Detailed Strategy to Crack the SBI and IBPS PO Exam

  • July 18, 2019
  • Priya
IBPS PO Exam or SBI Mains exam

Government jobs have their own perquisites and charm. Everyone dreams and prepare their best to land in one of the most desirable government jobs. The lower level of stress, limited hours of work, retirement benefits, and paid leaves, there are many other benefits that a government job offers. Most of the government jobs have an entrance exam, which the candidates have to qualify in order to get employed for the post. And IBPS PO Exam are one of the sought-after posts that people are eager to grab.

The full form of IBPS is Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The IBPS Recruitment offers government posts like Probationary Officer (PO), Special Officer (SO), Clerical posts, Recruitment for Rural Banks (RRB), etc. The age eligibility for IBPS PO is 21-28 years for the general category with a certain relaxation in the reservation for other categories. The candidate who is applying for IBPS Exam must have at least 60% marks in graduation from a reputed university. Usually, the forms for the exam are available in the month of May or June and the exam takes place in the month of October or November.

Clearing IBPS Exam requires more strategy and planning. It is important for a candidate to know that in order to clear the banking exam, it requires you to be good enough at each section of the exam pattern. You need to see where your strengths are and capitalize on them. For example, let’s consider that you are good at Reasoning and Quant, but require an improvement in General Awareness and English. Try to score maximum for the sections you are good in. And, at least try to clear the cutoff in the other two sections in which you require improvements.

The banking exam will be in three phases:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview and Group discussion

In order to crack the IBPS PO Exam, it is important to study each section of the exam syllabus thoroughly. Here is the list of sections in the order of preparation that you must follow.

General Awareness (GA) – IBPS PO Exam

This is the most scoring section of the examination, provided you prepare well and revise diligently. Go through current affairs on daily basis. Mastering this section will be an ongoing process. Be curious and keep an eye on various current affairs. Read news related to Economy and Banking of the past six months. The best way is to prepare a word file and copy the headlines of the news and read them regularly. After revising this handy document, you will be able to answer any question related to that news. You will be surprised to know that some of the questions in the exam are direct from your handy document. While preparing for IBPS PO Exam, it is important for you to stay positive and spare at least two-three hours for leisure time. And, don’t forget to buy the IBPS Guide, where you can know the IBPS PO Exam pattern and other important things related to the preliminary exam.

Current Affairs (CA)

Current Affairs has the most weightage in the GA section. Almost 40-45% of the questions are from the current affairs. It is also the scoring part of the IBPS PO Exam. ‘To read from the multiple sources’ is the mantra to follow for this section. Just spend one hour daily on CA and you can score cent percent marks. You can also make notes so that it becomes helpful in the revision. Also, you can buy the IBPS Guide to know the type of questions that have been asked in the previous exam. Such guides help you prepare better for such a competitive exam. CA should be prepared at least 100 days prior to the exam. Reading the same information daily from different sources helps your brain to capture it for a longer time. Another reason to buy IBPS guide is that it contains various quizzes that can help you practice CA for the exam.

Banking Awareness

Many candidates worry most about this part. But, it is easy to clear this section. Visit the RBI website and read thoroughly the list of FAQs. After you complete this, go to the Banking Awareness Modules of GKToday. This is a free access to the banking information only available on the RBI website. Another good source of Banking Awareness is to watch famous videos on banking on YouTube. There are many lectures on this section for the exam, which will be more than enough to imbibe all about banking and related information. In case you want to revise, you can go through the IBPS Guide and practice the questionnaire to know your weaknesses and strengths. Also, while you are preparing for the banking exam, it is important to stay connected with the fellow candidates or your friends who are also preparing for the IBPS PO exam.  ‘Exchange of information’ during the preparation is vital because it is one of the best ways to learn by heart the topics.

General Knowledge (GK) – IBPS PO Exam

General knowledge is an elementary part of any government competitive exam. To nail this part of the exam you need to be aware of daily events happening in India as well as around the world. Make a habit of reading the newspaper, magazines, watching the news, and be a part of such a discussion. In IBPS exam, mostly the GK covers questions from the current affairs. Stay focused on current news and updates related to Banking and Finance. General Knowledge has divided into two part static GK and dynamic GK. Static GK is an ongoing process and requires you to be curious and keep an eye on the current topics related to Economy and Banking. Also, it is important to use the IBPS PO Guide to help you practice time-based GK mock tests. Such books are designed based on the IBPS PO exam pattern.

English Language

It is also one of the scoring sections of the IBPS PO exam. This section of the exam tests your basic knowledge with the language. There are three books which are useful during the preparation for this part of the exam. You can buy Word Power Made Easy, How to read better & faster, and Better English all by Norman Lewis. Reading and practicing sheets that come along with these books helps in scoring good in the language section of the IBPS PO exam. Read newspapers and magazines daily. Buy English language mock test series and test your study progress monthly.

The IBPS PO exam pattern is easy to cover and prepare. The firm determination and self-belief make this exam easier to crack. Keep in mind that the IBPS Recruitment is a crucial process. To see yourself placed at one of the most desirable government positions, you need to double your efforts and triple your speed of completing the exam on time. No matter whether it is an IBPS PO Exam or SBI Mains exam, in order to crack it, self-study, curiousness, and practice are the three potent ingredients required to make your recipe an infallible one. Be diligent and vigilant. Stay focused and updated.

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