IBPS SO Syllabus 2020: Check Prelims & Mains Syllabus

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020: The IBPS SO schedule has been released and the online registration will start from 2nd November 2020. 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 2020-21 Notification

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020: Highlights

Conducting bodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Mode of IBPS SO 2020Online (computer-based test)
Official websiteibps.in
CategoryIBPS SO Syllabus 2020
Selection ProcessPrelims- Mains- Interview
Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020 PrelimsDecember 26 & 27, 2020
Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020 MainsJanuary 24, 2021

IBPS SO Syllabus

As the IBPS Calendar 2020-21 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 2020 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 IBPS SO 2020 exam:

IBPS SO Syllabus for Prelims 2020:

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 2020:

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 2020:

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.

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