How can I prepare for IBPS Recruitment 2015 -16
Every year IBPS announces new set of vacancies for IBPS and SBI. And every year students goes over and over the same dilemma. “How can I prepare for IBPS Recruitment for PO and Clerk?” You’ll find candidates searching for shortcut methods, tips and tricks, study materials whether free or paid, and yet the most essential thing is missing! Strategy!
Why Strategy matters for SBI and IBPS Recruitment?
Okay! Let us ask you something. Ever heard of a war won solely on instincts? You may win a fight but never a war. A war is won solely on strategy. From times immemorial, to Mahabharta, to British Invasion, to present day warfare. Damn! You can even win in a video game without strategy! Then, how can you expect to win in SBI and IBPS Recruitment War. The competition’s getting tougher, vacancies getting lesser, and patterns changing by the day! A few common questions we often hear “how can I prepare for IBPS PO in 2 months” “how can I crack IBPS Clerk in 90 days” “how can I prepare for SBI PO in 1 month”! The thing that puzzles us the most is that students actually believe this thing is possible. Worst still, many coaching institutes and even plenty of websites claim this feat is actually achievable. And so we ask a very simple question:
“Do you really believe you can win over candidates, some even preparing for years, with just 2 months time?”
No Friends! Hard Work can be countered with only hard work! (Unless you have jack somewhere).
And so we come back to our original question. Why Strategy matters for SBI and IBPS Recruitment? The answer is simple. To analyze your strengths and utilize what you are good at to gain an edge over the others.
Here’s what an average candidate thinks:
- score 25 marks in Quantitative
- score 25 marks in Reasoning
- score 25 marks in English
- score 25/15 marks in Computers
- score 25 marks in General Awareness
And so another question from us. “Are you equally proficient in all these subjects?”
Probably not! Then how can you make such a strategy?
Let’s talk of a sample strategy that’ll really help in SBI and IBPS Recruitment!
“I am good in Computers and English. Hmmm… I’m an Engineer so probably I won’t find Quantitative a problem. But, then again, candidates in Delhi/Bihar are even better in Quantitative! They know lot’s of stuff I probably don’t right now! Reasoning is fairly easy but people don’t attempt Assertions/Conclusions type of statement questions. Let’s see where I stand now. If I’m good, probably I’ll go for it. If not, I’ll keep things simple for reasoning. General Awareness section focuses mostly on Banking. For computers, I’ll select the topics and probably get a good understand from Scribd.com or Slideshare.com. My English is also good, but candidates from metros may excel there. OK! So, my first strategy would be to go after shortcuts for Quantitative and Banking Awareness. After that, let’s see Reasoning. Then Computers and English. Of course, based on the feedback I’ll revise the strategy further”
What’s the outcome of this thinking? This strategy pinpointed strengths and has prioritized weak points i.e Banking and Shortcuts. Based on the feedback one gets from initial strategy, one can further tweak one’s strategy to suit his needs.
And here, you may think “Why not go for English and Computers first?“. And the answer’s is just as simple. There’s a limit to which one can prepare easily. After that, preparation has to be increased many folds for each mark. For example,let’s take computers.
- Few questions are asked from shortcuts of MS Office. That can be prepared in an hour or so.
- Few Questions come about Internet. Like Browser, OS, etc. Very Easy with even a little awareness.
- Few Questions on OSI Networking Model, etc. Can Be done with some effort.
- Questions related to database, odbc, etc. This questions are very few. 1-2 marks at most. But preparing this will require loads of efforts. Is it worth spending time in this. NOPE! One is better of learning another quantitative shortcut.
Determine your limit for each section and go for the OPTIMUM balance between all sections that allows you to score MAXIMUM marks!
How can I prepare for SBI and IBPS Recruitment
IBPS Recruitment 2015-16 started a new trend in the chapters of banking recruitment history. The new prelims and main examinations for IBPS PO and Clerk has made the recruitment even tougher. While the details are not out yet, it may be, soon.
Yet, the basic strategy remains the same. Go for the questions that can be answered in a second. The top preferences of the successful candidates in past SBI and IBPS Recruitments are
- General Awareness. If you know it, you can answer it in just a second. If you don’t, chances are you’ll just get it wrong by taking a gamble. PS: Do go through the banking definitions here.
- English. Synonyms and Antonyms are the most scoring of the English Exam. With a slight preparation, most of the synonyms and antonyms can be solved. Next in line comes the Cloze Test. Get complete coverage here.
- Computers. Shortcuts of course. Then comes Browsers, OS name, I/O devices and basic day to day tasks.
- Quantitative. Quadratic Equations
- Reasoning. Syllogism
These are some of the most scoring questions you’ll get in IBPS and SBI Recruitment Exams.
Apart from this, all your preparation depends on your strategy. These should be learned first. Everything else becomes secondary.
Preparing these topics ensure that you’ll crack each and every section in the exams, and can walk to your next goal confidently. That is, Maximum Score!
When does IBPS Recruitment start truly?
IBPS already starts taking your exam the day it releases notification for filling up the form! The form should be filled with utmost care. A single mistake and you are already out of the race. Even if you qualify written, you’re fighting a lost cause.
Some mistakes to avoid:
- Name. Write your name as it is. Any documents you have including driving license, PAN Card, Passport, School Certificates, etc. Get your name checked already. If there’s a discrepancy, correct it immediately.
- Preference List. IBPS asks for a compulsory preference list. This, if taken lightly, will cost you your interview. Interview panel most definitely asks about your first preference. Any loose screws and the panel will shred you head to toe. We’ve already posted a definite guide on how to fill bank preference list in IBPS. Go thorough that and make your list carefully.
- SC/SC/OBC/PWD certificates. Get them ready.
Anything else for the SBI and IBPS Recruitment Plan?
Few points that we’d like to throw:
- Prepare a weekly preparation Chart. See the exam details here.
- Don’t wait for 90 days before the exam to start your preparation.
- Start reading newspaper. We recommend reading The Hindu (the Editorial section, even more!)
- Many passages comes from the Editorial Section focusing Indian Economic Scenario. Never leave them out!
- Start giving Practice Tests (even if your current preparation is nill). Giving mock tests will allow to shape your strategy and thinking. You’ll understand which topics to focus and which topics to leave. Example, leaving puzzles in reasoning and Series in Quantitative was what we used to do in our days.
- Don’t loose hope. Sometimes, you may think the syllabus is just too overwhelming. Just think that it’s the same for others, too! Leave all overwhelming topics and concentrate on easier-yet-surer topics.
Got any Questions for SBI and IBPS Recruitment Plan?
We are more than ready to help. Let us know in the comments below. Anything you’d like to ask. Anything you think is left out in the article. Anything at all related to SBI and IBPS recruitment! If we know it, we’ll definitely help you out!
We want all our readers to get recruited in SBI and IBPS exams. Anything we can do, to help you achieve your goal is our utmost pleasure.
All the best, Guys! Start preparation and Give us the good news soon! Until then, Ciao!
PS: You may find an old analysis on Youtube here.