Tips for Written Exam of Syndicate Bank PGDBF Programme 2016-17

Syndicate Bank announced notification for admission into Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance programme recently. It is a cashless bridge for young and passionate graduates where banks assists financially in the form of loans to pursue career oriented diploma course and recover the sum (with interest) in EMIs later after joining the bank as a probationary officer.
In this competitive market serving a customer is really tough. It needs a strategy where banks can meet the goals profitably. For all this, efficient and skilled man power is required. To achieve the same, nowadays, all public and private sector banks have decided to train their staff in isolation and aims at imparting the domain knowledge of banking and finance. Banks have collaborated with a few academies such as Manipal Global Education Services, NIIT University, Nitte Education International Pvt. Ltd. and Institute of Finance, Banking & Insurance to groom potential candidates by providing high end banking and financial training. In this programme, candidates shall be trained on knowledge and skills in core banking, specialized banking, managerial skills, and soft skills etc. The programme consists of classroom sessions, e-learning, internship and on-the-Job-Training.

Selection Process:
Candidates shall be selected by Syndicate Bank through a selection process consisting of an (open) online test to be conducted in 36 centers across the country followed by Group Discussion and Interview.

Written Exam Tips
The written online exam consists of 4 sections viz. Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and General Awareness. Each section consists of 50 multiple choice questions where each question having one mark. The duration of the test is 120 minutes.

Reasoning Ability: One can get maximum score in reasoning as all questions have simple logic and some relationship. In this section questions appeared from Alphabet Test, Number Test, Coding-Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Ranking Test, Puzzles, Number series, Letter series, Number-Digit Test, Statements and Conclusions, Digit-Symbol Test, Sitting Arrangement, Input-Output, Decision Making, Cause and Effect etc.
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Previous Questions: (2010 Syndicate Bank PO Exam)
  1. How many such pairs of letters are there in the word ORGANISED each of which has as many letters between them in the word as in the English alphabet? (Alphabet Test)
    1) None
    2) One
    3) Two
    4) Three
    5) More than three
  2. In a certain code language 'how many books' is written as 'sa da na' and 'many more days' is written as 'ka pa da'. How is 'books' written in that code language? (Coding-Decoding)
    2) na
    3) sa or na
    4) Data inadequate
    5) None of these
  3. Pointing to a girl, Nidhi said,' she is the daughter of my grandmother's only child.' How is the girl related to Nidhi? (Blood Relations)
    1) Sister
    2) Self
    3) Cousin Sister
    4) Data inadequate
    5) None of these
  4. Statements: All stones are poles. All poles are desks. Some desks are nets. All nets are days.
    Conclusions: I. Some nets are stones.
    II. Some desks are stones.
    III. Some days are desks.

    1) Only I and II follow
    2) Only I and III follow
    3) Only II and III follow
    4) All I, II and III follow
    5) None of these

Quantitative Aptitude
In this section, question appeared from Simplifications, Number series, time and distance, probability, Data Interpretation (Table, Line graph and Caselet), Ages, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Number System etc. As different types and models of questions appeared in various previous exams it is better to practice more previous papers rather than model papers.
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Previous Questions: (2010 Syndicate Bank PO Exam)
  1. What should come in place of question mark in the following question? (Simplifications) 6561÷ (10.8 × 2.5) ÷ 3 = ?
    1) 27
    2) 54
    3) 72
    4) 81
    5) None of these
  2. What should come in place of the question mark (?) in the following number series? (Number series)








    5) None of these
  3. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'ARMOUR' be arranged? (Combinations)
    5) None of these
  4. The average height of 35 girls in a class was calculated as 160 cm. It was later found that the height of one of the girls in the class was wrongly written as 144 cm, whereas her actual height was 104 cm. What is the actual average height of the girls in the class? (Rounded off to two digits after decimal) (Average)
    1) 159.86cm
    3) 159.56cm
    4) 158.74 cm
    5) None of these

General Awareness: This section is vast and designed to check the candidate’s General Awareness and General Knowledge, which mainly focused on Current Affairs and GK. General Knowledge and Current Affairs are inter-related and cannot be divided from one another. The current events now may fall under GK after few months. For example, “Who was conferred with Sraswati Samman award 2015?” which is under current events now, shall become GK Question after a year or two. One should prepare interlinking GK and Current events and developments. It could help a lot to remember more easily.

