Lakhs of students apply for bank exams every year. The competition is fierce and the preparation rigorous. It is not easy to pass in a bank exam. Apart from having a good aggregate percentage, you need to clear the sectional cut-offs as well. This rule not only gives undue stress during exam time but also affects student productivity.
However, you need not worry. No exam is impossible to crack. With sincerity, hard-work, and the right approach, you will surely excel in this difficult task.
Always sit in an exam with a plan. You must be aware of your faculties and divide time per section accordingly. The sections that you are good at must be attempted first, keep the toughest one for last as it will take the maximum amount of time. Many students waste a lot of energy on the reasoning section as it is the hardest. This is ill advised as the cut off required to clear this section is usually very low due to its difficulty level. Hence, attempt only as many questions in every section that are good enough to get you the desired score that is required to clear the cut offs.
- Take your time
In the first half of the exam, attempt all questions that you know at first glance. This is applicable to verbal ability and general knowledge questions specifically. These two sections contain questions to which you either know the answer to, or will never know the answer to as you have no clue about the context of the question.
- “Negative” tick-tock
Never forget about the “negative marking” rule prevalent is all banking exams. For every correct answer you get 1 mark and for every wrong answer you lose 0.25 marks. There are no deductions for unanswered questions. Hence, be smart, do not get carried away, and answer only those questions that you are 100% sure off.
- Moving on
Never get stuck on a question when you know that time is not on your side. Try solving a question under 1-2 minutes max. If that does not happen, move on. Wracking your brain on one single question will take away precious minutes earmarked for other sections. Finish as much as you know at first glance, and then come back to the teasers.
- Mock preparation
As the SBI PO exam has gone online, it is advised that all students solve some online mock tests before giving the real exam. Bank coaching classes can be a big help in this regard. There are several institutions that give explicit paper and online training for bank competitive exams all over the country.
- Mental tricks
The data interpretation section in any bank exam can be very challenging. The questions are tricky and demand lengthy calculations, which can be easily avoided through mental maths. Before you sit for an exam make sure that you:
- Learn tables till 40.
- Learn the squares and square root of first 50 numbers.
- Learn the cubes and cube roots of first 40 numbers.
- Practice simple calculations mentally.
- Learn some shortcut tricks which are taught in many coaching centres.