How to Crack IBPS SO 2019- Expert Strategy & Tips!

IBPS SO exam 2019 dates are on 28 and 29 December, 2019 for the prelim. Applicants must have studied well by this time. The ratio of applied vs. shortlisted is very high (Previous year 3 lac candidates applied and 16,268 candidates were shortlisted from the written test). Now you must be thinking ‘How to Crack IBPS SO 2019- Expert Strategy & Tips’. We are giving expert advice which may be helpful for your preparation and may boost your scoring in the exam.

IBPS SO 2019 exam

Before reaching the stage of IBPS SO mock test, let us first go through the vital information related to IBPS SO exam 2019.

IBPS So 2019 Overview
Post IBPS SO Scale -1
Total Vacancies 1163
Application Dates 6.11.2019 to 26.11.2019
Exam Stages Prelim, Main and Interview
Prelim Exam 28 and 29 December, 2019
Main Exam 15 January, 2020

Exam pattern for the post of IT Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Officer:

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Subjects No. of Questions Total Marks Medium of exam Duration
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125   120 minutes (2 Hrs)

Exam Pattern for the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

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Subjects No. of Questions Total Marks Medium of exam Duration
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125   120 minutes (2 Hrs)

Candidates must remember that there is a minimum cut off in each of the three tests to qualify to the main exam, which is decided by IBPS based on the number of vacancies available. Moreover, there is a sectional time limit for each test and there will be negative marking of one fourth or 0.25 of the assigned marks to that question for wrong answers attempted.

Now let us go for subject/ test wise tips:

English Language:  

  • Answering English language questions needs understanding grammar and it’s an application, the formation of tense in sentences. 
  • Most of the topics can be attempted if grammar and vocabulary are good.
  • Practice on questions of each topic and lastly go to paragraph questions. 

Quantitative Aptitude:

This covers mathematics question of 10th standard.

QA questions are based on either formula and/or steps followed. Formula based means either you know the formula or don’t know.  Step based needs basic fundamentals. You are advised to understand fundamentals and solve easy questions in the first stance. QA is scoring subject understanding of topic and practice is a must. Practice on IBPS SO prelims free mock test. Later, you can go for paid and customized IBPS SO mock test.  Customized mock tests will give you an option of questions from selected topics of your choice which you have prepared.

 Reasoning: (forIT Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Officer)

ibps so reasoning mock test

The reasoning is influenced by an individual’s IQ. But practicing reasoning questions will improve understanding and scoring.

  • Firstly solve questions on Ordering & Ranking, Inequalities, Arrangement & pattern, Series, Analogies, Classifications
  • Then practice on seating arrangement and puzzles
  • Then attempt on blood relations, Input-output, Directions & distances, Syllogism
  • Finally, practice on data sufficiency. Do not bother with questions you feel very hard and are not able to solve.


General Awareness (with Special Reference to Banking Industry)(for Law Officer and Rajbhasha):

  • Self-made notes are always useful for GA exam. Prepare notes on Current Affairs, Indian Politics, History, Science, Geography and constitution.
  • Current news and highlights must be watched.
  • Note down news if you feel related to your exam
  • Read Books and good magazines which provide daily and latest news
  • Newspaper reading and journal must be read daily.
  • Attempt Current affairs quiz available online.
  • News and information related to Banking must be noted.

IBPS SO Mock test:

mock test
  • Online IBPS SO mock tests are always recommended for exams to score high.
  • All top rankers practice and suggestions for regular and systematically attempting online mock papers related to the exam.
  • After every attempt, analyses your performance in terms of time taken, score, wrongly answered questions, study solutions of wrong attempts. IBPS SO exam 2019 is online exam.
  • In the first round, answer easy and sure answer questions. This will create confidence and will contribute to good scoring. This will help you cover as many questions as you can. In case of time left, you can attempt some questions in the second round.
  • Do not waste time on questions where you are stuck. At the same time mark probable answer option in the first round if you are sure about some wrong options. This will help in the second round attempt.

Now you are ready for the final preparation of IBPS SO prelim exam 2019. All the Best.

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