Bank jobs are the hot jobs among job seekers even during the period of recession. The growing demand of the banking sector has made it the most important destinations for employment. Bank PO exam is the gateway to the management cadre of the banking industry. To simplify your preparation few sure shot tips on cracking the exams for bank probationary officers.



The first thing you need to know is the pattern of the exam. A written test for a PO exam consists of 2 parts , objective and descriptive. The objective part consists of 4 sections namely English language test, quantitative ability, reasoning and general awareness .The descriptive test demands the candidate to write essay length answers on current issues and also the candidates which are chosen are also called for a round of group discussion and  interview.




Practice using model test papers and last year question papers; it could help in giving an outline to the question paper. Try and practice the question papers at least thrice, this might help you gain confidence. You should have good knowledge of Mathematics as well. You should work on the English section and strong vocabulary, which comes in the form of comprehension, fill in the banks antonyms, synonyms etc. Begin your preparations early, devote ample time to each of the sections. You should be well practiced in Class X Mathematics. NCERT Class X Maths text books are the best way to go about it. Besides this, scan newspapers and watch the news daily to be updated on current affairs and for general awareness. Also English is an important component of your paper, so be thorough with the language.



Time Management

Time management is the key to crack the Bank PO exam. Besides being able to strategize time by focusing on the easier subjects first followed by the tough ones, you should time yourself for every section. Don’t spend more than 30 seconds for any multiple choice answer; chances are that you either know or don’t know the answer. So there is no point spending valuable time doing guess work. Come back later to those questions when you have the time. Also, this is a great way to ‘not attempt’ questions which you are unsure of, decreasing the chances of negative marking. This is the trick to attempt 225 questions in 135 minutes. You should attempt the easier part first like general awareness, marketing aptitude first followed by others. They should try attempting 175-185 questions with 90% accuracy to be a step closer to your goal.  



Try to attempt those questions first of which you are confident and do not attempt those questions of which you are doubtful because negative marking can lead you to trouble. A practical knowledge of this arena can be gained by solving a lot of question papers.



Start reading newspapers and current affairs magazines to build your knowledge for the general awareness section of the Bank PO exam. Watch the news regularly and follow opinions on a burning topic from industry experts. It will help you in your descriptive answers. Scan information on the banking operations sector through various journals issued by the banks and others alike. An added advantage will be to keep a tab on the existing state of the trade as well.



Give Mock Tests

Keep yourself engaged in giving mock tests. Coaching institutes offer mock tests. Hence it is better to enroll in such an institute to keep a check on your competitive spirit in the exams. Besides these mock tests, download or buy sample test papers of the previous years, study the pattern and the type of questions – besides giving you an insight on the type of questions, you will be able to increase your speed in solving the paper, along with smooth and easy movement across sections (in case you don’t know a particular answer).

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