Juhee Prasad Updated On: 09 Oct, 2018 16:23 IST
For those who are wondering how to prepare for IBPS PO 2018, here's a complete guide to succeed in the examination with flying colours.
The IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted on 29th and 30th December 2018, whereas, the IBPS SO 2018 Mains is going to take place on 27th January 2019. Candidates who have applied for IBPS SO 2018 must start their preparation now.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for SO (Specialist Officers) is an examination conducted for the aspirants of banking sector. The exam is conducted in offline mode (pen & paper based) in different allotted centers.
It is a national-level examination that has more than ten thousand applicants every year. Candidates must plan an effective preparation strategy, so that they are able to clear the examination with a good score. To make an effective preparation schedule, candidates must be aware of the IBPS SO 2018 syllabus and exam pattern.
Apart from that, the following tips and tricks can be very useful in cracking the IBPS SO 2018 exam:
Subject-Wise Preparation for IBPS SO 2018
Subject-wise preparation is an effective and approved trick to score good in a national-level examination like IBPS SO. Let’s look at the subjects covered in the IBPS SO 2018 exam and the best strategy to perform well in the exam.
An average student, must take upto 20 to 25 minutes to complete the entire English Language section of the IBPS SO 2018 exam.
To score good marks in this section, you need to have a strong hold over the language and grammar of English.
The section consists of topics like Theme Detection and Passage Completion and Word Formation and Sentence Completion which requires more concentration, focus and time. These topics need more practice than others.
It is important to be quick and correct with the other topics of English Language. To do so, you can practice previous years’ question papers and practice materials that are easily available in the market and over the internet.
Topics like One-word Substitution, Fill in the Blanks, Grammar and Prepositions can be mastered only with a good command over the language and regular practice sessions.
Reading newspaper and education based magazines for a better understanding of the usage of words and grammar is considered a very good practice for the aspirants of IBPS SO 2018.
Average time taken to solve Quantitative Aptitude should not be more than 25 to 35 minutes.
It is subject-matter that requires understanding of the patterns and skills to solve each question of this section.
You must also have a good grip on the Mathematical formulas and theories involved in solving the mathematical sums.
Topics like Percentage, Average, Simplification and Ration & Proportion must be given more time during the practice session, so that, solving these in the main paper becomes easy and quick.
Tricky questions related to Data Interpretation and Analysis can be achieved with rigorous amount of practice. The more the sums are practiced, the more clear and quick you will be with the questions.
You can also read good books that explain the topic in a clear way and helps you to understand the steps and formulas.
Seeking help from seniors, teachers or coaching centers is also a good option for conquering the trickiness of Quantitative Aptitude.
Candidates can spend approx 20 to 25 minutes to solve the questions of this section.
The more you practice Reasoning sums, the more grip you will have over the variety of questions.
It is a section that requires understanding of the tricks to solve the questions. This can be accomplished by solving practice papers and previous years’ exam paper.
Devote more time to tricky topics like Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Input Output, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Puzzels, etc.
Once your understanding of the topics are clear, you can put your stop watch on and start practicing the questions. This will help you in increasing your speed for the tricky questions, which will help you solve maximum number of questions in the main examination.
20 to 25 minutes can be the maximum duration of time that you should spend on solving this section in the examination paper.
For this subject-matter, all you need to do is to be thorough with the topics that have to be covered.
Use good reference materials for understanding difficult topics and questions.
For topics like IT, Network Security, Translation Analysis, Human Resource Development and Marketing, seek help and guidance from experts and seniors.
The more you read, the more clear you will be with these topics. Look for the type and style of questions that have been asked in the previous years’ question papers.
Follow these tips to ease your exam preparation and be among the toppers of IBPS SO. These tips will not only help you in enhancing your preparation skills but will also help you to be quick with the entire syllabus and complete it on time.
It is very important for you to know about the syllabus first and then start your preparation. Take some time and go through the syllabus prescribed by the concerned authority of IBPS SO 2018.
Creating a study-plan can be your second step towards a good preparation. Study plan will give you an insight about the important subjects of the syllabus that need to be covered first. A planned structure will also give you time for revision and improvement.
Making a time-table is also an effective way to cover the syllabus. This will also help you in maintaining your study-plan and running it smoothly. Divide your syllabus equally in suits you and start your preparation.
Keep a time slot for practice papers and solving previous years’ question papers. The practice session will help you keep track of types and patterns of questions that might come in the IBPS SO 2018 exam.
Take tests regularly, as it will help you improve the time taken to solve the entire paper. It will also help you have a strong hold on tricky questions. Taking tests on a regular basis is considered to be a good practice for the preparation of entrance exam.
Revision is one of the most important things that you must do on a day-to-day basis. This will help you in brushing up the studied subject-matter and will also help you in memorising tricks and formulas.
Good books are one of the best source for the preparation of entrance exams. They will help you in understanding the difficult topics and will also guide you through the tricks and tips that should be adopted to solve difficult questions. Mentioned below are few recommended IBPS SO 2018 books, that you may select to start your preparation.
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
IBPS Specialist Officers I.T. Officer CRP SPL – VII Professional Knowledge Main Exam Practice Work Book by Kirna Prakashan
Bank Success Book: Score Well in SBI & IBPS, Clerk, PO & SO Exams by BankingCareers Experts
Objective Mathematics for Competitive Examinations by Tarun Goyal
A New Approach to Logical Reasoning by B.S.Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal
Objective English by Hari Mohan Prasad and U.R.Sinha
Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication
Basic Banking & Financial Issue by Gantam Majumdaar
Professional Knowledge for IBPS/ SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam 2nd Edition
by Disha Experts