IBPS SO 2021 Preparation Tips for Prelims and Mains

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Apr 12, 2021

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IBPS SO exam is conducted every year to recruit officers for all its branches in the country. This exam is a very lucrative opportunity to enter and grow in the banking sector. Thus, thousands of students take this exam even though the vacancies are numbered. This makes the exam highly competitive and stressful for the students taking it. Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 

Just like any other competitive exam, the way to pass and ace this exam is to prepare in the best way.

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IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern

To give your best in any exam, it is most important to know the pattern of the exam including the number and the type of question asked. Here is the detailed exam pattern of IBPS SO 2021.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of Tests No. of Questions
English Language 50
Reasoning 50
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry/ Quantitative Aptitude 50

Mains Exam Pattern

The Mains exam pattern for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari differs slightly from that of other posts. Thus, they are given separately here.

For Law Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1 (Mains)

Name of the Test No. of Questions
Professional Knowledge 60

For Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the Test No. of Questions
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2

The IBPS SO Exam pattern is not very different from the other banking exams for Specialist officers, letting you take more or less the same preparation for all the banking exams you attempt.


IBPS SO 2021 Preparation Tips

Just knowing the exam pattern and the best books won’t help if you don’t know how to prepare for the exam. Seeing the difficulty level of the exam, it is imperative to prepare in a smart way.

Thus, we have compiled the most important points that the students must remember while preparing for IBPS SO exams.

For English

  • For the English portion, enhance your vocabulary by inculcating a habit of reading every day, brush up your grammar and solve practice papers.
  • Grammar and vocabulary is very important thus go through the dictionary to find the right usage of words and learn new words.
  • This contains questions from Comprehension, Antonyms and Synonyms, Para Jumbles, and Spotting the errors.

For Reasoning

  • This is the most logical section of the paper and very easy to score.
  • It includes topics like Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Ranking and Order, and others.
  • A revision after every practice solution is a must to ace this.

For Quantitative Aptitude

  • This is the toughest section of the Prelims Paper and includes Ratio and Proportion, Speed and Distance, Average, Time and Work, Data Interpretation, Number Series, Simplification, and Quadratic Equation.
  • Learning the formulas and basic concepts is the best strategy here.
  • This section requires regular practice.

For General Awareness

  • For Current Affairs, reading the newspaper and listening to everyday news is sufficient.
  • Applying candidates need to be aware of all the general, banking and economic events happening in the country as well as the world.
  • For other topics, buy the best books and go through each topic in a routine. Make sure to revise everything regularly to avoid any confusion and forgetting.
  • Practice mock-papers and previous years’ question papers regularly once you finish the syllabus.
Mains Tips

IBPS SO Mains Preparation Tips

There are several IBPS SO posts for which candidates are recruited through this exam. Depending on which post you apply for, the mains exam will be accordingly conducted. Hence, the preparation for IBPS SO mains is very specific as per the syllabus of your chosen post.

By referring the relevant books for your subject, you can complete the Mains preparation for IBPS SO easily.



Ques: Are the papers the same for the Preliminary Exam of all the posts?

Ans: The papers are the same for all the posts in Preliminary Exam. However, the Mains paper is related to the post the candidate is applying for.

Ques: What is the nature of the questions asked in the Mains Exam?

Ans: The questions asked in the IBPS SO Mains exams are objective in nature. However, for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, there are two descriptive questions too.

Ques: Are the questions repeated in the IBPS SO exam?

Ans: Some of the questions may be repeated from any of the previous years. However, the chances of the repetition of a question pattern is more than the chances of the repetition of the exact question.

Ques: Is IBPS SO exam tough?

Ans: Yes, the IBPS SO is one of the toughest competitive exams.

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