Concentrate on all the sections:There is a common problem of the aspirants of the banking exams, is that they love to answer particularly a single or two subjects. But it is not a good practice as there is sectional cut off for each section. So, if you answer only one or two section and leave other sections, then it can be said that you must not be qualified in the exam.
Therefore if you want to qualify in banking exams then you must answer at least 50%-60% of the marks of the allotted marks of each section. So, when you are answering each section, you must remind in your mind that you have to qualify in each section. IBPS and all the other banking exams has a particular pass marks for each section, which varies every year depending upon the total number candidates and other conditions.
Short Cut Methods for Quantitative Aptitude:All most all the candidates are worried about the Quantitative section. As per my opinion do this section in the beginning. Because in this time you have the fresh mind to think clearly about the mathematical problems clearly. Adopt short cut methods to perform the problems of quantitative aptitude, to solve more quantitative problems in less time.
The most common problem among the students is how to remember such a huge number of math formulas. Here is a trick to easily memorize the formulas that needed. First collect all the shortcut formulas of mathematics that are frequently needed to solve the quantitative problems. Then write them clearly on a chart paper; use black sketch pen for this and you can use markers of different colors to highlight them. Now stick this chart on the wall of your study room and try to spend at least 5 minutes everyday to read this chart. This way you can easily remember the shortcut formulas of mathematics.
Read Newspapers daily:In banking exams the GK section is another important section where you can also score a good mark. But students panic for this section, that the question of this section is unpredictable and they get confused that what to read. To score good marks in this section you need to read newspapers daily. And while you are reading newspapers, you are not only reading them, as you are preparing for the GK section of your banking exam.
Try to read news related to economic affairs both national and global. Also read news related to sports and other important section. Then take an exercise book and note down all the important news on that particular date. Do it everyday; after a month you can see you have a stock of GK and Current affairs in your hand. But read the old news collected by you after each 2 or 3 days, while you are writing new GK. Otherwise you may forget them and if you do this method it will be helpful for you in memorizing the information in an easy method.
Easy questions in first:It is the most important trick to crack not only banking exams but also any type of competitive exams. You must attempt the easiest question first which you know well. It may be a math problem or reasoning or GK question. The benefit of this trick is you can answer more if you answer the easy one in first. In most of the cases when you attempt a lesser known or half known tough question it will take more time. You may get puzzled if you are unable to solve it; moreover it will take your precious time when you may solve 5-6 other easier question. And you must know that in case of competitive exams each of marks is so important, which can decide your selection for the job. So, be careful and calm while solving questions in your exam. Mostly important is doing not spend so much of time in a single problem; if you stuck in a single problem leave it and solve the others.
Increase your vocabulary:If you want to succeed in banking exams then you must work hard for the English section, because you can score good marks from this section. Most of the students get panicked about this language section. To get 100% marks in this section you have to increase your vocabulary, which will help you grasp any unknown piece of writing and then you will need not to guess the meaning of unknown words. If you have control over the English words then it will easy for you to score good marks in this section which will play an important role in the case of banking exams.
The author has written a useful article. However, as I have studied the the pattern of questions of Bank Recruitment examinations (both clerical and officers' grade) very minutely, I can't agree with many of the suggestions given by the author. I am mentioning some of the issues.
(a) The author has not mentioned anything about reasoning portion. In Bank recruitment examinations, no serious candidate can afford to ignore this portion. There are two types of reasoning, one is verbal and one is non-verbal (pictorial). Both the sections require lot of practice. In case of pictorial (non-verbal) reasoning, the candidates are required to observe the given figures very minutely and then find the pattern. Only then, he/she can find the correct answer.
(b) So far as English is concerned, with lot of practice, special stress is required to be given on comprehension portion. Comprehension is very important and the candidate has to read the passage within a very short time. There are many confusing questions with confusing alternatives in comprehensions.
(c) In Mathematics (Quanntitave Aptitude) portion, lots of practice is necessary. The candidates must have the ability of very fast calculation. No amount of learning short-cut technique can replace the ability of fast calculation.
