IBPS SO 45 Days Study Plan for Preliminary Examination 2018


IBPS recently published the notification for the recruitment of Specialist Officers and the preliminary examination is scheduled for December 29 and 30. The work of a Specialist Officer in a Public Sector Bank of India is one of the most sought after and dreamed work of all aspiring banks. Not only does it provide one with the most reputable work in the banking sector, but it also gives you huge benefits and emoluments. That the exam is scheduled for next month, you must have started to prepare for the exam with all your heart and soul. IBPS SO Study Plan for Prelims Examination 2018 to help you break down the house this time.

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
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:

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

Candidates must qualify in each of the three tests ensuring that the minimum cut marks are decided by IBPS. The appropriate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending on the requirements will be preselected for the main online exam.

Quantitative ability

All you need to do to perform well in the quantitative aptitude section is practice. Learn the basics and practice them well, as for the bank exams the basics will be useful instead of tricks. Choose the questions wisely and try not to get stuck on a particular question or subject for too long. Instead of focusing on trying the maximum number of questions, try to focus on how accurately you try the paper.


Reasoning can be a difficult section for most students and it is important to answer the questions and, at the same time, monitor the time that passes. Continuous practice will help you deal with this section as well since the solution comes to mind quickly. After all, the qualifications in the reasoning, all you need to do is practice and just practice. After all, practice makes man perfect.

English language

The trick to scoring in the English section may vary from one person to another depending on your strengths and weaknesses. If you are good at vocabulary and reading, first try reading comprehension and continue with the Cloze Test and various other topics such as Error Detection, Jumbles, Replacing sentences, Double fillings, etc. the end.

General awareness

There are so many things happening every day that, unless you keep abreast of these changes, you can not adjust to them or approach the AG section of any exam easily and without complications. A busy person barely has time to read everything in it. Avoid the habit of ignoring the news every day by telling yourself that you will at the end when the exams are close, you will only end up lying crushed under a pile of news. You can check the monthly Capsules that we provide for both Current Affairs and Bank Knowledge.

Day 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)
Day 1 Sentence improvement Input-Output Number Series Reserve Bank of India and its policies, Government Schemes
Day 2 Word Association(Synonyms, Antonyms) Data Sufficiency Caselet Current Affairs (July 2018)
Day 3 Reading Comprehension Direction Sense Data interpretation (TABLE) Economic Survey
Day 4 Error Spotting Short Puzzles Quadratic Equation Monetary Policy
Day 5 Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Syllogism Data interpretation (Missing table) Indian Financial Organization
Day 6 Statement and Paragraph Completion Inequality Boat and Stream Capital Market and Money Market
Day 7 Odd one out Blood Relation Arithmetic ( Quantity I and Quantity II) NBFC’s, BASEL Norms
Day 8 Sentence Connectors Circular Puzzle Data interpretation (Pie)  Current Affairs (August 2018)
Day 9 Sentence Completion Floor-based Puzzle Data sufficiency Negotiable Instruments
Day 10 Cloze Test Linear Puzzle Data interpretation (Bar) Financial Inclusion, Indian Bank Association
Day 11 Error Spotting Box-based Puzzle Permutation and combination Current Affairs (September 2018)
Day 12 Statement and Paragraph Completion Puzzle on miscellaneous
Day 13 Reading Comprehension Order and Ranking Ratio and partnership MUDRA Bank
Day 14 Statement and Paragraph Completion Logical Reasoning Mix DI Union Budget 2018-19
Day 15 Cloze Test Coding-Decoding  Percentage Current Affairs (October 2018)
Day 16 Sentence Connectors Input-Output Arithmetic DI Small Finance Banks
Day 17 Error Spotting Data Sufficiency Profit and loss Shares and Debentures
Day 18 Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Direction Sense Mix DI Credit/Debit/Smart Cards
Day 19 Sentence improvement Short Puzzles Simple and compound interest Priority Sector Lending
Day 20 Sentence Completion Syllogism Mix DI NPCI and its products
Day 21 Reading Comprehension Inequality Average and Ages Mutual Funds, Cheque and its types
Day 22 Odd one out Blood Relation Mix DI Current Affairs (November  2018)
Day 23 Statement and Paragraph Completion Circular Puzzle Time and work Banking Ombudsman
Day 24 Odd one out/Theme Based Questions Floor-based Puzzle Arithmetic DI Important Committees
Day 25 Error Spotting Linear Puzzle Speed, time and distance World Bank/IMF/ADB/NDB/IBRD/AIIB
Day 26 Reading Comprehension Box-based Puzzle Mix DI Payment Banks, Headquarters of PSBs
Day 27 Statement and Paragraph Completion Puzzle on miscellaneous
Mixture and allegation Current Affairs (Till 10th December 2018)
Day 28 Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Order and Ranking Arithmetic DI Financial Abbreviations
Day 29 Reading Comprehension Logical Reasoning Probability Static Awareness
Day 30 Error Spotting Puzzle with Mathematical
Problems on age Static Awareness
Day 31 Sentence improvement Direction based puzzles Pipe and Cisterns Static Awareness
Day 32 Reading Comprehension New pattern coding decoding Problemson trains Types of Money, DICGC
Day 33 Theme Based Questionsn Blood relation based puzzle Mensuration Current Affairs (July and August 2018)
Day 34 Odd one out Sqaure/Rectangle based puzzles Number Series Mutual Funds
Day 35 Cloze Test Two parallel row based puzzles Quadratic Equation Government Schemes
Day 36 Sentence Connectors Logical reasoning Simplification Indian Financial Organization
Day 37 Sentence Completion Flat floor based puzzles Approximation NPA & SARAFAESI
Day 38 Error Spotting Indefinite number of persons based puzzles Percentage Capital Market and Money Market
Day 39 Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement Coded blood relation Simple interest Current Affairs (September and October 2018)
Day 40 Cloze Test Coded inequality Compound interest Important Committees
Day 41 Word Association(Synonyms, Antonyms) Coded Direction Average Static Awareness, MUDRA Bank
Day 42 Sentence improvement Figure based puzzle Ratio and Proportion Current Affairs (November and 28th December 2018)
Day 43 Reading Comprehension Timing based puzzle Partnership Types of Money
Day 44 Sentence Connectors Year or age based puzzles Profit & Loss World Bank/IMF/ADB/NDB/IBRD/AIIB
Day 45 Theme-based Questions date/month based puzzle Time and Work Static Awareness

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