How to prepare for banking examinations – A Guide

 

Banking sector is one of the largest recruiters in India offering not only lucrative packages but also a secure and comfortable tenure. Every year IBPS conducts the common written examination to recruit candidates for various posts. On the other hand, SBI and Reserve Bank of India selection board conduct examinations for the various posts on a regular basis. Many Private sector banks also conduct exams based on the IBPS score.

 

Educational Qualification

The candidate must have a graduation degree from any recognized state or Central University, additionally the aspirant should have the ability to read write and speak English and operating and working knowledge in computer system is important.

 

Exam Pattern

Before taking preparation of various banking exams, the candidates are advised to get an idea about different banking exam patterns and syllabus first. Exams are mainly conducted in three phases – Preliminary, Mains and Interview. The Preliminary and Mains exams are basically computer based tests containing multiple choice type questions. The Interview phase is not applicable for clerical posts.

 

Syllabus

Banking exams mainly consist of questions from the following topics such as

  1. Numerical Ability / Quantitative Aptitude
  2. General English
  3. Reasoning Ability
  4. Computer Knowledge
  5. General Awareness

The detailed syllabus and marks division of the Preliminary Exam is as follows

 

Unit Subunit Marks
      Reasoning Ability 1.      Logical Reasoning

2.      Alphanumeric Series

3.      Ranking

4.      Data Sufficiency

5.      Coded Inequalities

6.      Direction Test

7.      Seating Arrangement

8.      Puzzles

9.      Tabulation

10.  Syllogism

11.  Input/ Output

12.  Coding and Decoding

13.  Blood Relations

 

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Quantitative Aptitude 1.      Profit, Loss and Discounts

2.      Quadratic Equations

3.      Approximation and Simplification

4.      Mixtures and Allegation

5.      Simple and compound interest

6.      Work and Time

7.      Speed time and distance

8.      Data Interpretation

 

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     English Language 1.      Reading Comprehension

2.      Cloze Test

3.      Tenses Rules

4.      Fill in the Blanks

5.      Jumbled Sentences

6.      Idioms & Phrases

7.      Multiple Meaning

8.      Preposition Rules

9.      Error Detection

10.  Reading Comprehension

 

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After clearing the Preliminary exam the candidates need to appear for the mains examination. The Mains examination consists of 4 sections which are mentioned below:

  1. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English Language
  4. General Awareness

In addition to computer based test, the candidates should appear for a descriptive paper which contains Essay and Letter Writing in English.

Some essential tips for cracking the examination

  • Be thorough with the syllabus. Try to learn as many concepts as possible.
  • Remember, planning before study is very important. Prepare a daily routine to provide time for each area.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers.
  • Reasoning part is the most important in the banking exams. Make a habit of practising 4-5 sets of question papers every day.
  • Instead of merely memorizing try to understand the subjects. However, you need to memorize some topics which are information oriented.
  • Quantitative aptitude consists of questions from XII standard. Short-cut methods play key role for scoring high in minimum time.
  • To score in English section, enhance your stock of words. Make a habit of reading a National daily. Note down the unknown words and look up their meanings from a dictionary. Make arrangement to recapitulate old words every day.
  • Be aware of what is currently happening in and outside India in terms of economics, financial rules, social development, banking rules, sports news and other important news.
  • Basic computer knowledge, names of different software and hardware is essentials. Knowledge of short-cut operational keys, Microsoft Office will help you to secure a high rank in the exam.
  • Give special attention to improve your weak areas.
  • For proper time management in the examination hall, mock tests are essential.
  • Don’t try to learn new things just before examinations. Only focus on what you have already studied.
  • For answering descriptive questions in the Mains exam, make a regular habit for writing long answers keeping in mind about the time constraint in the exam.
  • To face the Interview, you need to be confident and should be prepared in all the above-mentioned fields.
  • Finally, a positive and optimistic attitude along with hard work, dedication and determination will lead you to success one step closer.

