Monday, 28 December 2015

5 Resume Tips

1. Don’t Put Everything on There
Your resume should not list every work experience you’ve ever had. Think of your resume not as a complete list of your career history, but as a document selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out, you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand (even if that means you don’t include all of your experience).

2. Keep it to a Page
The two- (or more!) page resume is okay when there’s just that much you need to say, but the bottom line is this—you want the information here to be concise, and making yourself keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to show on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. But if you can tell the same story in less space? Do.

3. Keep it Simple
Keep it simple. Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page.

4. Make Your Contact Info Prominent
You don’t need to include your address on your resume anymore (really!), but you do need to make sure to include a phone number and professional email address (not your work address!) as well as other places the hiring manager can find you on the web, like your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle.

5. Bring it Down a Level
You may be tempted to throw in tons of industry jargon so you sound like you know what you’re talking about, but ultimately you want your resume to be understandable to the average person. Remember that the first person who sees your resume might be a recruiter, an assistant, or even a high-level executive—and you want to be sure that it is readable, relevant, and interesting to all of them.
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Friday, 18 December 2015


Low self-confidence can hold you back from achieving your goals, luckily, though, there are some practical tips you can use to raise your self-confidence. Here are 4 of them!

1. Make a plan to do something. Then follow through.

This is probably one of the most important and effective ways to building lasting confidence. When you decide to do something and don’t back down but go through with it you get proof of your – often underestimated – capabilities and your confidence in yourself soars.

2. Create something.

Everyone is a creative person. But after childhood and the teenage years your creativity is neglected. Rediscovering your creativity is a good way to improve confidence in yourself. Creating something is a wonderful but not always an easy experience. But when you’re done you not only feel good about yourself, you also sometimes discover new, previously unknown parts of yourself. Being creative is good a way to get to know yourself and your hidden capabilities.

3. Realise that the past does not equal the present

What happened last year, last month or yesterday does not equal tomorrow, next month or next year. You create your future in the present and you can to a large degree decide for yourself how much you let the past affect you and your future.
You can choose to let go of previous thoughts that have not been useful for you. You can choose new thoughts to think. This realization creates a sense of possibility and makes it easier to change negative thought patterns.

4. Compare yourself to yourself. Not to others.

This will eliminate a lot of unnecessary pain in your life. The thing is if you pass one person then you’ll just find another person more successful than you. And your brief sense of being a winner will once again transform into anxiety and fear. Focus on yourself, not the other people around you, no matter if they are more or less successful. Compare yourself to yourself. Improve yourself and see how you grow and become a more successful, more confident and happier person.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

5 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

Achieving anything and everything, becomes easier when you can maintain a positive attitude. This not only improves the quality of your life, it also helps you to feel more relaxed, centered and better in general! It’s often easier said than done though.

Today we’ll look at 5 tips for maintaining your positive attitude no matter what’s going on in your life.

1. You Determine Your Reality

You need to realize that you determine your reality by the way you react to the outside world. Whenever something happens, you get to choose whether it’s a positive or negative experience and react accordingly. Losing your job might be a disaster or it might be the opportunity for bigger and brighter things… you choose what it will mean to you.

2. Start Your Day Strongly

Most of the population drag themselves out of bed and this sets a negative tonality for their entire day. Positive people create a morning ritual that reinforces how great life is and how happy they are to be alive. This could be reading or listening to something inspirational, or meditating, anything that works for you, really.

3. Exercise Is A Natural Feel Good Drug

Exercise is a great way to maintain a positive attitude because of all the positive chemicals it releases into the blood stream. This helps you feel good and gives you the energy you need to fulfil your tasks and goals.

4.  Hang Out With Positive People

You are only as good as the company you keep, and if you can surround yourself with positive people, you are on course to absorbing their traits and in turn, being as positive or even more so than them.

5. Show Your Appreciation

Appreciate God, for doing everything he’s done for you, be grateful for everything you have, appreciate others for all they do for you(no matter how small the thing they do may seem!). By appreciating and feeling grateful, you naturally feel good and you invite more positivity into your life! 


