Are you preparing for Bank PO exams? Well, it is one of the prestigious and most coveted jobs in the Banking industry. A better work environment, growth opportunity, and lucrative salary are some important aspects of this post.

Every year two different organizations IBPS and SBI organize Bank PO exams. IBPS organizes the exam for more than 10 public banks of India and SBI for only SBI branches.

The notification for bank PO 201 is expected to be announced in September month and after that candidates will have only 2 months to prepare for the first phase of the exam i.e. Preliminary.

Now that only 2 months are left you must be nervous and wondering how to prepare for the Bank PO in two months? But don’t worry,  here in this article we have covered the most important tips and strategies to prepare for the exam and also to ace it. So keep reading this article till the very end.

Bank PO: An Introduction

A Bank Probationary Officer is a managerial level post in a bank in both the public and private sectors in India. The main functions of the Bank PO are to handle public relations, improve customer services, supervise the clerks’ work, maintain the cash flow in the Bank, and also take care of the daily working of the bank.

A Bank PO needs to be fully updated with the latest trends and development within the banking sector.

There are four types of Bank PO exams in India:

# IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) Bank PO.

# SBI (State Bank of India) PO.

# RRB (Regional Rural Bank) PO.

# RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Grade B Office.

Also Read: Bank PO Interview Questions: Guide to Boost Your 2021 Bank PO Exam Preparation

Stages of becoming a Bank PO

There are three phases a candidate needs to pass to become a Bank PO. They are as follows:

# Preliminary exam.

# Mains exam.

# Group discussion & Interview.

Exam Pattern of Bank PO

Here is the exam pattern of the Bank PO exam in India held by all the organizations:

Preliminary Exam

Subject Number of Questions Marks
English language 30 questions 30 marks
Reasoning ability 35 questions 35 marks
Numerical ability 35 questions 35 marks
Total duration: 60 minutes

Mains Exam

Objective Type
Subject Number of Questions Marks
General reasoning & computer aptitude 45 questions 60 marks
English language 35 questions 40 marks
General economy & banking awareness 40 questions 40 marks
Data analysis & interpretation 35 questions 60 marks
Total duration: 180 minutes

Descriptive Type

Subject Time Allotted Marks
Essay 30 minutes 25 marks
Letter Writing 30 minutes 25 marks

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Bank PO Syllabus 2021

Preliminary Exam

English
Reading Comprehension Cloze Test
Miscellaneous Fill in the blanks
Para Jumbles Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
Paragraph Completion
Quantitative Ability
Simplification Profit & Loss Mixtures & Allegations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Work & Time Time & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Data Interpretation Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Number Systems Sequence & Series Permutation, Combination Probability
Reasoning
Logical Reasoning Alphanumeric Series Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency Coded Inequalities Seating Arrangement
Puzzle Tabulation Syllogism
Blood Relations Input-Output Coding-Decoding

Mains Exam

English Language
Reading Comprehension Vocabulary
Grammar Verbal Ability

 

Quantitative Ability
Simplification Profit & Loss Mixtures & Allegations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Work & Time Speed, Time & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Data Interpretation Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Number Systems Sequence & Series Permutation, Combination Probability
Average Geometry Quadratic Equation
Problems of Ages Number Series Data Sufficiency
Mixture and Allegations Tabular Description

 

Reasoning
Logical Reasoning Alphanumeric Series Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency Coded Inequalities Seating Arrangement
Puzzle Tabulation Syllogism
Blood Relations Input-Output Coding & Decoding
Order & Rankin Scheduling Double Lineup

 

Computer Aptitude
Internet Memory Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation Microsoft Office Computer Hardware
Computer Software Operating System Networking
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

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Time Distribution and Timetable to Ace Bank PO 2021 in 2 Months

Wondering how to start bank PO preparation? Well, for the Bank PO exam, each section is equally important. Therefore, you should distribute your time for all sections equally, for instance, 15 days for each section.

Here is a timetable of 60 days to ace your bank PO examination.

Day Quantitative Ability Reasoning English and General Awareness
1 Numeric System Logical Reasoning Grammar Rules
2 Numeric System Logical Reasoning Grammar Rules
3 Numeric System Verbal Reasoning Grammar Rules
4 Ratio & Proportion Verbal Reasoning Grammar Rules
5 Ratio & Proportion Alphanumeric Series Grammar Rules
6 Ratio & Proportion Alphanumeric Series Antonyms/Synonyms
7 Percentage Ranking Antonyms/Synonyms
8 Percentage Ranking Idioms and Phrases
9 Percentage Alphabet Test Idioms and Phrases
10 Mock Tests for each section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)
11 Time & Distance Alphabet Test Grammar Rules and Common Errors
12 Time & Distance Direction Grammar Rules and Common Errors
13 Time & Distance Direction Filler Notes
14 Simple Interest Data Sufficiency Filler Notes
15 Simple Interest Data Sufficiency Para jumbles
16 Compound Interest Coded Inequalities Para jumble
17 Compound Interest Coded Inequalities Para jumble
18 Compound Interest Linear Seating Arrangement Phrase Replacement
19 Average Linear Seating Arrangement Phrase Replacement
20 Mock Tests for each section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)
21 Average Puzzle Phrase Replacement
22 Linear Equation Puzzle Cloze Test
23 Linear Equation Tabulation Cloze Test
24 Linear Equation Tabulation Cloze Test
25 Profit & Loss Syllogism Reading Comprehension
26 Profit & Loss Syllogism Reading Comprehension
27 Profit & Loss Blood Relations Reading Comprehension
28 Profit & Loss Blood Relations Reading Comprehension
29 Work & Time Input-Output Reading Comprehension
30 Mock Tests for each section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)

