List of Top Upcoming Bank Exams 2020-21 – Officers, Clerks, PO

The Banking sector (Public) is providing great opportunities for young aspirants who are seeking a position in this sector. India has now become the 5th largest economy in the world. Taking the recruitment notification for IBPS, SBI, RBIand LIC into consideration, it is observed that more and more opportunities are being created for the aspirants every year and many candidates are recruited for the vacant posts. This article is a highlight of upcoming bank exams for the year 2020-21.

There are a large number of public and government banks running all over India which have plenty of branches across the country. For the year 2020  various banks have indicated that they will be releasing the notifications for clerical cadre and officer posts.

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List of Public Sector Banks in India

Here is the list of Public Sector Banks in India that participates in the recruitment for various positions over the year.

Bank Names Bank Names Bank Names
ALLAHABAD BANK CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE
ANDHRA BANK CORPORATION BANK PUNJAB & SIND BANK
BANK OF BARODA IDBI BANK LTD PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
BANK OF INDIA IND BANK HOUSING LTD STATE BANK OF INDIA
BANK OF MAHARASHTRA INDIAN BANK SYNDICATE BANK
CANARA BANK INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK UCO BANK
UNITED BANK OF INDIA JAMMU & KASHMIR BANK LTD UNION BANK OF INDIA

Most of these are participants in the recruitment drive of IBPS. The details are further discussed. A few banks among these conduct their own test for recruitment.

Here is a summarised table for the details of the upcoming bank exams 2020. For complete details keep reading ahead:

Exams in 2020 Tentative Exam Dates
IBPS PO Prelims Exam Date Mains Exam Date
Prelims: 3, 10 October 2020 Mains Exam: 4th Feb 2021
Additional Cycle Preliminary Exam: 5,6 Jan 2021
IBPS CLERK Preliminary Exam: 5, 12,13 Dec 2020 Mains Exam: 28 Feb 2021
SBI PO 31st Dec 2020, 2nd, 4th, 5th Jan 2021. Mains Exam – 29 Jan 2021.
SBI CLERK Prelims Exam – 22, 29 Feb 2020 & 1st & 8th March 2020 Mains Exam – 31 st October 2020
RBI ASSISTANT Preliminary Exam: 14th & 15th Feb 2020 Mains Exam: 22 November 2020
IBPS RRB PO Prelims: 12 & 13 September 2020 Main Exam: Officer Scale I: 30 Jan 2021
Prelims Additional Cycle: 31 Dec 2020
IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims: 19, 20, 26 Sep 2020 Mains Exam: 20 Feb 2021
Prelims Additional Cycle: 2, 4 Jan 2021
RBI GRADE B Prelims – June 2020 Main Exam – July 2020
NABARD Prelims – August 2020 Main Exam – August 2020
JK Bank PO 2020 Prelims: 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th November 2020 and 1st December 2020 Mains: 27 Dec 2020
JK Bank Associate Prelims: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st of Jan 2021 Mains: To be released Soon
IBPS SO 26 & 27 Dec 2020 24.01.2021
NABARD Prelims: 25 Feb 2020 Mains: 24 Sep 2020
RBI Grade B Prelims: 9 Nov 2020 Mains: 2 Dec 2020

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Upcoming Bank Exams 2020-21 – Brief Highlights

Let’s look at some of the most sought after exams in our country in the banking industry.

SBI PO (Probationary Officer)

SBI PO is an Officer level post in the State Bank Of India, one of the most reputed banks in India. Every year SBI releases notification for the recruitment of PO and lakhs of candidates appear in the examination in hope of realizing their dreams.

SBI PO is a 3-level recruitment program:

  • Level 1: Prelims Exam (Written)
  • Level 2: Mains Exam (Written)
  • Level 3: Interview 

The written exam is consisting of topics like the English language, Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability & General Awareness.

In the Interviews, candidates are tested on their interpersonal skills and confidence level.

The detailed notification for the year 2020 has been released. Check the detailed notification here.

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SBI Clerk 2020 (Clerical Cadre Exam)

SBI Clerk exam is held every year for the recruitment of Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) for various branches of SBI in India.

Being a clerical cadre exam, it has more number of vacancies thus making it very popular among the aspirants.

SBI Clerk is a 2-tiered recruitment exam:

  • Tier 1 – Prelims
  • Tier 2 – Mains Exam

Remember No Interview is conducted for the recruitment of clerks in SBI. Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their marks, scored in the mains round.

Note: Marks scored in Prelims are not considered for the final selection.

For the year 2020, SBI released approximately 8000 vacancies for the Junior Associate position.

You can read the detailed notification for 2020 here.

IBPS PO (Probationary Officer & Mgmt. Trainees)

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an annual exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officer for various Public Sector Banks (PSB’s). Almost 20 banks participate in the drive to fill the positions of PO in their organization.

IBPS is the exam conducting authority which is entitled with the task of conducting the recruitment process and fulfilling banks requirement.

The recruitment process is a 3-tiered recruitment process. The process starts with the conduction of the IBPS PO Prelims phase, then Mains round and followed by Interview.

An aggregate marks of mains and interview is considered for the final allotment of positions in the bank.

English Language, Numerical Ability, & Reasoning Ability are the topics appearing in the prelims phase and an additional General/Financial awareness section is added in the mains phase.

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IBPS Clerk (Clerical Cadre)

The purpose to set up IBPS was to encourage youngsters for recruitment and placement in the banking sector.

The IBPS Clerk recruitment process is for the recruitment of Office Assistant in the Public Sector Banks. A large number of vacancies are released every year and is a very popular exam among the aspirants.

