If you are aspiring for a job in the government banking sector, then you should know what it takes to get one of these attractive positions in the bank. You can be a clerk, or a PO, you have to be well prepared for the competitive exams that will be conducted to recruit candidates for the vacancies for the posts.
Preparing for the exam
When the notifications are released, candidates begin preparing for the exams. The exams are not very difficult, but need the accuracy, the perfect timing and the knack for solving even the most complicated problems within a few seconds. All this needs practiceand if candidates take out a few hours daily, they can easily crack the exam. The syllabus and the pattern of the PO and clerk exam is publishedor candidates can also check online as there are various websites that provide a detail information regarding the syllabus and the pattern.
Syllabus for exam
To appear for the competitive exam needs candidates to know the syllabus well so that it helps them to get to study the subjects well and solve the papers so that they get a good practice. The IBPS releases the syllabus for all the exams and for that particular post.
The syllabus for bank clerk comprises of 5 sections namely, reasoning, English, numerical ability, general awareness, and computer knowledge. Every section is given 40 marks and in total the exam is of 200 marks and is given 2 hours duration. There are also negative marks given to every wrong answer.
The syllabus for bank PO comprises of 5 sections that are reasoning, English language, quantitative aptitude, general awareness, computer knowledge and descriptive paper on English composition. All the papers except English language and descriptive paper will carry 50 marks each. The other two carry will carry 25 marks each. The time provided is 2 ½ hours.
Choosing the right books
After knowing the syllabus, it is necessary that candidates know which books to refer. Every section needs particular books that are written by well known authors who are competent in the subject.
1. Reasoning – A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
2. English language – Wren and Martin, or Hari Mohan Prasad or A.K. Kapoor
3. Quantitative aptitude – R.S. Aggarwal, N.K. Singh
4. General awareness – Guide to banking general awareness and banking aptitude test by RPH editorial board, Manohar Pandey, Upkar publications.
5. Computer knowledge – Dr. Alok Kumar, R Pillai.
It is also important that candidates also go through some of the interview books as interview will be the final stage that will determine your status. Interview can be very daunting for some and many find it difficult to answer questions. Therefore, it would be better to be prepared well in advance.
Bank interview books are –
1. Magical book series by N.K. Sinha
3. Arihant publications
4. Upkar’s publications
All the publications mentioned are good; however, candidates have to buy the latest series and published books as they come with any changes that have been made by the IBPS and includes the latest syllabus as well.
Besides, choosing the right and the best books, candidates also have to solve previous question papers every day. Mock test are also available online, which can be very useful and help you score well.