5 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

Achieving anything and everything, becomes easier when you can maintain a positive attitude. This not only improves the quality of your life, it also helps you to feel more relaxed, centered and better in general!
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Deep Maini and His Grand Entry into the Bank of Baroda

Some stories are quite dreamy. For Deep Maini, a 22 year old graduate from Ghaziabad, life took a new turn when the results of the PO Exam were announced.
Deep remembers vividly all the night outs, the crazy frenzy preparations and all the fun and anxiety he had while preparing for India’s most competitive Bank PO Exam. He is now happy, having launched  career with one of the top banks in the country, Bank of Baroda.

His journey was of course not easy. He committed himself to work really hard, allocated over 4 hours a day for more than 9 months to prepare for the exams and continuously banked on his self confidence to become a bank officer in 2015.

While on this path to his dream career, he had a strong partner to support and guide him all the way; TalentSprint.

Deep says “It all started in January 2015, when I came across free content and live sessions by TalentSprint. Then in April 2015, I decided that this is the best partner for me to achieve my goal. I joined the Bank Exam Premium program and then there was no looking back.“

Recalling his days during the preparation, Deep remembers how he spent time watching videos and taking tests which helped him in getting his dream bank job.

With respect to online learning he adds “while I had learnt most of the topics covered in bank exams during my school days, the video lessons helped me not only to refresh but also get a very strong understanding of the basic concepts. This helped me improve my accuracy levels by removing doubts in my mind”.

This foundation went a long way in his success. The added flexibility of learning at his own pace and own time helped him to optimize the time spent on preparation.

But to succeed in Bank PO Exam it is not just about knowledge. Speed is extremely critical as there are only 36 secs to answer a question.”This is where I got the maximum benefit thro’ TalentSprint’s training. I learnt a lot of shortcuts and techniques which improved my speed multi fold. In fact, I sometimes wondered, why did I not learn these shortcuts and techniques when I was in school.”

While these learnings were good, Deep believes that the key benefit of TalentSprint’s online program comes from the high touch it offers through interactive live sessions. Deep attended all the LIVE sessions conducted by Ms.Sylvia Fiona and Mr. Rohit Agarwal without fail. His interactions with “Rohit Sir” (as he and many others call him) helped him do better with Maths especially with doing calculations faster. Ms.Sylvia’s classes helped him do better in English in the Prelims and Mains. Apart from this, it gave him the confidence to face the interview with courage.

After being selected as Bank of Baroda PO, Deep called us up to share his story. He is excited about his new post.

TalentSprint wishes him a great career ahead.


Deep Maini and His Grand Entry into the Bank of Baroda

Some stories are quite dreamy. For Deep Maini, a 22 year old graduate from Ghaziabad, life took a new turn when the results of the PO Exam were announced. It all started in January 2015, when I came across free content and live sessions by TalentSprint.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Etiquettes at Work

As a professional, there are standards you need to keep up with (if not surpass!). There are certain things, however obvious and basic they may seem, that separate the professionals from the not-so-professional. Some of these pointers can be very helpful in maintaining your image as a respectable and professional worker.

1. First impressions are very important! Remember that you are an ambassador of the business and hence need to behave accordingly. Conduct yourself respectfully and courteously at all times.

2. Always maintain your integrity and act with honesty and dignity, especially when it may not be easy to do so. This includes not talking about your co-workers behind their backs and stepping over others to climb the corporate ladder.

3. Dress sharply and always strive to look your best, this works wonder in making sure you look the part of a professional. Be neat, clean and conservative. Shower regularly and use appropriate deodorant.

4. Avoid chewing and popping bubble gum in the presence of others, it’s completely inappropriate and you shouldn’t do this.

5. The physical connection you make when shaking hands with someone can leave a powerful impression. When someone's handshake is unpleasant in any way, we often associate negative character traits with that person. A firm handshake made with direct eye contact sets the stage for a positive encounter.

