Bank jobs are currently among the most in-demand jobs in India because of the high job security and the facilities provided by this sector. Every year more than 20 lakh aspirants generally appear for the exams conducted by IBPS, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), State Bank of India (SBI), and private banks all taken together. These banking exams can provide you with jobs in RBI, SBI and associated banks, 21 nationalized banks, 20+ private Indian banks, select foreign banks and a large number of small to medium co-operative banks along with gramin banks at the clerical, PO (Probationary Officer) and SO (Specialist Officer) levels. According to the future predictions, the vacancies in banks are set to reach 7.5 lakh in the next 5 years, since banking sector is the only sector which remains appearing lucrative in times of an economic slowdown.
Every year this sector of the market conducts written examination for the process of recruitment which attracts a pool of applicants. The bank exams help them to filter a large proportion of aspirants based on their exam performance. Shortlisted candidates then go through rounds of group discussion and personal interviews.
The state bank of India is providing this opportunity to show your potential at the time of entrance through these tests as it is going to conduct a written examination for the recruitment to the post of Assistants in clerical cadre.. The pattern of the written examination is as follows:
There will be 5 sections of 40 marks each and the total time allowed for solving these papers would be 135 minutes or 2hrs 15mins. The candidate must qualify each of the 5 papers. There will also be negative marking hence the candidate has to be very careful while attempting the question paper. The difficulty level of questions in SBI clerical test will not be very high. Most of the questions will be straight forward thus a well prepared candidate can easily solve most of the questions quickly with high accuracy.
Before appearing in the examination, candidates must have to know some of the important tips and techniques used to manage time in better way.
- TIME MANAGEMENT: - The candidates should allocate their time in such a manner that they should be able to complete their examination 10 minutes before the finishing time. The last 10 minutes should be devoted by candidates in attempting those questions which they had left before and in revising the answer sheet. The candidates should devoted their time in such a manner, General awareness 20 minutes, quantitative aptitude 35 minutes, marketing/computer 20 minutes, in order to finish the examination on time.
- SKIP DIFFICULT QUESTIONS: - There are always some questions which the candidate might find difficult to solve so the candidates must not waste their time on such questions. Their first objective should be to solve all the easy questions because there is probability that if the candidate will not skip the difficult questions then the candidate will end up leaving those questions which can fetch her good marks.
- ACCURACY: - Candidate must solve the question paper with high accuracy especially in reasoning paper and QA as these topics are highly scoring and you can score good marks in these sections if your accuracy level is good. Do not make blind guesses only attempt those questions in which you are confident and you can also attempt those questions in which you are even 50% sure because negative marking is only 25%.
Based on these general points our experts have developed four unique strategies for attempting the clerical examination of bank which are as follows
Strategy 1: Linear approach to attempting paper
This is the most simple and straight forward approach to attempt any paper. In this approach you start from question 1 and go to question 200 in a fixed sequence. A slightly modified form of this approach is that you spend initial 5 minutes to decide the sequence in which you would like to answer the question paper.
For example, if after browsing you find that Reasoning is easiest followed by computers and then English so you attempt the paper in that sequence but once you start with one subject you attempt it sequentially and completely.
The disadvantages of this approach are
• Since all the subjects have individual cut-off so over-performing in one subject and under performing in another subject is not the right approach. While solving through this approach you may land up in a situation where you may not be able to attempt one section of the paper at all.
• Since you are attempting the questions in a sequential manner there is a possibility that you may not be able to reach the last question. Thus you may end up leaving some questions which are easy and you could have attempted if you would have read it.
Strategy 2: Divide Time between different sections
In this approach you spend 5 minutes to browse the paper and then decide the sequence in which you would attempt the paper and also allocate time to different sections of the paper and follow it subsequently.
Strategy 3: Jayasuriya Approach to attempt a paper
In Jayasuriya approach you spend 15% of total time (i.e. approximately 25 minutes in case of SBI BANK CLERK EXAM) to run through the entire paper. During this time you find out memory based or direct questions and solve them immediately. So by the end of this time
• You have seen the entire paper
• Solved all easy/direct questions of all the subjects
• Clearly decided the sequence in which you would like to attempt the paper
This approach is based on the objective that you should not miss even a single easy question from the paper. So in step one you find all easy questions and attempt them. After this step you attempt the balance paper in the second round.
Strategy 4: Three Round Approach to solve a paper
This approach deals with examiner’s approach to the paper and how he sets the paper. So before we understand this in detail let us analyze how an examiner makes a paper. Normally, questions in any competitive exams can be categorized in to following types
Easy: Approximately 25% questions are easy
Average: Approximately 60% questions are average
Difficult: Approximately 15% questions are difficult
In this approach we attempt the paper in 3 rounds
• First round is for easy questions and should ideally be of 15 % of the total time
• Second round is for average questions and should ideally be of 70 % of the total time
• Third round is for difficult questions and should ideally be of 15 % of the total time
Your strategy of dealing with the level of questions decides your chances of qualifications. Remember the percentage of easy and average questions you are able to solve decides whether you will get selected or not whereas what percentage of difficult questions you are able to attempt decides what merit or rank you will get or in other words easy and average questions ensure selection whereas the difficult questions make the merit (i.e. rank) so you should focus on careful selection of the easy and average questions and avoid difficult questions in the first and second round. Come back to them once you have completed the entire paper.
At last a candidate who is well prepared can easily score more than 80% in the examination. These four strategies aid the student in solving the model test papers. A candidate who implements all the strategies in his method of solving the paper can also select one strategy that suits him the best.
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