[IBPS Books] Best Books for Banking Exams IBPS PO/SO/Clerk, IBPS RRB, RBI Assistants, SBI PO/Clerk, LIC AAO/ADO, National Insurance Exams etc

This is Common Post about the Books and Study material required for Banking Exams like IBPS PO/SO/Clerk,  IBPS RRB, RBI Assistants, SBI PO/SO/Clerk, LIC AAO/ADO, National Insurance Exams etc.

Although format or Scheme of these Exams keep changing but the Main syllabus remains almost Same for all the Exams i.e. Four Sections in all these exams remains same although the level of difficulty may vary in different exams. These four basic Sections are English Grammar & Composition, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude (Maths), General Awareness. Apart from these Computer Knowledge is also asked, Some exams ask Marketing related questions and Some ask specific banking related questions etc. In some exam Descriptive Exam is also conducted.

Scheme of Examination


These are 4 Basic Sections in Every Exam. Compulsory Sections.

  Negative Marking
 English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)

 Quantitative Aptitude (Maths)


 General Awareness


Note : Number of questions may vary in different exams Like IBPS PO asks 50 questions of Reasoning and Maths, while 40 Questions of English and General Awareness and remaining 20 related to Computers Knowledge. In SBI PO All sections English, Maths, Reasoning consists of 50 questions each and General Awareness+ Marketing+Computer consists remaining 50 questions. Number of questions may vary in different exams but books and way of preparation remains the same.

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Some Exams ask More Computer Questions, some ask less, Some ask Banking Questions, Some ask marketing Questions.

 Computer Knowledge
 Banking & Financial Awareness
 Marketing Knowledge

In these above sections Number of question Vary, in Some exam they ask 40 question of Computer and in some just 20 questions, Similarly Banking questions are asked in Some exams and in SBI PO/CLK they ask marketing questions. So the total number of questions vary in different exams but the thing is that these sections are very scoring so you can't ignore them.

Phase-II : Interview

Those who qualifies the Phase 1 will be called for the Interview according to the Number of Posts or vacancies by various banks.


IBPS PO/Clerk/RRB Pattern from 2017-2018 : 

Exam Structure of Preliminary &  Mains examination.

(I) Structure of  Preliminary Examination :

S.N.Name of TestsNo of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.English Language3030
Composite time
of 1 hour
2.Quantitative Aptitude3535
3.Reasoning Ability3535

The marks obtained in the Preliminary examination will not be considered for preparing the final merit list and the marks obtained in the Main Examination will only be considered for short listing for interview. 

(II) Structure of Main Examination :

Name of Tests
No of Questions
Time allotted for each
test (Separately timed)
 40 Minutes
English Language
30 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
40 Minutes
General Awareness (with special Reference to Banking Sector)
20 Minutes
Computer Literacy
10 Minutes
140 Minutes

Also Read
Books Recommended for All these Banking Exams

Books for Banking Exams IBPS PO/SO/Clerk, IBPS RRB, RBI Assistants, SBI PO/Clerk, LIC AAO/ADO, National Insurance Exams etc

English Language & Comprehension

This Section consist of  
Vocabulary (synonym, antonym), Sentence correction, Fill in the blank, Sentence arrangement / sentence completion etc.

English Section is a very important section but it is not very difficult section, you can go through any Good English Grammar and composition book.

If you are looking for a multipurpose Book For English Grammar and Composition then I will Suggest to choose any one of the mentioned below, these books are also useful for CSAT, SSC, SBI, IBPS PO/CLK and many other Exams.

1. Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant) / Here 
Just Go for it. Beautifully Written and lot of practice questions are included. This is best Book I have gone through.

2. Lucent General English / Here 

Amazing book for SSC CGL English, A must have book. Beautifully Written and lot of practice questions are included.

3.Objective English for Competitive Exams by Tata McGraw Hill / Here
This is another Good book for all the Exams. 

4. Objective General English by R. S. Aggarwal / Here

This is another great book by RS Aggarwal.

This Book covers Verbal ability and Comprehension Part very well. In depth and detail.

6. Compulsory English for Civil & Judicial Services ( Mains) by Tata McGraw Hill / Here
I found this book quite useful for various exams.

Some Other Best Book of English

1. A Mirror Of Common Errors (English+Hindi) 
by Ashok Kumar Singh / Here (Excellent book)
2. A Handbook of Spotting Errors by Hari Prasad / Here

For Vocabulary Building & English Complete Command

Best Books till Date, If you strictly follow these books and try to improve your English I can bet you will improve very quickly within a couple of months and in 6 months your English will be at a different level.

1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis / Here

2. How To Read Better & Faster by Norman Lewis / Here

3. Speak Better Write Better English by Norman Lewis / Here

4. Better English by Norman Lewis / Here

5. The Comprehensive Word Guide by Norman Lewis / Here

6. 30 days to More Powerful Vocabulary by Norman Lewis / Here

More Books By Norman Lewis Click Here / Here

General Awareness, 
Computer  & Marketing

This section consist of 3 sub sections:

1. General Awareness
2. Computer Knowledge
3. Marketing Aptitude
4. Economy

1. General Awareness Books
For this section you have to Read current affairs from Newspapers, magazines or Online. For this section there are not specific books so you have to keep yourself update by newspapers and magazines only. Although there are many books in the market buy don't buy them because they will be not useful for this section so better to read Current affairs from Newspaper and magazines.