The recruitment exam for IBPS Clerk is a 2 level recruitment program. The selection procedure is consisting of the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Prelims Exam (Written exam comprising MCQ’s from Eng., Reasoning, & Numerical Ability)
  • Step 2 – Mains Exam (3 similar subjects from prelims along with additional General Awareness section)

Although the sections are similar in prelims and mains, the main change is in the difficulty level of the exam.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks scored in the mains round. No interview is conducted in the IBPS Clerk recruitment process.

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IBPS RRB PO

IBPS RRB PO is the exam conducted by the IBPS for the recruitment of Scale I Officer or Assistant Managers in the Regional & Rural Banks. This is considered as the Group A job in the banking industry.

Aspirants between the age of 18-30 can apply for the posts. The recruitment process is conducted in 3 steps.

  • Phase 1 – Prelims Exam
  • Phase 2 – Mains Round
  • Phase 3 – Interview Round

One very important thing to notice here is that the candidates clearing the prelims phase will only be eligible for appearing in the mains round.

The final allotment is done on the basis of the marks scored in Mains and Interview combined.

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IBPS RRB Office Assistant

Any eligible candidate willing to join the Regional & Rural Banks of India has to undergo this exam. This is a ‘Group B’ post for a multipurpose work profile.

Depending on the vacancies reported to the IBPS by the participating banks, the recruitment process is carried out by the IBPS.

The provisional allotment is done by the end of the recruitment process. The selection procedure of the candidates as Office assistant in IBPS RRB Clerk includes the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Prelims Phase
  • Step 2 – Mains Round

The final allotment is done on the basis of performance of candidates in the mains round. Prelims marks are not considered for the provisional allotment and are only qualifying in nature.

The Final decision to recruit is taken by the Regional & Rural Banks after taking into account all the necessary factors and eligibility as per bank.

Aspirants above the age of 18 and upto the age of 30 can apply for this post.

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NABARD Assistant 

NABARD is one of the supreme banks in the Banking Industry for the Rural & Agricultural Sector. NABARD provides one of the finest culture and environment thus making it the most sought after job in the country.

The vacancies released by the NABARD are on the lower side. But its lucrative salary package makes it a trend among the aspirant.

The selection procedure of  NABARD Assistant is as follows:

  • Phase 1 – Prelims Exam
  • Phase 2 – Mains Exam

Both the phase of the exam are conducted around the month of October & November. Both are written rounds and aspirant has to clear round in order to appear for another.

Marks scored in NABARD Mains are then considered for the final allotment to the candidates.

The Minimum age of the appearing candidates has to be 18 years and on the maximum side it can upto 35 years without any relaxation.

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NABARD Grade A & B Officer

NABARD conducts the exam almost every year for the recruitment of Grade A & B Officer for its branches across India. It is considered as one of the most prestigious jobs in India.

The recruitment procedure for NABARD Grade A & B is a 3 step process. Mentioned below is the selection procedure:

  • Phase 1 – Prelims Exam
  • Phase 2 – Mains Exam (this round is a mix of objective & descriptive paper)
  • Phase 3 – Interview Round

You can read the official notification here.

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RBI Grade B Officer

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the supreme of all banks in India and working for it is the desire of almost every banking aspirant who starts preparing.

RBI provides the best in industry perks and packages to its employees making it more demanding and popular.

Every year Lakhs of aspirants apply for the RBI Grade B posts as it offers great career opportunities as well as impressive perks & allowances to its officers.

The selection procedure for RBI Grade A comprises of following steps:

  • Phase I – Prelims
  • Phase II – Mains
  • Phase III – Interview

The prelims round is a bit different from every other bank exam with as objective questions from English, Quant & Reasoning along with General awareness are asked in the prelims phase

The Mains round is focussed on two very important sectors of the Society, Economic & Social Issue & Finance & Management. Along with this a descriptive paper of English is also a part of Mains round.

You can read about the official notification of RBI Grade B 2019 Here.

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RBI Assistant

The RBI annually conducts an exam for the recruitment of RBI Assistant which is a clerk cadre exam.

The selection procedure for the RBI Assistant is as follows:

  • Phase 1 – Prelims Exam
  • Phase 2 – Mains Exam
  • Phase 3 – Language Proficiency Test

One thing that is different here is the language proficiency test conducted by the RBI authorities.

Aspirants applying from any region should be fully aware of the local language.

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List Of Public Sector Banks (Self Exam Conducting Body)

There are a few banks that conduct their own exam for the recruitment of probationary officers or office assistant and various other positions.

The exams are monotonous and do not happen at a fixed duration. Giving a tentative date would not be feasible here, it can be expected to take place this year in 2020.

Bank Names
PNB IT Officer
Dena Bank PO
BOB Manipal
BOM Manipal
Syndicate Bank PO
IDBI Bank PO
SIDBI

Things to keep in mind For Upcoming Banking Exams

Basic Eligibility Criteria for upcoming banking exams

  • Candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • Candidate’s age must be between 18 to 35 years as on a given date.
  • Candidate must possess a graduation degree from a recognized university.
  • Reserved candidates must have valid documents while applying under the reservation category.

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Preparation Tips

As you have plenty of time for the upcoming exams, you can start preparing from now onwards and not keep everything for the last moment here are some tips that will help you in your preparation.

  • The first step is to familiarise yourself with the exam pattern.
  • After familiarising yourself with the exam pattern the next step is to design a timetable that would help you in aligning a systematic study schedule.
  • Start your preparation from scratch (if this is your first attempt).
  • Practice as much as you can.
  • Increase your accuracy and efficiency while solving questions or giving mock tests.
  • After every mock do a thorough analysis to understand what are your weaker sections and needs more practice.
  • Make sure to manage time in an efficient manner.
  • Banking preparation requires extensive practice and the application of tricks and logics that are acquired
    with practice.

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