Thursday, 28 July 2016

5 Habits of Highly Successful Bank Exam Candidates

Success habits
Bank exams are highly competitive, and most candidates who excel follow a common set of habits and techniques while preparing for the exams. A summary of the best habits to keep, to track your progress and prepare adequately for the exam is here.

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1. A proper study plan

This sounds pretty obvious, but most times, not everyone keeps a proper study plan. A good study plan has to be objective and tailored to suit your routine, and not be overly ambitious. Studying the right materials and allocating the right amount of time to individual materials is vital in order to cover the subjects. It has to be achievable and one that you can stick to.

2. Space out your reading

Spacing out your reading schedule, which is the opposite of cramming, is a method proven to boost memory retention. Going through materials and solving questions frequently over a long period will help etch this information permanently in your memory.

Also writing down points and going through them often will help you have a better grasp of the course. If you sign-up with TalentSprint you will get all the relevant study materials with detailed points and tips to guide you towards effective reading.

3. Solve a lot of problems (Also read as …Practice)

Solving a lot of questions and problem sets makes you understand the course much better over time. You will also get acquainted with the way questions are asked and also discover a pattern in the questions which will add some kind of predictability to the exam.

Try to record your scores and review each topic area to know which areas you are good at, and also your weaknesses. This way you can work on your weaknesses and overcome them in the next set of tests that you take. Online programs (like that of TalentSprint) provide a lot of mock tests with real-time results and feedback that will aid you in understanding the subjects better.

4. Be one-up on Current Affairs

For successful candidates, reading a daily newspaper is almost like a ritual. Apart from newspapers, you need to be updated with at least one more magazine that focuses on the world of Banking & Finance. Since many questions on General Awareness focus on the past 6 months of developments, it is impossible to read-up these things at the fag end of the preparation. But daily reading makes it both interesting and practical.

5. Play it up: Enjoy the Journey

It is very easy to get worked-up with so many study materials and a lot of people frantically preparing for the exams. Especially in a classroom environment, fast learners can give a sort of negative rub-off. The trick is to enjoy the journey: play a game that you can enjoy every day, eat healthy at the right time, maintain a good health regime. You can also do Yoga or Meditation if you feel stressed out. Or simply go out for a nice walk every evening and give some rest to your books and tests. This will add immensely to your ability to reduce stress and concentrate on building up your ability instead of constantly comparing yourself to others.

There is a thin line between success & failure in bank exams, and competition being tough, you need to be ready and equipped to excel in these exams.

All the above habits will eventually translate into a perfectly managed time. And that is one of the best things to happen to anyone appearing for competitive exams.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

5 Practical Tips for Bank Exam Preparation

Bank Exam Preparation
At present, bank jobs are one of the most trending jobs in the country where a large number of aspirants apply and get placed each year. Like every year, there are grand openings in the Private Banking Sector in 2016 as well in Public Sector Banks (PSBs). So, aspirants need to gear up well to land in any of these lucrative jobs.

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List of Bank Exams 2016

1. IBPS PO Exam dates:

Preliminary Examination
16-10-2016, 22-10-2016 and 23-10-2016
Main Examination

2. IBPS Clerk Exam dates:

CWE Clerk-VI
Preliminary Examination
26-11-2016, 27-11-2016,   03-12-2016 and 04-12-2016
Main Examination
31-12-2016 and 01-01-2017

3. IBPS Specialist Officer Exam dates:

CWE Specialist-VI
Single Examination
28-01-2017 and 29-01-2017

4. SBI Clerk Exam dates:

Preliminary Exam: May/June 2016
Main Exam: June 2016

5. SBI PO Exam dates:

Preliminary Exam: July 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2016
Main Exam: July 31, 2016

5 Practical Tips for Bank Exam Preparation

Having learnt the various Public Sector Banks’ exam dates, the next stage is exam preparation. We share some practical tips:
  1. Plan early: All the exam dates are announced quite early, so you need to start your preparation as soon as possible.
  2. Know the right syllabus: Knowing the right syllabus is very important as you cannot start your preparation for the exam without being aware of the complete and updated syllabus of the exam. Knowing the syllabus, will help you make a clear schedule that covers all subjects and select the appropriate study material.
  3. Chalk out a study plan: Depending on your strengths and weaknesses, chalk out a detailed study plan and follow it religiously till the date of exam so to ensure maximum preparedness. Through this strategy, you will be able to work on your weaker areas, give your best shot and increase your chances of qualifying in the various bank exams.  
  4. Put in all your hard work: Whatever be the mode of preparation, personal effort is very much required to clear the bank exams. You need to understand the exam pattern, learn smart tips and tricks and practice regularly.
  5. Practicing is the key: Not just  qualifying the exam, scoring maximum  marks is very important as it increases your prospects. In order to achieve a good score,  you need to practice. You can go to coaching centres or opt for self- study. However, coaching classes are a better option as they help you work on your speed and give you many easy-to-do techniques which are usually hard to crack all by yourself. 
In spite of all the tips and tricks for the preparation of bank exams, there is always the need for that  extra help. That is where coaching Institutes like TalentSprint make a difference. At these coaching institutes, aspirants can get, access to trainers for solving doubts, regular mock tests, and individual attention. The trend nowadays is to combine online and offline classroom coaching. The Institute combines these two forms of learning systems for best results. For a demo, to understand how effective online tutorial videos are, click on TalentSprint’s online coaching link here

