Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the Probationary Officer examination to select candidates for vacancies. The examination is conducted in three stages; Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Personal Interview. Candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination can appear in the main examination and subsequently successful candidates in the main exam will be called for a personal interview. Number of applications for this examination has been steadily rising. The competition is tough and to face this challenge, candidates preparing for this exam must be smart enough to implement new methods and techniques to succeed. Let us take a quick overview of the sections before we give you valuable tips to prepare for this competitive exam.
The Paper on Reasoning is the backbone of the PO exam. This section can be the most scoring one and therefore needs special attention. To score well in this section, candidates need to focus more on the analytical part of the Reasoning and not just on shortcuts.
The Paper on General Awareness / Current Affairs is the easiest of all sections. For this section, candidates need to focus on the daily news. Reading a national newspaper everyday will cover most of the current affairs that one needs to know for this exam. Focus on current affairs especially related to Banking & Finance Sector. You could also look at reading a business magazine on a regular basis.
The English section is compulsory and the questions are very basic. Candidates need to sharpen their grammar skills to do well.
In the Quantitative Aptitude Section, candidates need to practice and analyse on the theoretical aspect as this is a major part of the examination. This is usually considered a tough section.
Computer knowledge is very important in today’s life and a PO needs to be computer savvy. This section tests the basic computer knowledge and skills of the candidate.
Preparation for the Written Exam:
Apart from focusing on the subject wise preparation tips, the candidates must also focus on the following methods and techniques to ensure they are gearing up fully to face the tough competition.
- Proper planning: First of all, a study should be well planned. Check out the syllabus and determine your weak sections which need more attention and prepare a study schedule accordingly. The plan should take into consideration the number of weeks left, the subjects to be covered and also make space for enough mock tests.
- Be updated always: You should read newspapers and magazines regularly to be up to date with the current affairs, daily events and activities, especially from the banking and finance industry. Read through the latest GK books and magazines and focus on current events, banking events, sports, business news, political news, etc. This cannot be done at the last minute. It has to be a daily ritual.
- Study topic-wise: Candidates need to concentrate on a single topic at a time. And also practice questions from each and every topic.
- Proper Time Management: Time management not only applies to your tests but also how you allocate time to each topic for study. It even extends to other aspects of your daily routine like making time for keeping yourself healthy; eating a proper diet and taking enough rest.
- Take the mock test: You must test yourself with the online mock test. You should be continuously practicing to be able to attempt all questions in the given time limit. After completion of the IBPS Exam Syllabus, use lots of mock tests to sharpen your knowledge. Practice from sample papers and previous years question papers. However, keep in mind that every time you take a new mock test analyse your results and check if you have repeated the mistakes. If so, it calls for you to revisit those topics and get a better hang of it before you attempt the next one.
- Revise and focus: Revise all your syllabus topics a few days before the exams and focus more on your weaker areas.
- Stay calm: The rigour of preparation can sometimes take a toll on your health. So never panic and get stressed out about your exams. Eat healthy, rest well, play a game and take it in your strides. Do not compare yourself to others. Everybody has a different pace of learning. Discover yours and improvise on it.
- Enter the room confidently. Greet the interviewers with a smile & take your seat when asked to do so.
- Reply to every question asked; if you don’t know the answer then simply say so.
- Do not confront the interviewers on any issue. Do not argue with them or try to prove your point.
- Once the interview is over thank the interviewers before leaving the room.
- Prepare for the Interview by practicing in front of the mirror.
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