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Major Bank Exams (PO and Clerical) and other government jobs

State Bank of India

The State Bank of India and its associate banks administer entrance exams for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and Clerks. The tests are conducted in all major cities across the country. The frequency of the tests depends on the recruitment drive of the bank and does not follow any particular time period for administering the test. Questions in the test are from English language, General Awareness, Marketing and Computer Knowledge, Data Analysis and Interpretation and Reasoning.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection organises exams for recruitment in all major nationalised banks in India for the posts of Probationary Officer, Specialist Officer and Clerk. They also organise exams for recruitment for various positions in regional rural banks in the country. The exams do not follow a fixed schedule, but are conducted as per the demand for recruitment in the participating banks. The test features questions from Reasoning, English language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (with reference to banking industry) and Computer Knowledge.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

The Reserve Bank of India organises exams for recruitment to various positions such as Grade – B Officers and Assistants. The exams are conducted as per their recruitment needs on an all-India basis.

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIV) and General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC)

In the insurance industry, Life Insurance Corporation of India and General Insurance Corporation of India are the major recruiters. These organisations recruit for the posts of Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO) and sales Officers. Their recruitment exams follow a similar pattern to the Bank Entrance Exams.

Public Sector Banks in India:

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Andhra Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Bank of India
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. Canara Bank 
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. Corporation Bank 
  9. Dena Bank 
  10. IDBI Bank 
  11. Indian Bank 
  12. Indian Overseas Bank
  13. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  14. Punjab and Sind Bank
  15. Punjab National Bank
  16. State Bank of India
  17. Syndicate Bank 
  18. UCO Bank 
  19. Union Bank of India
  20. United Bank of India
  21. Vijaya Bank   

Associated Banks of State Bank of India are:

(a)  State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
(b)  State Bank of Hyderabad
(c)  State Bank of Mysore
(e)  State Bank of Patiala
(f)   State Bank of Travancore

Major Banking and other government Exams

IBPS

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Conducts the IBPS Bank Exam for providing human resources to the Participating Banks; most public sector banks and other financial institutions.

Over the years, IBPS has gained reputation of being a major “Personnel Selection Test Conducting Agency” of the country. Its strength lies in its capability to develop and construct Multiple Choice Objective Tests & tools used for mass level testing programmes and its ability to conduct these exams simultaneously for lakhs & lakhs of candidates in about 200 cities/towns all over India and also in few foreign locations.

The major exams conducted by IBPS are given below:

  • IBPS PO
  • IBPS Clerk
  • IBPS SO
  • IBPS RRB

IBPS Probationary Officer (PO)

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure Tentative time of Exam
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration
1 IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Preliminary Online English Language 30 30 0.25 per wrong 1 hour October
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100      
2 IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Mains Online Reasoning 50 50 0.25 per wrong 2 hours November
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
TOTAL 200 200      

IBPS Clerks

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure Tentative time of Exam
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration
1 IBPS Clerks Preliminary Online English Language 30 30 0.25 per wrong 1 hour December
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100      
2 IBPS Clerks Mains Online Reasoning 40 40 0.25 per wrong 2 hours January of the following year
English Language 40 40
Numerical Ability 40 40
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
TOTAL 200 200      

IBPS Specialist officer

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure Tentative time of Exam
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration
1 IBPS SO - Law officer Scale-I & II and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale-I Main (Only 1 exam) Online Reasoning 50 50 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 2 Hours January
English Language 50 25
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 50 50
Professional Knowledge 50 75
TOTAL 200 200      
2 IBPS SO - IT officer Scale-I & II, Agriculture Field Officer Scale-I, HR/Personnel Officer Scale-I, Marketing Officer Scale-I, Chartered Accountants Scale-II and Manager Credit/Finance Executive Scale-II Main (Only 1 exam) Online Reasoning 50 50 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 2 Hours January
English Language 50 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Professional Knowledge 50 75
TOTAL 200 200      
           

IBPS Regional Rural Banks (RRB)

(Tentative time of exam is September)

Group: I For ‘A &B ’ category States (under Official Languages Act) Exam Pattern

S.No Name of Test Medium of
Exam
No. ofQuestions Max.Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 2 hours
2 Numerical Ability Hindi/English 40 50
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4a English Language English 40 40
4b HindiLanguage Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total 200 200

