How to Clear Bank Clerical Exam: Tips and Tricks

The banking sector is one of the biggest working sectors in India. The luxurious and esteemed job is one main reason to serve this sector.  In order to serve the Banking sector you have to clear the entrance examination for clerical post/PO posts conducted by various nationalized banks. And the entrance exam is followed by personal interview (PI) to complete the selection procedure. There is no appropriate time for these exams; any bank can announce the date of the examination anytime. Let’s back to the topic of discussion “How to clear bank clerical exam?

You have to face high competition in this examination. According to previous records, minimum twenty-five lakh candidates appear for any bank clerical exam. Most of the students consider it as a tough task to select in this examination. But it’s not completely true! The difficulty level of the questions of this examination is not very high. It is comparatively lower than other graduate level examination such as Combined Diffence Services (CDS) etc. There is a proper way to prepare for the examination and to crack it.

The examination is of 200 marks and total time is 2hrs. Initially, analyze the complete syllabus of the exam which is divided in four parts, such as:

  1. Mathematics (50 questions) – 50 Marks

Syllabus: Topics related to Arithmetic.

  1. General English (50 questions) – 50 Marks

Syllabus: Synonyms, antonyms, comprehensions and spotting errors.

  1. General knowledge (50 questions) – 50 Marks

Syllabus: History, geography, economics, physics, chemistry, current affairs etc

  1. General Intelligence/ Reasoning (50 questions) – 50 Marks

Syllabus: Blood relations, analogy, syllogisms, mirror image, rotational images etc.

Note: You have to secure 120 marks to clear this exam because the merit always sets between 100 and 120.

 Systematic way of preparation:

To clear this examination you have to prepare in an organized way.


According to exam experts, you have to start your preparation with the most scoring subjects ‘Mathematics’. It contains only the topics related to arithmetic. But you have to set your main focus on important topics such as time and work, time and distance, numbers, compound interest and partnership. Learn the shortcut methods to solve the questions and proper use of common sense is also necessary. You can easily secure 35-40 marks from this part.

General English:

If you have vast knowledge regarding vocabulary, then you can attempt maximum questions from this part. And don’t forget to work on your grammar knowledge because it helps you to solve the spotting error section. You can easily attempt 25-30 questions from this part.

General Knowledge:

It’s the most important part of this examination, if you have good command in this section, the probability of your success automatically increases. Try to memorize all the dates related to Indian historical movements, famous kings (Babar, Akbar, Ashoka etc), Gautam Buddha, Mahavir Jain, Indian geography (rivers, mountain peaks, folk dances etc), general knowledge related to computer, GDP growth etc. Parts, articles and other information related to Indian Constitution are also important. Don’t forget to read the newspaper daily, it helps you to attempt the questions related to current affairs.

General Intelligence or Reasoning:

You can easily get good marks in this section. Regularly practice all the topics and the  important topics of this part are selecting odd one, choosing the missing number from the series, analogy, syllogisms, next image from the series, mirror image of the given image. It’s not difficult to attempt 30-35 questions from this part.

Try to spend 20-25 minutes on each section and save the remaining time for the revision of the answer.

Undeniably, this systematic way of preparation helps you to clear this examination and serve the Banking sector. All the Best!

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