Follow these tips and work hard towards success. 
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Trying for first IT job via eLitmus? Here are some quick preparation tips, syllabus and exam pattern.

eLitmus preparation

Litmus is India’s largest fresh graduate evaluation test for the Indian  job market.  eLitmus is a Pen Paper Aptitude Test, designed to be completed in 2 hours. Candidates who score good percentile get more job opportunities and can use their scores to apply to all participating companies in the Automobile, IT/Software and Construction, sector for a period of 2 years.  Let’s take a look at the syllabus and exam pattern of this competitive exam and how to prepare to succeed and score a higher percentile.

eLitmus Syllabus

The eLitmus pH test consists of three Sections. Each Section has 20 Questions.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:
  • Problem Solving or Data Interpretation and Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability

eLitmus Paper Pattern

1) Quantitative Aptitude: 20 Questions
  • Number Systems-4 questions at-least
  • Averages-2 questions
  • Percentage & Interest-1 question
  • Time, Speed & Distance-1 to 2 questions
  • Geometry-3 questions at-least
  • Coordinate Geometry-1 to 2 questions
  • Logarithms-1 question
  • Quadratic Equations-2 questions
  • Probability-2 questions
  • Permutation & Combination-at-least 2 questions
  • Time and Work
  • Alligation (special mixture type question 1 for sure)
  • Few Miscellaneous Questions
  • 1 or 2 Questions based on general logic.
Quantitative Aptitude - Important Topics include
  • Numeric System
  • Time, Work, Speed & Distance
  • Permutation and Combination(P&C)
  • Probability (problem)
  • Elementary Geometry.
2) Reasoning: 20 Questions
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Tabular Data
  • Cryptarithmetic Questions
  • Data Sufficiency questions
Reasoning- Important Topics include
  • Data Interpretation-Data in tabular form (approx 5 questions)
  • Questions of Arrangement (approx 3 questions)
  • Cryptic Multiplication -Coding/Decoding
3) Verbal Ability: 20 Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumbled Paragraph Questions
  • Vocabulary Based Questions
  • Fill in Blanks
  • Miscellaneous Questions
Verbal Ability Important Topics:
  • Reading Comprehension (total 3 comprehensions and 4 questions in each comprehension)
  • Paragraph Formation/ Para-jumbles
  • Fill in the appropriate words
  • English Grammar

Preparing for the eLitmus exam.

eLitmus has a negative marking for wrongly answered question.  If a candidate gets more than 25% questions wrong of their total attempt then for every wrong answer half a mark will be deducted. If more than 1/4th of the total questions are wrong then negative marking applies e.g. if 12 questions are attempted, of which 9 are right and 3 are wrong, 1/4th of 12 is 3, hence no negative marking applies but if 8 are right and 4 are wrong then negative marking will apply for the 4th question but not for the other 3. Negative markings are section wise and not on the complete test.

Also, keep in mind that it is not advisable to attempt a lot of questions as that may lead to mismanagement of time. Take a lot of mock tests and ensure you at least cross the 80 percentile score in mock tests. The preparation level is quite similar to CAT exam. So if you are preparing for CAT, it becomes much easier to prepare for eLitmus.

Apart from hard work and sincere efforts, proper guidance from professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint. Once enrolled, you can opt for their online or classroom programmes wherein their Expert Trainers take Live & Online classes, provide you with the study material as well as problem-solving classes and final mock tests.  Their courses are specially designed for candidates who wish to join the top reputed IT companies.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

3 Sure-Shot Ways to Leave Your Competition Far Behind in IBPS 2016

IBPS 2016
Since the IBPS PO notification dates were announced; aspirants have started their preparations in full swing. While aspirants are not leaving any stone unturned in their preparation, there are certain non-negotiable aspects of preparation that they should focus on. These 3 things, if followed with dedication and maturity are sure to leave your competition far behind.

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1. Proper planning for the exams:

  • Know your syllabus and plan your timetable of study efficiently during the preparation stage.  
  • Include as much time as possible for taking mock tests. Time your mock tests and attempt them as if they were final exams.
  • Every mock test reveals your area of weakness. Work on improving scores in these areas in the next mock test. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of successful candidates.
  • Learn shortcut techniques to speed-up the pace of attempting the questions.
  • Keep enough time for quick revision.
  • Your plan should not only include the time for study but also for rest, play, eating and even sleeping.
  • Read a newspaper daily. This will prepare you for the General Awareness section. Catch up on a weekly magazine too, preferably a business magazine focusing on the Banking sector.

