Top 10 Tips to Crack Any Banking Examination in First Attempt

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Any Bank Exam in Only One Attempt

As the State Bank of India’s clerical exam is around the corner, and some other baking exam are also going to take place in a few days like – syndicate bank, canara bank, idbi bank, etc., it is very much required for you all to understand that it is not at all impossible for you to crack any such banking examination in your first attempt. This article “Top 10 Tips to Crack Any Banking Examination in First Attempt” can definitely help you out.

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If you find people saying that I have been trying since so many years and I have still not got the selection, then how would you be able to clear the exam in your very first attempt? Then, my dear friends, the difference between you and them are that, they are studying and studying and only studying. They know how to solve a question, but they don’t know the drill of handling the pressure, they don’t know that it is also important to leave out some questions; they don’t make a proper strategy for it.

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And here we will be discussing the best tips that will definitely going to help you out with your upcoming banking exams. These will help you out with each and every exam, no matter if you are appearing for the clerical exam or for the probationary officer, does not matter if you are giving the exam of State bank of India or IBPS or for any private bank, these tips will definitely come handy for you.

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Tip no. 1 – The very first tip is related to with the order in which you are going to attempt the various sections in the examination. As we all know, that there are multiple sections in all banking exams (3 sections in SBI and IBPS preliminary exams, 4 sections in private banks exam). The trick here is to plan perfectly that in what order you are going to attempt the sections.

We recommend you to go with your most practiced section or you can say it as with the one you are good at. Starting with a section that you know very well is actually very beneficial for you. Some of the benefits can be like – it gives you confidence when you are able to solve the first few questions, you feel that the exam is not that tough as you were thinking it to be, you score good marks in less time (as you are good with this section), etc.

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Another important tip over here is not to order the questions of a particular section previously. Don’t think like – I will do the puzzles first in the reasoning section, this is because, it is not compulsory that the first question of the reasoning section would be a puzzle only, it could be from any topic, and in case if you still follow your concept for going with the puzzle first, you will end up wasting some time in finding the right question, meanwhile ignoring the other easy questions.

Tip no. 2 – Next tip that can help you clearing the examination is the time allocation. As now, in most of the examinations, you have particular time duration fixed for a particular section. Every mains examination of any banking exam always has this fixed time pattern. Although this is not true for every bank’s preliminary exam. State Bank of India do have fixed time duration for each section from this year, although there is no such thing till now in the IBPS preliminary exams.

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Now, for an exam that doesn’t have a fixed time duration for a section, it is quite easy for you to balance the time and divide it as per your requirements. In such cases, you can spend more time solving the questions from the section that you are best at and can score more marks out of it. It is also possible to spend less time and score just the required marks in the section that you feel is difficult for you. Another positive of this method is that you can easily switch between the sections, and can start solving questions from any other section at any point of time. So, in case if you feel that you have spent a lot of time in one section, you can jump onto another right away.

But, the case of the exams where you have fixed time duration of each section, you need to prepare a completely different strategy. Here you need to study each and every section carefully. You cannot go with the strategy that you only study the important topics of the difficult section and let go the others. Now since you have time and you no other option than to solve questions of that particular section, then definitely you need to study more topics.

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Remember one thing very carefully, that it should not be the case at any point of time, for any given section, that you are sitting idle because you don’t know how to solve more questions. Now you need to prepare up to a level where you start feeling that this fixed time is also not enough for you to solve all the questions, of a particular section, that you are able to solve.

Tip no. 3 – Tip number three is to increase your speed. As the competition is increasing day by day, the number of questions you need to get correct, within the given time, is also increasing. As we all know that the cutoff of almost every examination (not particularly banking) is increasing every year, obviously the number of questions you need to attempt has to be high enough. And one can do this only if he or she has good speed.

By saying good speed, we means that you need to be able to read the things quickly, you should be able to understand the things quickly and you also need to be able to calculate the things quickly.

