Upcoming Bank Exam 2021: Date, Syllabus, Eligibility, Pattern Full List

Upcoming Bank Exam 2021: There are many Bank exams conducted every year in India and provides a lot of job opportunities for job seekers. Lakhs of candidates applying each year to get an opportunity to serve the country by utilizing their skills and experience while working in Banks.

Some popular national level Bank exams like SBI PO, SBI SO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS SO, IBPS Clerk, RBI Assistant, RBI Grade B, etc provide maximum job opportunities throughout the year.

If you are preparing for the Bank job exams then you must have accurate and up to date information about the Upcoming Bank Exam date 2021.


Update (04/11/2020): IBPS has shared the tentative dates for the online main examinations of IBPS RRB Officer scale 1, office assistants (multipurpose), IBPS PO, and IBPS Clerk 2020 on their official website ((Important Notice for CRP Examination, Institute of Banking Personnel, Nov. 04, 2020. Accessed on: Nov. 04, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://www.ibps.in/wp-content/uploads/IMPORTANT_NOTICE_FOR_CRP_EXAMINATION.pdf)). Check the below notice for more details.


Update (09/09/2020): IBPS has released the Preliminary exam Admit Card for the IBPS RRB exam. Candidates can download their Admit Card now ((Common Recruitment Process for RRBs (CRP-RRBs-IX) for Recruitment of Group “B” – Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Online Preliminary Examination Call letter, Institute of Banking Personnel, Sep 9, 2020. Accessed on: Sep 9, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://ibpsonline.ibps.in/rrbb9oajun20/clopea_sep20/login.php?appid=b7c03221013baa945c905ad919434d67)). Check the IBPS RRB Admit Card download steps.

Update (09/09/2020): IBPS has withdrawn the notice issued on the 7th of September 2020. Now the IBPS RRB Preliminary Examinations for Officers Scale I will be conducted on 12.09.2020 and 13.09.2020 as scheduled earlier. IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam will be conducted on 19.09.2020, 20.09.2020, and 26.09.2020. Check the below notice for more details.


Update (07/09/2020): IBPS RRB exam again postponed by the IBPS today till further notice. IBPS RRB Preliminary Exam date will be informed later. Check the below official notification.


Update (September 1, 2020): IBPS has released the IBPS Clerk 2020 notification on their official website.

So, we are sharing with you all the details about the upcoming Bank Exam 2020. For more information please have a look at the below table.

Upcoming Bank Exam 2021?

Upcoming Bank 2021 Exam date is given below:

Sr. No.Bank ExamBank Exam Date 2021Notification Date
1RBI Grade B 2019Preliminary Exam Date: 9th November 2019
Mains Exam Date: 1st / 2nd December 2019
Online Registration Date: 21st September to 11th October 2019
2IBPS Clerk 2019Preliminary Exam Date: 7th, 8th, 14th & 21st December 2019
Mains Exam Date: 19th January 2020
Online Registration Date: 17th September 2019 to 9th October 2019
3IBPS SO 2019Preliminary Examination Date: 28th & 29th December 2019
Mains Examination Date: 25th January 2020
Online Registration Date: 6th November to 26th November 2019
4NABARD Grade A 2020Preliminary Examination Date: Notified Later
Mains Examination Date: Notified Later
Online Registration Date: 10th January to 31st January 2020
5SBI Clerk 2020Preliminary Examination Date: 22, 29 Feb 2020, 1, 8 Mar 2020
Mains Examination Date: Exam postponed due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Online Registration Date: 3rd January to 26th January 2020
6RBI Assistant 2020Preliminary Examination Date: 14th & 15th February 2020
Mains Examination Date: 22nd November 2020
Online Registration Date: 23rd December to 16th January 2020
7IBPS SO 2020Preliminary Exam: 26, 27 December 2020,
Main Exam: 30 January 2021
Online Registration Date: 2nd November 2020 to 23rd November 2020
8IBPS CLERK 2020Preliminary Exam: 5th, 12th, and 13th Dec 2020,
Mains Exam: 28th February 2021
Online Registration Date: 02 September 2020 to 23rd September 2020
9IBPS RRB 2020 ExamPreliminary Exam (Officer Scale 1): 12, 13 September 2020
Preliminary Exam (Office Assistant): 19, 20, and 26 September 2020
Single Exam for Officer Scale-II & III: 18 October 2020
Main Exam: Scale I Officer- 30th January 2021 (tentative), Office Assistant- 20th February 2021 (tentative)
Online Registration Date: 30 June 2020 to 21st July 2020
10RBI Grade B 2020 ExamPhase I Exam- June 2020 (tentative)Notification will be released shortly
11SBI PO 2020 ExamPreliminary Exam: 31st Dec 2020 & 2nd, 4th, 5th Jan 2021
Mains Exam: 29th January 2021
Online Registration Date: 14th November to 4th December 2020
12IBPS PO 2020 ExamPreliminary Exam Date: October 3, 4, 10, 2020
Mains Exam Date: 4th February 2021 (tentative)
IBPS PO 2020 notification is yet to be released.