2. Proper time management:

  • Recognise your strongest zone and attempt questions from that section first with speed and accuracy.
  • Solve questions from English, General Awareness and Computer section first, as they consume the least time.
  • Never divide equal time for each section. Spend more time on Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude section because these two sections consume maximum time.
  • Leave the question and move ahead if you don’t know how to attempt. Don’t waste too much time on any particular part or a problem. 
  • Never start with an idealist goal of answering all the questions. But you must definitely attempt all questions. There is a fine line of difference between the two. Attempting all questions indicates proper management of time.
  • Mock tests give the best opportunity to learn time management. Keep a stopwatch and finish the exam at the right time and analyse your areas of weakness and start focusing on those critical areas.
  • Create or join a group of like-minded people with whom you can share your learnings and also in-turn learn things that  you could not have learnt alone.
  • Get expert guidance: All said and done, you need an expert guide who can tell you the exact ways of preparation. If coaching classes are far away, try online classes from the likes of TalentSprint, who have decades of experience in guiding thousands of students to success in banking exams.

3. Being patient:

  • Keep your cool during the preparation stage. Maintain your health in its peak condition. Gym / Yoga/ Running / Walking / Playing your favourite games. Do anything that keeps you physically active and healthy.
  • Never ignore diet and sleep: Don’t suffer from anxiety. Ensure you eat healthy at the right time and take sufficient sleep. Proper sleep helps in memory retention and that, in turn, gives more confidence in the exam.
  • Do not panic while answering the questions. You may fail to solve even the easier problems if you panic.
  • Breathe easy and solve each question based on its merit, not randomly.
  • Be patient while rechecking your answers in the question paper and do not be in a hurry to get over the exam as soon as possible.
To learn the art of time management, proper planning and studying, you can take the help of professional institutes like TalentSprint. They have an impressive list of national level coaches like Rohit Agarwal and Sylvia Fiona who can make all the difference to your IBPS Exam preparation.

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Want to crack your first IT job in one of the World's Leading Companies? AMCAT can be your gateway!

For the uninitiated, AMCAT stands for Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test. It is an employability assessment test to evaluate the aptitude, reasoning and technical skills of students and new graduates from a job perspective. The test assesses basic aptitude like English, Quantitative Aptitude and also certain aspects of personality.

Unlike tests held by individual companies, the report generated by AMCAT helps the candidates too. They can identify their strong and weak areas, improve their knowledge in certain areas or even look for specific industries or jobs where they are likely to perform better. Around 700+ premium companies in India use this as a compulsory test for entry level roles. The companies that use AMCAT as their assessment tool include : Accenture, Tata Motors, Snapdeal, Axis Bank and many others.

AMCAT Syllabus

Before understanding how to prepare and succeed in AMCAT, let’s take a quick look at the syllabus of this exam. 

The sections and modules in the test can be chosen based on the education background. Some modules are compulsory and others are optional. You can select any two domain-specific modules during the test.  These modules should be selected based on your job preference in particular sectors. If you prefer to apply for IT companies, then Programming module suits you better.

Compulsory Modules
The compulsory papers are

1) English Comprehension: This is aimed at testing the candidate’s ability to understand the written text, the spoken skills and the ability to communicate effectively through written documents.

Topics in English Comprehension include,
  • Identifying and correcting errors in the sentences.
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Setting the sentence in order
  • Passage comprehension.
2) Quantitative Ability: This basically evaluates the numerical ability of an individual and is tailored to suit both technical and non-technical candidates.

Topics in Quantitative Ability include,
  • Permutations & Combinations.
  • Basics of Algebra.
  • Fractions & Decimals.
  • Logarithms & Powers.
  • LCM & HCF
  • Numerical problems.
  • Problems on Time and Work, Time and Distance, Ages, P&L, Interest, Percentages etc.
3) Logical Ability: This tests the reasoning ability, ability to interpret, spot trends and make generalisations.

Topics in this section include,
  • Coding & Decoding.
  • Puzzles and Sequencing of words.
  • Reasoning
  • Blood Relations
  • Non-verbal Reasoning
  • Objective Reasoning.
  • Data Sufficiency
Optional Modules
There are optional modules which candidates can choose from, based on their individual preference, education background, and their target jobs. There are primarily three modules; for Graduates, Engineers, and MBA Graduates.

General syllabus for Graduates includes topics such as Finance and Accounting, Computer Programming, Biology, Pharma, Physics, Chemistry, etc.

General syllabus for Engineers includes topics such as Computer Science, IT, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication and Electrical Engineering.

General syllabus for MBAs includes topics such as HR, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Statistics etc.

