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IBPS SO (Specialist Officer) notification was out recently with vacancies for the below posts:

  • I.T. Officer (Scale-I)- 219 vacancies
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)- 853 vacancies
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)- 69 vacancies
  • Law Officer (Scale I)- 75 vacancies
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)- 81 vacancies
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)- 302 vacancies

So in total, there are 1599 vacancies waiting for your systematic hard work. These vacancies are there in 20 nationalized banks. The preliminary exam will be held on Dec 29, 2018, of which the pattern is below:

For Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

S. No. Section No. of questions Maximum marks Medium Duration (in mins)
1 English Language 50 25 English 40
2 Reasoning 50 50 English/Hindi 40
3 General Awareness with special reference to the banking industry 50 50 English/Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120


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

S. No. Section No. of questions Maximum marks Medium Duration (in mins)
1 English Language 50 25 English 40
2 Reasoning 50 50 English/Hindi 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English/Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120


You have a total of 44 days to prepare for this exam. All of your focus should be on the preparation for the prelims. The competition for these posts is going to be high and it’s only by practice that you can sail smoothly past the preliminary exam. Talking about practice, let’s have a look at mock tests which are nothing but replica of the actual test. These tests are succeeded by an instant report which highlights your weak areas apart from giving detailed explanations of the questions answered incorrectly. Not only this, but the report also briefs you on your performance by telling you your rank and percentile vis-a-vis other test-takers.

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A majority of the platforms who facilitate mock tests provide the first mock test free. Take the first mock test and assess the level of your preparation! Let’s have a look at how to tackle each of the section in this exam.

English Language

This is one section where you may face difficulty if your medium of instruction hasn’t been English. However, no need to be disheartened! There are ways you can brush up your English. Practice English questions on topics like reading comprehension, para jumbles, error spotting, cloze test, fill in the blanks. A good vocabulary goes a long way helping you in your exam and in your personal life. You can master it using these tips. If you are facing difficulty in answering questions related to reading comprehension passages we have some tips for that as well. Did you also know that reading a financial newspaper regularly makes a big difference in the preparation of this section? The bottom line is, start your preparation for this section now and don’t skip a single day.

Quantitative Aptitude

Practice topics like number series, data interpretation, data sufficiency, quadratic equations, simplification/approximation etc. In this section, you need to have speed and you have to also ensure that you don’t lose out on accuracy as there is negative marking in place. Practice is the key to master this skill. Allot different days for different topics and solve as many questions as possible. This will definitely help you understand the inherent concept. Once you have done enough practice and understand the concept thoroughly, you can come up with your own shortcuts which you can use going forward. Please note: what is more important than remembering shortcut is when to use which shortcut. With little time at your disposal in the actual exam, this skill comes handy and can be achieved only by practice.


This section is all about logic. Practice on a variety of topics will once again make a difference in this section as there is a range of topics to be covered. Get conceptual clarity on topics like coding-decoding, direction and distance, blood relations, ordering and ranking, inequalities, syllogism, input-output, data sufficiency and puzzles. Once again, allot different topics to different days and practice a lot of questions on each of the topics. Try solving maximum questions in the least time with a decent accuracy.

General Awareness

Reading a financial newspaper on a regular basis (especially the editorial section) will come handy on updating yourself on banking awareness. For static awareness, learn about important dams, mountains, stadiums, national parks, dances, currencies, capitals, headquarters of important institutions, stock exchanges, thermal power plants, nuclear power plants etc. Also, stay updated on CMs, Governors and latest events related to different states of India. You can use Lucent GK book as a reference. For banking awareness keep yourself updated with the RBI FAQs.

Check your preparation level free of cost

We publish sectional quizzes on our blog on a frequent basis. Take them on a timely basis and keep assessing your performance. Keep working on your weak areas to overcome them.

This is all we have to say in this article. We wish you all the best for your preparation. Let us know in the comments section below if you followed anything differently in your preparation.

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