IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2024 for Prelims & Mains

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Specialist Officers 2023 ( IBPS SO )

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Exam On: 9 Nov '24

Anangsha Patra

Anangsha PatraDeputy Manager – Editorial

Updated on Mar 26, 2024 11:11 IST

IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2024: IBPS SO exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to recruit candidates for Specialist Officers' positions, such as IT Officer, HR Officer, Law Officer, Agricultural Officer, Marketing Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari. The bank requires the Specialist Officer to cope with technological advancement and maintain the efficient functioning of the bank. To crack IBPS SO exam, it is very important to be focused on the exam. A well-thought-out preparation strategy needs to be planned out by the students to ace the exam in a proper way.

As the IBPS SO exam dates have been announced, candidates need to start their IBPS SO preparation as soon as possible. IBPS SO preparation requires a lot of pre-planning, good strategy and perseverance. In this article, we have provided a comprehensive IBPS SO preparation that will certainly help candidates to achieve their career goals.

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IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO exam pattern is such that it is divided into prelims, mains, and interview. The exam for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari comprises objective-type questions based on subjects such as English Language, Reasoning, and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry. The prelims question paper for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer comprises subjects such as English Language, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. The total marks allotted to the test are 125. The total duration of the exam is 120 minutes with sectional timing of 40 minutes. The mains exam comprises questions from Professional Knowledge. The total marks allotted to the mains exam are 60. The total marks allotted for the interview are 100. 

IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2024 for Prelims

Candidates can check IBPS SO Preparation tips for the prelims exam:

IBPS SO Preparation Tips for English Language

  • For this section, candidates must enhance their vocabulary by reading daily
  • Brush up grammar and solve practice papers
  • Grammar and vocabulary are very important, thus go through the dictionary to find the right usage of new words
  • Questions are asked from Comprehension, Antonyms and Synonyms, Para Jumbles, and Spotting Errors

IBPS SO Preparation Tips for Reasoning Ability

  • It is very easy to score good marks in the Reasoning section with good preparation
  • Topics in this section include Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Ranking and Order, and many more
  • A revision after every practice is a must to ace the exam

IBPS SO Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Questions in this section are asked from Ratio and Proportion, Speed and Distance, Average, Time and Work, Data Interpretation, Number Series, Simplification, Quadratic Equation, etc.
  • Learning the formulas and basic concepts is the best strategy to prepare this section
  • You must practice this section regularly

IBPS SO Preparation Tips for General Awareness

  • For this section, read newspapers and watch news channels to stay updated with the latest events 
  • Candidates need to be aware of the banking and economic events as well 

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IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2024 for Mains Exam

IBPS SO exam comprises several posts. Depending on the post candidates had applied for, the mains exam is conducted accordingly. The mains exam comprises questions from Professional Knowledge. Hence, IBPS SO preparation for the mains exam should be very specific as per the syllabus of the chosen post. Given below are few tips and tricks to crack IBPS SO mains exam:

Know the exam pattern and syllabus: Candidates need to know the IBPS SO syllabus and exam pattern for the post they have applied for.

Create timetable: After going through the syllabus and pattern, create a timetable and stick to it. With the help of this timetable, candidates can keep track of their studying activities.

Improve weak areas: Candidates work upon improving their weak areas by spending more time on those topics.

Practice previous years' question papers: Candidates must prepare the previous years' question papers to know the structure and type of questions asked in the exam.

Revise regularly: Candidates must revise and practice regularly. Allocate some time daily for revision of topics you have already finished.

Take mock tests: Mock tests give candidates a real scenario of the exam. Further, mock tests help candidates to evaluate themselves about where they are standing and where they need to improve.

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IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2024 FAQs

Candidates can check below IBPS SO preparation tips FAQs.

Q:   When IBPS SO 2024 exam will be conducted?

A:

IBPS SO 2024 exam dates were announced. IBPS SO 2024 prelims exam will be conducted on November 9, 2024. The Mains exam for IBPS SO will be conducted on December 14, 2024. Selection of candidates is done in three phases-prelims, mains, and personal interview.  IBPS SO exam is conducted to recruite candidates for various posts such as Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, Law Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

 

Q:   Why IBPS SO exam is conducted?

A:

IBPS SO recruitment is conducted to select candidates for the posts of Agriculture Field Officer,  Marketing Officer (Scale I),  HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I),  IT Officer (Scale I),  Law Officer (Scale I),  Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I). The selection of candidates are done based on prelims exam, Mains exam and interview.

 

 

Q:   Which are the participating banks for IBPS SO exam?

A:

IBPS SO exam is conducted to select candidates for Specialist Officer's posts in 11 participating banks. The participating banks of IBPS SO are given below.

Bank NameBank Name
Bank of BarodaCanara Bank
Indian Overseas BankUCO Bank 
Bank of IndiaCentral Bank of India 
Punjab National BankUnion Bank of India
Bank of MaharashtraIndian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank-
 

Q:   What is IBPS SO eligibility?

