Most of us choose bank jobs not only because of a secure promising future but also because of a will to serve the people of their country. The best thing about bank job is that it would provide you job satisfaction as well as a good work-life balance, which high paying private jobs fail to do.
When you are a bank job aspirant it is clear that either you are in the final year of graduation or working. Most of us have so many responsibilities that we cannot withdraw time for self-study, leaving us with very short time to prepare for the examination. Moreover, when you have limited time to study then buying so many books to prepare from is almost a waste of money.
The following are steps that can guide you prepare without any books or coaching center:
Know your Strengths and Weaknesses:
Bank exams are divided into 5 major subjects that are Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude, General/Banking Awareness and Computers, what you need to do here is to understand and analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Work on them, segregate your topics. The topics at which you are confident in, you should be perfect at them and the topics you are weak at: try to clear your concepts about them.
Plan your Preparation:
From the day you start your preparation to the day before the exam, you should have a study plan. Remember you might exceed your plan but you should never lack behind. Do not forget to revise every day. Once you are done with a topic, you should be perfect at it.
Set your timing for all the sections:
Analyze which section needs how much of your time but never put in more than what is desired. Every topic holds equal importance, understand that. Set time limit for the particular set of questions, try to finish them in the required duration but if you fail to do so, skip the remaining and move to next section. Understand that every second count, use it wisely.
Everyday Mock Tests:
Mock tests show you where you stand in terms of preparation, so take them seriously. On weekdays solve at least one mock test and on weekends try solving at least three mock tests. There are various sites online that provide you mock tests, enroll yourself with them. Try taking timed mock tests and complete it in the required time.
Newspapers keep you updated and help you develop good English as well as good vocabulary skills. For newspapers you can subscribe to “The Times of India” or “The Hindu”, these two editions cover almost everything happening around the world in the most concise way.
YouTube can help you in so many ways, you can find various tricks and shortcuts to solve quantitative section, then there is a page on YouTube with the name “Study IQ education” subscribe to that, it’s India’s biggest educational channel. Then YouTube has a page of “Hindu Editorial” subscribe that. You can also watch various documentaries on YouTube; this would help developing your English speaking skills.
No room for CONFUSION. Be clear:
Everybody is familiar with the concept of negative marking in bank exams, thus you cannot mark answers if you are confused, that would lead to the possibility of scoring less. Answer the questions in which you are 100% sure, NO GUESSES.
Practice previous year question Paper:
Make sure you are familiar with last 10-year question papers; there is a high possibility of repetition of questions from them. Practice all of them.
Combined doubt sessions:
You can plan a group study with your friends; this practice will help you clear your concepts. Share and learn.
Practice brings perfection:
Practice as much as you can, you must be having your school books, if you do not you can find S.Chand books online. For quantitative section, you can download math books until 10th class and practice all the questions from there. Practice until you are perfect with your concepts; remember efforts never go to waste.
Things you can avoid during your Bank Exam preparation:
- Laziness, stay focused
- Reading novels, reading biographies/autobiographies might do you well, but do not waste time in them.
- In order not to overload yourself, take regular breaks.
- Stay away from negative environment as well as negative people.
- Do not be a gossipmonger rather focus on studying.
Remember answering 100 and questions with 95-100% accuracy will help you gain more than answering 150 plus questions with 60-70% accuracy, stating the fact that there is no room for confusion. For any guidance, Byju’s counselors are here to assist you.