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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous body that implement quality processes of assessment and selection of personnel for various client organization. It provides its service to all Public Sector Banks, State Bank of India, Reserve Bank of India, NABARD, Regional Rural Bank to name a few. The admission tests of some of the major Universities and reputed Management institutes are carried out by IBPS. It is now one of the major Personnel Selection Testing Agency of our country.
Best books for IBPS AFO Exam
Team Entri suggests the following books for preparing well for the IBPS Agricultural Officer examination:
- Fundamentals of Agriculture Vol. 1 – Arun Katyan
- Fundamentals of Agriculture Vol. 2 – Arun Katyan
- A competitive book of agriculture – Nemraj Sundha
- IBPS-CWE Specialist Officer Recruitment Exam- Arihant Publishers.
- Kiran’s IBPS Specialist Officers Agricultural Field Officer CWE SPL – V Practice Work Book
- Question bank on agriculture for competitive exams – Muniraj Singh Rathore
- Agri-Notes: General Agriculture for ICAR’s JRF, ARS/NET, SRF, IARI Ph. D/President P. G., NABARD, IBPS-SO Exams – T. Reddy
- Agriculture Field Officer IBPS – Lalitha Gaur
- To get an idea about the various schemes, type Farmers Friendly Handbook in Google and download the PDF. It is uploaded in a Government website.
- Quantitative aptitude for all Government examinations – Abhijit Guha
- A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal
What is the job role of IBPS Agricultural Field Officer?
IBPS Agricultural Field Officer is a job opportunity for graduates in the field of agriculture. Thousands of vacancies are released every year for this job. The most attractive aspect of the exam is that the competition level is low as the number of applicants are low compared to other exams. Also, the cut-off mark for this exam is also low.
The job of an IBPS Agricultural Field Officer is to lend and disburse agricultural loans. Other job responsibilities include expanding, distributing and promoting loan products in rural area, coordinating with panchayats, pre-loan inspection and follow-up, networking with farmers and customers in the fields and expanding the lead.
The one eye-catching factor of this post is that the job offers a pretty good salary of about Rs.33,000-35,000 and perks like Dearness Allowance, Medical, CCA, Petrol and Telephone bill reimbursement. The posting of officers will be at rural or semi-urban areas. Also, the work load is low as compared to Probationary Officer. The career growth of the IBPS Agricultural Officer is as follows:
- Senior Manager
- Chief Manager
- Assistant General Manger
- Deputy/Regional/Zonal Manager
- General Manager
To get a job as Agricultural Officer you will a four-year qualification in one of the following:
Agricultural engineering, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fishery Science, Veterinary Science, Dairy Science, Dairy Technology, Food technology, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Biotechnology, Agro-forestry, Forestry, Co-operation banking, Agri-marketing and cooperation.
Exam and notification
The minimum age for applying is 20 years and maximum age is 30 years. The pattern of this exam is quite similar to others. The exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary exam, Main exam and interview.
Exam pattern of Preliminary exam is as follows:
|Subject||No. of questions||Marks||Time|
|2||Quantitative aptitude||50||50||40 minutes|
|3||English language||50||25||40 minutes|
Type of questions will be objective type. There will be a negative mark of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
Exam pattern of Mains examination
|Subject||No. of questions||Marks||Time|
|1||Professional knowledge – Agriculture||60||60||45 minutes|
Those who have cleared both the exams will be called for an interview which will be of 100 marks.
How to prepare for IBPS AFO Exam?
Put your heart and soul into studying while preparing for any exam. You should be focused and avoid all those matters that could waver your attention.
Do not go deep into the theoretical and conceptual knowledge. Know the syllabus and prepare the important aspects of each topic. Prepare study notes for quick revision.
Prepare using the best books. You do not want books that would shake the foundation of your knowledge and give misinformation. So, seek the guidance of teachers and also from those who have cleared the exam in choosing the right book for preparation.
Do not just limit your preparation to just preliminary exams and wait till you clear the preliminary exams. Most often, the time to prepare for the mains and interview after the preliminary exam will be less. So, aim higher and prepare for mains and interview ahead.
Do not underestimate the power of practice. Practice as much as you can. Attempt mock tests and other quizzes and exams as much as possible.
Be aware of the various banks and its headquarters.
Read newspaper daily to know about the economic aspects of our country.
Good luck from Team Entri!