Bank Exams Preparation
Government jobs have their charm and fascination. With the growing demand of today’s youth for job security and stability, their worth has become more than what it used to be in earlier days. The scenario is – there are more than 200 applicants for a single vacancy. Banking is one such government sector that has not lost its sheen even today. With time, its lucrative perks and facilities have made it one of the most demanding jobs for college passed out students. Now the question arises on how to prepare and what strategy to follow to accomplish the goal in one’s maiden attempt. IBPS is one such autonomous recruiting body that conducts the online examinations to select eligible candidates for various banks that come under its list. Commercial banks fall under the list of IBPS, though not all of them. Presently almost 26 banks are covered under IBPS. It conducts examination for the post of PO & Clerk as well.
As we all know IBPS PO or usually all other Bank PO exams consist of four sections- Reasoning ability, English language, Quantitative Aptitude+Computer Aptitude, Current Affairs, and Descriptive part. It is carried out in 3 stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview. While the preliminary stage consists of three sections only- English language, numerical ability and reasoning ability with each consist of 30 questions; mains consist of English + quants +(reasoning+ computer aptitude) + current affairs with each consist of the different number of questions. Time allotted for preliminary is 1 hour while for mains is 180 minutes and descriptive 30 mins.
Bank Exams: Preparation Strategy & Topics
Once you are introduced about the Bank PO exam and its pattern, now the strategy to crack it should follow, because planning plays a very specific role in these exams. Before starting the preparation it is very important to be aware of the syllabus. For Reasoning, syllabus consists of:
- Sitting arrangement
- Blood relations,
- Direction sense test
- Order and ranking
- Data sufficiency
- Alphanumeric /alphabets/numeric series
- Verbal reasoning
For Computer –
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Computer abbreviation
- Microsoft office
- Computer hardware and software
- Operating system
- Computer fundamentals/terminologies.
Quantitative Aptitude section consists of:
- Profit and loss
- Mixtures and allegations
- SI and CI
- Work and Time
- Data Interpretation
- Ratio and proportion
- Number system
- Sequences and series
- Permutations and combination
- Quadratic equations
- Ages problem
- Speed ,distance and time
- Data Sufficiency
- Mixture and allegations .
English Language section consists of:
- Cloze test
- Reading Comprehension
- Para jumbles
- Miscellaneous- fill in the blanks, error spotting, multiple-meaning, paragraph completion.
General awareness consists of
- Financial Awareness
- Current Affairs generally 5/6 months before exam
- General Knowledge
- Banking important terms, acts
Bank Exams Preparation: Section wise Tips
Quantitative Aptitude -Clear your basics concepts, memorize important formulas, tables, and theorems. Solve practice test paper topic wise and give as many mock tests as you can. Know your strong and weak areas and work on the weak points.
Reasoning – Start preparation with important topics practice your strong areas well and work on your weak points. Prepare a time table for every topic according to your difficulty level .Go through the previous year question paper. Do not read a new topic at the last moment. Revise regularly: solves quizzes daily.
Computer Awareness– Have a good understanding of the basics. General knowledge of computer hardware and software. Note down important points related to every topic and revise them. A basic understanding of how a computer system works.
Current Affairs – Take a gk quiz to test yourself. Keep yourself updated with the latest update on current events and issues. Revise regularly. Have basic knowledge of banking terms and the latest news on it.
English language – Focus on prepositions, tenses, conjunctions watch English movies or series to assist grammar and vocabulary understanding. Develop a habit of reading newspaper editorial regularly and note down any new words and there meaning you come across.
Lastly, give your best and do not wait for the results.