Indian Bank PO 2020 - Books and Resources

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Jul 5, 2020

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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.

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Indian Bank PO Exam Pattern

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.

Indian Bank PO Prelims

Name of Test Total Questions Maximum Marks
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

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.

Prepp Test Series

Indian Bank PO Mains Exam

Name of Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
Letter Writing & Essay (English) 2 25 30 Minutes
Total 157 225 25 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.

Download Indian Bank PO 2020 Sample Papers, Old Question Papers and Practice Tests

Indian Bank PO Key highlights

  • Only those test-takers who qualified the Main exam will be asked to attend an interview round.
  • The interview holds 100 marks.
  • It is the final stage in the selection process of IBPS PO.
  • Through interviews, candidates’ communication skills and personality are judged.

Best books to refer while preparing for the Indian Bank PO Exam

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:

Indian Bank PO Books – English

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:

  • Arihant Publications - Objective General English
  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • Corrective English – by AK Singh

Indian Bank PO Books for Reasoning

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:

  • Test of Reasoning- Arihant Publications
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning- R S Aggarwal’s
  • Analytical Reasoning - M K Pandey’s Book

Indian Bank PO Books – Quantitative Aptitude

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.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams - R S Agarwal (most preferred
  • Quantitative Aptitude Chapter-wise Solved Papers- Kiran Publications
  • How to Prepare for Quant - Arun Sharma

Best books for Indian Bank PO - Main Exam

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.

Indian Bank PO Books – General Awareness

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.

  • General Awareness- Oliveboard Bolt
  • General Knowledge- Lucent
  • Static GK E-books - Oliveboard
  • Read newspapers like The Hindu, Live Mint, Business Standard

Books for General Awareness

  • Banking Bolt –Banking Awareness (online book)
  • Economy Bolt – Free E-book for Economy
  • Arihant’s “Banking Awareness” book
  • NCERT Textbooks for Economics

Bank PO Books to prepare for Computer Aptitude

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.

  • Computer Knowledge (online) - Oliveboard
  • Computer Literacy and Knowledge - Kiran Prakashan
  • Lucent’s Computer - Rani Ahilya

Best books to prepare for Data Analysis and Interpretation section

  • Ways to prepare for Data Interpretation– Arun Sharma
  • Data Interpretation – Magical Book Series

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.

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