How to Start Bank Exam Preparation

How to Start IBPS Bank Exam Preparation

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This article is based on bank exam preparation and we shall discuss this topic thoroughly. Candidates must read this article till the end to properly understand preparation methods and processes. 

The banking profession is considered the most prestigious job in India for all people whether they are freshers or experienced professionals. The main reason for going off a banking job is that banks offer the best salary in the industry with job security & best in the industry perks.

From the last few years, the demand for banking professionals has increased tremendously and it will increase more in the future as well. The aspirants are also increasing day by day hence competition of bank exams has become extremely tougher.

The three major bank recruitment bodies which conduct banking exams are:

  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS )
  • State Bank of India (SBI)
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Every year lakhs of aspiring candidates apply for bank exams with a hope that they will crack it and make it into the final list of selected candidates. The vacancies are few hundred or thousand but applications of candidates are in lakhs. There are many coaching institute outside which have best selection ratio but it does not solely depend on coaching center or knowledge of the candidates.

To get selected in the upcoming bank exams, aspiring candidates need to plan and prepare well.

The most prominent bank exams in India are:

  • SBI PO (Probationary Officer)
  • SBI-Clerk
  • SBI-SO (Specialist  Officer)
  • RBI Grade B
  • RBI Assistant
  • IBPS PO (Probationary Officer)
  • IBPS Clerk

Bank Exams Preparation Tips & Strategies

Here, we discuss some tips to start your bank PO exam preparation:

Understand exam pattern and syllabus: To crack a bank exam is not an easy task as it required a lot of effort and dedication by the candidates. To start in the right direction, candidates need to understand bank exam syllabus and patters properly. As a candidate, you must be well versed and complete knowledge of bank exam syllabus and pattern.

To understand the bank exam pattern, the candidate needs to do a mock-test and solve the previous year’s exam papers. Therefore, these mock-test and previous year exam papers will help you in understanding the bank exam pattern.

There are three phases of the complete selection process of the bank PO exam i.e. Prelims Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview. The Prelims exam in common but Mains are different from bank to bank.

Below is the test pattern of Bank Prelims exam:

SectionsTotal no. of questionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude3535
English Language (Verbal)3030
Reasoning Ability3535

Exam Duration is 60 Minutes Cumulative Time

The Mains exam does not have any fixed patters as it is different from bank to bank.

The following are the sections which are mainly included in the Mains exam:

a) Quantitative Aptitude
b) English Language
c) Reasoning Ability
d) General Awareness
e) Computer Awareness

If you understand the bank exam pattern and syllabus then it will be your advantage in the bank exam and you can avoid any last-minute surprise in the examination.

1. Create a personalized study plan

Once you are well aware and understood bank exam pattern and syllabus, now is the time to make a proper study plan. You can make a daily time-table and divide equal time to all the sections. The structured study plan will increase your focus on study and make you in the discipline. The discipline and focus is the most important key to crack bank exam.

Apart from well prepared & structured study plan, you need to have a proper understanding of your strengths and weakness. The self-realization of your strengths and weakness will help in your improvement and you can also track your performance in the weak area.

2. Avoid Delay

Once you start your bank exam preparation, now you need to follow it strictly. If you delay in preparation for the exam then you will not be able to complete the entire syllabus in the last movement. A strict daily study schedule needs to be followed if you want to crack the bank exam.

3. Use online resources and explore the best books

There is plenty of material available online as well as in the book store.

You can use various sample papers, mock questions and tests, and previous exam papers and solve them like you are sitting in the exam hall. There are bank course materials which are designed by industry experts and easily available in the market.

4. Attempt a time-bound mock test

You can get a feel of exam hall by taking a free mock-test and do self-analysis that where you are taking more time to solve questions. As per self-analysis, you can focus on your weak areas.

Also Read : How To Crack IBPS Bank PO Exam: 7 Practical Tips

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