IBPS Quantitative Aptitude: Exclusive Strategies to Target the Cut Off


Welcome Aspirants!

After completing your Graduation, you start setting plans in order to set your career. If you see your career in reputed job profiles like Bank PO, Management Trainee, Bank Clerk, Specialist Officers etc. then you need to make your mind to fight competitive exams such as IBPS Recruitment Exams.

All these exams comprise the same subjects as a basis for conducting tests. The subjects are:

  • English Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Computer Awareness

In this blog, we are going to fill up your knowledge cart with every single information about IBPS Quantitative Aptitude Section.

Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the toughest section. But is also the scoring subject in IBPS Exams. You need to learn formulas, use shortcut methods to solve the questions.

Below we have provided all. Right from general IBPS Quantitative Aptitude tips to the shortcut methods. So, keep reading this blog to crack this section easily.

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Quantitative Aptitude: Difficult but Important

All the subjects in IBPS exams have their own importance in scrutinizing the skills and knowledge of the candidates. Each subject acquires its own difficulty level in the Exams but Quantitative Aptitude Section can be termed as the score deciding section of the paper.

Now the Quantitative Aptitude section has acquired even more important position as it is included both in PRE and MAINS examination under the process of IBPS Recruitment.

If you are good in the subject or having Mathematics background, then the results will be in your favour but if you lack your grip somewhere in the Quantitative Aptitude Section, it can also give you worse results in the form of bad scores.

There is no doubt that this section is tough, but you should consider it as an opportunity as Quantitative Aptitude is one section where you can score very high marks by answering the question without getting confused.

Must Read Quantitative Aptitude Stuff to Score Well in the Exam!

As mentioned earlier that in order to own a reputed job or status of a bank officer, you need to fight any of the exams lined up below as per the profile that you want to choose as your career:

The level of difficulty and types of question related to this section vary in each of the exams mentioned above. Now, let’s grab the elaborated knowledge about the Quantitative Ability Section in each exam:

Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS PO/MT

The section is one of the major section in IBPS PO/MT Exam. Question from this section are asked in both the exam, Preliminary and Mains.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

Total Questions – 35
Maximum Marks – 35

IBPS PO Mains Exam:

Total Questions – 50
Maximum Marks – 50

Prelims Cutoff 2017-18:

SC/ST/OBC - 4.75
General – 7.75

IBPS PO Topic-wise Weightage
S.No. Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1 Data Interpretation 5-10 Tough
2 Data Sufficiency 5 Tough
3 Number Series 5 Easy
4 Simplification/Approximation 5-6 Easy
5 Miscellaneous (Averages, Profit Loss, SI & CI, Time Work & Wages, Speed Time & Distance, Boats & Streams, etc.) 14-15 Tough

Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS Clerk

Similar to IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk too has the Quantitative Aptitude section. This section plays an important role in identifying the brilliant candidates by being in both prelims and mains exam.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam

Total Questions – 35
Maximum Marks – 35

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:

Total Questions – 40
Maximum Marks – 40

Expected Cutoff:

Prelims Cutoff 2017: 13.5
Mains Cutoff 2017: 09 – 12

IBPS Clerk Topic-wise Weightage
S.No. Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1 Data Interpretation 5-10 Moderate
2 Number Series 5 Easy
3 Simplification/Approximation 5-10 Moderate
4 Arithmetic (Profit Loss, Time & Work, Percentage, etc.) 10-12 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS SO

Under the recruitment process of IBPS SO (Specialist Officer), candidates are recruited for different posts as I.T. Officer (Scale I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), and Marketing Officer (Scale I).

Only the exam that is conducted for the recruitment of I.T. Officer (Scale I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), and Marketing Officer (Scale I) includes Quantitative Aptitude as a subject.

Total Questions: 50
Maximum Marks: 50

Prelims Cutoff 2018:

ST/SC/OBC/PwD – 11.50
General – 16.75

IBPS SO Topic-wise Weightage
S.No. Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1 Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
2 Number Series 5 Easy
3 Data Sufficiency 5 Moderate
4 Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
5 Approximation 5 Moderate
6 Miscellaneous 15 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude for IBPS RRB

IBPS RRB Exam is also conducted for various post like Office Assistant (Multipurpose), Officer Scale I, Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer), Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre) and Officer Scale III.

