Preparation for Bank PO Exams

Bank exams are in huge demand these days in India because they appear to
be highly lucrative in times of economic slowdown .Various bank exams are
conducted by RBI, SBI, IBPS, private banks etc. IBPS conducts a common
entrance test (CWE) for almost all the major Public Sector Banks except SBI
once in an year for PO,clerks and specialist officer.

In order to shortlist appropriate candidates bank conducts exams in 2-3 stages.

Stage i: Written Exam

Stage ii: Group Discussion

Stage iii: Personnel Interview

Written Examination:

Similar to many other competitive exams Bank exams are also converting to online
format.The first stage consists of two further parts : Objective Test and Descriptive
Test. The main subjects for the written test are:

1.Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:

It deals with basic maths i.e. school level maths which includes topics like
Number System,HCF,LCM,Percentage,Profit&Loss,Simple and Compound
Interest ,Ratio and Proportion,Diagrams and Graphs.Standard 10th books
of Maths can help in preparation for this.


2. Verbal and Non- Verbal Reasoning:

It consists of questions based on sitting arrangements, series, syllogism, puzzles
etc. that tests the candidates mental alertness and logical skill. Practice is the
only key to gain command over reasoning.


3.English Language:

Mainly consists of Common Errors, reading comprehension, fill in the blanks,
Synonyms,Antonyms, Sentence Arrangement, Spelling Correction.It is mainly
meant to test the vocabulary basics and to check the reading ability of the candidate.


4.General Awareness:

Mainly based on General events,Economic Development ,People and organisations.
For preparation of GA one must go through GK magazines and read newspaper daily.


5.Computer Awareness:

Due to increasing usage of computers in the banking industry this subject has been
introduced in almost all bank exams. It requires basic working knowledge of computers and internet.


Descriptive Test:

It mainly consists of the following categories:

- Letter Writing: It can be a formal or an informal letter.

- Essay Writing: An essay on any relevant issue needs to be written in 250 words.

- Precis Writing: An article is given which has to be understood and summarized in the form of a precis

- Paragraph Writing

- Reading Comprehension