Monday, 18 August 2014

Preparing yourself for the IBPS PO Exam with Smart Strategies

Doesn’t matter what field you’re looking to start a career in…having someone on the inside who’s been through what you’re about to encounter, passed the exams, and actually got the job they desired to share their story is always an advantage. Shashidhar is one such person. Shashidhar is currently employed as a Probationary Officer with Canara Bank. If you’re looking to become a probationary officer, he’s been where you’re heading…namely the IBPS PO exam.

  
A Bit About The Exam
The IBPS PO Exam, a mandatory requirement created by the Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), is a two-part exam made up of both a written section and an interview. Typically the exam takes place from September and selections for positions are made a few months thereafter.

The Written Exam
The written exam is made up of 200 questions and delves in to five areas where the candidate needs to display a certain level of expertise. Those areas are:
Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Command of the English Language, General Awareness and Computer Understanding.
The Interview
The interview portion of the PO Exam is conducted through a partnership with the candidate banks and the IBPS. Candidates are quizzed based on several important factors that all play in to their ability to do the job of a Probationary Officer. The interview focuses on these primary traits:

 

Reasoning, Observation and Mental Acuity
Before you think that having a overload of charm can get you by,  Shashidhar will tell you, “you must understand that the interview portion is based on problem solving and also involves questions that revolve around many of the same traits that they test for in the written exam, i.e., Computer Skills, English language, etc. You need to know your stuff.”
With this in mind, here’s a piece of preparatory knowledge. According to  Shashidhar, “Many portions of the test align directly with what I was trained on, but I also found some areas where, with the help of TalentSprint, I was able to truly prepare and go in confidently since I had the necessary knowledge…practiced knowledge to pass the test.”
He goes on to say that, “TalentSprint is one of the better institutions that have helped career-minded individuals get ready for exams like the IBPS PO Exam by focusing on the direct areas of questioning that candidates will be required to display knowledge of.”

Strategies for the Probationary Officer Exam
There are many ways that one can prepare for the exam, perform well and land their dream job as a Probationary Officer for some of the country’s largest banks.

Preparatory Institutions
One way to truly prepare for the exams, and the method that  Shashidhar credits for his success, is that of a preparatory support from TalentSprint. There are many advantages of going with an institute like TalentSprint. You can study at your own pace and on your own time. They break the test down in to sections and have both informative lectures and mock tests on each section that help really build confidence… Shashidhar adds that, “after my preparation, I felt ready because I knew the material and I was prepared.” TalentSprint also taught  Shashidhar a variety of the tricks and shortcuts that he applied to pass the test and get the job he wanted.

Study and Practice
With all the areas of coverage there’s no shortage of skills where you need to show a high level of comprehension. Now that you have a better understanding of where the exam will focus, sharpening your abilities in each of these areas will go a long way towards making you comfortable when you go in to the exam. That comfort level will equate to better test scores.

Increase Your Banking and Worldview Knowledge
The general awareness portion of the test will specifically target your understanding of the present state of the banking industry and, true to its name, will also test you on your general awareness of the world around you…in other words, current events. While this portion of the test is heavily skewed towards banking,  Shashidhar advises that you stay fresh on what’s happening in the outside world as well, i.e., the economy and policy, both in terms of the banking industry and Indian society as a whole. “Having a well-rounded understanding of the whole picture will make you that much more successful, so scour the newspaper, periodicals, new books and, of course, watch News channels on television. That’s my personal advice”.

Know English
Almost a quarter of the exam will focus on your comprehension of the English language.  Shashidhar improved his command of English by reading English-language newspapers and magazines. He also suggests that you practice speaking English in the mirror or to those around you. Learn a few new English words every day. These are a just a few of the techniques that  Shashidhar recommends.

Plan It Out
You want to make sure that you at least have a chance to get to every question. Before the test,  Shashidhar wrote down all the areas that he needed to cover. He says that, “With that list, I was able to break down the exam into areas that I felt strong and areas where I knew that I had some weakness. So, I focused heavily on areas I was weakest in, and simply honed my skills in my strong areas. I did the same with the test…moving quickly through areas I was strong at…managing my time so that I could  focus properly on those areas that required more thought.”

Take Mock Tests
Nothing prepares you for the IBPS PO exam like running through it beforehand. Now, while you can’t take the actual exam, preparatory institutions like TalentSprint have mock tests you can take to better prepare you for the real thing. Of course, if you’re more of the do-it-yourself type, mock exams can also be acquired online. 

Sridhar K
Sr. VP, TalentSprint
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