Preparing to Succeed in AMCAT

Now that we know the syllabus, let’s look at some of the important tips that will help you succeed in AMCAT.
  1. Remember its Adaptive: It adapts to your level of knowledge. Based on the answer given to the first question, the next question is determined. It is usually observed that the level of difficulty increases or decreases after half the section is attempted.
  2. Keep a watch on the time and the remaining questions: Many candidates have failed because they failed to attempt minimum no. of questions, thus ending up with a minus score (-1) for that section. So the idea is to attempt at least the minimum number of questions. Don’t get stuck with difficult questions. Move on and answer the simpler ones, so you can give more time to difficult ones.
  3. Read the passage fully: In the English section, do not skip any part of the passage, as usually at least 2 to 3 questions appear from each passage.
  4. Be in touch with the subjects: Since you usually take subjects related to your graduation, it is a good idea not to dispose of those books. Keep in touch with the basics of those subjects.
  5. Pick a good book for Quantitative & Logical ability test: Though many books written for CAT exam should suffice, you can refer to R.S.Agarwal’s book for this section.
This score is important both for companies as well as you. So if you want to aim at the top notch companies for placement, it would be advisable to take the help of professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint, who have national level trainers to guide you to success in the exam in the shortest possible time.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

IBPS PO: Prepare to Beat Your Competition Down

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the Probationary Officer examination to select candidates for vacancies. The examination is conducted in three stages; Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Personal Interview. Candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination can appear in the main examination and subsequently successful candidates in the main exam will be called for a personal interview. Number of applications for this examination has been steadily rising. The competition is tough and to face this challenge, candidates preparing for this exam must be smart enough to implement new methods and techniques to succeed. Let us take a quick overview of the sections before we give you valuable tips to prepare for this competitive exam.

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The Paper on Reasoning is the backbone of the PO exam. This section can be the most scoring one and therefore needs special attention. To score well in this section, candidates need to focus more on the analytical part of the Reasoning and not just on shortcuts.

The Paper on General Awareness / Current Affairs is the easiest of all sections. For this section, candidates need to focus on the daily news. Reading a national newspaper everyday will cover most of the current affairs that one needs to know for this exam.  Focus on current affairs especially related to Banking & Finance Sector. You could also look at reading a business magazine on a regular basis.

The English section is compulsory and the questions are very basic. Candidates need to sharpen their grammar skills to do well.

In the Quantitative Aptitude Section, candidates need to practice and analyse on the theoretical aspect as this is a major part of the examination. This is usually considered a tough section.

Computer knowledge is very important in today’s life and a PO needs to be computer savvy. This section tests the basic computer knowledge and skills of the candidate.

Preparation for the Written Exam:

Apart from focusing on the subject wise preparation tips, the candidates must also focus on the following methods and techniques to ensure they are gearing up fully to face the tough competition.
  • Proper planning: First of all, a study should be well planned. Check out the syllabus and determine your weak sections which need more attention and prepare a study schedule accordingly. The plan should take into consideration the number of weeks left, the subjects to be covered and also make space for enough mock tests.
  • Be updated always: You should read newspapers and magazines regularly to be up to date with the current affairs, daily events and activities, especially from the banking and finance industry. Read through the latest GK books and magazines and focus on current events, banking events, sports, business news, political news, etc. This cannot be done at the last minute. It has to be a daily ritual.
  • Study topic-wise: Candidates need to concentrate on a single topic at a time. And also practice questions from each and every topic.
  • Proper Time Management:  Time management not only applies to your tests but also how you allocate time to each topic for study. It even extends to other aspects of your daily routine like making time for keeping yourself healthy; eating a proper diet and taking enough rest.
  • Take the mock test: You must test yourself with the online mock test. You should be continuously practicing to be able to attempt all questions in the given time limit. After completion of the IBPS Exam Syllabus, use lots of mock tests to sharpen your knowledge. Practice from sample papers and previous years question papers. However, keep in mind that every time you take a new mock test analyse your results and check if you have repeated the mistakes. If so, it calls for you to revisit those topics and get a better hang of it before you attempt the next one.
  • Revise and focus: Revise all your syllabus topics a few days before the exams and focus more on your weaker areas.
  • Stay calm: The rigour of preparation can sometimes take a toll on your health. So never panic and get stressed out about your exams. Eat healthy, rest well, play a game and take it in your strides. Do not compare yourself to others. Everybody has a different pace of learning. Discover yours and improvise on it.

Personal Interview:

Candidates qualifying in the written examination are called for a personal interview. Follow these valuable tips for the personal interview:
  • Enter the room confidently. Greet the interviewers with a smile & take your seat when asked to do so.
  • Reply to every question asked; if you don’t know the answer then simply say so.
  • Do not confront the interviewers on any issue.  Do not argue with them or try to prove your point.
  • Once the interview is over thank the interviewers before leaving the room.
  • Prepare for the Interview by practicing in front of the mirror.
If you feel the need of getting expert inputs to put your best foot forward, get in touch with trainers at TalentSprint. TalentSprint has the best IBPS PO Exam coaching that can increase your chances of qualifying in the exam. To get a feel of their coaching techniques, visit their online tutorial here

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

How A Study Group Can Be Effective When Preparing For Bank Exams

study group

One of the major concerns of students, who have just completed their tedious and comprehensive undergraduate education, is to clear competitive exams. Bank exams seem to be quite the favorite among many. Bank exams require freshers to revert to the exhaustive days and long nights of exam preparation.

