How to prepare smartly for the bank exams

Many a youth aspire to do well in careers. Many students wish to pass the coveted bank tests. It is supposed to be a social safety net, and who wouldn’t want it.

Public sector banks have a long haul recruitment process. To begin with they have written exams. Until a few years ago bank exams were conducted on regular basis throughout the year. Thing have now changed.

In 2011 the government decided to have one single exam to cater to all public sector bank’s manpower requirements. SBI (State Bank of India) is the only exception to this rule. This decision was taken to cater to the increasing need of manpower in the public sector banks, and hasten the recruitment process.

Hence the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection [IBPS] conducts the Common Written Exam [CWE] once a year. The pass outs from these CWE need to appear for the common interview to be able to get an appointment in any of the PSB (public sector banks).

Below are few important tips on how prepare for the bank exams.

1. Know the exam dates: The exam announcements are made well in advance. One needs to check around and be updated of the dates and application deadline. (Website –

2. Understand the scope of the test: This is a three level selection process. It includes the prelims, mains and the interview. The written tests are online exams.

  • The prelims is a written paper of 100 marks, 100 questions to be completed in 1 hour. Comprises of topics – Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English.
  • The main exam is a written paper of 200 marks, 200 questions to be completed in 2 hrs and 20 mins. The topics are – Reasoning, English language, Quantitative aptitude, General awareness and computer knowledge. Each section has a specific time limit to it.
  • The candidate who cracks the written tests and interview are finally selected.

Understanding the scope of the tests is half battle won.

3. The next step is to become familiar with each topic, analyse them and gather the study material for each of these section.

4. The next step is to learn the concepts and tricks. Master them and then eventually learn to increase the speed of solving questions.

5. Regular practice: Regular practice is of key importance. This, combined with mock tests, helps the candidate to crack the real tests. The mock test helps one to familiarise with the process and not lose time reading instructions and handling the computer. There are plenty of online mock tests available.

6. Regular reading, updating oneself on current affair, reading newspapers are just a few extras one need to indulge into to polish ones preparations

7. One could avail of the online coaching programs. Many are available.

8. In case online is not your thing, there are many coaching centres who coach students in cracking these exams.

9. Other things like – talking with successful candidates from previous years, taking their guidance, group studies with current year’s candidates etc can be of help.

One thumb rule for any exams is to keep ones’ cool. Expect to succeed but always keep a plan B ready.