must be going on in full swing. And rightly so, as this is that stage of your preparation where everything else should be ignored. One of the sections is Quantitative Aptitude where you are given 35 questions of 1 mark each with a sectional time limit of 45 minutes. We have come up with some tips for this particular section which would definitely give the right finishing touch to your preparation. Let’s have a look at them:
A Sectional Test Per Day
Take a sectional test on a daily basis. Learn from the analysis of your weak areas and see what can be done to improve upon it. Does it require more practice? Is there a conceptual problem? If you are taking mock tests then you can skip this as mock tests anyways include this section.
Check if all the concepts of this sections are crystal-clear. At least 90% of the topics must be covered properly. You never know which section the questions are raised from.
Percentage, Ratio & Average are important concepts
Make sure that the concepts of percentage, ratio & averages are clear and you have done enough practice on these topics. A majority of the questions from data interpretation, data sufficiency ask questions in which these topics are used. Figure out your own shortcuts if you can.
Using Approximation Technique
Try using approximation technique when solving a DI question. This technique becomes especially relevant when there is a substantial difference in the given options.
A Fine Balance between Speed & Accuracy
Gain on speed but don’t give up on accuracy. With a negative marking of 0.25 mark/question in place and the limitation of only 45 minutes for 35 questions, you need to have a proper balance between speed and accuracy. It comes only by practice. When you take regular mock tests in exam-like conditions, you get a sense of performing your best in terms of speed and accuracy.
Memorize Squares, Cubes etc.
Squares, cubes, square root & cube root up to 30 should have been learned by rote by now. If not, please do it. These come very handy in quick calculations.
Focus when reading a DI question
When reading DI questions, you often have to switch between looking at the data and the question. You can save a bit of time by reading the question properly so as to focus completely on data.
New Types of Questions
Don’t get panicked if you see a new type of question. Check out what the question is asking and try to answer that. Any new question will be nothing more than a combination of concepts you already know.
A majority of the platforms which provide mock tests offer the first test free of cost. Get an instant analysis, identify your weak areas and improve upon them. Wishing you all the best for your preparation!