Recommended Books To Help Clear Bank PO and Clerk Exams

Preparing for bank exams is not an easy task. There are a few hundred thousand aspirants appearing to get selected for a vacancy of just a few thousand jobs. While this may seem a bit daunting task for many out there reading this post, a good solid preparation is VERY IMPORTANT if you want to have even the slightest chance of getting through the first round.

If you are a God gifted genius, avoid reading this post. For those of you like me who are not, here is a quick breakdown of how you should start your preparation and go on till the last day. You will need books to study from, as I honestly dont recommend notes because:

  • They are mostly made out of these books.
  • You pay a large sum of money to get what you could get cheaply.
  • I do not recommend rote or “ratta” . I am a strong advocate for self learning.

Starting Your Preparation – Books Needed

Books Needed For Preparing For Bank Exams

The first thing you need to do is get an outline of the syllabus. For most of the bank exams, the following topics are common:

We will tackle these one by one, recommending books along the way.




1. Quantitative Aptitude / Reasoning: QA questions consist of topics like age, HCF and LCM, percentage, permutation and combinations, time, distance, square and cube roots and such stuff. The questions can look tricky at first, but once you have a clear understanding of the topics and the way of solving them quickly, these questions should be looked at as easy marks.

You can get almost 80 sets of such questions, many of which have appeared in exams, both in SBI PO and IBPS PO. You can buy this books by Arihant publishers or by clicking on the image below.

2. Data Interpretation: This section consists mostly of graphical questions and questions based on charts and graphs of different types like bar graph, pie chart, line charts etc. This section is usually time consuming hence I recommend that you attempt this section in the end.

To score and get past the cutoff, it is highly necessary that you have speed to solve these questions. You can improve your speed by attempting questions on the lines of what have appeared in the exams in the previous years.

You can buy this book by Kiran Prakashan or buy it buy clicking on the image below.

3. General English:This is, according to me, the most scoring section in the entire exam, and a section that I usually score 35+ in less than 20 minutes. It may vary, however, from person to person.

The easiest way to score in this section is by having a strong English foundation. For those who have a weak foundation, I recommend reading newspapers like Hindustan Times and The Hindu, for I find their English very good. Also, read a lot of novels, story books and magazines, for they help you get an insights on which type of words fit where.

For the grammar part, you can get this book by Wren and Martin or buy it using the link below.

4. Computer Knowledge: Again, this is a high scoring section for those who have the basic knowledge of computers. Mostly, questions are asked on networking topologies (basics), computer peripherals, MS-Office and MS-DOS and the internet. You can easily score good marks if you read the questions carefully.

To improve your computer knowledge, I recommend you get this book or buy the book from the link given below.

5. Banking Knowledge:This section is gaining importance with every exam. AND why not. You need to have knowledge about the industry you are getting into.

This section covers a wide variety of topics, so is an average scoring section for most. You can increase your banking awareness by this book or you can buy this book via the image link below.

6. General Awareness: As the name suggest, this topic is best prepared by being aware of the world around you. Make it a regular habit of going through the newspapers and the news to know what is happening around the world in different arenas like politics and sports and science.

I would not recommend you books for this as current affairs are regularly changing. I would recommend that you buy a “current affairs refresher” book 3-4 weeks before the date of your exam and go through it thoroughly.

Recommended Books For Interview

Here are a few books that you can go through to clear the interviews. They are listed below.

1. Guide To Bank Interviews – MB Sivaramakrishnan

2. Interview Cracker – Rakesh Kumar

There you have it !! A complete record of highly recommended books which can help you clear any bank exam easily.


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REMEMBER : Practice will help/enable you to clear the exam. The books recommended below will help you improve your concepts and understanding of the topics through repeated solving of various types of problems. The books are trusted and will surely not disappoint you.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

DRISHI November 17, 2014 at 6:57 am



jasjotbains November 17, 2014 at 10:56 am

Thank you Drishi

Which exam are you having on 23? The Associate Banks exam?


baljit kaur November 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

good tips ,examination pt. of view bt i have confusion about english prepration i dont know how tackle with eng test give me ur suggestions


jasjotbains November 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hello Baljit.