 

Day Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
31 Work & Time Input-Output Error Spotting
32 Work & Time Coding-Decoding Error Spotting
33 Problems of Ages Coding-Decoding Error Spotting
34 Problems of Ages Circular Seating Arrangement Sentence Improvement
35 Number Series Circular Seating Arrangement Sentence Improvement
36 Number Series Double Lineup Sentence Correction
37 Number Series Double Lineup Sentence Correction
38 Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Sentence Correction
39 Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Para Summary
40 Mock Tests for each Section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)
41 Mensuration and Geometry Internet Para Summary
42 Data Interpretation Memory Odd one out
43 Data Interpretation Keyboard Shortcuts Odd one out
44 Data Interpretation Networking Sentence Rearrangement
45 Tabular Interpretation Computer Hardware Sentence Rearrangement
46 Tabular Interpretation Computer Software Sentence Rearrangement
47 Tabular Interpretation Computer Abbreviation Miscellaneous
48 Quadratic Equation Operating System Miscellaneous
49 Quadratic Equation Microsoft Office Miscellaneous
50 Mock Tests for each section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)
51 Previous Year Question Papers
52 Previous Year Question Papers
53 Previous Year Question Papers
54 Previous Year Question Papers
55 Previous Year Question Papers
56 Previous Year Question Papers
57 Previous Year Question Papers
58 Previous Year Question Papers
59 Previous Year Question Papers
60 Mock Tests for each section (English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness)

Note: The repetitive nature of this timetable will help to excel each topic of the syllabus.

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Section-wise Preparation Tips

#1. English Language

Follow these tips to boost your English language preparation:

# Make a habit of reading: You can read newspapers or magazines, even your favourite books. This can help you to learn new words every day and also improve your English speaking fluency.

# Vocabulary: you should also work on improving your vocabulary. You can read newspapers, storybooks, or novels to learn a new word every day. Whenever you encounter any hard word and underline it and then, later on, find its meaning and its usage.

# Practice: You may have heard about this saying practice makes a man perfect therefore try to solve as many previous year question papers as you can.

#2. Reasoning Ability

The reasoning ability tries to test the candidate’s ability to think rationally. You can easily score high in your bank PO exams as this part comprises 35 questions in brilliance as well as 45 persons in the main exam. Try to practice different types of questions such as syllogism, inequalities, arrangements, input-output, data sufficiency, and many more.

#3. Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative aptitude includes basic mathematics. It is of great importance for any bank PO candidate as it comprises 35 questions in prelims. Moreover carries 60 marks for the mains. You can Ace this section by practice only. If you are weak in this for you should give you 3 to 4 hours daily to solve different types of questions.

#4. Computer Aptitude

You can improve your computer aptitude section by reading a basic computer book. Try to cover important topics such as basics of computer, operating system LAN, WAN, basic MS office, etc.

#5. General Awareness

For this section try to read newspapers, magazines and watch the news daily. Try to cover basic current affairs of the past 1 year and focus on mean activities such as Indian economy, marketing, awards & honors, constitution, banking, agriculture, sports, etc. Also, try to understand basic banking terminologies.

Basic Preparation Tips for Bank PO

# For quantitative aptitude, you need to work on your calculation skills. Practice each question daily.

# You should spend at least 2-3 hours daily on each topic of reasoning.

# How to prepare English for a bank PO exam? Well, English is the most scoring part of the exam. Try to practice new words daily and improve your English skills by reading newspapers, books and writing essays.

# Watch news channels and read newspapers daily to enhance your current affairs.

# You should attempt a regular mock test to evaluate your preparation level and also to identify your weak areas.

# Give equal importance to each and every section of the syllabus to score above qualifying marks.

# Practice writing essays and letters. Try to write one each day.

# Don’t try to guess. There is a negative marking for each incorrect answer.

# Stay confident and on the day of the exam, form believes in yourself and say it aloud yes I can do it.

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Conclusion

Bank PO is an interesting job in the Banking Industry. It offers sufficient growth opportunities to its employees to climb up the ladder. In India, there are four types of bank PO exams organised by different organisations i.e. RRB PO, IBPS PO, SBI PO, and RBI Grade B. Each exam has its own salary, employee benefits, growth opportunities, and many more.

You can boost your Bank PO preparation with UPSC Pathshala. UPSC Pathshala offers a course specially designed for the Bank PO exam. Visit the website now for more details and preparation materials.

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