[IBPS] Interview Preparation (Part 4 of 5) Graduation related Questions: IT, B.E., B.Tech, Biotech, B.Com, BBA, Arts, sample questions from previous interviews

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  1. Prologue
  2. Graduation related
  3. Standard operating procedure
  4. Generic (for all)
  5. IT / Computer background
  6. BE/B.Tech related
  7. Biotech
  8. B.Pharm
  9. B.Com / Finance
  10. BBA/MBA/ HR/Marketing related
  11. Arts / Literature 


Total five articles on how to prepare for IBPS Bank Interviews

  1. Stop Feeling Guilty and Tell me about yourself, Stupid cutoffs and Insecurities about Profile
  2. Why BankPO? Preparing the Sales Pitch: Career growth, job satisfaction, negative factors, work-profile, Promotion, hierarchy, Sample Answers
  3. Interview Questions related to Banking, Economy, Current Affairs, HR and GK related questions
  4. Interview questions related to Graduation IT, B.E., B.Tech, Biotech, B.Com, BBA, Arts, sample questions from previous interviews (You’re here.)
  5. Stress Interviews, When things don’t go as planned for BE, B.Tech, Engineers and IT graduates

Graduation related

Bank Interviews are conducted by senior officials in their 50s. They’ve some go to link misconceptions and stereotypes in their mind. For example:

  1. Every engineer is supposed to know about induction coils, AC DC motors, equations of line (irrespective of whether he is civil / mechanical /ECE/ IT engineer.)
  2. Every IT person is supposed to know about C/C++ (Even if he has mastered in some other area Java, PHP, SQL.)
  3. Every B.Pharm is supposed to know blockbuster drugs for heart, diabetes, cancer, BP, Ulcer; and Business GK related to pharma companies. (Even if he is not running a medical store.)
  4. Every Arts graduate is supposed to know a few things about English literature, Shakespeare, Charles dickens, Old man and sea. (Irrespective of whether he is BA with economics or history or political science!)

So, it is better if you prepare a few lines on those topics, rather than enter into argument with the panel that “it was not part of our syllabus.” and run into the danger of stress interview.

Standard operating procedure

  1. Take out your marksheets of all semesters/years. You must prepare atleast 2-3 minutes worth speech content for each subject listed in there. No need for Ph.D, he’ll interrupt you within 2-3 minute with some question.
  2. They usually confine the grad. Questions to theory portion. So again, don’t waste lot of time finding current affairs related to your field. Except some really big issues like IT: Prism project, NSA etc., Biotech: GM crops.
  3. @IT/Computer/Engineers/Pharma: Instead of going through thick college textbooks, go through GATE guidebooks, mugup the important terms/definition overview from relevant chapters. (Not all chapters.)
  4. @Those from minority fields such as architect, aviation engg., physiotherapy etc. As such you willnot get a big list of graduation specific question for “PO” interviews. But if you dig pagalguy.com forums’ previous IIM GDPI threads, you’ll find good number of questions.

Generic (for all)

These apply to all, irrespective of your background:

  1. Who was the founder of your college / university?
  2. Name a few famous personalities associated with your college/univ.?
  3. What is/are special things about the city where you college was located?
  4. What do you think about ragging?  What should be done to prevent it?
  5. What is the use of your degree in Banking sector?
  6. What was your favorite subject?
  7. Why gap between UG/PG?
  8. Why gap after graduation?
  9. Why gap between graduation and first job?

Now let’s check some graduation specific questions asked in previous interviews.

IT / Computer background

  1. Why MT? why not Specialist IT officer?
  2. You are from an IT background and doing exceptionally well there. Then why do you want to be a PO?
  3. How does information systems help businesses? (need to give real examples)
  4. Can you name any special software that is used in Banking Sector? (hint: Finacle by Infosys.)
  5. IT principle behind Credit Card, Debit Card, ATM Machine, Electronic Fund transfer, Phone Banking, CBS.
  6. Suppose there is severe data loss in bank server, how will you fix it?
  7. How can social networking sites be used for promoting banking business?
  8. How much volts of power supply is there in a computer?
  9. Banking correspondence agents (BCA) use special type of computer- is it online or is it offline?
  10. Why not a career in IT?
  11. What is computer,expert systems and their applications ,electromagnetic waves,radio waves,microwaves,alpha ,beta,gamma waves?
  12. What is Cloud Computing? What is Hardware? what is GUI?
  13. Most preferred computer language in business parlance.
  14. Name 4 operating systems, name three 4th gen computer languages.
  15. Different types of ports in a computer?
  16. Optical fiber, 2G, 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth etc. and their principles. What is broadband and narrowband and difference between them?
  17. What is video conferencing? why is skype?

