IBPS SO Prelims 2017 – Time Management Strategy

IBPS SO Prelims 2017 is scheduled on 30th & 31st Dec 2017. With just 2 weeks to go, we are positive that you are already in the right direction of exam preparation. For your assistance, we bring to you time strategy for the prelims exam. This strategy is brought to you by Oliveboard, an exam preparation platform for banking and government jobs. Let us first look at the exam pattern of the IBPS SO Prelims 2017.

IBPS SO Prelims 2017

IBPS SO Prelims 2017: Exam Pattern (IT, Marketing, Agriculture )

Section No. of Questions Max Marks Duration
English Language 50 25 2 hours
Reasoning 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125  


The IBPS SO Prelims 2017 are the first prelims exam which have a duration of 120 minutes. However, with all that time and no sectional time limits, it is imperative to have a proper time and exam attempt strategy to avoid getting carried away or wasting valuable time in the exam. The following section gives the time strategy for IBPS SO prelims 2017 as used by many toppers.


IBPS SO Prelims 2017: Toppers’ Time Strategy


We checked the toppers'(Top 5% or >95%ile) time allocation and this is broadly what many of them used as their approximate time allocation during exam.


(NOTE: What works for some may not work for others. Use this only as a guideline & not as a target):


  1. English Language: 19 minutes
  2. Reasoning: 47 minutes
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: 54 minutes


Based on your strengths & weaknesses, you can change this to suit your strategy. Use this only as a guideline if you are unsure of your allocation. If you have a better time strategy that is working for you, continue using the same and you need not deviate. Only practice will help you develop a strategy that works for you.


Practice Oliveboard Mock Tests to ace the IBPS SO Prelims 2017.


IBPS SO Prelims – Last Minute Exam Tips

  • Revise
  • Focus on slow/ weak areas
  • Practice during exam time slot
  • Relax your mind a day before the exam


Hope this helps. All the best!


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