How to Prepare for upcoming Bank Exams?

If you are really looking forward to starting your Bank Exams preparation than you should keep some tips in your mind. Cracking Bank Exams is not that easy now.

Candidates apply 2 to 3 times for Bank Exams also a lot of new applications come each year and make the competition very hard. To prepare for the Bank Exams, you should do proper planning and follow a systematic approach.

  • Step #1: First of all, make a list of all upcoming Bank Exams you wish to apply for and make a note of Exam Dates and other important Dates.
  • Step #2: It is advised to check the exam pattern carefully.
  • Step #3: Check the Syllabus of the Bank Exam you are preparing for and make a note of that or take a printout of the Syllabus.
  • Step #4: Make a Study plan and follow that plan for at least 6 months to 1 year. You may divide the daily study time for different subjects.
  • Step #5: You should revise everything you studied once a week every week.
  • Step #6: Attempt a mock test to check your Exam preparation
  • Step #7: You should be mentally very strong. Just focus on study and leave everything else.
  • Step #8: Practice is the most important part. The more you practice more easily you can solve the questions. By revision and practice, you can save a lot of time in the exam.

Banking Exams 2021 Syllabus

It is a good idea to check all Exam Syllabus before starting the exam preparation. We have mentioned the syllabus for popular exams in the below table. The syllabus for all Bank Exams in India is almost the same as the SBI Clerk syllabus is similar to IBPS Clerk. Please have a look at the below table for the updated Bank Exam syllabus 2021.

Sl. No.Bank Exam Syllabus
1SBI PO 2021 Exam Syllabus
2SBI Clerk 2021 Exam Syllabus
3SBI Specialist Officer (SO) 2021
4IBPS RRB 2021 updated syllabus
6IBPS PO 2021 Syllabus
7IBPS Clerk 2021 complete syllabus
8IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) 2021 Syllabus
9RBI Assistant 2021
10RBI Grade B 2021 Syllabus

Bank Exam Pattern 2021

(i)Exam pattern for Bank Clerk Exam

Generally, any Bank Clerk Exam is a two-step process.

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination

Preliminary Examination

In Bank Clerk preliminary examination there are 3 sections English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. Marks and the number of questions are different for different banks. There is negative marking also in Bank Clerk exams. For example we have mentioned the IBPS Clerk exam pattern for the Preliminary exam in the below table.

Sl. No.SubjectQuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

Bank Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

The Bank Clerk main exam pattern is also similar for almost all Banks. Generally there are four sections in the Bank Clerk Main Exam. General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude.

Marks and Duration are different for different Banks. For example we have mentioned IBPS Clerk Main Exam Pattern in the below table.

Sl. No.SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
2General English404035 minutes
3Reasoning and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
4Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
                        Total190200160 minutes

(ii) Exam Pattern for Bank PO Exam

Almost all Bank PO exams are conducting in three steps.

  •  Tier 1-Preliminary Examination
  •  Tier 2-Main Examination
  •  Tier 3-Interview

Bank PO Tier 1 (Preliminary Examination)

There are three sections in Bank PO Preliminary Examination. English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. Candidates will have to attempt all questions within the given time. There is a negative marking and sectional Cut Off also in Bank PO Pre Exam. For example please have a look on IBPS PO Preliminary exam pattern in the below table

S.No.SubjectQuestions MarksTime
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

Bank PO Tier 2 (Main Exam) Exam Pattern

Generally Bank PO Main Exam has 4 sections. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, and General Economy & Banking Awareness.

For example please check IBPS PO Main exam pattern in below table.

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
                       Total155200180 minutes

Bank PO Tier 3 (Interview)

In Bank PO Exams 3rd round is a Personal Interview round and candidates will have to secure minimum qualifying marks to be eligible for the Interview.

IBPS also mentioned some guidelines for registration. Please have a look below

The registration process will be through online mode. Candidates will be required to upload the following documents as per the specification given in the advertisement.

  •  (1) Photograph of the Applicant – 20 kb to 50 kb in .jpeg file
  •  (2) Signature of the Applicant – 10 kb to 20 kb in .jpeg file
  •  (3) Thumb impression of the Applicant – 20 kb to 50 kb in .jpeg file
  •  (4) Scanned copy of handwritten declaration as per the format, which will be available in the respective advertisement – 50 kb to 100 kb in .jpeg file

Which is the toughest bank exam in India?

Almost all bank exams have become very tough these days due to a lot of competition.