 

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WBCS (Prelim, Mains & Interview)— Study Plan for Beginners

আপনি যদি স্নাতক কোর্স শেষ করার চূড়ান্ত পর্যায়ে থাকেন এবং আপনি উচ্চশিক্ষা না নেওয়ার জন্য দৃঢ়প্রতিজ্ঞ হন তবে চাকরির জন্য বিভিন্ন পরীক্ষায় অংশ নেওয়ার জন্য এটাই সুবর্ণ সুযোগ। আপনি যদি একজন সরকারি চাকরিপ্রার্থী হন তবে ইউনিয়ন পাবলিক সার্ভিস কমিশন (UPSC) এবং পশ্চিমবঙ্গ পাবলিক সার্ভিস কমিশন (WBPSC) দ্বারা পরিচালিত পরীক্ষার জন্য প্রস্তুতি নিতে পারেন। বর্তমান নিবন্ধটি WBPSC কর্তৃক পরিচালিত পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সিভিল সার্ভিস (WBPSC) পরীক্ষার বিভিন্ন গ্রুপ, পরীক্ষার নিদর্শন এবং পরিশেষে পরীক্ষায় সফল হওয়ার প্রস্তুতির কৌশল সম্পর্কে নতুনদের নির্দেশনা ।

বিভিন্ন গ্রুপ এবং পোস্ট – WBCS

 WBCS (Executive/ নির্বাহী) ইত্যাদির ফলাফলের ভিত্তিতে যে পরিষেবা এবং পদে নিয়োগ দেওয়া হয় পরীক্ষাগুলি গ্রুপে বিভক্ত: A, B, C এবং D

  • ন্যূনতম যোগ্যতা: স্নাতক (যেকোনো বিষয়ে)।
  • একজন প্রার্থী এক বা একাধিক গ্রুপের জন্য প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা করতে পারে কিন্তু গ্রুপ(গুলি)-র পছন্দ নির্দেশ করে শুধুমাত্র একটি আবেদন জমা দিতে হবে।

গ্রুপ-এ (বয়স:21-36)

  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সিভিল সার্ভিস (Executive/নির্বাহী)
  • সমন্বিত পশ্চিমবঙ্গ রাজস্ব পরিষেবাতে রাজস্ব সহকারী কমিশনার
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সমবায় পরিষেবা
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ শ্রম পরিষেবা
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ খাদ্য ও সরবরাহ পরিষেবা
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ কর্মসংস্থান পরিষেবা [কর্মসংস্থান কর্মকর্তা (কারিগরি) পদ ব্যতীত]

গ্রুপ- বি (বয়স:20-36)

  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ পুলিশ পরিষেবা

গ্রুপ- সি (বয়স:21-36)

  • সুপারিনটেনডেন্ট জেলা কারেকশনাল হোম
  • যুগ্ম ব্লক উন্নয়ন কর্মকর্তা
  • উপ -সহকারী পরিচালক ভোক্তা বিষয়ক এবং ন্যায্য ব্যবসা অনুশীলন
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ জুনিয়র সমাজ কল্যাণ পরিষেবা
  • সহকারী খাল রাজস্ব কর্মকর্তা (সেচ)
  • পশ্চিমবঙ্গ অধস্তন ভূমি রাজস্ব পরিষেবা, গ্রেড - I
  • সহকারী বাণিজ্যিক কর কর্মকর্তা
  • সংশোধনমূলক পরিষেবার প্রধান নিয়ন্ত্রক
  • যুগ্ম রেজিস্ট্রার (পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকারের ভোক্তা বিষয়ক অধিদপ্তরের অধীনে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ রাজ্য ভোক্তা বিরোধ নিষ্পত্তি কমিশন)

গ্রুপ- ডি (বয়স:21-39)

  • সমবায় সমিতির পরিদর্শক
  • পঞ্চায়েত ও পল্লী উন্নয়ন বিভাগের অধীনে পঞ্চায়েত উন্নয়ন কর্মকর্তা
  • শরণার্থী ত্রাণ ও পুনর্বাসন বিভাগের অধীনে পুনর্বাসন কর্মকর্তা

