In India, bank exams are often considered in high regard for aspiring candidates who wish to step into the banking domain. There are multiple bank exams which are conducted by various banks and testing agencies across the country every year.
Banking is an increasingly popular choice of employment for fresh graduates and experienced professionals in India. Banks provide attractive salaries, a measure of job security and many perks for their employees.
Due to such reasons, the competition for bank jobs is increasing at an exponential pace. The competition indicates that aspirants should have a top-notch bank exam preparation to be able to crack the exam and get selected as a bank employee.
Upcoming Bank Exams
Given below are the lists of major upcoming bank exams which are conducted by different banks:
|Agency Publishing the Bank Exam Notification||Upcoming Bank Exam|
|State Bank of India (SBI Exams)||SBI PO Exam|
|SBI SO Exam|
|SBI Clerk Exam|
|Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS Exams)||IBPS PO Exam(CWE PO/MT)|
|IBPS SO Exam(CWE SO)|
|IBPS Clerk Exam(CWE Clerical)|
|IBPS RRB Exam(CWE RRB)|
|Reserve Bank of India (RBI Exams)||RBI Officer Grade B Exam|
|RBI Assistant Exam|
|India Post Payments Bank||IPPB|
|National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development||NABARD Exam|
a) IBPS exams
The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is an autonomous body that conducts recruitment examinations for all public sector banks in India. The exams are conducted for various posts and profiles as follows:
i. IBPS PO
The IBPS PO (Probationary Officer) is responsible for the business of the bank, supervision of the clerks and business development. The IBPS exam for the post of the Probationary Officer is conducted in three stages- preliminary, mains and interview. A candidate must clear all three to get selected.
The preliminary exam includes the English language, a numerical ability test and reasoning. The IBPS mains exams test your reasoning, computer aptitude, English skills, data analysis and interpretation and general/economy awareness.
ii. IBPS Clerk
An IBPS Clerk is responsible for data entry and other clerical works that come up in the bank.
The IBPS exam for clerk is also conducted in three phases of preliminary, mains and interview. Similar to the PO exam, the preliminary exam consists of English language, numerical ability and reasoning tests. The mains exam includes reasoning and computer aptitude, English skills, data analysis and interpretation and general/economy awareness tests.
A candidate must secure a minimum cut-off to get selected at his/her choice of bank.
b) SBI exams
Although SBI is a public bank, it recruits personnel through its exam instead of IBPS. SBI careers are highly coveted, given the bank’s reputation. You can appear for the following SBI bank exams:
i. SBI PO
The SBI PO is responsible for the bank administration, supervision of clerical work and furthering the business interests of the bank. The SBI PO exams consist of preliminary, mains and an interview.
The preliminary exam consists of tests on the English language, numerical ability and reasoning. The mains exam has two sections: objective and descriptive. The objective section covers reasoning & computer aptitude, data analysis & interpretation, general/economy awareness and English language. The descriptive section includes letter and essay writing.
After clearing the mains exams, a candidate must clear a group exercise and interview to make it to the merit list. The final merit list is based on the aggregate score of mains exam and group exercise/interview.
ii. SBI Clerk
The SBI clerk is involved in data entry and direct interaction with the customers of the bank.
Similar to the SBI PO exams, the clerk exam will have preliminary, mains and an interview. The preliminary exam will test your English skills, numerical ability and reasoning. The mains exams cover reasoning & computer aptitude, data analysis & interpretation, general/economy awareness and English language in the objective section and letter and essay writing skills in the descriptive section.
c) RBI exams
RBI (Reserve Bank of India) is the bank to the Indian Government. Working for the bank means that you are directly in the service of the nation. Being associated with the bank is thus a matter of great prestige. You can appear for exams for the following positions to work with the RBI-
i. RBI Grade B Officer
The Grade B officer is an entry-level manager in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Grade B Officer exam consists of 3 stages – A preliminary examination, a mains and a personal interview. They check your general awareness, quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability and English language skills in the prelims. The mains features questions based on economic and social issues, English language, finance and management, economics and statistics. The personal interview consists of questions on General Awareness and interpersonal skills.
ii. RBI Assistant
The RBI Assistant is responsible for data entry and other day-to-day operations of the bank. This exam consists of preliminary and mains level, both of which have to be cleared to reach the final level- the language proficiency test. The preliminary exam consists of reasoning ability, numerical ability, and the English language. The Mains exam includes reasoning ability, English language tests, quantitative aptitude, general awareness and computer knowledge. Upon qualifying the mains exam, candidates have to appear for a language proficiency test which is conducted in the official language of the concerned state.
d) NABARD Recruitment for Grade ‘A’ Officer
NABARD conducts examinations for an assistant manager (grade ‘A’ officer) consisting of preliminary, mains and an interview. The preliminary exam consists of the following tests- quantitative aptitude, reasoning, English language, computer aptitude, general awareness, economic and social issues, agriculture and rural development. The candidates who clear the prelims are eligible for the Mains.
The paper for the mains covers descriptive writing skills in English, economic and social issues along with agriculture and rural development for general posts and agriculture issues for candidates applying for manager agriculture post, and legal services: proficiency in interpreting various laws viz., banking, company, industrial and cooperative laws, cyber laws, commerce/property transactions, rural non-life insurance, direct financing, staff matters etc.
The final stage is the interview process, and the merit list for the NABARD Recruitment is prepared by aggregating the score in the mains and interview phases.
e) IDBI Bank Specialist Cadre Officer
The IDBI career is quite appealing, thanks to the perks associated with working for a government bank. For a career in IDBI bank, aspirants can apply for Specialist Cadre Officer in different functional areas.
The exam involves two stages: online test and interview. The online test consists of reasoning, English language, quantitative aptitude, general/banking awareness and stream-specific questions. One must clear all the stages to qualify for the interview in the final stage.