Government jobs are not that much in India and everyone tries for a Sarkari Job. Please have a look on below list for Top 10 Toughest Bank Exams in India

  • #1: RBI Grade B Exam
  • #2: RBI Assistant Exam
  • #3: SBI PO Exam
  • #4: SBI Clerk Exam
  • #5: IBPS PO Exam
  • #6: IBPS Clerk Exam
  • #7: SBI SO Exam
  • #8: IBPS SO Exam
  • #9: IBPS RRB Exam
  • #10: Private Bank Exams

Download IBPS PO and Clerk Syllabus 2021

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2021

English LanguageReading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting, Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction, Rearrangement of Jumbled Passage, Passage Questions, Degrees of Comparison, Miscellaneous
Quantitative AptitudeNumber Systems, Simplification, Time & Distance, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Work & Time, Sequence & Series, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Permutation, Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation
Reasoning AbilityLogical Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Input-Output, Seating Arrangement, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, PuzzleTabulation, Coded Inequalities, Directions.

IBPS PO Main exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for the subjects General EnglishQuantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability will be the same for both IBPS Preliminary and Main exam. IBPS PO syllabus for other subjects is mentioned in below table

General AwarenessCurrent Affairs, Banking Awareness, Indian Financial System, History of Indian Banking Industry, International Organisation/ Financial Institutions, Regulatory Bodies Monetary & Credit Policies, Capital Market & Money Market, Budget Basics and Current Union Budget, Abbreviations and Economic terminologies, Government Schemes Abbreviations and Economic terminologies, Other important concepts
Computer KnowledgeSoftware, Hardware, Database (introduction), Networking (LAN, WAN, MAN),  Communication (Basic Introduction), Number System, History of Computers,   Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application), MS Windows & MS Office, Logic Gates, Security Tools, Virus, Hacker.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary exam syllabus

English LanguageSpotting Errors, Idioms & Phrases, Fill in the blank Cloze Test, Synonyms and antonyms, One-word substitution, Reconstruction of sentence & passage, Phrase Substitution, Comprehensions, Jumbled up sentences, Double blanks in a sentence, Commonly misspelled words
Numerical AbilityDecimals And Fractions, Whole Numbers, HCF & LCM, Simplification, Relationship Between Numbers, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Partnership, Time And Work, Simple Interest, Time And Distance, Compound Interest, Permutations & Combinations, Number Series, Probability, Data Sufficiency, Approximate Values, Data Interpretation
ReasoningDecision making, Symbols, and their relationships, Arithmetical computation, Space Visualization, Verbal and figure classification, Verbal and non-verbal, Analytical functions, Judgment, Problem¬ solving, Discrimination, Arithmetical number series, Similarities, Visual memory, Relationship concepts, Observation, Analogies, Arithmetical reasoning, Differences, Analysis.

IBPS Clerk Main exam syllabus

Syllabus for the subjects EnglishNumerical Ability, and Reasoning will be the same for both IBPS Preliminary and Main exam. IBPS PO syllabus for other subjects is mentioned in below table

General AwarenessIndian Financial System, History of Indian Banking Industry, Budget Basics and Current Union Budget, International Organisations/ Financial Institutions, Capital Market & Money Market, Government Schemes, Abbreviations, and Economic terminologies, Capitals & Currencies, Current Events
Computer KnowledgeIntroduction to Computer and History, Operating and DOS, Computer Device, Security Aspects for PC, PC and System Software, Advanced Technology Regarding Computer, MS Excel, MS Word, Various Uses of Computer, Computer Network, Window, The Internet Programming Language, Computer Future, E-world.

List of Banks in India

Please find below the list of Banks in India. It will help you to explore more Sarkari Exams opportunities across India.

List Of Public Sector Banks

Given below is the list of public sector banks in India:

Sr. No.Name of the Bank
1Allahabad Bank
2Andhra Bank
3Bank of Baroda
4Bank of India
5Bank of Maharashtra
6Canara Bank
7Central Bank of India
8Corporation Bank
9Dena Bank
10Indian Bank
11Indian Overseas Bank
12Oriental Bank of Commerce
13Punjab & Sind Bank
14Punjab National Bank
15State Bank of India
16Syndicate Bank
17UCO Bank
18Union Bank of India
19United Bank of India
20Vijaya Bank

List of Private Sector Banks

Given below is the list of private sector banks in India:

Sr. No.Name of the Bank
1Axis Bank Ltd.
2Bandhan Bank Ltd.
3CSB Bank Limited
4City Union Bank Ltd.
5DCB Bank Ltd.
6Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd.
7Federal Bank Ltd.
8HDFC Bank Ltd
9ICICI Bank Ltd.
10IndusInd Bank Ltd
11IDFC FIRST Bank Limited
12Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd.
13Karnataka Bank Ltd.
14Karur Vysya Bank Ltd.
15Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd
16Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd.
17Nainital bank Ltd.
18RBL Bank Ltd.
19South Indian Bank Ltd.
20Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd.
21YES Bank Ltd.
22IDBI Bank Limited