6. Show respect for others’ workspace. Always knock before entering.

7. Be polite to everyone, don’t interrupt unnecessarily when others are talking. Give them your undivided attention. Be cordial and friendly even when you’re in a bad mood or otherwise under some stress.

There you have it, adhere to all these and whatever else common sense suggests is the appropriate way to behave and you will be recognized as the professional that you want to be known as. Good luck!
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Friday, 4 December 2015

7 Fundamental Business Skills for IT Professionals

There are some basic, fundamental skills that all aspiring IT Professionals should look to hone and perfect over time to further their career and enjoy any significant success in what they pursue. Some of these are listed below, hopefully you can inculcate them into your persona and succeed in your professional endeavours.

1. Listening
Listening attentively helps you understand people around you and enables you to communicate effectively. You also gain some insight about other people’s subject matter expertise if you pay rapt attention to what they’re saying.

2. Negotiation
Anyone, including IT pros, will find themselves stuck and unable to move forward when facing obstacles or a challenge of some sort. Negotiation can often be the difference between success and failure when working with multiple people or groups.

3. Basic Business Finance
IT professionals don’t have to understand advanced financial operations. However, they should know the basic principles such as return on investment (ROI), depreciation, the difference between capital and operating expense, etc.

4. Understanding the Company’s Business Model
If, as an IT pro, you have a good grasp on the business model of the company, you will be in a much better position to be able to offer suggestions on how IT can benefit said business. Without this knowledge, IT pros won’t know what’s actually relevant to making the company more successful.

5. Understanding the Company’s Operating Model
When IT pros understand how the cogs of the company fit together, they will have the contextual framework to differentiate between real improvement and something that’s only hypothetical. This knowledge will also give an IT professional substantial leverage during critical negotiations.

6. Political Power Mapping
Career advancements often depend largely on others deciding that you’ve done enough and deserve a new opportunity. Knowing who in the company has this kind of decision-making authority will help you to network effectively.

7. Doing Your Job

No matter what your role may be, proficient delivery and doing your job well is of utmost importance.. Understanding how your job fits in to the big picture is imperative because it defines how you should leverage your position to have the biggest impact.

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SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Pattern and Syllabus

SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Syllabus

It’s a big day for any Professional waiting to pursue a great banking career. India’s flagship bank, SBI, has published a notification for recruitment and selection of Specialist Cadre Officers in the entire State Bank.

Are you eligible to apply?

There are two types of vacancies for the SO Cadre; Deputy Manager-Law and Assistant Manager-Systems. Each has its own eligibility criterion.

What’s the procedure for Selection?

The selection has two rounds of elimination; Common Written Exam that is held online and an Interview. Those who score as per the criterion set by the Bank in the written test will be eligible for the Interview. Again in the interview, you must score above the minimum qualifying mark ( as set by the Bank) to be eligible for selection.

What’s the Exam Pattern?

Here is the exam pattern. Note the addition of Quantitative Aptitude for the post of Assistant Manager (Systems). The test will be available in both English and Hindi.

No. of Questions
Deputy Manager
Test of
90 Minutes
English Language
Professional Knowledge
45 Minutes
Assistant Manager (Systems)
Test of
90 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
Professional Knowledge
45 Minutes
*Qualifying in nature and marks thereon will not be reckoned for arriving at the Merit list.

What are the important dates?

Pls note the important dates for applying online and clearing all the formalities of the exam.

Online Registration of Application starts from
Last date for Online Registration of Application
Payment of Fee Online
26.11.2015 to 12.12.2015
Downloading of call letter for Online Test: After
Date of Online Test

What’s the Syllabus for the SBI SO Cadre Selection?

