Institute of Banking Personnel Selection itself organises the IBPS SO examination on the national level. IBPS selects students for various public sector banks through this examination. The IBPS collectively conducts this examination for all the banks to select appropriate candidates for various posts in different departments. This examination is held once a year and the candidate with Indian nationality is allowed to appear in the examination. Apart from this, there are few more eligibility criteria to appear in the IBPS SO examination. Students can check the entire list of eligibility criteria on the official IBPS website. This exam also selects candidates for Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, Law Officer, Rajya Sabha Adhikari, and various other posts.
The difficulty level of this examination varies from moderate to difficult depending on the post-IBPS is hiring for. Also, the upper and lower age limit to apply for the IBPS SO Examination is 30 years and 20 years respectively. IBPS SO is overall conducted in three phases of prelims, mains, and personal interviews. The candidates have to qualify for the prelims and mains with good scores to appear for the personal interview. Also, candidates should have good marks in academics to leave a good impression on the interviewer.
The syllabus of the prelims examination is different for different posts. So make sure to check the syllabus carefully on the official website. The topics for the post of Law Officer and Rajya Sabha Adhikari are reasoning, English language, and general awareness. Moreover, if you are applying for any other post, you have to prepare for the aptitude instead of general awareness. The complete examination is of 2 hours with a total of 150 questions of 125 marks for the post of Law Officer and Rajya Sabha Adhikari. For other designations, the exam is of 100 questions of 125 marks.
Additionally, we would also like to tell you that the exam pattern for IBPS SO mains is also vivid for different posts. So, it will be great if the students themselves visit the official IBPS website to check the syllabus for their posts. Complete information about the syllabus and topics will save the time of candidates. Also, they can concentrate on preparing for the important topics.
The exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS SO examination is the same as the past few years. If the authorities make any changes in the syllabus, pattern, or marking scheme, then students will get an update for this on the website.
The exam is conducted every year to fill the seats of IBPS specialist officers in the banking sector. Candidates who are willing to fill the form can look for the details here as we have mentioned. For the selection process, candidates are required to qualify for the post. The selection procedure of IBPS SO consists of 3 phases,
For the recruitment procedure for IBPS SO after qualifying all the above three your complete score plus your qualification will be included and this will give you a complete rank. Here candidates are shortlisted according to their registration. For other private banks, their way of conducting exams and their procedure is different. Then after all of this counselling, the shortlisted will be placed in the banking branch where the seat is vacant. Every year the process remains the same but if there is any edition to it, we will be back with the updated information of the IBPS SO examination.
Exam Pattern for Preliminary IBPS SO Exam
For The Post of Law Officer and Rajya Sabha Adhikari
|Synod.||Name of Tests||No Of Questions||Total Marks||Duration|
|2.||English language||50||25||40 minutes|
|3.||General awareness with special||50||50||40 minutes|
For the post of an agriculture field officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT officer ((Scale I) and Marketing Officer (Scale I)
|Synod||Name Of Tests||No of questions||Total Marks||Duration|
|2||English language||50||25||40 minutes|
|3||Quantitative aptitude||50||50||40 minutes|
Exam Pattern for Main IBPS SO Exam
|Reasoning Ability||Quantitative aptitude||English language||General awareness|
|Logical reasoning||Simplification||Reading comprehension||Current affairs|
|Alphanumeric series||Profit and loss||Cloze test||GK updates|
|ranking/direction/alphabet test||Mixtures and allegations||Para jumbles||currencies|
|Data sufficiency||Simple & compound interest, surds & indices||Multiple meaning/ error spotting||Important places|
|Coded Inequalities||Work and time||Fill in the blanks||Banking awareness|
|Seating arrangement||Time and distance||miscellaneous||awards|
|Puzzle||Mensuration- cylinder, cone, sphere||Paragraph completion||Book and author|
|Syllogism||Percentage, ratio & proportion||Important days|
|Blood relations||Number systems||Prime minister scheme|
|Input-output||Sequence and series|
|Coding decoding||Permutation, combination & probability|
The exam pattern for many years has been the same and if any update is there we will be back with the updated information. The exam pattern available here for many posts is given with a complete time table and marks. Candidates can prepare for the test as per the instruction mentioned in their application form or on the confirmation online. The candidates must follow the procedure while they appear to the examination hall.
For the Post of Law Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, IT Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer
|Name of test||Number of questions||Maximum marks||Medium of exam||Duration|
|Professional knowledge||60||60||English and Hindi||45 minutes|
For the Post of Rajya Sabha Adhikari
|Name of Test||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Medium of Exam||Duration|
|Professional knowledge||45||60||English and Hindi||30 minutes|
|Professional knowledge (descriptive)||2||English and Hindi||30 minutes|
Syllabus Of IBPS SO Exam
Here is the complete syllabus for the IBPS SO Exam from which candidates can take a note of it by downloading the complete list. There are various books available online which can be downloaded. Complete pdf is also available concerning the given tops in the syllabus. IBPS SO exam syllabus and the previous year’s question papers can be downloaded with ease.
Syllabus Of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam
Syllabus for IBPS SO Main Exam
|Marketing Officer (Scale I)||Agricultural field officer (scale I)||Law officer (scale I)||HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)||IT Officer (Scale I)|
|Basics of marketing manager||Basics of crop production||Banking regulations||Human Resource Development||Operating System|
|Brand management||horticulture||Compliance and legal aspect||Business policy and strategic analysis||DBMS|
|advertising||Seed science||Relevant law||Transnational Analysis||Data communication and networking|
|PR||Agronomy and irrigation||Prevention of money laundering, limitation act||Training and Development||Software engineering|
|sales||Agricultural economics||Consumer protection act||Recruitment and Selection||Computer Organization and Microprocessor|
|Retail||Agricultural practices||surfaces||Rewards and Recognition||Data Structure|
|Business ethics||Soil resources||Banking ombudsman scheme||Industrial Relations||Object-Oriented Programming|
|Market segmentation||Animal husbandry||Laws and actions||Business Policy and Strategic Analysis|
|Market research and forecasting demand||agroforestry||Bankers book evidence act||Grievance and Conflict Management|
|Product life cycle||Ecology||DRT Act||Performance Management and appraisal|
|Corporate social responsibility|
Eligibility Criteria for IBPS SO Exam
Only those candidates can fill the form who meet the eligibility criteria. There are certain categories that you have to see whether you fall under it. Before applying for the IBPS SO exam make sure you meet the required qualification, age, and category respectively.
|Name of post||Age limit||qualification|
|IT officer (scale I)||Min 20- max 30||B.tech CSE,IT,ECE,ETE,EIE or post-graduation in CSE,IT,ECE,ETE,EIE|
|Agricultural officer scale one (scale I)||Min 20- max 30||4-year grad.degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry// Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry|
|Rajyasabha Adhikari (scale I)||Min 20- max 30||Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi OR Post Graduate in Hindi with English at the graduation or degree level|
|Law officer (scale I)||Min 20- max 30||A bachelor’s degree in Law and advocate with Bar Council|
|HR personnel officer (scale I)||Min 20- max 30||Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law or Graduate and Full Time Postgraduate Degree|
|Marketing Officer (Scale I)||Min 20- max 30||Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDM/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing|
We’ve mentioned all relevant information of the exam dates and the application form which candidates can follow. The information we have provided is beneficial at the time of filling the form. For more information, you can visit the site and see the necessary details for more clarification.