Hello friends. I am Himanshu Maheshwari.

As most of you are going to appear for the ANDHRA Bank PO through PGDBF with Manipal School of banking Exam which is scheduled to be held on 27th December 2015 at various centers across India. With only two weeks remaining for the exam the focus now is on the preparation with emphasis on the more scoring topics in the exams.

So here we are presenting the preparation strategies and selective topics that are scoring as well as less time consuming.

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First, let’s discuss the – Pattern of the Exam

The exam consists of 4 sections which are spread over – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and General Awareness. The duration of the exam is of 2 hours and total 200 questions are going to be asked in the exam.

Now, let’s discuss how to prepare for the exam-


(i) Practice makes a man perfect. So make it a habit to daily practice questions.

(ii) Practice concepts of each and every section.

(iii) You can take 2 sections for practice in a day like reasoning and English a day, while quantitative aptitude and general awareness the next day followed by a mock test which you can take on daily basis.

(iv) Now only few weeks are left for the exams so start with practicing more and more mock tests which are available on our website Meritmock.com. Then analyze your performance.


It is the best way to check your performance and analyze your score in each section. Try to focus on clearing sectional cut off and thereby achieve high score.

To get high score in Reasoning and Quants section daily practice is required with a clear understanding of the concepts. In this regard daily practice of mock test will increase your speed in paper solving, along with smooth and easy movement across sections.


(i) Proper utilization of the time is the sure shot success mantra. Time management accompanied with Question selection is two tools of success in ANDHRA Bank PO exam. You are not bound to solve all questions.

(ii) Start with a section like GK and ENGLISH for finishing your paper with a great speed and to avoid confusion.

(iii) Find out questions which are less time consuming in each section.  Make sure that you do not get stuck on any question and spending too much time on a single question.

Fix the TIME while attending paper. Make proper Schedule for your Study and follow it with passion even in exams.


(i) Speed and accuracy are the most important factors in this exam. To do well in Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning section focus on speed and accuracy.

(ii) For increasing speed, solve easier questions first and mark the tough ones for the left time.

(iii) Spending too much time on a single question will tend to reduce your speed, so if you are not able to solve it within 1 minute then move on.

Doubt clearance

If you are facing any problem while solving the questions or your concept regarding any topic is not clear then just clear it with your teachers and friends.

You can also attend Doubt Clearing Sessions on Meritmock.com.

Section Wise Preparation

Since there is a minimum cutoff for each section which means that along with the overall cutoff  you have to clear cutoff of each and every section in order to clear it and thus qualify the written test.

Here we are presenting the smart strategies for section based preparation, starting with the less time consuming section i.e. general awareness


This section also has 50 questions including questions from current affairs and banking and economy. For the current affairs try to cover the last 3-4 months news.(i.e. appointments, RBI in news, awards and honours, sports ,new schemes, national and international news ,latest developments in science and technology).This section requires the least time and can end up scoring 30-35 marks with accuracy.

You can also refer to any current affairs magazine apart from our daily GK update section.

For banking and economy there are many books like banking awareness by Arihant publications, banking book by N.S Toor.


This section has 50 questions. The paper generally include questions on reading comprehension cloze test, sentence improvement, spotting the errors and sentence rearrangement.

To attempt reading comprehension requires a lot of reading aptitude which you can easily get by reading newspaper on daily basis. In the reading comprehension section there is also questions on synonyms and antonyms requiring good vocabulary which you can develop by our daily wordlist from newspaper.

For reference you can go through books on English by S P BAKSHI (Arihant publications) and wren and martin.

Since this is a bit confusing section, a careful approach is required at this while attempting 25-27 question in 15-20 minutes.

Scoring topics in this section:

Cloze test, spotting the error, sentence improvement and sentence rearrangement.


This section consist of 50 questions from various topics like puzzles (seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based), syllogism, data sufficiency, statement based questions, Inequality, Miscellaneous Questions, Input Output etc.

If the concepts in this section are clear then one can end up scoring nearly 30-35 marks with accuracy.

You can practice this section from our various section tests on reasoning. Apart from that books like verbal and non-verbal reasoning by R S Aggarwal, M K Pandey (BSC publications).

Scoring topics in Reasoning Sections are –

Syllogism, Inequality, Miscellaneous Questions, Input Output, Data Sufficiency.

You can also practice by last year question papers.


It has 50 questions from diverse topics like Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Data Sufficiency and Some Miscellaneous questions. The miscellaneous questions have questions from profit and loss, age, average, simple and compound interest, boat and stream, time and work, area.

This section requires a lot of practice. And while performing this section one has to be very attentive and present minded. A good practice at this section can make one attempt 22-27 questions in about 40 minutes.

For practice refer to Quantitative aptitude by R S Aggarwal, fast track by Rajesh Verma (for basic understanding). Along with this refer to our section tests on QA as well as previous year question paper.

Scoring topics in this section are:

Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Data Sufficiency and Some Miscellaneous questions.

Here I am sharing with you the no of questions you can perform in the given time.

Note: During Online Exam always focus on –

(i) Read questions well

(ii) be accurate

(iii) maintain speed

(iv) Revise if time permits.

All the best for your Exams!

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