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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