IBPS SO Preparation – Post-Wise 30 Day Study Plans for Prelims & Mains

To make the IBPS SO preparation effective, candidates must be focused and well aware of what they need to study and the right order of using the study materials. Since the IBPS SO exam comprises 3 stages – online preliminary examination, mains examination and personal interview, the level of competition is quite high as compared to other banking exams. 

To attain success in all of these 3 stages, one requires preplanning, smart strategy and perseverance. 

Every year, lakhs of candidates apply for the IBPS SO recruitment examination. While most of the time candidates succeed in clearing the Prelims exam, they fail to reach the interview stage. So, keeping this cut-throat competition and various other situations in mind, Team Buddy4Study has created IBPS SO  preparation strategy for candidates with effective last-minute tips to forgo exam jitters and ace the IBPS SO exam. 

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IBPS SO – Exam Pattern

Before moving onto the last-minute IBPS SO preparation tips and strategies, you need to have a clear idea about the exam pattern. With the help of the exam pattern, you can create an effective study and revision table and achieve a good score. . 

IBPS SO Preparation – Number of Questions for IT/Agriculture Field/HR/Personnel and Marketing Officer (Prelims)

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning505040 min
English Language502540 min
Quantitative Aptitude505040 min
Total150125120 min

IBPS SO Preparation – Number of Questions for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Prelims)

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning505040 min
English Language502540 min
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 min
Total150125120 min

IBPS SO Preparation – Number of Questions for the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Test NameNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge(Objective)4560English & Hindi30 min
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 min

Note: +1 mark is for objective type questions. The descriptive questions will carry 15 marks. 

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IBPS SO Preparation – Number of Questions for the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Test NameNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 min

IBPS SO Key Highlights

ParticularsDetails
Exam nameInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Specialist Officer (SO) (CRP SPL-XI 2021-22)
Exam Conducting BodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Official Websitehttp://www.ibps.in/ 
Duration of ExamPrelims – 2 hours (120 minutes)

Mains – 

IT Officer Scale 1, Marketing Officer (Scale 1), Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer – 45 minutes

Rajsabha Adhikari Scale 1 Officer and Law Officer – 60 minutes

Examination ModeCBT/ Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of ExamEnglish or Hindi
Type of QuestionsObjective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions150 questions (Prelims)

47 questions (Mains – Rajbhasha Adhikari)

60 questions (Mains – Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer)

Total MarksPrelims – 125 marks

Mains – 60 marks

Marking Scheme+1 for every correct answer (objective)

– 0.25 for every incorrect answer

PostsIT Officer Scale 1, Marketing Officer (Scale 1), Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Rajsabha Adhikari Scale 1 Officer and Law Officer
Age Limit for CandidatesBetween 20 to 30 years

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IBPS SO 2021 Preparation – Strategies and Tips

As there is plenty of left before the upcoming IBPS SO examination, Team Buddy4Study advises you to start reading all the topics highlighted in the IBPS SO syllabus. However, during the final month, the only aspect that you require to concentrate on should be revision. 

#1 – Start Revising with a Plan

The first tip for the IBPS SO preparation before the exam is to retain your composure and move ahead with a plan. As most of the promising candidates would have completed at least 90% – 95% of their syllabus by now, execution of effective IBPS SO preparation does require a plan. 

You need to create the plan after analysing your strengths and weaknesses and separating the topics based on it. While creating a timetable, you should also keep slots open for revision and mock tests. following this step will act as a good helping hand in your IBPS SO preparation.

Take help from the IBPS SO syllabus 2021 and allocate time and energy to each one of the topics based on their difficulty level. Even better, you can take the help of a priority matrix to create an effective timetable and study accordingly.

IBPS SO Preparation Pattern – Priority Matrix

Matrix 1

Easy and Important Topics

Matrix 2

Fairly Easy Topics but can be Studied Later

Matrix 3

Important Topics but Quite Difficult

Matrix 4

Difficult Topics

The main idea behind creating this priority matrix is to understand and segregate easier topics from difficult ones.

Additionally, candidates can also follow the below sample revision table that we have created as a helping tool to complete the IBPS SO preparation without any hassle. 

