IBPS SO – Importance of Previous Year Question Paper

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) annually takes up IBPS SO Exam which is an exam for Specialist Officers to be recruited in different public sector banks of the country. 

Aspirants preparing for bank exams may know that IBPS SO exam is an important exam for them and hence it is important for them to know how to prepare for the exam. Preparation for this exam starts with the IBPS SO previous year question paper. To prepare for the exam, aspirants should follow the following tips:

IBPS Specialist officers are entitled to handsome salary, perks and various allowances.

The salary details are enclosed below:

The IBPS SO Salary details for various posts are given below:

Grade IBPS SO Salary
Officer Scale I Monthly salary– Rs. 36400/-

Pay Scale– Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020

Officer Scale-II Monthly salary- Rs. 48800/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950

Officer Scale III Monthly salary- Rs. 64600/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 42020-1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490


The above salary estimate shows that every grade SO gets a lucrative salary. Therefore , aspirants should try to crack the exam in the first attempt.


The following preparation strategies will help them to crack the IBPS SO exam in the first attempt:


  1. Make a time table : The role of making a good time table is very important for the exam and hence if you are sincere about the exam, you should start the preparation with the right time table. The time table may consist of the routine sections that you have to complete from the syllabus provided by the institute. The importance of the syllabus you will get to know below.
  2. Follow the syllabus: Understanding the demand of the IBPS SO examination is equally important and the syllabus is the best source to keep your preparation on track. Syllabus can’t be ignored by the aspirants and they should stick to the syllabus for the exam preparation.
  3. The role of IBPS SO Previous Year Question Paper – You should analyse the questions asked in the previous year question paper as it will set you in the right frame of mind. Diligently following the previous question paper can help align your current preparation.
  4. Making notes – Note-making is also important for the candidate but all you have to know is that notes should be 10 percent of your entire content as concise notes help you revise more often. Importance of revision comes below
  5. Revise – Revise more often as bank exams detail on facts and figures too hence consistent revision takes you a long way.