Other than Professional Knowledge, the syllabus across different subjects for Deputy Manager (Law) and Assistant Manager(Systems) is as follows:

  1. Coding and Decoding
  2. Ranking
  3. Element Series
  4. Directions
  5. Alphabet
  6. Circular Arrangements
  7. Linear Arrangements
  8. Assignments
  9. Blood Relations
  10. Coded Inequalities
  11. Syllogisms

  1. Finding errors
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Idioms and Phrases
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Sentence Completion
  6. Jumbled Sentences
  7. Cloze Passage
  8. Reading Comprehension
  1. Simplifications
  2. Approximations
  3. Number System
  4. LCM and HCF
  5. Average
  6. Percentage
  7. Profit and Loss
  8. Simple and Compound Interest
  9. Ratio and Proportions
  10. Alligations and Mixtures
  11. Ages and Partnership
  12. Time and Work
  13. Time and Distance
  14. Data Interpretation
  15. Set Theory
  16. Caselet
  17. Data Sufficiency
  18. Mensuration
*Please note that Quantitative Aptitude is not a part of the examination for Deputy Manager (Law)

How to prepare for SBI SO Exam?

There are 185 Posts available for Specialist Officers in the State Bank Group. So the competition is tough. Apart from hard work and sincerity, given the time constraint, it is important that you get the right guidance from experts who have already trained others in this field. That’s where the highly experienced trainers of TalentSprint score above others. They have mastered the art of training candidates for Bank exams and are considered the Numero Uno in this field. They have a focused course that can help you to crack this SBI SO Cadre exam. Click here to start your preparation.


SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Pattern and Syllabus

It’s a big day for any Professional waiting to pursue a great banking career. India’s flagship bank, SBI, has published a notification for recruitment and selection.

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Monday, 30 November 2015

5 Tips for Exam Preparations

Preparing for an upcoming examination can be a stressful and exhausting task, if not approached correctly. You might be the kind of student who gets increasingly nervous as the day of the exam draws nearer; if you are, this article is tailor-made for you, although students who take a relatively more relaxed approach can benefit equally from it.

Tip No.1: Lose That Fear!

Productivity takes a backseat when you’re ruled by fear: Fear of not having enough time to prepare or not preparing well enough, fear of going blank when the paper makes its way to you, fear of not matching your(or your parents’) expectations, the list goes on. Fear only holds you back, and the stress it brings to you reduces your brain’s efficiency, so that your (otherwise baseless) fears actually come true!

Tip No.2: Time It Out!
Prioritize. The most important portions of your coursework should obviously take more of your study time up. Make a schedule that is realistic and stick to it, rather than assigning too much for you to do in any particular day and then ending up disappointed at not being able to do so. Spend more time on subjects that are not your strong suit, but don’t neglect the ones you think you’re good at, either.

Tip No.3: Get your Two S’s: Sleep and Sunshine!

Your brain converts short term memory into long term memory when you sleep, and REM sleep improves recall dramatically. Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep can reduce your memory’s efficiency drastically, and you shouldn’t skimp on your sleep under any circumstances. Organize your day so that you aren’t left with the option of pulling all-nighters and cramming last minute.
Sunshine gives you Vitamin D, which is necessary for your brain to work at its best. Go out for a walk in the sun and reap the rewards when you ace your exam.

Tip No.4: Don’t get distracted!

When it’s time to study, don’t keep checking your phone(switch it off if you find this hard!) or making excuses to get up and take an unscheduled break (scheduled breaks are necessary, though!). Tell your family and friends to allow you to have your study time so that you don’t get distracted. Keep your eye on the prize, and reward yourself when it’s time for a reward. Be true to yourself (don’t cheat by saying and don’t get disheartened!

Tip No.5: Motivation and Revision
Remind yourself of what you’re good at, and don’t beat yourself up over minor hiccups. It’s well accepted that having time to revise is amazingly helpful, and will help you feel assured and confident in your ability to answer tricky questions when the time comes. Remember that you can’t do everything at once, but you can do it all over time. Keep faith in yourself and do your best!

