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What's Included

  • 2018 edition, featuring the most up-to-date practice materials
  • Five full-length PLI style practice tests – 250 questions with answers explained
  • All question types that appear on the actual exam
  • Additional practice drills for each section, 36 in total
  • Over 1000 questions in total
  • Study guides
  • Score reports
  • Detailed explanations teaching the simplest and quickest methods


JobTestPrep has devised several practice tests that feature similar questions as the actual DBS PLI exam. Like the DBS PLI test, our tutorials aim to evaluate your verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning skills. Our PI LI PrepPack™ enables you to track your progress in each of these categories to help you gain a mastery of the materials before your examination.

The DBS Hiring Process

The DBS pre-employment assessment consists of two sessions for those who apply for positions as bankers, graduate associates, lead developers, software engineers, and Seed programmers, among others. After a brief telephone conversation with the DBS’s recruiters, you will be invited to the first round, the DBS PLI Assessment Test.

DBS PLI Assessment Test

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator) is also known as Professional Learning Indicator (PLI). This test was designed to evaluate applicants’ general cognitive capability, which involves processing and implementing complex information, adapting, reasoning, analyzing, planning, and problem-solving. Question types on the DBS PLI test are, therefore, divided into three broad categories. Each of these categories is composed of three subcategories. The PLI thus assesses job applicants’ nine cognitive abilities, as shown in the table below:



1. Analogies 2. Antonyms

3. Verbal Analysis


4. Number Series 5. Math Problems 6. Number Values


7. Visual Analogies 8. Visual Series 9. Common Features

Abstract Reasoning

The format of the PLI test is simple. Aiming to evaluate candidates’ specific areas of reasoning rather than their acquired knowledge, the test contains only common words and expressions that are neither ambiguous nor confusing. It consists of 50 questions, equally distributed among the nine categories, and takes only 12 minutes to complete. Questions are of varying difficulty.

Yet the real challenge you face on the PLI test is not the difficulty of the questions but the short time-limit allowed for answering them. You have only 14.4 seconds to think over each question. What is, then, essential for you to do to excel on the PLI test and shoot ahead of other candidates for a position at the DBS is to have a few dry runs with JobTestPrep practice material before you take your pre-employment assessment. Practicing beforehand will increase your confidence and score during the real examination.

DBS Interview Questions

If you score high enough on your PLI test to be invited for the second round, you will have an interview with the DBS representatives. Most of the questions posed at the DBS interview are personal and competency-based. If you are applying for such positions as a banker or software engineer, however, interviewers might ask you professional or technical questions, including advanced Java and SQL queries. You might also be required to express your opinion about a possible management of NPAs, sort an algorithm linked list, or design an application that will interact with different systems. 

Some examples of the DBS interview questions are as follows:

  • Why are you interested in working at the Development Bank of Singapore?
  • What do you want to get out of your working experience at the DBS?
  • What are your five-years goals?
  • What are NPAs, overdraft, or cash credit?
  • What is the difference between the ArrayList and LinkedList?
  • When will you use Hibernate ORM, iBatis, and TopLink JPA?
  • When is an object considered immutable and what codes do you create with immutable objects?

To produce a lasting impression on your interviewers and land the job, get ready to answer technical questions correctly. You should also make sure to familiarize yourself with the DBS and its mission.

About the Development Bank of Singapore Limited

The DBS is a multinational banking and financial services corporation, with more than 22,000 employees working in 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered in Marina Bay in Singapore, the DBS has branches also in the regions of Greater China, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. More than 11,000 of its employees work outside Singapore.

With more branches opened in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Indonesia, the DBS constantly hires new employees to join its different teams, from the Capital Markets Group to Institutional Banking Group, to Group Technology & Operations. In need of more data scientists, analysts, UX designers, app developers, and digital marketers, the DBS also recruits people from technology and social-media companies.

Nearly 450 vacancies are annually created in the DBS, offering you a brilliant opportunity to become a part of this growing corporation. The bank’s net income is SGD 4.360 billion and its employees’ annual salaries range from USD $56,503 to USD $161,303, depending on their position.

Why Practice with JobTestPrep PLI Test?

Practicing with our PI LI PrepPack™ offers you several advantages:

  • Learn about the test’s content and format in advance
  • Gain access to the most up-to-date practice materials on the market
  • Easily identify your weaknesses and double your efforts to eliminate them
  • Feel more confident and composed during the actual test

Become a part of the DBS and start your exciting journey toward a more sophisticated and enjoyable career by preparing for the DBS PLI test with our all-inclusive PrepPack™, available immediately after purchase.

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