– Anuj Jindal
IBPS conducts various office and officer level audits for public sector banks in the country. If a candidate is aiming for the coveted position as a bank clerk, he / she must take the exams carried out by the IBPS. Although preparation for IBPS RRB is comprehensive and exhaustive, with the right strategy an applicant can prepare for the exam and crack it with ease.
One good thing about bank exams is the similarity in the curriculum. No matter which exam you choose, the curriculum remains the same. Be careful, however, as the level of questions asked on these exams varies widely. To give you a perspective: If the question asked in the RRB-PO has level “27 + 28”, the question asked in the SBI-PO corresponds to “27X28”. Thus, the complexity of the questions and the time required to solve them vary.
ibps rrb exam
There are four types of IBPS RRB exams, the first three for the selection of civil servants (scale I, II and III) and the last for office assistants (merchants). Here, however, we will focus on the exam for selecting officers of Scale I (Probationary), i.e. IBPS RRB PO.
As far as the preparatory work for all four exams is concerned, the grades and the examination schedule are almost the same, but the level of questions in the officers’ exams is higher than in the business exams.
The exam schedule for IBPS Officer Scale-I, II & III and Office Assistant (provisional) is:
- Ability to argue (40 marks)
- Quantitative suitability (40 marks)
In the main paper of IBPS RRB PO there are 5 topics:
- Thinking ability (50 marks)
- Quantitative suitability (50 marks)
- English / Hindi language [we’ll discuss English here] (40 marks)
- general awareness (40 marks)
- Computer knowledge (20 marks)
The third round is the interview round, which is only carried out in the officers’ examination and not in the merchant examination.
IBPS RRB PO preparation tips
As you must have seen above, when it comes to grades, the most important topics are logical thinking and quantitative ability. So let’s start with the first one and then move on to the rest of the topics.
Quantitative skill preparation strategy:
object Number System, Ratio, Proportion and Variation, Time and Labor, Time, Speed and Distance, Profit and Loss, Average, Mix and Combine, Partnership, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Quadratic Equation, Measurement, Data Interpretation (DI) under Quantity Section) – Pie Chart , Line graph, bar graph.
Sources for self-study (free)
- Magical book series on faster math by M. Tyra
- Rays Quantitative Ability Numerical Ability
- Rakesh Yadav SSC books (for shortcuts only)
- bsc exercise book
In my 5 year experience with RBI and UPSC exam students, I have often come across students who are so drawn to “quick tricks” that they use these tricks to learn math. The examiner is smart enough to filter such students through conceptual questions. If you want to be successful, divide your quant prep into 3 parts with the following sequence cPerceptual Clarity, pRace question with timer, thenHeart tricks to increase speed.
Now let’s take a look at some other preparation tips:
- Practice lots of questions from different sources so that you are familiar with all kinds of questions.
- Polish your calculations. You need to be quick and accurate in your calculations, especially with DI.
- Study the questionnaires from the previous year and prepare for the repetition types.
- Make as many mocks as you can to help you find your way around the exam area. See where you stall in each mock and gradually build on those areas.
Strategy for preparing reasoning skills
The thematic puzzles under the argument area are: linear / spherical arrangement, coding-decoding, consanguinity, inequality, order and ranking puzzles, direction, syllogism, input-output, statement-inference, statement-conclusion, statement-action
Sources for self-study (free)
Books – Magical Book Series – M. Analytical Logic by Tyra, K. Magical Book Series on Paheli by Kundan, BSc Practice Book
Don’t start with puzzles and arrangements. They look attractive as they carry a huge burden on the exam, but they are often full of traps that will waste your time on the exam and drive you away. The examiner will assess not only your ability to answer the questions, but also your decision-making and time management.
- Make yourself very clear with the basic methods for solving all of these topics and puzzles.
- Practice these topics with the timer in hand. Most students have no problem with reasoning in solving the questions. It is this dynamic that ultimately leads to their downfall. When you get into the habit of timer-solving questions, you will be left nowhere on the exam.
- Practice and analyze as many test tests as possible. Learn from your mistakes and make sure you don’t stall on these topics.
