How to Prepare for IBPS SO Agriculture Office Prelims Exam

IBPS has scheduled the IBPS Agriculture Officer Preliminary Examination to take place on December 30, 2017, and December 31, 2017. The official notification of IBPS SO exam was released on 7th November 2017. After registration, you need to focus on your plan for studying and attempting the examination as the number of people interested in obtaining this coveted position is very large and you need to work quite hard to beat your competition out. In this article, we are going to tell you all about the plan for preparation to crack IBPS SO Exam in 2017.

The IBPS AFO Exam in 2017 is an online exam that comprises of two exams. The exam contains A Preliminary exam for elimination and a mains exam for professional knowledge section. The negative marking is also applicable the questions that are wrongly attempted. This means that 0.25 marks will be deducted in case of a wrong attempt. We are going to discuss all the IBPS SO Agriculture Exam preparation for Prelims Exam with the syllabus for each section and how you can beat the competition before you go out and actually enroll in a teaching institute to learn the same.

IBPS AFO Prelims Exam Preparation

The IBPS agricultural field officer prelims exam consists of 3 sections –

  1. Reasoning
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude

The total duration of this test is 2 hours. The maximum marks that can be obtained are 125. The maximum questions that can be attempted are 150. Each section has 50 questions. Both Reasoning and quantitative aptitude sections comprise of 50 marks each. The English language section comprises of 25 marks. This means that English Section has the smallest weightage and should be attempted in the least amount of time.

When attempting the exam, you can actually follow our plan to manage time better and score better marks on your attempt. You should attempt the quantitative aptitude section first and allot 45 minutes for this section. You should attempt the questions that seem to take less time and look familiar to the topics that you have actually been studying.

Avoid getting stuck on any question as that is the worst thing to do in a competitive examination. If any question is taking more than 1.5 minutes to solve, leave it and move ahead. Remember that it is not about the number of questions that you leave but the number of questions that you can correctly attempt.

After the completion of 45 minutes, you can now move on to Reasoning section. Some questions in this section will be very easy to attempt and it will only take you 1 minute to get them right. Others will take at least 5 minutes to attempt. Steer clear of them at all times and make sure you are not stuck on any question for more than 1.5 minutes. You can note down the question number and get back to it in the end. You should attempt this section in 30 minutes.

After attempting this section, you can move on to the English section. A lot of the question in this section will not involve you to think but only remember. If you don’t know the answer to such questions, it is better to leave them aside. If any long question takes more than 2 minutes, leave them and move ahead. Remember not to read the full paragraph as it will be a huge waste of precious time. You can go straight to the questions and read them before reading the passage so that you can find out the answers at the same time. This will improve your efficiency and make you attempt the comprehension passage section a lot quicker. You can spend a total of 20 minutes on this section in order to take care of the fact that the marks in this section are also going to be quite less.

In the end, 15 minutes will remain and you can use that for revision and attempt the remaining questions. This time management schedule will help you understand that all questions need not be attempted during the course of this exam.

IBPS AFO Exam Reasoning Section Syllabus

Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning are the two sections from which questions appear in the exam. The Verbal Reasoning section gets divided into two parts – General Mental Ability and Logical Deduction. The topics included in these sections are –

  1. Verbal Reasoning – Series Completion, Analogy, Classification, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Puzzle Test, Direction Sense Test, Logical Venn Diagram, Alphabet Test, Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle, Number, Ranking & Time Sequence, Mathematical Operations, Logical Sequence of Words, Arithmetical Reasoning, Inserting The Missing Character, Data Sufficiency, Eligibility Test, Situation Reaction Test, Logic, Statement – Argument, Statement – Conclusions, Deriving Conclusions From Passages, Theme Detection, Cause and Effect Reasoning.
  2. Non-verbal Reasoning – Series, Analogy, Classification, Analytical Reasoning, Mirror Images, Water Images, Spotting Out The Embedded Figures, Completion Of Incomplete Pattern, Figure Matrix, Paper Folding, Paper Cutting, Rule Detection, Grouping Of Identical Figures, Cubes and Dice, Dot Situation, Construction Of Squares And Triangles, Figure Formation & Analysis.

IBPS AFO Exam English Language Section Syllabus

The English section is the easiest section in this exam and you need to study the following topics in order to prepare for the exam – homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, indirect direct speech, Para jumbles, Vocabulary passage completion, fill in the blanks, sentence corrections, Reading comprehension, Grammar Corrections, active passive voice.

IBPS AFO Exam Quantitative Aptitude Section

This section comprises mainly of two topics – Arithmetic and Data Interpretation. The parameters tested include speed of attempting each question and the accuracy with which you are able to calculate the solution. The syllabus under each section includes –

  1. Arithmetic – Number Series, Decimal Fraction, Ratio And Proportion, Percentage, Partnership, Simple & Compound Interest, Time And Work, Time And Distance, Mensuration, Permutation And Combination And Probability.
  2. Data Interpretation – Data Table, Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Mixed Graphs, etc.

You should allot a good amount of time to preparing each section if you want to score good marks and clear the preliminary exam. You should spend the most amount of time preparing for the Quantitative Aptitude section and then logical reasoning section. This means that we can eventually lead to the development of important methods in our brain that will increase your speed and accuracy.

We hope that this article has helped you understand the topics that you need to study for your preparation of the IBPS AFO Prelims Exam 2017. We have also shared a time management plan that will help you attempt the questions much faster and score a lot more marks in the Prelims examination.

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