IBPS SO Syllabus

IBPS SO Syllabus will help candidates to prepare well for the upcoming IBPS SO Exam. IBPS SO Notification  will be released shortly by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Board. To ace the upcoming IBPS SO Exam, it is necessary to remain acquainted with the new Exam Pattern and IBPS SO Syllabus. IBPS SO Preliminary Exam.

Before discussing detailed IBPS SO Syllabus, let’s have a look at IBPS SO Exam Pattern

A lot of changes have been seen in the recent Exam Pattern of IBPS SO.

  • IBPS SO will be conducted in three phases- Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, Interview Process
  • The IBPS SO exam pattern for selecting candidates for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I and Law Officeris same.
  • The Exam Pattern for all the other posts is different from the exam pattern of Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari Officer.
  • The Mains Examination will have just one section, i.e. of Professional Knowledge
  • Only three sections will be asked in the Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO Exam. For Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Officersections asked are English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness and for other posts sections asked are of English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • The score of Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. Cumulative score of Mains Exam and Interview process in the ratio of 80:20 will be taken into consideration for final allotment.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Rajsabha Adhikari

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
  Total 150 125

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I)

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
  Total 150 125

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes


Apart from the major three sections of:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude and
  • Reasoning

A candidate is required to be fluent in his/her area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects.

Let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus of IBPS SO  exam:

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning Ability English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
·         Seating Arrangements

·         Puzzles

·         Inequalities

·         Syllogism

·         Input-Output

·         Data Sufficiency

·         Blood Relations

·         Order and Ranking

·         Alphanumeric Series

·         Distance and Direction

·         Verbal Reasoning

·         Cloze Test

·         Reading Comprehension

·         Spotting Errors

·         Sentence Improvement

·         Sentence Correction

·         Para Jumbles

·         Fill in the Blanks

·         Para/Sentence Completion

·         Number Series

·         Data Interpretation

·         Simplification/ Approximation

·         Quadratic Equation

·         Data Sufficiency

·         Mensuration

·         Average

·         Profit and Loss

·         Ratio and Proportion

·         Work, Time and Energy

·         Time and Distance

·         Probability

·         Relations

·         Simple and Compound Interest

·         Permutation and Combination

·         Current Affairs

·         Banking Awareness

·         GK Updates

·         Currencies

·         Important Places

·         Books and Authors

·         Awards

·         Headquarters

·         Prime Minister Schemes

·         Important Days

Apart from these common subjects asked for all the posts, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge as well. The syllabus for the same is discussed below:

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I) ·         Database Management System

·         Data Communication and Networking

·         Operating System

·         Software Engineering

·         Data Structure

·         Computer Organization and Microprocessor

·         Object Oriented Programming

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) ·         Basics of Crop production

·         Horticulture

·         Seed Science

·         Agronomy and Irrigation

·         Agricultural Economies

·         Agricultural Practices

·         Soil resources

·         Animal Husbandry

·         Agroforestry

·         Ecology

·         Government Schemes

Marketing Officer (Scale-I) ·         Basics of Marketing Management

·         Brand Management

·         Advertising

·         PR

·         Sales

·         Retail

·         Business Ethics

·         Market Segmentation

·         Market research and forecasting demand

·         Product Life Cycle

·         Corporate Social Responsibility

·         Service Marketing

·         Marketing Strategies

Law Officer (Scale-I) ·         Banking Regulations

·         Compliance and Legal Aspects

·         Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange

·         Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act

·         Consumer Protection Act

·         SARFAES

·         Banking Ombudsman Scheme

·         Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector

·         Bankers Book Evidence Act

·         DRT Act

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) ·         Human Resource Development

·         Business policy and strategic analysis

·         Transnational Analysis

·         Training and Development

·         Recruitment and Selection

·         Rewards and Recognition

·         Industrial Relations

·         Business Policy and Strategic Analysis

·         Grievance and Conflict Management

·         Performance Management and Appraisal

Rajsabha Adhikari ·         Banking Regulations Passages

·         Synonyms-Antonyms

·         Cloze Test

·         Fill in the Blanks

·         Practical Translation

·         Hindi/English Grammar



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