Upcoming Bank Exams 2021-22 List: Check Notifications, Exam Dates

Nitika Sharma
Nitika SharmaPublished On: January 19, 2021

Bank Exams are one of the popular entrance examinations taken by the youth of India. A large number of students prepare for the Bank Exams right after graduating. The following article draws attention at the upcoming Bank Exam of 2021, Important Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, etc. 

 Bank Exams in India

Banking is one of the choicest career options for many in India. Lakhs of students prepare for banking exams while pursuing a degree, whereas, many take a drop year after completing education to prepare for various Bank Exams like RRB, RRB PO, IBPS, SBI, etc. Due to the Job profile, Perks and Incentives provided by the Bank Jobs, it has become a leading career option for the youth in India. In order to secure a Bank Job, students need to be well prepared and have full knowledge of bank exam syllabus.

There are about 27 public sector banks in India that conduct bank entrance exams to select candidates for various Job Profiles. Usually, these Bank Exams are conducted on a national level throughout the year. As the banking sector is growing, the number of job vacancies in the field is increasing giving candidates a great opportunity to secure a job by clearing bank exams.

Banking Exams 2021 are round the corner and students have very little time to prepare for the same. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts exams for the recruitment of staff to the public sector banks. Whereas, other banks organise their separate exams for staff recruitment practises.

In this article, we will be discussing the important details of the upcoming bank exams in 2021. The following topics are briefly explained below:

Types of Bank Exams

Bank Exams can be categorized into there main categories that are - Probationary Officer, Clerk and Specialist Officer. Mentioned below are the details of the types of bank exams:

Job Profile

Role

Salary (Annual)

Bank PO

  • A bank PO has to manage multiple operations of a bank branch like Finance, Billing, Accounting and Investment.
  • Bank PO has to address the customer complaints, Discrepancies in Accounts and Rectification of undue charges.
  • Later, a Bank PO is involved in planning & managing loans, creating a budget and investment management.

Rs 5.57 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakhs

Bank Clerk

  • A Bank Clerk deals with the customers directly.
  • Ensures all the documents are correct while opening a new account.
  • Updates customer accounts.
  • Calls up customers for advances.

Rs 3 Lakhs to Rs 3.8 Lakhs

Specialist Officer
  • A role of Specialist Officer varies as per the position.
  • Some of the positions of SO in banks are - IT Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, Human Resource Manager and Agricultural Officer.
  • Role of each Specialist Officer is to handle all the operations falling under their department.
Rs 4 Lakhs to Rs 4.6 Lakhs 

Top Bank Exams in India 2021

All the national level bank exams conduct separate exams for Bank PO, Bank Clerk and Specialist Officer (SO). Here is the list of top Bank Exams 2021-22:

  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Bank PO Exam (IBPS PO)
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Clerk Exam (IBPS Clerk)
  • State Bank of India PO Exam (SBI PO)
  • State Bank of India Clerk Exam (SBI Clerk)
  • State Bank of India Specialist Officer Exam (SBI SO)
  • Reserve Bank of India Grade A Exam (RBI Grade I)
  • Reserve Bank of India Grade B Exam (RBI Grade II)
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Regional Rural Bank Officer & Office Assistant Exam (IBPS RRB)
  • ICICI PO Exam
  • Private Bank PO Exam
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Exam (NABARD)
  • Industrial Development Bank of India Exam

Also Read: Banking Courses in India: Eligibility and Opportunities

Eligibility Criteria for Bank Exams 2021-22

It is necessary to know the Eligibility Criteria for banking exams you plan to prepare for, here are the common eligibility criteria for the upcoming Bank exams 2021-22:

Job Type

Bank Exams Eligibility Criteria

Bank PO

  • Age of the applicant must lie between 21 to 30 to apply for the Bank PO exam.
  • Candidate must have a UG degree to apply for the Bank PO exam.
  • There must be no criminal record against the applicant.

