Self-study tips at home for bank exams without coaching

Self-study tips at home for bank exams without coaching

With the right strategy and approach, anyone can clear any bank exam by self-study. One needs to give your self-study proper direction and can easily clear any bank exam in the first the attempt, especially without coaching.

Being the most reputed and sought-after jobs in the country, every year students in large numbers appear for various bank exams. These jobs require talents, wit and fast calculations and as a result, only a handful makes it to the final list. And very often these individuals who get through these exams to secure a bank job are not always the one who take coaching classes regularly.

Let's take a brief look that how can prepare for the bank exams without coaching.

Understand the pattern of the exam, that's the first and foremost requirement in order to clear the bank exam at home. All bank exams today are conducted in two phases, namely,

- Preliminary phase  

- Mains phase, which is followed by Interview.


Extensively, the exam pattern of almost all major bank preliminary exams is similar. Below is a brief of the pattern followed for prelims.


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Sectional Timing of 20

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With the right strategy and approach, anyone can clear any bank exam by self-study. One needs to give your self-study proper direction and can easily clear any bank exam in the first the attempt, especially without coaching.

Main phase pattern varies from exam to exam also in some exams, time division is provided for different sections while a composite time is provided in others.

Subjects in the Main exam include: -

- English Language

- Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

- Computer Knowledge (Mainly in IBPS RRB Exams)


Topic-wise Preparation For The Bank Exam:

The syllabus can be divided into topics for the exam preparations, enlisted are a few: -

  1. Quantitative Aptitude

  • Go through elementary Mathematics, that will help you in covering most of the topics.

  • Memorize the important formulas, tables, and theorems & Solve the practice test papers topic wise.
  • Practice as much mock test papers as you can, including your strong and weak topics.
  • Practice and know various kinds of questions. The same question can be asked in a different way in the exam.


  1.  Reasoning Ability

  • Important topics first, after you are done with them, go on to topics that can score you well.
  • Every topic has a different difficulty level, plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Avoid starting a new topic at the last moment.
  • Make notes and sample questions and practice different questions from different topics.


  1. Computer Awareness
  • Practice puzzles on a daily basis.
  • Practice Keyboard shortcuts, Office skills and obtain a general knowledge of computer hardware.
  • Update yourself with recommended blogs and books of computer hardware and software.


  1. General Awareness

  • Revise Regularly.
  • Read magazines and newspapers to stay aware of daily issues.
  1. English Language

  • Read on a daily basis & practice writing as much as you can.
  • Make notes on new words as you come across and have a basic conversation with people in English.
  • Writing as much as you can help to improve your understanding of the language.


Exam pattern can always be found in the official notification of the bank exams, alternatively, you can also go through them on grade up under ‘Info’ tab of different exams in Study column.  Once you are clear with the exam pattern, you can go through the exam syllabus. Usually, there is always a slight difference between the syllabus or prelims and mains exam. Hence you should be very clear about it.


What to do next?

After being clear with the pattern and syllabus, what you need is an absolute self-analysis. Following things must be taken under consideration:

- Identify the topics you are good at and weak at, since you are already aware of the syllabus of the exam.

- Plan out goals with specific time frames to ace the topics that you jot down in your weak list.

- Notifications are out around 2-3 months before the exam is conducted. Plan a routine for this time.

- Avoid procrastinating, since the more you wait out before starting serious studies, the more you will affect your chance of selection.

- From the start, you need to clear the basic concepts of different topics first.

- Unless you are aware of the basic approach for the problems, you will not be able to solve the question. Make sure to clear the concepts properly.

- Start with topic wise quizzes first, instead of jumping to the mock tests directly. If you start with the test first, you will only lose confidence if you don’t score well. Practicing this will help you in a time-bound practice.

- Start with mock tests, after you have mastered at least half the topics.


Self-Study Vs. Coaching

Ever thought what makes the difference between coaching that you cannot do on your own at home and self-studying. Well, if studies to be believed, apart from study notes, coaching centers enable you to study regularly for a fixed amount of time, which you’re usually not able to do at home.

However, nothing is impossible if you set your mind and heart to something once. Plan a timetable, that it not too strict, just enough to make sure that you devote at least 6 hours on a regular basis to your studies.

Dedication and determination are the only things expected on your part. Just push yourself past the fear that if you do not join any coaching center, you won’t be able to clear the exam. Hard work and dedication alone, can help you easily crack any bank exam.


All the best for your exams & preparations.