IBPS SO Syllabus 2021: To ace IBPS SO 2021 Exam, it is necessary to be acquainted with the Exam Pattern and detailed Syllabus. This will help candidates in judicious preparation for the upcoming IBPS SO 2021 Exam. The syllabus for IBPS Specialist Officer Posts has been discussed in detail in this article for all the banking aspirants who have been working hard to grab the post of Specialist Cadre Officer posts in Public Sector Banks.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

IBPS SO 2021 Notification is expected to be released in October 2021 by IBPS. The preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2021 is scheduled for 18th & 26th December 2021 and IBPS SO Mains Exam 2021 is scheduled for 31st January 2022. Let’s have a look at the IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus one by one.

IBPS SO Syllabus- Exam Summary

Exam Conducting AuthorityInstitute of Banking & Personnel Selection, IBPS
Exam NameIBPS SO 2021
Examination ModeOnline

Prelims- 120 minutes 

Mains- 45 minutes/60 minutes

Selection ProcessPrelims-Mains-Interview
Negative Marking¼th marks
Official Websiteibps.in

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IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 2021 Out- Click Here

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS SO 2021 Exam will be conducted in the following three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. It is mandatory for every applicant to clear all levels of examination to get selected to the post of Specialist Officer in multiple Public Sector Banks participating in IBPS SO 2021.

IBPS SO Syllabus & Exam Pattern: Important Points

• The exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary, Mains and Interview Process.

• IBPS has introduced separate sectional timing for each section in the prelims exam. The IBPS SO preliminary examination has a total duration of 120 minutes and 40 minutes for each section.

• A candidate must appear for the Prelims first and the selected students after the Preliminary Exam will be eligible to give the Mains Exam.

• Score of Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for final allotment. The final selection will be based on the Mains Exam and Interview Process.

• The Mains Examination will contain questions only from the Professional Knowledge Subjects.

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IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern

For post of Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari

S NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
1.Reasoning505040 minutes
2.English Language502540 minutes
3.General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 minutes

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

S NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
1.Reasoning505040 minutes
2.English Language502540 minutes
3.Quantitative Aptitude505040 minutes

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

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

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge(Objective)4560English & Hindi30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 minutes

IBPS SO 2021 Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam will be finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. It is really important for candidates to fare well in the Interview Process as the final selection of a candidate is based on how he/she fares in this final round of the IBPS SO Recruitment Process.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

To ace IBPS SO 2021 exam, it is really necessary to know the detailed IBPS SO Syllabus. Candidates must master the general sections of reasoning, quants and English as well as the Professional Knowledge Subjects to fare well in the upcoming IBPS SO 2021 Exam. Let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS SO 2021 Exam:

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection round of IBPS SO 2021 Exam. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains exam. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO 2021 comprises of three major sections: Reasoning, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude / General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry (For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari).


  1. Seating Arrangements
  2. Puzzles
  3. Inequalities
  4. Syllogism
  5. Input-Output
  6. Data Sufficiency
  7. Blood Relations
  8. Order and Ranking
  9. Alphanumeric Series
  10. Distance and Direction
  11. Verbal Reasoning

English Language

  1. Cloze Test
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Spotting Errors
  4. Sentence Improvement
  5. Sentence Correction
  6. Para Jumbles
  7. Fill in the Blanks Para/Sentence Completion

Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Number Series
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Simplification/ Approximation
  4. Quadratic Equation
  5. Data Sufficiency
  6. Mensuration
  7. Average
  8. Profit and Loss Ratio
  9. Proportion Work,
  10. Time and Energy
  11. Time and Distance
  12. Probability
  13. Relations
  14. Simple and Compound Interest
  15. Permutation and Combination

General Awareness

  1. Current Affairs
  2. Banking Awareness
  3. GK Updates
  4. Currencies
  5. Important Places
  6. Books and Authors
  7. Awards
  8. Headquarters
  9. Prime Minister Schemes
  10. Important Days

IBPS SO Mains Exam Syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I) SyllabusAgricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) SyllabusMarketing Officer (Scale-I) SyllabusLaw Officer (Scale-I) SyllabusHR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  1. Database Management System
  2. Data Communication and Networking
  3. Operating System
  4. Software Engineering
  5. Data Structure
  6. Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  7. Object Oriented Programming
  1. Basics of Crop production
  2. Horticulture
  3. Seed Science
  4. Agronomy and Irrigation
  5. Agricultural Economies
  6. Agricultural Practices
  7. Soil resources
  8. Animal Husbandry
  9. Agroforestry
  10. Ecology
  11. Government Schemes
  1. Basics of Marketing Management
  2. Brand Management
  3. Advertising
  4. PR
  5. Sales
  6. Retail
  7. Business Ethics
  8. Market Segmentation
  9. Market research and forecasting demand
  10. Product Life Cycle
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Service Marketing
  13. Marketing Strategies
  1. Banking Regulations
  2. Compliance and Legal Aspects
  3. Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  4. Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  5. Consumer Protection Act
  7. Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  8. Laws and Actions with the direct link to Banking Sector
  9. Bankers Book Evidence Act
  10. DRT Act
  1. Human Resource Development
  2. Business policy and strategic analysis
  3. Transnational Analysis
  4. Training and Development
  5. Recruitment and Selection
  6. Rewards and Recognition
  7. Industrial Relations
  8. Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  9. Grievance and Conflict Management
  10. Performance Management and Appraisal
IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

Ans. The detailed IBPS SO Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exam has been discussed in the article.

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer.

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