Common Preparation Tips for SBI / IBPS Clerk Written Examination

images (1)SBI / IBPS have started inviting applications from the eligible and interested candidates to fill the vacancies for the clerical post in their banks for the year 2014-2015. This year the vacancies in the SBI/IBPS are more compared to the prior year. However, with the increase in the vacancies the competition too increases. To give a tough competition and to gain flying score in the examination, you need to design a timetable and follow it to prepare for the written examination rigorously. Since, the selection process is merely based on the score of the written exam.

The candidates who haven’t applied yet for the SBI/ IBPS clerk 2014 exam can apply here,

To apply for SBI clerk 2014:

To download admit card for IBPS clerk 2014:

The candidate passing in the SBI/IBPS common written exam will be called for the final round. The written exam comprises of 200 objective type questions. The question paper is divided into five sections i.e. general awareness, English, quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability, computer knowledge and marketing.  Each section has 40 questions.

Here are a few valuable tips and strategies that help the candidate to gain good score in the IBPS/SBI written examination for the clerical post.

General awareness (GA)

The candidate having a good general knowledge can hit maximum score in this section.  The candidates should keep a tab on the things happening across the globe by reading newspapers regularly and maintain a journal to jot down the important notes.

The aspirant should keep themselves updated with the news in the banking sector, i.e. financial terminology, India banking system, latest banking policies, new rates of RBI, significant events in the banking industry, etc.

For the preparation of General Awareness, you should also read about the places, books and authors, inventions, awards, etc.

General English

Most of the people are lacking in good communication and verbal skills. Though, they are having sound knowledge in the rest of the sections, because of poor English knowledge, they are unable to gain qualifying marks in the examination. They feel this section as the most challenging section compared to others.

However, English questions asked for SBI/IBPS clerical post are very easy then for the PO’s (Probationary Officers). Aspirants should have sound knowledge about grammar rules, subject-verb agreement, tenses, antonyms, synonyms, vocabulary and its usage.

So, the candidates who want to crack the examination should read English newspaper and watch English news that improves the communication and vocabulary. You can also purchase a good grammar book to get the good score in this section.  It is suggested to purchase a grammar book that is translated in your own language (English/Hindi, English/Tamil, etc.). By doing so, you can understand the things better and gain command over it.

Quantitative aptitude

This is the scoring section in SBI/IBPS clerical and PO exam, which tests the mathematical ability of the candidate. The aspirants who are not from a mathematics background feel bit challenging about this section. But this section is actually scoring and interesting, since, the questions will be of basic math, number series, data interpretations and regular quantitative aptitude topics.

Practice, Practice and practice makes the people handy with the shortcuts and tricks and allow them to solve the problems quickly and easily in the exam.

Reasoning ability

This section tests the decision making and mental ability of the candidate. This section consumes lot of time compared to other sections, so you need to use certain shortcut techniques. This section includes questions based on blood relations, the alphabet test, coding and decoding, directions, puzzles, non-verbal reasoning etc.

Basic Computer knowledge/Marketing aptitude

The candidate having basic computer knowledge in MS office, computer terms, computer parts, operating system and internet can score decent marks in this section. To answer the marketing question you need to be pro in marketing terminology, branding, abbreviation, etc.

Take these tips and prepare well to crack the IBPS/SBI bank exams.


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