Dear students, there are 2-3 days left for Canara Bank PO Exam, which is scheduled to be held on 4th March, 2018, we want to share some tips regarding this major exam.

As we can see that examinations are getting tougher day by day, you don’t need only hard work but also the smart work to clear Bank or any other government exams. The pattern of Bank exam is changing continuously, so you should be prepared to tackle the question, you are going to face in the examination.

We are sharing a smart strategy “How to attempt Canara Bank PO 2018”, So that you can attempt as much questions as possible during the exam and can get your dream job.


First of all, you should focus on the mock test series and attempt ‘Online test’ to make out of the best of this examination. You can also attempt these from IBS online mock test site


Canara Bank PO Examination (Online Test) will be for 200 marks and two hours would be given to attempt 4 sections as:-


Sr. No Sections No. of questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 Composite Time of Two Hours.
2 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
3 English Language 50 50
4 General Awareness 50 50


*(There will be no descriptive examination)


How to attempt these sections in the exam:


Reasoning Sections (Give 40 Minutes):-

In this section expected numbers of question are,

  • Syllogisms -5
  • Input – Output -5
  • Data Sufficiency -5
  • Inequalities – 5
  • Blood relation/ Directions- 3
  • Puzzle – 5/10


  • Seating Arrangement – 510
  • Logical Reasoning -(11-12)
  • Miscellaneous= 5
  • Directions – 5


To attempt good number of questions, try to start with easy topics (Like Syllogisms, Inequalities, Machine Input-Output, Coding – Decoding) as this will help you boast your confidence and not to start with seating arrangement and puzzles till you are not best at these.

(Do not ever try to attempt puzzles and seating arrangement in starting of the exam because if it take longer time to solve , may decrease your confidence level).

In First 25 minutes, try to attempt all reasoning questions except seating arrangement and puzzles.

After attempting those, then try to solve seating arrangement and puzzle in the remaining time.

(Choose the puzzles/Seating arrangement, which will have least possibilities and do not waste time in solving puzzle if they seems hard, you can rather skip to other section and attempt those questions)


  • In First 25 Min: – You can attempt at least 30 Questions.
  • Then In next 15 Min: – Try to solve 1 – 2 Puzzles (with minimum parameters)


Quantitative Sections :- (Give 40 Minutes)

The expected Questions pattern in this section is:-

  • Number Series :- 5
  • Quadratic :- 5
  • Approximation :- 5
  • Arithmetic: – 15 (Time and work, Ages, Time and Distance, Ratio and Proportions, Percentage, Boat and streams etc.)
  • Data Sufficiency :- 5
  • Data Interpretation :- 15
  • (Tabular, Bar, Pie-Chart)

Firstly, try to attempt easy topics like (Number Series, Quadratic Equation and Approximations) in first 10 minutes. After that, you can move towards D.I Section, which is mainly dependent on calculation skills, (As much fast as your calculation speed will be, lesser the time you will take to solve this section).

Now, after attempting data interpretation section, you can solve the Arithmetic Questions in remaining time. But don’t try to give more than two minutes on any question, If you are not able to solve then just skip that question.


  • In First 30 Min: – Try to attempt all question except Arithmetic Part.
  • In Last 10 Min: – Try to Attempt (10 Questions) of Arithmetic Part.


In Arithmetic part, focus on solving Ages, Time, Distance Ratio and Proportions, Percentage Questions, as these questions are easy to solve.


English Sections :- (Give 25 – 30 Minutes)

As Number of Question will be 50 questions, so there will be two Comprehension Passage Comprising 20 Question and Sentence improvement, cloze test, Error Detection, Sentence Fillers, Sentence Rearrangement, Phase Replacement will cover the remaining 30 questions.


The strategy to get good marks in English section depends on your strengths and weaknesses.

If you are good at Grammar and Vocab., you should start with attempting cloze test, Error detection, Para fillers, Phase Replacement, Double Filler.  Firstly try to attempt out of these 30 Questions in the First (17-20) Minutes. But, if you are good at Reading Skills start with Comprehension Passage (Do not try to attempt all questions, attempt only those questions, on which you are confident.)

Try to attempt at least (25-30) Questions with 70%, 80% Accuracy in this section.

General Awareness Sections :- ( Give 10-15 Minutes)

This section is the main key point of these types of exam, if you score more than 40 Marks in this section, you can surely crack the exam very easily. For this section, you need to focus on last 3 Months Current affairs, Banking awareness and Static awareness.

This Section Comprises:-

  • Banking Awareness :- (22-25 Questions)
  • Current Affairs :- (15-17 Questions)
  • Static Awareness : – (8-12 Questions)


If you want to start learning General Awareness, start it by preparing from basics of banking.

 Attempt questions only with accuracy, not just for the sake of number of attempts.

At the end, just believe in your preparation and get relax, a day before exam, so that you can give the best exam and can get selection in 2018.

  • Read “Daily General Awareness”: From IBS Website. (
  • Read “Current Affairs” IBS website (
  • Read Banking Awareness, which covers almost 50% of question General Awareness Sections.

All the best for the Exam,

IBS Team