IBPS SO EXAM PATTERN

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Last Updated: November 07,2017 12:47 PM
New IBPS SO Exam pattern is available here. Grab detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern for both Prelims and Mains Exam for all six posts from this page. You should know the IBPS SO Exam Pattern clearly, to crack IBPS SO Exam in the first attempt. Check this page frequently to get updates on IBPS SO Exam Pattern of officer posts in I.T, Agriculture, Law, HR, Marketing, Rajbhasha Adhikari, instantly.

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What's New in this Year IBPS SO Exam Pattern?

From this year onwards, IBPS decided to hold two-tier examination namely Preliminary and Mains examinations followed by an Interview for recruitment of all six posts of Specialist Officers (SO). The marks obtained in the Preliminary examination will not be considered for preparing the SO final merit list.  Every candidate should secure sectional as well as Overall IBPS SO cut off marks in Prelims exam for getting shortlisted to Mains Examination. The marks obtained in the Main Examination will only be considered for shortlisting for interview as well as for IBPS SO Final merit listing. Previously, there was single written examination followed by an Interview for IBPS SO selection.


IBPS SO Exam Pattern - Newly Updated

There will be two-tier examination for recruitment of Specialist Officers from CWE SPL-VII onwards. All the candidates who will successfully register themselves under CWE SPL-VII will be called for Preliminary Examination. IBPS SO Prelims exam will comprise multiple choice questions under 3 main sections namely English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude (OR) General Awareness. The IBPS SO Mains examination will consist of questions only from Professional Knowledge.


Different posts of Specialist Officer

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts national level online examination for selecting personnel in Specialist Officers (SO) cadre posts in various Nationalized banks in India, every year. Interviews are conducted by the participating organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each state/ UT. This year, IBPS is going to conduct IBPS SO exam for the Seventh time for filling huge vacancies under the posts of SO (Specialist Officer) across India on behalf of 20+ Nationalized Banks. The various posts filled under IBPS SO Exam are

  • I.T. Officer,
  • Agricultural Field Officer,
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari,
  • Law Officer,
  • HR/Personnel Officer,
  • Marketing Officer.
 

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Preliminary

IBPS SO Prelims exam is conducted in online mode only. IBPS SO Prelims exam comprises of 100 multiple choice questions under 3 main subject category sections namely English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude (for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer) / General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry (for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari). Total marks allotted for IBPS SO Prelims exam is 100 marks and Total Duration of IBPS SO Prelims exam is 60 mins (1 hour).

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I

Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions (Objective type) Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English  
 
 Total -
2 hours
 
2 Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi
  Total 150 125  
 

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari

Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions (Objective type) Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English  
 
 Total -
2 hours
 
2 Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi
3 General Awareness
with special reference to Banking Industry
50 50 English and Hindi
  Total 150 125  
 
Negative Marking:- There will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by you, there will be no negative marking for that question.
 
In order to attend the IBPS SO Mains exam, Candidates have to qualify in each of the three sections mentioned above, by securing cut-off marks as decided by IBPS. IBPS SO online Prelims exam Scores are normalised using equi-percentile method. Number of Candidates shortlisted for IBPS SO Mains Exam is One Tenth of the total available vacancies. Sufficient number of candidates in each category (General, OBC, SC, ST) for each post (I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer) will be shortlisted for the mains examination.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern of Mains

IBPS SO Mains exam is conducted in online mode only. IBPS SO Mains exam comprises of 60 multiple choice questions from Professional knowledge of various posts I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer. Here, all Questions of Professional knowledge will be present in both English as well as Hindi Language. Total marks allotted for IBPS SO Mains exam is 60 marks and and Total Duration of IBPS SO Mains exam is 45 mins (1 hour).

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:
IBPS SO Mains -
Name of Test
No. of Questions
(Objective type)
Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

Negative Marking:- There will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.  If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by you, there will be no negative marking for that question.

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:
IBPS SO Mains -
Name of Test
No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge
(Descriptive)
2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

In IBPS SO Mains Exam, Candidates should secure minimum cutoff marks in their Professional knowledge section to get shortlisted for Interview. Candidates who qualified in Mains Exam are called for Final stage of Selection process i.e., Interview.


IBPS SO INTERVIEW

Candidates are shortlisted for SO interview based on their IBPS SO Mains examination marks only. IBPS SO prelims marks are not considered for Interview. IBPS is tentatively scheduled to conduct interview for IBPS SO in the month of March 2018.
 
Total marks allotted for SO Interview 100
Minimum qualifying marks in interview 40%  i.e, 40 marks
(For General category candidates)
(35% i.e, 35 marks
(For SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates)
 

Final Selection of SO

IBPS SO Result for final Provisional Allotment of candidates to various posts is released in the month of April. Candidates should secure high score in the both IBPS SO Mains Exam and Interview, so that they will be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process. The Combined Final Score is calculated as Marks obtained in mains exam + Marks obtained in Interview. The weightage of IBPS SO Mains exam and interview will be 80:20 respectively. Based on the Cutoff score, Obtained Score, Ranks and Post Preference, Final qualified Candidates will be allotted to any of the participating banks.

Syllabus

Get latest detailed IBPS SO Syllabus for both Prelims and Mains Exam. To crack IBPS SO Exam in first attempt, you should know IBPS SO Syllabus. Subject wise IBPS SO Syllabus is granted clearly for all six posts. Make use of it to the fullest.

Exam Dates

On January 16, 2017, IBPS released tentative exam dates for CWE SPL-VII. This year, IBPS SO Exam Dates for Prelims phase are 30th and 31st of December 2017 and IBPS SO Mains exam will be held on January 28, 2018.


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