Most of them find it hard to concentrate and ultimately lose the path to their goal of cracking the bank exam. There is no reason to get disheartened, you are not alone. Several students, just like you, are trying to crack the exam which widens the scope for combined studies.

Let us understand how a study group can help you crack bank exams.

Get Rid Of The Boredom

This is one of the many selling points of group study. When you study by yourself, it may primarily involve staring at extremely exhaustive textbooks, and you will soon find yourself on the verge of getting bored.

It’s known that studying alone can become a monotonous activity. You can tackle this by joining a study group where you, just like other aspirants of the study group, play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the group and help each other study better. This study group could be even found at coaching centers like Talentsprint, where you are trained along with many like you.

Solution To Your Procrastination

Procrastination is the devil behind all failures. You might want to postpone your preparation by a day when you’re feeling bored.

A day could turn into two and another, a week perhaps and you’ll soon find yourself several weeks behind on your exam preparation. However, when in a study group, all the students meet on a schedule at a specific time with every member’s consent. If you find yourself struggling with procrastination, start your own study group or join one!

Learning At A Faster Pace

Often when students form a study group, dedicate themselves fully and work together, they achieve their targets at a faster rate. Aspirants looking to crack the bank exams can exchange questions, discuss among themselves and learn at a faster pace.

However, if you’re studying alone, you might get stuck at a single question that you find difficult. Soon it would be nightfall and you would have made no progress.

Gain Insights

If you’re studying alone, you adjust to your own perspective of solving problems which may or may not be the ideal way to look at the solution.

Through group study, you will be able to look at the same problem in several different ways and pick the best one thereby saving on time, a key element in competitive exams like the bank exams. This will help you not just to crack exams but also develop your critical and creative thinking skills which could better your prospects in the future.

Group study can help you crack your exams if you stay connected and concentrate. But remember that a group can also come in the way of achieving results. All members may not have equal vested interest towards the end cause; members may start spending a lot of time in gossiping and chatting incessantly about irrelevant stuff. So be careful about which study group you join. If you are not comfortable in the study group you are currently in, either start a new one or quit and study on your own.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

How to Apply for IBPS PO Without Getting Rejected

Apply for IBPS PO

The IBPS PO Exam, a mandatory requirement created by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), is a two-part exam made up of both a written section and an interview. Usually, the exam takes place in September.  IBPS conducts a PO, Clerk, RRB and Specialist Recruitment annually. The method of applying online is the same for all IBPS Bank Exams of the different cadres. They report on upcoming Bank Exams on their website through a notification a few days before the enrollment begins.

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We take you through a step-by-step procedure to help you apply correctly for IBPS Exam.

First, check and keep the following handy:

You should download and read the advertisement posted on the IBPS website for instructions and registration details, eligibility, etc.

Compare your educational qualifications and age as per the IBPS norms for the given recruitment to ensure your eligibility for the job.

Keep your scanned passport sized coloured photo, taken against a white background and your digital signature, with black ink on white paper, ready to be uploaded.

A valid email address and a mobile number have to be provided by the candidates while registering.  So make sure emails from IBPS are on your whitelist and the Do-not-Disturb facility is turned off on your mobile to enable you to receive alerts on your registration.

Keep all certificates and documents on hand before you start registering.

Valid proof and documentation should support all information entered in the IBPS forms.

Keep your payment card details handy, as the fee is to be paid online by Internet Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/IMPS/Wallets like PayTM, Jio, etc.

Candidates may be asked for their “Bank Preference” during the application for some recruitment.  This option gives you the benefit of choosing the banks you prefer from among the participating banks.  On getting a good IBPS score, this helps you in getting a placement with your preferred bank.

Registering and Applying:

Follow these instructions to ensure you apply without any hassles.

Decide on which Bank Exam you want to appear for and click on the appropriate link.  It loads an IBPS web page assigned to the Exam of your choice.

The system then gives you a set of instructions.  Read it thoroughly and only then start entering details on the application form.

After you have completed this section, save it and upload your photograph and signature.

You will get a temporary User ID and Password.  These access details can be used to sign into the IBPS system at any time during the period of online registration.

Complete the remaining required data and submit the form.

In the end, IBPS displays the complete information provided by you on a single page.  Accept all the terms.  Remember, after this editing is not possible.

You will get registration confirmation after paying the fees mentioned on the next page.

Finally, return to the IBPS Home Page for the recruitment & login.

Download your application form and e-payment receipt.

Voila! You are done.