English section is a high scoring section if your English is good. Having a good score in English section is very critical in clearing the exam, as the questions do not take much time to solve and you can score 35+ in less than half an hour. For improving your english, you can check out the book recommended by me here


Gayathri December 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

is there any book for free download


jasjotbains December 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

Not yet. You can buy recommended books from


ritu rani December 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

sir I have obtained 99 marks in rrb officer scale from general category, Haryana is there any chance for interview call for me???
please sir reply


jasjotbains December 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Keep your hopes up Ritu :)


Thillai December 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Can any1 tell me when will be the sbi clerk final result is expected to come?


jasjotbains December 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

Expect the result soon !!


Anu January 31, 2015 at 4:22 am

Can you please tell me when will the results of sbi associates po exam conducted in november come?


jasjotbains January 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

It has been released. Check it out here


monu April 16, 2015 at 7:24 am

sir, iam a hard working student,want to learn new things but my problem is iam not getting study material for exams. i live in a rural area and willing to do hard work, but i cant found any study material, i took coaching for ssc clerk and cgl in Pramount coaching centre in delhi,but what i got is totally wasted my money,12500 in year 2012 plus daily travelling cost and compromise on food(due to travelling long distance daily by train) they were saying it will have 4months validity but they take 2 months in Time and work chapter , and in English it was good i learn through them,but again in gk section and reasoning section their quality of education was poor.
sir iam 24 yr boy i want to work hard but no study material ,please will you suggest some good books for bank po.i cracked SSC stenographer exam C grade three time but got failed two times in stenography and in third attempt they fixed the merit list very high in the final step due to less vacancy for general category.
please guide me sir, if you will i will be thankfull to you, because i dont forget my teachers.


Jasjot Singh April 19, 2015 at 5:29 am

Dear Monu

The books mentioned above will be good enough for you to learn the concepts on your own. If there is something that you do not understand, always feel free to ask me here !!


Vani April 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Hii Sir,

I am giving SBI po exams first time and I don’t know how to prepare for it.
Can you please suggest me how to prepare for it, should I join any coaching classes?


Jasjot Singh April 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm

If you check the latest post on this website, you will know why you shouldn’t.

Preparing for it easy. Just go through the post and ask any queries if you have.


riya lohia July 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

Hiii….firstly i want to ask are these books with solutions coz i am frshly starting my preprations.
Second i am a first year student of hons sol therefore i want to start my preprations as earlier before exams because i want a good practice i will apply for exams in my third year.
Is it ok!!


Jasjot Singh July 26, 2015 at 10:54 am

Yes it is perfectly OK !!


Neeraj Sharma July 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Hello Sir,
I am Neeraj Sharma. I am attempting the ibps bank po 2015 exam for the first time and have bought a book by arihant publications named, Ibps Bank po success master 2015… the book covers eng, reasoning, and quantitative aptitude only.

i want to know will this book be suffice or do i need any extra material other than previous year question papers ( which i do plan to go through after going through the book thoroughly).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



Jasjot Singh August 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Hi Neeraj

You can get a fair idea of your preparation when you attempt the questions asked in previous exams. I am currently going through a book for my CAT preparation, and would love to recommend it. It covers the topics beautifully along with a large number of unsolved questions (with solutions) as well as simple tricks (which I shall be publishing on this website by 20th August).


Jeyaseelan August 27, 2015 at 5:33 am

Sir, i did mechanical eng in tn. Now i decide to preparing for bank exams.. ubps exam in nov.. I only hav 3 months to prepare myself from intial stage. Bcoz i didnt prepare before. Plz tell me a idea!


upendra kumar October 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

can i elegible for bank exam
my graduation only 49% bsc( math)


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