BE/B.Tech related

  1. When and how did you get the feeling that you are not interested in engineering line?
  2. What was your final year project in BE and what role did you play in the team?
  3. Now a days in banking interview the ratio of engineer vs simple graduate is 60:40, can you tell me why?
  4. M.E./M.Tech is considered evergreen line. Why don’t you pursue it?
  5. If you join banking sector, don’t you think your 4 yrs of engineering knowledge will go to waste?
  6. What is the difference between AC and DC current? Which current in transformer?
  7. You had Professional Communication as a subject in your B-tech? What all u studied in that? how was it helpful?
  8. Isotopes and Isomers
  9. Explain archenemies principle.
  10. Why does the temperature increase after snowfall?
  11. Engine related: RPM and CC.



  1. How will biotech help a bank?
  2. Biotech is a sunrise industry, why do you want to join bank?
  3. What is the issue regarding hybrid seeds?
  4. What are Stem cell technology and Cloning? Are they same thing?
  5. What biodiversity?
  6. Explain cell theory, DNA model?
  7. What is the role of biotech in vaccines?
  1. Name of blockbuster drugs for diabetes in India? (same question for all remaining major ailments)
  2. Mechanism behind diabetes, heart attack, cancer etc. major diseases.
  3. Name a few machines used in a drug factory.
  4. Business GK related to big Pharma companies and their CEOs.
  5. What do you know about medical tourism? Why is India considered an attractive option?
  6. (if time permits) From current affairs: drug pricing policy, Novartis patent issue.

B.Com / Finance

  1. What is balance sheet? What is financial report? What is double entry book keeping? are they same things?
  2. Define Accountancy. What are its benefits?
  3. What is the difference between Credit and investments?
  4. What are the assets and liabilities of a bank?
  5. What are the risks of a bank?
  6. What is manufacturing accounts?
  7. Debt equity ratio analysis.Net profit to turnover ratio. Diversified portfolio

BBA/MBA/ HR/Marketing related

  1. You can easily get job in foreign banks and private banks in India. Why do you want to settle in the low paying public sector banks?
  2. Difference between marketing and selling?
  3. Motivation theory: What is self-actualization needs
  4. What is communication, its barriers. Difference between communication nad effective communication? What are communication gaps?
  5. Who is more important speaker or listener?
  6. What is marketing? What do you know about consumer behavior?
  7. What is brand equity?

Arts / Literature

  1. What have you read in literature? Name of your favorite author/poet and his famous works and why do you like them?
  2. What is a Sonnet? What are its types?
  3. What else did Shakespeare write besides Sonnets? Have you read any comedies by Shakespeare, did you like them?
  4. Have you read any novel by **xyz famous author**?
  5. This year, who won the booker prize, noble literature prize? their famous books.

in the next article, we’ll see about the stress interviews in IBPS BankPO recruitment.

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80 Comments on “[IBPS] Interview Preparation (Part 4 of 5) Graduation related Questions: IT, B.E., B.Tech, Biotech, B.Com, BBA, Arts, sample questions from previous interviews”

  1. Awwwesssuuummmm. This post is going to give a major mental boost to us mrunal bhai. thanks a lot.

  2. Sir i did graduation through correspondence in BBA. please tell me what would they ask and my chances with that.

  3. Thnku so much sir.bt pls post some electronics branch related qstn.as my intrw is on 2nd jan

  4. it would have been better if you had given the basic idea what to answer if these questions were asked.

    I know I am behaving as a selfish :)

  5. Sir,I’m from b.sc background. Having chemistry, botany & zoology… Plz tel me some important questions, which are frequently asked in interview???
    Thnq sir


  7. good post but you don’t have any probable questions for economics graduates

  8. How will biotech help bank? ( it wont i think )so should igive an answer based on my personal qualities ?

  9. Please do post interview experience of IBPS
    as it starts 2 jan onwards…
    Infact, Mrunal please open a live seperate thread for those willing to share their experience of interview

  10. sir am graduate in chemistry pls tell me wat are the asked in ibps clerk interview questions related to my field….

  11. Sir,I’m feeling great……i have no words to thank u…
    It’s our goodluck dt we have such a great person as our motivator & guide…
    Keep showing us the way….We are always thankful to you for all you do for we students…

  12. sir i have qualified ibps po 3 with 74 marks.but my date of passing in provisional certificate is 20 july 2013.
    will i be allowed to give the interview.