To get good score in this section, one must be acquainted with the following topics –
Basic General Knowledge, Current Affairs (India & the World), who is who (Appointments and Heads) Banking Industry at a glance, Business Knowledge, Banking Operations, Financial Organisations, Games and Sports, General Science (Biology, Physical and Chemical Sciences), History & Culture, Geography (India and the world), Polity (Indian Constitution & Indian Political System), Economy (India & the world), Books and Authors, Awards and Honors (National & International), Government Schemes (Center & States), Countries, Capitals and their currencies, Important Days and Weeks, Discoveries & Inventions, International & National Organisations
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Previous Questions: (2010 Syndicate Bank PO Exam)
  1. What is the full form of 'ULIP', the term which was in the news recently? (Finance and Banking terms)
    1) Universal Life & Investment Plan
    2) Unit Loan & Insurance Plan
    3) Universal Loan & Investment Plan
    4) Uniformly Loaded Investment Plan
    5) Unit Linked Insurance Plan
  2. Many times we read in newspapers that a company is planning to bring a public issue. What does it mean? (Finance/Business Knowledge)
    (A) Shares of the company will be issued only through public sector organisations like banks/Central financial institutions etc.
    (B) Shares of the company will be issued to general public only through primary market.
    (Q This means some stakeholders/promoters are willing to leave the company. Hence they wish to sell their stock to the general public.

    1) Only A
    2) Only B
    3) Only C
    4) All A, B&C
    5) None of these
  3. Iron-ore is found in which of the following states in India? (Geography-India)
    1) Punjab
    2) Rajasthan
    3) Orissa
    4) Jammu & Kashmir
    5) Uttar Pradesh
  4. The G-20 Summit in June 2010 is scheduled to be held at which of the following places? (Current Affairs - Conferences)
    1) London
    2) Washington
    3) Tokyo
    4) Paris
    5) Toronto
  5. Who amongst the following is NOT a famous Lawn Tennis player? (GK - Sports)
    1) Cara Black
    2) Mike Bryan
    3) Denis Ndiso
    4) Serena Williams
    5) LeanderPaes
  6. White Tiger is a book written by (Books and Authors)
    1) RK Narayan
    2) Shobhaa De
    3) Khushwant Singh
    4) Arundhati Roy
    5) AravindAdiga
  7. India's first transgenic crop was (Science and Technology - Inventions)
    1) Potato
    2) Brinjal
    3) Sugarcane
    4) Bt cotton
    5) None of these
  8. Which of the following schemes launched by the Government of India is a scheme to improve the performance of the agricultural sector? (Economy - Schemes)
    1) National Horticulture Mission
    2) Pulse Polio Abhiyan
    3) Old Age Pension Scheme
    4) Bharat Nirman Yojana
    5) None of these

English Language:
Reading Comprehension, Spotting errors, Idioms and Phrases, One word Substitutions, Sentence arrangement, Close Test or Passage Completion are the main topics from where the questions appeared. Reading English News Papers, Magazines, Editorials and other English stories helps a lot in improving Language. Habituate yourself knowing the meaning for words and phrases on the spot at the time of reading, which greatly helps your vocabulary. Along with this, practicing previous papers and exercises could also help to get more score in this section. There is no shortcut for improving English Knowledge except continuous reading and listening.
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Previous Questions: (2010 Syndicate Bank PO Exam)
Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical mistake/error in it.
  1. We expect a hike (1)/ in the cash reserve ratio (2)/ which is the portion of deposits (3) / that banks keep with RBI. (4)/ No error (5)
  2. Several (1)/ medium (2)/ and small sized companies successfully (3)/ survived the global financial crisis of 2008. (4) / All correct (5)

Do’s & Don’ts
  • Plan according to your schedule and make a time table for easy preparation.
  • Practicing more and more develops the technique of analyzing a problem within seconds.
  • Learn and come across all models and types of problems once in your preparation.
  • Focus on the areas of that you are feeling weak and learn them from basics.
  • Write down the notes and important points aside while reading.
  • Don’t study two or more disciplines at a time. It may reduce the chance of memorizing.
  • Referring too many books may collapse your basic understandability. Take few standard books.
  • Continuous and repetitive reading of Current Affairs and General Knowledge is advisable.
  • Must read and be acquainted with latest developments and proceedings in banking industry.
  • Do group preparation and practice if possible.

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About the Programme and training
Like many, Syndicate Bank too entered into an MoU with Manipal Global Education Services Pvt. Ltd. and Nitte Education International Pvt. Ltd, Greater Noida (NEIPL) to train young graduates with 1 year Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance course. This course aims at imparting the necessary knowledge skills required in banking industry.
On successful completion of the course within the stipulated time period, the candidate would be offered appointment in the bank as Probationary Officers in Junior Management Grade / Scale-I.

Fee Structure:
The fees for this Course will be Rs. 3.50/- lakhs (all inclusive of boarding, Lodging and course fees, other fees, etc.) plus service taxes, as applicable to be paid by the student.
Students can finance the course fees by availing an Education Loan which will be granted by Syndicate Bank as per Synd Vidya Scheme.

A stipend amount will be paid to the students during the entire duration of the one year course Rs. 2,500/- p.m. during the nine months Campus period, and Rs. 10,000/- p.m. during the internship period.
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Published on 12/18/2015 5:42:00 PM
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