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IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Examination

The common recruitment process for the post of Specialist Officers in Banks is conducted for the following posts:

  • I.T. Officer (Scale-I)
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Law Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)

This is a bright opportunity for candidates having a technical or specialised degree in the fields of Information Technology, Agriculture, Law, HR and Marketing to start a promising career in government banking sector.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Rajya Sabha Adhikari:

  • Reasoning (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:50, Duration:120 minutes)
  • English Language (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:25, Duration:120 minutes)
  • General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:50, Duration:120 minutes)

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

  • Reasoning (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:50, Duration:120 minutes)
  • English Language (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:25, Duration:120 minutes)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (Total Questions:50, Total Marks:50, Duration:120 minutes)

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning Ability
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Inequalities
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Distance and Direction
  • Verbal Reasoning
English Language
  • Cloze Test
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para/Sentence Completion
Quantitative Aptitude
  • 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
General Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • GK Updates
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime Minister Schemes
  • Important Days

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

For Rajya Sabha Adhikari:

  • Professional Knowledge(Objective) (Total Questions:45, Total Marks:60, Duration:30 minutes)
  • Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) (Total Questions:2, Total Marks:60, Duration:30 minutes)

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

  • Professional Knowledge (Total Questions:60, Total Marks:60, Duration:45 minutes)

IBPS SO Mains Exam 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
Rajya Sabha Adhikari
  • Banking Regulations Passages
  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Practical Translation
  • Hindi/English Grammar

Apart from the preliminary exam and the mains exam, an interview process is also conducted for candidates who have qualified the first two phases of IBPS PO exam.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in his mains exam and his interview process. There may be changes in the number of questions, marks as well as time duration each year. Sometimes the sections may be merged too.