Indian Bank Recruitment 2018: Top 10 Preparation Tips To Crack The Probationary Officer Exam

Indian Bank, which is a state-owned financial services company, has released a notification for an admission to the one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) course at Indian Bank Manipal School of Banking (IBMSB). This has been set up jointly by Indian Bank and Manipal Global Education Service Pvt Ltd.

Candidates who are scrutinised for the PGDBF will open a path to take up a full-fledged banking career in Indian Bank, one amongst the top performing public sector companies. However, they will be posted as a probationary officer in Indian Bank only after the successful completion of the PGDBF course. Here are the preparation tips to ace the probationary officer exam held by Indian Bank.


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Prep Tips For Indian Bank PO Recruitment

Indian Bank PO Exam Pattern

Candidates will be selected through an online test (preliminary and main examination) followed by an interview.

Preliminary Examination

S No Name Of Tests No Of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1 English Language 30 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35

Reasoning Ability 35 35 Total 100 100

The duration of the exam is one hour and the 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three sections and should secure a minimum overall cut-off, which will be decided by the bank. Candidates who are shortlisted after the preliminary exam will be called for the main examination.

Main Examination

S No Name Of TestsNo Of Questions Maximum MarksDuration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 6060 minutes
2 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 4035 minutes
3 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

Candidates have to secure a minimum score in each section to get shortlisted for the interview. The mark allotted for an interview is 100 and the minimum qualifying mark in an interview is 40% for general and 35% for SC/ST/OBC candidates. Only the main examination and interview marks are considered for the final merit list.

Indian Bank Preparation Tips To Crack The Exam

Tip 1: Aspirants should start their preparation with the English language proficiency because most of the questions will be on the grammar, prepositions and vocabulary.

Tip 2: The reading comprehension is the most important part of the English language section. Reading the newspaper everyday will help you get familiar with the language and will help you with the general awareness section in the main examination.

Tip 3: The reasoning ability is a scoring section and one has to increase their logical thinking and analytical skills. One should also get familiar with the simplifications which are required for the arithmetical reasoning questions.

Tip 4: One should master the most important topics first such as blood relations, syllogisms, directions, data sufficiency, alphabet series, coding-decoding, seating arrangement and analogy.

Tip 5: To ace the quantitative aptitude, one should hone their critical thinking skills. Always start the preparation with the simplifications such as averages, ratios, LCM, percentages, simple interest and compound interest.

Tip 6: The most important topics in the quantitative aptitude are time and work, time and distance, interest and discount, pipes and cisterns, profit and loss, decimals and fractions, quadratic equations and number systems.

Tip 7: One should practise rigorously because it is the only way to score well in this objective exam. Try to solve as many practise paper as you can.

Tip 8: Around one month left for the main examination after the preliminary. Hence, we suggest aspirants focus more on the preliminary exam rather than the main exam.

Tip 9: While preparing for the main exam, aspirants should also focus on the descriptive paper which plays a crucial role in the cut-off score.

Tip 10: Take mock tests at regular intervals and prepare an effective study schedule.

Indian Bank PO Exam Dates

  • Online Registrations: August 1 to 27, 2018
  • Call letters for online examination (preliminary): September 24, 2018
  • Online examination (preliminary): October 6, 2018
  • Result of Online exam (preliminary): October 17, 2018
  • Call letters for online examination (main): October 22, 2018
  • Online examination (main): November 4, 2018

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