Top Ten Tips To Crack Banking Exams Clerk & PO 2017-18

Banking exams are very competitive and every year lakhs of candidates appears for the Bank Exams conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), State Bank of India (SBI) etc. These banking exams can give you jobs in RBI, SBI (and associated banks), 21 nationalised 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.

The very first thing that strucks our mind is “How to Prepare for Bank Exams?” We suggest you that you can prepare for bank exam fully after knowing about the pattern and syllabus of this exam.  So, in this article we will provide complete Bank Exam Pattern and Syllabus and some Bank Exam Preparation Tips which will help the Job Aspirants to crack the Bank Exams 2017.


  • IBPS CWE is one among the most competitive examinations in India with a selection ratio of 1 out of 200. Candidates receive the date and venue of the exam via a call letter, which will be available for download a few days after they register at the IBPS website. The exam uses negative marking for false answers.
  • As of 2015, the process has changed to a two-tier system. Tier I is an easier exam where a larger number of candidates are expected to pass, and tier II has a higher level of difficulty. Candidates who pass both stages of CWE will be called for the interview.
  • The exam syllabus covers topics such as reasoning, general awareness, English language, quantitative aptitude, computer knowledge and professional knowledge.


IBPS Conducts PO Exam every year once for recruit officers in various banks and The selection will be processed by two levels first is Common Written Exam (CWE) and Second is Interview. All participants must have to qualify both levels with good performance.

  • Selection Procedure are classified in 3 phases, Phase 1 preliminary Objective Test, Phase 2 mains Objective Test and Phase 3 interview.
  • Preliminary exam conducts in October and mains exam conducts in October month or next month in November and interview conducts in January.
  • For Appearing in IBPS PO, Candidate must have pass the graduation in any discipline, There is not any percentage criteria for IBPS PO Exam.
  • The minimum age must be 20 while the maximum is 30 years.
  • There are also some age relaxation based on the applicant’s category.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 140 Mins
General Awareness Paper 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
 Total 200 200


IBPS every year releases Notification for Common Written Examination.  Applications are invited from the eligible candidates from the official site for the recruitment of Candidates in clerk posts.  Many job aspirants apply for this examination.  The exam is conduucted in two phases (i) Preliminary examination and (ii) main examination.  Those who qualifies both the phases are called for interview.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 30 30 01 hour
2 Numerical Ability Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Sr No. (Objective) Test Name Marks (Separately timed)
1 IBPS Reasoning Test 50 30 Min.
2 IBPS English Language Test 40 30 Min.
3 IBPS Quantitative Aptitude Test 50 30 Min.
4 IBPS General Awareness Test 40 25 Min.
5 IBPS Computer Knowledge Test 20 20 Min.
Total 200 135 Min.

Negative Marking :

There will be negative marking for each wrong answer. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from all score. And for the Unmarked question, there will be no penalty. And Score will be normalized using the equipped centile method.


  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude by P.K. Mittal
  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha
  • Objective General English by RS Agarwal
  • Objective English by Thorpe
  • New IBPS-CWE Bank Clerk Guide for Prelim & Main Exams 5th English Edition
  • 30 Model PapersIBPS Bank ClerkPreliminary Examination by Arihant Experts
  • IBPS-V Bank ClerkPreliminary Examination Success Master by Experts Compilation
  • Target IBPS Bank Clerk Preliminary & Mains – 20 Practice Sets Workbook with CD


  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition
  • 14 Kiran’s Tricky Approach To Competitive Reasoning Verbal & Non Verbal (Fully Solved) 7000+objective Question
  • Reasoning Book by R S Agrawal
  • Reasoning Book by O.P.Tandan
  • Reasoning Book by O.P.Agrawal
  • Reasoning Book by Dr.B.L.Sadana
  • Reasoning Book by R.Gupta’s
  • Reasoning Book by NCERT Math Books From 6th to 10th.
  • Reasoning Book by T.S. Jain
  • DGP English Improvement Course (With 4 Books) 12th Edition & Objective General English – Arihant Publication etc
  • Comprehensive English Grammar, Composition – Arihant Publication
  • IBPS Bank POIBPS Bank PO/MT/SO CWE – V Main Exam Superfast Practice Sets – Old Editionby Kiran Prakashan, Pratiyogita Kiran and KICXPaperback – 2015

  • IBPS Bank PO/MT/SO Prarambhik Exam, CWE-V Practice Work Book – Old Editionby Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan, Pratiyogita Kiran and KICXPaperback – 2015

  • Kiran’s Bank PO Solved Papers Probationary Officer/Management Trainee/Specialist…by Pratiyogita Kiran & KICX Think Tank of Kiran PrakashanPaperback – 2015

  • Lakshya IBPS – CWE Bank PO/MT Exam Practice Workbook for Objective & Descriptive Test (with CD)by Disha ExpertsPaperback – 31 May 2013

Bank Exam Preparation Tips 2017-18


Proper analysis of syllabus and exam pattern: The aspirants need to read the exam pattern and complete syllabus carefully to know more about the topics, which will be asked in the question paper. It is advisable to check the both the prelims and mains written test syllabus in detail to start preparation accordingly.

Avoid guessing in the question paper: The candidates should not mark the answer, which they are not sure of. There is negative marking, which will led to deduction of score attained from the correct option. This will lower your chances to get through the prelims round and move to the main round of written test.

Ample practice of previous year question papers and mock questions: Practicing previous year question paper and model test papers is considered as ideal method to improve your speed and knowing the exact question paper format. More and more question papers are solved, candidates will be more confident on their preparation.

Boost your confidence level: One should be confident in giving the answers in the examination. Someone has rightly said that confidence is the key to success for any particular competitive examination. It can make or break chances of candidates in any crucial stage. Candidates should get hold of yours nerves in the personal interview round and face the board with confidence along with the written examination.

Time Management : Time management is very crucial for finishing exam on time. If you have mastered it you can score high in IBPS Clerk Exam. English is easy in all subjects to be attempted in exam, so give it least time and maximum time to other subjects.

Speed and Accuracy: Combination of speed and accuracy is required to clear IBPS Clerk Exam, If you have speed, but not given accurate answers, then no use of it and if your all given answers are accurate but not enough speed to attempt entire paper, then you will be left with answered easy questions.


Planning – It is a primary step for any of exam. Through Study program, you will know about that you complete all topics. And you can also give more time to your weak areas.

Time Management –  You should divide your time into all subjects. Pay attention more for your delicate items. It is a not best practice that you spend your most of the time for an individual topic. Plan for every subject topic checks the complete list of PO syllabus topics first. And time also plays a significant role in Exam also divide time correctly for all sections otherwise you will leave many questions in the exam.

Step by Step Preparation – The Topic wise study is a recommended tip from IBPS PO toppers. You should focus on a single topic at a time Don’t follow multiple topics at the same time.

Update Yourself – Increase your four core skills (Reading, writing, listening and speaking). Don’t perform just like a reading machine you should have active in all other activities such as Improve English Grammar, Reading Newspapers, magazines, Watching News channels and other General Knowledge/Current Affairs books enhance your overall awareness.

Practise – You should have practice with IBPS PO Mock test as much as you can in real time. And also, try model paper of PO exam to get exact idea about the exam + type of paper. This practice also clears your self-judgment for all subjects that how much you prepared for that.

Study Material – It is an essential part of your preparation that you have perfect means (complete and error free) IBPS PO Exam preparation material. For this, Books are the best source. You should buy some of the best author IBPS Preparation Books. And Previous Year IBPS PO Question Papers.

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