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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. 

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)

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 min
English Language 50 25 40 min
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125 120 min

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

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 min
English Language 50 25 40 min
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125 120 min

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

Test Name Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 min
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 min

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

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

Test Name Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 min

IBPS SO Key Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Specialist Officer (SO) (CRP SPL-X 2021-22)
Exam Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Official Website http://www.ibps.in/
Duration of Exam Prelims – 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 Mode CBT/ Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of Exam English or Hindi
Type of Questions Objective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions 150 questions (Prelims)

47 questions (Mains – Rajbhasha Adhikari)

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

Total Marks Prelims – 125 marks

Mains – 60 marks

Marking Scheme +1 for every correct answer (objective)

– 0.25 for every incorrect answer

Posts IT Officer Scale 1, Marketing Officer (Scale 1), Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Rajsabha Adhikari Scale 1 Officer and Law Officer
Age Limit for Candidates Between 20 to 30 years

IBPS SO 2020 Preparation – Strategies and Tips

As only a month is left before the upcoming IBPS SO examination, Team Buddy4Study advises you not to start reading any new topics. Being the final month, the only aspect that you should be concentrating on is 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 2020 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)

Day IBPS Prelims Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English Language
Day 1 Practice 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 2 Simplification, Missing Series, Quadratic Inequalities Order and Ranking Sentence Improvement
Day 3 Time and Work Inequality Cloze tests
Day 4 Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Misc. DI Directions Grammar
Day 5 Speed Time Distance, Partnership Blood Relations Reading Comprehension
Day 6 Profit and Loss, Coding-Decoding
Day 7 Mensuration Alphabet series and Miscellaneous
Day 8 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 7
Day 10 Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11 Mensuration, Approximation Box Puzzle, Inequality Phrasal Verb fillers
Day 12 Pipes & Cistern, Quantity Based Puzzles- Square Puzzle, short puzzle Grammar portions
Day 13 Boat & Stream, Wrong Series Linear puzzles and mixed puzzled Starters, Inferences, fillers
Day 14 Ratio and Proportion, Percentage Circular arrangement Sentence rearrangement
Day 15 Speed Time Distance, Data Sufficiency, Simplification Floor Puzzle, Logical miscellaneous Antonyms- synonyms
Day 16 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18 Trains, Miscellaneous DI, Quadratic Inequalities Month based puzzles and mixed puzzles Error detection
Day 19 Time and Work, Approximation Data sufficiency questions Sentence rearrangement
Day 20 Profit and Loss, Number system, Missing number series Revision Revision
Day 21 Partnership, Average, Ages Input-Output questions Word usages and Conjunctions
Day 22 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23 Simple Interest and Compound Interest New question patterns of each topic Idioms and phrases
Day 24 Misc. DI, Simplification Syllogism Word Replacement
Day 25 Averages and Linear Equations Miscellaneous Revision
Day 26 Revision Revision Revision
Day 27 Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 26
Day 29 Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

Time Table for IBPS SO Preparation (Mains)

After the completion of IBPS SO Prelims exam (26th and 27th December 2020), only a month will be left for the commencement of the Mains exam (30th January 2020). 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

Day Topics
Day 1 Practice 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 2 Introduction to Marketing Meaning, Functions of Marketing Management Importance of Marketing Management
Day 3 Revision of Day 2 Marketing Environment Marketing Decisions
Day 4 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5 Revision of Day 3 Marketing Process Marketing Planning
Day 6 Revision of Day 5 Marketing Research Market Segmentation
Day 7 Revision of Day 6 Branding Packaging and Labelling
Day 8 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10 Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11 Revision of Day 7 Advertisement Product Planning and Development
Day 12 Revision of Day 11 Sales Management Services Marketing
Day 13 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14 Revision of Day 12 Wholesale Trade
Day 15 Revision of Day 14 Retail Trade
Day 16 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18 Revision of Day 15 International Marketing
Day 19 International Marketing
Day 20 Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21 Revision of Day 18 – 19 Bank Marketing
Day 22 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23 Revision of Day 21 Sales Forecasting Product Planning and Development
Day 24 Revision of Day 23 Social Responsibility Business Ethics
Day 25 Take Full-Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26 Revision Revision Revision
Day 27 Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 26
Day 29 Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Law Officer

