Useful Tips to Clear Bank PO Exams for the Top Banks in India (2013-2014)

How to Crack Bank PO Exams

Are you thinking to clear Bank Probationary Officer (PO) exam? If yes, nobody can stop your dream to get a well-reputed job. Though it is necessary to work hard to crack the Bank PO exam, your smartness can also help you to achieve your target. There are many students who study day in and day out but only a few of them able to clear the exam.

Do you know the main reason behind it? Friends an appropriate guidance plays a big role to clear banking exams. Therefore, in this article I have come up with some handy tips that not only help you to prepare for the Bank PO exam but also to score good marks.

Eligibility for Bank PO Exams

First of all, it is important that you are eligible for Bank PO. As per the rules, it is mandatory to complete your graduation before appearing for Bank PO.

Criteria for Bank PO Examination:

  1. You should be between 21 to 30 years old.
  2. The nationality should be Indian.
  3. You must complete graduation with good score (minimum marks may vary as per different banks’ criteria).

These are some of the banks in which you can apply for Bank PO vacancies:

  1. SBI Bank
  2. ICICI Bank
  3. Union Bank
  4. Punjab National Bank
  5. UCO Bank
  6. Allahabad Bank
  7. AXIS Bank
  8. Bank of Baroda
  9. Indian Overseas Bank
  10. Union Bank of India

Knowing Syllabus of Bank PO Exams

Secondly, you should be aware of the pattern of Bank PO written exams. Then it would be a lot easier for you to make your strategy to crack the exam and make your chances for jobs in banks.

Bank PO Objective Test Syllabus

  1. Reasoning – 50 marks
  2. English Language – 50 marks
  3. Clerical Aptitude – 50 marks
  4. Numerical Ability – 50 marks

Remember a few important points:

  1. You have to qualify for the exams as per the cut-off list (specific marks) by particular banks. For this, I would suggest you to first check the cut-off marks with different banks and prepare for the exams accordingly.
  2. Negative marks system is applicable. For each wrong answer one fourth marks are deducted that means 0.25 marks. Therefore, attempt for any question only when you are 100% sure about it.

Reviewing Previous Years’ Bank PO Test Papers

With the help of previous years’ bank PO preparation exam test papers you can become familiar with the pattern of examination. It is advisable to go through past two – three years’ test papers.

Also, you can find many questions in Bank PO examination papers from NCRT books. Therefore, it is a right thing get back to your school books (read NCRT books from 8th class to 12th class).

Preparation for Bank PO Descriptive Test: Write an Essay

Writing an essay is a part of written test for which you have to prepare from the beginning itself. If you have a habit to write articles for your own, there are more chances to score good marks in this section.

Most of the topics in Bank PO descriptive test appear from current issues. Thus, a reading newspaper routine can act like an add-on for bank recruitment exams.

Time Management in Bank PO Exams

Friends, I would like to tell you time management is very important to crack Bank PO exams. In fact, it is the main key that can help you a lot to get success in Bank PO preparation.

While practicing for the exams, you can keep a watch with you and see how much time you are taking to complete different sections. The practice will surely help you to manage the limited time for each section and appear for the exams confidently.

Leave All Doubtful Questions in Bank PO Exams

The negative marking affects a lot to the total score. If you are not aware of certain questions or come across them first time, ensure to leave them and concentrate more on confident ones.

Whatever practices you do for the Bank PO examination will give you a good idea about selection of questions. After receiving the Bank PO question paper, make a quick selection because of shortage of time and start completing the confident questions.

Become Familiar with Banking Regulations

Before getting jobs in banking, candidates should know the banking regulations for Bank PO. If you are planning for this exam, also become familiar with SEBI regulations. If you are aware of the major points about banking regulations, you can appear for the exam confidently.

Practice is a Key for Mathematical Questions

Mathematics is one of the interesting subjects that you can easily learn with practice. Bank PO exams also contain easy to tough mathematics questions. However, nothing would be difficult for you, if you practice a lot from your end.

You can prepare for mathematical questions of 10th and 12th classes. As you have already completed the school examinations, you just need to practice a lot to gain the confidence.

Bank PO Interview Questions

After clearing the written examination with good marks, the next step is interview. It is conducted to check the conversation skills, behavior, knowledge about financial and banking topics etc.

Questions in interview can be asked from:

  1. Academic subjects
  2. Technical questions or work experiences of previous jobs (if you have mentioned your job experiences)
  3. Completed projects in school or college
  4. Familiarity with computer

It is always advisable to consider mock rehearsals for Bank PO interviews. Doing this will boost your confidence.