Getting a job in the banking sector is a dream of many aspirants. A job in the banking sector gives many benefits and amenities, few of them are- reputation in the society, secured job, financial security, medical insurance, provident fund and many more. No one wants to lose the opportunity of getting a job in the banking sector. Every year lakhs of aspirants prepare for banking exams but only thousands of them could reach the finals and are able to achieve jobs in the banking sector. 

So, today we’ll discuss How to prepare for banking exams?

Before jumping to the banking exam preparation we need to know the exam pattern, banking exams syllabus, upcoming banking exams.

Banking exams :

Almost all banking exams have similar exam patterns and similar recruitment processes. Even the syllabus of all banking exams are mostly similar.

Banking exam patterns:

The banking exam has  3 stage recruitment process, 

Stage 1Preliminary Exam
Stage 2Mains Exam
Stage 3Interview Round 
  • The first two stages are written tests.
  • The third is the interview round. Candidates can reach the third stage, only after qualifying both the above rounds. 
  • The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the second stage (mains exam) and third stage (interview round).

Prelims exam pattern :

Subject No. of questionMarks Duration Medium of Examination 
English Language 30 30 20 minutes English 
Reasoning Aptitude35 35 20 minutes English & Hindi 
Quantitative Ability 35 35 20 minutes English & Hindi
Total 100 10060 minutes/ 1 hour ____________

Mains exam pattern:

Subject No. of questionMarks Duration Medium of Examination 
English Language 354040 minutes English 
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 456060 minutes English & Hindi
Quantitative Ability 356045 minutes English & Hindi
General awareness/ Banking & Economy awareness404035 minutes English & Hindi
Total 155200180 minutes ____________

Important points:

  • The written exam contains MCQ
  • There will be negative marking of o.25 for each wrong answer, means 1 marks will get deducted for 4 wrong answers
  • No negative marking for unattempted questions
  • Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off

Banking exam syllabus:

Here I’m going to mention banking exam syllabus

Subject Syllabus 
English Language Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Spotting errors, Error detection, Sentence correction, Para jumbles, Vocabulary, Multiple meaning words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms & phrases, Fillers, Paragraph completion, Connectors.
Reasoning Aptitude Direction & distance, Blood relation, Syllogism, Tabulation, Seating arrangement, Puzzles, Alphanumeric series, Coding- decoding, Input- output, Non- verbal reasoning, Coded inequalities, Data sufficiency, Ranking & order, Logical reasoning, Analogy, Passage & conclusion,Statement conclusion, Decision making,Assertion.
Computer Aptitude 
History of computer, Number system, Computer hardware, Computer software,Data base, Communication, Networking (LAN, WAN), Internet concept, Security tools,Computer viruses, Hacker, MS Office, MS Word, Excel, Keyboard shortcuts,Computer fundamentals & functions, Operating system, Logic gates.
Quantitative Ability Number system, Mensuration, Percentage & average, Ratio & proportion, Mixtures & alligations, Profit & loss, Simple & compound interest, Time & distance, Work & time, Quadratic equation, Data interpretation, Premutation, Combination & probability, Speed & distance, Surface, area & volume, Sequence & series, 
General awareness/ Banking & Economy awarenessNational & international current affairs, Business news, Economy based current affairs, Visits, Government schemes, Government organizations, Awards & honors,Summits, Committees, Books & authors,Defense, Sports.

Upcoming banking exams:

As like every year, this year (2020) too many banks have released their notification and notification of some banks is yet to be issued.

So, here is the list of upcoming banking exams 

IBPS Bank Exams

Exams Notification Registration datesImportant Dates Mains Exam 
IBPS PONotification dateAugust 2020 
Registration datesAugust- September 2020
Prelims Exam               3rd, 4th & 10th Oct. 2020   
Mains Exam 21 Nov. 2020
IBPS ClerkNotification dateSeptember 2020 
Registration dates September 2020    Prelims Exam12th, 13th & 19th Dec. 2020

Mains Exam
19th Jan 2020
IBPS SONotification date     
 5th Nov. 2019    

Registration dates
 6th – 26th Nov. 2019
Prelims Exam
28th & 29th Dec. 2019

Mains Exam 25th Jan. 2020
IBPS RRBNotification date       June 2020

Registration dates  June – July 2020
Prelims Exam Officer Scale: 1st, 2nd Aug. 2020
Mains Exam Single Officer II & III: 13th Sep. 2020 

SBI Bank Exams 

Exams Notification Registration datesImportant dates Mains exam
SBI Clerk Notification date   
  2nd Jan. 2020

Registration dates 
3rd to 26th Jan. 2020
Prelims exam
22th, 29thFeb and 1st , 8th Mar. 2020

Mains exam 
19th Apr. 2020
SBI PONotification date      March – April 2020

Registration dates
April 2020        

Prelims exam   June 2020

Mains exam
August 2020
SBI SONotification date       
 23rd Jan. 2020
Registration dates 
23rd Jan. – 12th Feb 2020
Prelims exam
8 March 2020

Mains exam 
Notified later

RBI Bank Exams

Exams Notification Important dates Mains exam
RBI Grade B Yet to be released June 2020 (tentative)————
RBI Assistant 23rd Dec. 2019 – 24th Jan. 2020Prelims Exam14th – 15th feb. 2020

Mains exam
March 2020

Other bank exams

Exams Notification Important dates Mains exam
NABARDMay 2020 Prelims exam
June  2020

Mains exam
July  2020
Punjab National Bank SOFebruary 2020Prelims exam
Yet to be announced 

Mains exam
Yet to be announced 
Syndicate Bank SOMay 2020 Prelims exam
To be notified later 

Mains exam
To be notified later 
UNION Bank SO March 2020Prelims exam
To be notified later  

Mains exam
To be notified later
DENA Bank Yet to be released Prelims exam
Notified later 

Mains exam
Notified later 
Bank of BARODA Yet to be releasedPrelims exam
Notified later

Mains exam
Notified later
CANARA Bank POYet to be releasedPrelims exam
Notified later

Mains exam
Notified later
NABARD Grade A10th Jan – 31st Jan. 2020Prelims exam
Notified later

Mains exam
Notified later

Banking exam preparation 

Have you ever wondered why each and every interested aspirant isn’t able to clear the banking exams? I’ll tell you why, it’s not that they don’t work hard or they are weak in studies, the reason behind their failure is their preparation. They aren’t following the right strategy for banking exam preparation. 

 To crack banking exams in the first attempt, aspirants need to follow a proper strategy for banking exam preparation. 

  • Practice online mock tests daily
  • Work on your weaknesses
  • Focus on accuracy and speed, these two are the key factors that are needed while  preparing for any banking exam.
  • Never lose hope
  • Be confident 

Keep in mind that competition is very high, every aspirant is working hard. You need to work harder than them and leave them behind

Aspirants, if you are dreaming to be a part of the banking sector in the year 2020, then get up and start your preparation from now. 


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