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Thursday, 18 July 2013

IBPS PO/MANAGEMENT TRAINEE CWE PREPARATION -CHANGE EXPLAINED FROM 2012 TO 2013


The IBPS PO CWE Syllabus has 5 sections of objective type and 1 question paper of essay  writing. Each question will carry one mark; except English Language, in this each question carry 1/2 mark.

Only English Language and Descriptive test will be in English and other sections like Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge and General Awareness Question Papers 2013 for IBPS PO Exam will print in both languages of Hindi and English.

1. Reasoning                                                       50
2. English Language                                            40
3. Quantitave Analysis                                         50
4.General Awareness                                          40
(with special reference to banking industry)
5.Computer Knowledge                                        20


      Total                                                               200

Time allotted is 2 hrs
 Descriptive Paper on English Composition- 60 minutes.

 Negative Marks: For every wrong answer  0.25 marks will reduce from score.


Note: One thing that candidates should know that Descriptive paper of only those students will be evaluated who had cleared the Objective test. So students must have passed the Objective tests in order to get their Descriptive paper evaluated.


Procedure Of Exam:
1. A single test Common Written Exam (CWE) is conducted twice in one year.
2. A score card with the validity of 1 year will be issued by IBPS to participating candidates. Management Trainee & P.O.  selection will be made by individual bank.
3. Each bank will notify its vacancy separately and the eligibility criteria will be determined by the bank. (Each bank will individually shortlist candidates and carry out their own selection processes such as Group Discussions and/ or Interviews etc. for final).


The pattern of the exam has changed from last year to this year.

In 2012  each section had 50 questions each with as many marks but english weighted 25 marks.
In 2013 the pattern has changed each question is weighted 1 mark.The number of questions in english has been reduced to 40 and the computer section has been allotted  20 questions and the general awareness has been reduced to 40 questions.

Topics in each section are described below.
Note : The number in the brackets against each subtopic denotes the number of questions asked in the last year exam. na means not asked last year. In the computer sections questions are general and so no topic division is done.


 1.Quantitative Aptitude:-
The main purpose of this section is to test candidates’ calculative speed and IQ. Normally it takes more time to solve this section than others, but you can save time in exam by practicing more on the following topics:

A) DATA INTERPRETATION(NA)

B) BAR GRAPHS(NA)

C) PIE CHART(NA)

D) SIMPLIFICATIONS(6)

E) PROBABILITY(1)

F) APPROXIMATIONS(5)

G) SERIES(5)

H) TABLE ANALYSIS(NA)

I) PERCENTAGES(4)

J) EQUATIONS(3)

K) AVERAGES(2)

L) RATIO AND PROPORTIONS(2)

M) SIMPLE AND COMPOUND INTEREST(1)

N) STD(1)

O) TIME AND WORK(NA)

P) MENSURATION(1)

Q) PROFIT AND LOSS(1)

R) SQUARES AND CUBES(1)

S) INDICES(2)

T) DIVISIBILITY TESTS.

U) FRACTIONS.(4)
 Simplification problems
 The initial questions asked test the calculation speed and simplification ability
Problems involving percentages, ratio, proportion and averages.
STD problems speed, distance, time and work, boats and streams etc. (trains and platforms, pipes and cisterns)
Mensuration problems can be solved using formulas
Profit and loss, Discounts, market price, cost price etc. can be easily solved using formulas.
Simple interest and compound interest.
Square roots and cube roots of numbers
Linear equations They are given in the form of problems on age and average
The linear equations are clubbed with a lot of topics like percentages, averages etc.
Number series
The problems include arithmetic progressions and geometric progressions
Note: Though trigonometry, geometry, statistics are part of the math in prescribed N.C.E.R.T syllabus questions from these are seldom asked.
Problems on volumes are also not covered but it is always good to prepare for them as they can be solved with simple formulas. Learning the divisibility tests will help solve some simplification problemsand approximation problems easily


2. Computer Knowledge:-

In this section half the number of questions are asked from the very basic computer knowledge (or) well known topics of computers and to solve the remaining questions concentrate on the following topics:

A) COMPUTER NETWORKING

B) DATABASE CONCEPTS

C) COMPUTER TERMINOLOGY AND KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

E) E-COMMERCE AND LATEST TECHNOLOGIES

F) INTERNET AND COMPUTER HARDWARE

G) OPERATING SYSTEM CONCEPTS

H) CONCEPTS RELATED TO COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE

I) SYSTEM SECURITY AND FIREWALLS


3. English                                   
VOCABLARY:
Synonyms (3)
Antonyms (3)
Homonyms

SENTENCE FORMATION
COMPREHENSION(15)
Theme detection(1)
Passage completion
Deriving conclusion
Direct question(3)

ERROR DETECTION(15)
Spelling correction
Sentence correction
Passage correction
Grammer(NA)
Active voice passive voice
Direct speech indirect speech
IDIOMS PHRASES
PARAGRAPH FORMATION(5)
FILLING THE BLANKS WITH APPROPRIATE WORDS(5)
NOTE:In The new pattern for  the English weight age has been increased from 20 marks to 40 marks,so the time has to be adjusted accordingly.
4.General awareness:
MARKET AWARENESS
BANKING AWARENESS(10)
CURRENT AFFAIRS(1)
CONSTITUTIONAL AMMENDMENTS(1)
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS(2)
SPORTS(2)
NATIONAL BOARDS(1)
GOVERNMENT SCHEMES(5)
DEFENCE/ATOMIC ENERGY(4)
AWARDS(1)
BUDGETS(1)
BOOKS AND AUTHORS(4)
FAMOUS PERSONALITIES(8)
NOTE:
About 60% of the questions are from latest in banking world,economy and finance

5. Reasoning:-

Reasoning is undoubtedly one of the toughest parts of the paper and would require more time. The data sufficiency part would require vigorous practice.

