Information about Banking Careers and Bank Exams

What is the eligibility criterion for Bank Exams?

As per the IBPS PO Notification 2016 (CWE PO/ MT VI), the eligibility criteria for the Bank jobs/tests: 1. Age limit:The candidates must be between 20 years and 30 years as on 01.07.2016. There is an age relaxation for candidates belonging to SC/ST by 5 years, for those in OBC by 3 years and for those differently abledby 10 years. 2. Educational Qualification (as on 01.08.2016): A Degree (graduate) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Also, the candidates who are in the final year/semester of their graduation are also eligible to apply. As per the SBI PO Notification 2016, the eligibility criteria for Bank jobs/tests: 1. Age limit: The candidates must be between 21 yearsand 30 years as on 1st April, 2016. However, candidates from the reserved category will get an age relaxation as per the government rules. 2. Educational Qualification: All the candidates must possess a degree (graduate) in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government. Also, the candidates who are in the final year/semester of their graduation are also eligible to apply.

I come from Engineering Background. Can I get a Bank Job?

Yes of course! As mentioned in the eligibility criteria, any graduate is eligible for a Bank Job and so is the case with an Engineering graduate. In fact, many Engineering candidates are selected for Bank jobs every year. As an Engineer, you might have to deal with sections like Banking Awareness and Marketing Awareness, to which you might not be exposed in the desired scale. Keeping students like you in our mind, Conduira's Bank PO courses contain exclusive Banking and Marketing Videos, explaining various concepts, right from the fundamentals, that are tested in these tests. Learn more about ‘Conduira Online Bank Jobs Products’

I have scored very low in Graduation. Can I apply for Bank Jobs?

As a criterion IBPS PO or SBI PO or any other bank test does not look into your marks. In fact, this is an opportunity for someone who has very low marks in graduation or any time earlier in their life; an opportunity to secure a good- paying bank job, in spite of low marks. However, this question might surface during Bank PO interviews and you need to be well- prepared to answer such complicated questions and come out successful. This is where Conduira Online’s Bank PO courses offer special videos on Group Discussions and Personal Interviews that cover various topics and questions to help you crack IBPS, SBI and other bank interviews.

I’m still pursuing my graduation. When is the best time to Start Bank PO preparation?

Typically IBPS PO Prelims are scheduled in the month of October and the Mains in November. Likewise, SBI Prelims and the Mains happen in the month of July. For the year 2016-17, IBPS CWE PO/ MT Prelims are scheduled on 16th, 22ndand 23rdof October and the Mains on 20th November. However, IBPS conducts a series of CWEs in a year for other positions like Clerical and Specialist Officer (S.O.) positions. Similarly, SBI PO 2016 Prelims and Mains are scheduled in the month of July. Considering these schedules, you might need to start your preparation in the pre-final year of your graduation, giving yourself at least 6 months of preparation time. Though every student has differing needs and learning capabilities, basis our experience of training students for years, we recommend 6 months of preparation for the Prelims and the Mains. However, you can take the course from 1 month to 1 year depending on your requirement and availability of time.

What is the selection process for Bank PO- IBPS PO and SBI PO?

The IBPS PO 2016 Selection Process will be in three stages. * Stage 1: Preliminary Common Written Exam (CWE) On the basis of the performance in the Preliminary examination, the candidates are selected for appearing in the subsequent Main Examination. * Stage 2: Mains This stage is very important for two reasons * Marks obtained in this stage are consideredin preparing the final merit list. * The Banks also test the holistic knowledge of the candidates in the Mains. * Stage 3: IBPS Common Interview The candidates who qualify the CWE Prelims and the Mains are selected for the Interview Stage, where there is a Common Interview for all the participating banks. The candidates need to carry all the documents and the certificates as mentioned by IBPS at the time of Interview. Finally, the candidates who qualify both in the CWE and the Interview are shortlisted for the subsequent allotment process. The said procedures change for IBPS Clerk and SO positions. The SBI PO 2016 selection process also has Prelims, Mains and Interview. In addition, it has a Group Discussion, along with an Interview.

