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April 07, 2010

Bank IT Officers Exam Pattern, Sample Paper, Book

Bank IT Officer positions are in much demand these days because all the banks have these days adopted IT in all spheres of banking - Online banking, Core banking, Online trading, ATM etc. Therefore this blog post is made to tell you in a nutshell how to prepare for Bank IT Officers written Exam with study materials – it would first tell you the exam pattern of Bank IT Officers exam and than go on to give you the sources of Sample Papers & Books for Bank IT Officers exam preparation.

Information contained here is generic – it may be used for Bank IT Officers exam of any bank and is not specific to OBC Bank. Also the information provided here is generic, readers should expect some variations in the actual exam they would face.

What is a Bank IT Officer and what he/she is expected to do?
Banking sector is one of the first few industries to have embraced Information Technology (IT) when IT was still in a nascent stage. The reason was simple – the banking process needs management of data on a huge scale and on diverse fields for maintaining customer accounts and every-day financial transactions. To retain existing customers and to gain new ones, every bank is vying with one another to give the best customer services through net banking, ATM, CRM, ERP etc.
Therefore demand for Bank IT officers have increased in the recent times. As a Bank IT officer, you may be expected to work on ERP software’s like SAP, Bank websites as well as to maintain network (LAN/WAN) infrastructure.

Bank IT Officer Eligibility:
What are the qualifications you need to appear for Bank It officers exam? Following gives you some idea:

As per Punjab National Bank notification:
Officer (IT Banking Domain): Age: Min. 21 Max. 40
Graduate in any discipline. 1 year working experience in Core Banking Solution (Financial) Branches in any Bank.
Salary: 10000-470/6-12820-500/3-14320-560/7-18240

As per Central Bank of India notification:
Information Technology Officer (Scale II): Age: Min. 21 Max. 38
BE/BTECH (Computers, IT, Electronics & Telecommunication) / B.Sc (Engg) 4 yrs / MCA with 2 years post qualification experience. OR
Any Graduate with Computer Qualification (Minimum 6 months Diploma Course or Certificate Course in Computers with minimum 150 hours one stretch training) with Experience of 4 years as an IT Officer in IT Dept. of a Bank.

Exam pattern of Bank IT Officers exam:
Selection process of Bank IT Officers is not very different from that of a Bank PO exam – it consists of a written test followed by interview.
The Bank IT Officers written test pattern is also very similar to that of the PO exam – it has two types of tests - Objective Test & Descriptive Test.

Sections within the Objective Test paper of a Bank IT officer exam are as follows:

1.0 Quantitative Aptitude

2.0 Test of Reasoning.

3.0 General Awareness.

4.0 Test of English.
While the Descriptive Test consists of questions on the areas of Specialization i.e. IT.

Objective Test pattern:
Although Bank exam notifications has not clearly spelt out what would be the mark distribution/time for these exams, following distribution of questions can be guessed based on IOB & SBI PO exam pattern:
Test of Reasoning Ability: 75
Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 50
Test of General Awareness: 50
Test of English Language: 50
Total 225 Questions to be answered in 135 minutes with total 200 marks.

Descriptive Test pattern:
In the IOB & SBI PO exam descriptive paper, 5 compulsory questions of 100 total marks are to be answered in 60 minutes. You can expect similar number of questions/marks/time for the IT Officers exam too.

The minimum qualifying marks in the written test varies from 40% to 50% (5 % less for reserved category candidates). On top of achieving these qualifying marks, you have to score above the cut-off mark, which is decided by the bank based on the relative performance of your fellow candidates.

Sample Online Papers for Bank IT Officers exam:
Following is a collection of section-wise sample papers for Bank IT Officers exam, reproduced from my previous blog articles on Bank PO exams:

Sample Papers for Bank IT Officers General Awareness test:

From itacumens:
20 General Awareness sample questions. Good quality

From upscportal:
75 Reasoning Ability sample questions in three parts. OK quality.

Sample Papers for Bank IT Officers Exam Descriptive Test:

From placementpapers:

Sample Papers for Bank IT Officers Exam Professional Knowledge Test:
In some banking exams for IT officers, in the objective tests, a section on Professional knowledge is included. GJ Tutorial has a very good collection of 25 questions on such test of Professional knowledge for IT officers exam. Click here to view the same.

Books for Bank IT Officers Exam:
Books for Bank IT Officers ExamI could find following book specific to Bank IT Officers Exam. These books (prices are indicative below) are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts upto 25%, apart from free shipping/postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

IBPS - CWE IT Officers Scale - 1 & 2 (With CD) : Common Written Examination 2014 by GKP
Cover Price: Rs. 525;  Offer Price: Rs. 394; Discount: Rs. 131 (24%)

As has been said in the beginning of this post, above study materials for Bank IT Officers exam have been compiled from different sources and there may be some variations in the actual exam you would face. But however, you can use the resources given here as a reference to start your preparation. Hope you would find the same useful.

Best wishes!