Alternately, you can take the help of Training Institutes like TalentSprint. After registration, TalentSprint notifies you about the exams you need to apply for and extend all assistance with completing the formalities of applying. For more information on the procedure and how to prepare for the exam visit TalentSprint

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Friday, 15 July 2016

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in CTET Exam Prep

CTET preparation
On 18th September 2016, over 5 lakh people will write Central Teacher Eligibility Tests. The statistics says that over 4,50,000 will not qualify the exam. The exam requires aggressive preparation. In this article, I am sharing with you five common mistakes to avoid when you are preparing for CTET exam.
  1. Don’t study without a study plan -

    CTET syllabus is vast. There are 5 sections each for Paper I and Paper II. If you are appearing for both papers on 18th Sep, you would need to prepare at least 8 sections. At TalentSprint, we have created sample study plans for CTET aspirants. You can take their help to create a study plan for yourself.
  2. Don’t underestimate Child Development and Pedagogy section -

    CTET Aspirants think that since the weightage of Child Development and Pedagogy is 30 marks, they don’t need to work hard on this section. Well, if you are doing that, you will make a big mistake. CDP is the most difficult section of the exam and you should allocate major chunk of your study time in this section. The truth is if you ace Child Development and Pedagogy section, you will be able to ace the other Pedagogy of other subjects relatively easily too. At TalentSprint, we have created over 9 courses on this section. Our team of experts highly recommend spending maximum prep time on this section.
  3. Don’t overlook CTET Previous Years Papers -

    Previous Years Papers for any exam are key to cracking the exam. Although the questions are not repeated but by going through those questions, you would understand the mindset of makers of the test. For CTET preparation, we highly recommend going through previous years papers. You will know what kind of options in multiple-choice questions are given to confuse you, what kind of understanding you need to reach for every topic and how important is each topic. You can solve all CTET  previous year papers by joining our free trial program on and also read explanations and solutions to some of the toughest questions that have been asked in the test on our YouTube Channel
  4. Regularly practice CTET Full Length Tests -

    Practice! Practice and Practice! To ace the test, perfect practice is the key. In case of CTET, perfect practice is possible only if you write weekly mock tests and analyze your strong and weak areas. Most importantly, to have focus for 2.5 hours on exam day continuously, you need to train your mind before the exam. The best method to train your mind for continuous focus is full-length mock tests. You can find mock tests easily on any CTET book available in the market or you can also write TalentSprint’s All India CTET Mock Tests every week for free. You will get free analysis for the weekly tests and also your All India Rank. Check out our course on
  5. Remember Keywords of Important Theories -

    Do you know the meaning of the words animism, assimilation, decntration? Do you remember the three types of subtheory in Sternberg’s Theory of Intelligence or 8 types of Multiple Intelligence in Howard Gardner's theory. If the answers to these questions are not coming easily to you, then you need what we call a handbook of CTET keywords. If you are studying by yourself, make a notebook where you note all the keywords as and when you study an important theory. Keep that notebook as your go to notebook at the time for your revision. You can also additionally download keywords and play fun puzzles on TalentSprint’s paid program.
Keep these five things in mind wherever you are on the journey to CTET prep. We hope you give a blockbuster performance. Write to us which strategies worked for you.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Why 90% teachers fail in CTET exam?

CTET happens twice a year. For last 6 years now, the pass percentage has never been more than 17%. The table below suggests the dismal statistics for the exam -

CTET-June 2011
CTET-Jan 2012
CTET-May 2012
CTET-Nov 2012
CTET-July 2013
CTET-Feb 2014
CTET-Sep 2014
CTET-Feb 2015
CTET-Sep 2015

Can you actually believe that there were only 1% candidates who qualified CTET in 2012. What are the possible reasons for this kind of performance? Let us deep dive.

The Ocean of Syllabus -

CTET Syllabus is vast. Every section requires a thorough understanding of concepts that have covered in B.Ed or D.Ed curriculum. If the syllabus is vast, it requires discipline and focus to understand which topics are important instead of covering every topic. There are almost 10 theories on Intelligence that is covered in B.Ed curriculum. But CTET has repeatedly covered 3 out of them. Now the choice is yours, you can either cover all 10 of them or cover the most important ones.

Lack of preparation -

7 out of 10 teachers writing CTET told our team that they didn't prepare for the exam. They didn't find time to prepare for the exam. Now, that's an excuse you should never give yourself. No mountain can be scaled without adequate preparation. So, if you are in the same boat as this, jump out and find a way to prepare and work hard for the exam. This exam in no way easy and it requires dedication and commitment.

Complexity of Topics -

One reason that teachers find difficult to clear CTET is that topics are in no way simple. Consider, for example, John Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development. Not only in CTET, questions were asked on the name of different stages or periods of different stages, but also there were questions on concepts like Animism, Object Permanence, Decentration etc. So, not only the syllabus is wide, it requires in-depth knowledge of every concept.

