Why the test?

Banking jobs are lucrative in times of an economic slowdown. In addition to basic salary, the perks, facilities, bonus, special allowances, housing rents act as a cherry on top of the cake. 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.

Aim of IBPS CWE (PO)

They test your IQ, concepts learnt in school and your general awareness. This competitive exam is tough as the number of aspirants is huge and seats are limited.

This exam filters a large proportion of aspirants based on their performance in the aptitude test. Shortlisted candidates then go through rounds of group discussion and personal interviews. Thus, clearing this test is the first major step. Sometimes, it is the lack of hard work that results in failure but most times, it is the wrong approach. Following are some tips for good preparation which shall definitely help you prepare and perform better in the exam.

Sections in the exam

There are five different sections in the exam. You get negative marks for wrong answers. The commonly tested areas are:

  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation – School level maths, basic charts and tables
  • Logical Reasoning – Puzzles, analytical and critical reasoning
  • English Language – School level grammar, English comprehension
  • General Awareness – GK and current affairs
  • Computer Awareness – Computers, applications, internet

1) Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QADI)

This section in bank exams 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. and not had exposure to such questions since a few years. Thus, more focus is to be laid on accuracy and speed and then on the difficulty level of questions. For excelling in QADI, you must follow following tips.

  • Practice regularly and vigorously from a good book of QADI.
  • Memorise by writing all mathematical formulae daily. Revise them before going to bed.
  • After completing each unit, solve test papers. Set a time limit.
  • Practice at least one DI test paper daily. Initially focus more on accuracy and eventually, try speeding up your work.

2) Logical Reasoning (LR)

The reasoning section tests your analytical and logical reasoning skills i.e. your ability to interpret data and information given in the form of puzzles, brain teasers or clues and sort it to arrive at a meaningful outcome. It does not generally test conceptual or theoretical knowledge (apart from one or two areas) but requires a lot of practice of different question types. The only sole tip for LR is:

  • Practice all sorts of different sections in LR such as questions on arrangements, sequential outputs, syllogisms, odd one out, visual reasoning, data sufficiency and critical reasoning daily.
  • Don’t freak out. Some tricky questions might have you puzzled for a few seconds, but read the question twice and you’ll be on your way again.

 

3) English Language (VA)

The section (also known as Verbal Ability) tests your English language skills but it is not just a test of vocabulary or English grammar. It is more a test of language comprehension and your ability to interpret information given in English. So, while you need to have good grammar and vocabulary basics, it is vital that you have a good reading habit. Read from as many diverse sources as possible and understand what you read. This is more useful than trying to mug up random words and their meanings.

  • Start reading. Be it a newspaper or a novel. Reading the newspaper will help in general awareness as well as improving vocabulary.
  • Practice daily from a good book on VA. Solve at least two reading comprehension passages.
  • Practice sentence correction, errors usage and arranging jumbled sentences.

 

4) 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. Thus, while it is beneficial to go through GK magazines and books, reading newspapers daily and current affairs magazines on a weekly basis (at least) is a must. Keep a look out for important events at the national and international level.

  • Read newspapers and GK books regularly. Underline important events, issues and words from newspapers and write it down somewhere.

 

5) 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. Tip:

  • You may read some basic books on computer and its applications.

Advice to ace Post exam procedures

Apart from all above tips, you must regularly give mock tests online or solve test papers of previous years. This gives an overview of paper pattern and makes you confident for exam. Following above tips sincerely will fetch you favourable results. For GD and Personal Interviews which follows after cracking the aptitude test, following tips can help.

  • Prepare your resume. Get all information about your hobbies and subject of interest. You must be able to answer any question they ask about you, your family, your hobbies and your subject.
  • For GD, practice among your friends on various current topics. Reading Newspapers and listening to news gives a lot topics for discussion

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