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How to Crack Bank PO Exams – 5 Sure Shot Tips

Apr 28, 2011 19:05 IST
 5 Sure Shot Tips
5 Sure Shot Tips

The growing demand of banking sector has made it the most preferred destinations for employment.

Banking jobs especially the Bank Probationary Officer (PO) has emerged as the most sought after career option in recent times. Bank PO exam is the gateway to the management cadre of the banking industry. Individual banks conduct entrance exams for bank PO as and when vacancies arise. After selection the candidate has to complete his/ her probation period. A candidate can be asked to do anything during his/ her completion period. A bank PO aspirant should hence start preparing for bank PO exams since his/ her college days to understand the nitty-gritty of the exam. To simplify your preparation, jagranjosh.com has enlisted a few sure shot tips on cracking the exams for bank probationary officers.

1. Syllabus and Exam Pattern: Know the syllabus of the bank exam for which you are preparing and then look at the previous year question paper to gain information on the exam pattern of that particular exam. Usually the written tests for bank PO exam consist of 2 parts mainly objective test and descriptive test. While the written test consists of four sections namely, English language test, quantitative ability, Reasoning, and General Awareness/ Marketing Aptitude; the descriptive test demands the candidate to write essay length answers on current issues. Candidates selected in written test are then called for Group Discussion and/ or interview.

2. Preparing for Exam: Candidates preparing for bank PO exam are expected to have good knowledge of Mathematics up to Class X. For this purpose, the candidate should focus on preparing from NCERT books and focus on answering questions through mental calculations to speed up the process. Reasoning section needs to be extensively practiced to clear the sectional cut- off. The candidate should also work upon the English section and strong vocabulary which comes in the form of comprehension, fill-in-the-blanks, antonyms, synonyms etc. General Awareness section can easily be prepared by cultivating a habit of attentively reading a national newspaper daily.

3. Time Management: Clubbed with hard work and determination, time management is the key to crack the entry - level test for the Bank PO Exam. Besides being able to strategise time by focussing on the easier subjects first followed by the tough ones; one should also know the skill to attempt 225 questions in 135 minutes time. It means a candidate has to spill not more than 36 seconds per question. For this purpose, a candidate should attempt the easier part first like General Awareness, Marketing Aptitude first followed by others. Try attempting 175- 185 questions with 90 percent accuracy to be a step closer to your goal.

4. Leave Doubtful Questions: Try attempting those answers first of which you are confident and should not attempt any questions which are doubtful in your mind. The process of negative marking in the entrance exams will cut down the percentage of right answers with the wrong ones. A practical knowledge of this arena can be gained through solving lots of sample papers.

5. Know Banking Regulations: A bank PO aspirant is expected to have knowledge of general banking regulations and should have at least some knowledge of SEBI and its regulations. Candidates should ensure that they are aware of the key points of banking regulations.


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Manish Baranwal,

if i lost my roll number of SBI associate bank po so how is get my roll number to check my result. my registration number is 1360131807. please help some to find out roll number.

pabitra patel,

Give me tips and name of books for po

Akhilesh kumar,

sir i have to crack this yaer ibps exm...last yr ibps exm i was missed bye 2marks...sir give me tips for maths and english...plz...


sir plz mail me when sbi notify abt job.


when is sbi asssoc. po bank notification


I have the,same problem like Neha so tell us the way how can we resolve the problem


When the vacancies for PO are going to come for 2013-14 and 2014-15



sai ram,


surabhi kumari,

it is like an asset for newcomers


Sir, I am eager to join BANK PO. I am good in Mathematics for PO.Kindly provide me trick to crack it.

ishant mahajan,

i am a engg. final year student . i want to join banking industry as a carrier now. plese suggest me some prep. tips and a good coching institute i delhi and chandigarh.


How to start preparation on self for sbi po exams kindly suggest reference books according to the syllabus

Raj kr sah,

Plz sugest good coaching centre in kolkata for bank po


How to start preparation on self for sbi po exams. kindly suggest referrence books according to the syllabus


please send me the SBI PO exam syllabus.

Ratnakar Dip,

Please tell me , How to start the preparation of Bank Exam

aman kaur,

please send me the sylabus of bank exam

shruti nanda,

what books to read for apptitude,reasoning,engligh,for computer test...please tell me syllabus for po exam.


Respected Sir, my name is raj, i am graduate and i am working as a peon in PNB, Sir i really want to grow my self, i really don't know how to prepare for P.O's exam, what kind of book should i read to qualify for this, i have ask these questions to my clerk staff members but they are not helping me out... sir i really need your help.......


please tell me po syllabus and also good institute in nerul in navimumbai as well as most useful book names for the same ..

Abhimanyu acharya,

hello sir this is abhi from bhubaneswar . i am a com. graduate. plz tell me how can i prepare my self for sbi po . plz give me some tips. thank u ............

Kavya RNR,

Thanking you Sir... ur tips are nice & useful.....!


Looking for Bank exam training institute in Bangalore. Please suggest me a good institute.

tanya goel,

plz provide the information about the books which are important for bank exam prepration..

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