  13. how mechanical engg. will help in bank?
    Plz Sir, tell me….. plzz

  14. Sir u are helping us a lot. No one has done so much help. You are ‘tutor at home’ for every student.

  15. Sir, iam B.Sc(Chemistry) and M.Sc(Organic chemistry)background. So please suggest me what type of questions may be asked for me in my field in IBPS clerk interview

  16. Shikha Sharma
    Interview experience
    donno what was going there
    place : jaipur
    panel : 4
    time: 1 p.m

    Document verification damn strict

    I enter in interview room
    4 male members

    m1: u have done enginerring in b.tech I.T in 2011 .. till now what u have done
    me: sap abap course
    m1 and m2: what
    me: it is an erp software sir
    m2 : ya ya
    m1: any banking backgorund
    me: no
    m1: thn how u prepared
    me: websites and (m1interrupted)
    m1: what u read in banking
    me: overview
    m1: what
    me: basic terms like crr, slr, car, m2 (interrupted)
    m2: y u left job
    me: no growth was working as simply education purpose (again interrupted)
    m2: kaha se padte ho banking updates newspaper
    me: my city no english newspapers so online jo banking (again interrupted)
    m2: 2 months ago america me shutdown hua pata h
    me: (nervous) dhyn hi nhi aya no sir.. sorry
    m2: yeh tho badi news h
    me: quite
    m3: pan card me kitne digits hote h
    me: 10
    m1: vo jo kyun chodi
    me: ek hi type ka kam karna tha bank me multiple fields h jaha me (fumbled) technology k sath dusre fields me work kar sakti hu
    consultnacy.. financial service, forex reserve ((again interrupted)
    m1: bank me consultnacy nhi hoti
    me: sir in detail i donno …(again interrupted)
    m2: kitne banks h
    me : sir total 27
    19 nationalized
    m1, m2 : ghurne lage
    me: sir me knws 19 but sumwhr i read idbi an bmb is also nationalized i have confusion as till 23 sep 2011 in rbi notification idbi was not nationalized
    m1: h q nhi govt. ka stock 50% se jyada h ya nhi…
    me: yes, sir
    m2: idbi me shares hote h pata h
    me:yes sir (actually donno)
    m3: pan card me digits
    m3: fdi
    me: (explained) (again interrupted)
    m1: yahi cheej hum kya bolege
    me: sry sir
    m1: yahi bolege ki india me yeh hota h
    m2: shares q nhi le lete h
    me: sir use fii khte h
    m2: yes
    m3: kitne sectors me fdii 100% h
    me: pharma and oder 3 sectors
    m3: sabse kam
    me: defence and aviation (again interrupted)
    m1:agriculture me tho hota hi nhi
    me: quiet
    m3: company ka accoutn kaise khologe and kuch pucha jo samaj hi nhi aya
    me: sry sir donno
    m4: enviromental engineering kya hoti h
    me: (me shocked) sir jo enviroment ko better banane me kaam aati h (again interrupted)
    m4:kya kya hota h
    me: pollution contorl (again interrupted)
    m4: e.g
    me: recycling and all (again interrupted)
    m4: banks me kya pollution hota h
    me: staff coordination problem (again interrupted)
    m4: kaise solve karoge
    me: cordiantion banae ki try karugi as well as common problem solve karugi (again interrupted)
    m4: oeace leke aaogi easy h banks me b tho pollution h
    me: yes sir
    all of them ohkk thank you u can go
    me: thank you sir

    and came out

    donno wat vill happen

    very nrvous only 71 marks in po

    1. they aslo asked me dat frm my name is thr any bank head
      i said yes shikha sharma axis bank ceo
      and bep
      is said break even point.. where loss and profit is equal.. thy asked explain it how… i said sry

      1. your attempted nicely and u will definitely score good marks in interview….don’t worry only thing is your total should match merit-list….good chances of selection…

  17. sir plz explain me…..what is the use of bba degree in banking sector

  18. gr8 work n very detailed analysis, thank u sir.


  20. sir..i got interview on 10 feb 2014..ibps clerical i dont have online applied application.plz wil u share the link to download online application

  21. How to get answers for above all questions ..can you please give any idea..

  22. sir..i got interview on 13 feb 2014..ibps clerical i dont have online applied application.plz wil u share the link to download online application

  23. Hello Sir, I want to ask u, if u r selected as clerk through IBPS, Is there any chance to work in foreign branches of that bank? For example, Suppose u are selected in Bank of Baroda, can u work in Bank of Baroda branches in USA or UK or other countries?

  24. I have passed Graduation form History Hons. what type of Question ask In IBPS RRB. plz send me previous papers and model test papers as early as possible.

  25. I have passed Graduation form History Hons. what type of Question ask In IBPS RRB. plz send me previous papers and model test papers as early as possible with your end.


  26. can any body answer me which book is best for me for preparing ibps exam and for sbi po exam plz email me the answer
    [email protected]

  27. sir i have passed graduation in bsc (math honours ) how type question could ask?

    1. i am also a maths graduate. would u please me what questions were asked to u?

  28. sir i have passed graduation in bsc (math honours ) how type question could ask in interviw from graduation subject

  29. any benefit of having professional qualification like cs ( company secretary or icwa inter)

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