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Bank Exams | How to Prepare? | Syllabus | Exam Patterns | SuperProfs
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Bank Exams | How to Prepare? | Syllabus | Exam Patterns

Bank Jobs are one of the most reputed and sought after jobs in our country. IBPS and SBI are the two main bodies who conduct banking exams all over India for post of probationary officers, specialist officers etc. Every year students appear for these examinations in huge numbers and only a fraction few are able to successfully pass the exam. This article will give you in-depth information on how to prepare for the Bank exams.

How to Prepare for Bank Exams

Pattern of Bank Exams

Among the bank exams, IBPS PO and SBI PO follow the same exam pattern with a preliminary exam followed by mains. The pattern of Preliminary exam is as follows:

Sr. No. Sections No. Of questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


The pattern for main exam is as follows:

Sr. No. Section No. Of Question Maximum Marks Duration


1. English language 40 40 30
2. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40
3. Reasoning Ability 50 50 40
4. General Awareness 40 40 20
5. Computer Knowledge 20 20 10
Total 200 200 140



Before starting your preparation for bank exams you should be aware about the syllabus. The exams conducted by IBPS and SBI and other institutes have similar syllabus which is as follows:

Quantative Aptitude:  Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio proportion, Data Interpretation, Mensuration and Geometry, Quadratic equations, Simple and compound interest, Problems on ages, Profit and loss, Number series, Time distance & speed, Time & work, number systems, Data sufficiency, Linear Equations, Permutation & Combinations, Mixtures and Alligations.

Reasoning Ability: Syllogisms, Coded inequalities, Mathematical Inequalities, Coding & Decoding, Circular & Linear seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Direction and Distances, Ordering & ranking, Arrangement & Pattern, Analogy, Series etc.

English Language: Reading Comprehension, Error Spotting, Phase Replacement, Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles etc.

Banking Lectures


General Awareness:

It is an integral part of many bank exams. It is important for the candidates to be aware of the daily events and activities happening in India and around the Globe. One should develop the habit of reading newspaper daily. Since it’s a banking exam the focus should be more on covering current affairs in Banking & Finance sectors.

Topics that can be covered are as follows: Awards and Honours, Indian Constitution, Indian Economy, Agriculture, History of Banking, RBI functions, Fiscal-monetary Policies, etc.

Computer Knowledge:

The aim of this section is test your computer skills and basic computer knowledge. This section is the one where you can score more and also it is less time consuming.  The topics to cover are as follows:

Basic of Computers, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS Word, MS Excel, MS power point, Computer Shortcuts, Network basics (LAN & WAN), Input & Output Device etc.


Before you kick start your preparation there needs to be a proper planning as to what are your weak areas and strong areas. Depending on that you need to devote time to each section. During initial days pay more attention to your weaker section however during the business end of your preparation more focus should be on your strong areas.

One topic at a time

Do not overburden yourself by studying multiple topics simultaneously. You need to channelize all your energy on one topic at a time. Also practice a lot of questions on each topic.


Mock exams play a vital role in your exam preparation. Give as many mock as possible before the exam. This not only helps you to get acquainted with the exam pattern but also enables you to figure out your strong and weak areas. It’s also important to analyze each and every mock that you give before proceeding to another mock.

Time Management

Since there are multiple sections in the bank exams candidates find it difficult to gauge how much time should be allotted to each section. One suggestion is that try to always start with the section which is your strong area and then move on to subsequent weaker sections. This will help you to devote maximum time to your stronger sections. With sectional cutoffs coming into play candidates have to strike the right balance between time allotted to each sections


10-15 days prior to the exam one should ideally start revising the concepts learnt. Maintain a formulae book for quantitative aptitude which will come in handy during last minute formula revisions. Do not try to learn new concepts few days before the exam instead build upon concepts that you have already studied.

Be Calm

It is important to be calm on the exam day and not to get bogged down by the importance of the occasion. A lot depend on the clarity of your thought process on that day. Have confidence on your preparation and answer questions using your best judgement.

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