The IBPS PO Exam, a mandatory requirement created by the Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), is a two-part exam made up of both a written section and an interview. Typically the exam takes place from September and selections for positions are made a few months thereafter.
The written exam is made up of 200 questions and delves in to five areas where the candidate needs to display a certain level of expertise. Those areas are:
The interview portion of the PO Exam is conducted through a partnership with the candidate banks and the IBPS. Candidates are quizzed based on several important factors that all play in to their ability to do the job of a Probationary Officer. The interview focuses on these primary traits:
Reasoning, Observation and Mental Acuity
Before you think that having a overload of charm can get you by, Shashidhar will tell you, “you must understand that the interview portion is based on problem solving and also involves questions that revolve around many of the same traits that they test for in the written exam, i.e., Computer Skills, English language, etc. You need to know your stuff.”
There are many ways that one can prepare for the exam, perform well and land their dream job as a Probationary Officer for some of the country’s largest banks.
One way to truly prepare for the exams, and the method that Shashidhar credits for his success, is that of a preparatory support from TalentSprint. There are many advantages of going with an institute like TalentSprint. You can study at your own pace and on your own time. They break the test down in to sections and have both informative lectures and mock tests on each section that help really build confidence… Shashidhar adds that, “after my preparation, I felt ready because I knew the material and I was prepared.” TalentSprint also taught Shashidhar a variety of the tricks and shortcuts that he applied to pass the test and get the job he wanted.
With all the areas of coverage there’s no shortage of skills where you need to show a high level of comprehension. Now that you have a better understanding of where the exam will focus, sharpening your abilities in each of these areas will go a long way towards making you comfortable when you go in to the exam. That comfort level will equate to better test scores.
The general awareness portion of the test will specifically target your understanding of the present state of the banking industry and, true to its name, will also test you on your general awareness of the world around you…in other words, current events. While this portion of the test is heavily skewed towards banking, Shashidhar advises that you stay fresh on what’s happening in the outside world as well, i.e., the economy and policy, both in terms of the banking industry and Indian society as a whole. “Having a well-rounded understanding of the whole picture will make you that much more successful, so scour the newspaper, periodicals, new books and, of course, watch News channels on television. That’s my personal advice”.
You want to make sure that you at least have a chance to get to every question. Before the test, Shashidhar wrote down all the areas that he needed to cover. He says that, “With that list, I was able to break down the exam into areas that I felt strong and areas where I knew that I had some weakness. So, I focused heavily on areas I was weakest in, and simply honed my skills in my strong areas. I did the same with the test…moving quickly through areas I was strong at…managing my time so that I could focus properly on those areas that required more thought.”
Sr. VP, TalentSprint