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How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for various competitive bank exams

Complete Guide on: “How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for various competitive bank exams?”

Many of the candidates find it really difficult to solve common entrance exams for banking. It is the most ordinary misconception that it is actually unsolvable. However, it is not so. If you take it as a challenge and prepare for it as you do for other sections, you will surely be able to score good. You should definitely not take it lightly. It requires some time and hard work; you cannot crack the exam with terror for the section.

The examination for the IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for the post of PO CWE V will be held in the 2015 in the month of October. All the applicants those are preparing to enter the banking sector require clearing the process of two phases of examinations (preliminary and mains) along with a interview. The preliminary exams are considered as easy as compared to the main exams of phase two. The mains exam consist of four sections that are- Language, Reasoning abilities, Quantitative aptitudes, Computer and General Knowledge. The total marks of the main exam in 200. The paper will be based on the objective basis (MCQ- Multiple choice questions) and the paper will be only for two hours. Not only this, the exam gets tougher with the negative marking for all the wrong answers the candidate marks.

We present to you a complete guide on what comes in the quantitative analysis section and how to prepare for it. This will assist you in your studies and practice.  So, let’s start. Given ahead are some tips to help you crack the paper.

Start preparing as soon as possible

The first and foremost step for preparation is to do is give enough time and practice for planning and studying this section of the paper. Start preparing for quantitative analysis from today itself. Do not leave it for the end and practice daily. If you’re not from mathematics background and find chapters like permutation combination and probability difficult, you should rather start studying as soon as possible. Get some outside

Take help from books and teachers

Try studying from simple and easy books like Quantitative Aptitude by S.D. Yadav. It will help you in understanding the basic type of questions that are asked in the examination.

You can also take tuitions for a few days to get a grip on the subject. Taking help from an experienced individual will benefit you a lot.

Practice is the key to success

Often after completing a chapter students become over-confident and do not take the remaining portion seriously. You should keep your focus entirely on the subject and also revise after finishing. Practice daily questions. It will not only improve your accuracy but also your speed. Limit down your time of completing the section to maximum forty five minutes. You can learn a few tricks to solve mathematical questions in a jiffy.

Solve mock papers

Solving practice papers at home will give you an edge over other students. You can improve your speed as well as accuracy. Also try out previous years question papers so that you can understand the type of questions that appear in the exam. It is best to make a chart of rules and study according to it.

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

  1. The topics that are asked frequently in the paper are as follows-
  • The Surface Area and Volume
    • Heights & Distance
    • The Logarithm
    • the Permutations & the combination
    • Compound interest
    • All types of Equation
    • Roots, Percentages & Probability
    • proportions, averages and Ratios
    • Time, Speed, Distance and work
    • Mixtures & allegations
    • Stock, debentures, Partnership and shares (Accounts)
    • Clock
    • Basic Trigonometry
    • Profits & Loss & Mensuration
    • Basic Algebra
  1. The Graphical Data construction
    • Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graph , and Line charts

Chapters you can score easily from above

Given below are the sections where you can score the most. Practice these chapters first and you will be sure of scoring in these parts.

1.  Numerical system
2. Mean and average
3.Percentage
4.Ratio and Proportion
5.Unitary method
6.HCF and LCM

Difficult chapters to score from the above

The list of chapters given below need time and practice. The questions asked from this section can be quite tricky and time consuming.

1. Simplification
2.Percentage, profit and loss
3.Ratio and Proportion
4.Time and work
5.Data Interpretation

Basic Guidelines during the examination
some of the tips and tricks are listed below to help you out further while doing you the paper

  • Simply start with the easier questions in which you are most confident to score and have prepared very well. You should not waste your time and energy doing the difficult questions first. You can easily cope with them. Check the previous year question bank that might guide you.
  • Data interpretation is a relatively difficult topic; therefore start attempting the shorter questions first in this section. It is a lengthy section and requires more attention.
  • Do not take more than twenty minutes for completing the entire section or you may not find time for other sections.
  • If you find that the paper is quite difficult, don’t get worried. It will be difficult for others as well.

In the end, we will like to wish you luck for your exam. Do practice these tips and you will not have to worry after that.

How to Prepare General Awareness for Competitive Exams?

Complete Guide on “How to Prepare for General Awareness for Competitive Exams?”

Often students preparing for banking exams ignore the general awareness section and it is hard to believe that just by reading few newspapers they can easily score well in this section. Not only can these candidates easily clear their interview rounds. However, it is not true. There are many varieties of questions that can confuse any student if he is not well – prepared. Therefore, it is important that the applying candidates must not ignore this part of the paper and practice for it as well.

General awareness is an important part of most of the competitive exams. It includes questions from many different sections of national and international current affairs such as finance and economy, history, geography, and social and cultural aspects.

General awareness section is put to test the consciousness of students towards happenings all over the world and knowledge on various topics. The most commonly asked topics are banking and economics as the students will have to deal with such topics during their work. Preparing for current affairs is highly important. There are many guides which will describe the importance of preparing current affairs for the interview. The majority of websites updated day to day current affairs. You can rely on them or you could buy bank current affairs books available at local book shops. You can study them before one month. However, keep yourself up to date on the latest current news in the market

we understand that preparing for general awareness can be tough but we are here to help you out. This guide will provide you with tips that will let you crack even the difficult questions in most of the entrance exams, most commonly banking exams.

