IBPS SO Preparation Tips, Study Guide and Key Pointers


How to Prepare for IBPS Specialist Officer 2016 Exam: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will be conducting IBPS SO 2016 on the 30th of January 2016. This will be the first level in the recruitment process. For the aspirants who are still unaware of IBPS Specialist Officer 2016 Syllabus and Exam Pattern, don’t worry. 

IBPS Specialist Officer Exam 2016 is conducted for multiple posts, which are H.R. Officer, Law, IT, Marketing and Agriculture Officer and Rajbhashadhikari Officer. It is a computer-based test (CBT) which consist of 4 sections, namely, Reasoning Ability, English, Quantitative Aptitude or General Awareness and Professional Knowledge. There are total 200 questions, carrying 1 mark each with 0.25 mark negative marking for incorrect ones. We have mentioned IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2016 after the exam pattern section of this article.  


IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2016 

For Law Officer and Rajbhashadhikari

 Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Marks Allotted
 Reasoning  50  50
 English Language  25  25
 General Awareness  50  50
 Professional Knowledge (specific to the particular trade)  75  75
  Total  200  200

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2016 

For IT, Agriculture Field, Marketing and HR/Personnel Officer

 Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Marks Allotted
 Reasoning  50  50
 English Language  25  25
 Quantitative Aptitude  50  50
 Professional Knowledge (specific to the particular trade)  75  75
  Total  200  200

Since we are only one and a half month away from IBPS SO 2016, it is advisable to follow a strict routine in terms of preparation and revision for the exam. So, for all those who are still confused how to proceed, read these IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2016 carefully. 


IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2016 – How to Master IBPS Specialist Officer Exam

IBPS SO 2016 Tips and Tricks

Preparation Tip #1 – Mark your Current Progress Level

This should be your first step. Read the Official Notification for IBPS Specialist Officer Exam 2016. You can get complete information regarding IBPS SO Syllabus 2016 from it. Once you know the topics covered in IBPS SO 2016 Syllabus, you can segregate the ones you know from the ones you are not confident in. 

Preparation Tip #2 – Go through Previous Years IBPS SO Papers

Technically, this is the first thing you must do. Analysing previous years solved IBPS SO Papers will help in getting familiar with the exam pattern. It will also give a rough idea about the expected level of difficulty of the questions that might be asked in IBPS SO 2016.    

Preparation Tip #3 – Keep in mind the Negative Marking

Accuracy trumps Number of Attempts. In simple words, attempting more and more questions shouldn’t be your strategy. Accuracy should be the main objective. Develop a proper strategy for solving questions with maximum accuracy. An overall attempt of 50-55% with 85% accuracy will be good enough.    

Preparation Tip #4 – Time Management

Time is the main essence here. There will be 4 sections. First, read the exam guidelines carefully. Second, try and scan the entire paper in 5-10 minutes. Third, Select a particular section and start attempting. Avoid getting consumed by a tricky question. You have only 120 minutes for 200 questions.

Preparation Tip #5 – Analyse your Performance after Each Mock Test

The key to success is Practice. Try to start atleast 3 months before any national level examination. This will give you ample time for both practice and revision. But if you are a late beginner, make sure you dedicate the remaining time attempting mock tests and practice papers.

And do not forget to do the main exercise – Self Analysis. You need to rate your performance and see where you need improvement. Even if you are able to cover the essential mistakes, chances of cracking IBPS SO 2016 Exam will increase exponentially.

We hope our IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2016 will prove beneficial for you. If you have any queries, please mention in the comments below.

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