Friday, 1 January 2016

10 New Tips to crack IBPS PO interviews

10 Important Tips & Suggestions to Crack IBPS and SBI Bank Interview 2015

As many candidates who are appearing for IBPS PO interviews are active on this website and many are asking for tips to perform well in interviews. Yesterday I got an email from one of my reader asking the same question. Most of the time I reply in really long emails. So I thought why not to share with all of my readers as it is useful for all.

I have already shared How to prepare for Superub Dose for IBPS Bank Interview and Most common IBPS interview queries. You should read them. I have seen many candidates who were rejected in IBPS PO II because they started a heated argument with one of the interviewer and other interviewers in the panel supported candidate.

The result was, Candidates were rejected. You never know which interviewer have most important role in deciding marks of the candidates. In IBPS PO II a candidate who scored 185 was rejected because he started a heated argument, at the the end we won but he was rejected. So never do this. If you don't know answer to a question then simply say it, it's better than giving lame answers.

I still remember an interesting question, What is the area of your city ? Most of us don't know answer to this question and expect the same from the interviewers but interviewers have smartphones and they can Google the area of your city, village or town within few seconds. So never give lame answers with confidence, it will make bad impression and will prove that you are lying with confidence. Most of the married women are rejected because of this reason. They simply say I can't go out of my town or city.

Let me tell you that bank officials take care of this fact and try to give nearest location to female candidates but if you resides in Punjab and marked Andhra bank in the top of preference list then bank official have no options. If you need local posting then you should have marked preference of banks wisely. For example those who live Punjab should mark Punjab and Sindh bank.

Having confidence is good thing but don't let the interviewers have a feeling that you are not serious about this job and you are satisfied with your current job. They will ask this question again and again that why a bank job ? you have a better job or father's business is better than a bank job. You need to prepare yourself for this type of questions.

Although it is not mandatory and nowhere mentioned in the call letter, sometimes it is asked by the interview panel, you just can't I don't have because it was not asked. It cost just an hour to make a professional resume and I think you should make one.

At least 10% of the candidates are rejected on this ground. Many candidates have some problem in their name, their father's name, DOB etc. These kind of problems can be solved with simple affidavit. In case you mistakenly marked that you belong to a reserved category and you don;t that proper documentation to prove this then you will be rejected. Nothing can save you from this even if you have scored 100 mark in PO.

Read full post about documentation In most of the bank interviews, questions are asked from recent financial updates and most of the times interviewer ask, which newspaper you read ? what were the headlines today? what is the price of gold today? As interviewers are senior bank officials and their favorite newspaper is Economic times, I recommend you to switch to Economic times for a few days. Last but not the least – Know yourself. In major part of interview, interviewers will try to judge whether you are really serious about a job in a PSU bank and whether you are competent enough. If you are over-qualified then they will think that you won't join and IBPS don't need these kind of candidates. Read your course books and be prepared for awkward questions.

  • Never argue
  • Learn to say NO
  • Never say I can't go out of my city
  • Be formal and serious!!
  • Make a professional resume
  • Complete your documentation
  • Read Economic Times of last two days
  • Know yourself

10 New Tips to crack IBPS PO in 10 Days

Now that call letters for IBPS PO 2015 are out, aspirants are both anxious and confident about the exam. The confident ones are busy fine tuning the final strategies, while the anxious candidates are skeptical about the pattern, difficulty, clearing cutoff or scoring well, constantly hounded by the  ‘what ifs’.  ‘What if the paper is harder than usual’, ‘What if im not able to clear the cut off’  and countless others.  We at are being bombarded with queries like these. Hence, we have decided to prepare a comprehensive list of 10 Things you need to know to crack IBPS PO in 10 days.
10 New Tips to CRACK IBPS PO in 10 days. 

1.  There are three elements which together shape the IBPS PO exam strategy.
a. Time management- How do you attempt the question paper? How to divide the time among sections and in what order questions should be attempted?
b. Accuracy- Making sure that you minimise the number of wrong answers and negative marking, so that marks per question gets maximized
c. Speed- How to attempt questions faster? How to do quick calculations? How to increase reading speed?

2. Most of the aspirants believe that Speed is the most important factor, but in reality it is not. There are multiple factors that play important roles in IBPS PO exam strategy. Candidates, with average speed, have managed to perform excellently and have produced phenomenal results by perfecting their Time Management and Accuracy. So how do they do it? It is simple, they focus exclusively on Time Management and Accuracy.

Time Management
3. Ideally, you should be able to go through all the questions at least once in the exam. It helps you identify questions which are easy and can be solved in less time. At the last leg of the preparation, if you still feel that you are not able to go through all the questions at least once, you need to work upon your time management.

4. For better time management, we recommend the tried and tested strategy by the toppers who scored well in IBPS PO  –
a) First attempt the English section. This section takes minimum time. You should be able to attempt it in about 10-15 minutes. One down and two to go.
b) Divide the next 45-50 minutes in the remaining 2 sections equally, i.e. 20-25 minutes each. However, if you feel that you are scared of a particular section, you may allocate more than 25 minutes to that section. Please, make sure that you follow this time management strategy as it will help you clear all the sectional cut-offs.
c) Attempt the sections in the following order- English – then section you feel most comfortable in – then the section you are most scared of.
5. In the above sections,  attempt the questions in the following order: first the questions you know and can solve quickly, then the questions you think you can do but are time consuming. Remember never try and waste your time attempting the questions you are not confident of solving. There are a lot of other questions to solve and score.

6. In English, only guess if you are at least 40-50% sure of the answer, i.e. you will be able to eliminate 2-3 options.

7. In Quant and Reasoning, there should be no guesses at all. Double check your solutions and be extremely conscious. Your aim should be to achieve an accuracy of 100% in the above two sections.

8. Many Questions in Quant and Reasoning are caselets, i.e. one paragraph or data set, and many questions based on that. You must solve all the questions of the given set in one go. Do not leave the set partially solved, hoping to do the rest of the questions at the end. It will be time consuming increasing your chances of error. Solve the complete set in one go, if you are not sure of certain questions, you should leave them altogether, instead of marking them for review.

9. Speed mostly matters in the following types of questions:
a) Reading Comprehension: You can consider reading the questions first before reading the passage. This way, while reading the passage itself, you will be able to mark the answers and all questions will be done in only one reading of the passage
b) Data interpretation- If the answers are numbers not close to each other, then you do not need to do accurate calculations. You can round off the numbers and do approximate calculations and mark the answer closest to the answer you calculated
c) Long calculations- You can work on speed mathematics

10. As the exam is now very close, keep your focus on revision and mock tests practice. Stay confident and calm. IBPS PO is just one of the many competitive examinations. Have faith in yourself. Good luck

by Anil Lahoti. 

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