Technique to attempt Bank PO and Clerk exams

Institute of Banking Personnel selection (ibps) conducts almost every banking exams to fill thousands of vacancies every year. So, you can understand lakhs of applicants apply every year and competition is very hard but not impossible.

If you have filled an banking exam for a job, you must now be baffling to get the tips over the Internet or from the senior who have cracked so that  you can also follow a schedule and make a strategy to combat the exam you are going to appear and join one of the biggest banking sector of the world. So, i have also liked to share my experience and how i cracked and prepared for these exams. I have cleared IBPS PO and Clerk 2014 examination and also appeared in IBPS clerk 2013, SBI PO and clerk 2014, RBI grade-B assistant 2014, LIC AO.
First, i would suggest go through the exam pattern and syllabus to know what to study and prepare.

Now, we can discuss the different traits required and should be follow for every Banking PO/clerk exams:

Schedule of daily routine:

In this, i mean one should make a schedule and make out a plan to study from daily routine. It is necessary for the aspirants working in MNCs as they get less time to prepare for the exam. Hence, for them, i advise give at least 2-3 hours daily and start preparation before 6-8 months of the exam. If you are only concentrating for the exam and unemployed, you have plenty of time to study. So, daily spend 2 hours on each section daily (total 7-8 hours) and practice more and more questions of Reasoning and Quantitative sections especially for PO exams.

Time management and Strategy: 

It is the most important aspect for preparation. This will also work for you in exams. When you study subjects, focus on tough one more. As, in Banking exams you have to clear sectional cutoff, so every section is important and should be timely managed.

When you practice Mock test or sample papers and previous papers, you will find their questions that consume less times and other questions consume more. Figure out those types of questions so that strategy can be made and the exam can be completed on time. You no need to attend all questions just focus which questions can be completed fast and don’t waste time on lengthy questions. Example,if you complete 30 questions out of 50 questions of Reasoning, then i advise switch to next section. In paper, you can switch among the questions and answer them. It will be useless to do all questions or spend time on one questions if you are unable to figure it out in 1-1.5 minutes. This strategy or technique will be very much useful. And this can be attained by practicing online mock test.

Books to study:

If you have read my previous blogs, you must have found that Maths, English and Reasoning of every exams whether SSC or Bank, it’s almost same.

You can follow above mentioned links to know more about the books and how to prepare and read them. But, still there are specific book available in the market from Arihant, Kiran and Disha publications. You can buy book from any one these publications. I have listed few books on the review.

  1. IBPS CWE-V PO Success Master: This book is from Arihant publication and good to start. It provides chapter-wise syllabus for Pre and also useful for Mains. There are plenty of questions to preactice.
  2. IBPS PO/Clerk Kiran Solved Papers: You will find different books of PO and Clerk preparation. This book provides paperback and gives an idea what type of questions are asked in the exams.
  3. 101 Speed Test from Disha Publications: This book provides 25-30 MCQs test from each section of Mains exam of Bank exam. You can test your speed and practice them. 
  4. Paperback 30 Model Test papers by Arihant: This book is good for practice and helps you in gaining strategy and speed required to combat any banking exam.
  5. Banking Awareness: This book is from Disha Experts and has very good reviews by aspirants. And can be used for any bank exam.

Basic concepts and focus on sections: 

You have to buy books from which you can clear your concepts. I have mentioned about the list of books that can be useful for anyone for every Bank exams. If you are newbie, you must read and practice examples before attempt mock tests.
For Example: Reasoning section Important topics are Blood relation, sitting arrangement, inequality test, input output, coding decoding, etc. But they are few topics like input/output which takes more time. So, it is advisable not to spend too much time on topic if you are not getting it. Clear krna important h Sare questions krna nai..
Similar pattern can be followed for other sections too. So, that you wisely attempt necessary time saving questions in the exam and complete all sections in 120 minutes.

Sequence to attempt sections in exam:

This will be also included in your strategy and how you manage your time in each section. This technique also decides whether you are going to crack the exam or not. I have seen many students not able to or go through all the questions and kept on solving only 1-2 sections.
You must be prepare and make strategy while preparing for the exam that how will you attempt it. I have tried my technique which i want to discuss and help other aspirants.

– I suggest the Sequence- GA -> Computer -> English -> Reasoning -> Quantitative. I have experienced a good result by following this sequence. Although, you are not bound follow this only. You can follow your sequence of attempting sections in the exam.
Why i used this sequence of attempting sections. As, GA and Computer section takes less time. You know the answer then only you can mark otherwise leave it. Then, on English section, you more attention to read Comprehension and Close test. After you should attempt, Reasoning section and solve only 25-30 questions, otherwise you won’t be able to do Quantitative section.  

And, i advise you to spend much time on one section. If you complete 30 or more question of each section especially in Maths and Reasoning, Shift to other sections to complete the exam as you have to clear sectional cutoff and total cutoff. If you clear sectional cutoff, you have greater chance to clear Total cutoff.

Must carry these 3 things  in the exam:
  1. Call letter or Print out of Admit Card downloaded from IBPS site.
  2. Photo ID (License, Adhaar Card, PAN card, etc)
  3. And, Xerox copy of Photo ID you are carrying with you.
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