If you are able to do so, it’s well and good, but in case if you don’t have a good speed, then the best thing you can do is to solve as many mock papers and practice sets as you can. Practice sets or sample papers are very easily available online (at very reasonable cost or even free), which can help you increase your speed, as you practice questions there.

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Tip no. 4 – Accuracy is the next tip to go for. Don’t just follow the speed and end up with less accuracy. Accuracy is more important than speed. Just think for once, you attempted 80 questions out of a total of 100 questions, but your accuracy is 50%, then the actual correct questions are 40 only, and there is no chance for you to get selected with only 40 marks in any banking examination.


So, what you need to do is to attempt only those questions on which you are sure or the questions you know you can solve correctly. Don’t go for the questions that you don’t know properly.

For example – just say you don’t know how to solve problems of trains properly, as you have never practiced for it and just have gone through the formulas once. Now, trying to attempt this question, thinking that the formula you remember should be right, is a complete NO over here. Don’t dare to attempt such questions just to increase your number of attempts. Also don’t go below 90% of accuracy (the minimum you can with is 80% but never below that in any case).

Tip no. 5 – Initially go for the easy or less time taking or scoring questions. Don’t search for these questions as there is no easy question as such. It easiness or difficulty of a question depends as per your practice and knowledge of the topic.

Go sequence wise, and whenever you come across to a question that is easy or less time consuming for you, just go for it. We are not at all suggesting you do ignore all other questions; you should definitely give them a try, but try them only when you are left with some time. Just don’t waste your time on such questions while ignoring the ones that you can actually easily solve.

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Tip no. 6 – Try to ignore the lengthy questions. The drill is to attempt the easy and less time consuming questions and scoring good marks. After all what you need here to qualify the exam is to clear the cutoff marks by scoring good marks and you can easily do that without going for the tough questions.

You also need to understand that attempting all the questions are not at all compulsory. What is compulsory here is that you have to clear sectional and over all cut offs. Many exams even don’t have cut offs now, as State Bank of India has taken aback the concept of cutoff marks from this year in their clerical exam, which is going to take place next month. So for such exams all you need to do is to attempt as many questions as you can, and this maximum number is not 100. So, don’t attempt questions which are too time consuming.


Tip no. 7 – Never go for the guess work. Guessing the answer for a question can actually lack you behind from getting selected in the banking examination. Don’t dare to go for guessing. The tip here is to answer the questions that you know, and not answering the questions that you don’t know, as simple as that.

Going for guessing the answers for the questions, may have been beneficial for you some day. But it is not going to be so always and its better for you to understand this now. Because if you get this point after your examination is done, you may feel sorry for yourself only.

Tip no. 8 – Don’t go for the shortcut methods that you have learned during an online lecture or during a class, unless you have practiced them perfectly. If you know how to deal with them and you are sure enough that this shortcut is going to save some time for you, go for it.

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But, make one thing very sure; go for a shortcut only when you are confident enough. Don’t try to go for any shortcut that you either have never practiced before or are not sure about. This will ultimately end up wasting your time instead of solving the question quickly.

Tip no. 9 – As these days, the pattern of the questions in each examination varies from the previous examination. The same question or the same concept can come up in exam with varies forms. So, reading the question properly and completely is very important. Don’t ignore the question, as this can lead you to selecting the wrong answer.

For example – let us assume the case of syllogism, we mostly expect the question from this topic to be a question where we need to find that whether the conclusion is true or not. And we start solving the question as per this concept and end up wasting our time. This happens because the question was not based on this concept, instead of this, it was based on the concept of reverse syllogism.

Tip no. 10 – Last tip is to attempt as many mock test and speed test as possible for you. They are the best way to practice the real exam and to get the feel of the actual examination. There is no better way to improve your speed, your accuracy, to know your weak points and strong points, etc.

We hope these tips were useful for you and you guys will use them in your examinations. Our best wishes are with you all.

All The Very Best!

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