30-Day Time Table for IBPS SO Preparation (Prelims)

DayIBPS Prelims Topics
Quantitative AptitudeReasoningEnglish Language
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Prelims and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Simplification, Missing Series, Quadratic InequalitiesOrder and RankingSentence Improvement
Day 3Time and WorkInequalityCloze tests
Day 4Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Misc. DIDirectionsGrammar
Day 5Speed Time Distance, PartnershipBlood RelationsReading Comprehension
Day 6Profit and Loss,Coding-Decoding
Day 7MensurationAlphabet series and Miscellaneous
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Mensuration, ApproximationBox Puzzle, InequalityPhrasal Verb fillers
Day 12Pipes & Cistern, Quantity BasedPuzzles- Square Puzzle, short puzzleGrammar portions
Day 13Boat & Stream, Wrong SeriesLinear puzzles and mixed puzzledStarters, Inferences, fillers
Day 14Ratio and Proportion, PercentageCircular arrangementSentence rearrangement
Day 15Speed Time Distance, Data Sufficiency, SimplificationFloor Puzzle, Logical miscellaneousAntonyms- synonyms
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Trains, Miscellaneous DI, Quadratic InequalitiesMonth based puzzles and mixed puzzlesError detection
Day 19Time and Work, ApproximationData sufficiency questionsSentence rearrangement
Day 20Profit and Loss, Number system, Missing number seriesRevisionRevision
Day 21Partnership, Average, AgesInput-Output questionsWord usages and Conjunctions
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Simple Interest and Compound InterestNew question patterns of each topicIdioms and phrases
Day 24Misc. DI, SimplificationSyllogismWord Replacement
Day 25Averages and Linear EquationsMiscellaneousRevision
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 26
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

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Time Table for IBPS SO Preparation (Mains)

After the completion of IBPS SO Prelims exam (18th and 26th December 2021), only a month will be left for the commencement of the Mains exam (30th January 2022). So, candidates can follow the below time table to prepare well and ahead of the IBPS SO Mains examination.

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Marketing Officer

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Introduction to MarketingMeaning, Functions of Marketing ManagementImportance of Marketing Management
Day 3Revision of Day 2Marketing EnvironmentMarketing Decisions
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3Marketing ProcessMarketing Planning
Day 6Revision of Day 5Marketing ResearchMarket Segmentation
Day 7Revision of Day 6BrandingPackaging and Labelling
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7AdvertisementProduct Planning and Development
Day 12Revision of Day 11Sales ManagementServices Marketing
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12Wholesale Trade
Day 15Revision of Day 14Retail Trade
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15International Marketing
Day 19International Marketing
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19Bank Marketing
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21Sales ForecastingProduct Planning and Development
Day 24Revision of Day 23Social ResponsibilityBusiness Ethics
Day 25Take Full-Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 26
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Law Officer

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Introduction to BankingBanking Regulation Act, 1949 Banker-Customer Relationship
Day 3Revision of Day 2Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3RBI’s Constitution and Objectives
Day 6Revision of Day 5The Right to Information Act, 2005Limitation Act, 1993
Day 7Revision of Day 6Types of Collaterals and their Characteristics
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7The Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006Banker’s Books Evidence Act, 1891
Day 12Revision of Day 11Information Technology Act, 2000
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12Miscellaneous Provisions Consumer Protection Act, 1986 
Day 15Revision of Day 14SARFAESI Act, 2002
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15Transfer of Property Act, 1882
Day 19DRT Act, 1993
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21Credit Information Bureau (India)Lok Adalats
Day 24Revision of Day 23Memorandum of AssociationArticles of Association
Day 25Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – HR Officer

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Introduction to HR HR Planning
Day 3Revision of Day 2Job Design (Meaning and Techniques)
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3Theories of WagesCompensation Administration
Day 6Revision of Day 5Criteria to Develop Compensation Plan
Day 7Revision of Day 6Induction – PlacementProcedure of Placement
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7Placement BenefitsRewards & Recognition
Day 12Revision of Day 11Factories Act
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12
Day 15Revision of Day 14
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15Gratuity Act
Day 19Industrial Relations Act
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19Strategic Role of Information in HRM
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21Provident Fund ActPromotion, Transfer and Demotions (Types, Policies)
Day 24Revision of Day 23Recruitment and Selection (Procedure, Process and Barriers)Training and Development (Types and Methods)
Day 25Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Agriculture Officer