পরীক্ষার প্যাটার্ন

WBCS পরীক্ষা তিনটি পর্যায়ে বিভক্ত: প্রিলিমিনারি→ মেইন → ইন্টারভিউ/ সাক্ষাৎকার

  1. WBCS প্রিলিমিনারি পরীক্ষা: এটি শুধুমাত্র একটি স্ক্রিনিং পরীক্ষা এবং মূল পরীক্ষার জন্য প্রার্থীদের নির্বাচনের জন্য পরীক্ষার প্রথম ধাপ। প্রার্থীদের প্রাপ্ত নম্বর মূল পরীক্ষার জন্য বিবেচিত হবে না। প্রিলিমিনারি পরীক্ষার বিস্তারিত বিবরণ নিচে দেওয়া হল।
    • প্রিলিমিনারি পরীক্ষায় 200 টি মাল্টিপল চয়েস প্রশ্ন নিয়ে একটি মাত্র পেপার থাকবে।
    • পেপারটি 200 নম্বরের এবং সময়কাল2½ ঘন্টা। প্রতিটি ভুল উত্তরের জন্য নেগেটিভ মার্কিং থাকবে।
    • এই পরীক্ষার মান হবে কোন স্বীকৃত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের যে কোনো শাখার স্নাতক স্তরের।

প্রিলিমিনারি পেপারে নিম্নোক্ত বিষয়গুলোতে 25 টি করে 25 নম্বরের প্রশ্ন থাকবে:

ইংরেজি রচনা; সাধারন বিজ্ঞান; জাতীয় ও আন্তর্জাতিক গুরুত্বের বর্তমান ঘটনা; ভারতের ইতিহাস; পশ্চিমবঙ্গে বিশেষ গুরুত্ব সহ ভারতের ভূগোল; ভারতীয় রাজনীতি ও অর্থনীতি; ভারতীয় জাতীয় আন্দোলন; জেনারেল ইন্টেলিজেন্স।

  1. WBCS মেইন পরীক্ষা: প্রিলিমিনারি পরীক্ষায় উত্তীর্ণ হলে তবেই প্রার্থীরা মেইন পরীক্ষায় বসতে পারবে। এটি পরীক্ষার দ্বিতীয় পর্যায়। WBCS মেইন পরীক্ষার জন্য পাবলিক সার্ভিস কমিশন দ্বারা পরিচালিত বিভিন্ন পেপার সম্পর্কে একটি সারমর্ম নিম্নলিখিত টেবিলটিতে দেওয়া হলঃ-
Sl Compulsory Paper Gr-A

 

Gr-B

 

Gr-C

 

Gr-D

 

1. Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali- Letter writing (within 150 words)/Drafting of Report (within 200 words) 200 200 200 200
2. English- Letter writing (Within 150 words)/Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precise writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/Santali to English. 200 200 200 200
3. General Studies I: (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal. 200 200 200 200
4. General Studies II: Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 200 200 200 200
5. The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India 200 200 200 200
6. Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
7. Optional Subject- one Subject to be chosen and its two papers of 200 marks each. 400 400 -- --
Total marks 1600 1600 1200 1200
  1. পার্সোনালিটি টেস্ট/ ইন্টারভিউ: মেইন পরীক্ষার সফল প্রার্থীদের তৃতীয় এবং শেষ পর্যায়ে হয় পার্সোনালিটি টেস্ট। এই পরীক্ষার মাধ্যমে প্রার্থীর সার্বিক জ্ঞান পরীক্ষা করা হয়। বিভিন্ন গ্রুপের জন্য ইন্টারভিউএর মার্কস বিভাগ নিচে দেওয়া হল।
Personality Test/ Interview Gr-A Gr-B Gr-C Gr-D
Marks division 200 200 150 100

