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IBPS PO Syllabus and Pattern

The structure of the Examination which will be conducted on-line is as follows: 

Sr. No
Name of Tests
Maximum Marks
Duration
1.
Reasoning
50




Composite time of 2 hours
2.
English Language
40
3.
Quantitative Aptitude
50
4.
General Awareness
(with special reference to Banking Industry)
40
5.
Computer Knowledge
20

TOTAL
200


NOTE - Negative Marking of 1/4 marks

Below mentioned is the detailed syllabus of IBPS PO 2014 - 

1. Reasoning -

Topic
Expected Number of Questions
Seating Arrangement
10
Tabulation
5
Logical Reasoning
5-10
Syllogism
5
Blood Relations
5
Input Output
0-5
Coding Decoding
5
Alphanumeric Series
0-5
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
0-5
Data Sufficiency
0-5
Coded Inequalities
5
Puzzle 
5-7

2. English Language

Topic
Expected Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension
10
Cloze Test
10
Fill in the blanks
0-5
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction
5
Para jumbles
5
Miscellaneous
5



3. Quantitative Aptitude

Topic
Expected Number of Questions
Simplification
5
Number Systems
3
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
& Averages
3
Profit & Loss
2
Mixtures & Alligations
1-2
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
1- 2
Work & Time
2
Time & Distance
2
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
1-2
Sequence & Series
5
Permutation, Combination
& Probability
5
Data Interpretation
15

4. General Awareness - 

Current Affairs 
This would primarily focus on all news based items from various fields like sports, awards, summits, new appointments, obituaries, Indian Defense, etc. Please be thorough with newspaper, preferably "THE HINDU".

Banking Awareness
  • Indian Financial System – Overview of Financial Markets (Money Market, Capital Market, Forex Market, Credit Market), Financial Intermediaries involved (like investment bankers, underwriters, stock exchanges, registrars, depositories, custodians, portfolio managers, mutual funds, primary dealers, Authorised dealers, self regulatory organizations, etc. Also read important committees and its recommendations.
  • History of Indian Banking Industry - (Pre Independence, Post Independence, Nationalisation), Structure of Indian Banking, Types of Banks (Scheduled, Co-operatives), categorisation of Bank (Pvt, PSU, Foreign), NHB, SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, IDBI its role etc and concept of NBFC.
  • Regulatory Bodies like – RBI, (RBI History/ Functions/ Roles/) SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC etc its role functions and fact based details
  • Monetary & Credit Policies who decides, basis of change and its relation with Inflation and other related issues & Inflation (Types) CRR/ SLR/ Repo/ Re-Repo/Bank Rate etc.
  • Budget Basics and Current Union Budget – Discussion of Budget related terminologies like GDP, Fiscal Deficit, Various kinds of taxes, Government revenue model and spending etc. and discussion on Union Budget 2014. Also major pointers for Rail Budget and Economic Survey to be read.
  • International Organisations/ Financial Institutions – IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN related agencies, recent development in them members heads etc functions, recent loans given by them to India or any country in the world where Crisis is going on.
  • Capital Market & Money Market – Concept, Types of Instruments they deal in like (1. Call/Notice Money 2. Treasury Bills 3. Term Money, 4. Certificate of Deposit 5. Commercial Papers or Capital Market Instruments like equity Shares, preference shares, or Debt segment like Debentures etc also talk about Stock Exchanges in India and world.
  • Government Schemes – All important schemes for ex. Bharat Nirman, Swavlamban, Swabhiman , All schemes discussed in budget - the details like when was it introduced, important facts related to same, budgetary allocation etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies - Frequently discussed in newspaper  
  • Other important concepts like – BASEL, Micro Finance, Base Rate, Negotiable Instruments, Credit Rating Agencies, Financial Inclusions, Teaser Rates, GAAR, Priority Sector Lending and all other important concepts.
5. Computer Knowledge -

Module No.
Details
1
Number System
2
History of Computers
3
Hardware
4
Software
5
Database (introduction)
6
Communication (Basic Introduction)
7
Networking (LAN, WAN)
8
Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application)
9
Security Tools, Virus, Hacker
10
MS Windows & MS Office
11
Logic Gates


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The way to crack Banking exams

The way to crack Banking exams is to learn daily!!

The whole paper consists of five different sections and, believesme, every section is equally important! If you’re good at English but incompetent at Quant, there are 99.9% chances that you will not make it to the interviews. So, the secret is to be a master in every section!

For Quant!

Believe it or not, if ignoring the printing mistakes and clichés, all the books are just the same. All the same X and Y and all the same calculations. Follow book of Sarvesh K Verma, or Arun Sharma, or of M Tyra, every book will tell you much the same thing!!

