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IBPS SO Exam 2017 for various posts is tentatively scheduled for 28th and 29th January 2017. Today we are sharing the IBPS SO exam pattern and detailed expected syllabus for various posts included in IBPS Specialist Officers Recruitment drive this year.

Before me move on to that, a brief of various posts for which exam will be conducted -
  • IT Officer (Scale-I)
  • Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)
  • Law Officer (Scale-I)
  • HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

IBPS SO Vacancies for Various Posts (Indicative)

Name of Post
Number of Vacancies
IT Officer (Scale-I)
335
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I)
2580
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)
65
Law Officer (Scale-I)
115
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
81
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
946

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017-18

Law Officer Scale-I and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale-I

S. N.
Name of Subject
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Duration
1.
Reasoning Ability
50
*
30 minutes
2.
English Language
50
*
25 minutes
3.
General Awareness (with special reference to banking)
50
*
30 minutes
4.
Professional Knowledge
50
80
35 minutes

Total
200
80
120 minutes

Exam Pattern for IT Officer Scale-I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale-I, HR/Personnel Officer Scale-I & Marketing Officer Scale I  

S. N.
Name of Subject
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Duration
1.
Reasoning Ability
50
*
30 minutes
2.
English Language
50
*
25 minutes
3.
Quantitative Aptitude
50
*
30 minutes
4.
Professional Knowledge
50
80
35 minutes

Total
200
80
120 minutes
* Only qualifying. Marks obtained will not be added for merit listing for interview.  

IBPS SO Exam 2017-18 Detailed Syllabus 

While syllabus of Reasoning Ability, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness will be common across all SO Exams, expected syllabus of Professional Knowledge for various posts will vary and has been listed below.

Reasoning Ability
Seating Arrangement
Puzzles
Inequality
Syllogism
Input - Output
Data Sufficiency
Blood Relations
Order and Ranking
Alphanumeric series
Distance and Direction
Verbal Reasoning
English Language
Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Spotting Errors
Sentence Improvement/ Correction
Para Jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Para / Sentence Completion
Quantitative Aptitude
Number Series
Simplification / Approximation
Data Interpretation
Quadratic Equations
Data Sufficiency
Mensuration
Miscellaneous Topics ( Average, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest,Time & Work, Time & Distance, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion, Problem on Ages, Probability etc.
General Awareness
Questions will be asked mainly from the Current Affairs & Banking Awareness topics (For instance, you may come across questions related to demonetisation)
This section may also include questions on  Books & authors, Currencies, Important Places, Awards, Headquarters, Prime Ministers Schemes, Important Days  etc.
It would be advisable to go through the GK updates of at least last 3 - 4 months.
Do not forget to prepare for static GK part as well, especially the countries, their capitals and currencies (Try to focus especially on the countries that have been in news lately, for instance, the countries visited by our Prime Minister or President or with whom any major MoU has been signed).

Professional Knowledge Syllabus -
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for IT Officer (Scale-I)
Database Management System
Data Communication and Networking
Operating System
Software Engineering
Data Structure
Computer organization and microprocessor
Object Oriented Programming
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for Agriculture Field Officer (Scale -I)
Basics of Crop production and improvement
Horticulture (Spacing time of sowing seed rate, Important varieties, Herbicides Pesticides, Preservation of fruits and vegetables, Types of cropping system, Different plant  diseases)
Seed Science
Agronomy and irrigation
Agricultural economics
Various types of agricultural practices
Soil resources
Animal husbandry and technology
Agricultural research, education and extension
Agroforestry and Ecology
Priority sector advances
Rural welfare activities in India
Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture
Various government schemes
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
Basics of Marketing Management (4 Ps of Marketing)
Brand management
Advertising, PR, sales promotion
Basic knowledge of retail management
Business ethics
Market Segmentation
Marketing Research and forecasting demand
Product life cycle
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Corporate social responsibility
Services Marketing
Marketing Strategy
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for Law Officer (Scale-I)
Banking Regulation & Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant laws and orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, Foreign Exchange.
Prevention of money laundering, Limitation Act
Consumer Protection Act
SARFAESI
Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act.
Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Offenses and Penalties
Law and Acts with direct and Indirect Implication on the banking sector like Contract Acts, Partnerships, Companies, Firm, Constitution
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
Human Resource Development: Strategies and Systems.
Business policy and strategic analysis
Transnational Analysis.
Training and Development.
Recruitment and Selection.
Rewards and Recognition
Industrial relations.
Business policy and strategic analysis
Grievance and conflict management
Performance management and appraisalAll the best for your exams..

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