A) DIRECTION SENSE PROBLEMS(6)
B) SITTING ARRANGEMENTS(10)
C) BLOOD RELATIONS(NA)
D) CODING AND DECODING(1)
E) ALPHANUMERIC SEQUENCE(3)
F) ALPHABETIC SEQUENCE(2)
G) RANKING(NA)
H) DATA SUFFICIENCY(15)
I) STATEMENT AND CONCLUSION(5)
J) ODD MAN OUT(1)
K) FIGURE SERIES(10)
 More than one topic can be clubbed together. The questions in this section generally come in sets of 3-5.
DIRECTION SENSE PROBLEMS
They can be asked in different sitting arrangements, circular, rectangular or sitting parallel to each other and facing different directions .They generally come in a set of 3-5 questions. They have to be answered using charts or diagrams. Difficult problems include making intelligent deductions from the given data.
All the questions must be answered once like a set.
BLOOD RELATIONS
They are generally asked in single question format but sometimes they can be clubbed with statement and conclusions.
They can be easily solved when put on the paper in a tree diagram. They sometimes require preparing charts.
CODING AND DECODING:
Questions can be in - alphabetical series , numerical series, alphanumerical series.
Here a lot of trial and error is involved and sometimes might consume a lot of time. The analogy can be seen only when put to paper.
 MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS:
Topics covered here are
Dictionary based arrangements
Ranking
Mathematical operations (the mathematical symbols are interchanged)
They generally come in sets of 2-3 questions.
These are comparatively easy problems of the reasoning part. Simply following the instructions will land us with the solution.
STATEMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS:
Data sufficiency:
1. Two statements are given and you should be able decide whether you will be able to answer the questions using either of  them or both of them or none.
They can be answered verbally and do not need a pen to solve them.
2. The problems can be solved using set theory.
In data sufficiency problems in one set of questions there may be 3-5 problems. All the problems may be connected  to each other or each question may be an independent one
ODD MAN OUT:
They can be in numerical or alphabetical format. And finding out the odd object from the given set is the solution

FIGURE SERIES:
A set of figures are given and the answers also are in form of pictures. The best suitable option is to be selected. At least 8-10 questions are asked in this section
TABLES CHART DEDUCTIONS:
Tables –charts are given and deductions have to be made from the given data.
 Note:
·         Analyzing and arranging the given data in a systematic order will help in solving the questions better. 
·         Working with given data will help in solving the problems faster.
·         If  the solution cannot be reached, method of elimination will help in arriving at the  correct answer.
·         Negative pre fixes are used to confuse the candidate.
·         Tentatively divide the given time for different sections according to your strengths, comfort and ability.

6.descriptive writing
It tests  the candidate’s ability to understand situations. It also tests knowledge in language. It is a question cum answer sheet in Hindi English and regional language. Answers have to be restricted to given space in the answer sheet, use of supplement sheets are not allowed  so the answers should be direct and precise.
3 out of 4 questions can be answered ,so the questions that you are confident  only can be answered.
NOTE:
Cut off Marks: Cut off Marks for IBPS PO Exam 2013,  will be calculated/analyzed after taking the exam of PO, it’s totally depends the number of candidates applied, competition, Question Paper difficulty in each section, Marks in each section and other factors. Cut off marks based on average (Average – ¼ Standard Deviation for General Category candidates and Average – ¾ Standard Deviation for Reserved Category candidates).
note:


R S AGGARWAL ,RAJESH VERMA AND M.TYRA  are the best books available to learn concepts in quantitative analysis.
R S AGGARWALS’ MODERN APPROACH TO VERBAL AND NON VERBAL REASONING is one of the best books for   reasoning.
OBJECTIVE GENERAL ENGLISH BY SP BAKSHI(ARIHANT PUBLICATIONS) is one of the best for English.
For computer science any book from ARIHANT PUBLICATIONS OR KIRAN that covers the general concepts of computers and internet is good enough.
For general awareness   go through previous issues of any magazine that is available: Chronicle, Wizard, Banking Services Chronicle ect are good enough. It is very necessary to constantly update information for this section.
These books are referred for all the banking and other competitive exams.
What is required of the aspirants is constant practice, it will ease the difficulties in many topics of reasoning .practice will increase the calculation speed in maths.It will help in decreasing the mistakes in English section.
The best way to practice is by taking tests and doing them seriously. online practice tests are available at
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Preparation for any entrance examination is incomplete without practicing mock tests. These are usually question papers which are similar to the pattern of the main exams. Mock tests
Enlightens you about main  exam
Helps in time management
You know where you stand
Mock test is a yardstick of your performance 

Take the tests and practice. 
Practice will distinguish the best from the rest.






            

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