How to Crack Bank Exams | IBPS Exam Tips

How to crack Bank Exams : There has been a tough competition in these days especially for bank jobs. We are here to help you to solve every doubt of yours and guide you to achieve your goal. Banking industry is looking for a pool of young talent to recruit. The selection procedure and the level of toughness are conveying the same. IBPS and SBI are all set to conduct banking examinations.

Here we are going to deal the basic information that every banking aspirant should know. The different aspects we are dealing ar

Entry levels for a fresher

    • Banking Exam dates 
    • Different phases for different Entry level Examinations
    • Online examination structure of different examinations
    • What to prepare?
    • How to prepare?
    • Motto behind Preliminary Examinations
    • Preparation for Preliminary Examinations
    • Motto behind Mains Examinations
    • Preparation for Preliminary Examinations

Eligibility Criteria

We should know the eligibility criteria before going in detail of cracking bank examinations.

Three important factors of Eligibility criteria :

  • Nationality or Citizenship
  • Age
  • Education

NATIONALITY

Not only Indians but subjects from other countries with due permission from the government of India can also take banking exams of Indian banks. Here you go,

Nationality or Citizenship in order to take a banking examination
A candidate must be either
A citizen of India or
A subject of Nepal or
A subject of Bhutan or
A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
A person of Indian origin who has migrated from

    • Pakistan
    • Burma
    • Srilanka

East African countries of

    • Kenya
    • Uganda
    • the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar)
    • Zambia
    • Malawi
    • Zaire
    • Ethiopia
    • Vietnam

 with the intention of permanently settling in India

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories ii, iii, iv and v above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. IBPS Guide

EDUCATION CRITERIA

Minimum, people should have a bachelor’s degree in order to take any banking examination. Candidates with professional qualification and relevant working experience can be recruited for higher officer posts based on performance in the related examination particularly conducted for those posts.

1 Minimum Educational requirement Any bachelor’s degree(graduation)
2 Higher officer posts   Professional qualification and relevant experience
3 Language Proficiency (for some posts) Able to read/write/speak in official language of the state that you are applying for is required
4 Computer Knowledge Must have studied computer science/IT as subject in the school or college. IF not, then you need to possess at least a certificate/ diploma in   computer operations/language form an institute
5 Note Aspirants in the final year of their study or waiting for the result are not eligible

AGE

  • Age limit for general category : 20-28 years as on 01-08-2017
  • Age relaxation for IBPS, SBI clerical category and RRBs,
S.No Category Age relaxation
SC/ST

Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe

5 years
OBC

Other Backward Classes(Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years
PWD

Persons With Disabilities

SC/ST- 15 years

OBC – 13 Years

Gen – 10 years

Ex-Servicemen/ Disabled Ex-Servicemen Actual period of service rendered in the defense forces +3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years  
Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried 9 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service ( Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only) 5 years
  1. Age relaxation for Probationary Officer and Specialist Officer category
S.No Category Age relaxation
SC/ST

Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe

5 years
OBC

Other Backward Classes(Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years
PWD

Persons With Disabilities

SC/ST- 15 years

OBC – 13 Years

Gen – 10 years

Ex-Servicemen/ Disabled Ex-Servicemen 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Now the confusion regarding eligibility criteria has been clarified.  We should know the different entry levels to be a banker for a fresher in banking industry.

ENTRY LEVELS FOR A FRESHER

  • Clerk/ Office Assistant / Multi-Purpose
  • Officer Scale –I / Probationary Officer / Management Trainee
  • Specialist officer

Note : Officer scale II & III are not for a fresher  

Different phases for Different Entry level Examinations

RRB Office Assistants/ Multi-Purpose, SBI Clerk & IBPS Clerk

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination

RRB PO & IBPS PO

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview

SBI PO

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination(Includes Descriptive test too)
  • Group Discussion
  • Interview

SBI SO & IBPS SO

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview

ONLINE EXAMINATION STRUCTURE OF DIFFERENT EXAMINATIONS

  • RRB Office Assistant/ Multi-Purpose
  • Preliminary Examination
Sr. Name of Tests Medium of No. of Questions Maximum Duration
No. Exam Marks
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 Composite time of
45 minutes
2 Numerical Ability Hindi/English 40 40
Total 80 80

Note: Preliminary Examination for RRB Office Assistant has been introduced since 2016. Interview has been cancelled since 2016.

