How to Crack IBPS and other Bank Exams?
The banking sector is one of the most lucrative service sectors these days. Good salary, status, and perks make it a magnet for aspirants seeking jobs in banks. Nowadays, IBPS and various other bank exams for the post of Assistant, Officer grade, PO etc are conducted to get recruitment in public sector banks. The first and foremost thing to crack these bank competitive exams is an exam preparation strategy which ensures that you are well prepared and ready to take on the competition with other aspirants.
The exam preparation strategy should be made keeping individual needs in mind. It should cover the following aspects:
- Thorough knowledge of IBPS/other bank exams paper
Before starting to prepare for these competitive exams, get yourself brushed with the pattern of examination paper and best competitive exam books. The IBPS PO exam (for example) covers the following topics:
- English language
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Reasoning Ability
- Computer knowledge
- General Awareness
These sections should be given equal importance while preparation. The IBPS exams are conducted to judge you on speed, accuracy, confidentiality, and awareness. Go through last year papers before starting with the preparation.
Always remember that for a banker, proficiency in English language and a computer is a must. And he should also be aware of the current affairs so as to know what is going around the world. Reasoning and mathematical aptitude are two other areas where a banker should lead as banking is all about calculations. So, while preparing, give equal value to all these areas.
- Coverage of Syllabus
The main focus while preparation should be kept on coverage of the whole of the syllabus. Check for the whole syllabus properly and carefully choose those IBPS exam preparation books which validate the data and are up to date. Give more time to areas which require more attention. While covering the syllabus, do not rush. Take topics step by step and make notes for important tricks and shortcuts sideways on the separate sheet of paper which you can refer for last revision. As a student, it might seem difficult to cover such vast syllabus. It is best to cover the entire syllabus at least once.
Apart from books, also read newspapers, magazines and general awareness books so as to remain updated.
- Mark the Challenging Areas
While going over the syllabus, mark the areas where you face some difficulty. Practice solving questions on the given topics and devote more time for getting the basics of the topic clear. You may take help from books, bank exam training institutions and also the internet for getting your doubts clear. Focus on self-study more.
- Time Management:
For acing any competitive exam, time management is the key. Divide the study time into small intervals to avoid getting tired. Make a time table dividing all the subjects. Stick to your time table and give your goal the priority. Do not deviate from the goal by thinking about family and personal issues. Never skip your time table lest the whole schedule will get hampered. Take small breaks while studying to avoid boredom and fatigue.
- Practice Mock Tests
The saying ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ is implied for preparation of competitive exams. Once you are through with the syllabus, practice mock tests and questions. It is advised to solve the mock tests in exam room conditions so as to judge yourself on speed and accuracy. Solve last year question papers in real time scenario. Solving these tests will give you a brief idea about your weak areas also. You can focus on these more to score better in actual competition.