The number of questions asked from the Quantitative Aptitude section are different in the exams conducted for above said posts.

Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

Total Questions: 40
Maximum Marks: 50

Officer Scale I

Total Questions: 40
Maximum Marks: 50

Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer)

Total Questions: 40
Maximum Marks: 40

Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre)

Total Questions: 40
Maximum Marks: 40

Officer Scale III

Total Questions: 40
Maximum Marks: 50

Prelims Cutoff 2017 for Office Assistant: 10.75
Prelims Cutoff 2017 for RRB PO: 7.00

IBPS RRB Topic-wise Weightage
S.No. Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1 Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
2 Number Series 5 Moderate
3 Quadratic Equations 5-6 Easy to Moderate
4 Arithmetic (Boat & Streams, Profit & Share, Percentage and SI & CI) 15 Easy to Moderate

How to solve Quantitative Aptitude Questions?

At this point, you all became familiar with the concept of keeping Quantitative Aptitude as one of the subjects in all IBPS Exams. Now as you know that every exam has similar topics with them as a basis of asking questions, you should start preparing them with complete attention and concentration.

Right time for Preparation: Start it Now

The common question that arises in the minds of all aspirants is that from where should they start there preparation. The answer is – Start it Now!! There is no perfect time for starting your preparation for IBPS Exams.

Once you made it your aim to crack any of the IBPS Exams and set your career in banking sector, your time for the preparation starts from there. But if you need a logical answer, it is suggested that you have at least 3 months with you before the exams for preparing smartly.

So here, lets understand the accurate strategy that you should follow while your preparation.

Major Technique: Not to be ignored

Here are few important things that are mandatory to do if you have decided to prepare well for IBPS Exams:

1. Know the Syllabus and Paper Pattern

The very first thing you should do is to assemble the complete and accurate syllabus of the exam you are preparing for. It will help you know about the topics that are important and should be prepared well. The links for the syllabus of all the IBPS Exams have been given above to help you make further strategies.

For paper pattern follow the Quick links given below:

2. Set your own time to solve the Section

Time allocation is the main strategy that you need to follow at the time of attempting questions in the exam. All you have to do is practice mock test papers and previous year papers. It will give you an idea regarding the amount of time to be consumed by the other sections.

According to your command over other sections, decide how much time you are going to give while attempting Quant section in the exam. As an average it is advised that maximum 20-25 min should be employed by the candidate in solving quant section.

If you are pretty good at quant section, you must attempt it just after you complete the English Section. But if you are poor or average in Maths, you should attempt this section at the end.

3. Practice Previous Papers and Categorize Questions:

The section includes two types of question in the paper- Easy & scoring and Tough & time consuming.

While practicing, you should find out the number of question under each category.

Easy & scoring questions – These type of questions cover 75% of the paper and are generally easy to solve. Approximately 15-17 questions are asked from this category. Topics that cover questions from this category are:

  • Simplification
  • Arithmetic Topics (Problems on Ages, Percentage, Averages, Simple Interest/ Compound Interest , Profit and Loss , Ratio & Proportions)
  • Data Interpretation

Tough & time consuming – Questions of this category are difficult to solve and consume a big amount of time. You can face 12-15 question from this category. Topics covering the category are:

  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Arithmetic Topics (Mixture and allegations , Time and Work , Time Speed and Distance)
  • Number Series
  • Another DI Set.

Download Sample Set of IBPS Previous Years Question Papers to Boost up your speed and accuracy!

4. Make it habitual to prepare notes

You cannot learn Maths just by reading it once. You need to solve the question with the help of formulas and short tricks. Therefore, at the time of practicing keep a notebook with you and note down the important formulas and short tricks you study.

These notes will prove to be highly useful at the time of last minute revisions before the exam to help you in revising the formulas.