Official result for reference:

  • Main Examination (objective) Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
Sr. Name of Tests Medium of No. of Max. Marks Total Time
No. Exam Questions
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50
Composite Time
2 Numerical Ability Hindi/English 40 50
of 2 hours
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4 a• English Language English 40 40
4 b• Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total :::::: 200 200
  • RRB Officer Scale _ I
  • Preliminary Examination
Sr. Name of Tests Medium of No. of Qs Maximum Duration
No. Exam Marks
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 Composite time of
45 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 40
Total 80 80

Note: Preliminary Examination RRB Officer Scale – I has been introduced since 2016.

Official Result for reference :

  • Mains Examination
Officer Scale-I
Sr. Name of Tests Medium of No. of Max. Marks Total Time
No. Exam Questions
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50
Composite Time
2 Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
of 2 hours
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4 a• English Language English 40 40
4 b• Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total :::::: 200 200

Note: Preliminary Examination for IBPS CLERK has been introduced since 2016. Interview has been cancelled since 2016.

Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 time of
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 1 hour
Total 100 100
  • Mains Examination
Sr. Name of the Test No. of Max. Medium of Time allotted for each
No. (Not by Sequence) Ques. Marks exam test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning 40 50 English & Hindi 30 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 30 minutes
3 General Awareness with special 40 40 English & Hindi 25 minutes
reference to the Banking Industry
4 Computer Knowledge 40 20 English & Hindi 20 minutes
5 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes
  • IBPS PO
  • Preliminary Examination
Sr. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
No.
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of
1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
  • Mains Examination
Sr. Name of Tests No. of Maximum Medium of Exam Time allotted for each
No (NOT BY SEQUENCE) Questions Marks test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 30 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
4 General Awareness (with special 40 40 English & Hindi 20 minutes
reference to Banking)
5 Computer Knowledge 20 20 English & Hindi 10 minutes
Total 200 200 140 minutes
  • Interview
  • SBI Clerk / Junior Associate
  • Preliminary Examination
SL. Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite Time
of 1 hour
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
  • Mains Examination
SL. Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4. Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Total 190 200 2 Hours 40 minutes

Note: Interview has been cancelled since 2016.

  • SBI PO
  • Preliminary Examination
SL. Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite Time
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 Of
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 1 hour
Total 100 100
      1. Mains Examination
Test Name of test No. of Max. Duration
Questions Marks
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
III General/Economy/
Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours
  • Descriptive Test
Sr. No Questions Max. Marks Duration
1 Letter Writing & Essay 50 30 Minutes
  • Group Discussion and Interview
Sr. No Tests Max. Marks
1 Group Discussion 20 Marks
2 Interview 30 Marks

Overall Result of SBI PO -2015 for reference

What to prepare????

Let’s see what to prepare for different sections in detail.

Sections Syllabus
1 Reasoning Ability
    • Directions and Distance
    • Syllogism
    • Inequalities
    • Puzzles(Floors, Heights, Weights etc.,)
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Machine Input-Output
    • Blood Relations
    • Statement and Assumptions
    • Statement and Course of Action
    • Statement and Argument
    • Cause and Effect
    • Seating Arrangements
  • Order and Ranking
2 Quantitative