Bank Clerk

  • Candidates applying for Bank Clerk Exam must be 20 to 28 years old.
  • Candidates must possess a graduate degree in any stream and specialisation from a well-recognized university.
  • Applicants must not hold any criminal record while applying for Bank Clerk Exam.
Bank SO
  • There are different positions offered under the Bank SO Examination with different age limits. in general, the minimum age for Bank SO is 21 and the maximum is 45 years.
  • Applicants must have a graduation degree to apply for the Bank SO posts, however, the educational qualification may vary according to the post candidate is applying for. Candidates can check the minimum education qualification here - Bank SO Education Qualification.

Note: Reserved category students get age relaxations in the Bank Clerk and Bank Po Exams.

Important Dates for Bank Exams 2021-22

If you are applying for upcoming bank exams then you must make a note of important dates so that you can mark your calendar accordingly: 

Bank Exam

Exam Dates (Tentative)

Notifications (Tentative)

IBPS PO 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

Oct 2021

Mains Exam Date

Nov 2021

Registration Dates

August 2021

IBPS RRB 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

Officer - August 2021

Office Assistant - August 2021

Mains Exam Date

Officer - September 2021

Office Assistants - September 2021

Registration Dates

June 2021 - July 2021

SBI SO 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

To be Updated

Mains Exam Date

To be Updated

Registration Dates

22nd Dec 2020 - 11 Jan 2021

SBI Clerk 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

Feb - March 2021

Mains Exam Date

19th April 2021

Registration Dates

3rd January 2021 - 26th January 2021

SBI PO 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

June 2021

Mains Exam Date

July 2021

Registration Dates

April 2021

IDBI Bank Executives 2021

Preliminary Exam Date

To Be Disclosed

Mains Exam Date

To Be Disclosed

Registration Dates

To Be Disclosed

IDBI Bank Assistant Manager 2021

Preliminary Examination Date

To Be Disclosed

Mains Examination Date

To Be Disclosed

Registration Dates

To Be Disclosed

IBPS SO 2021

Preliminary Examination Date

26th and 27th December 2020

Mains Examination Date

30th January 2021

Registration Dates

7th Nov - 26th Nov 2020

IBPS Clerk 2021

Preliminary Examination Date

5th, 12th and 13th December 2020

Mains Examination Date

28th Feb 2021

Registration Dates

September 2020 - October 2020

RBI Grade B 2021

Preliminary Examination Date

June 2021

Mains Examination Date

Aug 2021

Registration Dates

April 2021

RBI Assistant 2021

Preliminary Examination Date

14th February 2021 -15th February 2021

Mains Examination Date

March 2021

Registration Dates

23rd Dec 2020 - 16th Jan 2021

Syllabus for Banking Exams 2021-22

To judiciously prepare for the bank exams 2021-22, students must know the syllabus for the Bank PO Exam, Bank Clerk Exam, and Bank SO Exam. Usually, all banking exams have similar syllabus and exam pattern to maintain uniformity. Thus, candidates preparing for one bank exam can also appear for other bank exams. 

Bank Exam - Preliminary

To get a job in the bank, candidates have to clear the preliminary exam first and then selected candidates to appear for the mains exam. Preliminary Exam of Banks comprises of three different sections that are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English. However, the level of difficulty may vary for PO and Clerk exams.

English - Important Topics

Comprehension

Cloze Test

Jumbled Paragraph

Fill in the Blanks

Miscellaneous

Omissions

Multiple Meanings

Para Completion

Error Spotting

Quantitative Aptitude - Important Topics

Simplifaction

Average

Work & Time

Simple Interest

Profit & Loss

Ratio Proportion

Speed & Distance

Compound Interest

Percentage

Mixtures & Alligations

Sequences & Series

Mensuration

Number System

Permutation & Combinations

Data Interpretations

Surds & Indices

Reasoning - Important Topics

Logical Reasoning

Blood Relations

Water & Mirror Image

Calander

Clock

Alphanumeric Series

Syllogism

Coding-Decoding

Puzzle 

Bank Exam - Mains

Candidates clearing the preliminary exam have to go through the phase II of the selection process i.e mains exam. While preparing the merit list, maximum weightage is given to the mains exam. It is divided into 4 sections that are - English, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.