Lack of a Good Book -

You must have heard about GRE and GMAT. They are world-wide exams and the most interesting thing is that the test-makers publish an official guide to those exams, in which they cover the pattern of exams really well. CTET is different. Candidates writing CTET hardly have a good reference book in which they can cover all the topics at one place. Our team has looked through several books and we have found that none of the book available in market today is good enough to prepare you for the exam. You have to work hard to dig and reach to the right concepts.

Lack of Comprehension -

Most CTET candidates have completed their B.Ed and D.Ed degree in English as the medium of textbooks and instruction. However, they still find it difficult to understand some important key words that appear on the exam day. For example - with one candidate I discussed a question about Gender Bias that appeared in February 2016 exam. Two of the options were Gender Stereotype and Gender Empowerment. This candidate understood that the question is asking about Gender Bias but didn't know the meaning of the word Empowerment and just chose that answer. So, it is important that you work on your vocabulary well when you are preparing for CTET.

Although these are the top 5 reasons, we have seen as the reasons for failure in CTET. There are many more. Focus on these 5 reasons to ensure that you ace the CTET. All The Best!

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Not happy with your teacher? Opt for an online course for bank exam preparation.

Online course
The online education wave is sweeping the country. With the Government of India taking the initiative to offer quality online education to citizens for free under the Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) project, the internet service seems to have matured in India.

While there is no doubt that classroom education has its own perks and you are happy with your teachers, it cannot be denied that there is more to learn online. In the case of bank exam preparation also, online courses offered by coaching institutes like TalentSprint  can offer a lot of perks to the bank job aspirants.

Bank Exams Practice Kit

If you are also one of the aspirants working to appear for various bank exams this year and contemplating between offline and online courses, we have put together the reasons you should go for it.
  1. Freedom from Location:

    Unlike the physical classroom teaching method, the online learning environment is independent of a location and students from Tier I, Tier II, Tier III cities as well as villages can prepare well for the bank exams through these courses. Everyone can access professional guidance while staying in the comforts of their home.  
  2. Anytime Learning:

    Online learning programs offer great flexibility of timings to the aspirants. The best part about these classes is that aspirants can watch them anytime, while eating, talking and doing other activities. They can start the video from the place they left and take notes at their own pace. Online mock tests are especially useful as they can be taken anytime and the feedback is instant. It gives you a greater control on timing of the test. Just when you feel you have prepared enough, you can take a mock test and self-assess yourself instantly.
  3. Live & Recorded:

    In online learning module, aspirants can have both the options of either listening to live classes or access to a recorded version.  
  4. Fewer distractions:

    Online bank learning programs can help aspirants to focus more on independent learning and the classes may even go quicker without some of the distractions of a traditional classroom education.
  5. Interactivity ensured:

    Rather than feeling like you’re one of the 200 to 300 aspirants in a classroom, you can have direct access to your instructor via email in online exam preparation courses. Aspirants can interact with their guides as soon as the question pops into their head by posting their thoughts online. With online courses, there’s no need to wait for the right time to ask the question as aspirants can simply fire off an email right away.
In a nutshell
In the age of e-learning and internet, preparing for bank exams has become much easier as aspirants can take coaching at convenient hours without any hassle. At present, there are at least 10 lakh job-seekers in the country who prefer online coaching for bank exam due to a number of benefits offered by such courses. So if you don’t like sitting in the classroom or unhappy with your current teacher or coach, simply go online. One good resource for such a course is which offers their hugely popular Bankers Choice Program through online and recorded sessions on a pen drive. 

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

10 Qualities You Must Have For Becoming a Banker

Bank jobs have seen an exponential hike. More and more number of candidates are trying hard to secure a bank job and making their way for the same. In this highly competitive world, it is necessary to present yourself as the best one.

So, pre-preparation is necessary.  Following are 10 qualities which every bank job aspirant needs to nurture for a bright future in the banking sector.

1. Organized Personality:

Banking professionals have to deal with tremendous pressure and numerous responsibilities. Thus, they need to be efficient in managing multiple operations and should have attention to details at the same time.  Good organization skills help in maintaining and managing important records and documentation, which is very crucial for the organization. And the same qualities can help a bank job aspirant to succeed in bank exams.

2. Innate Problem-solver:

A person who can solve problems naturally fits right for the job. Regardless of the situation and faults, a candidate should find solutions and make way for new opportunities. Develop problem-solving abilities; this will help in professional life as well as in personal.

3. Quick Learner:

With the fast moving world, technology in the banking sector is also updated regularly. The dynamic banking sector needs employees who not only understand the updated technology quickly but also get adapted easily to the new functions so as to make sure the banking operations are carried out smoothly. This translates equally well to the problems that a candidate faces in bank exams. One needs to quickly grasp the most essential things one needs to learn from the syllabus and show quick learning ability.

4. Leadership:

Leadership is necessary for the banking sector. Hence, it is important to have exceptional leadership quality for a successful career graph in banking jobs.