Important Topics: Quick Tricks & Tips

You have to prepare each and every topic that you find in the syllabus. But some topics are very important as they carry more weightage of marks.

Read below some tricks and tips that will help you in preparing those most important topics:

Data Interpretation:

  • You may find question in different form like – Numerical Form, Tabular Form, Mixed Form or Graphical Form.
  • In Circular Graph or Charts 100% =360 Degree.
  • Must learn formulas and full concepts of Percentage, Average, Approximation Value and Ratio.

Number Series:

  • First of all learn squares and cubes of numbers.
  • Learn concepts like Prime Numbers, Basic Arithmetic, Odd One Out, Geometry etc.
  • Find out the pattern of series given.
  • Apply the pattern to the preceding or following number of the missing number.

Also Read - How to Solve Number System Questions in Exams [Short trick PDF]


  • Follow the rule of solving the brackets. Remove Brackets in the order “() , { }, [ ]”
  • First Division, Second Multiplication, Third Addition and Fourth Subtraction.
  • Learn the topics - Number System, HCF & LCM, Square & Cube, Fractions & Decimals, Surds & Indices and Divisibility Test.

Data Sufficiency:

  • Read the questions with great concentration.
  • Try to relate the first statement with main statement and find the answer.
  • If you are not able to find the answer, then come to second statement and try to combine it with the main statement and try to find out the answer.
  • Either you will find the correct answer or in case you don’t find any answer, tick the option “Both the statement are insufficient”.

Must Read:

Shortcuts to Solve Quantitative Aptitude Questions for IBPS Bank Exams!

To ease out your worries of solving Quantitative Aptitude questions with accuracy and in less time, we have come up with the shortcuts mantras to solve the Maths and QA questions that can come in any of the IBPS Exams like – PO, Clerk, SO and RRB.

  • In order to make your grip stronger on the Quantitative Aptitude Techniques, you need to focus on practice, practice and practice! This is the only way through which you can succeed in this competitive race.

Below we are sharing some certain ways which can help you in boosting up your practice.

Quantitative Aptitude Shortcuts Tricks | Solve the Questions in Quick Time!

To begin your exam preparation, first thing you’ll have to do, is to check out the complete IBPS Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus and note down all the important topics that you need to cover for the exam.

Then, you should learn all the formulas and write it down. You should read these formulas daily at least once. This will help you remember these formulas and this will also help you in your last-minute preparation.

Learn basic tricks or shortcut techniques for squares, cubes, square root, cube root, factorials, and multiplication. Learn tables from at least 1 to 20 along with Squares and Cubes.

Try to solve maths puzzles daily. This will help you master and develop a command over this section.

Below, we are providing you the sample papers of IBPS Quantitative Aptitude to help you out in preparing well for the exam.

  • You can use this PDF as your Quantitative Aptitude cheat-sheets for IBPS Exams and perform quick revision during last minutes of exams!

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Do's and Don'ts while attempting Quantitative Aptitude!

It's a natural phenomenon of human nature that while appearing for any test or interview they get nervous. As a result they make some silly mistakes that might result them with bad scores or failure. It can be a result of less preparation or practice.

Here, we are giving some important Do's and Don'ts that should be taken care by you at the time of attempting the Quant section:

  • Do's:

  • Give a look to all the questions in the paper and select which are easier.
  • Attempt the easier and less time consuming questions first and then the tough ones.
  • Prefer DI questions first.
  • Read questions carefully and with complete concentration.
  • Maintain speed while solving questions.
  • Use short tricks wherever possible.

  • Don'ts:

  • Avoid being negative that you are the only one, who is weak in maths. Others are also facing the same difficulty level.
  • Don't give more than 40 min to Quant section.
  • Avoid getting stuck with single question. If you are not able to solve in one attempt, you can't do it in the second chance too.
  • Avoid using risky short tricks, in which your concepts are not clear.
  • Keep in mind that negative marking is the, so avoid guessing work.

3 Things you should Analyze Before you QUIT your Exam Preparations!

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