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IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released official notification for Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers' cadre posts. Online examination for the selection will be held in December 2017/ January 2018. IBPS SO recruitment will be held for selecting candidates to the posts of I.T. Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I) and Marketing Officer (Scale I). The CRP involves common written examination (preliminary and main), common interview and provisional allotment


IBPS Specialist Officer Common Written exam is an objective type paper which includes 4 sections of different marks. All participants required to qualify in all sections and for every wrong answer, you must lose some marks as negative marking and time duration of paper is 02 hours. Check the Structure of written exam for specialist officer.

Following is the New Exam Pattern for IBPS SO 2017

IBPS SO 2017 New Exam Pattern

There are few major changes noticed in the IBPS SO Exam Pattern post release of Official IBPS SO Notification. Let's have a look at all the changes one by one.

  • The IBPS SO 2017 exam pattern for selecting candidates for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I and Law Officer is same.
  • The Exam Pattern for all the other posts is different from the exam pattern of Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari Officer.
  • The Mains Examination will have just one section, i.e. of Professional Knowledge
  • Only three sections will be asked in the Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO 2017 Exam. For Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Officer sections asked are English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness and for other posts sections asked are of English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • The score of Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. Cumulative score of Mains Exam and Interview process in the ratio of 80:20 will be taken into consideration for final allotment.

Let's have a look at the detailed Exam Syllabus for multiple posts offered through IBPS SO 2017 Exam:

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern 2017-18

For Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I Officer

S.N 
Section
No. of 
Questions
Total 
Marks
Duration
1.
Reasoning
50
50
120 minutes
2.
English Language
50
25
3.
General Awareness 
with Special Reference to Banking Industry
50
50
Total
150
125

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

S. N
 Section
No. of 
Questions
Total 
Marks
Duration
1.
Reasoning
50
50
120 minutes
2.
English Language
50
25
3.
Quantitative Aptitude
50
50
Total
150
125

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2017-18

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

Name of 
Test
Number of 
Questions
Maximum 
Marks
Medium of 
Exam
Duration
Professional 
Knowledge
60
60
English & Hindi 
45 minutes 

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks
Medium of Exam
Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)
45
60
English & Hindi
30 Minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)
02
English & Hindi
30 Minutes

A New Challenge : 2 Hours of Preliminary Exam

If you are a banking aspirant you must well familiar with the usual exam pattern of Prelims Exam i.e. 100 questions for 60 minutes. But in IBPS SO recruitment there a 2 Hour Preliminary Exam. Although the prelims will have 3 sections only and is qualifying in nature, but the increase in the length of the test is suggestive of a possible increase in difficulty level as well. You must practice according and make a proper strategy for both prelims and mains.

IBPS CWE Specialist Officer exam pattern includes 4 subjects for every post exam. Candidates who applied for the exam must have checked full details. Negative marking also applied for each wrong answer check details below.

IBPS SO – SYLLABUS


The IBPS SO 2017 Syllabus is is designed separately for Rajsabha Adhikari and Other Specialist Officers. The syllabus is designed for IBPS SO Preliminary Exam and IBPS SO Mains Examseparately. It is necessary for all the candidates applying for IBPS SO 2017 Exam to once go through the syllabus as mentioned in the IBPS SO 2017 notification released by IBPS to prepare judiciously for this exam.
Apart from the major three sections of:
A candidate is required to be fluent in his/her area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects.

Let’s have a look at the detailed Syllabus of IBPS SO 2017 Exam:

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

Apart from these common subjects asked for all the posts, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge as well.

The syllabus for the same is discussed below:

IT Officer (Scale-I)
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
Law Officer (Scale-I)
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

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