Best Books for Bank Exam Preparation

Are you preparing for Bank Exam? Check out Best Books you need to refer for your Bank Exam Preparation. ....

Dipti Singh
Dipti Singh

Jun 07, 2019 03:32:47


Joining Bank services is one of the most ought to jobs in India after graduation and thus there is a huge competition in this required field. With no doubt to clear any competitive examination, there should be proper knowledge of the subjects and excellent preparation in the same. There are enormous books available online and offline to prepare for the exam. A candidate can also take coaching or do self-preparation. Banking is an important industry in India because it is the dawn of Indian economy. In the modern world, it has become one of the basic necessity and The Government of India is planning to open bank branches in every area of the country including rural areas under its Financial Inclusion Scheme which directly means more employment and thus, many - many people give Bank Exams every year.

Government Banks every year recruit more than 1,00,000 candidates and it is one of the most profitable sectors in terms of getting a government job. With such a huge sector, manpower is needed at every stage and the recruitment in bank sector happens at all the levels mentioned below:

1. Specialist Officers (SO) –

This is the post which includes the hiring of officers in special profiles like – IT officer, HR officer, Marketing officer, Finance officer, Law officer, Agriculture officer etc. The starting salary and the grade of a specialist officer are around 30,000 to 40,000.

2. Bank Probationary Officer ( PO) –

This is a position of management or managerial position in the bank. Their starting salary ranges from 30,000 to 40,000 and after a 1 to 2-year training which is essential they are promoted to a designation of Assistant Manager(AM) Or Deputy managers (DM). Their salary varies from bank to bank and location.

3. Bank clerks

This is an entry-level job in a bank and is a clerical position. Their salary also varies from bank to bank and location and it ranges between 20,000 to 25,000.


The pattern of the Bank examination

There are 3 main process through which a candidate has to go and then they will be selected accordingly;

  • Pre
  • Mains
  • Interview

The first two phases that is Pre and Mains are written tests and the last stage is a walk in interview. The final list is prepared on the basis of mains and interview carrying weightage of 80% and 20% respectively.

Syllabus of the Bank exam and their required Books

To test the general aptitude of the student's written exam is conducted. 100 questions are asked from three different sections in prelims – Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning ability and English language which have 35 questions, 35 questions and 30 questions respectively.

In mains, 200 questions are asked which has Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Basic computer knowledge.

1. Quantitative Aptitude

This section will include questions from Number systems, Ratio and proportion, Percentage and Averages, Profit and loss, Simple interest and compound interest, Mixtures and allegations, Surds and indices, Time and Distance, mensuration, Cylinder, cone, sphere, sequence, series, Permutation, combination, probability, Data Interpretation and Quadratic Equations.

The best book of Quantitative Aptitude for a bank exam is of writer R.S Aggarwal. The book has very well covered all the topics. RS Aggarwal is considered as one of the best books to crack all the competitive examination as it is a handbook which covers the topic from mathematics and aptitudes based on the examination organized. This book also contains previous year question paper and is updated every year. There is also an e-book available of the book. This book contains comprehensive questions with detailed solutions. It is easily available online at Amazon at a price of Rs. 499 only.

2. Reasoning Ability

This section includes questions from sitting arrangements, tabulation, syllogism, logical reasoning, input-output, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, ranking, direction, alphabet test, data sufficiency, coded inequalities, nonverbal reasoning.

The best books for this would be a few different books topic wise such as

  • Verbal and Nonverbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Analytical reasoning by MK Pandey
  • 1st edition of, A new approach to reasoning verbal and nonverbal by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwal
  • 1st edition of, Logical and Analytical reasoning by AK Gupta

 All these books are available online within the price range of  Rs. 200 to Rs 400. These books contain questions from a conceptual point of abstract view, verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning with previous year question papers.


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3. English Language

This section contains question from reading comprehension, Error Spotting, cloze test, Sentence correction, vocabulary, Para jumbles, Multiple meaning words, Paragraph completion and new pattern questions of various types and structure.

The book for this part would be General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant). The book contains all sorts of question in English grammar and comprehension. An e-book is also available for this book and it is easily available online at a price of Rs. 220 on Amazon and Rs. 153 on Flipkart.

4. Computer knowledge

This section includes the basic computer knowledge like number system, binary language, software, hardware, history of computers, introduction to database, basic introduction to communication, networking, internet, logic gates, security tools, MS windows and office, virus, hacker, etc.

The best book for preparing well this section is Objective computer awareness published by Arihant publication and written by R Pillai. This book is easily available online and it’s PDF file is also available online for free. It is available at a price of Rs. 119 only.

5. Current Affairs

This section is the most scoring section and includes questions from Banks in NEWS, Economy based current affairs, Business NEWS, Agreements, New Appointments, Visits, Government Schemes, Awards and Honors, Summits, Committees, National and International, Obituaries, Reports and Indexes, Books and Authors, Defense, Sports etc.

The best book is the Yearbook of Manorama but to prepare well this section one must always keep up to date with the news and read newspapers every day. It is available at a price of  Rs. 216 on Flipkart and Rs. 260 on Amazon.

6. Banking

When applying for any Bank competitive examination it is very important for the candidate to know about economics and banks and thus knowledge about RBI, Function of RBI, Banking Abbreviations, Banking Regulation Act 1949, Policy Rates, Types of Accounts, Negotiable instruments act 1881, Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006, Financial inclusion, Priority sector lending, Money market Instruments, Capital Market etc. is extremely important not only for the written examination but also for the Interview part.

The best book for learning about Banking is Banking awareness published by Arihant. It is easily available online at a price of Rs. 148 on Flipkart and one can also take the help on the internet while learning about new implementation in this sector.

Other than all these books mentioned here there are more books available for preparing well for an examination and all the books which are mentioned provide the same in-depth knowledge and helps in preparing for the examination well.

Few other books are:

  • Magical Book on quicker mathematics by M. Tyra
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Descriptive General English by SP Bakshi
  • Arihant’s Fast track objective arithmetic
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Marketing Awareness for SBI PO and Clerk
  • Banking Awareness by S.K Rout and S.R Behera
  • Dhankar current affairs
  • General Studies by Manohar Pandey
  • Objective computer awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Objective Marketing aptitude By Arihant Publication
  • Banking Awareness by B.K Publication
  • Marketing Awareness by R Gupta
  • Advance maths for general Competitions by KD Publications
  • High school English grammar and composition by Wren and Martin

Numerous number of exams are conducted for the recruitment of Bank PO, Specialist officer, and Bank clerks and the categories for these exams are;


2. IBPS Regional rural bank exam

3. IBPS Specialist officers (SO)

4. SBI Probationary officer

5. SBI clerk

6. RBI Assistants exam

7. RBI Grade B exam

The names of the banks which recruit every year and are regularly doing so are;

  • State bank of India
  • Reserve bank of India
  • Allahabad bank
  • Andhra bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of India
  • SIDBI PSU Bank
  • Canara bank
  • The central bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Dena bank
  • Indian bank
  • Corporation bank
  • Indian overseas bank
  • Oriental bank of commerce
  • Punjab and Sindh bank
  • Syndicate bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • UCO Bank
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • IDBI bank
  • Vijaya Bank


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