7 Popular bank entrance exams in India

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7 Popular bank entrance exams

Ever wondered why millions of students in India prepare for banking entrance exams? With handsome salary and valuable perks comes the chance of growth and job security. A banker commands respect in the industry and in life, most people only wish they had.

If you are aspiring for a coveted banking job, then this is the right platform to gain insights into various banking entrance exams. Listed below are 7 major banking entrance exams that you must keep an eye on.

  1. IBPS PO Exam
    Job Overview: IBPS conducts examinations for Probationary Officer (PO)/ Management Trainee (MT) positions for 21 Public Sector banks. The job profile entails general banking, administration & good communication skills and ability to coordinate with clients and staff members.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation with minimum aggregate

Expected date of examination: October 2016 (Preliminary) and November 2016 (Main)

Exam Overview: The exam is held in two phases – Preliminary and Main Examination. It is a computer based online examination.

Preliminary Main Examination
Exam duration 01 Hour 02 Hours
Sections English Language, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness
No. of questions 100 200
Sectional cutoff Yes Yes
  1. SBI PO Exam
    Job Overview: State Bank of India (SBI) conducts its own banking entrance exams for Probationary Officer (PO) positions. This is one of the most reputed banking entrance exams. The job profile involves general banking skills along with a marketing perspective.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation

Expected date of examination: July 2016 (Preliminary) and August 2016 (Main)

Exam Overview: The exam is held in two phases – Preliminary and Main Examination. It is a computer based online examination.

Preliminary Main Examination
Exam duration 01 Hour 3.5 Hours
Sections English Language, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability Objective Test: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation, General Awareness

Descriptive Test: Letter writing & Essay

No. of questions 100 155 (objective) + 02 (descriptive)
Sectional cutoff Yes Yes

 

  1. IBPS Specialist Officer
    Job Overview: Specialist Officers are appointed to specific departments for specialised roles, viz. IT Officer, Law Officer, Agriculture Officer, Marketing Officer, HR Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation in specialized domains

Date of exam: January-February

Exam Overview:

Sections No. of questions Marks Total Time
Reasoning 50 50 120 Minutes
English language 25 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Professional knowledge 75 75
Total 200 200

 

  1. SBI Specialist Officer
    Job Overview: SBI conducts banking entrance exams for Specialist Officers in Law and IT (Systems) field.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation in specialized domains

Date of exam: January-February

Paper I: Aptitude (only qualifying in nature)

Sections Maximum Marks Time
Test of Reasoning 50
English Language 35  90 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35
Total 120

Paper II: Professional Knowledge (Merit deciding) 

Sections Maximum Marks Time
Professional Knowledge 100 (50 questions, 2marks each)  45 minutes
Total 100

 

  1. RBI Grade B Examination
    Job Overview: RBI Grade ‘B’ examination is one of the coveted banking entrance exams. This job brings with it a lot of learning opportunities and keeps you updated about inflation and corruption, and important economic policies.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation with a minimum of marks

Exam Pattern:

(I) Phase I (Online objective exam):

(i) General Awareness (ii) English Language (iii) Quantitative Aptitude and (iv) Reasoning, with composite time of 120 minutes and 200 marks.

(II)Phase II (Objective /Descriptive Online exam):

  • Paper I: Economic & Social Issues (Objective Type)
  • Paper II: English (Descriptive Type)
  • Paper III: Finance and Management

Each of the papers in phase-II will be of 100 marks (total 300 marks) and 3 hours duration.

Expected date of examination: November

  1. LIC Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO)
    Job Overview: Assistant Administrative Officers are responsible for administrative tasks in LIC.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation

Exam Pattern Exam Duration 120 minutes
Subjects Questions Marks
Reasoning 30 90
Quantitative Aptitude 30 90
English Language 40
General Knowledge & Current Affairs 30 60
Computer Knowledge 30 60
Total 160 300

Date of examination: March

  1. IBPS & SBI Clerk
    Job Overview: The job profile of a clerk involves working at withdrawal and deposit counters, issuing demand drafts, receipts collection, and more. They work closely with POs and other staff members.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduation

SBI & IBPS Clerk (Prelims) Test Pattern Exam Duration 60 minutes
Subjects Questions Marks
Reasoning 35 35
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total Questions 100 100

 

SBI Clerk (Main) Test Pattern Exam Duration 160 minutes
Subjects Questions Marks Duration
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Total Questions 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes

IBPS Clerk (Main) Examination: The Main Examination will be an objective online examination for 200 marks.

  1. Reasoning
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. General Awareness
  5. Computer Knowledge

Date of notification: January for SBI Clerk and August for IBPS Clerk
Date of examination: March for SBI Clerk and Nov-Dec for IBPS Clerk

After going through important banking examinations across India, you must set a goal for yourself and start preparing for it. To strengthen your concepts and develop conceptual understanding, you can enroll for any of CL’s banking programs.

All the best!

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