পরীক্ষায় উত্তীর্ণ হওয়ার কিছু প্রয়োজনীয় টিপস

  • পরীক্ষায় উপস্থিত হওয়ার জন্য কমপক্ষে এক বছর আগে আপনার প্রস্তুতি শুরু করুন।
  • মনে রাখবেন, পড়াশোনার আগে পরিকল্পনা করা খুবই গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। প্রতিটি বিষয়ের জন্য সময়ের একটি দৈনিক রুটিন প্রস্তুত করুন।
  • কেবল মুখস্থ করার পরিবর্তে বিষয়গুলি বোঝার চেষ্টা করুন। সেই বিষয়ই মুখস্থ করতে হবে যা তথ্য ভিত্তিক।
  • আগের বছরের প্রশ্নপত্র সমাধান করুন।
  • আপনার শক্তি এবং দুর্বলতাগুলি আবিষ্কার করুন।
  • আপনার দুর্বল বিষয়েরর উন্নতির জন্য বিশেষ মনোযোগ দিন।
  • আপনি যা ইতিমধ্যেই পড়েছেন তা রিভাইস করুন।
  • পরীক্ষার হলে সময়কে সঠিকভাবে ব্যবহার করার জন্য, মক টেস্ট অপরিহার্য।
  • পরীক্ষার আগে নতুন কিছু শেখার চেষ্টা করবেন না। আপনি যা ইতিমধ্যে পড়েছেন তার উপর কেবল মনোনিবেশ করুন।
  • মেইন পরীক্ষায় বর্ণনামূলক প্রশ্নের উত্তর দেওয়ার জন্য, পরীক্ষার সময় সীমাবদ্ধতার কথা মাথায় রেখে দীর্ঘ উত্তর লেখার নিয়মিত অভ্যাস করুন।
  • সাক্ষাৎকারের মুখোমুখি হওয়ার জন্য, আপনাকে আত্মবিশ্বাসী হতে হবে এবং আপনার গ্র্যাজুয়েশনে আপনি যে বিষয়ে পড়াশোনা করেছেন সে বিষয়ে প্রস্তুত থাকতে হবে। এছাড়া, সার্ভিস পোস্ট সম্বন্ধে সার্বিক জ্ঞান থাকা আবশ্যক।
  • পরিশেষে, কঠোর পরিশ্রম, নিষ্ঠা এবং সংকল্পের সাথে একটি ইতিবাচক মনোভাব আপনাকে সাফল্যের দিকে এক ধাপ এগিয়ে নিয়ে যাবে।

 

WBCS এর জন্য এক বছরের টাইমলাইন

পরিকল্পনা ১ বছর
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WBCS (Prelim, Mains & Interview)—Study Plan for Beginners

If you are at the penultimate stage of completing a graduation course and you are determined enough not to pursue higher studies you have the golden opportunity to appear in various examinations for jobs. If you are a Government job aspirant it is highly recommended to prepare for examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as well as West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC). The present article will guide the beginners about the different groups and posts can be achieved through West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) examination conducted by WBPSC, examination patterns and finally the preparation strategy to be successful in the examination.

Different Groups and PostsWBCS

  • The services and post to which recruitment is made on the results of the WBCS (Executive) etc. Examinations are divided into groups: A, B, C and D.
  • Minimum qualification: Graduate (in any discipline).
  • A candidate may compete for one or more groups but is required to submit only one application indicating choice of group(s).

Group – A (Age: 21 – 36)

  • West Bengal Civil Service (Executive )
  • Assistant Commissioner of Revenue in the integrated West Bengal Revenue Service
  • West Bengal Co-operative Service
  • West Bengal Labour Service
  • West Bengal Food and Supplies Service
  • West Bengal Employment Service [Except the post of Employment Officer (Technical)]

Group – B (Age: 20 – 36)

  • West Bengal Police Service

Group – C (Age: 21 – 36)

  • Superintendent District correctional Home
  • Joint Block Development Officer
  • Deputy Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Business Practices
  • West Bengal Junior Social Welfare Service
  • Assistant Canal Revenue Officer (Irrigation)
  • West Bengal Subordinate Land Revenue Service, Grade – I
  • Assistant Commercial Tax Officer
  • Chief Controller of Correctional Services
  • Joint Registrar (West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission under the Consumer Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal)

Group – D (Age: 21 – 39)

  • Inspector of Co-operative Societies
  • Panchayat Development Officer under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department
  • Rehabilitation Officer under the Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department

