In the past few years, Government Jobs in Banks have been in huge demand due to high degree of job security, salaries and exciting career and growth opportunities offered by Banks. These jobs are currently among the most in-demand jobs in India. More than 20 lakh aspirants generally appear for exams every year.

These exams can give you jobs in RBI, SBI (and associated banks), 21 nationalised banks, 20+ private Indian banks, select foreign banks and a large number of small to medium co-operative banks along with gramin banks at the clerical, PO (Probationary Officer) and SO (Specialist Officer) levels. Shortlisted candidates then go through rounds of group discussion and personal interviews.

In order to test the basic aptitude and intelligence level of aspirants, and to provide a level playing field to aspirants from different educational backgrounds, bank entrance tests are typically conducted as aptitude tests. They test your IQ, concepts learnt in school and your general awareness levels.

What are the main things you need to know?

The questions in these exams have a problem followed by multiple-choices (as answers). You get marks only if you mark the correct option. Also, if you mark more than one option, you do not get marks. You get negative marks for wrong answers in these exams. Each section in the test may have a separate cut-off. Here you need to get some minimum marks in each section to qualify for the next stage of the bank recruitment process. There is also one most imporatant thing you need to understand about the exams: There is no fixed syllabus, no question is generally considered “out-of-syllabus”.

What topics will you be tested on?

  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • English Language
  • General Awareness
  • Computer Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QADI)

This section tests your calculation skills and knowledge of school level mathematics. The challenge is that while aspirants have learnt the concepts, they have forgotten the associated formulae, concepts, properties, etc. You might face questions of the following types: BODMAS, Data Interpretation, Complete the Series, Mathematics and Data Sufficiency.

Logical Reasoning (LR)
is section will test your analytical and logical reasoning skills in the form of puzzles, brain teasers or clues. Conceptual or theoretical knowledge is not generally tested but you will require a lot of practice of different question types. The various question types asked in this section are: Arrangements, Sequential Output Tracing, Odd Man Out/Complete the, Series, Syllogisms, Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning and Visual Reasoning

English Language (VA)
The section (also known as Verbal Ability) tests your English language skills. It is more a test of language comprehension and your ability to interpret information given in English. You don’t need to just have good vocabulary and grammar skills, you need to have read a good reading habit to efficiently succeed in this test. Read from as many diverse sources as possible and understand what you read. The various question types asked in this section are: Reading Comprehension, Jumbled Sentences, Fill in the Blanks, Close Passages, Errors in Usage, Sentence Correction, Vocabulary and Paragraph Completion

General Knowledge and Current Affairs (GK)

The general knowledge and current affairs section tests your general awareness more than your knowledge of trivia and random information. It is beneficial to go through GK magazines and books, reading newspapers daily and current affairs magazines on a weekly basis. The various areas from which GK questions may be asked are: Banking Products and Terminology, Economic and Corporate Updates, Government Schemes and Constitutional Bodies, Marketing Terms, Current Affairs and Trivia.

Computer Awareness (CA)
The computer awareness section in bank exams is a relatively new entrant due to the increasing usage of computers and the internet in all kind of bank jobs. As bank aspirants you are expected to have a basic working knowledge of computers, their applications and how to use them. Consequently, while bank tests do not really check your technical expertise in this field, they definitely test your proficiency with common computer applications.

The various areas from which questions may be asked in this section are: Basics of Computer Hardware, Software & Desktop Applications and Windows, Microsoft Office Applications, Keyboard Shortcuts, Internet and Networking and Terminology and Latest News.

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Written by Sangeetha Alwar

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