Established in 1907 and headquartered in Chennai, Indian Bank is one of the few nationalised banks in India. Every year Indian bank recruits hundreds of graduates to their service in Junior Management Scale as Probationary Officers. The bank uses two sets of recruitments to find the eligible candidates; through IBPS PO recruitment and the one year Post Graduation Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) course at Indian Bank Manipal School of Banking (IBMSB). For both selections, the exam pattern and the syllabus remains the same, while the second one is less competitive over the IBPS recruitment. Let’s check some of the preparation tips aspirants should keep in mind while preparing for these Indian Bank PO recruitments.
Indian Bank PO Preparation Tips
The Indian Bank PO exam pattern has two stages of tests followed by personal interviews. While the IBPS conducts the computer-based objective tests, the Indian Bank itself conducts the personal interview. The exam patterns are:
- Preliminary Test
|Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Medium of Exam||Exam Duration|
|1||English Language||30||30||English||20 minutes|
|2||Quantitative Aptitude||35||35||English and Hindi||20 minutes|
|3||Reasoning Ability||35||35||English and Hindi||20 minutes|
- Indian Bank PO Main Examination Exam Pattern
|Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Medium of Exam||Exam Duration|
|1||Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45||60||English and Hindi||60 minutes|
|2||General/ Economy/ BankingAwareness||40||40||English and Hindi||35 minutes|
|3||English Language||35||40||English||40 minutes|
|4||Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||60||English and Hindi||45 minutes|
|5||English Language (Letter Writing and Essay)||2||25||English||30 minutes|
The Indian Bank PO recruitment is hosted by the IBPS along with PO recruitments for other 11 nationalised banks. Other than this the bank do recruits graduates as Probationary Officer through the one year Post Graduation Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) course at Indian Bank Manipal School of Banking (IBMSB). For this mode of selection too, the bank uses the same exam pattern as the IBPS tests. So no need to prepare separately for these two sets.
If you are worried about how to prepare for the Indian bank PO, then the below-given study timetable, book lists, etc may help you. With hundreds of applicants for a single position, the Indian Bank PO competition will be fierce. To be successful in these recruitment tests, regular and consistent practice is a must. Aspirants should be able to solve as many questions as possible within a short period, like within 30 seconds. To crack a question within seconds you need regular practice and should be aware of the tricks to solve them without pen and paper.
Before jumping on the mock tests, make sure that your fundamentals are very clear. You can find hundreds of videos over Youtube to clear your concepts. You can find free videos and exam preparation strategies in Entri’s Youtube Channel’s available in your local language. You can also refer to some of the below-given books for learning the concepts and for practice. Make sure to attempt the practise tests with a timer. For the English language section, start from any standard national daily newspaper, like Indian Express or The Hindu. They will help in building the vocabulary, standard usage of idioms, phrases etc. Often the paragraphs of reading comprehension and close tests are directly taken out from these newspapers. If you can’t afford the newspaper, no need to worry the free copies are easily available over the internet.
Indian bank PO Preparation: Study Timetable
Here we have divided the whole Indian Ban PO syllabus into small sections so that aspirants can complete the whole syllabus in 30 days. Examinees can either follow this or can make changes as they like, but try to create a flexible but effective timetable as part of the Indian Bank PO preparation strategy.
