Every year a large number of candidates appear for the banking exams such as SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO and Clerk and many more, a majority of these candidates are fresh graduates seeking a stable and secure job. Unfortunately only few are able to achieve what they seek, and some of them might have appeared for the exam for the first time. Similarly, this year again fresh graduates will appear for various banking exams for the first time, a fraction of them determined to crack a banking exam in their first attempt. On that note, given below are some general tips that would help the candidates appearing for any banking exam first time, to effectively prepare for it, so that they can ace it in their first attempt.
Proper Time Management
Effective Management of time during exam preparation plays an imperative role in determining success or failure of a candidate in any exam. A candidate preparing for banking exams must allocate proper time to different subjects. Morning time should be allocated to theoretical subjects such as English and General/Financial Awareness, as our brain is most active during the early hours of the day after we wake up. It is also important to take short breaks in between study time slots. This time could be used for taking a walk, listening to music or even going to the balcony to take a deep breath, this will rejuvenate the mind and you will feel fresh again. Enough time must be given to each topic in order to clear the basic concepts and to solve ample amounts of questions starting from beginners level and then gradually moving to advanced level questions.
Speed Up Your Calculations and Attempt As Many Questions As Possible
Implementation of this tip can have a major impact on a candidate’s score in the Quantitative Aptitude section in the exam. Learning tables at least upto 20, at the same time mugging up of squares and cubes upto 20 and 30 respectively will help in performing calculations faster. Also, he/she should learn formulas and short tricks to solve a given question with speed, and without applying the base method which can consume a considerable amount of candidate’s time during the exam. All the above mentioned tips will help a candidate save time in Quantitative aptitude section, and if taken seriously can ensure maximum marks in least amount of time.
Regular Mock Test and Revision
Giving regular online mock tests or practice tests could help the candidate assess his/her performance and upon analysing the performance summary a candidate would get an idea of his/her current accuracy and speed along with the knowledge of areas or topics he/she needs to work on to improve his/her performance. Attempting mock tests also gives a candidate the experience of how to stay calm and focused, and to attempt questions under the pressure of time ticking off. Revision of previously learned subject matter is another key factor which if not practiced properly and regularly can ruin the effort you had put in the past to learn a topic. Recalling and revisiting concepts and facts is necessary, along with preparing short notes and mind maps of concepts, facts, formulas and tricks is a must to help a candidate to do a quick revision prior to the exam.
Design a Preparation Strategy
There is no use of preparing for an exam, if there is no preparation strategy or plan in place. Therefore, before starting his/her preparation for the banking exam, a candidate must design a preparation strategy keeping in mind the number of days left to prepare, along with clear knowledge of exam pattern, prescribed syllabus and more. A candidate should also go through previous years question papers to get an idea of the weightage of different topics in each subject. This would help a candidate to decide which topics are important and which are not, and which topics should be given attention. Your preparation strategy or timetable should incorporate regular mock tests and quizzes.
Clear Understanding of Fundamental Concepts
Learning short tricks and formulas in Quantitative Aptitude is not enough to crack a banking exam, as these exams are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of the basic concepts in different subjects. So, candidates should learn and understand the basic concepts before mugging up formulas and short tricks, as it can save you when tricks and formulas will fail in solving a question, and only the person who has the understanding of the basic concept behind the question would be able to solve it. The above is true for all the subjects mentioned in the syllabus of banking exam. A sound knowledge of concepts is imperative to secure a good score and to clear the overall as well as sectional cut off in banking exams such as IBPS SO.