IBPS conducts exams for the recruitment of Specialist officer role in various banks across the country. The Specialist Officer (SO) hold posts from IT, HR, Finance and others. This examination has 200 questions with a time limit of 2 hours.
Preparing well for the examination is a must, though one must follow their own pattern for preparation, we provide you with few general tips to help your preparations. These tips will certainly help you prepare and perform better in IBPS SO written exam:
Plan your study schedule: Planning your schedule for preparation way ahead your exam is important. Prepare a study time-table and stick to it. Make sure to include breaks into time table. Breaks refreshes your mind which will help you study better. Also make a point to get a good night's sleep, which in turn will boost your concentration.
Understand your syllabus: Syllabus for banking is not specific, the syllabus a broad spectrum of topics. Make a point to understand every topic in every section and prepare accordingly. Understanding the syllabus will be really helpful during preparation.
Know your Exam pattern: If you don't look into the exam pattern before hand, you are bound to get the shock of your life on the day of exam. Go through the exam pattern, understand the marks and weightage of every section. This will also help you decide on how much you should put to study on each topic.
Pay more attention on your weak areas: To become a specialist officer at a bank, you will require good data analytical skills, reasoning ability and polish english language skills. Identify your problem areas and strong areas by going through the syllabus. Focus and put more effort on the weaker areas and also do not neglect your strong areas. However, not paying attention to the sections you are weak in results to poor performance in the final exam.
Practice Old Question Papers and take up mock tests: Solving old question papers or mock tests in a stipulated time limit gives you a real life experience of taking the exam. This strategy will also help with time management concerns.
Section-wise preparation tips
Every section in the question paper is as important as the other. Not performing well or neglecting any section will affect your overall score drastically. Hence, preparing for every section, paying attention to all topics is very important for an overall high score. Here are a few tips of sectional preparation:
Reasoning section: Majority of the questions in this section is based on critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Practicing questions from this is important as you can get an idea about the types of questions that can be expected from this section.
English/Hindi Language Section: Language papers as always focus on your vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Hence, concentrate on these areas while preparing for the language papers.
Quantitative Aptitude Section: This section consists of the numericals, candidates are required to understand the various concepts of mathematics for this section. Focus on your calculation speed and make sure you solve as many question papers as possible to pick speed and accuracy.
Professional knowledge Section: This is the heart of the paper as you will obtain post based on your professional background. Hence, go through all your graduation books and practice to excel in this section.