A:

IBPS SO eligibility is given below:

IBPS SO Age Limit: The aspirants must be between 20 and 30 years.

IBPS SO Educational Qualification: The post-wise educational qualification for IBPS SO exam is given below:

Post

IBPS SO Qualification 

IT Officer (Scale I)

BTech in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation

Or

Postgraduation in the above-mentioned field

Or

Graduate who has passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

Four-year Graduation in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or corresponding fields

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Postgraduation in Hindi with English as a subject at the Graduation level

Or,

Postgraduation in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the Graduation level 

Law Officer (Scale I)

Graduation in law (LLB) (The person should be enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council)

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Graduation with two-years full-time PG degree or Diploma in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, HR, HRD, Social Work or Labour Law

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Graduation with a two-year full-time degree in MMS (Marketing), MBA (Marketing), PGDBA, PGDBM, PGPM or PGDM with a specialisation in Marketing

 

Q:   What is IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus?

A:

IBPS SO Syllabus for prelims exam is given below.

IBPS SO Syllabus for Prelims

Reasoning Ability

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

General Awareness

Seating Arrangements

Puzzles

Inequalities

Syllogism

Input-Output

Data Sufficiency

Blood Relations

Order and Ranking

Alphanumeric Series

Distance and Direction

Verbal Reasoning

Cloze Test

Reading Comprehension

Spotting Errors

Sentence Improvement

Sentence Correction

Para Jumbles

Fill in the Blanks

Para/Sentence Completion

Number Series

Data Interpretation

Simplification/ Approximation

Quadratic Equation

Data Sufficiency

Mensuration

Average

Profit and Loss

Ratio and Proportion

Work, Time and Energy

Time and Distance

Probability

Relations

Simple and Compound Interest

Permutation and Combination

Current Affairs

Banking Awareness

GK Updates

Currencies

Important Places

Books and Authors Awards

Headquarters

Prime Minister Schemes

Important Days

 

Q:   What is IBPS SO syllabus for Mains exam?

A:

IBPS SO syllabus for Mains exam is given below.

IT Officer (Scale-I)

Database Management System

Data Communication and Networking

Operating System

Software Engineering

Data Structure

Computer Organization and Microprocessor

Object-Oriented Programming

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Crop production

Horticulture

Seed Science

Agronomy and Irrigation

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Practices

Soil resources

Animal Husbandry

Agroforestry

Ecology

Government Schemes

Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Marketing Management

Brand Management

Advertising

PR

Sales

Retail

Business Ethics

Market Segmentation

Market research and forecasting demand

Product Life Cycle

Corporate Social Responsibility

Service Marketing

Marketing Strategies

Law Officer (Scale-I)

Banking Regulations

Compliance and Legal Aspects

Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange

Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act

Consumer Protection Act

SARFAES

Banking Ombudsman Scheme

Laws and Actions with the direct link to Banking Sector

Bankers Book Evidence Act

DRT Act

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Human Resource Development

Business policy and strategic analysis

Transnational Analysis

Training and Development

Recruitment and Selection

Rewards and Recognition

Industrial Relations

Business Policy and Strategic Analysis

Grievance and Conflict Management

Performance Management and Appraisa

 

Q:   What is IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern?

A:

IBPS SO prelims exam pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari comprises objective-type questions based on subjects such as English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry. The prelims question paper for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer comprises subjects such as English Language, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. A total of 125 questions are asked in the exam and the total marks allotted to the test are 150. The language of the question paper is framed in English and Hindi. There is sectional timing of 40 minutes for each section, and the total time allotted for the exam is 120 minutes.

 

Q:   What is IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern?

A:

IBPS SO Mains exam tests the professional knowledge of candidates. The Mains exam pattern for the post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer is such that it comprises questions from professional knowledge. The test paper carries 60 questions of 60 marks. The language of the question paper is framed in English and Hindi. The duration of the test is 45 minutes.

IBPS SO Mains question paper for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari comprises objective and descriptive-type questions from professional knowledge. The test carries a total of 47 questions (45 questions in objective paper and two questions in descriptive paper). The total marks allotted to the test are 60. The language of the question paper will be English and Hindi. The duration of the test is 30 minutes. The structure of IBPS SO Mains exam pattern is given below.

 

Q:   What is IBPS SO exam pattern for interview?

A:

IBPS SO interview is conducted for candidates who qualify the Mains exam. The interview is conducted by the participating banks and coordinated by the nodal banks in each state/UT. The total marks allotted for the interview are 100. The minimum qualifying mark in the interview is 40 per cent (35 per cent for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates). 

 

Q:   I am a B.Tech final year student. I want to know about the new IBPS SO vacancy. Can you help me with the same?

A:

IBPS SO 2024 vacancies will be released in November 2024. The vacancy break-up of 2023 is given below.

Posts

Vacancies

AFO

500

HR/Personnel

31

IT

120

Law

10

Marketing

700

Rajbhasha

41

Total 

1402

 

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