 

Examination Pattern

The WBCS examination is divided into three stages: PreliminaryMain Personality test/ Interview

  1. WBCS Preliminary examination: It is only a Screening test and the 1st stage of the examination for the selection of candidates for the Main examination. The marks obtained by the candidates will not be considered for the Main examination. The details of the Preliminary examination are given below.
  • The Preliminary Examination will consist of only one paper consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions.
  • The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 2½ hours For each wrong answer there will be negative marking.
  • The standard of the paper will be of the level of knowledge as expected of a graduate of any faculty of a recognized University.

The Preliminary paper will include questions covering the following fields each carrying 25 marks:

English Composition; General Science; Current events of National & International Importance; History of India; Geography of India with Special Importance to West Bengal; Indian Polity and Economy; Indian National Movement; General Intelligence.

  1. WBCS Main examination: After passing the Preliminary examination, the candidates have to appear for the Main examination which is the 2nd stage of the examination. The following table will give an essence about the different papers conducted by the Public Service Commission for WBCS Main Examination.
Sl Compulsory Paper Gr-A

 

Gr-B

 

Gr-C

 

Gr-D

 

1. Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali- Letter writing (within 150 words)/Drafting of Report (within 200 words) 200 200 200 200
2. English- Letter writing (Within 150 words)/Drafting of Report (within 200 words), Precise writing, Composition and Translation from Bengali/Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/Santali to English. 200 200 200 200
3. General Studies I: (i) Indian History with special emphasis on National Movement and (ii) Geography of India with special reference to West Bengal. 200 200 200 200
4. General Studies II: Science and Scientific & Technological advancement, Environment, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. 200 200 200 200
5. The Constitution of India and Indian Economy including role and functions of Reserve Bank of India 200 200 200 200
6. Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
7. Optional Subject- one Subject to be chosen and its two papers of 200 marks each. 400 400 -- --
Total marks 1600 1600 1200 1200

 

  1. Personality Test/ Interview: The successful candidates of the Main examination have to appear for the 3rd and final stage which is the Personality Test. All round knowledge of the candidate will be checked through this test. Marks division for the Personality Test for different groups are provided below.
Personality Test/ Interview Gr-A

 

Gr-B

 

Gr-C

 

Gr-D

 

Marks division 200 200 150 100

 

Some essential tips for cracking the examination

  • Start your preparation at least one year earlier to appear in the examination.
  • Remember, planning before study is very important. Prepare a daily routine to provide time for each area.
  • Instead of merely memorizing try to understand the subjects. However, you need to memorize some topics which are information oriented.
  • Solve previous years' question papers.
  • Discover your strong and weak areas.
  • Give special attention to improve your weak areas.
  • Make arrangement to recapitulate what you have already studied.
  • For proper time management in the examination hall, mock tests are essential.
  • Don't try to learn new things just before examinations. Only focus on what you have already studied.
  • For answering descriptive questions in the Mains exam, make a regular habit for writing long answers keeping in mind about the time constraint in the exam.
  • To face the Interview, you need to be confident and should be prepared about the subject you have studied in your graduation. Besides, an overall knowledge about the Service Posts is a must.  
  • Finally, a positive attitude along with hard work, dedication and determination will lead you to success one step closer.

 

One year timeline for WBCS

Schedule One year
3 months 6 months 9 month 12 month
Get habituated with exam patterns and follow a daily routine to study        
Learn the subjects other than your expertise        
Give ample time to improve your weak areas        
Revise, practice and give mock tests        

 

 

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Importance of Optional Courses in Cracking WBCS Main Exam


It is always difficult to choose optional subject for WBCS main exams. But it is one of the most important decisions to take which may ultimately affect your chances to pass this exam in various groups. One subject may be suitable to one person; another is same for other person. Post-graduates in any discipline, generally prefer taking up their parent subject for optional. Though such selection is quite logical, aspirants with any science discipline as their base subject must ponder over the issue more seriously. Aspirants with a science subject must judge themselves correctly regarding their own capability.