List of Regional Rural Banks in India

Sr.No.Name of RRB
1Assam Gramin Vikash Bank
2Andhra Pradesh GVB
3Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank
4Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank
5Aryavart Bank
6Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank
7Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank
8Baroda Rajasthan Kshetriya Gramin Bank
9Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank
10Chaitanya Godavari GB
11Chhattisgarh Rajya Gramin Bank
12Dakshin Bihar Gramin Bank
13Ellaquai Dehati Bank
14Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank
15J&K Grameen Bank
16Jharkhand Rajya Gramin Bank
17Karnataka Gramin Bank
18Karnataka Vikas Gramin Bank
19Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank
20Kerala Gramin Bank
21Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank
22Madhyanchal Gramin Bank
23Maharashtra GB
24Manipur Rural Bank
25Meghalaya Rural Bank
26Mizoram Rural Bank
27Nagaland Rural Bank
28Odisha Gramya Bank
29Paschim Banga Gramin Bank
30Prathama U.P. Gramin Bank
31Puduvai Bharathiar Grama Bank
32Punjab Gramin Bank
33Purvanchal Bank
34Rajasthan Marudhara Gramin Bank
35Saptagiri Grameena Bank
36Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank
37Saurashtra Gramin Bank
38Tamil Nadu Grama Bank
39Telengana Grameena Bank
40Tripura Gramin Bank
41Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank
42Utkal Grameen Bank
43UttarBanga Kshetriya Gramin Bank
44Vidharbha Konkan Gramin Bank
45Uttarakhand Gramin Bank

Candidates are advised to visit the official website for more updates. Finally start your preparation right away for the exam you are interested to appear. We will update you about complete details like the application process, educational qualification, Age Criteria, and other important details as soon as IBPS release any official notification.

All the best for your exam preparation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which bank exam is easy?

The answer is no exam is easy or tough. It just depends on the preparation level. You have done enough preparation than all exams will be easy for you. Without any preparation, you will find each exam very tough.

Is the Bank exam tough?

Generally, the questions in Bank Exams are of graduation level but the Bank Exam pattern and too many applications each year have made this exam very tough.

How many hours should I study for Bank PO?

First of all, you have to make a systematic time table for your study and try to follow your study plan daily. To prepare properly and give time to all subjects at least 8 hours a day study is required for Bank PO Exam.

Can an average student crack SBI PO?

Definitely, anyone can clear SBI PO Exam. It’s not about intelligence here in Bank Exams. It is just about hard work. How many times you have practiced a subject is directly related to how soon you can solve a question in Exam. And time management in Bank exams is the most important criterion to crack the exam.

Can I crack IBPS PO in 1 month?

It is not possible to crack IBPS PO in 1 month these days if you haven’t done any preparation before. At least 6 months’ proper and dedicated study is required to clear IBPS PO Exam.

How many attempts are in the IBPS PO?

There is no limit for attempts in IBPS PO Exam. Candidates can apply for the IBPS PO exam without being worried about the attempts limit.

Will SBI PO 2020 be postponed?

There is no official information about the postponement of the SBI PO 2020 Exam. As of now, SBI PO 2020 notification is not released. SBI PO 2020 Exam is supposed to be conducted in June 2020 but it is likely to be delayed for at least 1 month.

When should I apply for bank exams?

If you are looking to make a career in the Indian Banking sector then you can apply for Bank exams. Just check the eligibility criteria and online application process start date.

What is the highest post in bank?

In all public sector banks in India Bank’s CEO or Managing Director is the highest post.

Is SBI PO job stressful?

Sbi Bank PO job is not that tough as compared to private banks. Although there will be a lot of work pressure and sometimes you will have to work till late hours but its a part of the job as SBI pays a very good salary to Probationary Officers.

Is SBI PO a permanent job?

SBI is the largest public sector Bank in India and hires Probationary Officers for a probation period of 2 years. After the probation period, SBI conducts a confirmation test. After clearing that test candidates will get a permanent position in SBI for Assistant Manager post. If someone does not clear the confirmation test then his training period is extended for 6 more months and he has to appear again for confirmation test after 6 months.

Which bank job is best?

Almost all Bank jobs are of the same kind but if you are working in RBI then your job would be less stressful and you will enjoy work-life balance benefits in RBI along with a handsome salary package.

Which is better CA or SBI PO?

CA is always better than SBI PO but there should not be any comparison between CA and SBI PO due to the difference in education criteria. Becoming a CA is itself a challenge as clearing all exams of CA takes a lot of time and real hard work in preparation.

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