The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection conducts recruitment examinations for public sector banks across the country. It also selects clerks and managers for regional rural banks. A large part of effective preparation for these exams depends on the choice of IBPS books. Since the examinations are well known and highly competitive, there is no dearth of books for them. However, the best IBPS books cover the subjects in an innovative manner and are highly relevant for the exam. We will discuss a few strategies for choosing IBPS preparation books and also list specific books for each exam.
IBPS Preparation Books
The best way to select IBPS preparation books is to familiarise yourself with the syllabus. The institute publishes an indicative syllabus which is available on the exam notification. The detailed syllabus is drawn up by studying previous years’ papers and sample papers available on the institutes’ official website. In general, the following subjects are common to all exams held by the IBPS:
- General and Banking Awareness(Common for IBPS PO, Clerk and RRB and Specialist Officer – Law, Rajbhasha)
- Quantitative Aptitude(Common for IBPS PO, Clerk, RRB and SO – Technical)
- English Language(Common for All Exams conducted by IBPS)
- Reasoning(Common for All Exams conducted by IBPS)
Find the detailed syllabus of IBPS examinations here:
The following are some important IBPS preparation books:
- General and Banking Awareness: Candidates can refer to the “Manorama Yearbook” to cover a majority of the syllabi for bank exams. The bank PO exam requires more in-depth coverage so this should be supplemented by other books. You can find the full list of IBPS PO books here.
- Quantitative Aptitude: “Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal” is considered the best book for quantitative aptitude for all IBPS exams. It is sufficient for the bank clerk examination. However, candidates should also refer to the previous year’s question papers to gain experience on the pattern of questions asked in IBPS exams. The full list of IBPS clerk books is available here.
- English Language: The English language section of all IBPS examinations is of a similar standard. The syllabus can be covered by reading “Wren and Martin’s English Grammar and Composition”.
- Reasoning: The Reasoning portion is common for all examinations of the IBPS. It tests the candidate’s ability to solve verbal and non-verbal problems using logic. The best book for this subject is “A Modern Approach to Reasoning by R.S Agarwal”. This book should be supplemented by “A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali”.
The books mentioned above are sufficient to prepare for any examination conducted by the institute. However, depending on the syllabus and specialisation required for specific examinations, additional books should be studied. For example, for Specialist Officer’s exam, the institute specifies subjects based on vacancies that the participating banks have. For these, candidates should refer to textbooks in their respective subject.
Candidates should also regularly read newspapers and magazines to keep abreast of current affairs.
While choosing an IBPS exam book, the candidates should keep in mind the following main factors:
- The book should adequately cover the subject. This means a reasonably detailed coverage of concepts relevant for the exams should be the first priority.
- The book should be easy to understand and should be of a reasonable length. This would enable faster and more efficient preparation.
- The book should have enough practice questions and end of lesson exercises so that candidates can test their knowledge and revise effectively.
The best IBPS books and study material, coupled with a good preparation strategy and discipline will ensure success in these exams. Candidates can refer to BYJU’S website for study material and updates on all upcoming bank exams.
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