5. Mathematical & Analytical Ability:

Analysing problems and thinking logically for the growth of the bank and organization is absolutely necessary for the bank job. Predicting market trends and event based fluctuations are common in the financial sector. Keeping a keen eye on such events and using analytical skills will surely help the organization and thereby growth. Coincidentally this is one of the must-have qualities for solving quantitative aptitude problems for bank exam candidates. Even if one does not have a natural flair for numbers, there is a need to have certain basic grounding in mathematics and analytical ability.

6. Effective Communication:

It is very important in every domain. Banking professionals directly deal with end customers. Hence, it is crucial that bank job aspirants nurture excellent written and verbal communication skills.  It is also important as they need to communicate financial matters to their colleagues without any confusion. And of course, this translates into an essential quality when interacting with teachers, coaches, and other aspirants during the time of learning also.

7. Excellent in independent and team work:

It is important to work seamlessly with the team. Also, the best candidate is the one who can work independently on a given project and become a pro-active employee of the Bank. As a candidate, one should work in both groups in the classroom environment and also makes independent preparations based on one’s needs.

8. Co-operative and Professional Personality:

As a bank job directly involves interaction with customers, clients, and stakeholders; cooperative and professional attitude is expected from them at the same time in this service sector industry.

9. Alert and Awareness:

Dealing with money matters is not an easy job. A bank job aspirant must always be alert towards any threat to the financial system and should always be aware of the changes in the financial sector.

10. Honesty:

It is the most important quality one should nurture. As the bank job deals with finances, honesty is the essential quality needed.

Every individual should try to incorporate all the above-mentioned qualities so as to define their persona in the banking sector.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

3 Factors that Enhance the Success Rate of a TalentSprint Trainee

Success Rate of a TalentSprint Trainee
Success in banking exams, group discussions, and personal interviews, that lead to recruitment, is the Holy Grail that every ambitious career seeker is in pursuit of. The competition for employment in leading public and private sector organisations is cut-throat, and it is only the best-trained candidates that get a head-start in their career building mission.

Bank Exams Practice Kit

What are the unique value additions that TalentSprint offers to its trainees that provide them with a discernible edge vis-à-vis their competitors? Let’s find out.

Holistic Inputs

TalentSprint enriches its students with across-the-board intellectual inputs through diverse media options
  • Video presentations
  • Online tests
  • Pen drive storage
  • E-books, etc.
The course content is all-inclusive and contemporary; capturing the latest developments and notifications released by recruiting organisations. The text content is compiled by expert faculty who not only have outstanding academic credentials but also substantial grassroot experience in their relevant fields.

The live video sessions are delivered by ace professionals in a friendly, interactive, engaging style that makes learning a pleasure and boosts retention.

Whatever the sphere of academics or real life experiential learning, TalentSprint career accelerators are committed to imparting cutting edge knowledge and strategies that pay rich dividends and help students enjoy a higher rate of success compared to their peers.

Time Management

Banking exams demand answers to problems in reasoning, quantitative aptitude, data interpretation, general awareness, english, etc. at a very fast rate. Time management, therefore, becomes a critical factor in achieving success.  While focusing on subjects of academic relevance, the TalentSprint faculty also shares valuable inputs on how to manage stress caused by unexpected situations at the examination table.

It is these, beyond-the-syllabi, invaluable inputs, that students of TalentSprint often celebrate as the key to their achievements in competitive banking exams.
  • Allocate less time for your strength areas, and budget more time for areas where you are relatively weak;
  • All questions carry identical marks. Solve the easy ones first and mark the difficult ones for review at a later stage;
  • Resist the urge to prove to yourself that you can solve the most difficult ones too. Time is the essence.
One of the best ways to help you save time is giving you short cut techniques in quantitative aptitude. Mr.Rohit Agarwal, one of the most popular trainers of India has the record of helping thousands of students improve their calculation speeds astronomically. His videos are extremely popular online and can be accessed at

English Communication

Familiarity with and fluency in formal English, for success in written tests, and for performing well in group discussions and personal interviews is essential.

Recognising that English is not the first language for a vast majority of aspiring career builders, TalentSprint devotes considerable resources to building English communication skills for its students. One of their popular teachers in English is Ms.Sylvia Fiona, who can make you fall in love with the language. Check out her videos at

The course content includes modules on remedial English, business English and development of interview skills that are so crucial for campus recruitment.

A focused approach led by the expert faculty transforms its students into effective communicators. TalentSprint appreciates that every student approaches it with a dream, and leaves no stone unturned to help every student make the dream a reality. 

Their programs are delivered in the classroom and online through videos, ebooks and pen drive programs. Students from more than 350 towns in India access these programs. The thousands of success stories stand testimony to the undying effort of the faculty to make every student achieve his/her dream of reaching the top.

There is no magic bullet on offer; just holistic solutions.

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