Must Have Books for Every Banking and Insurance Exam Aspirants

Banking and Insurance sector jobs are the most sought out jobs in India now-a-days. Reasons are many but amongst them the major reasons are job security and good income.

Banking and Insurance sector jobs are the most sought out jobs in India now-a-days. Reasons are many but amongst them the major reasons are job security and good income. Both the sectors organise a number of tests to select the candidates. In the Banking sector the jobs are mostly notified by SBI, IBPS, NABARD, SEBI, RBI and SIDBI. In the Insurance sector, the jobs are mostly notified by New India Assurance Company, LIC, NIC, UIIC, Oriental Insurance Company etc. 

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In the Banking sector, for freshers the exams are conducted for the post of clerks and Probationary Officers, while in the Insurance sector the exams are conducted for the posts of Administrative Officers, Apprentice Development Officer and Assistants. All the candidates have to pass through a very tough phase for the preparation of these exams. Some even get misguided by some profit-centered institutes. 

To save students from getting into the wrong hands, we are providing here a list of Banking and Insurance exam preparation books which are best for cracking these exams.

Note: Some books are also very helpful in other general competitive exam such as SSC and so on. And this post is written by keeping in view of Banking and Insurance Aspirants. Your are not required to purchase all of them, so choose as per your need and knowledge. We have classified this from because of lower price and wider delivery options available. You can click on the book link or cover to find more information. 

(A) For Banking Sector:

It is difficult to suggest a single book for all the banking exam needs. For this reason, we are dividing the selection of books on the basis of the subjects and topics. 

1. For Reasoning: 

(a) R.S.Aggarwal's "A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning' is one of the best books for reasoning section preparation. The book provides the full explanation of each topic to clear the essence of those of the students. It has endless practise questions based on the latest exam and previous year exam patterns. 

(b) M.K.Pandey's Analytical Reasoning: This is a much recommended book covering all the reasoning topics like Coded relationships, evaluating interferences, data sufficiency etc. under its ambit. The book divides the reasoning under two heads: Reasoning on the basis of logic and Reasoning on the basis of rules. This segmentation makes the reading of the book very easy and understandable.

 2. For English: 

S.P.Bakshi's book of 'Objective General English' published by Arihant Publication. This book is very easy to read and understand. It is divided in four sections. Each section focuses on increasing the understanding of the students about different branches of English language learning like syntax of the language, verbal ability, grammar, spellings etc.

3. For Quantitative Aptitude: 

R.S. Aggarwal's 'Quantitative Aptitude' for Competitive Exams. This book has adjusted itself according to the changing environments and contains all the quantitative aptitude developing practice sets and information. The USP of this book is that it gives a coupon code to its users with the help of which they can give 10 free online test to test their skills regarding their quantitative aptitude. 

4. For Computer Awareness:

Kiran Publication's 'Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy.' This book increases the computer awareness by following an objective way of learning. It contains more than 2190 questions, which are very relevant and are included in the previous year exams. There are model solved papers also in this book. It contains more than 35 model practice sets. 

5. For Banking Awareness:

BK's Banking Awareness book written by S.K.Rout and S.R.Behera is one of the best books for increasing your knowledge about banking sector. The book is divided in total 30 chapters. These chapters contain thorough and easily understandable information about the banking and finance sector. Basic knowledge about NABARD, NBFCs, RRBs etc. is also included in this book which is very helpful for the banking aspirants. 

6. For General Awareness:

Disha Publication's General Knowledge for Competitive Exams is the best one. It makes use of all the available tools for quick understanding of the topics like Infographics, Charts, Mindmaps etc. It has the latest information under different headings like Geography, Communication, Education and Career, General Science, Art and Culture etc. You can trust this book for all of your General awareness needs. 

(B) For Insurance Sector:

1. R Gupta's Popular Master Guide for General Insurance Companies Administrative Officer recruitment exam is one of the best books. It covers all the topics ranging from quantitative aptitude, computer basics, English language to insurance knowledge and general awareness. It also contains the solved question papers of the previous exams. 

2. Kiran Publication's NICL Insurance Book is again one good book for the preparation of any Insurance Assistant exam preparation. The book specially emphasizes and is structured to help students crack the NICL AO and Assistant exams. This book also covers the major topics like General Awareness, Computer knowledge, Numerical ability etc. 

3. GKP's United India Insurance Company Ltd. Assistants Recruitment Exam book is again a good option for the students preparing for Insurance sector exams. It includes not only all the essential topics, but also some good practice papers which helps build the confidence of the students. 

4. If you are preparing to appear for multiple exams conducted by companies like LIC, NICL, UIICL, NIACL, OICL etc., Kiran's Insurance Exams Book for AAO, AO and ADO is best for you. It contains not only the general topics asked in the exams but also the solved papers of previous AO, AAP and ADO exams. 

5. Arihant Publication's Assistant Recruitment Exam Guide for the New India Assurance Company Limited also tops the chart for its very well divided five sections in the book, namely Test of English Knowledge, Test of Quantitative Aptitude, Test of Computer Knowledge, Test of General Awareness and Test of Reasoning. All the sections contain questions based on the types of questions asked in the previous years. The practice exercises are also given at the end of each section to help build the confidence of the students.

Alternatively, you can prepare for these exams online by reading the insurance capsules provided across a number of platforms like bankers Adda, online tayari etc. IC33 (Life Insurance) and IC34 (General Insurance) books published by Insurance Institute of India are also quite helpful which can be purchased or downloaded very easily.