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Preparation Strategy For IBPS Agricultural Officer

Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
agriculture officer
The much awaited IBPS CWE SO Notification for recruitment of Agricultural Officer for 2580 posts is out now. Applications for the post of Agricultural Officer in the various nationalised banks of IBPS are now open and an exam is scheduled between 28.01.2017 & 29.01.2017.
Candidates will be screened in a Preliminary Round. The screened candidates will appear for the Personal Interview Round.

For 2580 posts there is cut through competition to get the final selection you have to make your study plan. As Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” hence here we are going to share with you study plan for Agricultural Officer exam.

Exam Pattern

Sr. No Name of the Tests No. of
1 Reasoning 50 50 30 minutes
2 English Language 50 25 25 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 30 minutes
4 Professional Knowledge 50 75 35 minutes
5 Total 200 200 120minutes

Note: For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from the total score.


Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Series/System
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Chain rule
  • Time & work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on trains
  • Boats & streams
  • Allegation & mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks algorithms
  • Mensuration

Data Integration: - 15 Questions

  • Line graphs
  • bar graphs
  • pie charts
  • Tabulation

Reasoning Ability:

Reasoning Ability consists two parts:
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Syllabus – Verbal reasoning

  • Analogy
  • Coding and decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Inequality
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Puzzle

Syllabus - Non-verbal reasoning

  • Analogy
  • Series completion
  • Classification

General English

  • synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Error detection
  • Fill The Blanks
  • Spelling check
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Phrases-

Professional Knowledge

  • Agricultural Practices
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Cultivation and Harvesting Practices
  • Post-Harvest Technology
  • Rearing of animals
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Soil Science
  • Dairy Science

1.Do not go for previous year Question Papers

All coaching centres and teachers generally advise that use previous year question papers to get some kind of idea but IBPS improves its way of question answering,depth of questions day by day so it's useless to refer previous year easier one question papers. ( Ex.-In recently held SBI Clerk mains there were 2 RC passages in English section,which were never found in previous year Question Papers in any clerk exam,also passages based on economic concept previously passages based on story type.)

2. Take a Mock Test Online
The test will make you an aware level of difficulty and your current status. To know 'Where do I stand?' is extremely crucial before you actually put your time and efforts preparing for any competitive exam.

3.Find your weak and strength areas

After giving mock test analysis it.Find your weak and strength areas, then make your study plan according to it.Give more emphasis on the weaker area.

4.Practice helps to improve speed and accuracy

As we all know, practice makes men perfect. So if you want to crack bank exam then practice is the must. Without practice, it is going to too tough task for any of us to crack the exam.For proper practice, you may join test series.

5.Time Management:

Always attempt the easier questions first and time-consuming or difficult questions later. Scan the entire section first and find out the easier questions and attempt them first.Do not waste more time on any question. Make the plan and go according to it in mock test before the actual exam.

6.Be confident: 
Self Confidence is the key to crack this examination. From an analysis of the candidates who got already selected, self-confidence was one thing that found common amongst all selected ones.

Section wise tips

A.Quantitative Aptitude -
Meant to check your calculation speed with accuracy. Doesn't require formula mugging. This section is time-consuming because you know the method but time is less.So speed is the key and it comes with practice lot of practice. Do a lot of mental math in everyday life and make yourself able to calculate really fast. Do not waste money in coaching centres and do not buy any book just refer NCERT books to clear your basic concept and practice online free questions. (Focus area- simplification,series,approximation,D.I., time -distance, average,percentage).

B. Reasoning
Meant for checking your logical ability and problem-solving ability. You can understand basic from any book.It doesn't require your subject knowledge but practice and practice.You can solve free online practice questions.(Focus area inequality,blood relations,syllogism,Coding-decoding,direction test)

C. English.
The English Language section has 50 questions that are worth 25 marks. Thus, every question carries only 0.5 marks.This subject is meant for checking your comprehensive ability and English language understanding.You must be a good reader of English Language. Make a habit of reading different pieces of writings; News Articles, Journals, Magazines,The Hindu is the important one.For grammar basics just refer NCERT books.Do not buy any book (Focus area Cloze test,fillers,para jumble,Antonyms-Synonyms).

D. Agricultural Science
This section has direct and straightforward questions based on the syllabus. This section will basically include questions from the academics which mean this section is based on the post or designation that the candidate has applied. For example, if the candidate has applied for Agricultural Field officer then this section will have questions related to animal husbandry, horticulture, agriculture etc. This is how this section should be prepared by mastering the subjects that the candidate has already studied.If you are well-prepared you can easily solve 50 questions within 20 minutes.Just by heart basic Agricultural concept from any book,revise it at maximum time.

Smart Tips To Attempt

The exam is designed in such way that no one can attend all 200 questions, not the even topper. So better you have to left some questions. 
So as lines go from ‘kaminey’ movie -

“Zindagi mein hamari vaat isse nahi lagti ki hum kaunsa raasta chunte hai ... vaat lagti hai isse ki hum kaunsa raasta chhodte hai”,

now everyone will ask "which are questions we should not attend?"

It differs from person to person but basic part remains same.
Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude section take lots of time both in preparation and in the exam,while results show that Reasoning and Quantitative sections have lowest cutoffs among all sections but you have to clear these two sections. So attend questions enough to clear sectional cut off only. Don't try to score in this section. Try to score in this section only if you are CAT student. As the cost to benefit ratio is very low in these sections. These sections are made to consume your valuable time. As questions in these sections are very lengthy eating much of your time reading the questions. Some questions in this section also designed as the trap. So you waste much of your time in satisfying your ego which will effect on the subsequent section, so try to attend these sections in the last.

Try to attend Agricultural Science section with your full strength. As this consumes less time and high scoring. In these sections, you either know the answer or you don't know the answer. So requires less brain burning which again boosts your confidence and prepares you for Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections.

Target score/marks (safe side)

Given below are probable cut-off marks for the IBPS SO 2016 exam (based on previous year IBPS SO cut-offs):
General OBC
Agricultural Field Officer 115-120 106-111
Number of Attempts:
If you need to score 130-135 marks, out of the 200 questions, you should attempt with at least 80% accuracy (to be on the safe side).
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