General awareness section can be quite easy. There are several reasons for that. These are listed below-

  1. Takes just ten minutes to complete- You will be surprised to know that general awareness questions are not time consuming at all. They are multiple type questions. They just need a little practice and you can answer the questions in no time, you just have to read and mark the answer.
  1. No calculations- You don’t have to do any calculations and you can score easily without any effort. This subject is especially interesting for the candidates who hate calculations and mathematics. General Awareness question just needs to learn and grasp in the mind.
  1. Knowledge is the key- with enough awareness and knowledge about your surroundings you can answer the section easily. There are more probability that the interview panel will ask you problems associated to the capital or the state in which you live or being interviewing. For example, who is the Chief Minister of your state?
  1. Attempt this section first- With the extra time you get after completing this section you can go for other sections afterwards. Often students complain that they do not get time for this section in the end. So always get to it first so that you can be sure of some marks.

Tips to crack the section easily

  • The banking exam paper mostly asks questions from national and international finance sector, economical events, social and cultural norms and events. So, keep in mind that it cannot be prepared in a single day.
  • Practicing daily is the best option to score more. Make a habit of keeping yourself updated with issues.
  • Reading a newspaper for a day will not help you. You have to make it a habit to read every day.
  • Go through practice papers and previous year’s paper readily available in the market. You’ll find that a lot of questions come from these papers. So, practice thoroughly.
  • To answer the questions easily you need dedication and regular effort.
  • Only books are not enough for practice, the best way would be to study daily and stay updated in the field of banking, economy and finance.

Best sources to keep yourself updated

All candidates get panic encounter the interview questions. The best source for preparation is to read newspapers daily thoroughly. Listening to some good news channels will also help you. You can also read magazines such as panorama, competition success etc. Gather as much information as possible from any source.

How to Prepare English Language for IBPS Banking Exams

Complete Guide on “How to Prepare for English Language for IBPS Banking Exams”

The PO exams for banks are conducted in two stages, the first stage being a preliminary entrance test and the next is the main written examination. The questions asked in the preliminary examination paper are objective type questions, where the candidate has to select one correct option out of the four given options. There is also negative marking; therefore the candidates should be careful while answering.

Out of Total number of Questions 20% of the questions are devoted to English language. Thus, the candidates must not ignore this section and improve their English skills and language in time to qualify the exam.

The main written examination has two parts or sections. The first part is objective type. The purpose of the objective section is to assess vocabulary, comprehension skills, and grammar of the candidate. The second part is descriptive; the aim of this section is to evaluate candidate’s capability of essay writing, answering long answer type questions, etc.

We have brought for you a guide to help you answer the preliminary paper.

In the prelims, the language ability of candidates is tested via questions based on vocabulary, grammar, completing sentences, synonyms and antonyms, jumbled up sentences, finding error and filling the blanks with the correct word. As the syllabus is vast and diverse, there are no hard and fast rules to be followed for preparation. Therefore, the way would be to improve your basic language skills. Reading books, newspaper and magazines will help you brush up your English.

Given below are few examples of the type of questions that appear in the exam.

  1. Synonyms and Antonyms- Synonyms are words with similar word meanings whereas; antonyms are words that have opposite word meanings. For example, the synonym for tough will be problematic and antonym will be easy. In the paper will be given a sentence with an underlined word. You have to select the synonym/antonym for the underlined word from the given options.
  1. Finding Error- It is the most commonly asked question. In these types of questions the candidate will be given a paragraph with few grammatical mistakes in it. The candidate has to identify the mistake and select the correct answer from the given options.
  1. Comprehensive reading- usually there is only one passage given for comprehension reading and students are asked multiple type questions based on that passage. The candidate has to answer the questions from the passage itself. The questions are not very difficult if the candidate has some basic knowledge of the subject.
  1. Fill in the blanks- in such type of questions the candidates will be provided with blanks in a sentence and options are given to fill in the blank with appropriate word based on their knowledge of grammar, articles and prepositions. It is usually the easiest question but, you may sometimes get confused. Therefore, it is better to leave the question than making vague guesses.

Tips to prepare for scoring well 

  • Clear your basic concepts- you can easily score in this section if you have your basic concepts clear. Brush up the things you learnt at school and that would be enough to score well. You can study prepositions, articles, opposite words and general grammar. 
  • Prepare in advance- you cannot score well by trying to mug up an English book at the last moment. You should study and prepare well in advance. English may not be that tough, but still it needs practice, it cannot be learned in few days. Moreover, you cannot learn English by rote learning, it requires your time as well as patience. 
  • Read newspapers and books- make it a habit to read newspapers, books or magazines daily. It will not only improve your vocabulary, but will also help in general awareness. Passage reading is also helpful for comprehensive passage. 
  • Practice well- practice is the key to score good marks. Do practice papers; previous years question papers and mock papers to improve your speed and knowledge.
  • Analyze- examine your mistakes and where you went wrong. Learn from your mistakes and avoid repeating them again. You just have to understand concepts, no need to mug up any formulae or do calculations. 

In the end, we would like to say to the candidates that do not leave studying for the last moment. Start from today only. Time is limited and you won’t even realize when the exams begin.