The Indian Bank PO exams are organized each year to appoint young and qualified graduates planning to start a career in the government banking sector. The exam is conducted to shortlist eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers (PO); selected candidates need to do one year Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) course. The course is jointly offered by the Indian Bank Manipal School of Banking (IBMSB), Indian Bank, and Manipal Global Education Service. Post completing the course, the students get appointed as PO.
The exam is designed to test the individual’s skills in General Awareness, Computer and Marketing, English Language and Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Analysis, and Reasoning. The candidates need to clear two rounds, including preliminary and mains, before getting called for the interview.
When you have a thorough understanding of the exam pattern, you will be able to determine the importance of different topics and choose the books accordingly. The following are the marks division, number of questions and all such factors which you must be aware of.
|Name of Test||Total Questions||Maximum Marks|
The exam will be conducted online and the duration of the exam is one hour. There is negative marking as well for every wrong answer and you must qualify this test to be eligible for the next round.
|Name of Test||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Total Time|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|General Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|Letter Writing & Essay (English)||2||25||30 Minutes|
Post qualifying prelims and main round, the shortlisted candidates are called for an interview. The total marks allotted for interview are 100, and the minimum qualifying marks required in the interview is 40%, while 5% relaxation is given to the aspirants belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD category.
It is essential to refer to the right books that play a crucial role in preparing for the exams; the test-takers must choose the best books so that they can prepare more productively. Some of the books that you can refer while preparing for the Indian Bank PO jobs include:
In the English Language section, there are a total of 30 questions asked in the prelims exam while the number of questions increases by 5 in the mains exam. To get good score in English, students can refer to the books mentioned below:
The Reasoning Ability section in prelim exams includes 35 questions while in the mains exam, the students need to answer a total of 45 questions. Questions from different topics related to Analytical and Logical Reasoning area asked in the exam and to practice for the same; students must refer to the best books, including:
Both prelims and mains have a total of 35 questions in the quantitative aptitude section. Though basic and simple are asked which the test-takers have studied in their schools, they are advised to refer to the following books while preparing for the Quantitative Aptitude section.
The mains exam is slightly more complex and different from the prelims and you have to take the preparation accordingly. This calls for choosing suitable books and resources for the preparation.
In the general awareness section, 40 questions come in the exam related to sports, science and technology, economy, awards and recognitions, etc. Since this is a vast section, referring to the renowned authors’ books are advisable.
There are a total of 45 questions asked in the Computer Aptitude section, the test-takers can refer to the beneath mentioned books to ace their preparations.
So these are some of the books that will help in improving your performance level a lot, refer to them to get a job in the Indian Bank. Remember to only invest in books that you will truly need and limit the number of references that you follow. This will make the overall preparation strategy less complicated. We hope you find the suggestions helpful and are able to ace the exam with flying colours.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.