Banking is one of the most preferred career options in India due to the financial and social stability it provides. Every year, lakhs of aspirants join the race of banking exams but only few of them are able to achieve their success. But most of the candidates fail to clear the banking exams despite the effort they take. High competition, surprising level of questions etc make banking exams a hard nut to crack. But with proper guidance and smart work you can clear any bank exams in the first attempt itself. The exams of 2021 are line and we can expect the conduct of the exams in the upcoming months. In this article, we are discussing 20 simple tips to crack bank exams in the first attempt.
List Of Bank Exams
- RBI GRADE B
- RBI Assistant
- SBI PO
- IBPS PO
- IBPS RRB PO
- SBI Clerk
- IBPS Clerk
- IBPS RRB Clerk
- IBPS SO
- SBI SO
- PGDBF Exams
Tips to Crack Bank Exams in First Attempt
1. Understand the Syllabus & Exam Pattern
The first step in winning any exam is understanding the core of the exam ie, the exam pattern and syllabus. So as the case with the IBPS exam. Understanding the syllabus and exam pattern is very important in cracking the examination. The exams under IBPS consists of 4 sections.
- English Language
- Reasoning Ability
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Banking/Financial Awareness
- Computer Knowledge
2. Scheduled Preparation
Understanding the syllabus only won’t help you to crack the bank exams. Making a schedule and following it without fail is really important. Allot time of study to various subjects according to your convenience. For example, if you are a person who is comfortable with the English Language, but lagging in GA section you can divide your time accordingly. Don’t forget to give equal importance to every sections while preparing. Most of the time, students concentrate on the portion or subject they find difficult and ignore all the other topics. But it is really important to give equal importance to every topics and subjects to crack bank exams.
3. Strengthen your basics
If you are a complete beginner in bank exam preparation, it’s better to make your basics stronger. You can have the complete syllabus of Banking Exams on our Youtube Channel. You can also attempt unlimited questions on various topics on our app. Otherwise, you can use quality offline study materials to work on your basics.
Books for Reference
- Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr R.S. Aggarwal
- Logical and Analytical Reasoning by A.K.Gupta
- How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
- Quantitative Aptitude by Dr. R.S Agarwal
- Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M Tyra
- Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma
- Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
- Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
- Wren & Martin -English Grammar
- Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan
- Objective English for Competitive Examinations by H M Prasad
- Objective General English by S.P.Bakshi
- Kiran’s Banking and Financial Awareness
- Banking Awareness by Disha Experts
- Banking Awareness by N K Gupta
- Objective Computer Awareness by R. Pillai
- Kiran’s Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy
- Computer Awareness Objective and Subjective by Soumya Ranjan Behera
4. Identify Important Topics to Score Better
In bank exams, there are certain topics which would help you fetch more marks in the examination. Giving importance to such topics can help you score well. Try to identify those topics from every sections and practise more and more questions.
5. Attempt mock test
Attempting the mock test will help you understand your proficiency in each section. Only after the mock test, you will be able to identify your strong as well as weak points, as planning would be easy. Entri app provides you with the best quality mock tests for the complete preparation of IBPS Exams including detailed analysis and all India rank, what you have to do is download the app and start studying. Since the exams are conducted online, it is very important to attempt mock test religiously, as it helps you in better time management.
6. Don’t bother about mock marks
Yes. you heard right. Never get upset if you get low marks in mock test. Mock tests are only meant to analyse the extend of your preparation. Usually, mocks tests are designed with high level questions on comparison with actual exams. So, poor performance in mock doesn’t mean you won’t be able to crack the exam but you have to push yourself a little harder to clear the exam. Thoroughly analyze each and every questions in the mock test and try to understand the solution. Try to apply shortcuts and formulas in the possible questions.
7. Daily Practice
“Continuous practise makes you a pro”. Keeping this in mind, we have prepared an unlimited number of topic wise speed tests on various subjects. All you have to do is download the Entri app and start solving the questions until your dream becomes a reality. We have also provided free Pdfs of previous year question papers with solutions for your convenience. Analysing the previous year papers helps you in having a clear idea about the exam pattern and toughness of the exam.
8. Screen the Loopholes
After attempting a mock test or after solving a previous paper it is very important to identify your weak areas and practice accordingly. Identifying the weak areas would help you to rectify it in the real examination. Always try to solve questions of different difficult level rather than roaming around easier ones.