Aptitude & Numerical Ability

    • Simplification
    • Quadratic Equations
    • Number Series
    • Ages
    • Ratio and Proportion
    • HCF/LCM
    • Square & Cube Roots
    • Simple & Compound Interest
    • Averages
    • Probability
    • Boats and Streams
    • Time and Work
    • Time and Distance
    • Percentages
    • Profit and Loss
  • Allegation and Mixture
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation
    • Tabular
    • Bar Graph
    • Pie Chart
    • Missing Data Interpretation
  • Line Graph
4 English
    • Basic English Grammar
    • Articles
  • Parts of speech
    • Noun
    • Pronoun
    • Verb
    • Adjective
    • Adverb
    • Preposition
    • Conjunction
  • Interjection
    • Phrases and Idioms
    • Passive and Active Voice
    • Tenses
    • Direct & Indirect Speech
  • Auxiliary and Modals
5 General/Banking Awareness
  • Current Affairs
        • International Affairs
        • National Affairs
        • Economy
        • Banking
        • Science and Technology
        • Sports
        • Awards
        • Books
        • Cinema
        • Days
      • Personalities
  • Stock GK
    • Historical Monuments
    • Famous Religious Places
    • State/UT Capitals
    • State/UT symbols
    • International Newspapers/ Magazines
    • Currency and Capitals of Countries
    • Power Plants
    • Stock Exchanges Around the world and their Indexes
    • Governors of Indian States/UTs
    • Largest Productions by Countries
    • Mountains and Hills in India
    • First to Win Awards
    • Important Rivers/Lakes in India/World
    • Days and Observance
    • Dams/Monuments Across the world
    • Dams in India
    • International News/Press Agencies
    • Cricket/Football Stadiums
    • International Airports
    • National Parks
  • Bird/Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • BANKING AWARENESS
    • Banking terms
    • Financial Terms
    • RBI
    • Types of Banks
    • Functions of Banks
    • Budget
    • Banking Industry Regulatory Framework
    • Basel Norms
    • Facilities Provided by Banks
    • International Finance
    • International Financial Institutions
    • Govt. Schemes effecting Banking Industry
    • Investment Channels
    • Mutual Funds
    • Banks in India – Taglines, Headquarters, Head and History
    • Latest Developments in Banking
  • Bi- Monthly Monetary policy Review of RBI
5 Computer Knowledge
    • History of Computers
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Database
    • Communication
    • Networking
    • Internet
    • Security Tools, Virus
    • MS Windows, MS Office
    • Computer Shortcuts
  • Logic Gates

How to Prepare for preliminary and mains examinations????

Motto Behind Preliminary Examination

What’s the need of preliminary Examination. Many people might get the same doubt. But the main motto behind it to ‘Eliminate the wrong one’ who are not genuinely giving the examination. True and determined aspirant doesn’t lose in this because he is genuine.

Preparation for Preliminary Examination

Preparation for Preliminary Examination is very easy compared to Mains Examination. Preliminary Examinations of any bank exam consists only 3 sections with a time span of 60 minutes (an hour) except RRBs. Because RRBs consists of only 2 sections with a time span of 45 minute.

   Motto Behind mains Examination

Banks want the best among all aspirants. It is the competition among all the true aspirants. Luck favored aspirants of preliminary examination cannot last for the final selection. The more the aspirants the more the competition and toughness. Difficulty level depends on many factors. We do need to prepare for everything. Every decimal counts in the final score. In these days banking mains examination especially PO examination almost resembles CAT level toughness.

Preparation for Mains Examination

We need to be careful while preparing for Mains. Every aspect counts in this examination. Never take a chance while preparing. There will be 4 to 5 sections in this examination. We need to cross the sectional cutoff only for every section. Over cutoff depends on our own interest. So we need to calculate our positive and negative sections. Where can we score the best is to be considered. Ssome might be well at quants, some may at reasoning, other may at English or current affairs or banking or computer awareness.

The preparation varies from exam to exam because of difficulty level of an examination.

