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Last minute tips to crack IBPS Bank PO exam III

Last updated on: October 18, 2013 18:04 IST

Last minute tips to crack IBPS Bank PO exam III



In an online chat with readers, Anil Nagar of CareerPower Institute answered queries on how to prepare for the upcoming Institute of Banking Personnel Selection's Bank PO exam III.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will be organising the Common Written Examination for Probationary Officer recruitment in 19 public sector banks.

The written examination for about 25,000 vacant positions will be held on October 19, 20, 26 and 27.

For the first time, this examination will be conducted online and approximately 18 lakh students from across the country are set to appear for it.

The paper will be of 200 marks and will test your aptitude in five areas: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.

Click here to read details of the IBPS Bank PO paper pattern and allotment of marks!

For the convenience and benefit of students, IBPS has also provided the option of mock tests so that candidates can acquaint themselves with the pattern of the online examination.

Click here to take the online mock test!

Candidates who clear the written test will be shortlisted for the common interview that will be held in the third week of January 2014.

The final allotments will take place in March 2014.

For the benefit of readers, had organised an online chat with Anil Nagar, founder of CareerPower Institute on October 18 between 4 and 5 pm IST.

In the chat, Nagar answered questions and offered tips and strategies on how to prepare for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection's Bank PO exam.

For those who missed the live chat, here's the unedited transcript:

Anil Nagar: Hello everyone. I am Anil Nagar, Director, Career Power Institute, Delhi (A premier institute for government jobs preparation). Please post your questions and I will try my best to answer them.

Salim: Sir I am 32 years. Can I apply for the exam?

Anil Nagar: Hi Salim, it will depend on your category. Basically age criteria for IBPS PO is 21-28 years and 3 year relaxation is given to OBC Candidates and 5 Year relaxation to SC/ST candidates.

Rajat: what books to refer for CWE exam revision?

Anil Nagar: Hi Rajat,there are many books available in market for these exams, but, mostly, these are general books and cater to all related competitive exams like - PO , SSC, LIC, CTET ect.... But, if you want to go for specialized study material (Specific for IBPS PO), you can go for correspondence course of a reputed coaching institute like Career Power.

Nayan: where can I download admit card for the exam?

Anil Nagar: Hi Nayan, you can download you admit card for IBPS PO III from the below link -

Rahul: How much should i score in each section to get an interview call? how many students are writing this year?

Anil Nagar: Approx. 18 Lac candidates are appearing for IBPS PO III exam. You should target at least 40 % marks in each section to clear cut-off for each section. If your overall actual score is 100 should definitely get a interview call.

Hardik: what books to read to crack GK section...please help

Anil Nagar: Hi Hardik, if you are concerned about your GK Part, you can refer to this GK Power Capsule for IBPS PO III Exam. It will very very useful for exam -

Shahin: sir i want to try for IBPS exam but i don’t have the information regarding IBPS so pls tell me the whole procedure from starting to end

Anil Nagar: Hi Shahin, Institute for Banking Personnel Selection is the body which conducts combined recruitment exam for 21 PSU banks. The process includes a common written exam and common interviews. After the common interview process, banks are allocated on the basis of combined merit score (written exam interview). For more details you can refer to this notification (IBPS PO III) -

Vishal: How do i get the information for IBPS exam like when is the last date for registration, etc

Anil Nagar: You can refer to ... this is a special portal providing information about IBPS Bank exams, like new notifications, fresh vacancies, last date etc

Anil: What is the preparation method for cracking the IBPS bank exam?

Anil Nagar: Now a days, competition is really tough and one has to work really hard to succeed in the exam. Conceptual clarity and Continuous Practice is the key!

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Tushar: How can I apply for the exam? which are the banks that are selecting candidates

Anil Nagar: You can apply for the exam online at ... Forms for IBPS PO exam are generally out by May/June every year.

List of the banks under IBPS PO III - Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Syndicate Bank, Andhra Bank, Corporation Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Union Bank of India, Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, IDBI Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Vijaya Bank, Canara Bank

Jeswal: Hi how to crack the online test? how is it different from the written exam?

Anil Nagar: Online test is very similar to paper pencil test, but here you see all the questions on your computer screen rather than on a paper. Also, you have to mark you answers online. Just because of the change in format, there are many changes required in the strategy for this exam. One should practice as many online test as possible because it gives you confidence and helps you build right strategy.

Priyanjan Dutta: How to manage the time for each section?

Anil Nagar: Managing time is a art. Eventually, you have to manage you time in such a way that you are able to clear the sectional cut-offs and maximize the overall score. You should practice online tests and form a strategy to fulfil above aim. There is no universal strategy for any exam, it is always individual specific.

Naveen: Which book should I prefer for reasoning and plz tell me how this Ibps exam different from ssc 10 2 entrance exam

Anil Nagar: IBPS PO and SSC 10 2 exams are totally different exams. IBPS PO is on the basis of graduation, while SSC 10 2 can be give after 10 2 exam. Also, IBPS PO is for office level recruitment in PSU banks, while SSC 10 2 is clerical level recruitment in central government jobs.

Sheetal: How is Abhyudaya co-op bank?

Anil Nagar: It is good bank to work with. Recently it was conferred with the Best Chairman award by the banking frontier amongst all co-operative banks.

Yasmin: How many type of question they ask and what are the sections?

Anil Nagar: IBPS PO III consists of 5 sections - Reasoning (50 Marks), English Language (40 Marks), Quantitative Aptitude (50 Marks), General Awareness (40 marks), Computer Knowledge (20 Marks)

Rajat: Sir how to prepare for computer paper

Anil Nagar: Computer section is actually very easy and mostly it based on application... i.e. if you understand the working of computer, MS Windows and work on MS Office (word and Excel), then you can answer most of the questions. Also, you can refer to NCERT Computer Basics book, if you want.

Sumit: Sir general awarness question belongs to only banking or not?

Anil Nagar: Hi Sumit, in GA sections roughly 75% questions come from Banking Awareness and 25% questions come from Current Affairs.

Sumit: Sir my age is 28 year nd i am an engineer i want to become PO is this possible now

Anil Nagar : Yes Sumit, you can give IBPS PO Exam. Age limit (for general category) for IBPS PO III is 21-30 years.

Sumit: And one more question sir, to clear all section and get a good score, how many number of questions target should i set, that can easily breach nd which section first

Anil Nagar: If you score 40% in each section and your overall, actual score is 100 , then should definitely clear the written test and get a interview call

Anil Nagar: Dear All, Thank you for attending this chat. Within this limited time, we tried to take maximum number of queries. Career Power Insitute, Delhi wishes you all the best for the exam! Go to exam hall with confidence and half the battle will be won! Best wishes!

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