Bank Exam Question Papers - Common Pattern

bank exams,bank jobs in india,prpearing for clerk exams,how to prepare for bank examsBank exams are similar to competitive exams in the number of sections,syllabus & the type of questions asked.While competitive exams have papers on Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Problem solving; bank exams tests your knowledge in General awareness & English too.


Although the tests differ for Probationary officers and Clerks,the pattern/ blueprint is mostly same.For all those attending banking exams for the first time,here is a sketch of the question paper.All public sector banks follow similar test pattern for recruitment of Clerk & PO posts.


Duration: The Objective tests in bank recruitments are conducted between 90 mins(clerks) – 150 mins (PO). The descriptive test or english language test is usually conducted for 45 – 60 mins.The process might look complex & time consuming, but with the government planning common test for bank jobs, hope prevails.


Papers: The following are some of the common papers in objective examination,

  1. Test of Reasoning & Numerical Aptitude
  2. Test of English Language
  3. Test for General Awareness
  4. Test of Clerical Aptitude (only for clerical posts)

Banks also have a descriptive test, which is conducted to check your knowledge in english.This descriptive exam has a duration of 60 mins & is conducted for 100 marks, but the marks are not considered for final selection.


Cut-off: Candidates scoring above a minimum cut-off are ranked based on their marks in Objective test & merit list is prepared with the candidate scoring the highest mark at the top.The shortlisted are then called for Group Discussion or Interview.


Whatever it may be - there is lot of buzz to know about upcoming bank exams in 2011


Reference books: You can purchase through Internet & pay in cash/ ATM card etc.,

* Bank Clerk Exam Book (with solved papers) – Rs.228 – Buy Online

* PO Exam Guide (with solved papers) – Rs.248 – Buy Online

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Anonymous said...

Regarding the descriptive paper it is to be noted that this test is of qualifying nature and its marks are not added to form the merit list but while preparing the merit list it is definitely taken into consideration that the candidate has acquired the 40%or desired marks.

bank jobs in india said...

Yes,true as this person said.Descriptive test cannot be taken lightly as it has a role to play in determining the selection.

Thanks for your thoughts

Anonymous said...

How do we know what they wanted to judge out of what we have written?

Anonymous said...

How Can we prepare for Descriptive tests for bank clerical Exams?

prepare for bank exams said...

Know how to prepare for descriptive test here..

mohan said...

if any special topics for descriptive...plz let me know

descriptive test paper said...

Topics would be general based on Economy/Social Issues/General Knowledget etc.,

Rao said...

Any one has idea about Indian Bank clerk exam results.Test was held on 21.06.09

Anonymous said...

sbi exam is conducted on 8th and 15th november. is it objective exam on one date and descriptive on the other?

Anonymous said...

you should type the word "Indian Bank" in google search, and find the indian bank website for finding your results.

bijay said...

Is there any difference by applying in obc and general category apartfrom age relaxation.becoz many students are saying that obc category candidates dont mix with genral candidate.kindly answer to my question.i m asking for both po and clerk in psu banks

Anonymous said...

yes i like your final statement regarding negative marks no success without risks

Anonymous said...

yes, there is difference in OBC and general specialy in PO exams as it is conducted at all india level
For clerical post state OBC and cast certificate with creamy layer is required.
Creamy layer is impp in both PO and clerck exam.

KAM said...

How can we believe that bank recruitment is purely based on performance in written test and other processes when they won't give a copy of our omr sheet and key answers soon after examination

Anonymous said...

i would like to know that
from objective or descriptive which is evaluated first in order to filter out the candidates?????

Latest news said...

Objective test is first evaluated.So if you are not scoring above minimum cut-off, your descriptive test wont be evaluated.

Karthikeyan said...

The Indian bankclerks final results r out and the candidates r abt 2join. When will be Indian bank PO test results out. Dos anyone hav any idea