Some of the social sciences (e.g. History, Economics, Public Administration) opted by quite a significant majority can, however, be a much safer bet, particularly for those (ordinary science graduates) who do not have any specific parent subject or for those who are not able to develop confidence in their parental subject. In either case, the formal preparation must start from the basic fundamentals, even if a person is already a post-graduate in that subject.

Here are some best tips to choose optional subjects for WBCS mains -

  1. Availability of Study material

It should be the first criteria when you opt for any particular subject. You should understand the examination standards and examiners’ expectation which clearly indicate that anything of average quality will not work here. Basic books do not suffice the purpose and as these are printed with some gap, these fail to update you on current and evolving issues. Many a time even standard set of books do not fully cover the syllabus. So, you need relevant, up-to-date and crisp content which covers syllabus fully and takes care of newly added topics as well.

  1. High scoring subjects to choose

No doubt, there are few subjects which are considered to be highly scoring by aspirants based on hearsay. Many a time, candidates fetch really high scores in subjects like Mathematics, Physics, some Engineering subject and even some language literatures such as Sanskrit, Pali etc. Don’t fall in trap of those coaching institutes which show promising scores of 300+ in the optional they are offering. It is what I call juggling as I feel every subject is scoring and candidates get good marks and succeed with almost all subjects.

  1. Your interest in the subject

Being familiar with any subject doesn’t mean that you develop interest in it.You need to have proper understanding of the subject, till the time you don’t have interest, how can you continue preparation as you move ahead from the basics.

  1. Aptitude for the subject

How so ever interesting the subject is or you are familiar with that subject, till the time you don’t have aptitude, you can’t move. Skills and knowledge can be built up over time. Interest can be developed once acquaintance grows and learning progresses. History is a very interesting subject but you don’t have aptitude for remembering facts and figures, how can you attain a level which ensures success? It is said higher the aptitude; better the chances of an outstanding performance. These days History may not be that scoring, you cannot complete writing all the answers in time too. It does not help much in compulsory subjects too.

  1. Ability to grab information related to subject

This becomes important as you have to manage preparation for General Studies and one optional subject you are going to decide with this exercise. You fully understand your capabilities and despite interest and aptitude for any particular subject, if you find any subject has staggering demand, think again before opting for such subject. If any subject requires such extraordinary efforts which are beyond your capacity, better to ignore that subject and review another from the rest.

  1. Less time to require for preparation

Each and every subject has its own requirements and special demands which you need to execute. You can’t escape as you have to reach the examination level. It is not that examination will adjust to your level. Again, how much time it will require to reach examination level and do you have sufficient time to do that. You can have best of the study material and even top rated coaching, if you feel that you will not be able to do justice with it, better take any other subject.

  1. Overlapping a portion of General Studies

Yes, it is logical to opt for some subject part of which gets covered with your rest of preparation. History and Geography may help you a little in General Studies preparation. Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy & Psychology helps in interview stage. Few subjects have got syllabus overlapping. Take a look at the subjects you have short listed and see if any falls in this category. Pick it up for further review.

  1. Size of syllabus

On the face of it, it may seem so but look at the past years’ question papers and trends before finally deciding about any subject. Few subjects like Philosophy, Hindi Literature, Pali Literature etc are some of the optional subjects which are being promoted by coaching institutes on this parameter.

PSCWB does not allow such discrimination based on syllabus size. Again, not every aspirant opt these optional subjects is able to succeed. Still you find any optional subject which can work to your benefit; you take your own judgment.

  1. Gap between two subjects

Previously for some aspirants this was a criterion to select second optional where they can get opportunity to revise during this gap. If you are stick between two subject to decide second optional judge you decision on this factor. Those who are hard pressed for time and don’t have much time left before examination can consider such combination where they can get some break. But, this alone should not be the basis for your subject choice. Because now whatever optional subject you choose, will be taken on same day as there is one optional subject only from 2014.

