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About IBPS SO Exam

The competitive exam comprises two successive exam; IBPS SO-Pre & IBPS SO-Mains. After clearing these two tests, the candidate will move to the interview for the final selection.


1. IBPS SOPreliminary Exam Pattern

 2.IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

 3.IBPS SO Interview

 4.IBPS SO Exam Syllabus

 5.IBPS SO Selection Process

 6.IBPS SO Exam Cut-offs

 7.IBPS SO Exam Eligibility

 8.Participating Banks in IBPS SO Exam

1. IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern                           

It consists of a paper of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 125 marks to be solved in duration of 1hr.

This is a screening test only to qualify for the next step and its marks will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

The scheme of this test for IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer and Agricultural Officer is given below in a table.

S.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning50502 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude5050
3English Language5025

The scheme of this test for Law Officer is given below in a table.

S.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning50502 hour
2General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050
3English Language5025

2. IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern                                     

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

Test nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Professional Knowledge606045 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks Medium of ExamDuration
Profession Knowledge (Objective)4560English & Hindi30 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

The marks obtained in this test along with interview will determine the merit list for the final selection.

3. IBPS SO Interview 100 Marks

Shortisted Candidates in the main examination for IBPS-SO subsequently called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews to be conducted at select centres. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview must not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). However, like most interviews for various examinations, IBPS-PO interview does not have defined syllabus but candidates need to be articulate about his/her knowledge in General Awareness with special emphasis on Banking, Finance and Economics along with his/her own qualification and work experience (if any) related questions.

4 .Syllabus

S.noQuantitative apptitudeReasoningEnglish General AwarenessComputer Knowledge
1Number systemSeries completionError locationsCurrent affairsInteroduction to computer
2HCF & LCMAnalogySynonymsInternational economyBasic computer organisation
3Decimal fractionClassificationAntonymsUNOComputer languages
4Square root & cube rootCoding-decodingPhrasal verbsMarketingMemory
5PercentageDistance and directionWords often confused & misusedAward & honorsComputer networks
6Ratio and proportionRanking and numberPrepositionSportsInternet
7AverageBlood relationPassage completionFinanceE-commerce
8SimplificationMathematical operationFill in the blanksAgricultureOpertating System
 Quardratic equationsSitting arrangementsReading comprehensiveHistory of bankingNumber System
10Problems on agesPuzzle testRe arrangementsCountry currency capitalData base management system
11PartnershipsVenn diagramSentance improvementBooks & authorsData Structure
12Profit and lossData sufficencyMis spelt for inappropriateBanking termsComputer Languages
13Simple and compound interestInput and output-- 
14Alligation and mixtureEligibility test-- 
15Time and distanceStatement conclusion-- 
 TrainsStatement course of action-- 
17Boat and streamsStatement assumptions---
18Pipe and cisternCritical reasoning---
19Mensuration 2D & 3D----
20Permutaion & combination----

5. IBPS SO Selection Process

The candidate gets selected for the Mains examination after clearing the Preliminary test. After securing the marks equal to or more than the cut-off marks in Mains, he/she will be called for an interview. Then the merit list is produced on the basis of aggregate marks with of both mains and interview. The weightage (ratio) of Mains and interview would be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE SO/MT-VI and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the CWE (Main) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on IBPS website.

 6. IBPS SO Cut-offs (2016)

IBPS SO Cut Off 2016 for the online objective Written Test.

Name of TestQuestionsMaximum
Cut Off
English Language50Qualifying
Quantitative Aptitude50Qualifying
General Awareness50Qualifying
Professional Knowledge505013.75
Total Weightage Score 80 (50 x 1.6)44.40

 7. IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

All candidates must check their eligibility before applying for the post that they are eligible for the post or not. Eligibility Criteria of SO Exam covers participant education qualification, age criteria, etc. Qualification standard different for every post checks it.

For IT Officer (Scale I) :- Candidate must have completed 4 year Engineering Degree in Computer Science / Computer Applications/ Information Technology / Electronics / Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics & Communication / Electronics & Instrumentation OR  Post Graduate Degree in Electronics / Electronics & Tele Communication / Electronics & Communication / Electronics & Instrumentation / Computer Science / Information Technolog y/ Computer Applications OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level.

For Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I): Candidate must have completed 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture / Horticulture /Animal Husbandry / Veterinary Science / Dairy Science / Agriculture Engineering / Fishery Science/ Pisciculture / Agri Marketing & Cooperation / Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry.

For Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I): Candidates must have 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.

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

For HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Regular Post Graduate degree or Regular Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.

For Marketing Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Full-time MBA (Marketing) / Full time two years PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Criteria for Specialist Officer Exam – Participating candidates must have age between 20 – 30 years and age relaxation is according to the govt norms.

Application Fees – General / OBC candidates required to pay Rs. 600/- as application fees and (Sc/ST/PWD) candidates are required to pay Rs. 100/- as fees.


8. Participating Banks in IBPS SO Exam Bank name
1Syndicate Bank
2Indian Bank
3Vijay Bank
4Punjab National Bank
5Punjab & Sind Bank
6Bank of Maharashtra
7Allahabad Bank
8Oriental Bank of Commece
9Central Bank of India
10Andhra Bank
11UCO Bank
12Indian Overseas Bank
13Canara Bank
14Bank of India
15United Bank of India
16Corporation Bank
17Bank of Baroda
18Union Bank of India
19Dena Bank
20IDBI Bank
21Indian Bank




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