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Introduction to Green RevolutionSeed technologyDifferent Government Schemes related to Seed technology
Day 3Revision of Day 2Soil ResourcesGreen Manures
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3Types of Cropping System
Day 6Revision of Day 5Different Types of Agricultural PracticesHerbicides Pesticides
Day 7Revision of Day 6Agriculture EconomicsAgriculture Cost and Schemes
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7Different Agriculture Insurance SchemesSeed Science
Day 12Revision of Day 11Woman and Child Development Schemes
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12Animal Husbandry and Technology
Day 15Revision of Day 14Different Diseases and their Causes
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15Preservation of Fruits and Vegetables
Day 19Agronomy and Irrigation
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19Rural Welfare Activities in India
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21Indian Soil (Before Independence + After Independence)
Day 24Revision of Day 23Horticulture SeedAgroforestry
Day 25Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionSoil resourcesRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – IT Officer

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2Oracle ConceptsConcept of DDLConcept of Basic SQL
Day 3Revision of Day 2Concept of DMLConcept of DCL
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3Concept of Operating systemDistributed Operating System
Day 6Revision of Day 5Three Level Architecture – Hierarchical, Networking, Relational Data Models
Day 7Revision of Day 6Technologies used in Banking OperationsComputer Organization and Microprocessor

Object

Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7Network Models
Day 12Revision of Day 11Network Security
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12OOPS Concepts
Day 15Revision of Day 14Data Communication
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15Software Engineering
Day 19Software Engineering
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19Trees, Different Types of Sorting
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21Graphs and ArraysStack
Day 24Revision of Day 23QueueLinked List
Day 25Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Rajbhasha Adhikari

DayTopics
Day 1Practice a full-length mock test of the IBPS SO Mains and thoroughly check your strong and weak portions. Also, get an idea of the exam pattern.
Day 2हिंदी व्याकरण (Hindi grammar)हिंदी व्याकरण के अनुप्रयोग (Uses and Application of Hindi grammar)
Day 3Revision of Day 2अनुवाद (Translation)गद्यांश (Passage)
Day 4Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5Revision of Day 3प्रशासनिक हिन्दी ज्ञान (Administrative Hindi knowledge)अंग्रेजी ज्ञान (Knowledge of English)
Day 6Revision of Day 5समानार्थक (Synonyms)विलोम शब्द (Antonyms)
Day 7Revision of Day 6रिक्त स्थान भरना (Fill in the blanks)
Day 8Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11Revision of Day 7राजभाषा का संक्षिप्त परिचय

(Brief introduction of official language)

Day 12Revision of Day 11Cloze Test
Day 13Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14Revision of Day 12
Day 15Revision of Day 14संविधान में व्यवस्था: हिन्दी का प्रयोग (Arrangement in Constitution: Use of Hindi)
Day 16Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18Revision of Day 15राजभाषा अधिनियम 1976 का प्रायोजन एवं प्रमुख विशेषताएं
Day 19राजभाषा अधिनियम 1976 का प्रायोजन एवं प्रमुख विशेषताएं (Sponsorship and Salient features of Official Language Act, 1976)
Day 20Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21Revision of Day 18 – 19राष्ट्रभाषा और राजभाषा में अंतर (Difference between national language and official language)
Day 22Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23Revision of Day 21राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समितियां (Official Language Implementation Committees)
Day 24Revision of Day 23नियम बनाने की शक्तियां (Power to make rules)
Day 25Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26RevisionRevisionRevision
Day 27Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

#2 – Section-wise IBPS SO Preparation Tips

Regarding the IBPS SO Prelims exam, there are 3 broad sections from where questions will be asked:

  1. English Language
  2. Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Aptitude

It is necessary to plan an effective IBPS SO preparation and study plan so that you can effectively cover the entire IBPS SO syllabus. You can do it by adopting a disciplined approach and preparing for your exam section-wise.

IBPS SO Preparation – General Intelligence and Reasoning

This section is one of the trickiest sections asked in the exam. It comprises 50 marks in both Prelims and Mains exams. Being an equally challenging section as the rest, candidates are advised to practice as many questions as possible. 

