Exam Preparation And Useful Books For Bank Exams Preparation | Probationary Officers

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Now a days most of the bank examinations are conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The paper pattern is same for the same post. However difficulty level is different for different exams. For example SBI Probationary Officers Reasoning paper is quite tougher than IBPS PO examination. Now IBPS has included a prelim examination before probationary officers paper. So how to prepare for these examination ? The best advantage of exams conducted by IBPS is that you understand the paper pattern of the examinations. So you do not need to follow different books and preparation for other organisations for the same post. So we are going to discuss the paper pattern and recommended books followed for different types of posts in Bank.

Probationary Officers ( State Bank of India And SBI Associates Bank ) :

Now the SBI Probationary Officers examination consists of two phases. Phase – 1 is known as preliminary examination and Phase – 2 is the main examination. Phase – 1 is only qualifying in nature, the marks obtained in Phase – 1 would not be taken into account on preparation of merit list.

Phase -1 Preliminary Examination :

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows :

bank_po_prelim_phase_1

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the number of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.

Mock Test : Click Here

Phase -2 Main Examination :

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

1) Objective Test : The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows :

sbi po main exam paper pattern

 

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

2) Descriptive Test :  The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Important Note : Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test

Phase – III : Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Final Selection :

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.

The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Result of the candidates who have qualified for GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank’s website. Final select list will be Published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.

Probationary Officers ( IBPS) :

The Probationary Officers exam conducted by IBPS for 20 PSU Banks is now also going to have a preliminary examination same as SBI PO. Exams will be conducted in 2 phases.

Phase -1 Preliminary Examination :

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows :

bank_po_prelim_phase_1

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the number of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.

Mock Test : Click Here

Phase -2 Main Examination :

The structure of the Examination which will be conducted online is as follows :

Objective Test :

ibps po main paper pattern

 

IBPS PO would not have descriptive test.

Final Selection :

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the examination for CWE PO/MT will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in CWE PO/MT and Interview.

A candidate should qualify both in the CWE and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on IBPS website.

Practice makes a person perfect. So to clear any examination practice is must. More you will solve the problems more easier it would be to clear the examinations.

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