Tips & Strategy to Crack IBPS, Bank PO Exam
A bank probationary officer or Bank PO is a post which is
just one step short of becoming a bank manager. It is the gate way to the
managerial life which can lead to one of the highest positions of the bank i.e.,
the General Manager. The first stage of becoming probationary officer is to
crack the written exam. Almost all Banks have a similar pattern for this Exam.
Generally, there is an objective test followed by a descriptive one. The
candidates are required to adopt the right strategy to crack the exam to avoid
last minute panic.
The bank PO objective test pattern consists of: Reasoning
section, quantitative aptitude, test of English, general awareness and computer
knowledge. In 95% of the exams, there are negative marks which are almost up to
0.25 for each wrong answer. It is also a must to clear all the sections as the
banks want to make sure that their future manager is an all-rounder.
However in the descriptive pattern, essay type answers are expected. The time
duration is of 60 minutes and the test is just for qualification purpose. So
make sure that you unfailingly reach the magical figure of 40%.
Choosing study materials
The candidate needs to focus on fundamentals of mathematics
and read a lot of material on general awareness, mainly focusing on the banking
sector, since majority of questions will be from there. Basic computer knowledge
will have to be brushed up as this section is high scoring.
You must prepare taking into consideration the difficulty
level of the PO Exams, as PO is known for surprises. While choosing the study
material, it is important to wisely choose the right books, which is difficult
but importantin determining one's success in the exam.
Structuring a plan
The candidate should make a structured plan for all the
topics and sections that can be asked in the exam. Start revising the most
important topics first followed by the less important topics. Try to clear
concepts topic wise instead of trying all the topics at the same time. Don't
forget that only learning chapters will not take you anywhere, it is questions
that you need to answer in the final exam.
So practice till you are perfect with a chapter and then move
ahead. Try to solve at least five question papers as it will help you identify
any difficult areas in the test papers that you have covered and need revision
for. This will help you to increase speed in solving the paper, along with
smooth and easy movement across sections.
Courtesy : Deccan Herald