Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts recruitment examination for various posts including PO and Clerk every year for all Public Sector Banks except SBI. There are going to be many bank exams in the coming days as well, for which one needs to start preparing from now itself. Well, cracking any banking exam is not difficult with the right strategy and approach. Simply, for this you need to give a certain direction to your studies. Let us learn how you can easily clear any banking exam in your very first attempt.
Every year a huge number of students appear for the IBPS PO, SBI PO and Clerk examinations, however only a handful of candidates make it to the final list of the exam. In such a situation, before preparing for the upcoming bank exam, it is very important to understand the exam pattern first. Nowadays all bank recruitment exams are conducted in two phases (preliminary and mains) followed by an interview. The pattern of preliminary examinations of all these banks is also almost the same. The pattern of mains exam may differ from exam to exam. In some examinations, a time is also fixed for different parts of the question paper. Generally, questions related to English Language, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (Banking Awareness related questions) and Computer Knowledge come in the mains exam. Well, if you see, there is a slight difference in the syllabus of preliminary and mains exam. In such a situation, how to prepare for each section of the question papers of these two phases, what strategy to adopt, here are some tips suggested below, which can prove to be very useful for you.
Preparation Strategy for English Language:
Under this section, reading comprehension is done by reading and understanding the paragraph. Because the questions in this section are paragraph based. So you should first read the paragraph and underline the important lines from it. Although it is an online test. Paragraphs cannot be marked. So it is suggested to read the questions first and then read the paragraphs. You should read the question very carefully, so that when you read the paragraph, you will know what kind of questions are asked and which line of the paragraph can be the answer to a question.
It is a topic which consumes a lot of time of the candidate, therefore it is advised to attempt the Reading Comprehension questions at the very end after attempting all the questions. As far as scoring is concerned in this section, for this, practice of answering questions by reading a paragraph should be done as much as possible, so that you can know how to find answers to the questions in them as quickly as possible. For this read the questions first. Then read the paragraph.
In the English section, questions also come from Grammar. For this you need to practice and understand the basic concepts of the subjects as per the syllabus. This section usually asks questions related to the topics of spotting errors, filling in the blanks, changing a quote and cloze test. Questions related to any of the topics given here can be asked, so students should prepare well for all these topics.
Scheme for Quantitative Aptitude :
● Time Management:
It is very important to clear banking exams. It will play an effective role in deciding your score in the exam. Analyze your weak and strong areas and divide the time accordingly and accordingly decide the time required to solve the questions of each section in the exam.
● Speed and Art of Answering Correctly:
Speed plays a major role as far as this section is concerned as the questions from this section are usually lengthy. You need to carefully track the time taken by each question in this section. One should try to solve all the questions completely 100% correctly and save time in the exam.
● It is not necessary to answer every question:
Also remember that you do not have to answer every question in the exam. The preliminary exam is only qualifying, so try to answer enough questions asked in it correctly, so that you can comfortably make it to the section wise and overall cut off. Every wrong answer can prove costly for your final score in PO and Clerk exams.
● More Emphasis on Practice:
The more you practice for this exam, the better you will be able to prepare. You can take help of its test series. This can make it easier for you to crack the upcoming IBPS PO, SBI PO and SBI Clerk examinations.
Preparation for Test of Reasoning Ability:
First of all, for this section, prepare well and solve the last 3-4 years question papers. Understand your strength and weakness along with understanding the important lesson. For this, start reading all the important topics from a good app or any good book. Practice the tests given in the section daily to keep checking your progress. Revise your memorized topics in an organized manner and then make a perfect study plan.
Do this for General Awareness:
You can easily complete any work by dividing it into categories. Same is the case with General Awareness subject. For its preparation, you divide the topics separately and in the same way prepare one after the other. If you have prepared well for the General Awareness section, you will be able to answer most of the questions in less time. It is also easy to score good marks in this section.
The best source to enhance general knowledge is through selective study of newspapers like Times of India (TOI), The Hindu, Economic Times. This will improve your reading habits and also get rid of problems in reading and understanding paragraphs. You will be more aware of the happenings around you. This will surely help you at the time of interview. Newspapers are the best way to increase general knowledge, in which every topic related to banking and financial awareness is covered.
Pay more attention to current affairs section:
To do well in this area, you must be aware of the current events that happened in the last six months. In the recent times, there has been an increase in the questions asked from General Awareness section in all the major examinations of all the banks. Around 65-70% questions are related to current and recent events. Most of the questions on Banking Awareness and Strategic General Knowledge are based on current events. Also read any national newspaper daily to increase your general knowledge.
Tips for Computer Awareness:
This section can prove to be a game changer in any banking exam. So if you want to score maximum marks, then you should not ignore this section. For this, you should first revise its questions chapter wise and then keep giving tests regularly to remember them. Revision is considered the key to success. This is an eternal truth. That’s why you must revise what you read and remember.
Jatin Agarwal, Quant, Reasoning & DI Expert, Byju’s
Edited By: Nandini Dubey