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

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – HR Officer

Day Topics
Day 1 Practice 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 2 Introduction to HR HR Planning
Day 3 Revision of Day 2 Job Design (Meaning and Techniques)
Day 4 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5 Revision of Day 3 Theories of Wages Compensation Administration
Day 6 Revision of Day 5 Criteria to Develop Compensation Plan
Day 7 Revision of Day 6 Induction – Placement Procedure of Placement
Day 8 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10 Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11 Revision of Day 7 Placement Benefits Rewards & Recognition
Day 12 Revision of Day 11 Factories Act
Day 13 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14 Revision of Day 12
Day 15 Revision of Day 14
Day 16 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18 Revision of Day 15 Gratuity Act
Day 19 Industrial Relations Act
Day 20 Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21 Revision of Day 18 – 19 Strategic Role of Information in HRM
Day 22 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23 Revision of Day 21 Provident Fund Act Promotion, Transfer and Demotions (Types, Policies)
Day 24 Revision of Day 23 Recruitment and Selection (Procedure, Process and Barriers) Training and Development (Types and Methods)
Day 25 Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26 Revision Revision Revision
Day 27 Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29 Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Agriculture Officer

Day Topics
Day 1 Practice 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 2 Introduction to Green Revolution Seed technology Different Government Schemes related to Seed technology
Day 3 Revision of Day 2 Soil Resources Green Manures
Day 4 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5 Revision of Day 3 Types of Cropping System
Day 6 Revision of Day 5 Different Types of Agricultural Practices Herbicides Pesticides
Day 7 Revision of Day 6 Agriculture Economics Agriculture Cost and Schemes
Day 8 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10 Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11 Revision of Day 7 Different Agriculture Insurance Schemes Seed Science
Day 12 Revision of Day 11 Woman and Child Development Schemes
Day 13 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis + Solve Previous Year Paper
Day 14 Revision of Day 12 Animal Husbandry and Technology
Day 15 Revision of Day 14 Different Diseases and their Causes
Day 16 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 17 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 11 to Day 15
Day 18 Revision of Day 15 Preservation of Fruits and Vegetables
Day 19 Agronomy and Irrigation
Day 20 Complete Revision + Solve Previous Year Question Papers
Day 21 Revision of Day 18 – 19 Rural Welfare Activities in India
Day 22 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 18 to Day 21
Day 23 Revision of Day 21 Indian Soil (Before Independence + After Independence)
Day 24 Revision of Day 23 Horticulture Seed Agroforestry
Day 25 Take Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
Day 26 Revision Soil resources Revision
Day 27 Practice full-length mock tests (2 – 3 mock tests) and watch another 2 – 3 mock tests
Day 28 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 23 to Day 24
Day 29 Practice Previous Years’ Question papers
Day 30 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 1 to Day 30

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – IT Officer

Day Topics
Day 1 Practice 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 2 Oracle Concepts Concept of DDL Concept of Basic SQL
Day 3 Revision of Day 2 Concept of DML Concept of DCL
Day 4 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5 Revision of Day 3 Concept of Operating system Distributed Operating System
Day 6 Revision of Day 5 Three Level Architecture – Hierarchical, Networking, Relational Data Models
Day 7 Revision of Day 6 Technologies used in Banking Operations Computer Organization and Microprocessor

Object

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

IBPS SO Preparation (Mains) – Rajbhasha Adhikari

Day Topics
Day 1 Practice 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 2 हिंदी व्याकरण (Hindi grammar) हिंदी व्याकरण के अनुप्रयोग (Uses and Application of Hindi grammar)
Day 3 Revision of Day 2 अनुवाद (Translation) गद्यांश (Passage)
Day 4 Sectional Practice Test + Analysis
Day 5 Revision of Day 3 प्रशासनिक हिन्दी ज्ञान (Administrative Hindi knowledge) अंग्रेजी ज्ञान (Knowledge of English)
Day 6 Revision of Day 5 समानार्थक (Synonyms) विलोम शब्द (Antonyms)
Day 7 Revision of Day 6 रिक्त स्थान भरना (Fill in the blanks)
Day 8 Practice topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 9 Repeated Revision of topics studied from Day 2 to Day 7
Day 10 Observe topic-wise mock tests (2 – 3 mock sets)
Day 11 Revision of Day 7 राजभाषा का संक्षिप्त परिचय

(Brief introduction of official language)

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

Topics Expected Questions
Seating Arrangement 10-12 Questions
Puzzles 5-10 Questions
Coding-decoding 5-10 Questions
Verbal Reasoning 5-8 Questions
Data Sufficiency 3-5 Questions
Syllogism 3-5 Questions
Ordering and Ranking 2-6 Questions
Direction and Distance 2-5 Questions
Blood Relations 2-5 Questions
Machine Input Output 1-5 Questions
Inequalities 1-5 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:

Topics Expected Questions
Reading Comprehension 10-15 Questions
Cloze test 5-10 Questions
Error Spotting 5-10 Questions
Phrase Replacement/Sentence Improvement 5-10 Questions
Para Jumbles / Odd Sentence out 1-5 Questions
Fill in the Blanks 1-5 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:

Topics Expected Questions
Miscellaneous Topics 15-17 Questions
Data Interpretation 13-15 Questions
Algebra 5-6 Questions
Number Series 0-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions
Simplification/Approximation 0-5 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 Name Publication/Author
Verbal Reasoning MK Pandey
Analytical Reasoning RS Agarwal
A Modern approach Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning BS Sijwali

IBPS SO Preparation Books on Quantitative Aptitude

Book Name Publication/Author
Rapid Quantitative Aptitude with Shortcuts & Tricks Disha Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination The Pearson Guide
Quantitative Aptitude Book Wiley’s Publication

IBPS SO Preparation Books on English

Book Name Publication/Author
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha, McGraw Hill Education Publication
English Grammar & Composition Wren and Martin
Descriptive General English S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
Word Power Made Easy Normal Lewis

IBPS SO Preparation Books on General Awareness

Book Name Publication/ Author
Manorama Yearbook The Malayala Manorama (Mammen Mathew)
Guide to Banking General Awareness R Gupta

Important Books for IBPS SO Mains

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
Data Communications and Networking Behrouz. A Forouzan
Objective Computer Knowledge R Pillai
A computer for Competitive Exams: Fundamental of Computer with MCQ’s RPH Editorial Board

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
IBPS – SO Agricultural Field Officer (Main) Exam Dr. Lalita Gaur
Agriculture Field Officer R.Gupta
Science Textbooks: Classes VI-IX NCERT
Agriculture Field Officer IBPS New Vishal’s Editorial Board

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan
Principles of Marketing Kavita Sharma
Marketing Specialist Exam book Upkar Prakashan

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book Kiran Prakashan

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal Officer Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan
Human Resource Management K Aswathappa
Bank HR Specialist book Kiran Prakashan

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

Book Name Publication/ Author
Rajbhasha Adhikari Guide R.Gupta
Hindi Vyakaran Prakashan 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 2020 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 time table.

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

Test Sections Ideal Time Allocation
Reasoning 35 minutes
English Language/ General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 minutes
Revision 20 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 Making Blood Relations Scheduling
Coding & Decoding Input Output Syllogisms
Directions & Distances Seating Arrangements Coded Inequalities
Data Sufficiency Verbal Reasoning Ordering & Ranking

General Awareness

General Knowledge (updates of  last 3-4 months) Current Affairs Financial Awareness
Currencies Important days Static General Knowledge ( Countries, capitals, Countries visited by Prime minister, Countries involved in new treaties )
Headquarters Books & Authors Prime Minister Schemes

Quantitative Aptitude

Percentage & Ratio Proportion Time & Work Data Interpretation Mensuration & Geometry
Simplification Data Sufficiency Interest Number Series
Linear Equations Probability Profit & Loss Permutation & Combination
Average Quadratic Equations Speed, Time & Distance Number Systems

English Language

Closed Test Phrase Replacement Error Spotting Para Jumbles
Fill in the Blanks Sentence completion/ Para completion Reading Comprehension Sentence correction/ improvement

Mains

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

Operating System Object-Oriented Programming Data Structure Data Communication and Networking
Database Management System Software Engineering Computer Organization and Microprocessor

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

Basics of Crop production Agricultural Practices Horticulture Animal Husbandry
Seed Science Agroforestry Agricultural Economics Soil resources
Agronomy and Irrigation Government Schemes Ecology

IBPS SO Syllabus for Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Marketing Management Retail Advertising Product Life Cycle
Sales Market Segmentation Corporate Social Responsibility Brand Management
Business Ethics Service Marketing Marketing Strategies PR
Market research and forecasting demand

IBPS SO Syllabus for Law Officer (Scale-I)

Compliance and Legal Aspects Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
SARFAES DRT Act Bankers Book Evidence Act Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Consumer Protection Act Banking Regulations

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

Business policy and strategic analysis Business Policy and Strategic Analysis Training and Development Rewards and Recognition
Transnational Analysis Performance Management and Appraisal Grievance and Conflict Management Industrial Relations
Recruitment and Selection Human 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 2020 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 time table 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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