IBPS SO Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Exam conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for recruitment of officers having specialized roles or highly technical in the public sector banks. The aspirant must gather a detailed information IBPS SO syllabus and the exam pattern changes by IBPS for IBPS SO exam.

The successful candidates in this bank exam will be given an important post and role to play, such as:
• Marketing Officer
• Information Technology Officer
• Agriculture Officer
• Law Officer
• Human Resources/Personnel Officer
• Rajbhasha Adhikari

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruiting candidates for the posts of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari , Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
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IBPS SO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either –
    (i) a Citizen of India or
    (ii) a subject of Nepal or
    (iii) a subject of Bhutan or
    (iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
    (v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya,
    Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The Candidate must fulfil the following Educational Qualification :

    • IT Officer (Scale I):
    a) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics &
    Instrumentation OR
    b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications
    OR
    Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level.

    • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I): 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Cooperation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture.

    • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I): Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level OR Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

    • Law Officer (Scale I): A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

    • HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.

    • Marketing Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time
    MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the IBPS SO Exam should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Scheduled Caste(SC) / Scheduled Tribe(ST) 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    PwBD 40 years
    Ex-Servicemen 35 years
    Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 35 years
    Persons affected by 1984 riots 35 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no restriction on the number of attempts in the IDBI Executive Exam until the Candidate fulfil all the required eligibility criteria.

IBPS SO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Fee Payment To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Preliminary Exam December 18, 2021
Mains Exam January 30, 2022

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • There are three levels of examinations: Online Preliminary Exam, Online Mains Exam and Interview.
  • The IBPS SO 2021 exam pattern for selecting candidates for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I and Law Officer is the same.
  • The Exam Pattern for all the other posts is different from the exam pattern of the 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.
  • For Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Officer prelims, sections asked are English Language, Reasoning, and General Awareness.
  • For other posts, sections asked are of English Language, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • he score of the Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. A cumulative score of Mains Exam and Interview process in the ratio of 80:20 will be taken into consideration for final allotment.

Pattern for Prelims (Law and Rajbhasha Adhikari)

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language

Test for English Language

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 25
2 Reasoning

Test for Reasoning Ability

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 50
3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry

Test for General Awareness

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 50
Total Marks* 125

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Prelims ( IT, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing )

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language

Test for English Language

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 25
2 Reasoning

Test for Reasoning Ability

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude

Test for Quantitative Aptitude

Qualifying Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 50
Total Marks* 125

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Mains (IT, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing)

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Professional Knowledge

Test for Professional Knowledge

Merit Ranking Nature 60 60
Total Marks* 60

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Mains (Law and Rajbhasha Adhikari)

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Professional Knowledge (Objective)

Test for Professional Knowledge

Merit Ranking Nature 45 Objective (Multiple Choice) 30 mins
2 Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)

Test for Professional Knowledge

Merit Ranking Nature 2 Descriptive 30 mins
Total Marks* 60

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

IBPS SO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Prelims (Law and Rajbhasha Adhikari)

1 English Language

  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Formation
  • Multiple Meanings (Contextual Usage)
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Tenses Rules

2 Reasoning

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Inequality
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Miscellaneous – Blood Relations, Direction based problems, order and ranking, alphanumeric series, etc.
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Directions
  • Ranking and Order
  • Picture Series Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Relationships
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Word Formation
  • Statement, Argument and Assumption

3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry

  • Financial Knowledge
  • General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutions
  • Banking Awareness
  • Current Events of National and Internal Importance with focus on financial news
  • Basic Economics

Syllabus for Prelims ( IT, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing )

1 English Language

• Spotting Errors
• Sentence Formation
• Multiple Meanings (Contextual Usage)
• Cloze Test
• Para Jumbles
• Reading Comprehension
• Tenses Rules

2 Reasoning

• Seating Arrangement
• Syllogism
• Input-Output
• Inequality
• Data Sufficiency
• Puzzles
• Logical Reasoning
• Miscellaneous – Blood Relations, Direction based problems, order and ranking, alphanumeric series, etc.
• Alphanumeric Series
• Directions
• Ranking and Order
• Picture Series Puzzles
• Tabulation
• Relationships
• Coding and Decoding
• Assertion and Reason
• Word Formation
• Statement, Argument and Assumption

3 Quantitative Aptitude

• Number Series
• Quadratic Equations
• Miscellaneous Topics
• Data Interpretation
• Simplification/ Approximation
• Profit and Loss
• Probability
• Mixtures and Alligations
• Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
• Simple and Compound Interest
• Permutation and Combinations
• Surds and Indices
• Sequence and Series
• Work and Time
• Time and Distance Equations
• Percentages
• Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone , Sphere and Cuboid

Syllabus for Mains (IT, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing)

1 Professional Knowledge

For IT Officer (Scale-I) :

  • Database Management System
  • Programming
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Object-Oriented
  • Operating System
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Data Structure
  • Software Engineering

Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

  • Basics of Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Management
  • Service Marketing
  • PR
  • Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Corporate Social
  • Retail
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Business Ethics
  • Brand Management
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Advertising
  • Market Segmentation

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale – I)

  • Human Resource
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Development
  • Management
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Grievance and Conflict
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Industrial Relations
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection

Law Officer ( Scale – I)

  • Banking Regulations
  • DRT Act
  • Compliance and Legal
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • Aspects
  • Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Scheme
  • SARFAES
  • Prevention of Money laundering
  • Limitation Act
  • Banking Ombudsman
  • Consumer Protection Act

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale—I)

  • Basics of Crop production
  • Government Schemes
  • Seed Science
  • Ecology
  • Soil resources
  • Agroforestry
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Practices

Syllabus for Mains (Law and Rajbhasha Adhikari)

1 Professional Knowledge (Objective)

  • Hindi Grammar
  • Hindi Error Correction
  • Hindi Fill in The Banks
  • Hindi Reading Comprehension

2 Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)

  • Letter Writing in Hindi
  • Essay Writting in Hindi

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