How To Prepare For Bank Po

All of us aspire to be successful in life and one of the most promising career is in the Banking Sector. In India, the bank exams are mainly conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) and State Bank of India (SBI). Every year IBPS releases vacancies for the posts of Probationary Officer(PO), Specialist Officer(SO), Clerk and posts in Regional Rural Banks(RRB). Similarly, SBI conducts examinations for PO, SO and Clerk.

This article is mainly based on some tips regarding the preparation of Bank PO Examinations.

Bank PO Examinations include IBPS PO as well as SBI PO Exams. In order to prepare well for the exams the first thing that is needed is to have a clear idea of the question pattern.

IBPS PO Examinations

The IBPS PO Exams consists of the following selection procedure:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Interview

Pattern for the IBPS PO Prelim Exam

In order to appear for the Prelims, the candidates are needed to be aware of the question paper pattern of the same.

Sl. No. Subjects Marks Total no. of ques. Time Allotted
1. English Language 30 30

1 Hour

2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Pattern for the IBPS PO Main Exam

The candidates appearing for the IBPS PO Mains, are required to be aware of the question paper pattern.

Sl. No. Subjects Marks Total no. of ques. Time Allotted
1. Reasoning Ability 50 50(40 minutes)

140 Minutes

2. General Awareness 40 40(30 minutes)
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50(40 minutes)
4. English Language 40 40(20 minutes)
5. Computer Knowledge 20 20(10 minutes)
Total 200 200

SBI PO Examinations

The SBI PO Exams has the following selection procedure :

  1. Preliminary Exams
  2. Mains Exam
  3. GD or Interview

Pattern for the SBI PO Prelims

The question paper pattern for SBI PO Prelims is given below.

Sl. No. Subjects Marks Total no. of ques. Time Allotted
1. English Language 30 30

1 Hour

2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Pattern for SBI PO Mains

The pattern of SBI PO Main Examination is given below.

Sl. No. Subjects Marks Total no. of ques. Time Allotted
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 60 45 60 Minutes
2. Data Analysis & Interpretation 60 35 45 Minutes
3. General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
4. English Language 40 35 40 Minutes
Total 200 155 3 Hours

Tips for the preparation of Bank PO Examinations


  • Speed and Accuracy: These two are to be kept in mind while preparing for the Bank PO Exams. As the exams are time-bound and the entire paper is to be solved, the main concern is to complete the answers in the given slot of time. Speed is to be maintained in order to answer the complete question paper. On the other hand, Accuracy is needed to apart from speed as the questions that are to be solved in the allotted time must be correct too.
  • Focus on your Strength in  Topics: Pick out those questions which you think can be solved easily by you and those that take up less time.
  • Negative Marking: The interested candidates must be aware that there is a  ¼ deduction of marks for every wrong answer. So they must be careful while answering the questions.

Section – wise guidelines:

English Language: It is common for SBI and IBPS Prelims as well as Mains. The parts that take less time like Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, etc. can be solved easily and should be attempted first. The lengthy portions like comprehension and para jumbles must be done after the completion of these small topics.

Quantitative Aptitude: It is a quite tricky as well as difficult section. It requires a lot of practice before solving them. Try to prevent errors in this section. The topics that take less time like Data Interpretation or Number Series should be solved first followed by the miscellaneous problems.

Reasoning: This is a section you can master in by practicing daily. This is the trickiest sections of all for any examination point of view. The question based on puzzles and seating arrangement must be solved later. The questions on Syllogism, Inequality, etc. must be solved first.

General Awareness: In this section the main concern is to be aware of the daily happenings around the globe, as well as the focus is given on Banking Awareness. Go through the newspaper daily and go through the news like Sports, Business, National as well as International, latest Government and the G.K topics like Prime Ministers of various countries, Capitals, Flags, etc.

Computer Knowledge: The time allotted for this section is only 10 minutes. The computer knowledge can be increased by being in touch with the G.K of computers. As the world is advancing day by day, everybody having their personal computers, the need is just to sit and have a look of the various parts, how it works and that’s it.

Data Analysis and Interpretation : This has been the most difficult sections in the SBI PO Examination.This is a section that might seem easy but should be practiced daily. Candidates should focus on the important topics.

So, Keep Practicing as it is evident from the saying, “Practice Makes a Man Perfect”

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