First of all it’s great if you’re really serious about preparing for Bank PO exams because Banking Industry is one of the fastest growing industries currently in India and you would have a great and fulfilling career as a Bank PO. Now coming to “How you should go about cracking it in your very first attempt” we would ask you to follow some steps that will enhance your chances of getting success in this coveted exam to a great extent.
1. Take a mock test online.
Advantage: The test will make you aware of the pattern being followed in different sections, level of difficulty and your current status. To know ‘Where do I stand?’ is extremely crucial before you actually put in your time and efforts preparing for a competitive exam.
2. Go slow but go in depth.
Once you’re done with the analysis part you should then work on the fundamentals.
A. Quantitative Aptitude
Learn Speed Maths tricks (Umpteen of them are available on Youtube), do a lot of mental Math in everyday’s life and make yourself able to calculate really fast.
Get an in-depth understanding of chapters such as Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio, Profit and Loss and Data Interpretation (RS Agarwal Quantitative Aptitude book is good enough for beginners). Once you become sure about the concepts and your ability to solve them fast try bringing command over other chapters.
B. Reasoning Aptitude
The topics like Syllogism, Machine Input Output, Puzzle Test, etc carry high weight-age as far as a Bank PO exam is concerned and with one year in hand you can bring an absolute command over these topics provided you know the approach. (You can subscribe to Smartkeeda youtube channel where you can find videos on Quantitative and Reasoning aptitude for free) and for practice you can refer to RS Agarwal’s Verbal and Logical Reasoning Book. Do not get worried about the verbal reasoning topics as they take only 1 or 2 months’ preparation to gain command over.
C. English Language
For last few years the level of difficulty in this particular section has been increasing and to clear the cut-off you must be a good reader of English Language. Make a habit of reading different pieces of writings; News Articles, Journals, Magazines, etc. Besides, you’ll to work on your grammar as well. I would advise you to refer to Mr. Bakshi’s book on General English and for quality practice you can again take help of different online platforms as per your choice.
D. General Awareness
Preparing for this section seems most cumbersome to most of the students as one has to store a lot of events, dates, names in one’s mind with daily happenings at National and International arena. But I would advise you not to do thorough study for this section as it will consume a lot of your precious time. I would rather you go to Smartkeeda and with the help of Exam Selection filter prepare only those questions which are relevant to your preparation. If you want to study everything in detail BSC magazine for Current Affairs would be a good option.
E. Computer Knowledge
You need not be a Computer wizard to clear this section. You can choose a book on the topic (Arihant’s Computer Awareness is good enough for that) and once you are done with its contents, practise a lot of sample questions either online or offline.
3. Enroll on a Test Series
Once you are done with the concept building and practice part the time comes when you need to validate your performance in a real time test scenario. Enroll on a quality test series and save 3 days for 1 test. First day when you take the test and next two days to analyse your performance, of your strong or weak areas or to rectify past mistakes. It’s highly important not to repeat mistakes in future exams else it may cost you dear specifically in Bank exams and your rank may suffer a great deal if you attempt questions wrongly.
Finally, we would like to state that if you start preparing for a Bank PO exam, you have great chances of cracking it because you start early you always have an upper hand over your peers but make sure you study what’s relevant and important to you as we always stress, “Cracking a competitive exam is more about strategy than sheer hard-work.”
All the best!