|Day||Reasoning Ability||Quantitative Aptitude, and Data Interpretation||English Language||General Awareness, Financial & banking Awareness|
|1||Alphabetical series, Alphanumeric Series||Trigonometry||Subject-Verb Agreement||Countries, Currencies, Capitals|
|2||Coding and decoding||Mensuration||Reading Comprehension||Current Affairs|
|3||Syllogism and Venn Diagram||Algebra||Verb||Indian and International Economy|
|4||Number Series, Progressions||Profit and loss||Adverb||Banking Terms|
|5||Analogy and classification||Time and distance||Error Correction||RBI|
|6||Data Interpretation||Time and work||Unseen passages||Books and Authors|
|7||Analytical reasoning||Geometry||Sentence Improvement, Phrase Replacement||Current Affairs|
|8||Similarities and differences
|Ratio and proportion||Grammar||Repo and Reverse Repo Rate|
|9||Blood relations||Age calculations
|Tenses||Social Function of Banks|
|10||Directions||Calendar and clock||Synonym and antonyms||Abbreviations|
|11||Arguments and assumptions
|Data Interpretation||Sentence Completion||Basic Economic Terms|
|12||Decision making||Percentage||Para jumbles||International Appointments|
|13||Syllogism and Venn Diagram||Ratio and proportion||Sentence rearrangement||Awards and Honors|
|14||Non-verbal reasoning||Simple and compound interest||Fill in the blanks||Sports|
|15||Analogy and classification||Statistics||Cloze test||History of Banking|
|16||Seating arrangements Puzzles||Trigonometry||Vocabulary||Finance|
|17||Statement and conclusions
|18||Similarities and differences||Age calculations
|Grammar||Current Affairs (at least read the last 06 months current affairs PDFs)|
|19||Data Interpretation||Calendar and clock||Word correction||Money market instruments, priority sector lending, financial inclusion, Money market instruments, Banking Ombudsman scheme 2006|
|20||Alphabetical and Numerical series||Number system||Error Correction||Fiscal Monetary Policies|
|21||Syllogism||Simplification||Double Fillers||The Banking Regulation Act 1949, Types of Accounts, Negotiable instruments act 1881|
|22||Practice Sectional Mock Tests||Practice Sectional Mock Tests||Practice Sectional Mock Tests||Practice Sectional Mock Tests|
|24||Practice Previous Year SBI PO, Clerk questions||Practice Previous Year SBI PO, Clerk questions||Practice Previous Year SBI PO, Clerk questions||Practice Previous Year SBI PO, Clerk questions|
|25||Revision||Revision||Full-length Mock Tests||Full-length Mock Tests|
|26||Practice Previous IBPS PO Questions||Practice Previous IBPS PO Questions||Practice Previous IBPS PO Questions||Practice Previous IBPS PO Questions|
|27||Practice IBPS Clerk Previous Year’s Questions||Practice IBPS Clerk Previous Year’s Questions||Practice Previous Year’s IBPS Clerk Questions||Practice Previous Year’s IBPS Clerk Questions|
|28||Practice LIC, NIACL Tests||Practice LIC, NIACL Tests||Revision||Revision|
|29||Full-length Mock Test Practice||Full-length Mock Test Practice||Full-length Mock Test Practice||Full-length Mock Test Practice|
|30||Mock Test Practice||Mock Test Practice||Mock Test Practice||Mock Test Practice|
Books Required for Indian Bank PO Preparations
Before attempting any mock tests, try to learn the tricks and basics of the question patterns asked in various banking and insurance tests. For Numerical Ability, and Financial Awareness start with the NCERT textbooks, they will help you to understand various rules, and basics. Once you are confident about at least some of these parts, you can start solving the bank’s PO questions. For the recruitment tests questions, you can rely on the following books. If you are not interested in books, try to check out various free banking preparation videos available on the internet.
- High School English Grammar and Composition – Wren and Martin
- Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations- R.S. Agarwal
- NCERT Class XI, XII Economics Textbooks
- Objective English for competitive examinations – Hari Mohan Prasad
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning- R.S. Aggarwal
- For general awareness and banking/ financial awareness, rely on the newspaper’s and download the weekly Current Affairs PDF’s of Entri.
Entri wishes you all the best for your Indian Bank PO 2021 tests. Start your Indian Bank PO, and other banking as well as the insurance tests preparations today itself with Entri. In Entri, you can access hundreds of free mock tests, previous year question papers, video classes, discussion groups, live classes, personal guidance, etc to improve your success rate in the next banking & insurance recruitment tests.