9. Frequent Revision
Simply studying doesn’t make you exam ready. After studying or doing mocks, review them frequently to memorize your mistakes, so that you can avoid it in the real exam. Analysing previous year papers would also help you in familiarizing with the exam level questions in order to crack bank exams,
10. Maintain the Flow
Taking breaks during the study is advisable, but the break shouldn’t be so long. Don’t forget to keep a steady flow in studies. Practice regularly even though you don’t find an exam very soon
11. Time Management
Time management is very important while attempting the exam. Always remember that you don’t have to attempt each and every question in the section. Attempting the maximum number of questions in a time-bound manner should be your priority. So try to attempt questions from the topics you are comfortable with.
12. Keep Updated in Current Affairs
Current affairs plays a crucial rule in clearing the bank exams especially the mains examination. Usually, questions from last 6 months from the date of the exam is asked in the mains examination. Covering up the entire GK before the exam would be a tedious because in depth questions are asked in the examination these days. So studying current affairs on a daily basis is really important. Study the daily GK from any website and revise it thoroughly on a weekly and monthly basis.
13. English Newspaper
English language acts as a game changer in the banking examination. Most of the time, students find difficult to attempt high level English questions and end up marking the wrong answer. Topics like Reading Comprehension, Cloze test etc. are very important in the English section. Reading a newspaper regularly would not only help in GA section but also helps to improve your reading and understanding ability of the English language. Reading newspaper also develop your speaking ability.
14. Memorise Formulas and Use Shortcut Methods
You can memorise the important formulas and shortcuts especially in quantitative aptitude from different topics for faster calculation. Memorising the multiplication table up to a minimum of 20, Squares of numbers up to 40, and cubes till 20 You can also try Vedic calculation tricks since it helps to save a lot of time especially in the prelims exam where every second count. Using short tricks helps to save time in Data Interpretation and Miscellaneous questions.
15. Increase Speed and Accuracy
Attempting questions from different topics is the key to increase your speed and accuracy in the examination. You have to practise a minimum of 5 questions from every topics in each section.
Practising simplification and approximation questions on a daily basis will also help in speedy calculation. Attempts questions from quadratic equations, data interpretation, Number series (Missing and Wrong) Datasufficiency on a daily basis.
You can also figure out shortcut methods on English and Reasoning section on your own. Regular practice of different questions from topics like syllogism, inequality, blood relation in Reasoning and solving RC type questions, cloze test would also help you in time saving.
16. Prelims and Mains should go Hand in Hand
This is the one of the mistakes aspirants commit while preparing for the examination. Most of them have the mindset of preparing only for the prelims and not mains. Usually, after the release of the prelims result hardly 20 days would be left for the mains examination, and preparing those high level DI and Puzzles is literally unthinkable. So, it is very important to prepare for mains along with preliminary. Try to solve 1-2 high level puzzles and Data interpretation right after clearing your basics.
17. Adapt Own Strategy
This is one another mistake done by most of the aspirants. They tend to blatantly follow another person’s strategy for exam preparation and ends up procrastinating. We suggest you not to follow another person fully. Rather than following one dumbfoundedly, try to listen to their strategy and preparation tips and prepare a new one which would be beneficial to you. This is very important if you aim to crack the exam in the very first attempt itself.
18. Take Enough Breaks
It is really impossible to study continuously for several hours. Attempting studying without breaks would end up in damaging your health in the long run. Always remember that no exams can compensate your health and wellbeing. Give yourself breaks during study hours by taking a brief walk or listening to music or reading a good book. These will rejuvenate you and helps in better understanding.
19. Keep Patience
Attempting exams sometimes feel like literally sitting on a hot bowl. Due to immense stress, candidates may cause mistakes which will end up in negative marking Negative marking plays an important role in the banking exams. So it is very important to keep your calm while giving the exam. Be cautious while solving puzzles and calculations.
20. Stay Motivated
Every opportunity is not ours. Don’t forget this fact while preparing. Some times, aspirants fail you achieve their goals because they quit their preparation soon after they fail to clear a few exams. Remember that lakhs of people are preparing for a lesser number of vacancies. This, in turn, increases the competition in the exam. So always keep your preparation in full swing if you have to taste a few failures. Hard work with a positive attitude and self-motivation will definitely help you crack the exam with flying colours.
Comparing oneself with another is the biggest you commit to yourself. Everyone has their own way and level of understanding. Rather than rushing on others timing, focus only on preparation. Failing is not the end, you still would have opportunities in front of you.
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- Updated study material
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- Perfect analysis along with all India rank
- Unlimited practice session
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