English

Apart from the topics covered in the preliminary exam, there are certain extra topics that candidates have to prepare for the mains exam, have a look at them:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Verbal Ability

Comprehension

Quantitative Aptitude

In the Quantitative Aptitude section of the Bank PO Exam 2021, candidates have to prepare the following extra topics:

Quadratic Equation

Linear Equation

Age Questions

Probability

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

The reasoning topics remain the same, whereas, the following topics are to be covered for the Computer Awareness questions:

Internet

Memory

Shortcut Keys

Hardware & Software

Networking

MS Office

Operations

Fundamentals of Computer

General Awareness

Bank Mains has an extra section of General Awareness. Candidates have to cover the following topics to score good marks in the General Awareness Section of Bank PO Mains Exam:

  • Financial Awareness
  • Economics and Banking Related Current Affairs
  • General Knowledge

Also Read:Bank PO vs SBI PO, Which is a Better Choice?

Exam Pattern of Bank Exams 2021-22

To prepare for the upcoming bank exams, students must know the exam pattern for the Bank SO, Bank PO and Bank Clerk Exam. Here is the Exam Pattern of banking exams so that applicants get a clear idea of how to prepare for the upcoming bank exams. The preliminary bank exam for PO and Clerk have the same pattern but the pattern for the mains exam is different. Whereas, Bank SO follows a different exam pattern for both preliminary and mains Exam. Look at the bank exam 2021-22 exam pattern below: 

Bank Exam Pattern - Preliminary (PO & Clerk)

Section

Questions

Total marks

Duration in minutes

English

30

30

20

Reasoning

35

35

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

20

Total

100

100

60 

Bank Exam Pattern - Mains (PO)

Section

Question

Total Marks

Duration in minutes

English

45

60

60

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

35

40

40

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45

General Awareness

40

40

35

English Writing Test

2

25

30 

Bank Exam Pattern - Mains (Clerk)

Section

Questions

Total Marks

Time in Minutes

Reasoning

40

40

35

English

50

50

45

Quantitative Aptitude

50

60

45

Banking Awareness

50

50

35 

Bank Exam Pattern - Preliminary (SO)

Section

Question

Total Marks

Time in Minutes

Reasoning

50

50

40

General Awareness

50

50

40

English

50

25

40 

Bank Exam Pattern - Mains (SO)

Position

Section

Question

Total Marks

Time in Minutes

Law Officer

Professional Knowledge (Objective Paper)

60

60

45

IT Officer

Agriculture Officer

HR

Marketing Officer

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Professional Knowledge (Objective & Subjective)

Objective - 45

Subjective - 2

60

Objective - 30

Subjective - 30 

Preparation Tips for Bank Exams 2021-22

All the important banking exams are round the corner and aspirants must make sure that all their preparations are completed on time. Here are some tips and tricks to score high marks in bank 2021 exams:

  • Practise as many mock tests as you can
  • Solve previous year question papers thoroughly.
  • Make a schedule to practise and revise topics regularly.
  • Time the mock tests to improve the time-management
  • Refer to good books and coaching centres for the preparation
  • Read the newspaper every day Career in Commerce after Class XII

Also Read:Careers in Commerce after Class XII

Tips to Improve Banking Awareness

Banking Awareness is one of the sections in the mains examination. If a candidate prepares smartly, then it is possible to score high marks in this particular section. Under the banking awareness section, students can be asked questions related to the following topics:

  • Banking History
  • Banking Terms & Abbreviations
  • Banking Institutes in India
  • Financial Institutes in India
  • RBI Guidelines and Rules
  • Bank Rates
  • KYC

To score full marks in the banking awareness students must do the following:

  • Read and Revise Regularly
  • Make Notes
  • Practise Previous Year Question papers

We hope that this article was helpful in providing you with all the details of the upcoming bank exams 2021-22. If you have any query regarding the same, write to us at Questions and Answer. You may also check the following pages to know about particular bank exams:

IBPS PO Selection Process

RRB Selection Process

SBI Selection Process

Best Books

IBPS News

SBI Previous Year

Coaching Institutes

Mock Test

If you wish to pursue further education in the field of Banking and Finance, then you can fill out the Common Application Form, available on our website.

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