IBPS SO English Preparation: Start with the Experts Advice

Every year IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) releases vacancies for the post of SO (Specialist Officers). This exam is conducted for the recruitment of specialist officers in public sector banks. In this post, we are going take a closer look at IBPS SO English Preparation. Let us begin:

IBPS SO is conducted in three phases:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

IBPS SO tests the candidates’ knowledge in the following subjects:

    Post: Law officer & Rajbhabha Adhikari 

  • Reasoning
  • English language
  • General awareness

    Post: Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
  • Reasoning
  • English language
  • Quantitative aptitude

As you can observe that in IBPS SO English language is a common subject for all the posts. Therefore, in this article, we will focus on the IBPS SO English language preparation strategy and tips.

First let’s discuss the syllabus as before starting the preparation, the most important part for any competitive exam is a proper understanding of its syllabus.

IBPS SO English Syllabus 2020:

  • Articles
  • Cloze test
  • Adverbs
  • Grammar
  • Verb Agreement
  • Comprehensions
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary
  • Tenses
  • Error Correction
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Completion
  • Error Spotting


The IBPS SO English language is divided into three main sections:

1] Vocabulary: 

Most of the candidates find it difficult to score good marks in this section. To score well in the vocabulary section of the IBPS SO exam following techniques can be used:

i) Use of Mnemonics:

This is one of the most powerful tools for remembering difficult words and sentences by relating it to the commonly used words or sentences.
Following image shows one of the Mnemonics: 

IBPS SO English

ii) Make Reading a habitual task:

Note down the difficult words after analysis of editorials, novels, articles, etc, and revise it from time to time. Not only it is important to learn the meaning of the word but also to figure out the usability, synonyms, and antonyms as well.  

iii) Follow daily YouTube sessions of Guidely channel:

iv) Get help from the ibps guide daily uploaded Hindu vocabulary

2] Grammar:

To excel in this particular section start from scratch. It is essential to understand the basic of the following topics in grammar:

  •  Noun
  •  Pronoun
  •  Tenses
  •  Subject-verb agreement
  •  Active and Passive voice
  •  Articles
  •  Preposition

These topics can provide you a great leap for answering error detection, cloze test, and para jumbles.

    For easy learning of all these topics follow our YouTube channel:

For improving score for IBPS SO English, try daily mocks as well as topic tests from English Grammar Preparation

3] Reading comprehension(RC):

It is considered as the most unpredictable yet scoring section of the IBPS SO exam. It usually consists of 5-10 questions covering questions like the tone of the passage, synonyms, and antonyms, direct questions, idioms, and phrases, etc.

Since it is an unseen passage, lack of proper practice can lead to losing valuable marks. So, the need of the hour is to practice as many reading comprehensions as possible.

Tips to score high marks in RC:

The key to solving an RC in minimum time is to read the paragraph at a glance and make bullet points. This will provide a better perspective to attempt the given questions.
Divide the entire paragraph into chunks based on its content. For example, the first paragraph can be considered as the introduction then the second paragraph can be the plot of the passage. The next one can be focussed on the positive or negative aspects of the topic. The last paragraph is the conclusion of the topic.
By following the above-mentioned technique the candidate can understand the RC thoroughly and can further answer the given questions correctly.

 Get English Practice Questions here

Through analysis of previous year IBPS SO exam papers, the following is the list of topic and number of expected questions:

        Topics Expected Number of Questions
Error Spotting and Correction         5-10
Reading Comprehension         10-15
Para jumbles         1-5
Cloze Test         5-10
Fillers         5-10
Miscellaneous         1-5

This above-mentioned division can be of great help for you to plan your IBPS SO English preparation strategy.

IBPS SO English Study Material:

  1. Study material by Guidely Experts
  2. English Grammar and composition: Wren and Martin
  3. Objective English for Competitve Examinations: Mcgraw Hill, Hari Mohan Prasad and Uma Rani Sinha
  4. Descriptive General English: S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q. How can I prepare for IBPS SO English?

    Follow the above mentioned methods and follow the given tips. If face any difficulty reach out to us at [email protected]

Q. Are the scores obtained in IBPS SO English section included for calculation?

  • The IBPS SO English section is of qualifying nature so you have to clear the sectional cut-off for selection.

Q. How can I learn IBPS SO English quickly?

  • Thorough learning and implementing on a daily basis can lead to scoring good marks in a short span of time.

Q. Can I learn IBPS SO English by myself?

  • Yes, By following Our Website for mocks, topic tests and videos you can prepare for IBPS SO english by yourself and analyse your improvement.
  • You can also buy our Express video course for personalised attention by our expert faculty.
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