How to Prepare for Bank Exams Without Coaching: Self Study Tips

Building a career in the banking sector is everyone’s dream.


Jobs in the banking sector provide financial security, stability, career growth, incentives, and also an attractive salary. Several entrance examinations are conducted every year to recruit suitable candidates for these jobs. These exams are highly competitive as lakhs of aspirants apply for them and only a small fraction receive the interview call letter.


How To Prepare For Bank Exams:

If you want to know how to prepare for these bank exams and ace them in the first go without undergoing a specialized coaching program, then here are a few tips for you.

The first step to clear any bank exam is to understand its question paper pattern.


Preliminary Stage Exam Pattern 

The preliminary stage of most of these exams share a common pattern as shown below-


Section Number of questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 60 Minutes
English Language 30 30
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


Let us look at each of these sections in detail-

  1. Quantitative Aptitude


The Quantitative Aptitude section of the bank exams include questions from the following topics-

Topic-Wise Questions

Data Interpretation Number Series Quadratic Equations Simple Interest Compound Interest Average
Simplification Time and Work Application Sums Problems on Ages Ratio and Proportion Percentage
Mensuration Data Sufficiency Partnership Train Sums Boats and Streams Approximation
Probability Mixtures and Alligations Caselet Rules & Formulas Shortcuts

Candidates must understand each of these topics clearly, prepare notes, learn shortcuts if any, and also practice a lot of problems to score good marks.

  1. English Language


The English language section of the bank exams is one of the crucial and easiest sections to score marks in.

Some of the important topics in this section are-


Cloze Test Editorial Vocabulary Error Spotting English Grammar Tips
Descriptive Paper Fill in the Blanks Phrase Replacement Reading Comprehension
Sentence Improvement  English Practice Set  Sentence Rearrangement Vocabulary
Vocabulary Word Quiz Odd one Out in Sentence


Here are a few tips to score well in this section-

  • Read newspapers, novels, and magazines regularly. Analyze the grammar and the usage of words in them. This will help to ace the Cloze test.
  • Build your vocabulary. Learn at least three new words every day and use them in your daily conversations.
  • Have a strong hold on the basics in Grammar-Syntax, Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Articles, Conjuction, and Preposition.
  • Practice sample papers of previous years and give mock tests for every section. Analyze the results obtained and correct the mistakes committed.
  1. Reasoning Ability


The Reasoning ability section comprises of questions from topics such as Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Arrangement and Pattern, Syllogisms, Seating Arrangement, Analogy, Classification, Series, and Data Sufficiency.


Topic-Wise Questions

Blood Relation Number Sequence Coding Decoding Puzzle
Seating Arrangement Linear Seating Arrangement Circular Seating Arrangement Alpha Numeric Series
Inequality Data Sufficiency Decision Making Input and Output
Logical Series Syllogism Ranking Statement & Assumption
Reasoning Tips Reasoning Tricks Direction Sense


Candidates should learn each of these topics very well, practice mock tests, go through previous years question papers, and prepare shortcuts, notes and strategies.


They must make a detailed study plan, follow it strictly and complete the exam syllabus well within the deadlines to score well. We hope that these tips help you in your bank exam preparation.

Thanks for reading!!!


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