2. Computer Awareness Books

For this section you need A book with Computer awareness basics for banking exams Which covers following Topics :

Computer History & Generations
Computer Hardware
Computer Softwares
Networking & Internet
Databases Management
Operating Systems
Microsoft Office Knowledge

Here are the few best books for this section, these covers whole syllabus. This section consists 40-20 questions. These Books have basics as well as lots of questions for practice. So choose any one of these for this section.

1. Computer Literacy And Knowledge for Bank PO and Bank Clerk Exam by Kiran Publications / Here
This is best book for this section without any doubt. Covers theory part and lots of Questions.

This is also Very Good book covers all the topics.

3. More Computer awareness books Here  or  Here

3. Marketing Knowledge (Now not asked in IBPS Exams)
For this section you again need to go through some Good basic books. Here are some very Good books which covers theory as well as Lots of questions for Practice.

1. Marketing Aptitude / Knowledge For SBI PO & SBI Clerk Exams by Kiran Publications / Here

This is a very good Book and best of all the books for this section, with lots of questions and previous papers.

2. Marketing Aptitude by Arihant Publication / Here

This is A good book with very good concepts and lots of questions.

3. Marketing Aptitude Test for Competitive Exams by BSC Publications  / Here

Another Good by BSC publications, Strong Basics and good questions for practice.

 4. Objective Marketing Aptitude / Knowledge - 2250+ Objective Questions by Kiran Publications / Here

Another Good Collection of Questions by Kiran Publications.

More Marketing Aptitude books : Here or Here

4. Economy, Banking & Financial Awareness

In this section they ask most of the current affair questions realeted to Economy, Commerce, Market and various Institutions.etc RBI, SEBI, IRDA etc.

So You have to cover:

1. Current updates about Economy that you do from Newspapers or Internet regularly.
2. For Basic and static understanding of Economy you can read these 2 wonderful books:

(i) Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh
Although this book is for Civil Services Exam but the quality of this book is so good that it is useful for almost every exam where questions related to Economy and banking are asked. So this is a multipurpose and a must have book. So choose this one + one more from the given below So this combo will work great.

(ii) The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma 

It's an Amazing book. Brief and to the point type.

For Typical Banking & Financial Awareness you can read these books :

Now Comes Very Specific Books for this Section

1. Money, Bankingand Finance by BSC Publishers / Here

This is a very very Good book covers every thing about Indian Banking System. A must Have Book.

2. Principles and PracticesOf Banking by Indian Institute Of Banking & Finance(IIBF) / Here

Another classic book by IIBF, this is a book with a great depth. Very useful one.

Now very Specific Questions Books about this section :

3. Banking And Financial Awareness (Covering General Banking & Socio-Economic Awareness) IBPS Bank PO/SO/MT,IBPS Clerk, RRBs Office Assistant & Officer Rbi,SBI PO & Clerk by Kiran Publication / Here

Very Good book with lots of questions.

4. BankingAwareness by Arihant Publications / Here
Good book Clear and Concise with lots of questions.


Another Very Good Book by BSC Publication. 

Data Interpretation & Analysis

This section consists of 50 questions of Data Interpretation & Analysis. For solving Data Interpretation & Analysis  one need to understand and analyse the problem then to answer the questions. Fast calculations, percentage, ratio, proportion, loss & profit etc are the basic concepts are needed to solve this section. This section need more and more Practice.

This book is a Amazing book with Very good basics and shortcuts and lot of Questions for practice. It covers almost whole syllabus, Book is very Useful for SSC, IBPS, and all other exams. Trigonometry, Mensuration, Geometry and many other topics are give very good quality and depth. 

Go for this book its not very costly, covers almost everything, written nicely and the book you were looking for.

2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant / Here

This book is also very good book Covers whole syllabus and shortcuts are given. Book is written very beautifully and have very good basics. I will say this is one of the best book.

Data interpretation is also included.

3. Quantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability by Kiran Publication / Here

This book is another brilliant book for Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical ability with all formulas, shortcuts and lot of fully solved questions. Data interpretation is also included. This is one of the best book for SSC CGL for Quantitative Aptitude.

Some Other Good Books

1. QuantitativeAptitude by R. S. Aggarwal / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

2. Magical Book On Quicker Maths by M.Tyra / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

3. Quantitative Aptitude by Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw Hill) / Here

Data Interpretation

(Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc)

For This section and great practice follow one of these books

1. Data Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Arihant / Here 
(best without any Doubt, also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc)

Hindi Edition / Here

2. Data Analysis Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Kiran Publication /  Here  (Best book)

Hindi Edition / Here

3. An Advanced Approach to Data Interpretation by R.S. Aggarwal / Here (Good Book)

4. Data Interpretation by BSC Publishers / Here ( Really Good Book)

High Level Reasoning

This section consists of Coding-Decoding, Direction based tests, Dictionary (Alphabet) test, Maths operations, inequalities, Sitting arrangement, Eligibility Test, Odd pair, Data Sufficiency, Input output, assumption-inference-conclusion, Course of Action, Cause effect, Strong/weak argument, Syllogism, and non-verbal (image based).