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Friday, 27 November 2015

7 Tips For Job Seekers That Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

Remember that getting hired is a decision that is a direct consequence of how well you market yourself, and more importantly, it is basically the product of the conversation between you and the hiring manager.
As a job candidate, you have probably already heard all the common tips about how to impress the interviewer. Firm handshake? Done. Good eye contact? Check. Cut the “likes” and “ums” from the dialog? Check.

Even so, you might find that you’re still struggling to get that break in the job market and secure the position you want. We may be able to help. One of the biggest things to remember is that hiring is a two-way street. For you to have a greater chance at finding the right match for yourself, you need to inculcate clarity and openness into the hiring process. Remember that you are making a decision just as much as the companies are!

Here are some tips that hiring managers secretly wish you knew and that can greatly increase your chances at finding and securing the perfect position for yourself.

1. Your Resume Isn't as Significant as You Think

Hiring managers are well aware of the fact that resumes aren’t the ultimate authority when it comes to judging the candidate, and that they can, in most cases, get a much better picture of who you are by evaluating your entire online presence – your social handles, work portfolio etc, which are all usually more up-to-date and revealing than resumes. So make sure that all these are such that they reflect on you well.

2. Hiring Managers Don't Only Want to Interview You

They actually want to have a good chat with you and to be able to decide mutually if you should work together. So get comfortable, don’t appear harrowed or under pressure, talk about each other’s goals, if you can float some ideas you have for growing the company, discuss your work values, and see if you click.

3. Past Accomplishments aren’t as Important as Future Growth

Work history can be good to know, but the past is exactly that: the past. The company’s future is the main thing. Spend more time talking about what you see in the company’s future, what you can bring to it, how you can increase it’s value; rather than go on about positions you might’ve held.

4. Put All Your Needs For Success on The Table

It’s important to find common ground with a hiring manager, and this requires you to be frank about your needs for success and happiness. Similarly, ask about the hiring manager’s needs. Can you relate, and do you think you click?

5. Hiring Managers Evaluate You Based on Your Questions

It’s important to not be fearful (or too pushy), strike a balance and ask questions of every hiring manager you meet. Your questions help the hiring manager understand you fully—your interests, concerns, and passions. Likewise, you’ll get personalized responses from different people, which will give you deeper perspective into whether the position is the right one for you.

6. Verified Is Good

Although this may seem somewhat like a harsh truth (because it is!), it’s best to acknowledge that hiring managers tend to support applicants who know someone they know, and have possibly even been referred to them by. This is because these candidates have been vouched for by their trusted network, and this goes a long way. Hence you should aspire to build and maintain a healthy professional network to the best of your ability.

7. Hiring Managers Would Like to Enjoy The Process

Recruiting has developed a status for being a difficult chore. But this doesn’t always have to be the case. Interviewers value your drive and passion and if you can convey these in your conversation, you’re headed in the right direction. Both the candidate and the interviewer are getting to know each other at the start of a new and potentially rewarding association. If the start of this relationship is productive and fun, it’s a given that it’ll only grow with time!
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Important Questions in Interviews, And How to Answer Them

Many companies incorporate a strategy while interviewing employees that aims to disarm or otherwise unnerve potential employees who often think that they couldn’t have prepared any better, only to be disappointed and even shocked at the end of an interview. They just can’t handle some of the questions as well as they ought to.

These kinds of questions help employers eliminate bad hires, and make sure that the candidates can hold their own, think fast and perform gracefully under pressure. However, while the notion of answering these questions can appear daunting, with a little practice applicants can turn them to their advantage and use them to stand out from the crowd.

No matter how smart you are, or think you are, the truth is that preparation is key, and rehearsing tricky questions is the only proven way to answering confidently.

Here are a few of these questions and the strategies to adopt while answering them.

1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?
Most interviewers use this question to assess your poise, style of delivery and communication ability, as well as to gain information. Don’t give a speech about your entire life history. Instead, briefly cite recent personal and professional work experiences that relate to the position you're seeking and that support your credentials. Even better, prepare a personal branding statement that quickly describes who you are and what you can bring to the company.