IBPS Officer Scale-I Exam Pattern

S.No Name of Test Medium of
Exam
No. ofQuestions Max.Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 2 hours
2 Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4a English Language English 40 40
4b HindiLanguage Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total 200 200

IBPS Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre) Exam Pattern

S.No Name of Test Medium of
Exam
No. ofQuestions Max.Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
2 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Hindi/English 40 40
3 Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4a English Language English 40 20
4b HindiLanguage Hindi 40 20
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
6 Professional Knowledge Hindi/English 40 40
Total 240 200

IBPS Officer Scale- III Exam Pattern

S.No Name of Test Medium of
Exam
No. ofQuestions Max.Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
2 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Hindi/English 40 50
3 Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4a English Language English 40 40
4b HindiLanguage Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total 200 200

IBPS Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Exam Pattern

S.No Name of Test Medium of
Exam
No. ofQuestions Max.Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning English 40 50 CompositeTime of 2 hours
2 Numerical Ability English 40 50
3 General Awareness English 40 40
4 English Language English 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge English 40 20
Total 200 200

# For wrong answers, there is a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted for the question.

SBI (PO)

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure  
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration Tentative time of Exam
1 SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Preliminary Online English Language 30 30 0.25 per wrong 1 hour July
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100      
2 SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Mains Online Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 45 60 0.25 per wrong 60 minutes July
Data Ananlysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
English 35 40 40 minutes
General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
TOTAL 155 200   3 Hours

SBI clerks

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure  
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration Tentative time of Exam
1 SBI Clerks Preliminary Online English Language 30 30 0.25 per wrong 1 hour May/June
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100
2 SBI Clerks Mains Online General/Finance Awareness 50 50 0.25 per wrong 35 minutes June
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative Ability 50 50 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
TOTAL 190 200   2 hours 40 minutes

SBI Specialist officer

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure  
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration Tentative time of Exam
1 Systems, CA and Engineering officers Mains (Only 1 exam) Online Test of reasoning 50 50 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 90 minutes January
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 35 35
Professional Knowledge 50 100 45 minutes
TOTAL 170 220   135 minutes  
2 Law Officers Mains (Only 1 exam) Online Test of reasoning 70 70 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 90 minutes January
English Language 50 50
Professional Knowledge 50 100 45 minutes
TOTAL 170 220   135 minutes
3 Officers Official language Mains (Only 1 exam) Online Test of reasoning 70 70 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 90 minutes January
Language(English+Hindi) 50 50
Professional Knowledge 50 100 45 minutes
TOTAL 170 220   135 minutes
4 Economist Mains (Only 1 exam) Online Test of reasoning 50 50 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question 90 minutes January
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 35 35
Professional Knowledge 50 100 45 minutes
TOTAL 170 220   135 minutes
Descriptive test: Online candidate will be required to answer by typing on computer
English language test: Essay on subject related to economics 1 50   45 minutes

LIC AAO

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure  
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration Tentative time of Exam
1  Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)  ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Mains (Only 1 exam) Online Reasoning Ability Test  30 90 0.25 per wrong 2 hour March
Quantitative Aptitude Test 30 90
General Knowledge, Current Affairs Test  30 60
Computer Knowledge Test  30 60
English Language Test 40 -
TOTAL 160 300

SSC CGL

S.No Exam Stage Mode of Exam Exam Structure  
Section No. Of Ques. Marks Negative Marks Duration Tentative time of Exam
1 Combined Graduate Level Tier-I Online
General Intelligence &
Reasoning
50 50 0.25 per wrong 2 hour August
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
TOTAL 200 200      
2 Combined Graduate Level Tier-II Online I.Quantitative Abilities 100 200 0.50 per wrong 2 hour To be notified later
II.English Language & Comprehension 200 200 0.25 per wrong 2 hour
III.Statistics 100 200 0.50 per wrong 2 hour
IV.General Studies (Finance and Economics) To be notified later 200 0 2 hour
TOTAL 400 800    

Pl. Note*

  1. Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
  2. Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
  3. Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant AuditOfficer.
    Tier -III -- Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification.

 

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