A lot of practice is needed to fetch good marks in this section, here are some of the required books for this section:

Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, General Mental Ability, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning etc

R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning
 + Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is the Best Combination, because R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning Covers Some part very Good + Lots of Questions for practice But it lacks in Analytical Reasoning part so for this Part Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is very very useful. These are also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc

1. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoing by R. S. Aggarwal  / Here

This is the best book in Reasoning with lots of Questions and solid basics.
Covers Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning
Covers Analytical and Logical Reasoning.
If you Want to choose only Verbal Reasoning Part by R. S. Aggarwal then Choose this One :

This Book is Best Book Available for Analytical Part with lots of questions for Practice. Best Part of this Book is the Great Conceptual Approach and problem solving methods. Syllogism, Statement, assumptions, Input output, Puzzles ect are the some topics which are explained Very Well. This Book is Very much needed for every Exam where Reasoning is asked whether its UPSC CSE exam or bank Exams or SSC Exams. This is one time investment and provides Great material. 

3. New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by Arihant  / Here

This book is also very Good covers almost all the topics of Reasoning, nicely written and have lots of questions for practice.

4. Competitive Reasoning Verbal and Non Verbal Fully Solved: Question Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability by Kiran Publication / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

Believe me this book is better than RS Aggarwal Reasoning book, reason is this book is up to date and have very good basics and includes last few years previous questions and standard of difficulty is very good. Book is written in a very lucid manner and very easy to understand the concepts and practice. Fully solved and lots of question for practice.


These days in Reasoning they ask maximum questions form Puzzle part so some of the books here to tackle this section :

Magical Book On Puzzles Paperback  by K Kundan (Very Helpful)

Practice Papersets

Practice Papersets are very important for Improving speed, Accuracy and analyzing the performance So in this Part I will mention some Practice sets that will be very helpful in your Preparation. Here are some :

For SBI/ SBI Associate PO

1. Solved Papers Bank PO Exam (English) 6th Edition by Arihant Publication

2. SBI PO Exam - 20 Practice Sets by Arihant Publication

3. Associate Banks of SBI PO Examination : 15 Practice Sets with Solved Paper by Arihant Publication

4. SBI PO Online Exam State Bank Of India And State Bank Associates - Self Study Guide - Cum - Practice Work Book (With CD) by Kiran Publication

5. Target SBI Associates & SBI Bank PO Practice Workbook with CD : 3 Past Papers 15 Practice Sets (English) 3rd Edition by Disha Publication

for More 
Search Here

Buy Solved Papers Bank PO Exam 6th  Edition: BookBuy SBI PO Exam - 20 Practice Sets 4th Edition: Book

For SBI/SBI Associate Clerk

Or these specific ones :

1. State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2014 / State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam - 10 Solved Papers /State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2014 - 20 Practice Sets (Set of 3 books) by Arihant Publication

2. SBI & Associates Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2015 : 20 Practice Sets with Solved Paper 2014 by Arihant Publication

3. 20 Practice Set For SBI Clerk Exam by Arihant Publication

4. SBI Assistants Clerk Online Exam - Superfast Practice Sets (With Solution Book) by Kiran Publication

5. SBI Bank Clerk - 101 Speed Tests by Disha Publication

for More 
Search Here


IBPS PO : Chose any one of these

My Preference : Kiran > Arihant > BSC > Disha

1. 20 Practice Sets IBPS CWE PO/MT Online Exam by Arihant Publication

2. 30 Practice Sets For Bank PO / MT IBPS (CWE) Pattern by BSC Publications

3. IBPS Bank PO/MT Probationary Officer / Management Trainee CWE III Practice Work Book (50 Sets)(With CD )  by 
Kiran Publications

4. Target IBPS CWE Bank PO / MT Exam Practice Workbook (With CD) : 15 Practice Sets - 3 Past Papers by Disha Publications

for More Search Here

IBPS Clerk : Chose any one of these

Practice set for IPBS Clerk by Arihant Publication

  Or these specific ones :

1. 50 Practice Sets IBPS Bank Clerk Recruitment Exam by Arihant Publication

2. 20 Practice Sets for Online IBPS Bank Clerk CWE by Arihant Publication

3. IBPS Bank Clerk CWE ONLINE Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Publication

4. 20 Practice Sets For IBPS (CWE) Bank Clerk Exam Fully Solved by BCS Publication

for More Search Here

IBPS Regional Rural Banks (RRB)


Or these specific ones :
1. IBPS CWE  Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Office Assistant Recruitment Examination : 15 Practice Sets by Arihant Publication

2. IBPS RRBs - Gramin Bank Office Assistant (Multipurpose) CWE Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Publication

for More Search Here

Books for IBPS Specialist Officers (SO)


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