Tips to crack a bank exam by self-studying at home.

Clearing the bank exam is a facile job when your preparation process is right. Proper self-study is the only way for identifying one’s weaker and stronger sections. With appropriate planning and effective preparation, you can clear the bank exam by preparing at home.

This blog will give you some fruitful insights on how to prepare for a bank exam at home. Before getting into the tips, we should have a look at the types of bank exams in India.

SBI PO:

  • SBI PO exam is conducted by the State bank of India for the post of Probationary officer every year.
  • This exam has three phases, first, is the preliminary exam followed by Mains examination and a personal interview.
  • General banking or bank administration role is the main job role of a probationary officer.

SBI CLERK:

  • SBI Clerk exam is conducted by the State bank of India for Junior associates or clerical cadre posts.
  •  It has two phases, preliminary followed by Mains examination.
  • Direct data entry and direct data interaction with the customers is the main job role of a SBI clerk.

IBPS PO:

  • IBPS PO  exam is conducted by THE INSTITUTE OF BANKING PERSONNEL SELECTION for the role of Probationary officers for all the public sectors banks in India, except for SBI.
  • This exam has three phases, first, is the preliminary exam followed by Mains examination and a personal interview.
  • General banking, bank administration, supervision of the clerical works and working for the growth of bank business are the duties of  IBPS PO.

IBPS CLERK:

  • IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted by IBPS every year for the position of clerical cadre.
  • It has three phases, preliminary followed by Mains examination and then Language test
  • Direct data entry and direct data interaction with the customers is the main job role of a clerk.

The prelims and main exam of all the above-mentioned bank exams have the following sections in common and the difficulty varies accordingly. The sections are

  • Reasoning ability ( Prelims and Mains)
  • Quantitative aptitude ( Prelims and Mains)
  • English language (Prelims and Mains)
  • General / Economy / Banking and financial awareness ( Mains)
  • Computer aptitude ( Mains)

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1:

  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 exam is conducted by IBPS for filling the bank vacancies of officers in Regional Rural Banks of the country.
  • This exam has three phases, first, is the preliminary exam followed by Mains examination and a personal interview.
  • The main job of the IBPS RRB Scale 1 officer is to handle the day to day operations of a branch.

IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT:

  • IBPS conducts IBPS RRB Office Assistant  exam for recruiting office assistants for the recruitment of IBPS RRB CLERK in Regional Rural Banks.
  • It has two phases, preliminary followed by Mains examination.
  • IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT plays an important role in low-level management and functional support in various banks.

RBI GRADE B OFFICER:

  • This exam is conducted by the RESERVE BANK OF INDIA for officer level posts.
  • It has three phases, phase 1 is prelims which includes General Awareness, English language, Quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability. Phase 2 is the Mains examination which includes Economic and social issues, English language, finance and management, economics and statistics. Phase 3 is a personal interview which comprises General Awareness and Interpersonal skills.
  • This job is an entry-level post for the managerial post in RBI.

RBI OFFICE ASSISTANT:

  • RBI conducts this exam for the clerical and assistant cadre positions.
  • It has two phases, preliminary followed by Mains examination.
  • Handling day-to-day operations and data entry is the main role of an RBI OFFICE ASSISTANT.

NABARD GRADE A AND B OFFICER:

  • This exam is conducted by the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development for the role of Grade A and B officers.
  • It has 3 phases, phase 1 and 2 are computer-based online examinations and phase 3 is Personal interview.
  • Grade A is for managerial posts and Grade B is for assistant manager posts and their duties are to regulate the day-to-day functions of Rural and Agricultural Development in rural or suburban areas.

NABARD DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT:

  • This exam is conducted for the clerical and assistant cadre positions.
  • It has two phases, preliminary followed by Mains examination.
  • The job role is to maintain the day-to-day operations of the bank.

Tips to crack bank exam easily by preparing at home:

Awareness of the exam module:

  • Initially, you should be clear about the syllabus and exam pattern. Before starting the preparation have prior knowledge on sectional cut and all the topics from the syllabus.
  • Don’t leave any sections. Take mock tests regularly, identify the weaker sections and find ways to correct them instantly.
  • Regular practice is the stepping stone to success.

More useful links:

SBI PO Syllabus SBI PO Exam pattern
IBPS PO Syllabus IBPS Clerk Syllabus

 

Self-study is the key:

  • Candidates who are preparing for the bank exam at home should prepare a timetable and consistently follow it without compromising.
  • They should identify their weaker section and spend more time on it.
  • They should prepare themselves to reach the sectional cut off and also figure out how much time they spend on each question.

More useful links:

IBPS PO Previous year Question Papers IBPS Clerk Previous year Question Paper
SBI Clerk Previous year Question Paper SBI PO Previous Year Question Paper

Prepare the syllabus topic wise

  • It will be easy for you to finish all the topics when you study the syllabus topic wise. You will tend to leave important topics when you prepare randomly.
  • Preparing topic wise can help you to solve the questions comfortably at the exam time.

Get assistance from the online resources:

  • Online resources provide the best solutions for the aspirants who are willing to prepare for bank exams at home.
  • Through online coaching, you can learn a lot of shortcut methods to solve the questions from the banking experts which will be highly useful at the time of examination.
  • Take mock tests, quizzes, and practice all the previous exam questions available online.
  • Try to self evaluate yourself after writing the mock test. The online platform will cover all types of questions from basics to advanced.

Work on speed and accuracy:

  • After completing the syllabus, try to take a lot of mock tests and record your speed and accuracy while solving the problems. If you feel that you should improve in a particular section, take more time and concentrate on that section.
  • Make short notes of formula and shortcuts, it can be useful for revising before the exam.
  • Always keep an alarm clock with you when you do a mock test, concentrate on your speed.

Efficient Revision:

  • No matter how you prepare well, you should revise properly to perform better in the examination. 
  • Find the balance between your study time and relaxing time. Your mind and body need regular breaks.
  • Revise properly and take deep sleep before the day of the exam
SBI PO Mock Test SBI Clerk Mock Test
IBPS Clerk Mock Test IBPS PO Mock Test Series

Read newspapers regularly:

  • Aspirants must create the habit of reading newspapers regularly to acquire knowledge of current affairs which is a must for clearing the bank exam.

All the best for your Exams.

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