Government jobs and bank jobs are a very attractive option in today’s economy especially because of the work-life balance, job security and handsome pay

The best part is that the recruiting bodies in the banking sector and Government continue to recruit candidates in large numbers even during the pandemic. There is also a flip side to this impressive fact, more number of candidates than ever before are competing for the limited number of vacant positions available. In this article, we will walk you through various steps to ensure that you put your best foot forward and land a lucrative job in the banking sector or a coveted Government job.

  1. Before starting your preparation for any bank/Government exam, try solving a previous year question paper or official mock test while emulating the exact exam conditions to find out where you stand. This will also serve as a SWOT analysis since the difficulty of the actual exam is replicated.

For instance, if you are planning to appear for the SSC CHSL then even before you look up articles on SSC CHSL apply online, solve one of the SSC CHSL previous year papers and prepare a realistic study plan that accommodates all the topics across the sections, gives you enough time to revise and improve on your weaknesses.

Constantly keep looking for relevant opportunities and be familiar with the bank exam and Government exam calendar. Keep checking the official websites of all major recruiting bodies at periodic intervals. Set up desktop notifications for exams or jobs that may be of interest to you. Here are some of the best opportunities:

Name of the ExamRecruiting Body/Organization  Important DatesLink to the official website
SSC CHSL (SSC combined higher secondary level exam)SSC or Staff Selection CommissionNotification Date – December – January
Tier I – August
Tier II – TBA
SSC CGL (SSC combined graduate level exam)Staff Selection CommissionNotification Date – October
Tier-I – March
Tier-II – October
Tier- III -TBA
SSC CPO (SSC Central Police Organization)Staff Selection CommissionNotification Date – June
Paper I – September – October
Paper II – March
SSC GD (SSC General Duty)Staff Selection CommissionExam – July
SSC JE (SSC Junior Engineer Recruitment)Staff Selection CommissionNotification Date – August
Phase 1
– September  
IBPS PO (IBPS Probationary officer recruitment)Institute of Banking Personnel SelectionNotification Date – 04.08.2020

Prelims – 3rd, 10th & 11th October 2020

Mains– 28th November 2020
IBPS RRB (IBPS Regional Rural Bank)Institute of Banking Personnel SelectionNotification Date – July
Prelims – officer scale I & Office Assistants – 12th, 13th,19th, 20th and 26th September 2020

Mains – officer scale I – 18th October 2020

Mains – for Office Assistants – 31st October 2020   Single Exam – officers scale II and III – 18th October 2020  
IBPS ClerkInstitute of Banking Personnel SelectionNotification Date – 1st September 2020
Prelims – 5th, 12th & 13th December 2020

Mains – 24th January 2021
IBPS SO (IBPS Specialist Officer)Institute of Banking Personnel SelectionNotification Date – November

– 26th and 27th  December 2020

Mains – 30th January 2021

SBI PO (SBI Probationary officer)State bank of IndiaNotification Date – September – October

Prelims & Mains – TBA
SBI ClerkState bank of IndiaNotification Date – 2nd January 2020

Prelims – February/March

Mains – TBA
SBI SO (SBI Specialist officer)State bank of IndiaNotification Date – January

online exam
– March
RBI Grade BReserve bank of IndiaNotification Date

Phase I – TBA
RBI AssistantReserve bank of IndiaNotification Date – December

Prelims– February (14th February 2020)

Mains – TBA
RRB JE (RRB Junior Engineer)  Railway Recruitment Board  Notification Date – August/ September
RRB NTPC (RRB Non-technical popular categories)
RRB ALP (RRB Assistant Loco Pilot)
LIC HFL (LIC Housing Finance Ltd.)  Life Insurance Corporation of IndiaNotification Date – August
LIC AAO (LIC Assistant Administrative Officer)Notification Date – February

Some of the other large recruiting bodies are BSNL, NIACL (New India Assurance Company Ltd., UPSC (union public service commission), NABARD, and CAPF (central armed police forces). Ensure that you proactively apply to other renowned banks such as ICICI, IDBI (Industrial Development Bank of India), BOB (Bank of Baroda), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and  BOI (Bank of India)

  1. Apply for all the exams that you are eligible for.  The best part is that almost all these exams test candidates on the same areas – quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, English language, General knowledge and computer awareness. Only the level of difficulty may vary based on the exam. Cement your conceptual understanding and solve as many questions as possible to reinforce them.
  2. Choose the right study material to suit your style of preparation. Try and stick to just one reference book for each subject. There are tons of free resources available online
  3. Save the last few weeks leading up to the exam to take some free mock tests like SBI PO Free Mock Test and boost your confidence. Maintain a detailed error log and brush up on the topics that you are committing mistakes in.

Now that you are familiar with the popular exams and how to go about preparing, it’s time to get started. Good luck!