One should keep his/her approach integrated for both preliminary and mains examination since the syllabus of both of these examinations is over lapping.
Stage 1 : Preliminary Examination
- Examination Mode: Online
- Examination Pattern: 100 Marks – 100 Questions (One Hour)
- Individual Cut-offs: Each section of the exam has its individual cut-off so you should prepare each section carefully.
The first round of examination process consists of three portions:
|Name of Tests||No. of Questions/Maximum Marks|
Note: These three sections of Preliminary Examination are also a part of five sections to be asked in Mains. So you need to prepare them well.
Syllabus Topics, Preparation Tips and Books for Prelims
Section 1: English Language (30 Marks)
|Clause||Test Clauses, Idioms and proverbs, Appropriate fillers, Synonyms and Antonyms|
|Fill in the Blanks||Double and single fill in the blanks|
|Phrase Substitution||Phrase substitution, ordering of sentences, jumbled sentences|
|Reconstruction||Reconstruction of passages, sentences, one word substitution, misspelled words, comprehensions|
|Spotting errors||Finding errors in sentences or figures|
- This section is less time consuming and very easy to score.
- One should focus on practicing comprehensions and spotting the errors.
- To gain speed and develop accuracy, you should always practice comprehensions with a timer. Although lengthy, comprehensions can easily get you 5 -6 marks depending on number of questions asked.
Important Topics: Sentence Improvement, Fill in the Blanks & Comprehensions.
- Objective English By R.S. Aggarwal
- Objective English for Competitive Examinations By Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha
Section 2 : Numerical Ability (35 Marks)
|Averages||Questions for finding average speed and averages of numbers|
|Number System||Approximation, Decimal Fractions, H.C.F. & L.C.M., Number series, Number based problems, Square and cube roots.|
|Data Interpretation||Pie charts, Bar graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs|
|Problems on permutation, combinations and probability|
|Time & Work||Time and work, Time and distance, Mensuration|
|Profit , Loss & Interest||Questions on profit, loss, Simple interest and Compound interest|
|Simplifications||Question on relative Ages, Partnerships, Percentages, Ratio and proportions|
- Questions related to Numerical Ability can be real fun if you practice enough! Many aspirants dread this section but the key to crack this section is only practicing regularly.
- Get a good book, set some daily targets and there goes your Phobia of Mathematics!
- Keep a check on time spent on solving numerical questions.
- Focus more on the important topics and try to solve as many questions as you can.
Important Topics: Profit & Loss, Time and Distance, Percentages & Ratio Proportions.
- Quantitative Aptitude Made Easy By Ramandeep Singh
- Numerical Aptitude for Banking By Dilhan Publications
Section 3 : Reasoning Ability (35 marks)
|Assertion and reasoning||Assertion, Figure series, Series, Word formation|
|Verbal reasoning||Alphabet Test, operations sets, series test, odd man out, classification|
|Blood relations||Questions on relations among two|
|Classification||Questions on Classification|
|Coding and Decoding||Questions on Coding-decoding|
|Decision making||Questions on Decision making, input output|
|Numbers||Numbers, ranking and time sequence, Cause and effects, Syllogism|
|Statement and assumptions||Statement and arguments, Passage and conclusions|
Being the most scoring section, enough time given to practice reasoning can be very fruitful.
Try to pick one good book along with previous year questions and practice them accordingly.
Some topics are repetitive every year; you should try to give more time to them.
In some questions, for example Blood Relations or passages, you should be extra careful and keep a sharp eye over the details provided as they can be really confusing.
Important Topics: Statement and Conclusions, Series, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Arrangements, Coding and Decoding
- A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
- General Intelligence/ Test of Reasoning by S.Thorpe
Note: RS Aggarwal has proven to be the best book available in the market for reasoning. Make sure to buy this author instead of going for any others for reasoning practice.
Stage 2 : Mains Examination
- Examination Mode: Online
- Examination Pattern: 200 Marks – 200 Questions
- Total Time allotted: 120 Minutes (Two Hours)
The second round consists of five sections:
|Name of Tests||No. of Questions/Maximum Marks|
The first three sections have the same syllabus for both Prelims and Mains so you should follow the same books for both of these examinations.
Section 4: General Awareness (40 Marks)
|Abbreviations & Banking terms||Banking Terms , Bank rate, Repo rate, Reverse repo rate , MFS|
|Banks||Types of banks, Bank Policies, National Income, General Budget & Economic Survey|
|Current Events||Daily major events of the banking industry|
|Government schemes||Atal Pension Yojana, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, Digital India Programme etc.|
|Finance||Indian and International Economy, Financial Institutions like IMF, UN, WTO|
|Currency & Capitals||Major currency and capital details|
- Focus more on Currents Events happening in Banking and Finance Sector.
- This section is very easy to score if you keep a tab on key events in the economy in the last 4-6 months.
- A theoretical preparation of Major Organisations such as IMF, UN and WB etc.
- Newly Introduced Government schemes can be studied from relevant ministry sites.
Important Topics: Banking Current Affairs, National & International News, Important Dates
- General Awareness and Current Affairs by M. Laxmikanth
- Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge and General Awareness by R.P. Verma
Section 5: Computer Knowledge (40 Marks)
|Basics of Computers||History of Computers , MS Office, Abbreviations, Internet, Hardware, Networking|
|DBMS & OS||Knowledge of DBMS & Operating systems|
|Software and Hardware||Basic questions on software and hardware|
- If you have any prior knowledge of basics of computers, then this section can be a cake walk.
- You need to brush up your basics on computers, operating systems and databases.
- Since this section has a very limited syllabus as compared to other sections, you should try to cover it first.
Important Topics: Computer Generations, LAN, WAN, Internet and Abbreviations.
- Computer Literacy and Knowledge by Kiran Prakashan
- Computer Awareness by Arihant Publications
Final Stage : Interview
In the final stage, shortlisted candidates from the mains examination are called for an Interview which is conducted by the Participating Organisations and is coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.
The total marks allotted for Interview are 100.
Minimum qualifying marks – Not less than 40% (35% -SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EXSM candidates).
The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and Interview is 80:20 respectively.
Note: A candidate should qualify both in the CWE and Interview and should be high enough in the merit list to be shortlisted for further provisional allotment.
- Candidate should possess a great deal of knowledge about the Banking Sector.
- One should be well dressed and his personality should exude confidence.
- Read the newspapers sincerely for a few days before your Interview Date.
- You should always greet the panel with a smile and pay attention to every question asked.
Important Topics: Currents Events in Banking Sector, Repo Rates, RRB and RBI.
Important Tips to remember for IBPS Exams:
- Time is the prime factor in both preliminary and Mains Examination.
- 40 seconds and if you still do not have a clue about the question, it’s time to move on!
- Go through previous year papers of at least last 5 years and practice the questions.
- Always carry a watch with you into the examination hall.
- Try to stick to one book for every section of the examination. Do not Clutter yourself with too many sources of preparation.
- You should always keep your admit card and other documents ready before hand.
- These days many online websites provide very cool and fun methods for exam preparation. They can be your secondary source of prep after conventional books.
- Never wait for the last day of the deadline to apply for any examination.
- Practice as many Mock Tests as you can and sit on a table with a timer.
- You should emphasize on Smart Work. Identify repetitive areas asked in the previous year papers and focus more on them.
If you start preparing well before time, this journey can be real fun and consistency in daily preparation can make sure you crack it in your first attempt. All the best!