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Vibhor Kalra
Indian bank / UCO/PNB PO

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How to Prepare for Bank PO Exam?

With thousands of vacancies emerging every year Bank PO has become a very lucrative career these days. Also given the recent global recession and job cuts, the job in this sector has become a safe job. The response of youngsters towards bank jobs is very overwhelming, as evident from the fact that a few thousand jobs attract lacks of application. Most of the banks conduct a common written examination for short listing candidates for interviews (except SBI and RBI). It is not very difficult to crack the paper if one is focused and regular in studies. The exam will be having around 200 questions to be done in 120 minutes. That corresponds to approximately 40 seconds per question however, one is not supposed to attempt all questions .If one is able to solve 175-190 questions, one has fairly good chance of success. A score above 70% in all the sections is good enough to get an interview call. It should be kept in mind that accuracy matters and guesswork should be avoided. A candidate should always go with a specific plan and strategy in order to avoid goof ups in the exam. Some strategies are given below which can help a student in his preparation and exam.

Before the Exam

Make a Time Table: The selection in banks mainly depends on written test, therefore one has to be consistent in one’s studies. Make a time table and allot at least 5 to 6 hours to your studies. Give equal attention to all the areas. Ensure that the difficult subjects should be given priority. One should go through newspapers and magazines on a daily basis.

Practice Religiously: The most helpful tool in cracking Bank PO exam is to practice regularly. Make a rule of practicing mock tests daily, it can be a sectional test or a full length test. Train your mind to work under time pressure by taking time bound self tests. Find out your strong and weak areas, this will help you in allocating time to different areas in the test. You have to make sure that the toughest subjects are given more importance and priority. One should go through the previous year’s question papers, to get an idea of the areas and the type of questions asked in the exams.

Strategies for Quantitative aptitude: While preparing for quantitative aptitude, revise 8th to 10th math books. Focus on short cuts and tricks. Vedic math will help you a lot in increasing your speed in calculation. Also memorize tables at least up to 25 and squares of the numbers up to 30 and cubes of numbers up to 20. This will save a lot of time in the exam.

Strategies for Reasoning: Reasoning has a very few basic concepts. This area is based more on practice. You have to practice regularly to master this area. The key topics of this area are visual reasoning, number series, symbol operation, analytical reasoning and circular arrangement. The questions are usually in a set of five questions per area.

Strategies for Marketing/Computer Awareness and General Awareness: General Awareness is the most dreaded section by the students. The prime reason behind this fear is lack of knowledge and interest. So, you have to develop keen interest in the events that are taking place nationally and globally. Read newspaper including some financial newspapers on a daily basis. The questions in general awareness sections are usually asked from banking industry. General banking awareness including policies by RBI and NABARD and along with other financial regulators like SEBI, IRDA etc is a must. For marketing you can read NCERT’s Business studies’ book of Class 11th and 12th. For computer, focus on the practical knowledge of computer rather than theoretical knowledge. Try to remember the basic functions of MS office, MS word and about the operating systems.

During the Exam

Time management: Before starting the exam one should make sure that one has e allocated adequate time to all the sections; otherwise it is difficult to attempt maximum number of questions in all sections. Guesswork should be avoided as far as possible; it generally results in negative marking. If you are not sure about the answer leave that question and move on to the next question. Negative marking will reduce your overall score.

Start with easier section: Attempt the section first with which you are most comfortable. Try to do this section in the least possible time. It will not only boost up your confidence but also increase your speed. Attempt the most difficult part in the last.

Never stuck on a question: Do not make any question a prestige issue. If you are not able to solve a question in 1-2 minutes leave it and move on as there is no dearth of questions in the exam, the only thing that you lack is TIME. So, don’t waste it.

Be Positive: Throughout the exam never lose hope and try to stay calm even if you feel that the exam is difficult. If the exam is difficult for you, it will be difficult for all. Be sanguine that you will clear all the hurdles.

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