[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: Quantitative Aptitude, Maths, Data Interpretation (DI), Speed Maths

chart IBPS Data interpretation and mathematices

[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: Quantitative Aptitude, Maths, Data Interpretation (DI), Speed Maths

  1. IBPS Data Interpretation & Maths: Internal breakup
  2. Ignore following topics
  3. Speed Maths
  4. Booklist for IBPS Data Interpretation & Quantitative Aptitude
  5. #1: Data Interpretation (DI)
  6. #2: BODMAS/Simplification
  7. #3: Number sequence-series
  8. #4: Linear Equations
  9. #5: Permutation-Combination-Probability
  10. #6: Average
  11. #7: Ratio-Proportion-variations
  12. #8: Percentages, profit-loss, SI-CI
  13. #9: Number theory and Remainders
  14. #10: Geometry (Area-Volume-Perimeter)
  15. #11: Time-Speed-Work-Distance

IBPS Data Interpretation & Maths: Internal breakup

chart IBPS Data interpretation and mathematices

Topicwise Breakup IBPS CWE PO/MT 2011 2012
Data Interpretation (DI) 20 15
BODMAS/Simplification 10 10
number sequence-series(although reasoning topic but asked here) 5 5
Linear Equation 4 3
Permutation-Combination-Probability 5 2
Average 2 1
%, profit loss, simple-compound interest 2 3
Ratio-Proportion-Variation 2 3
Number theory (Remainders) 0 1
Time-Speed-Work 0 1
Geometry (Area-Volume-Perimeter) 0 6
total 50 50

Obviously high priority = DI + BODMAS + Sequence-series.
And, Although not many questions are coming from the individual topics of percentages, profit loss, simple-compound interest, Time-speed-word, ratio, averages etc. but collectively, these topics help you raise your score by atleast 10 marks. Hence their Cost:Benefit is quite good. (compared to the amount of data you’ve to memorize to get 10 marks out of Misc.GK/Sports/Persons in News type MCQs.) Therefore, donot run away from Maths, prepare it diligently.

Ignore following topics

  1. Quadratic equations (ax2+bx+c=0)
  2. Geometry theory (except area-volume-perimeter)
  3. Trigonometry
  4. Coordinate Geometry
  5. logarithm

Speed Maths

In Both previous years, at least 25 out of 30 questions came from Data interpretation+ BODMAS only
for both ^these topics, speed Maths=essential. Although internet is full of techniques of Speed Maths, Vedic Maths, but you must atleast master following techniques:

  1. Trachtenberg’s Techniques for:
    1. Multiplication by 5.  It also indirectly helps you find out half (50%)of the given number as well. Because “m”x5= 10m/2. This helps you eliminate wrong answers quickly whenever you’ve find percentages.
    2. Multiplication by 9. It indirectly helps you guestimate the division by 11 as well. Because m/11=~0.9m
    3. Quick multiplication by 11. It indirectly helps you guestimate the number division by 9 as well. Because m/9=~0.11m

here is the wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trachtenberg_system

  1. Two digit division / long division / percentages approximation explained on

[Aptitude] Long Division, Two-Digit Division, % Calculation without Tears (and without boring Vedic Maths) using % Approximation Method

  1. Divisibility rules for various numbers (Given in NCERT, Quantitative aptitude books)
  2. Multiplication tables of 2 to 9, 12 to 25 must be learned by heart. Especially the tables of 13, 17, 19 and 23.
  3. Squares upto 29 and cubes upto 12  (required for the sequence-series questions and BODMAS)
  4. After that, as per your time and mood, learn the Vedic math techniques for finding cube-roots, square-roots of large numbers; three-digit multiplication etc.etc.etc.

Booklist for IBPS Data Interpretation & Maths


for clearing the basic concepts: all of them available at Mrunal.org/download


for simplified techniques on %, Compound interest, permutation-combination-probability etc.

Any one BankPO paperset Require mainly for the Data interpretation practice.

  1. Arihant’s paperset of previous Bank PO exams
  2. Kiran Prakashan’s Practice book workbook for IBPS PO/MT (with FREE CD for computer test)
  3. If you’ve paperset from any other publication, that’ll also work just fine.
Any one book on Maths/Quantitative Aptitude
  • I’m biased for Sarvesh Kumar (Quantam CAT) by Arihant Publication
  • Reason: for the given price range Sarvesh Kumar helps in all competitive exams: starting from SSC CGL, PSU, IBPS, UPSC to all the way upto CAT.
  • While its competitors (RS.Aggarwal, M.Tyra etc) start biting dust when it comes to geometry-theory, trigonometry, and quadratic equations for SSC-CGL and CDS.
  • However, As far as IBPS is concerned, all books work fine.
  • Hell, You can even do without a book, by combo of NCERTs+ mrunal.org/aptitude +practice papersets.

#1: Data Interpretation (DI)

Can be of two types

DI with photo (Chart) without photo
  1. pie chart
  2. bar graphs
  3. line graphs
  1. Paragraph/caselets (you’re given a lengthy paragraph on how a company has total 1200 workers out of them 500 are males and 300 union-workers etc.etc.etc.)
  2. You’re given a big table about temperature, number of students in university etc. and you’ve solve questions based on that.
Essential Skill
  1. percentage: calculation and approximation
  2. multiplication and long division (two-digit division)
  3. Ratios
Addition-subtraction. (although sometimes will require %, ratio, division as well.)

How is Bank DI different from other exams?

  • In SSC CGL, LIC, State PCS exams, usually chart- based simple case. Doesn’t involve lengthy calculations.
  • In IBPS/Bank PO, even if chart-based DI is asked, often you’ll be given an additional table showing ratio/sales etc. So you’ve to utilize the information from both chart + table to derive the answers.

How to approach?

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