Weightage of Topics

TopicsExpected Questions
Seating Arrangement10-12 Questions
Puzzles5-10 Questions
Coding-decoding5-10 Questions
Verbal Reasoning5-8 Questions
Data Sufficiency3-5 Questions
Syllogism3-5 Questions
Ordering and Ranking2-6 Questions
Direction and Distance2-5 Questions
Blood Relations2-5 Questions
Machine Input Output1-5 Questions
Inequalities1-5 Questions

IBPS SO Preparation Tips to Follow

  1. Learn various shortcuts and tricks to solve maximum questions in this section. You will need this knowledge to solve logical and abstract reasoning questions.
  2. Categorize reasoning topics as simple, medium and complex based on your convenience
  3. Practice topic-wise tests
  4. Solve puzzles online to sharpen your logical thinking

IBPS SO Preparation – English Language

English is no doubt a scoring subject where the expected level of questions is moderate. 

Weightage of Topics:

TopicsExpected Questions
Reading Comprehension10-15 Questions
Cloze test5-10 Questions
Error Spotting5-10 Questions
Phrase Replacement/Sentence Improvement5-10 Questions
Para Jumbles / Odd Sentence out1-5 Questions
Fill in the Blanks1-5 Questions

IBPS SO Preparation Tips to Follow

  1. Learn the spellings, usage and meanings of words daily. It will improve your vocabulary.
  2. Don’t forget to practice grammar questions like Antonyms, Synonyms, Vocabulary, Basic Grammar, and Sentence Correction.
  3. If you come across new and uncommon words while reading anything, write those down and look for its accurate meaning in online/offline dictionaries. 
  4. While reading newspapers, try to improve your reading speed.

IBPS SO Preparation – Quantitative Section

The quantitative section in the IBPS SO exam is included to test the speed and accuracy of the candidates. 

Weightage of Topics:

TopicsExpected Questions
Miscellaneous Topics15-17 Questions
Data Interpretation13-15 Questions
Algebra5-6 Questions
Number Series0-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
Simplification/Approximation0-5 Questions

IBPS SO Preparation Tips to Follow

  1. The quantitative aptitude section is designed to test the general aptitude and numerical reasoning of the candidates. It is best if you start brushing up the basics of 9th and 10th grade Mathematics (8th to 10th Standard Mathematics books from NCERT). 
  2. There may not be specific books for IBPS SO preparation but you can prepare from quantitative aptitude practice books. You can also take the help of the practice books that are used for the preparation of other banking exams. Plenty of such practice books are available both offline and online.
  3. Practice tests from different difficult levels – start from easy and move to difficult.
  4. Practice problems associated with simplification/ approximation, number series, data interpretation to boost your scores
  5. Improve your calculation speed by memorizing tables, practising mental calculations

#3 – Practice with Previous Years’ Question Papers, Mock Tests and Books

Solving the IBPS SO question papers from previous years is undoubtedly one of the best strategies to prepare well for the upcoming exam. You can download and attempt all the IBPS SO question papers to evaluate your performance in the upcoming exams.

IBPS SO Solved Question Paper

IBPS SO Prelims Question Paper 1 (2019)IBPS SO Question paper (2013)IBPS SO (2014)
IBPS SO Prelims Paper 2 (2015)IBPS SO IT Officer Mains (2015)IBPS SO Rajbhasha Adhikari Mains (2015)

IBPS SO Preparation – Important Books

IBPS SO exam syllabus is vast since the questions asked in this examination are not limited to a fixed course or curriculum, especially in the case of Current Affairs/General Knowledge. Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted above to score well in the upcoming IBPS SO exam.

To get a better grip on various IBPS SO subjects and enhance your IBPS SO Preparation, candidates can find several expert-recommended books and online study resources in the tables below.

