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IBPS SO Prelims 2019 – Study Tips and Preparation Strategy

Study Tips and Preparation Time Table for IBPS SO Prelims 2019 was given here in detail, candidates who are preparing for IBPS SO can make use of this Study Tips.

IBPS SO Prelims 2019 – Study Tips and Preparation Strategy

Dear Aspirants, IBPS SO notification has been released by IBPS, for the recruitment of IBPS SO. Through this exam the candidates are recruited for various posts like, IT officer, Agriculture Officer, HR, Marketing Officer, Law officer and Rajyabhasaha Adhikari for various public sector banks. IBPS SO is one of the Technical based exams and students are already preparing as per IBPS SO Exam pattern & syllabus. If you are feeling difficult, to crack IBPS SO Exam, we are strongly advising to go for smart work coupled with hard work. Unplanned preparation will lose your confidence; instead a well structured IBPS SO preparation plan will help you to crack the exam.  Make sure whether you are following standard ibps so books and also practice questions from ibps so mock tests & ibps so previous year question papers.

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Exam pattern: For Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I:

Serial No



Total no.  of questionsTotal MarksDuration
1.Reasoning section50 50120 minutes
2.English language5025
3.Quantitative Aptitude5050

For Specialist Officers ( law officer and rajya bhashaadhikari) Scale I:

Serial noSectional topicsTotal no. of questionsTotal marksDuration
1.Reasoning section5050120   minutes
2.English language5025
3.General Awareness

(With Special Reference to Banking)



  • You can attend the examination in two languages i.e. English and Hindi except the subject to English Language.
  • For every incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted as per negative marking.

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IBPS SO 2019 – Changes in pattern:

  • In 2019, IBPS SO exam will take place in 3 stages i.e. Prelims, Mains (Professional Knowledge) & Interview.
  • The IBPS SO prelims will be qualifying in nature which implies that marks obtained in prelims won’t be considered for the final merit list.
  • But, candidates need to score the min cut-off marks (to be decided by IBPS) in Prelims to sit for the Mains.
  • To clear IBPS SO prelims exam, you need to qualify in sectional as well as overall cut off as decided by IBPS.
  • Even though it is a preliminary examination, the expected Questions level will be in Mains level, the initial screening will be tough on the preliminary level because you will have technical questions on mains.

IBPS SO Online coaching:

  • If you are planning to crack the SO examination, you have to practice harder. Don’t hesitate to practice more.
  • You have to practice ample of questions based on IBPS SO pattern as well as Practice on mock tests.
  • It will give more confidence and you can find an efficient way to approach the examination.
  • Click Here for IBPS SO Previous Year Question Paper in PDF

Study Tips to Crack IBPS SO Section-wise Preparation:

Study Tips to Crack IBPS SO English Language:

English language is one of the mark scoring sections among all other sections. The expected level of question in English language is Moderate. There are many students who are scared to attend this section. But, with the right strategy, it is easy to score better.

Weightage of Topics:


Expected Questions

Reading Comprehension10-15 Questions
Cloze test5-10 Questions
Fill in the Blanks1-5  Questions
Phrase Replacement/Sentence Improvement5-10 Questions
Error Spotting5-10 Questions
Para Jumbles / Odd Sentence out1-5 Questions

Important Study Links for English Language

Strategy for English:

  • Try to read all grammar rules based on the pattern, regularly.
  • Improve your vocabulary by reading newspaper every day.
  • While reading newspapers, try to improve your reading speed. It will help you to score more in reading comprehension.
  • Try to attend your strongest part in the section initially, which will give you to get more confidence.

Study Tips to Crack IBPS SO Reasoning Section:

Logical reasoning section is one of the trickiest sections asked in exam. The        questions may be tough and the section may be time consuming as well. You need to be good in your logical and analytical skills to score well in this section.

  Weightage of Topics:

TopicsExpected Questions
Seating Arrangement10-12 Questions
Puzzles5-10 Questions
Data Sufficiency3-5 Questions
Machine Input Output1-5 Questions
Syllogism3-5 Questions
Inequalities1-5 Questions
Ordering and Ranking2-6 Questions
Blood Relations2-5 Questions
Direction and Distance2-5 Questions
Coding-decoding5-10 Questions
Verbal Reasoning5-8 Questions

Important Study Links for Reasoning Ability

Strategy for Reasoning:

  • Categorize reasoning topics as simple, medium and complex based on your convenience.
  • Do your Attempts in the same order in the examination.
  • Solve puzzles online to sharpen your logical thinking.
  • Practice topic-wise tests, identify your weak areas and focus on those topics and find the shortcut to attempt those topics to avoid more time consumption.
  • Last year, questions from this section were difficult.
  • So practice with previous year question paper, it will give you an idea to split your time.

Study Tips to Crack IBPS SO Quantitative Section:

The quant section is there to test a candidate’s accuracy and speed. Quantitative Aptitude section is said to be time-consuming and accuracy.

Weightage of Topics:

             Topics      Expected Questions
Simplification/Approximation0-5 Questions
Number Series0-5 Questions
Data Interpretation13-15 Questions
Algebra5-6 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
Miscellaneous Topics15-17 Questions

Important Study Links for Quantitative Aptitude

Strategy for Quantitative section:

  • Practice tests from different difficult levels – start from easy and move to difficult.
  • Start with topics that form the base for other topics and then move on to higher-level difficult topics
  • Improve your calculation speed by memorizing tables, practicing mental calculations
  • Practice more difficult problems on simplification/ approximation, number series, data interpretation to boost your score
  • Hard practice in miscellaneous topics will help you in data sufficiency part.

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