IBPS SO Syllabus 2021: Check Prelims & Mains Syllabus

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021
IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021: The IBPS SO schedule has been released and the online registration will start from 2nd November 2021. So the candidates who are interested and eligible for this recruitment must kick start their preparation from today itself. To help you out we have discusses the updated IBPS SO Syllabus here, which will be of great help in strategizing your preparation. The syllabus is an important part of knowing the exam, a candidate is appearing for. This article explains the IBPS SO Syllabus for the following posts:

  1. Agriculture Officer
  2. Law Officer
  3. Marketing Officer
  4. Rajbhasha Adhikari
  5. HR/Personnel Officer
  6. IT Officer

The syllabus is different for each of the above-mentioned posts.

Check IBPS SO 2021 Notification

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021: Highlights

Organization NameInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
PostSpecialist Officer (SO)
Exam LevelNational Level
Vacancies1828 posts
Application ModeOnline
Online Registration Begins03rd November 2021
Last Date to Apply Online23rd November 2021
Exam ModeOnline
SalaryRs 38,000/- – Rs 39,000/-
CategoryBank Jobs
Selection ProcessPrelims, Mains & Interview
Education QualificationGraduation or Post Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
Age Limit20 – 30 years
Official Website@ibps.in

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

Below we have provided the IBPS SO Exam Pattern for various departments separately so that it could help the candidates boost up their preparation.

IBPS SO Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Exam Pattern

Here comes the IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050English and Hindi40
Total150125120 mins.

IBPS SO IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer Exam Pattern

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi40

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

The main exam pattern for the IBPS SO is different for every post as mentioned below.

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

Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge606045 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge (Objective)456030 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

IBPS SO Syllabus

As the IBPS Calendar 2021 and IBPS SO notification is released. While IBPS issues only the broad subjects, they can be further sub-divided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The IBPS SO syllabus is divided into two parts:

  • IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus: This has four main sections of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language and General Awareness.
  • IBPS SO Mains Exam Syllabus: Asks questions just from the specialized course that a candidate is proficient in.

It is important to note that the Specialized Section will be different for candidates applying for different posts through IBPS SO 2021 exam. 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 the IBPS SO 2021 exam:

IBPS SO Syllabus for Prelims 2021:

Syllabus for English Language:

Cloze TestReading Comprehension
Spotting ErrorsSentence Improvement
Sentence CorrectionPara Jumbles
Fill in the BlanksPara/Sentence Completion

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

Number SeriesData InterpretationSimplification / Approximation
Quadratic EquationData SufficiencyMensuration
AverageProfit and LossRatio and Proportion
Work, Time and EnergyTime and DistanceProbability
RelationsSimple and Compound InterestPermutation and Combination

Syllabus for Reasoning:

Seating ArrangementsPuzzlesInequalities
SyllogismInput-OutputData Sufficiency
Blood RelationsOrder and RankingAlphanumeric Series
Distance and DirectionVerbal Reasoning

Syllabus for General Awareness:

Current AffairsBanking Awareness
GK UpdatesCurrencies
Important PlacesBooks and Authors
Prime Minister SchemesImportant Days

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2021:

Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

Name of TestNo of QnsMax MarksDuration
Professional Knowledge606045 minutes

Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of TestNo of QnsMax MarksDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)456030 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes


  • The test will be of bilingual, i.e. English and Hindi.
  • All questions will be of objective type with five options.
  • For each wrong answer there will be 0.25 marks detected from total marks.
  • But unanswered questions will not carry any negative marks.
  • There will be sectional as well as overall cut off.

IBPS SO Syllabus for Mains 2021:

Professional Knowledge:

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
  • 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

Descriptive Test:

  • English to Hindi Translation (100-150 words)
  • Hindi to English Translation (100-150 words)

IBPS SO Personal Interview:

Total Marks: 100.

The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWBD candidates)

The weightage (ratio) of Online Main Examination and interview will be 80:20 respectively.

IBPS SO Syllabus, FAQ’s

Q. What are the posts for which I can apply for IBPS SO?

Ans. You can apply for the post of Agriculture Officer, Law Officer, Marketing Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer depending upon your area of expertise.

Q. Is the IBPS SO Exam conducted online or offline?

A. The IBPS SO Exam will only be conducted online. Though the Interview will be taken Personally.

Q. What is the process or stages of selection as an IBPS SO?

A. The candidates will have to appear for the IBPS SO Prelims, Mains, and Interview. They will have to qualify for each stage of the IBPS SO Exam.

Q. What subjects/topics are asked in the IBPS SO Exam?

A. IBPS SO Prelims will have Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language and General Awareness section. While the IBPS SP Mains Exam will have questions from the specialized course that a candidate is proficient in.

Q.What is the exam pattern for the IBPS SO Exam?

A. The IBPS SO Prelims will be of 120 minutes of 125 marks. The IBPS SO Mains Exam will be of 120 marks of 1 hour 45 minutes.

Q. When will IBPS SO Prelims 2021 be Conducted?

Ans. IBPS SO Prelims 2021 will be conducted on 18th and 26th December 2021.

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