What is the test pattern of IBPS PO 2016, SBI PO 2016 and other Banks tests?

As per IBPS notification 2015, the CWE has Prelims and Mains. The Prelims has 100 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. It tests your skills in Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Whereas, the Mains has 200 questions to be solved in two hours. It tests your skills in Reasoning, English language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer knowledge. The candidates have to qualify in every individual section by securing passing marks/cut-offthat would be decided by the Bank. No notifications or pattern changes have been mentioned so far. However, for information on pattern changes you can check Conduira Online for the latest updates.
Common Written Examination PO prelims Pattern:

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English 30 30
Total 100 100

Common Written Examination PO Mains Pattern:

Sr. No. Name of Tests (Objective) Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50  
2 English Language 40  
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50  
4 General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40  
5 Computer Knowledge 20  
  Total 200 Composite Time of 2 hours

2) SBI PO PATTERN: It has two phases prelims and mains. SBI prelims is the same as IBPS prelims. The mains has objective and descriptive questions. Objective questions test your skills in four areas that is Reasoning& Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis& Interpretation, General Awareness in Economy/Banking, and English Language. You can now try our FREE VIDEOS to understand every individual session in detail. These 4 sessions has 155 questions to be solved in 3 hours. Candidates have to qualify in every individual section by securing pass marks to be decided by the Bank. And the Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks will be a 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 .
Preliminary Exam SBI PO &CLERK, IBPS PO & CLERK

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English 30 30
Total 100 100


Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
(in minutes)
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35
General English 40 40 35
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45
Reasoning Ability / Computer 50 60 45
Total 190 200 2 hrs 40 minutes

SBI PO Mains Exam

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks
(Time 120 mins)
Reasoning Ability 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
General Awareness, Computer & Marketing Awareness 50 50
English 50 50
Total 200 200
(typing through key board)
2 50
Total 100 250

What are the most important topics for IBPS PO and SBI PO exams?

Every topic is important for the exam. However, few topics have more weightage. Thus, it's suggested to focus on the most important topics first. For example out of 35 questions in Reasoning section of prelims, 8 question are expected form Seating Arrangemnent and Puzzles. In Quantitative Aptitude of prelims, out of 35 question 15 questions are expected from Numbers, Percentages&Averages and Data Interpretation. Out of 30 English questions 10 questions are expected. In Mains, out of 40 questions form English 20 questions are expected form Reading Comprehension and Cloze Test. Now you can buy topics only that matter to you the most at ConduiraOnline at an affordable price.
Topics For SBI & IBPS Exam: Reasoning ability:

Topics No. of Questions Expected
Syllogism 3
Input - Output 5
Coding - Decoding / Misc 2
seating Arrangements / Puzzles 8
Inequality 5
Data Sufficiency 3
Logical Reasoning 6

Quantitative Aptitude :

Topics No. of Questions Expected
Numbers Systems 5
Problem on Ages 1
Probability 2
Boats & Streams 5
Ratio Proportions 3
Profit & Loss 3
Mixtures & Allegations 3
Percentages & Averages 4
Simple & Compound Interest 3
Time & Work 3
Time & Distance 2
Data interpretation 5

English Language :

Topics No. of Questions Expected
Reading Comprehension 5
Spotting Error 5
Fill in the Blanks 5
Cloze Test 10
Para Jumbles 5

Computer Knowledge :

Topics No. of Questions Expected
Computer Basics  
Hardware & Software  
Operating System  
Ms Word & Excel  
Full Forms (Eg - PDF, Jpeg etc.)  
Android & Apple related news  
Total 13

English Language :

Topics Total Marks 40
Current Affairs 27 (Expected)
Stock Banking 5 (Expected)
Stock GK 8 (Expected)

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