  1. Guidance availability

It is an important factor as in last few years, the examination has become innovative and much above the level it used to have. When you are hard pressed for time and wish to achieve a competitive edge, you can always reach out to the experts who can take you to the level this examination requires. Look out for the subjects where you have trusted coaching institutes who innovate, follow the latest trend and fulfil you examination related requirements. Good guidance can always be a deciding factor, if you desire or require, single out from the subjects you have picked up.

WBCS Main Exam Pattern Details

Papers Marks
Group ‘A’ Group ‘B’ Group ‘C’ Group ‘D’
Language Paper (Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali) 200 200 200 200
English Paper 200 200 200 200
General Studies – Paper I 200 200 200 200
General Studies-Paper II 200 200 200 200
Constitution of India and Indian Economy 200 200 200 200
Arithmetic and Test of Reasoning 200 200 200 200
Optional Subject – (One subject: Two papers of 200 marks each) 400 400 NA NA
Personality Test 200 200 150 100
Total Marks 1800 1800 1350 1300

WBCS Main : List of Optional subjects for the exam

Subject Code
Bengali 1
Hindi 2
Sanskrit 3
English 4
Pali 5
Arabic 6
Persian 7
French 8
Urdu 9
Santali 10
Comparative Literature 11
Agriculture 12
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science 13
Anthropology 14
Botany 15
Chemistry 16
Civil Engineering 17
Commerce and Accountancy 18
Computer Science 19
Economics 20
Electrical Engineering 21
Geography 22
Geology 23
History 24
Law 25
Mathematics 26
Management 27
Mechanical Engineering 28
Medical Science 29
Philosophy 30
Physiology 31
Physics 32
Political Science 33
Psychology 34
Sociology 35
Statistics 36
Zoology 37

 

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Smart way to prepare for Banking Jobs

The first thing you need to do is go through the syllabus and exam pattern to understand the nature of the exam. You can find the exam pattern and the syllabus from the official notification. You can also prepare for multiple banking exams simultaneously because the syllabus and exam pattern of various exams are more or less the same.

If you are working 5 days a week for 8 to 10 hours daily, then spending 4 to 5 hours in a day for your bank exam preparation is enough. Do not stress yourself too much with the preparation. Below, we have mentioned some preparations tips and general tips which can help you to prepare well for the exam by balancing your work life.
Analyze the Exam Pattern
Before starting any exam preparation, analyze your exam pattern & syllabus first. The various sections of the banking exam include:

1. Numerical Ability / Quantitative Aptitude

2. General English

3. Reasoning Ability

4. Computer Knowledge

5. General Awareness

a) The exam pattern, however, varies slightly. But because the syllabus and difficulty level is more or less the same, preparing for one bank exam can help you in the other.

b) Working candidates must remember that the basic syllabus and level of questions asked in the Quantitative Aptitude, General English, and Computer Knowledge sections of all banking exams are of the same standard as the Class 10 syllabus of the same. So, there is nothing that the aspirants have to learn from scratch.

c) The Reasoning Ability and General Awareness sections, if properly planned, can easily be managed. So, if you can study seriously for 2-3 hours daily, which is absolutely possible even if you are working, you can definitely crack any bank exam. All you have to do is prepare a smart study plan.

What are Bank Recruitment exams
Every year, agencies like SBI, RBI, IBPS, LIC and PSBs conduct the bank exams to fill vacancies to the posts of Clerks, PO/MT, SO, RRB PO/Clerk in public sector banks. Have a look: - i) The SBI Clerk, SBI PO and SBI SO exams are organised by the State Bank of India (SBI), ii) - The IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB, IBPS SO exams are conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), iii) RBI Grade B and RBI Assistant Recruitment exams are conducted by the Reserve Bank of India, iv) LIC AAO, LIC ADO and LIC Assistant recruitment exams are conducted by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
Types of Bank Exams:

