IBPS SO is a national level entrance exam for the selection of professionals for specific departments. Several job roles like that of the IT Officer, Law officer, HR, Agricultural field officer and Marketing officer are filled up through this exam. Owing to the specialized nature of the posts, only candidates with the relevant qualification are going to be eligible to apply. The exam has three stages which are the prelims, mains and provincial allotment of the post. The exam pattern, syllabus and the types of questions in IBPS SO is slightly different from that of the IBPS PO and clerk since it is a specialized position. While you can get somewhat overlapping of the syllabus in the prelims the mains for both the exams have a completely different syllabus.
We have shared some tips and suggestions which will help you with preparing the technical section or the professional section for IBPS SO. The mains paper is entirely dedicated to it and in other words, we have shared tips for the preparation of the IBPS SO Mains exam.
Once you qualify the prelims of IBPS SO, you are eligible to appear for IBPS SO mains. The mains exam has one paper that is dedicated to the specific post for which you are applying. This means, there is no common paper for all and depending on the post the questions and the relevant syllabus will vary. All these sets of question papers are known as the professional knowledge test. There are 60 questions to be done in 45 minutes and the maximum marks are 60. However, for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, there are 45 object type questions and 2 descriptive questions that have to be completed in a total of 1 hour. The total marks is 60. For all the posts, there is 0.25 negative marking in the objective type questions for every wrong answer.
Since the requirements, educational qualifications are different for the posts for which the recruitment is done through IBPS SO, and hence the syllabus is different too. The plus side is you have to prepare the syllabus that is relevant to the post for which you are applying. But it also means, the vacancy is very limited and the competition is high and hence your preparation should be exceptionally good. The following are the syllabuses for the different technical sections or related posts for which you apply:
|Banking Post||Mains Syllabus|
|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;
|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; SARFAESI; Banking Ombudsman Scheme; Laws and Actions with 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 Appraisal|
When you are familiar with the relevant syllabus of your post, you will find it much easier to make a preparation strategy accordingly.
Since the technical section is specially dedicated to the knowledge relevant to the specific post, subject-wise tips may not be always possible. However, keeping in mind certain generic tips will help you to minimize the time and effort needed to finish the syllabus-
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The technical section of IBPS SO is challenging as it does not match the syllabus of any other banking exam and is solely dedicated to your academic year syllabus. However, with the right approach to the preparation strategy, you can ace the paper. We hope the generic tips shared by us will be helpful to all aspirants and wish the best of luck to all of you for the upcoming IBPS SO 2020 exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.