Tips and Strategies for IBPS Specialist Officers Exam: Exam Structure and Subject Preparation Tips

Institute of banking Personal Selection (IBPS) conducts Common Written Examination for recruitment of Specialist Officers for different public sector banks across the country. The examinations are conducted through online format at different centers across the country.

The written Exam consists of an objective type test. The Objective type question paper includes 4 Sections comprising Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness/Quantitative Aptitude and Professional Knowledge. The total of 200 multiple choice questions are asked. Each section will have 50 questions with negative marking of .25 marks for each wrong answer.

The following flow diagram gives an idea about the IBPS Specialist Officers Exam Structure.

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*General Awareness for Law Officer- Scale I & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I & Quantitative Aptitude for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I

We are providing Preparation Tips by the experts for the candidates appearing in IBPS Specialist Officers Exam.

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Tips for Reasoning :

Reasoning is an important and scoring section in IBPS Specialist Officer Exam. Different type of questions are asked in Reasoning so, one should first understand the nature of questions. For this going through the previous year papers will help. Prepare Reasoning topics as per your comfortability. Practice is of course one of the important aspects in mastering Reasoning section. In SBI PO Exam, the questions from this section are from both Verbal and Non Verbal section. Verbal Reasoning topics include- Analogy, Input-Output, Classification, Syllogism, Inferences etc. From non verbal section, questions are from Classification of figures, Figure series etc.

Tips for Quantitative Aptitude:

Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS Specialist Officers Exam is meant for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I. This section involves questions based on basic concepts of arithmetic. To crack this section, one should be comfortable with speedy calculation and approximation techniques. Data Interpretation is also a part of Quantitative Aptitude. Basic concept of Percentages, Ratios, Averages is required to solve questions on Arithemetic and DI. In DI, questions are from the topics- Table Charts, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Radar Graph, Mixed Graph.

Tips for English Language:

English Language is one of the important and scoring section of IBPS Specialist Officers Exam. This section can be divided into Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension (RC). To score well in this section, one has to brush up grammatical concepts-Parts of Speech etc. Good vocabulary is a must as it will be helpful in solving questions of Antonyms & Synonyms. Reading Comprehension is another essential part of English Language section.

This section includes questions from Close Test, Antonyms and Synonyms, Spotting the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Reading Comprehension etc.

Tips for General Awareness:

In IBPS Specialist Officers Exam, General Awareness is asked for Law Officer- Scale I & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I. Preparation of this section is relatively easy but must be done with proper strategy. One has to keep an eye on the latest happenings of the banking industry and economy. The topics to be covered are Banking System of India, Indian Economy, Money Market, Sport, Latest Awards and Honours, Personalities in News etc.

Tips for Professional Knowledge:

In IBPS SO Exam, questions from Professional Knowledge are from the subject of your graduation. First of all, revise your subject of graduation carefully. Make notes on important topics from the subject. Practice with previous year questions if available.