(d) In General Knowledge section, there are two types of General Knowledge, viz., Classical GK and Current Affairs. In Bank recruitment examinations, candidates should expect maximum questions on current affairs (compared to classical GK). They should prepare accordingly. They have to purchase and preserve periodicals like Yojna, Competiton Success Review and GK Today. They must read and memorise the current events, both national and international. GK on financial matters is extremely important.
(e) Last but not the least, I strongly object to author's advice: "Easy questions in first:". I think this is a suicidal advice when a candidate indicates the correct answer in OMR sheet. There may be serious alignment problem if the candidates follow this advice.
In conclusion, I advise all candidates to practice mock papers as many as possible within the stipulated time. They must identify their areas of weakness and practise those sections more and more.
A useful article. The author has mentioned some good points. I like to add some more points which I feel are required. Don’t feel tensed just before going to exam. Have a very calm and peaceful mind. Have a very pleasant mood before going for exam. Try to to get some old papers or model papers. Try to solve all those papers. If any questions are not clear, don’t stop there, refer books or consult friends and get all the questions answered. Manage your time in the examination hall well. Don’t go on reading questions. Read the question in sequence and answer them then and there itself. If you have any doubt or if you don’t know the answer don’t get stuck up there and don’t waste time. Proceed to next question. Once you complete all the papers and if you still have time come back and start checking the questions which were not answered and try to think and get the correct answer. If there is a negative marking system don’t take chance and answer wrongly, it will cut into your marks already scored. By doing and following these points you will stand better chances to get selected.
Thank You Partha for your opinions. But I am not in agreement with all your points. Here I am clarifying all your doubts.
For the reasoning portion, I did not separately mention it, but I mentioned that concentrate on all the sections which I think the sincere candidates can easily understand.
For the mathematics part, I told them to use short cut methods which is important for fast calculation. If you do the Maths in traditional method, you cannot do the so called fast calculation.
For the GK section, the candidates who are preparing for the banking exam know very well about the exam pattern, so I do not need to tell them at all. As I am here to tell the candidates how they can do well in their exam, in my article I told how they can they easily prepare the GK section.
And the last but not the least is the easy question first point. You may not know that nowadays the banking exams are taken in online mode and not in the OMR sheets. There is an option to skip the tough question and the candidate can easily skip to a easier question first which will save his/her time.
Hope you will understand, my points now.
I find all the details mentioned in the article useful but one thing that confuses me here author has asked to do the quantitative section (in which most of the student face difficulty which can reduce their confidence level) in the beginning while various coaching institute and online video posts ask to do a section in which a candidate feel more confident.
I agree that doing this section first will definitely relive a candidate from the burden and difficulty but it can take more time and can also demoralize a candidate if a candidate find it hard to do the questions. What to do in such situation?
The article has given good tips and guidelines for attempting the question paper.
In my opinion tips and tricks are all right as they are also required to increase the efficiency of your efforts for the examination but the major factor is real ground work and preparation for the exam. Please remember that a good home work and solid preparation will not only help you in a particular exam but it will fetch you great support in almost all the exams right from assistant level to much coveted IAS.
So as well said hard work has no substitute, I firmly believe that a thorough preparation is pre requisite to tips and tricks.
Hi Neelam and Neeru,
for your sincere comments. Yes there is no other things good than practice. But though you practice so much it is so important how do you implement it in your exam papers. That's why we need tips and tricks.
For the Quantitative section,I think there is an unnecessary fear among the candidates. So, all the time they panic about this section. The only thing is to practice more and more mock or model papers.
Nice article about preparing and succeeding in banking exams. Many candidates lose adequate overall focus for lack of time in the preparation phase. Listing out the weakness and strengths are important for a focussed individual preparation plan. Again, some candidates make the mistake of taking mock tests too soon with much effort into preparation. This discourages them finally, so only when you are reasonably confident in your preparation go for mock tests.
Many mathematics tips start with sound basics about addition, multiplication, knowing tables and some square roots and commit them to instant recall. Although general knowledge section looks vast, it's an excellent opportunity to score provided you are up to date with the relevant news over the last 6 months at least in current affairs. Almost all students now have an access to a smartphone. There is few app that can be used for learning and be refreshing the main divisions of the banking exams, bankersadda,jagranjosh(GK and current affairs),testbook apps, most of them have free content and variable offline interactions.
Thank You Natarajan,
For your comments and of course for your additional information.