Bank P.O. recruitment process has now embraced the digital age. The pen and paper model of has given way to online examinations. The general pattern though has not altered much. Whether a candidate is sitting for IBPS, SBI or RBI the content of syllabus remains mostly the same. These examinations mainly test a candidate on areas such as Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness, English Language, Marketing Aptitude and Computer Knowledge. There is also a descriptive writing section to check the proficiency of a candidate’s ability to communicate. Usually the descriptive test consists of Letter Writing, Essay Writing, etc. Below is a tabulated description of the set of question pattern that each Bank PO from SBI, IBPS and RBI presents during the examination:
|Test Section/Banks PO Question Pattern||IBPS||SBI||RBI Assistant||RBI Officer|
|Computer Knowledge/ Marketing Aptitude||20||40||40|
|Total Time Allotted||2 Hours||2 Hours||2 Hours||2 Hours 10 Min|
As seen in the table above the total marks for the entire examination amounts to 200 marks with 2 hours to complete, with only RBI officer examination offering 10 more minutes despite having one lesser section i.e. Computer Knowledge/Marketing Aptitude.
The clearest indication from the table above is that time is the most crucial ingredient. The number of questions and the time allotted will not allow each candidate to perpetually conceptualize and solve one question after another. So a candidate has to be sure about his strong areas and focus on clearing the maximum possible within the limited time window. These examinations also take into aspect negative marking on every question, so again it is of utmost importance to do questions which are more suitable to the candidate’s strength and not gamble on answers.
A few bank examinations such as SBI and RBI Officer Examination also have descriptive paper. SBI’s examination conducts it on the same day while the RBI deals with its recruiting process in two phases – Phase I and Phase II. The candidate after clearing the Phase I of the RBI Officer Examination has to write a descriptive paper on three papers namely Paper I which deals in English writing such as précis, essay etc, Paper II which deals with topics relating to Economics and Social Issues and finally Paper III which deals with topics related to Finance and Management. Each of these papers is worth 100 marks and 3 hours is allotted for every paper.
On completion of the written aspect of these examinations the selected candidates who meet the cut off are called for an interview and selection is made taking into consideration the performance siplayed through the entire selection process.