IBPS SO Subject – Wise Books for Exam Preparation 2021

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Apr 12, 2021

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IBPS or Institute of Banking Service Personnel had released the SO (Specialist Officer) notice alongside the IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus on November 2 at the official site. Students can focus and study on topics accordingly with the support of IBPS SO 2021 curriculum.

A large part of actual preparation is based on choice of books. There are many books for the exam, but some of the books innovatively cover the curriculum. The simple way to choose IBPS SO books is to get familiarized with the syllabus. Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 

Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam is held in three phases, Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates have to clear the prelims stage to be eligible for Mains Exam, and clear Mains to reach the final Interview stage. Following are some major highlights.

Test Duration Max. Marks Syllabus
Prelims 120 Minutes 125 Marks Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language
Mains 60 Minutes 60 Marks Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning, Computer Ability, Data Interpretations, General Awareness

IBPS SO 2021 Recommended Books

Aspirants can check below for some good books for IBPS SO for different sections..

IBPS SO Books for the English Language

Questions in the English Language are asked from Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Paragraph Completion, fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, etc.

  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis
  • Objective English for Competitive test by Hari Mohan Prasad
  • Descriptive General English by Richa Sharma and SP Bakshi

IBPS SO Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude carries questions from Ratio and Percentage, Average, Distance and Time, Number series, Quadratic Equation, Data Interpretation, Speed. To score better marks in this part, aspirants can refer to the following books.

Books Author
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examination The Pearson Guide
Teach Yourself Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
Best Tricks and Shortcuts Method by Rapid Quantitative Aptitude Disha Publication
Quantitative Aptitude Disha Experts
Data interpretation Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation magical books series BSC Publication
Quantitative Aptitude Book Wiley’s Publication
Quantitative Aptitude Sarvesh Verma
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma (Arihant Publication)

IBPS SO Books for Reasoning Ability

In this section, students will get questions from Verbal Reasoning, Input-Output, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, etc.

  • Logical Reasoning by K Kundun
  • A modern approach Non-verbal and Verbal by BS Sivaji
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Non-verbal and Verbal by Sivaji
  • Verbal reasoning by RS Agrawal

IBPS SO Books for General Awareness

Questions from General Awareness are generally asked from financial awareness, general knowledge, banking awareness. Normally questions are asked from events that took place 3 to 4 month before the exam. Aspirants should read magazines, books, newspapers; and watch news to prepare for this part. Following books are best for this section.

Books Author
Manohar Pandey Book Arihant Publications
Guide to Banking General Awareness R Gupta
Manorama Yearbook 2021 ( English) Paperback Philip Mathew

IBPS SO Books for Computer Aptitude

In this section, aspirants should prepare topics such as Memory, Computer Abbreviation, Keyboard shortcuts, Computer Hardware, Operating System, Computer Hardware, Microsoft Office, Computer Fundamental and technologies. Aspirants can refer to the following books.

  • Objective Computer Awareness by Somya Ranjan Behera
  • Computer by Rani Ahilya
Mains Books

Best Books for Mains

The best books for Mains are suggested based on the post.

Posts Suggested Books
IT Officer
  • Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz o. Forouzan
  • A Computer for Competitive Exams: Fundamental of Computer with MCQs by RPH Editorial Board
  • Objective Computer Knowledge by R. Pillai
Law Officer
  • IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan
HR Officer
  • Bank HR Specialist book by Kiran Prakashan
  • Human Resource Management by K. Aswathappa
Agriculture Field Officer
  • Agriculture Field Officer by R. Gupta
  • IBPS – SO Agricultural Field Officer (Main) Exam by Dr. Lalita Gaur
  • Principles of Marketing by Kavita Sharma
  • CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan
  • Marketing Specialist Exam book by Upkar Prakashan
Rajbhasha Officer
  • Hindi Vyakaran Aur Rachna by Upkar Prakashan
  • Rajbhasha/Hindi (Officers, Assistant, Managers) Recruitment Exam Guide (Popular Master Guide) by RPH Editorial Board
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari Guide by R. Gupta

IBPS SO final cut-off depends on the Mains and Interview. For your preparation to be up to the mark, the above-mentioned reference books are some of the best choices available.

Preparation tips

IBPS SO Exam 2021 Preparation Tips

You can't accomplish your dream by practice only. You need to make a thorough analysis of your performance, both your solid and weak points, focus, and work equally on all parts. Practising will help you to take minimum time in the next mock and improve your weak points too. IBPS SO Practice papers, mock tests and referring the best books, altogether are going to help you ace the exam.


IBPS SO 2021 Books FAQs

Ques. How can I Select IBPS SO books?

Ans. Aspirants should select the best books that have covered the whole syllabus and are simple to understand.

Ques. Is it significant to attempt the mock test, or reading the books will do?

Ans. The books will be very useful for you to clear the concepts. After finishing the chapters, you can attempt the mock tests.

Ques. Do IBPS SO books contain sample papers?

Ans. Some books contain sample papers as well.

Ques. Which books are superb for IBPS SO for English?

Ans. Aspirants can refer to Composition books by Wren and Martin and High School Grammar. Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis, etc.

Ques. Is six months of preparation sufficient for IBPS SO?

Ans. Students should begin their preparation at least six months before the notification is published

Ques. How to prepare IBPS SO for the Data Interpretation question?

Ans. Aspirants have to solve various types of questions depending on this topic from last years’ question papers.

Ques. How to score best marks in the GK Section?

Ans. Students have to keep themselves updated with the events of the last six months.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.