Bank Exam Preparation: Best Tips & Study Plan (2016 Update)

Bank jobs are known for job security and high pay scales so here I will be sharing best tips and study plan for the bank exam preparation and IBPS exam preparation. Being a government job, most of the graduates are focusing on getting a job in the public sector banks. Here we give details about the Banks entrance Test, Cadres available and the type of preparation required to qualify for these bank exams.
Bank Exam Preparation tips

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS): IBPS is one of the most important banking sector exams in India. This is the primary screening test for Bank Jobs. It conducts recruitment exams for PO, Clerk, Specialist Officer Exam every year. With a huge number of openings in IBPS Participating Banks and Institutions, the test difficulty might vary from year to year and cadre to cadre. 

All the graduate candidates can appear for these tests by applying online. Further in future all the State Bank branches like State bank associates SBH, SBM, SBP, SBT, etc,..are coming under single jurisdiction of SBI. Hence, it calls for a huge competition for aspiring candidates, who are looking to join in Public Sector Banks.

Type of Jobs in Banks:

Banks has many cadres, and they go as below: 

  • Clerk or single window operator 
  • Probationary Officer (PO) 
  • Manager 
  • Specialist officer 

How to Prepare for Bank Exams:

It is a tough question to answer, but on an average, the daily schedule of 5 hours to the bank exam preparation is required to qualify the IBPS exam.

How is the IBPS Exam Process?

IBPS conducts the exam in two levels - Common Written Exam(CWE)and followed by an Interview. The qualified candidates in CWE are eligible for attending the Interview, both for IBPS PO and Clerk

CWE has Exam have two sets of papers - 1. Preliminary. 2. Mains exam. The preliminary Paper contains 3 subjects as Reasoning, English and Quantitative Aptitude. The mains exam question paper contains the following subjects such as Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude or Numerical ability, English, General Awareness & Computer Knowledge, etc., The candidates who are qualified in the both of these papers is called for interview.

All the subjects have equal weight age in the exam so; you should focus on every paper, and negative marking will effect on overall score calculation. For every wrong answer, you will be charged by 0.25 mark. The Preliminary exam has 100 marks and time duration is 1 hour. The main exam has 200 marks and time duration is 2 hours.

How to Prepare Reasoning:

This is very interesting and easy section. This section contains single items, syllogisms, coding-decoding, puzzles. In general, a day-to-day preparation for an hour or 2 is sufficient. Thereby you will gradually improve with this section and scoring section. You can easily get good marks. In the paper, you will have about 5-6 questions.

Bank Exam Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude:

Here are the some of the bank exam preparation tips for quantitative aptitude. First, you should learn tables, squares & cubes. After that, you can solve any numerical ability. It needs chapter-wise preparation along with data interpretation. It takes the lot of time to solve the problems. 

You should use tips and mathematical tricks to solve these in less time. Some topics like pie charts, line chart, line graph, tabulation are easier and just requires attention to detail. Aspirants can score good marks in this section. However, you must learn to save time in solving the problems. A tip: Do less calculation and do more brain work.

How to Prepare English:

Every day read the English newspapers. You will know more vocabulary and Grammatical usage and thus improving your English. English is a scoring paper. TOPICS: Comprehension passage, Phrases and idioms, Error correction, fill in the blanks, rearrangement, wrong spells.

How to Prepare for General Awareness:

General knowledge is an important part of any of banking exam. General knowledge paper covers current affairs. So, you should read newspapers regularly. Listening or watching the news, business magazines, current affairs related to banking, finance sector, standard general knowledge and group discussions will prove beneficial during the exam.

TOPICS: you must refer current affairs of last six months such as marketing, business magazines, awards, sports, finance, Indian constitution, Indian economy questions, history of banking terms and conditions, RBI Functions, etc.,

How to Prepare Computer Knowledge:

Nowadays all have basic computer knowledge and this paper requires it. In this section basics of computer, MS OFFICE, MS WORD, MS EXCEL, POWER POINT is covered. This syllabus is not a huge subject. Hence it will take less time during the exam.

How to Prepare for Professional Knowledge:

Professional knowledge is only for specialist officer post. This post requires B.E, B.TECH, MBA, MCA candidates. Specialist officer post includes different cadres such as IT officer, agriculture field officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer. Syllabus for Professional knowledge is different according to their specialization.

For IT Officer Topics: MS Office, MS Word, Windows and programming, C programming basics, DBMS Types/advantages/function, Data Communication & Networking, Operating system functions, Network Security, Web Technologies, Basic programming concepts, basics of hardware & software Engineering, etc.,

For Agriculture Field Officer Topics: Agriculture current affairs, Crop horticulture vegetables, Seed Technology, Agriculture Economics, Animal Husbandry, Rural welfare activities in India, etc.,

For Law Officer Topics: Law and Acts with direct and indirect implication on the banking sector such as contract act, Partnerships, Companies, Firm, Relevant laws and ruling related to negotiable instruments, securities.

For HR Officer Topics: Human Resource Development, Transnational Analysis, Recruitment and selection,

Rewards and Recognition, Business Policy and Strategic Analysis. Industrial Relations, Trade Unions, Labor Laws, etc.,

Coaching Centers:

Moreover, you can go to coaching centers for improved knowledge. You should collect and solve previous IBPS exam papers along with other workbooks and guides. A practical approach to time management will lead you to success in the bank exam preparation.


If the written test is cleared, you will be called for an interview or group discussion that will be conducted by the bank authorities and then followed by appointment.
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