Important Books for IBPS SO Prelims

IBPS SO Preparation Books on Reasoning Ability

Book NamePublication/Author
Verbal ReasoningMK Pandey
Analytical ReasoningRS Agarwal
A Modern approach Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningBS Sijwali

IBPS SO Preparation Books on Quantitative Aptitude

Book NamePublication/Author
Rapid Quantitative Aptitude with Shortcuts & TricksDisha Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationThe Pearson Guide
Quantitative Aptitude BookWiley’s Publication

IBPS SO Preparation Books on English

Book NamePublication/Author
Objective English for Competitive ExaminationsHari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha, McGraw Hill Education Publication
English Grammar & CompositionWren and Martin
Descriptive General EnglishS P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
Word Power Made EasyNormal Lewis

IBPS SO Preparation Books on General Awareness

Book NamePublication/ Author
Manorama YearbookThe Malayala Manorama (Mammen Mathew)
Guide to Banking General AwarenessR Gupta

Important Books for IBPS SO Mains

IBPS SO Preparation Books for IT Officer (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
Data Communications and NetworkingBehrouz. A Forouzan
Objective Computer KnowledgeR Pillai
A computer for Competitive Exams: Fundamental of Computer with MCQ’sRPH Editorial Board

IBPS SO Preparation Books for Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
IBPS – SO Agricultural Field Officer (Main) ExamDr. Lalita Gaur
Agriculture Field OfficerR.Gupta
Science Textbooks: Classes VI-IXNCERT
Agriculture Field Officer IBPSNew Vishal’s Editorial Board

IBPS SO Preparation Books for Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete BookPriyanka Prakashan
Principles of MarketingKavita Sharma
Marketing Specialist Exam bookUpkar Prakashan

IBPS SO Preparation Books for Law Officer (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work BookKiran Prakashan

IBPS SO Preparation Books for HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal Officer Complete BookPriyanka Prakashan
Human Resource ManagementK Aswathappa
Bank HR Specialist bookKiran Prakashan

IBPS SO Preparation Books for Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

Book NamePublication/ Author
Rajbhasha Adhikari GuideR.Gupta
Hindi VyakaranPrakashan Upkar
Rajbhasha/Hindi (Officers, Assistant, Managers) Recruitment Exam Guide (Popular Master Guide)RPH Editorial Board

Note: For IBPS SO Mains, candidates are advised religiously to study from the books by Kotler. Read more case studies and inference-based questions. 

#4 – Take a Break

Managing time and preparing for the IBPS SO 2021 exam tends to make both the mind and body tired. If you take a look at the IBPS SO preparation tips by candidates who cracked the exam successfully and got recruited in reputed Indian Banks, taking small breaks in between the study time is a piece of common advice.  

Relaxing and taking breaks not only breaks the monotony of studying non-stop, but it also refreshes the mind. This much-needed relief can assist you to study with more vigour and concentration.

Exercising is also a good way to de-stress your mind and body. It is a proven fact that Yoga and meditation calm the mind and increase the power of focusing and retaining information. So, take a walk, eat something healthy and fresh, and meditate before sitting for the next round of IBPS SO preparation with more enthusiasm.

IBPS SO Preparation –  Ideal Time Allocation

The foremost thing to diligently follow during IBPS SO preparation is allocating time for each section. You need to practice solving IBPS SO questions at home the same way you would be answering in the actual exam. 

As the examination is of 120 minutes (Prelims) and 60 minutes (Mains), you need to divide the time wisely for all sections. However, you should not forget to include the time for revision in your IBPS SO preparation timetable.

Section-wise IBPS SO Preparation in 120 Minutes (Prelims)

Test SectionsIdeal Time Allocation
Reasoning35 minutes
English Language/ General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude40 minutes
Revision20 minutes

Regarding the Mains exam, you can segregate the topics for revision as per your ease. However, you should allocate at least 15 to 20 minutes for revision.  

Compared to the Quantitative Aptitude section, English language and Reasoning sections are easier to attempt. So, instead of tackling the difficult questions first, start with the easier ones. This tactic will assist you in completing more questions within the allocated time.

Don’t remain stuck on a complicated or difficult question. If you are stuck on a question for more than 30 seconds, leave it and move ahead to the next question. You can come back later and solve it.

IBPS SO Preparation –  Basic Topics to Revise

There are a few basic IBPS SO topics that you can easily cover and revise without any hassles. Candidates are advised to dedicate at least 2 hours to each test section a day to prepare for IBPS SO exam. 