  1.  IBPS Common written examination for Probationary Officer-A Common Written Examination (CWE) is organized by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer. PO is the person who manages the whole bank. They make arrangements for the online exams and as well as the online results, and then the shortlisted candidates are informed about the interviews.
  2. State Bank of India Probationary Officer- These exams are for the vacancies for the position of the Probationary Officer in the bank. The State Bank Of India organizes a written exam which is a part of the selection process for the candidates of Probationary officer. The exam is divided into two part: Part A – Objective Tests, Part B-Descriptive Tests.
  3. Private Banks- They have their full-time Training Programme as well as their own aptitude test, conducted at ICICI Manipal Academy campus. The Programme will be enrolled for MBA in Banking and Finance.
  4. IBPS Clerk-A clerk is a significant person of the bank. He directly interacts with the customers. They conduct exams for the clerical posts at various banks. You just have to give your Bank preference for the IBPS Clerk Exam.
  5. IBPS SO (Specialist Officer)-It is conducted for the candidates of Specialist Officers in Public Sector Banks by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. They have many different positions like Law Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR Officer, IT Officer. Different positions have different requirements.
  6.  Common Written Exam for Regional Rural Banks-It is organized for the candidates of Officers (Scale-1, 2, & 3) and Office Assistants (Multipurpose) in Regional Rural Banks (RRB). They are conducted online by the IBPS.

Let us now look at how to prepare for bank exam while working:

  1. Be Thorough With The Syllabus: The first thing to do is to get acquainted with the syllabus of bank exams. As discussed earlier, most of the bank exams have the same syllabus. You need to have a detailed knowledge of all the concepts and topics included in each section. Stick a copy of detailed syllabus on the wall of your room.
  2. Mark Your Strong and Weak Sections: Once you have a detailed knowledge of all the concepts included under every section, mark the sections and topics that you are weak in. You have to spend more time on these sections and topics.
  3. Create A Timetable: Now, you have to create a realistic timetable. As a working aspirant, it will be difficult for you to study regularly and for long hours. You might be tired some days, other days, you might be late in leaving office. No matter what, create a timetable. Consider all these factors along with your needs, convenience, strengths and weaknesses, daily routine, etc., in mind. All you have to do is study for 2-3 hours daily and 5-6 hours on weekends. If you miss studying on some days, you will have to manage it and catch up over the weekends.
  4. Cultivate Reading Habits: The English Language section and General Awareness section needs one to read regularly. If you are using public transports to go to and come from work, you can use that time to read English newspapers or books. Otherwise, you can allocate half an hour in the morning for this purpose. You need to improve your knowledge of current affairs, vocabulary, etc., which is possible only through reading.
  5. Understand The Basics: General English, especially English grammar, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability sections, require one to understand and remember a lot of theories, formulas, rules, steps to solve questions, etc. Based on your strengths and weaknesses, allocate an hour daily to understand the basics. Study at least two sections every day. For the Computer Knowledge section, all you need to do is study the basic hardware and software. If you can spend half an hour daily on this section, it will be enough.
  6. Solve Practice Questions: Every time you finish the theories of a particular concept or topic, solve good practice questions to learn the application of your knowledge. Spending one to one and half hour daily to solve questions from concepts you have studied will be enough.
  7. Make use of weekends: As you cannot study much on weekdays, you have to make up for that over the weekends. Try to cover as many concepts as possible over the weekends and solve as many questions as possible.
  8. Practise Previous Papers: Solving mock papers boosts the candidates’ confidence and increases the accuracy of solving the maximum number of questions. It helps in understanding the IBPS PO exam pattern and managing time in the exam. The IBPS PO mock tests maintain the same level of difficulty as the actual exam. Sample papers are designed in a manner that they also include some previous years’ questions.
  9. Practise Mock Tests:Mock tests are the best way to check your preparation level. Besides, it helps candidates to understand strong and weak points. You can quickly analyse your strengths and weaknesses afterwards and can work upon them to improve. Daily practice of mock tests will help you a lot in improving your speed as well as accuracy. You get the genuine online test experience to familiarise yourself with the actual online IBPS RRB test.

Keeping in mind we have shared bank exam preparation tips. Likewise, every year lakhs of students apply for several Bank exams, and only a few of them will get a Bank job. So, getting a Bank job is somewhat more robust than you expect. But, it is possible once you start your Bank Exam preparation online with a proper schedule.
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