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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Common Written Examination for Specialist Officers opens doors for 6 different work profiles in various departments. The exam is held in three phases: Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. The Prelims examination is an online objective which consists of 150 questions. Every incorrect answer will cost you one-fourth of the marks.
You have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Also, time is a crucial factor now that IBPS has introduced sectional timing of 40 Minutes for each section.

The exam syllabus is vast, and the negative marking makes it difficult.

As you get ready for IBPS SO examination, here are a few tips that might help:

Take the time out to understand the pattern and the syllabus

A. Preliminary Examination
> For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of
Questions
Maximum
Marks
Medium of ExamDuration
1.English Language 5025English40 minutes 
2.Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 minutes 
3.General Awareness with Special
Reference to Banking Industry
5050English and Hindi40 minutes 
Total 150

> For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of
Questions
Maximum
Marks
Medium of ExamDuration
1.English Language 5025English40 minutes 
2.Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 minutes 
3.Quantitative Aptitude 5050English and Hindi40 minutes 
Total 150125

B.  Main Examination

 The Pattern for Mains Exam includes the Professional Knowledge for various Posts.

> For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Name of the TestNo. of
Questions
Maximum
Marks
Medium of
Exam
Duration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 minutes

> For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the Test No. of
Questions
Maximum Marks Medium of ExamDuration 
Professional Knowledge (Objective)4560 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 260English and Hindi30 minutes

Mock Tests

  • Spending as much time as possible on solving various test papers and previous years’ question papers makes sure that you are able to concentrate for a longer duration. Often, while studying we tend to slack as soon as we get a couple of answers right. This should be avoided and can be done by solving papers in a time-bound, exam-like setting.
  • Taking mock tests is just the first step. The most important part is to analyze. Check which topic took most of your time, figure out where and why you made a mistake. With negative marking, you cannot afford to guess the answers. Which should be avoided at all costs.
  • Take the help of online learning applications to solve your doubts and attempt multiple papers.

Key Topics

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For the English Language | Important Topics For English Language Section

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For English Language Section
1. Reading Comprehension
2. Para/Sentence Completion
3. Error Spotting
4. Cloze Test
5. Para Jumbles
6. Sentence Improvement/Correction
7. Fill in the blanks

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For Reasoning | Important Topics For Reasoning Section

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For Reasoning Section
1. Syllogism
2. Seating Arrangements
3. Direction and Distance
4. Blood Relations
5. Input-Output
6. Coding and Decoding
7. Inequalities
8. Data Sufficiency
9. Order and Ranking
10. Puzzles
11. Verbal Reasoning
12. Alphanumeric Series

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For General Awareness | Important Topics For General Awareness Section

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For General Awareness Section
1. History
2. Geography
3. Culture
4. Polity
5. Sports
6. Defense
7. Science and Technology
8. Indian Constitution
9. Awards
10. Books and Authors
11. Countries and Currencies/Capitals
12. Important National and International Events
13. Railway and Union Budget
14. Government Policies
15. Business
16. Economic Surveys
17. History of Banking
18. Banking Terminologies
19. Indian Financial and Banking Institutes and their Roles
20. RBI Guidelines
21. Banking Abbreviations
22. Current Bank Rates

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For Quantitative Aptitude | Important Topics For Quantitative Aptitude Section

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus For Quantitative Aptitude Section
1. Number Series
2. Simplification
3. Profit and Loss
4. Percentage
5. Average
6. Simple and Compound Interests
7. Ratio and Proportion
8. Quadratic Equation
9. Mensuration
10. Boats and Streams
11. Time, Speed, and Distance
12. Time and Work
13. Mixtures and Alligations
14. Probability
15. Permutation and Combination
16. Data Analysis and Interpretation

On the day of the exam

  • Get a good night’s sleep and be well-rested.
  • Keep your admit card and any other documents ready.
  • Reach the exam center well in advance to avoid any last-minute delays.


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