But if you really want to feel mathematics in your veins, learn the basics first. If you know one minutes has 60 seconds, you can simply calculate the number of seconds in 27 minutes is this and if the speed is doubled, you can perform this work in this time. And one more thing, don’t go for short trick, invent new tricks of your own! The examiner really isn’t looking for how many tricks you know. He’s looking at how fast you are in arriving at the proper method while solving the question!

Do puzzles! They’re food for thought! Think differently! The next step remains is Practice. Practice questions as much as you can!!

For English!

You see, there are two types of questions they ask from this section: Economics related questions, and Story related. So, try to read both. English can be learned from reading Newspaper (you can read online), from Novels (again, you can read online). For good English, you must have in hand English Dictionary and Thesaurus. These are the bibles! Download Oxford dictionary and thesaurus if you’re comfortable with learning on PC/Lappy.

If you don’t know how a sentence is built up and why two different words combine to give a completely different meaning, you must dive into a different sort of English learning, i.e. the basics grammar. Start from basics. Know what nouns and pronouns and adjectives are. Know how to say of past and present and future in English. Know why a word has many meaning and some words really mean nothing at all. English is fun if you feel it is.

For GK!

There's no proper source. No matter if you’re learning it through capsules, through magazines, through newspapers, or TV of feeds or websites, just learn. GK is to be learned from many sources. Everything that’s been happening around you makes up this section. Whether you're watching AajTak, or downloading the new Movies via Torrent, or waiting for an upcoming novel to be released by ChetanBhagat, Everything becomes a part of GK. So, keep a track of the latest updates. And please, try to grasp the only updates keeping in mind the exam point of view. Examiner never asks if Shakuntala Devi died in her home or in some hospital. They never ask if there are 12 rape cases filed by this and this on this and that date. So, only learn what's beneficial for you! Don’t accumulate junk GK!

For Reasoning!

Now, let’s move on to reasoning section. Reasoning itself means, "How fast you can reason or think!" Start thinking fast/quick! Do practice a lot! Learn new ways yourself! This is the only section where nobody can teach you the perfect logic! You yourself have to devise those logics that fit for you! Ever thought why government asks these reasoning questions when the real job is totally the opposite of it? It’s the reasoning level of you they want to know!

For computers!

It’s a day to day learning. New more technologies are coming overnight. New brands are gaining more popularity than the old ones. Nobody knew Facebook 10 years before, but now it’s the size of a Continent and everybody knows it. So, be in touch with gadget world. Plus, don’t forget to read from where this world came from. Learn basics of semiconductors, then electronics, then basics of digital electronics, then move on to microprocessors, then microcontrollers, then computer, and then everything fits in perfectly! Then only you’ll know how and why a computer works!


Some personal tips!

Gone were the days when people used to study nothing and attempt 195+ questions thereby scoring 150+ marks! Now the whole level has changed. Whole idea of conducting the exams has enhanced. But still, some people make it to the interviews while studying less. It’s because they are smart and they do things smartly!!

Now you have to be smart as well while attempting the paper.

To become smart, there’s only one more thing you have to do apart from learning! And that is “Time Management”

You’re given 2 hours, i.e. 120 minutes. Five sections, that means 24 minutes each. But do you really feel 24 minutes are all for GK or Computer?

GK can be done in 10 minutes itself.

English section can be done in 15-20 minutes.

Computer section can be done in 10-12 minutes.

You can do these sections in less time and utilize the remaining time doing more time consuming questions. What takes time are the Reasoning and Quant section. Reasoning is like a wise lady. Smile and she’ll offer you her gifts. But Quant is treacherous. If you don’t know her methods, you’re doomed! So, devote your maximum time to these two sections.

One more thing to be always kept in mind!

Every section is to be attempted so you can clear the minimum cut off! Don’t waste too much of your time attempting all the 40 questions of reasoning or quant that you have no time to attempt even five questions of the remaining sections!

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SBI Associates Bank PO Recruitment 2986 Vacancies

SBI has released the notification of Probationary Officers posts in Associates Banks of State Bank of India. There are total 2986 vacancies.
Important Dates:

ONLINE REGISTRATION OF APPLICATION :  1 - 18 Sept 2014 
PAYMENT OF FEES - ONLINE : 1 - 18 Sept 2014 
PAYMENT OF FEES - OFFLINE : 3- 20 Sept 2014 
The examination will be held in the month of November 2014 (Tentatively)

SELECTION PROCEDURE :

Phase-I Examination consisting Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive
Test for 50 marks.
The Objective Test will be online. Immediately after the online Objective Test,
Descriptive Test will be administered. Questions relating to Descriptive Test
will be available on computer (Online) and candidates will have to write the
answers on the answer sheet (Offline) provided to them on Paper/Pen mode.
(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test with 2hours duration consists of 4 Sections with
50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:
a) Test of English Language (Grammer, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)
The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing
marks, to be decided by the Bank.
(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test with 1 hour duration (50marks) will be of
“Test of English Language (comprehension, short précis, letter writing & essay)”.
The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks,
to be decided by the Bank.
Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have
scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are Placed adequately high
as per total marks in objective test.
(b) Phase-II Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive
Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of
candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion
and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided
by the Bank.
Candidates qualified for GD & Interview under 'OBC' catagory are required to
submit OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates not
submiting the OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause and
requesting to be interviewed under General catagory will not be entertained.
Final Selection
The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-I and Phase-II separately.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted
to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks)
are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted
marks of Written Test  and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category.
The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Results of the candidates who have qualified for Phase II and the list of candidates
finally selected will be made available on the Bank’s website. Final select list will be
published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar.

