Institute of Banking Personnel Selection comes up with an annual recruitment drive of Specialist Officer aka SO. There are plenty of vacancies for SO and across different verticals like law officer, agriculture field officer, rajbhasha adhikari scale 1, marketing officer, IT officer and personnel officer. The SO job offers you a stable career in addition to a decent salary. I am going to bust the following 7 myths that goes around this exam.
- 1 Myth 1: Internet and social groups will guide me
- 2 Myth 2: I will start my preparation after the notification is out
- 3 Myth 3: IBPS SO does not make for a great career choice
- 4 Myth 4: Reading books will suffice
- 5 Myth 5: Since English has less marks, it has less weightage in the exam
- 6 Myth 6: There is a set pattern of exam paper
- 7 Myth 7: Specialist Officer already
You need to exercise high levels of patience and perseverance to get through this exam. Though the number of vacancies are huge, the competition is also tough both in terms of number of applications and the difficulty level of the exam. Hence focus on the exam, keeping everything aside. Don’t change your study material or the preparation strategy randomly because someone referred over internet or social groups. In this age of information overload, believe me, internet and social media will confuse you more than anyone else. Better strategy will be to work with a mentor (friends, professional) who can guide you.
Myth 2: I will start my preparation after the notification is out
If you are ill-prepared for the exam, then this a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Be thorough with your understanding of exam syllabus and exam pattern, polish your strong areas and build basics in your weak areas while taking mock tests regularly. With a right preparation strategy you can minimize your chances of failure.
Myth 3: IBPS SO does not make for a great career choice
Sh. Sunil Mehta – MD and CEO of PNB, Sh. Rajkiran Rai G. – MD & CEO of Union Bank of india, Smt. Usha Ananthasubramanian – former MD & CEO at Allahabad Bank, Shri Chaitanya Gayatri Chintapalli – former Executive director at Bank of India are all names to reckon with in the Indian banking industry. They, and many more, started their careers as an SO and later made up their way to the top. Most SOs reached to the CMD level in their career. Still thinking why wouldn’t this be a great career?
Myth 4: Reading books will suffice
You need to have firm grasp on the current affairs going in the relevant industry to be fully prepared for the exam. Apart from reading news, read industry news and journals and be up to date with the latest news. In addition to reading books, newspapers and journals try solving as many MCQs as possible.
Myth 5: Since English has less marks, it has less weightage in the exam
Many aspirants take this so seriously that they forget that English is still a section in the exam and has its own cut-off. Many a times a lot of people focus more on reasoning and quantitative section resulting in not even qualifying the IBPS SO prelims. If you go by the previous years’ cut-offs, English cut-offs are increasing and hence it requires apt preparation too.
Myth 6: There is a set pattern of exam paper
There is a lot of information that specify that you could clear both prelims and mains exam if you get a strong hold on only a few topics while brushing the basics of the rest. So, you prepare hard and even the mock test results indicate that you are scoring really well in all such topics. Now, there is no one stopping you from becoming an SO. RIGHT?? WRONG!!! You should always expect the unexpected. IBPS has been changing level of difficulty and topics coverage in the paper quite frequently. Hence, you should be thorough with different topics.
Myth 7: Specialist Officer already
Have you already become an Agri guru or mastered I.T., law or marketing? Yes, then you may have missed the bus already. The Mains exam does test your knowledge on the subject of your interest but the first step to clear the IBPS SO exam is to clear the prelims exam. You need to self-evaluate on the number of questions answered correctly in the least amount of time. The mock tests can be a good indicator of the actual score.