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Tips to crack Bank PO Exams

How to crack Bank PO Exams?

All public sector banks in India, except the State Bank of India, currently recruit their employees through a Common Written Examination (CWE). SBI conducts its own entrance exam (SBI PO exam) for the recruitment of probationary officers. In public sector banks, the entrance exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). In the Bank PO preliminary exam conducted by IBS, lakhs of candidates appear and those who qualify prelims are made to appear in the main examination.

The first important thing you need to know is the Bank PO Exam pattern. A written test for a PO exam comprises of two parts - objective and descriptive. The objective part has 4 sections namely English language test, quantitative ability, reasoning, and general awareness. In the descriptive test, the candidates have to write lengthy answers on current issues.

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Knowing the Exam Pattern

1. English Language:-

Candidates can start with questions they have good command over. It is a brilliant idea to attempt the English section in the order as - Fill in the Blanks, Cloze test, Spotting the Error, Sentence Improvement, Para-jumbles and Reading Comprehension

2. Reasoning:-

Candidates can start with those questions which are appearing easy and not so lengthy. You can attempt the Reasoning section in the order as - Syllogism, Inequality, and Miscellaneous questions, Input / Output, and Seating Arrangement / Puzzle.

3. Quantitative Aptitude:-

This section is the most scoring amongst all the other sections. It is a brilliant idea to attempt the Quantitative Aptitude section in the order as  - Simplification, Quadratic Equation, Data Interpretation, Number series and Misc. Qs. Such as Average, Profit & Loss, etc.

Prepare using Model Test Papers

The candidates can prepare and practice using last year question papers and model test papers. It will definitely help them understand the outline of the question paper. Trying the question papers for a no. of times might help the aspirants gain confidence. A good knowledge of Mathematics, including the English section and strong vocabulary (in the form of comprehension, banks antonyms, synonyms etc.) will help a lot. You should devote sufficient time to each of the sections. NCERT Maths text books are the best way to practice model test papers. In addition, read good newspapers and watch daily news in order to be aware of the current affairs and the latest developments. English is an essential component, and you must be meticulous with the language.

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Coaching Institutes

You can get yourself enrolled in good coaching institutes that offer Bank PO Exam mock tests. It is best recommended to enroll in an institute that offers aggressive coaching and help boost your competitive spirit in the exams. You can download or buy sample test papers of the past years, study the exam pattern and the type of questions asked. This will provide you an insight on the category of questions that are most frequently asked. Moreover, this will give an opportunity to enhance your speed in solving the paper in a proper way, including the easy movement across other sections in the question paper.

Reading newspapers & current affairs magazines

Bank PO exam has the general awareness section, and for this purpose, you should make a habit to watch the news regularly and read latest current affairs magazines. Simultaneously, it will help you in solving descriptive questions asked in the paper. You should study information on the banking operations sector through notifications or journals issued by the financial institutions or the nationalized bank.

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Attempting questions

Firstly, attempt those questions for which you know the correct answers. Come back later to those unattempted questions when you have more time. This is a brilliant way to not to attempt questions which you are unconfident of, thus diminishing the chances of negative marking. With this methodology, you can attempt more questions in a lesser no. of minutes. You should attempt the general awareness and marketing aptitude first followed by the other questions asked in the paper. Try to attempt those questions first of which you are sure and do not attempt those doubtful questions/ since negative marking can decrease your entire score.
I hope the above- mentioned tips and tricks will definitely help all the aspirants to fare well in the Bank PO Exam.