Have you all prepared for IBPS SO prelims 2019 Exam? If you are still confused about which topics to study and how to study, here is a brief explanation about IBPS SO Important Topics. Go through the complete post to know which topics you need to concentrate on and how to prepare.

  • Candidates can begin their preparation by following Experts IBPS SO Preparation Tips for Prelims Exam.
  • To help each candidate score more in the preliminary exam, we have provided IBPS SO Important Topics with topic-wise weightage of questions.
  • The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2019 on 12th December 2019. Candidates are advised to download the hall ticket and carry it to the exam center without fail.
  • In this post, candidates can check out the topic-wise number of questions, important topics, and also IBPS SO Important Books for each section.

IBPS SO Important Topics 2019 Overview

As the first stage of IBPS SO Exam 2019 is scheduled on December 28 and 29, 2019, gear up your preparation for the examination. IBPS SO has four sections which include Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude. As the IBPS SO Syllabus is huge, candidates must plan properly in order to study all topics and be perfect. 

  • As there are a total of 6 posts under the Specialist Officer, the Prelims exam pattern, marking scheme and cut off varies. 
  • For Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari posts, the subjects involved are Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry in the preliminary exam.
  • For remaining posts i.e., Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), & HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I), the subjects involved are Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude in the preliminary exam.

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Subject No. of Questions Marks Expected Sectional-Cut Off
General SC/ST/OBC/PwD
Reasoning 50 50 15.25 10
English Language 50 25 4.75 2.50
General Awareness 50 50 16.75 11.50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 16.75 11.50

IBPS SO Important Topics from Reasoning

Here are the IBPS SO Reasoning Important Topics tabulated. Candidates can go through these topics and prepare accordingly.

Syllogism Alphanumeric Series Verbal Reasoning Puzzles
Seating Arrangements Order and Ranking Data Sufficiency Inequalities
Direction and Distance Coding and Decoding Input-Output Blood Relations

Topic-Wise Weightage of Reasoning Questions

Check out the topics-wise weightage for the Reasoning section in IBPS SO Prelims Exam.

Topics Weightage of Questions
Coding & Decoding 5-10 Questions
Direction and Distance 2-5 Questions
Blood Relation 2-5 Questions
Order and Ranking 2-6 Questions
Inequalities 5 Questions
Syllogism 3-5 Questions
Machine Input Output 0-5 Questions
Seating Arrangement 10-12 Questions
Puzzles 5-10 Questions
Data Sufficiency 3-5 Questions
Verbal Reasoning 5-8 Questions 

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IBPS SO Important Topics from the English Language

Here are the important topics tabulated for the IBPS SO English Section. Candidates are suggested to enhance their preparation by studying one by one.

Reading Comprehension Fill in the blanks Sentence Correction Para Jumbles
Para/Sentence Completion Sentence Improvement Cloze Test Error Spotting

Topic-Wise Weightage of English Questions

Go through the below table to know how many questions will appear from each section. 

Topics Weightage of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10-15 Questions
Para Jumbles/Odd Sentence Out 0-5 Questions
Error Spotting 5-10 Questions
Cloze Test 5-10 Questions
Fill in the blanks 5 Questions
Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction 5-10 Questions

IBPS SO Important Topics from General Awareness

General Awareness is one such section that has many topics. Hence, candidates can start studying the topics from the below section.

History Current Bank Rates Defense Science and Technology
Geography Indian Constitution Awards Books and Authors
Culture Countries and Currencies/Capitals Important National and International Events Railway and Union Budget
Polity Government Policies Business Economic Surveys
Sports History of Banking Banking Abbreviations RBI Guidelines
Banking Terminologies Indian Financial and Banking Institutes and their Roles - -

Topic-Wise Weightage of General Awareness Questions

Candidates must ensure they are aware of the number of questions that will appear from each topic.

Topics Weightage of Questions
Banking and Financial Awareness 15-20 Questions
Current Affairs 7-10 Questions
Static GK 5-10 Questions
Economy 5-6 Questions

IBPS SO Important Topics from Quantitative Aptitude

Check out the below table to know what are the IBPS SO Quantitative Aptitude Important Topics

Number Series Simplification Profit and Loss Percentage
Average Simple and Compound Interests Ratio and Proportion Quadratic Equation
Mensuration Boats and Streams Time, Speed, and Distance Time and Work
Mixtures and Alligations Probability Permutation and Combination Data Analysis and Interpretation

Topic-Wise Weightage of Quant Questions

Know the number of questions that will appear in the IBPS SO Exam from the Quant section.

Topics Weightage of Questions
Number Series 5 Questions
Data Interpretation 13-15 Questions
Algebra 5-6 Questions
Data Sufficiency 5 Questions
Simplification/Approximation 0-5 Questions
Miscellaneous Topics 15-17 Questions

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When will the Notification be released for IBPS SO 2020?

IBPS will be releasing IBPS SO Notification on November 7, 2019.

What is the salary of an IBPS Specialist Officer?

The basic pay of IBPS SO is Rs.23700 in the pay scale of 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020

When can I start filling the application form for IBPS SO 2020?

You can start filling the application form November 6, 2019.

When is the last date to fill the IBPS SO Application Form 2020?

The last date to fill the IBPS SO Application Form is November 26, 2019.

When is the IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2019?

The IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2019 is conducted on December 28 & 29, 2019.

When will the Admit Card be released for IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2019?

IBPS will release the admit card for IBPS SO Prelims before 10 days of the exam.

How many vacancies are there in IBPS SO 2020?

As the exact vacancy is not yet released, but there is more than 1500 vacancies expected in IBPS SO 2019.

How many posts are present under Specialist Officer?

There are 6 posts present under Specialist Officer which include IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajabhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer.

What is total of vacancies for Marketing Officer?

As the exact vacancies are not yet released, however there is an expected vacancy of 302 for Marketing Officer post.