IBPS SO Preparation – Basic Topics to Revise for IBPS SO

Prelims

Reasoning Ability

Analytical Decision MakingBlood RelationsScheduling
Coding & DecodingInput-OutputSyllogisms
Directions & DistancesSeating ArrangementsCoded Inequalities
Data SufficiencyVerbal ReasoningOrdering & Ranking

General Awareness

General Knowledge (updates of  last 3-4 months)Current AffairsFinancial Awareness
CurrenciesImportant daysStatic General Knowledge ( Countries, capitals, Countries visited by Prime minister, Countries involved in new treaties )
HeadquartersBooks & AuthorsPrime Minister Schemes

Quantitative Aptitude

Percentage & Ratio ProportionTime & WorkData InterpretationMensuration & Geometry
SimplificationData SufficiencyInterestNumber Series
Linear EquationsProbabilityProfit & LossPermutation & Combination
AverageQuadratic EquationsSpeed, Time & DistanceNumber Systems

English Language

Closed TestPhrase ReplacementError SpottingPara Jumbles
Fill in the BlanksSentence completion/ Para completionReading ComprehensionSentence correction/ improvement

Mains

Professional Knowledge Syllabus for IBPS SO IT Officer (Scale-I)

Operating SystemObject-Oriented ProgrammingData StructureData Communication and Networking
Database Management SystemSoftware EngineeringComputer Organization and Microprocessor

IBPS SO Syllabus for Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Crop productionAgricultural PracticesHorticultureAnimal Husbandry
Seed ScienceAgroforestryAgricultural EconomicsSoil resources
Agronomy and IrrigationGovernment SchemesEcology

IBPS SO Syllabus for Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Marketing ManagementRetailAdvertisingProduct Life Cycle
SalesMarket SegmentationCorporate Social ResponsibilityBrand Management
Business EthicsService MarketingMarketing StrategiesPR
Market research and forecasting demand

IBPS SO Syllabus for Law Officer (Scale-I)

Compliance and Legal AspectsLaws and Actions with a direct link to Banking SectorPrevention of Money laundering, Limitation ActRelevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
SARFAESDRT ActBankers Book Evidence ActBanking Ombudsman Scheme
Consumer Protection ActBanking Regulations

IBPS SO Syllabus for HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Business policy and strategic analysisBusiness Policy and Strategic AnalysisTraining and DevelopmentRewards and Recognition
Transnational AnalysisPerformance Management and AppraisalGrievance and Conflict ManagementIndustrial Relations
Recruitment and SelectionHuman Resource Development

IBPS SO Preparation – Effective Last-Minute Tips

Solving the previous year’s IBPS SO question papers is undoubtedly a tough nut to crack. While time management tips to prepare for IBPS SO 2021 help in planning the study routine, execution requires extra effort. Buddy4Study advises you to consider these aspects to execute your IBPS SO preparation plan.

  1. Do not stray from the time allotted for one subject. The IBPS SO preparation routine should be followed diligently. Revisions should never be missed.
  2. Topics should be studied from easy to difficult level
  3. You should remember the theories mostly asked in the Quantitative Aptitude section.
  4. Devote quality time on preparing the different sections of IBPS SO syllabus.
  5. Don’t get stuck to only one subject. Your self-created timetable should have variations to prevent you from having a mental block.
  6. Instead of reading something new, it is best to revise the IBPS SO syllabus.
  7. Instead of practising orally, the written format should be opted during IBPS SO preparation. 
  8. Designate a time to solve each question and gradually practice reducing the set time.
  9. If stuck on a particular problem, divert your mind by studying some other topics or revising previously read topics, and then come back to solve the problem

IBPS SO Preparation – FAQs

What books are best to study before IBPS SO?

Candidates will find the required book list as per the subjects in the above article. However, study religiously from Kotler (Author) for IBPS SO Preparation (Mains).

How many questions do I need to solve during IBPS SO?

You need to solve 120 questions for Prelims and 60 questions for Mains. Each question carries 1 mark. However, there is 0.25 negative marking for incorrect or unattempted answers.

How many times can I attempt the mock tests to crack the IBPS SO exam?

There is no fixed limit to attempt the mock tests to prepare for IBPS SO. The more a candidate practices, the higher will be the chance to crack the IBPS SO entrance exam.

Should I continuously prepare for IBPS SO?

Practising for IBPS SO diligently with small breaks is the appropriate way to prepare for the exam. Taking breaks and exercising relieves the mind and body from exhaustion and invigorates the person to start studying again with enthusiasm. Also, don’t laze around during your IBPS SO preparation. Read newspapers and puzzles to refresh your tired mind.

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