We have always found that as a student and an aspirant for banking services, it is always difficult to start preparation of the bank exams, be it for the clerical cadre or for the specialist officers and the probationary officers in different banks. At the same time it is also difficult for any aspirant preparing for these exams to get the right information and guidance on how to start their preparations.
In the present situation when life is moving in the fast lane it is always difficult to prepare for any competitve exam and more so if you are also engaged in some other activity, e.g., a graduate or post graduate student has to concentrate on his studies, whereas, it becomes even more difficult if you are working somewhere and aspire to join bank. One has to manage and take some time out from his daily routine and devote it for the preparation. Here are few suggestions common for all which can be used while preparing for the banking services.
1) Evaluate yourself: This is from where the preparation starts. One need to judge himself/herself judiciously before starting their preparation. SWOT Analysis can be done for the same. To do this one need nothing but willingness to know themselves. Just ponder over the following:
a) Strength: Write down all your strengths. It can be technical as well as behavioural. On technical front check out in which subjects you are strong.
b) Weakness: Weakness should be thought over (in the context of exam) and their impact on the overall preparation of the exam should be kept in mind. Then we need to work them out and try to minimize their impact on our preparation.
c) Opportunities: These are the tools which can help you to achieve your target. It may be any thing viz. guidance from an expert, your teacher helping in your preparation, online guidance website which is helping you to get the answers of all the ambiguities you have.
d) Threats: Threats are all those external factors which may cause hindrance in the preparation of the exam. We need to find them out and avoid them so that they do not interfere in our preparations.
2) Check out the material available to you to prepare for the exams: Here one need to make an extra effort to avoid reading those things which are in no way going to help you in your preparation for the banking exams. It may be possible that you may be studying or being taught something which is no longer asked in the exams. Therefore it becomes necessary to know that what you have got in terms of guidance and reading material is right. One thing that we definitely make sure is that what we are providing is as per the latest trend.
3) Take time out for preparation: In this hectic schedule of our day to day life it is difficult to take time out for preparation. One needs methods and tools which can be handy and is flexible enough to help you as per your need and convenience. Thats why we have come up with this website that can help you prepare for the banking exams in every possible way.
Last but not the least, devote time, have patience, have faith in you and don’t give up. It is found that maximum number of people gives up when they are on the verge of success.
Taste the success and the world will be yours.
Banking Entrance exam is normally divided into two parts:
Objective Type Exam
Objective Type Exam:
Normally objective type exams consists of 4 to 5 sections, viz, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English and Computer or Marketing or a combination of both. Total number of questions asked may range from 200 to 250 depending on number of sections or number of questions asked in each section. If one scores around 50% one stands a good chance for being called for the interview. Each of the section has been discussed below.
Reasoning section checks a candidate for his mental ability, decision making ability, ability to execute and so on. The questions that are asked are normally of the following types:
- Series and Analogies
- Data Sufficiency
- Numerical Logic
- Data Sufficiency
- Strong/Weak Arguments
- Implicit Statements
- Venn Diagrams
- Visual Reasoning, etc.
The difficulty level of questions ranges from Easy to Moderate. One should try and score more in this section as one is more sure of the answer being correct.
This section is meant to check your numeric ability, i.e., to check your ability to calculate as banking involves lot of calculation. The questions that are asked are normally of the following types:
- Interest based questions
- Profit and Loss and Discount
- Time and Distance
- Easy Probability
- Easy Permutation and Combination
- Data Interpretations (Bars, Garphs etc.)
- Time and Work
- Age based Questions
The questions that are asked are normally of easy to moderate type. One should always look for sitters and try and solve them first. This is another section where one can score, one just need to choose the easy questions, you need not attempt all the questions.
This section contains questions relating to current affairs, normally relating to events that have occured in last 6 months or so. The questions can have either have four to five options to choose from or can have multiple statements from which one have to choose which are correct or incorrect. Again the strategy should be same, i.e., look for the easy ones, as one need not attempt all the questions. The cut-off in this section is usually lower than Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
This section is meant to check a candidate’s reading skills, communication skills, understanding of basic concepts of English, like grammar, vocabulary, etc. The questions that are asked are normally of the following types:
- Fill in the Blanks
- Reading Comprehension
- Jumbled Sentences
- Grammar Errors
- Cloze Passages
- Grammar Basics
This section contains questions relating to basic level of computer and marketing. Generally the questions that are asked in this section are limited and one would find them repetitive if one would appear for couple of bank exams. Level of questions is moderate (Of course! only if you have some knowledge about them). The cutoff for this section is generally on higher side.
The main purpose of conducting Descriptive Exam is to check the writing ability/ communication skills of candidates in English. Normally banks add the marks of this section for preparing merit list but there are few banks who keep this section as qualifying only. Consdering that most banks take descriptive exam marks for preparing merit list, it becomes an important section.
Normally 3 questions are asked which a candidate has to answer in 60 minutes. Normally the questions that are asked can be of following type:
Reading Comprehension: An article of about 300 words followed by 4 or 5 questions based on the article.
Letter Writing: Options are available. Letter could be either formal or informal in nature
Precis Writing: An article is given and cnadidate has to prepare a summary of the article (normally size should be near 1/3 of the original) covering all the important points in original article.
Essay Writing: Internal option will be available. Candidate has to write the essay in about 300-500 words in the space given.
1. Question bank of more than 10,000 questions and increasing, covering all objective sections discussed above.
2. Preparation for Descriptive Section (Coming Soon)
3. Discussion Forum: Here students can discuss there problems can help others with banking problems.
4. Ask the Expert: Not getting the right answer or feeling confused, ask us.
5. Fun Corner: Feeling exhausted or want to have some time off, try out the fun corner section.