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How to start IBPS SO Interview Preparations

As I have promised to provide study material for preparation of IBPS Specialist Officers. Today I am going to make a road map, explaining basics which will help you in starting your preparation and help you know how IBPS interviews are different from any other interview. 

Before doing anything, I recommend you to read IBPS Interview Series Index.

Collect study material

First  thing you need to do is - Get a year book. You can find my recommended year book in books section. There is no need to join any coaching institute for interview preparation. Interviewers are going to ask basic questions about general economy and political situation of the country and your locality. Yes! you heard it right. You need to learn more about your locality. Most frequent question are - 
  • What is the population of your city ? 
  • Who is the mayor of your city ?
  • Where is DTO office in your city ?

Read your course basics

SO interviews are generally different from PO as interviewers already have a path to to walk so they never ask general questions. If you are appearing for Finance Officers interviews, most probably experienced finance professionals will conduct the interviews. Most common topics will be :-
  • Accounting and Auditing standards
  • How to decide depreciation rate ? Justify your answers.
  • Various sections of Company law.
  • Ethics in financial services sector
  • Insurance and Mutual funds working and regulations
For Chartered Accountants, these are course basics whereas for MBA(Finance) things are going to be very difficult. CAs are going to fetch high marks in interviews.

Start reading newspapers

It's time to start reading a newspaper daily. Never rely on shortcuts like as "GK Capsules" as ebook won't help you make your own opinion on a particular topics. Read in depth on every topic. Interviewers are not going to ask MCQs. Every answer is recorded on papers. 

Weight-age is give to right answers, qualifications and work experience in a PSU. Work experience in private sector is not considered. So in case you have a private company work experience, through it in bin. It's going to impact your interviews negatively. 

Interviewers are expecting a candidates who don't have any other option and who is sure to join. Never reveal that you were getting a higher salary package and you need a PSU job for job security or for lower working hours. They hate such answers.

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  1. i have a dual specialisation in finance and marketing from uptu i am eligibile for marketing officer ?...plz reply

    1. if yours major is marketing then you will eligible for marketing officer

  2. ibps SO intrw call letter link activate.........

  3. Dear All,

    I just checked ibps website. The admit card for ibps- so interview is ready to be downloaded at following link.

    I do have following quieries, I would be highly thankful, if you can answer the same for me.

    I have got 93 marks in Marketing SO(General Cutoff-80). What are the chances and apart from that i came to know from my admit card that In case of dual qualifications / specialisations candidates have to necessarily produce proof at the time of IBPS Specialist Officer interview as also at the time of CWE 2014 recruitment that their major specialisation conforms to the requisite eligibility prescribed for the post.

    I have passed my PGDM in 2011 with dual specialization in marketing and finance from a AICTE approved college, Unfortunately the college has been shut down by the management due to shortage of admissions in the college.

    Please let me know, how can i manage this certificate for confirmation of my specialization.

    Thanks and Regards,

  4. hey..i really want ur opinion regarding a plzz do reply..i got my intrview scheduled in lucknw which is about 400km from my marks in it officr is just 6 marks more than it worth to go??as i m a gal.and its really tough for me to reach lucknw..please dont give diplomatic ans..just a straight one..

    1. u belong to which I have also attended an interview lucknow
      which was 545 km far from my destination n yes I suffered a lot in dat

      must hav scored 118
      suggest u sud give a try

      where u belong to ?

    2. one more thng..i got 86 marks in all are sayng that i can hope fr a job with dis much marks..then can i afford to miss dis intrview of it officer?? just wid d hope k pakka i wil get allotmnt in first list of po..

  5. i m frm etah.if u knw d place..general category.yeah i got 118 u really think i shud go..?

    1. lite ley madam... u will get selected in po-3.. take rest at home and watch something on TV.

  6. Sir, is there any chance to announce IBPS CLERK and PO at same time? else when will be IBPS Clerk interview result.

  7. i have got 93 marks in HR specialist officer general category .. any chances of getting selection ...are these marks enough

  8. i have a dual specialisation in finance and marketing from uptu i am eligibile for marketing officer ?...plz reply

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  10. I have got 58 marks in IBPS SO for agri officer.......plz suggest interview questions..........

  11. heello,
    I got 92 marks gen. in marketing(so) and cutoff is 80.......
    what are my chances of selection....

  12. what is total marks cut off for IT officer SC category

  13. hi.. fo specialist HR officer interview apart from HRM do we need to go through the labour laws as well. kindly suggest.


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