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IBPS 2017 exams: Check out 20 time management tips to ace the tests

Time is of the essence when it comes to writing the IBPS PO or IBPS Clerk examinations, here’s an effective plan to help you manage things better

education Updated: Oct 03, 2017 10:15 IST
The test pattern in banking exams is such that the total time allotted to attempt a paper is a lot less compared to the number and difficulty level of the questions.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

One of the most common complaints of candidates appearing for bank exams such as is that they don’t have “enough time”. The test pattern in banking exams is such that the total time allotted to attempt a paper is a lot less compared to the number and difficulty level of the questions. In most instances, candidates fail to attempt questions despite knowing the answers or end up making silly mistakes because they are pressed for time. This makes it essential for the candidates to master the art of managing time effectively.

With Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, probationary officers and clerk (IBPS PO and IBPS clerk) exams around the corner, Abhishek Patil, CEO and co-founder at Oliveboard, an online preparation portal for MBA, banking and government exams, shares some time management tips that will come handy for studies.

1.Decide beforehand which section you are going to attempt first in the exam; pick what you’re good at first and try out the easiest questions

2.Leave a question that you do not know; spending extra minutes over a difficult question will not help

3.General awareness, computer and English are considered the easiest and least time-consuming sections. Try attempting these sections first

4.Do not hesitate to skip lengthy and time-consuming questions like puzzles in reasoning. The goal is to attempt the maximum questions in the given time

5.Plan more time for reasoning and quant as both these sections require extra minutes

6.Attempt as many mock tests as possible; this will improve your knowledge, as well as speed in figuring out quick answers to problems.

Section-wise time management yips for IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk 2017 exam:

General Awareness

7.Picking this as one of the first sections to attempt in the IBPS exams helps as it is less time consuming

8.On an average, do not spend more than 12 minutes in this section.


9. It’s suggested that you pick the computer section as the first or the second section to answer

10.It does not involve problem solving and can be completed within 6-10 minutes.

English Language

11.If you are confident in English, try to answer this section in the beginning

12.Attempt error detection, synonym, antonym etc., first

13.Pick one comprehension first, read and understand carefully and only then move to the next one

14.On an average, plan to keep aside 15 -18 minutes for the English section.


15.Solve the easiest ones first like inequalities, data sufficiency, blood relations, number series etc.

16.Choose seating arrangement over puzzle as it consumes relatively less time

17.On an average, plan 30 minutes for this section.

Quantitative Aptitude

18.As this section is time-consuming, plan to keep aside at least 30 minutes for this section

19.Attempt questions you are more confident with first and then move to tricky ones

20.Spending more time on one question is a definite no.

These are a few tips that can help applicants manage their time well for the upcoming IBPS PO and IBPS clerk exams. However, you are free to make changes in your strategy, depending on your comfort level. Just ensure that you answer maximum questions in each section and attempt the ones you are most confident about, first. This will also give you assurance about your progress and ensure a more positive approach during the exam.

Lastly, attempt as many IBPS mock tests as you can before the exams to evaluate your time and performance. Focus more on sections that you are weaker at and identify your strengths.

We wish you all the best for your IBPS exam preparation.

First Published: Oct 03, 2017 10:15 IST