IBPS SO Exam Pattern

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an exam for Specialist Officers (SO). The SOs would fill vacancies in posts such as Agricultural Officer, Law Officer, Marketing Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, HR/Personnel Officer & IT Officer.

The exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Prelims
  • Mains 
  • Interview

This article will give details about the exam pattern of the IBPS SO Exam.

Candidates preparing for the Government Exams can find the following links useful:

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern

The exam pattern in the Prelims of IBPS SO varies for different positions. The exam pattern for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer are as follows:

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern
Subject No of Questions No of Marks Time Allotted for Each Test (Separately Timed)
English Language 50 25 40 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 Minutes
Reasoning Ability       50 50 40 Minutes
Total  150 125

The exam pattern for the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari are as follows:

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern
Subject No of Questions No of Marks Time Allotted for Each Test (Separately Timed)
English Language 50 25 40 Minutes
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 Minutes
Reasoning Ability 50 50 40 Minutes
Total  150 125

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern and Interview

The IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern is designed to test the professional knowledge of the candidates. The exam pattern is as follows:

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern
Subject No of Questions No of Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 Minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern
Subject No of Questions No of Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 Minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 60 30 Minutes

Interview Stage: The candidates who have passed the Prelims and Mains will attend the interview stage. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). 

The weightage (ratio) of the Online Main Examination and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of total scores obtained by the candidates in the Online Main Examination.

To know more about Bank exams, candidates can visit the linked article.

Frequently Asked Questions for IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Is there negative marking for the IBPS SO Exam?

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at a corrected score.

Do candidates have to qualify for all the stages of the IBPS SO Exam?

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Are Calculators allowed at the Examination?

No calculator (separate or with a watch), books, slide ruler, notebooks or written notes will be allowed inside the examination hall.

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