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Details for IBPS SO Exam

Many candidates pursued their Graduation or Post-Graduation with core subjects, with specific specializations in their opted core subjects.

So, to recruit these candidates in a Bank, IBPS conducts IBPS SO Exam.

IBPS Specialist Officer exam is conducted in two phases: Prelims and Main Exam.

Prelims Exam has already been conducted on 30th and 31st December 2017. Now, candidates are preparing for Main Exam which will be on 28th January 2018.

For IBPS SO Main Preparation, you need to solve previous year question papers. This is the best way to prepare for the exam, as this will give you a clear idea about the pattern and difficulty level of the questions.

Also take online mock tests, this will help you analyze your level of preparation and also increase your speed and accuracy.

Best of Luck!


  •  The IBPS SO is an Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Post Name – Specialist Officer (SO). All candidates must check their eligibility before applying for the post that they are eligible for the post or not. Eligibility Criteria for SO Exam covers participant education qualification, age criteria, etc. Qualification standard different for every post checks it. Graduation is must for this post. For agricultural students having a four-year degree course.
    Participating candidates must have age between 20 – 30 years and age relaxation is according to the govt norms. This exam conducts three steps which are given below,
    • Preliminary Exam
    • Mains Exam
    • Common Interview
    If you are crack all the stages then selected as an IBPS SO,
    you will be getting a decent salary in the initial period of your service. The
    basic pay will be Rs. 30,000 – 38, 000/-. On top of it.
     If you want to know elaboration of this information. you can take information from competitive exam guide.
  • edited February 2018

    I think 5 months are more than enough to clear SO exam if you have been preparing for other exams. If you know the basic tips and tricks in Quants and Reasoning then you just need to focus on Technical part.

    “According the the latest pattern, only Technical part will be considered for selecting the candidatesQuants, Reasoning and English are qualifying in nature.”

    If you have not been preparing for other Banking Exams then it would be a bit difficult, not impossible but difficult. You will need to learn the tricks in Quants and Reasoning and you will need to learn to manage time.

    First of all, I’ll tell you the order in which you should attempt the exam. This approach has worked for me and I’ve been using it for years.

    How to Attempt the Exam

    Three parts are qualifying in nature (Quants, Reasoning and English) so you just need to score above the cutoff. Do not take it lightly though. You may miss the cutoff by a few marks. It has happened with many candidates.

    Start with English. Do not read the passage based questions. Just answer the questions if they are related to antonyms or synonyms otherwise leave it. Answer Grammar based questions and you will clear this part easily. I’ve scored as high as 37/40 in English. You can purchase S P Bakshi for English if you are really weak.

    After finishing English, go for the Technical part. Try to finish these two parts (English + Technical) within 45 minutes and you will have 75 minutes for Quants and Reasoning.

    In Reasoning, never solve the puzzles in the beginning unless you are completely sure that you will get the solution in the first go. Puzzles are there to waste your time. Solve them in the end, when you have done everything else. Remember, it is qualifying in nature so you do not need to solve every question. Attempt the easy ones. You can refer Kiran Bank PO book for this section.

    For quants, do small calculations in your mind. Do not write everything down. Some questions related to profit-loss and boat-stream can be solved using the options. So practice solving the questions in that way. It will make a huge difference in the exam. You can refer Kiran Bank PO book for this section.

    How to Score Good in Technical? How to Prepare?

    Go through DBMS, DCN, Networking and Operating System and you will easily score more than 35-40 (out of 75) marks here. Most of the questions are from these 4 subjects. Nothing too tough, just basic questions. I am an ECE graduate and I did well in Technical. So if you are from CSE or IT, you have an edge over others. The rest depends on your knowledge. The more you study, the more your score will be. There is a book by Kiran Publication for Technical part. You can refer that if you do not have much time. Otherwise I would suggest you to go for your engineering books.

    Remember, this part will decide your fate in the exams so it is the most important part. Do not leave anything as even a single mark can change your fate. I was in the Reserve list in 2015 and had to wait a complete year because my marks were 57.4 and the cutoff was 57.6.

    Once you are familiar with the pattern, all you need to do is improve your speed. Purchase an Online Test Series and practice (It makes a huge difference). This is the most important thing you need to do. Take at least 1 test everyday for a month and you will improve.

  • Before beginning with the tips to crack the IBPS PO exam 2018, would like to introduce you to the IBPS PO entrance exam as a part of this blog on career guidance tips. you should follow these guideline :


    IBPS exam for Probationary Officer is amongst the most popular top entrance exams organized and held by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection each year, for recruitment of POs in Banks. The organization structures the PO exam in a three phase selection procedure. The three phases are as below:

    – Stage I – Preliminary

    – Stage II – Mains

    – Stage III – Interview

    The Preliminary or the Phase I which is a beginning level for all the exam takers are required to crack it to go to next level which happens to be the Mains. The students who pass the mains exam are called for an interview by different Participating banks in IBPS PO based on the vacancies present there.

    That was about the IBPS PO exam. Now, let’s get on with IBPS PO exam preparation pointers under career guidance.


    It is a basic step for any kind of exam. On the off chance that you don’t plan your entrance exam preparation for this bank exam in the right way, you commit a terrible mistake. 

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