- Avoid asking too difficult, random, or time-consuming questions. You should also know what to skip on the exam
English language preparation strategy
object Under the section English language there is reading comprehension, error detection, gap text, filling in gaps, para-jumbles, vocabulary-based questions (synonyms – antonyms).
Sources for self-study (free)
- Barkha Agarwal on YouTube is a great resource for learning the basics of the English language.
- If you are grammatically weak, start with “Wren & Martin”.
- If you have poor vocabulary, prepare and practice at least 5 words a day. You can use newsprint for this exercise.
If you lack speed and sentence formation, read each novel for at least 1 hour each day. If you don’t know how to find the right book, you can search for “New York Times Best Sellers” to start reading.
- Make a habit of reading. It is not necessary what you read, but how quickly you can read and understand it.
- Make a lot of ridicule. It’s easy to answer the questions individually, but as a time-pressed class it can be a daunting task.
- Build up your vocabulary. Try reading a newspaper every day instead of learning from a list of difficult words.
- Use the options to eliminate the answers.
- The best way to improve your English is to “think in English, read in English, and write in English”. Follow the above three religiously.
General strategy for preparing consciousness
object Under GK section can be divided into two categories, static gk, and current affairs
In the static GK i. is includedInternational organization – facts (e.g. headquarters, members, president etc.), fAction of important organizations like IMF (In IBPS RRB PO Mains 2021 there was a question about special drawing rights of the IMF), bAns headquarters, slogan and background, TThermal, hydro and nuclear power plants in India, nNational Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Biosphere Reserve, JOil military exercise, cEpitals, currencies and parliaments of countries around the world, iInternational awards and honors, IInternational stock exchange.
Current topics include:
- National news
- Example – government policies, guidelines, notifications
- Government programs and portals – (MGNREGA for East, Champions Portal, Aspirational Districts, PM Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Mudra Tarun Seema)
- annual Union budget
- Economic survey
- Latest FDI limits
- International news
- Example – international summit
- Global goals of international organizations
- Banking and business news
- Banking Guidelines – (e.g. minimum capital limit for setting up the SFB)
- Individual bank related messages – (e.g. merger and consolidation of Indian banks)
- Condolence message
- Important days (dates and topics)
- Defense news
- Science and Technology – (example – new app from IIT, new space launches, space exploration)
- Reports and indices
Sources for self-study (free)
- For government-related news – Press Information Bureau (PIB). You can also access “Free PIB Daily Analysis” on the Anuj Jindal YouTube channel.
- Free monthly magazines such as Banker’s Adda, GK Today and Spotlight are widely recognized as the most comprehensive sources for bank reviews.
- Newspapers – Indian Express, Economic Times, Livemint. You can follow any 1st financial newspaper better suited for bank exam candidates.
- Static GK book by “Lucent”
- Make sure you cover concepts and facts together. It is no longer enough to just focus on facts. In the interview round, the interviewers look for conceptual clarity and rationality of thought and expression.
- Reporting on current events for at least 6 months prior to the audit. Some students take the shortcut by only reporting on current affairs 3 or 4 months and regretting it later.
- Make sure you cover all topics thoroughly, but remember to focus on banking-related news, the policies and guidelines issued by RBI / SEBI, government programs, key reports and indices, and GDP projections.
- To make sure you remember topics, you can take short notes, use visual cues, such as:
Computer literacy preparation strategy
object are located in the Computer Skills section Basics of hardware and software, basics of the Windows operating system, internet conditions and services, basics of MS Office work, history of computers, networks and communication, basics of databases, basics of hacking, security tools and viruses.
“Objective Computer Knowledge and Literacy ”by Kiran Publications andObjective Computer Awareness from Arihant Publications.
Make sure to read the Computer Acronyms, Computer Shortcuts, and MS Office topics carefully. You should also give adequate emphasis on topics related to the history of the computer and its foundations. In particular, learning these subjects should serve the purpose. However, do not skip other topics. Go through them at least once.
The author is Edtech expert, CEO, www.anujjindal.in
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