2. What are your greatest strengths?
Focus on four specific skills that employers hold in high regard: self-motivation, initiative, the ability to work in a team and the willingness to work long hours.

Briefly summarize your work experience and your strongest qualities and achievements that are directly related to the responsibilities of the job you are applying for.

3. What are your weaknesses?

Most interviewers don't expect you to be perfect or reveal your true weaknesses. The best thing to do is to turn this question around and present a personal weakness as a professional strength. Let's assume that you're a workaholic who tends to neglect family and friends when working on important projects. You can turn this around by saying that you're result-oriented, meticulous and remain involved in projects until you've worked out all the kinks, even if it means working extra hours or even on the weekend.

4. What can you tell me about our company and/or industry?

Don’t skimp on your research. Check out the company website, especially their "About Us" section.. Write down key points that you can mention when asked. Interviewers want to know that you're interested in them, and even view the opportunity as more than just a job.

5. Aren't you overqualified for this position?

No one, or hardly anyone expects you to say "yes" to this question in today's job market. If you do, the interviewer may think you'll grow disgruntled and leave the company. Instead focus on the experience and the skill set you'll bring as well as the value they'll receive by hiring you.

6. What sets you apart from other applicants?

The interviewer who asks you this is actually probing your readiness for the job, and the willingness to work as hard as required. Describe how your experience, qualities and achievements are going to make you an asset.

7. Where do you hope to be in three years?

The absolute worst answer to this is to say that you want to be president of the company or have the position the interviewer currently holds. Instead, talk about your motivations; especially what will motivate you on this job and what you hope to have accomplished.

8. Do you have any questions? Can you think of anything else you'd like to add?

Don't say "no," or imply that everything has already been thoroughly discussed. If you think the interviewer has any doubts, now's the time to make him see why choosing you is the most logical course of action he can undertake. Show your interest in the company: prepare some key questions in advance. Asking about the company’s corporate culture or what the interviewer likes best about the company will give you insight and let the interviewers know that you're interviewing them as well.

Calmness under fire will demonstrate that you can handle crises on the job just as easily. Remember, interviewers are looking for a candidate who is both competent and confident, someone who not only wants the job, but also recognizes its requirements and can quickly hit the ground running. Answering these questions with self-assurance and conviction can help you outshine other applicants, and put you in prime position to land the job you seek.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

7 Ways to Manage Your Time

When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, and you have to be willing to put in the time to become the success you envision yourself to be. To do this, however, you have to firstly HAVE the time to become the aforementioned success, and secondly and more importantly, you have to USE the time you have available to you in the most efficient, resourceful way possible. To help you do just this, here are a few tips that could have you well on your way to that super-successful version of yourself, provided you put in the hard work, of course. Without further ado (don’t want to take up too much of your time now, do we?) here they are:

Make a Time Diary
Jot down how you’re spending your time, over a week at least, to get an idea of just what you’re doing each week; make sure you’re honest, if you spend 25 hours a week watching television, write it down.

If you don’t know what you’re doing with your time currently, you can’t know how to better it and in effect, be more effective.

Learn to Say "No"
Switch off your cell phone and beeper. If someone asks you to do something that you don't have time to do, politely but firmly respond accordingly. And don't feel guilty for doing so.

Time-Based, To-Do List
Lists are always helpful, and you can’t have an effective plan until you have this, a time-based to-do list to know exactly what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how much time you have to do it in.

Let Your Computer Help
There are many time-scheduling software available on the Internet to help you make the most of your time and you should avail of these to get a better handle on your time.

Letting your computer help also enables you to minimize the amount of clutter you have, phone numbers on slips of paper, business cards in notebooks, a desk piled high with calendars and lists and the like.

Multitasking (although possibly dangerous such as talking on the phone while driving etc) can be effective if done properly. Listen to books on tape while commuting. When you watch television, pay your bills.

