Tips & Strategy to Crack IBPS, Bank PO Exam

Tips & Strategy to Crack IBPS, Bank PO Exam

A bank probationary officer or Bank PO is a post which is just one step short of becoming a bank manager. It is the gate way to the managerial life which can lead to one of the highest positions of the bank i.e., the General Manager. The first stage of becoming probationary officer is to crack the written exam. Almost all Banks have a similar pattern for this Exam. Generally, there is an objective test followed by a descriptive one. The candidates are required to adopt the right strategy to crack the exam to avoid last minute panic.

The bank PO objective test pattern consists of: Reasoning section, quantitative aptitude, test of English, general awareness and computer knowledge. In 95% of the exams, there are negative marks which are almost up to 0.25 for each wrong answer. It is also a must to clear all the sections as the banks want to make sure that their future manager is an all-rounder.
However in the descriptive pattern, essay type answers are expected. The time duration is of 60 minutes and the test is just for qualification purpose. So make sure that you unfailingly reach the magical figure of 40%.

Choosing study materials

The candidate needs to focus on fundamentals of mathematics and read a lot of material on general awareness, mainly focusing on the banking sector, since majority of questions will be from there. Basic computer knowledge will have to be brushed up as this section is high scoring.

You must prepare taking into consideration the difficulty level of the PO Exams, as PO is known for surprises. While choosing the study material, it is important to wisely choose the right books, which is difficult but importantin determining one's success in the exam.

Structuring a plan

The candidate should make a structured plan for all the topics and sections that can be asked in the exam. Start revising the most important topics first followed by the less important topics. Try to clear concepts topic wise instead of trying all the topics at the same time. Don't forget that only learning chapters will not take you anywhere, it is questions that you need to answer in the final exam.

So practice till you are perfect with a chapter and then move ahead. Try to solve at least five question papers as it will help you identify any difficult areas in the test papers that you have covered and need revision for. This will help you to increase speed in solving the paper, along with smooth and easy movement across sections.

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Courtesy : Deccan Herald

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