The post for Specialist Officer (SO) requires aspirants from specialized streams according to the required role like IT Officer, HR Officer, Law Officer, Agricultural Officer, Marketing Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.
The banks require the Specialist Officer so as to cope up with the technological advancement and maintain efficient functioning of banks. IBPS conducts the IBPS SO exam to recruit Specialist Officers for different participating banks while SBI conducts its own exam known as SBI SO exam to recruit them for all its branches.
With these excellent posts, comes huge competition and hence it is very important to be focused on the exam and crack it. So, a well thought out preparation strategy is provided for the aspirants to start with their preparation in a proper way.
- Know about the exam details:
The pattern for both the IBPS SO and SBI SO exam is a bit different since a new section called the Professional knowledge section is included in the Mains exam. So, know the full pattern along with the syllabus of the SO exams before starting with the preparation.
- Analyze and devise a strategy:
After knowing the syllabus, analyze the topics and mark the difficult and important ones to start with the preparation. Devise a study timetable and cover the topics entirely.
- Focus on Graduation topics:
As there is a professional knowledge section in the Mains paper, it is very important to recollect those important topics from graduation that may come in the exam. For example, for the IT Officer Post, revise the topics like OS, Networking, DBMS, Computer, Organization, etc.
- Follow news:
This simple habit will surely take care of the General Awareness section in the Mains. Follow some standard news channel and read newspapers daily. Reading English newspapers will also improve the English language skills by enhancing the comprehending capabilities, reading skills and vocabulary of the aspirants.
- Follow standard study and information sources:
Standard books for studying should be followed along with knowing proper information regarding the exams. With the entry of various EdTech companies, self-study has become really easy. So, prepare from preferred source(s) for the exam.
- Practice and Revise:
It is very crucial to retain the topics for a longer duration. So, keep practicing and revising the topics so that the topics are well remembered. Practice different variations of Numerical, Reasoning and Grammar questions to build up the confidence of solving them.
- Solve previous year and sample questions:
Solving the previous year papers and sample papers will not only show the pattern of the papers but will also give an overview of the difficulty level of the questions. The mock tests will also help the aspirants to get well acquainted with the exam like situation. So, do give various mock tests after solving sample and previous year papers.
- Get well versed with financial and banking affairs:
The question asked in the Interview and the questions from the general awareness section will mostly revolve around various financial and banking issues. So, start preparing for these topics thoroughly for both the exam and interview.
- Manage time and improve accuracy:
The time plays a very vital role in the exam since a lot of questions are to be solved in a limited time. There is also a negative marking scheme in the exam which sometimes reduces the score considerably. So, it is very important to be accurate during the exam and give priority to every section. So, solve easy questions first from all the section and then come back to the un-attempted questions. Follow this recurring strategy to clear the sectional as well as overall cut off.
- Prepare for the Interview:
The Interview is the last process should not be taken lightly. Prepare for the interview beforehand by improving the spoken English and by getting well acquainted with the financial and banking issues.
These preparation tips will surely help the aspirants to properly prepare for the IBPS and SBI SO exam and crack it with ease. With dedication, hard work and proper planning, success would be just a step ahead to reach.
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