Don't Be a Perfectionist
Perfectionism is procrastination if you spend an inordinate amount of time making sure that every detail (whether important or not) is EXACTLY the way you want it to be. This excessive attention could be much better used.

Setting unattainable expectations of yourself just adds stress to your life, Kemp explains.
Reward Yourself
Never let any progress, however small, go unrewarded.
It can be as small as spending some time with yourself or getting a massage, but a sense of accomplishment accompanies the confidence and drive to go on and do more.

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IBPS Specialist Officer 2016: Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS Specialist Officer 2016 Notification

IBPS has issued the notification for recruitment of Specialist Officers for Scale-I, to be placed in the participating banks in 2016. This opens up a window of opportunities for all those who hold specialization in the area of Marketing, Information Technology (IT), Law, Agriculture and HR/Personnel.

The selection is through a Common Entrance Examination also referred to as Common Recruitment Process. It comprises of a online examination followed by interview of shortlisted candidates. Those selected in the interview will be placed in one of the participating banks based on their individual business needs. A tentative list of the participating banks is given at the end of this blog.

Let us now quickly look at the Exam Pattern.

There are two patterns to the Common Written Exam which is based on the specialization chosen.

1st Pattern:

Applicable to Law Officer- Scale I & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

Name of the Tests
Maximum Marks
Total Time

120 Minutes
English Language
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry
Professional Knowledge

2nd Pattern:

Applicable to IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, 
HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I

Name of the Tests
Maximum Marks
Total Time

120 Minutes
English Language
Quantitative Aptitude
Professional Knowledge

Except English Language test, all other tests are available in Hindi and English.

Is there a Penalty for Wrong Answers? YES.

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at the corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question. So if you are absolutely unsure, you know how to bet your options.

Now let us look at the Syllabus for the general test papers of IBPS Specialist Officer Exam:

1. English Language  Section- Word Formation, Passage Correction, Sentence Correction, Spelling, Idioms and Phrases, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms, Theme detection, Passage Completion, Conclusion.

2. Reasoning - Series Completion, Syllogism, Sitting Arrangement, Decision Making, Statement Reasoning, Analogy, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Series Completion, Analogy, Classification etc.

3. Quantitative Aptitude - Numbers, Simplification, Roots, Average, Surds & Indices, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Boats & Streams, Allegations , Simple and Compound Interest, Stocks & Shares, Clocks, Logarithms, Mensuration, Volume & Surface Area, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Heights & Distances, Partnership, Chain Rule, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Problems on Trains, Pipes & Cisterns, Tabulation, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie Charts.

4. General / Banking Awareness -  Questions in this section will be asked for testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environments around him and its application to society. These questions will be such that they do not require a specific study of any discipline. Questions on knowledge of current events, India and its neighboring countries, Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economy, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Scientific Research etc. topics will be asked. More than 50% of the questions will be related to Economy, Banking and Finance.

5.Professional Knowledge - This section will cover the area of specialization which one applies for. For eg. those appearing for IT specialist officer will have questions from a wide range of Information Technology (operating system, languages, networking etc.)  Similarly, those seeking Marketing will be tested on Traditional marketing, digital marketing, etc.

What are the important dates to keep in mind?

The tentative schedule of the recruitment process for Specialist Officer is as below.

Tentative Dates
Online Registration & Payment of Application Fees online
23.11.2015 to 10.12.2015
Online Examination
30.01.2016 & 31.01.2016
Declaration of the result of CWE
February 2016
Conducting  Interview
March 2016
Provisional Allotment of position and location
April 2016

List of Participating Organizations where you have the opportunity to be placed as a Specialist Officer.

Allahabad Bank
Bharatiya Mahila Bank
Vijaya Bank
Canara Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Andhra Bank
Corporation Bank
Indian Bank
Bank of Baroda
Dena Bank
Union Bank of India
Bank of India
UCO Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
Syndicate Bank
United Bank of India
Central Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Punjab & Sind Bank
Any other bank or Financial Institution

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