45 Days Study Plan For IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2018

Dear Students, the IBPS recently released the notification for the recruitment of Specialist Officers and the prelims examination is scheduled to be held on 29th and 30th of December. The job of a Specialist Officer in a Public Sector Bank of India is one of the most sought after as well as the dream job of every banking aspirant. It not only provides one with the most reputed job in the banking sector but also serves her with huge perks and emoluments. That the exam is scheduled to be held in the next month, you must have started to prepare for the exam with all your heart and soul. Here is the Adda247 IBPS SO Study Plan for Prelims Examination 2018 to help you bring the house down this time.
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125

For the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination. 

Quantitative Aptitude
All that you need to do to perform well in the quantitative aptitude section is practice. Learn the basic concepts and practice them well, as for banking exams basic concepts will come in handy rather than tricks. Choose the questions wisely and try not to get stuck on a particular question or topic for too long. Instead of focussing on attempting the maximum number of questions, try focusing on the accuracy with which you attempt the paper.

Reasoning can be a tricky section for most of the students and it is important to the solve questions and at the same time keep a watch on the time that is passing by. Continuous practice will help you deal with this section too as the solution hits the mind quickly. To ace the grades in reasoning, all you need to do is to practice and only practice. After all, practice makes a man perfect.

English Language
The trick to scoring in the English section can vary from one person to another depending on his/her strengths and weaknesses. If you are good at vocab and reading then attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. But if you are good at grammar, attempt Reading Comprehension in the end. 

General Awareness
So much is happening every day that unless you keep yourself abreast of these changes, you cannot adjust yourself to them or tackle the GA section of any exam smoothly and easily. A busy person hardly gets the time to read everything that it contains. Avoid the habit of ignoring everyday news by telling yourself that you will do it in the end when the examinations are close, you only end up lying crushed under a pile of news. You can go through the Monthly Capsules provided by us for both Current Affairs as well as Banking Awareness.

S. No. English Language Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry (Especially the ones based on Current Affairs of past 5-6 months)
14th Nov Sentence improvement Input-Output Number Series Reserve Bank of India and its policies, Government Schemes
15th NovWord Association(Synonyms, Antonyms) Data Sufficiency Caselet Current Affairs (July 2018)
16th Nov Reading Comprehension Direction Sense Data interpretation (TABLE) Economic Survey
17th Nov Error Spotting Short Puzzles Quadratic Equation Monetary Policy
18th Nov Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Syllogism Data interpretation (Missing table) Indian Financial Organization
 19th Nov Statement and Paragraph Completion Inequality Boat and Stream Capital Market and Money Market
20th Nov Odd one out Blood Relation Arithmetic ( Quantity I and Quantity II) NBFC's, BASEL Norms
21st Nov Sentence Connectors Circular Puzzle Data interpretation (Pie)  Current Affairs (August 2018)
22nd Nov Sentence Completion Floor-based Puzzle Data sufficiency Negotiable Instruments
23rd Nov Cloze Test Linear Puzzle Data interpretation (Bar) Financial Inclusion, Indian Bank Association
24th Nov Error Spotting Box-based Puzzle Permutation and combination Current Affairs (September 2018)
25th Nov Statement and Paragraph Completion Puzzle on miscellaneous
26th Nov Reading Comprehension Order and Ranking Ratio and partnership MUDRA Bank
27th Nov Statement and Paragraph Completion Logical Reasoning Mix DI Union Budget 2018-19
28th Nov Cloze Test Coding-Decoding  Percentage Current Affairs (October 2018)
29th Nov Sentence Connectors Input-Output Arithmetic DI Small Finance Banks
30th Nov Error Spotting Data Sufficiency Profit and loss Shares and Debentures
1st Dec Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Direction Sense Mix DI Credit/Debit/Smart Cards
2nd Dec Sentence improvement Short Puzzles Simple and compound interest Priority Sector Lending
3rd Dec Sentence Completion Syllogism Mix DI NPCI and its products
4th Dec Reading Comprehension Inequality Average and Ages Mutual Funds, Cheque and its types
5th Dec Odd one out Blood Relation Mix DI Current Affairs (November  2018)
6th Dec Statement and Paragraph Completion Circular Puzzle Time and work Banking Ombudsman
7th Dec Odd one out/Theme Based Questions Floor-based Puzzle Arithmetic DI Important Committees
8th Dec Error Spotting Linear Puzzle Speed, time and distance World Bank/IMF/ADB/NDB/IBRD/AIIB
9th Dec Reading Comprehension Box-based Puzzle Mix DI Payment Banks, Headquarters of PSBs
10th Dec Statement and Paragraph Completion Puzzle on miscellaneous
Mixture and allegation Current Affairs (Till 10th December 2018)
11th Dec Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Order and Ranking Arithmetic DI Financial Abbreviations
12th Dec Reading Comprehension Logical Reasoning Probability Static Awareness
13th Dec Error Spotting Puzzle with Mathematical
Problems on age Static Awareness
14th Dec Sentence improvement Direction based puzzles

Pipe and Cisterns Static Awareness
15th Dec Reading Comprehension New pattern coding decoding Problemson trains Types of Money, DICGC
16th Dec Theme Based Questionsn Blood relation based puzzle Mensuration Current Affairs (July and August 2018)
17th Dec Odd one out Sqaure/Rectangle based puzzles Number Series Mutual Funds
18th Dec Cloze Test Two parallel row based puzzles Quadratic Equation Government Schemes
19th Dec Sentence Connectors Logical reasoning Simplification Indian Financial Organization
20th Dec Sentence Completion Flat floor based puzzles Approximation NPA & SARAFAESI
21st Dec Error Spotting Indefinite number of persons based puzzles Percentage Capital Market and Money Market
22nd Dec Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Coded blood relation Simple interest Current Affairs (September and October 2018)
23rd Dec Cloze Test Coded inequality Compound interest Important Committees
24th Dec Word Association(Synonyms, Antonyms) Coded Direction Average Static Awareness, MUDRA Bank
25th Dec Sentence improvement Figure based puzzle Ratio and Proportion Current Affairs (November and 28th December 2018)
26th Dec Reading Comprehension Timing based puzzle Partnership Types of Money
27th Dec Sentence Connectors Year or age based puzzles Profit & Loss World Bank/IMF/ADB/NDB/IBRD/AIIB
28th Dec Theme-based Questions date/month based puzzle Time and Work Static Awareness

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