Let us start directly with our topic. The first thing you should know is Eligibility Criteria. In the earlier days anyone who has completed schooling was eligible to take Bank exams. But these days, Banks have started demanding Graduation as the basic eligibility requirement for entry level positions. You must already have seen this in the recent IBPS announcements. The Age Limit for most of the banks is 20-30 years for General Category candidates. There is usually a few years of age relaxation for Reserved category candidates. Computer Literacy has become an important requirement for the exams. Banks demand that either you should have studied Computer Science as a paper in your Graduation/HSC or you should be a certificate holder in computer course.
IBPS Bank Exams usually have the following sections – Maths, Reasoning, English, Computer Proficiency, Current Affairs, Marketing/Banking Knowledge. The total number of candidates who took the recent IBPS exam is around 7,50,000. Total vacancies are usually in the range of few hundreds to couple of thousands. So, your aim should be to rank among the top 2000-3000 candidates to get the job successfully. How do you overtake 7 lakh plus candidates competing from all over the country to get the job? – Preparation is the Key!
Unless you devote 3-4 months of solid time in preparation it is going to be extremely difficult to clear the exam. Do I need to emphasize this fact given that you are competing against almost a million candidates? If you believe that Bank job is what you want then be ready to devote 3 months of your time for quality preparation. Then comes the question of Preparation Strategy. There are candidates who always start their preparation with Maths and end with Maths too. They find it easy to prepare for Maths section and so they prepare only that. Do I need to say whether they clear the exams or not? So, you should focus on all the sections during the preparation phase. Devote atleast a month to each section and practice as much as you could.
Once you are confident about each section you should start taking mock exams. Mock exams are simulations of the actual IBPS Exam. They have the same pattern, syllabus, and timing as the actual exam. By taking these exams you get time management skills. In addition you also get to know your scores, so you can work on your weak areas. If you are taking mock exams with your friends you will be able to compare your scores and work together on improving them. Now that the IBPS Exams are conducted online try to get familiarity with attending online exams. That will help you score well and get the job you desire the most!
The author is a full time software engineer and gives Competitive Exams Coaching in free time. He has vast amount of experience in the field of Competitive Exam coaching. He himself has cleared the exams of various banks and software companies. He is currently working as a Software Engineer in an Indian MNC. He has contributed to the success of the online exam coaching website Bank Exam Online Mock Test which offers one of the cheapest but effective coaching for Bank Exams.