EMOLUMENTS:
PAY: The starting basic pay is Rs 14,500/- in the scale of Rs 14500-600/7-18700-700/
2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I. The compensation
package includes attractive salary and perquisites such as furnished accommodation or
HRA, Conveyance Allowance, Medical benefit, LFC/HTC, Loans at concessional rates
etc. Total compensation varies depending upon the place of posting and the perquisites
offered by individual Banks and on an average is about Rs.65,000/- per month at Mumbai.

The salary Scales are due for revision.



STATE BANK OF INDIA ASSOCIATE BANKS PROBATIONARY OFFICER (PO) 2014 SYLLABUS is a very important thing that every candidate has to look into and it is also advisable to the candidates that they must continuously refer to the syllabus at the starting of the preparation and also while the preparation is going on. 

SBI Associates Banks –
1. SBBJ – State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur
2. SBH - State Bank of Hyderabad
3. SBM - State Bank of Mysore
4. SBP - State Bank of Patiala
5. SBT - State Bank of Travancore


Name of the Bank
Vacancies
SC               ST            OBC                General           Total             VH      OH
SBBJ
45
71
81
153
350
15
08
SBH
112
157
253
378
900
38
18
SBM
70
69
126
235
500
14
16
SBP
07
56
13
24
100
14
02
SBT
181
180
270
505
1136
15
15
Total
415
533
743
1295
2986
96
59

SBI Associate Banks Probationary officer (PO) exam consists of 2 sections namely: 
1. Objective type paper-I  -  200 Marks
2. Descriptive type Paper-II - 50 marks

Syllabus includes of the following section:
1. Reasoning (HIGH LEVEL)
2. Data Interpretation
3. English Language (Grammer, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc)
4. General Awareness + Computer + Marketing Awareness

The above mentioned sections are from the Objective paper of the Exam whereas; the Descriptive paper also includes the English Language.

Below mentioned is the detailed syllabus of SBI PO Associate Banks 2014 syllabus:

Objective type paper-I  200 Marks

A). ENGLISH LANGUAGE SYLLABUS OF SBI ASSOCIATE BANKS PO 2014:

According to the analysis of previous year question paper there were two Reading Comprehensions.
AREA
NUMBER OF QUESTION
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Reading Comprehension
10+10
Moderate to Difficult
Faulty Construction
15
Easy to Moderate
Jumbled Sentences
5
Easy to Moderate
Close Passages
10
Moderate

B). REASONING SYLLABUS OF SBI ASSOCIATE BANKS PO 2014:

NAME
NUMBER OF QUESTION
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Input - output
5
Difficult
Sentence coding
5
Easy
Logical Reasoning
15
Easy to Moderate
Syllogism
5
Moderate
Puzzle / Seating Arrangement
10
Moderate
Data Sufficiency
5
Moderate
Direction &other problem
5
Easy to Moderate

C) GENERAL AWARENESS SYLLABUS OF SBI ASSOCIATE BANKS PO 2014
Area
NUMBER OF QUESTION
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Banking Awareness
14
Moderate to Difficult
Current Affairs
16
Easy to Moderate
Computer Awareness
10
Easy to Moderate
Marketing
10
Moderate


D) DATA ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION SYLLABUS OF SBI ASSOCIATE BANKS PO 2013

AREA
NUMBER OF QUESTION
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Probability
5
Easy to Moderate
Line Graph
5
Moderate
Pie Charts
10
Moderate to Difficult
Bar Charts
15
Easy
Tables
15
Moderate to Difficult

DESCRIPTIVE SECTION SYLLABUS OF SBI ASSOCIATE BANKS PO – 50 Marks

1. Letter Writing
2. Paragraph Writing
3. Essay Writing
4. Precise Writing
5. Reading Comprehension

AREA
NUMBER OF QUESTION
TOPICS
Letter Writing
10
To a branch to close the saving account, To friend to attend a seminar on net banking, To a bank for higher education loan
Paragraph Writing
8
If I were an author, Rural Banking, Impact of autonomy provided to bank
Essay Writing
12
Right to education act, Financial Inclusion, How Technology can help banking sector
Precise Writing
10
Chief Vigilance Officer
Reading Comprehension
10
ATM and its uses


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