The list we need to prepare are :

  1. English Language
  2. Numerical Ability(Clerks) / Quantitative Aptitude( PO)
  3. Reasoning Ability
  4. General Awareness
  5. Computer Knowledge

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Topics we need to prepare are

      • Reading Comprehension
      • Spotting Error
      • Sentence Improvement
      • Cloze Test
      • para Jumbles
      • Fill in the Blanks

English Preparation tips for clerical Examination

English is very easy when it comes to clerical examination. Mostly Basic English grammar and basic level of understanding is enough.

    • Reading comprehension and Para Jumbles are of fables which we have been hearing since our childhood.
    • Spotting errors and sentence improvement require basic English grammar. We should know tenses and usage of different auxiliary verbs
    • Close Test and Fill in the blanks require minimum vocabulary, degrees of comparison and V2 and V3 of a basic verb.

English Preparation tips for Officer level (PO) Examination

English section in PO preliminary examination is tougher when compared to clerical level. As this is a qualifying examination this section is less tougher than mains PO examination.

Tips to Prepare

    • Read English News paper daily
    • Enhance your vocabulary
    • Try to make a list of synonyms and antonyms of some words
    • Be through with commonly used Phrasal Verbs and Idioms
    • Practice comprehending passages daily
    • Increase the speed in reading English

Books to Prepare

    • Follow a standard English Dictionary
    • Standard Grammar book. Eg: Wren and Martin
    • Word Power made easy
    • English News Paper. Ex : The Hindu

NUMERICAL ABILITY/QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE

The only tip for this section is the more you practice the less the time will be taken in the examination. This section makes us satisfy because we usually get an answer which can made us more confident. Less uncertainty. The only thing we need to do is practice practice and practice.

Clerical and PO level

Note: Difficulty level vary based on the type of examination. Model will be the same in both kinds of examinations but the logic will be different

Tips for Numerical Ability/Quantitative Aptitude

    • Practice as much as possible
    • Try to solve different types of questions
    • Create own questions and solve
    • Revise frequently
    • Make a list of short cut formulae

Books we need to follow

    • Any book with model questions
    • RS Agarwal is preferable
    • Arun Shrama Quantitative Aptitude

REASONING ABILITY

Reasoning section is the tricky section in the examinations. If we miss small logic we may miss the question and need to restart. So be careful while answering this section. We may not be true all the time when it comes to reasoning section.

Tips to follow

    • Practice more and more model books
    • Try to understand the question carefully
    • Never miss the logic
    • Try to identify what exactly needed
    • Never get confused

Books to follow

    • Verbal and Nonverbal reasoning by RS Agarwal
    • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

Note: The syllabus and preparation is same for Preliminary and Main when it comes to Quantitative and Reasoning sections. But the difficulty level varies from the clerical level to Officer level .

GENERAL/ BANKING AWARENESS

Tips to prepare

    • Try to collect as many questions as you can
    • Follow newspapers and news channels daily
    • Make a short notes on daily updates in news
    • Be thorough with static GK
    • Be thorough with latest banking updates
    • Banking terminology
    • Get updated with last 6 months current affairs

Books to follow

    • Any news paper ( State/ National level)
    • Monthly current affairs magazines
    • Objective type static GK

COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE

Computer knowledge tests our basic knowledge in operation computers. Our school and college education is enough for computer background students. For others better to follow a standard book of objective type questions.

Tips to prepare :

    • Get updated with latest technology related to computers
    • Read school children computer text books

Books to follow :

    • Computer Text Books
    • Objective type question books

How to prepare Descriptive for SBI PO type examinations?

DESCRIPTIVE TEST

This section mainly consists Letter writing and Essay writing which tests the candidate ability of professional writing skills. The test is always online.

Tips to prepare :

    • Practice keyboard typing
    • Learn rules for letter writing and essay writing
    • Enhance vocabulary
    • Read English news papers
    • Test yourself to write in the limited time

Books to follow

  • Any standard book for letter writing and essay writing

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