How to Crack Bank Exam? Beginner’s Study Plan to Clear Bank Exams 2023

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

How to Crack Bank Exam? In this beginner’s Strategy to clear the Bank exams, you will come to know the best strategy as well as tips for clearing the Preliminary and Mains phase exam. There is a learning process for this entrance exam involving various steps. The arduous efforts are needed to crack the Bank exam as the exams are getting tougher every year owing to the increasing number of candidates joining the competition.

If this is the first time you are attempting the bank exams, then this article will help you know how to crack Bank exam and start your preparation from scratch. We have covered the best ways of learning and understanding crucial topics so that you won’t feel stressed out under the pressure of the whole syllabus of Aptitude, Reasoning, math, General Awareness, English, and Computer Knowledge.

Beginners Strategy to Crack Bank Exams

Every year a number of banking exams like SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO,IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB PO & Clerk, RBI Grade B, RBI Assistant, and other banking exams are conducted. This strategy will be helpful to prepare for every banking exam.

  • Know the complete syllabus: Before you begin preparation, make sure to know what topics you need to cover. Then by knowing the weightage of each topic, you can start focusing on them accordingly.
  • Create a well-organized timetable: When you have a vast syllabus to cover, making a timetable is a must. this will eliminate the chances of skipping imp topics. Divide your timetable equally for each subject or as per the skills and abilities you possess for each section. This will help you cover almost everything.

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  • Repeated revision: Even if you have completed your revision for any of the topics/Sections or for the whole syllabus, it is mandatory to re revise your syllabus or stuff for banking exams. This will keep everything fresh in your mind and you will be able to recall things more easily.
  • Make sure that your concepts are clear: It is important to have clarity of the concepts before starting any topic/chapter. Make sure you clear all the basic concepts to have a good hold on the important topics required to learn.
  • Learn to manage your time efficiently: This is another important thing that every bank exam aspirant should keep in mind. You may come across certain questions in the exam which you might be knowing how to solve but if you know that it will take more time, then skip them and attempt all the questions which are less time-consuming. This will help you attend a maximum number of questions and then at the end, if you are still left with some time, you can try solving those lengthy questions quickly and accurately.
  • Mock tests are a must thing: Once you are done with your revision part, it is necessary to examine what you have learned so far. Take a mock test to analyze your revision, work on your weak parts and improvise on them. This will reduce the chances of making mistakes during the exam.

Beginners Study Plan For Bank Exams 2023

There are many exams lined up in 2023 such as SBI Clerk, SBI PO, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB, etc. To make yourself ready for all the hurdles you need to have an effective study plan. We are sharing here the 3 months study plan on a weekly basis to help you prepare for the bank exams in 2023.

WEEK Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language GA/Banking Awareness

Week 1

Calculation Speed

Squares up to 30

Alphanumeric Series 



 History Of Banking In India

Week 2

Tables up to 20

Cubes & Multiplication tricks


Direction distance


Types Of Bank Accounts

Week 3

Quadratic Equation

Simplification & Approximation


Adjective Banking Structure in India
Week 4

Number series

Percentage-fraction conversion up to 1/20

Order & ranking


Subject-verb agreement

Types of cheques
Week 5




Para jumble

Week 6

Ratio & proportion

Revise squares and cubes

 Blood relation

Error spotting

Monetary Policy of RBI
Week 7


Time, Speed & Distance


Sentence Improvement

Week 8


Sitting Arrangement

Error Spotting

Week 9

Profit, Loss & Discount

Floor puzzle

Ace Reading Comprehension


Week 10


Time & work


Fill in the blanks

Week 11

Mixture & Alligation

Sitting Arrangement 


Phrase replacement

Week 12

simple interest & Compound Interest

Order & ranking

Cloze test

Week 13

Time speed distance


Blood relation

Match the column


Week 14


Ratio proportion

Sitting Arrangement


Error spotting

Subject-wise Preparation Tips For Bank Exams

You should understand how to tackle each section separately during the preparation phase. To help you in this regard, we have shared the subject-wise preparation strategy for the upcoming Bank exams of 2023.

English Language

  • We have observed a drastic change in the level and pattern of the English section in the past years, so don’t take this section for granted.
  • Go through all the grammar rules from Wren & Martin’s book and try to understand them. Do not try to cram the rules. Just go through them with solved examples and automatically those rules will feed in your mind.
  • Read English articles on a daily basis. You can prefer The Hindu or the Economic Times. Try to note down the new words in a separate note to revise later.
  • Continue this process and revise the written words regularly.
  • Focus on cloze test, fillers, sentence correction, and spotting error chapters.
  • With consistency and persistent effort, you can easily score around 25 in this section.

Reasoning Ability

  • Topics of this section are quite easy if you know the underline concepts and you have practised them thoroughly.
  • Practice 2-3 puzzles on daily basis. In the exam hall, choose the puzzle with the lesser number of variables.
  • Focus on syllogism, inequality, order & ranking, coding-decoding, direction distance, and blood relation chapters as these chapters are relatively easier and easy to solve in the exam hall rather than solving time-consuming puzzles.
  • This section requires some basic concepts initially. After understanding the basic concepts, you need to solve as many sectional tests as possible to master this section.
  • This section requires only practice and imagination power.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • In the initial days focus on remembering squares up to 40, cubes up to 20, tables up to 30, fractions to a percentage, and percentage to fraction conversion up to 1/25.
  • Also, try to know some Vedic tricks and rules for faster calculation in the exam so that you can save time and invest more time in the miscellaneous questions and in the difficult questions.
  • After this, start covering basic and fundamental chapters like number series, quadratic equations, average, ratio proportion, and percentage. These 3 chapters are applied in almost every arithmetic chapter. So first try to know the deep concepts of these 3 chapters.
  • After this, you can go for time & work, partnership, time speed distance, and mixture allegation chapters.
  • Practice different types of data interpretation set like bar graphs, tabular DI, etc.

General Awareness :

  • For many students, this section is a nightmare. But with proper planning and revision, you can easily score 80% in this section.
  • For current affairs, cover the last 4-5 months of CA Capsule from BYJU’S Exam Prep.
  • For static GK, follow Lucent GK’s book.
  • For banking awareness, follow BYJU’S Exam Prep study notes, quizzes, Wikipedia, and RBI FAQs website.

This preparation strategy and study plan can be helpful for the following exams:

S. No.

Name of the exam


SBI Clerk




IBPS Clerk






RBI Assistant


RBI Grade B




SBI Apprentice



How to Crack Bank Exams?

If you are a beginner then must go through the following strategies mentioned below in order to avoid a hard time covering all the topics of different subjects for the Bank exams 2023 exam.

  • You should be abreast of the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Go through the previous year’s question papers to understand the level, pattern, and types of questions asked.
  • Understand which are the important chapters.
  • Go through the basic concepts through the standard books available on the market.
  • Practice mock tests and analyze your strong and weak areas.
  • Focus on your weak areas and practice strong chapters on a regular basis.

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