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Bank Exams - General guidance


I am a BCA graduate who graduated out in 2003. I am working in the field of Medical Transcription. Of late, I am looking on the options to change the field and pursue my career in marketing/management and that was when I thought about appearing for bank exams. I compete in General category. I have attended the written exams for SBI PO and Associates PO. I have a doubt to be clarified on the marks that should be scored for selection in the written exams. I have got some ideas from different people where they say, you need to attend at least 40% in all sections, some say need to score at least 40% in all sections, and some do that the eligibility varies in proportion to cut-off. I would like to know
1. What is the minium score that I should get in each section.
2. Does the weitage for selection is equal for all sections as there were equal number of questions and marks in all.
3. Or the weitage will be given more for particular section over the other.
4. How will the cut-off marks be decided and also the weitage of sections in the cut off.

5. I am appearing for Repco Bank PO on 21/8/2011. The test for 2 hrs comprising of 60 questions for 60 marks each for QA and reasoning and 40 questions for 40 marks for English and GK. Please provide me ideas on questions to atend.

6. I read your blog in which you discussed about the PNB's specialist officers exam in detail. Likewise, I request you to give us details on CWE for IBPS that would help us in big way.

The cut off varies from exam to exam. I remember to have read some information on this in a site

Yes. sometimes the cut off comes down to 10 marks also in certain subjects,.

I have given in my blog Books for preparation -- in that blog itself I have given suggestion -- attempt at least 50% questions and even if 90% of that comes out successful one may be safe. Time for various sections like reasoning, english, QA, Banking related general awareness and computer awareness should be allocated time taking into account marks and questions.

Weightage may differ for example in PNB It professional knowledge is given 90 marks and English was only qualifying paper. So it may differ from exam to exam. You have to go through the "Prepare yourself booklet" received along with the hall ticket for this purpose.

Cut-off marks will be decided depending on over all performance of candidates under each category. I am not conversant with that and I feel there is no need for knowing it. yes. We must have time plan for each section and go to the next section after the time is over. It so happened in recent SBI exam candidates spent more time on reasoning questions. Any paper will have very easy questions, easy questions, moderate questions, tough questions and very tough questions. Success lies in identifying easy questions and answering them also identify very tough questions and not attempt and waste time at all.

Yes. for Repco I suggest you can allocate time like this:

Take the strong area first and attempt. Reasoning -45 minutes QA - 30 minutes English - 25 minutes GA and revision - 20 minutes.

Again another point. On reading a few questions many of us get mentally blocked because those questions are not known and tension builds up. This should be avoided. It is sufficient for us to answer easy and moderate questions and succeed.

best wishes


  1. rESPECTED Sir This is reena i have Qualified in the ibps cwe clerks and eagerly waiting for the interview and recently there were three notifications released they are 1 bank of india ,punjab sind ,bamk of maharashtra. In this when am gone to apply to this banks it is giving that invalid login . As i was eligible to their cutoff mentioned in the notification kindly reply to this mail

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