IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020: Detailed New Exam Pattern 2020 For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer and For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari here.


IBPS SO Exam Pattern for All Posts – Prelims and Mains Exam

IBPS Specialist Officers Exam Pattern Details: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts Common Recruitment Process (CWE) for the recruitment of Specialist Officers in various cadres like IT, Agriculture, Legal, Marketing, HR and Rashtrabhasha Adhikari etc in various Public Sector Banks. The IBPS SO Exam Pattern has been changed and Sectional timing has been introduced in Prelims from this year. The Selection procedure consists of three stages namely, Prelims, Mains & Interview. The Prelims exam is scheduled for 26 & 27 December 2020 and IBPS SO Mains Exam 2020 is scheduled on 24 January 2021 view detail on official website ibps.in

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released it’s IBPS Specialist Officer Notification 2020-21 for 647 vacancies in 20 banks. For the aspirants who want to be a part of the Banking Sector as a Specialist Officer, IBPS SO Examination is one of the best opportunity for them.

The Common Written Examination (CWE) for Specialist officers and Common interview will be conducted, once a year by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The following are the IBPS SO Exam Pattern Details…

#1. IBPS SO Exam Pattern: Important Highlights 

Mode Online
Stages 3
Negative Marking 0.25
Marks (Prelims) 125
Marks (Mains) 60
Expected Complexity Level Moderate-Difficult



#2. IBPS Specialist Officer Posts

Sr. No Posts (Scale-I)
1. I.T. Officer
2. Agricultural Field Officer
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari
4. Law Officer
5. HR/Personnel Officer
6. Marketing Officer

#3. IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) Selection Process

The exams for Specialist Officers (SO) will now on be held in 3 parts:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Interview

#4. IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS SO Exam Pattern: The exam pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is same and the exam pattern for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I, Marketing Officer Scale I is same. Now here we will give the detailed description of the exam pattern for all the defined sectors or departments which are displayed in a table form.

A. Preliminary Examination for IBPS SO Exam

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

Name of Tests Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50/ 50 40 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 50/ 50 40 minutes
3 .English Launguage 50/ 25 40 minutes
Total 150/ 125

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Tests Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50/ 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50/ 25 40 minutes
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50/ 50 40 minutes
Total 150/ 125

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.

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B. Main Examination for IBPS SO Exam

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

Name of the Test  No. of Questions/ 

Maximum Marks

Profession Knowledge 60 / 60 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Subject No. of Qs Max Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 mins
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 mins
The medium of Exam: English & Hindi

Detailed IBPS SO Syllabus Based on New Pattern

Penalty for Wrong Answers for IBPS SO Exam

There will be 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 corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question

Cutoff Score: (Online Main Examination)

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in the test of Online Main examination and also secure sufficiently high scores to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Scores for IBPS SO Exam

The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equi-percentile method.

Scores up to two decimal points shall be taken for the purpose of calculations.

C. Interview: IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Main examination for CRP SPL-VII will subsequently be called for an Interview. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates). Candidate should qualify both in the Online CWE (Main Examination) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.

Final Selection Process

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of total scores obtained in written test + Interview. The weightage of Online test and interview will is 80:20. For being selected as a Specialist Officer in the public sector bank you have to qualify in both exam – Written online exam as well as Interview and must score high in the merit list.

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#5. IBPS SO Exam Pattern: Important Dates

The IBPS Calendar has been released on the official website, according to which the online registration of IBPS SO 2018 will commence tentatively in October. Candidates can check the complete details of IBPS SO recruitment as given in the table below.

  • Starting Date for Apply Online, Edit, Modification of Application & Fee Payment: 02-11-2020
  • Last Date to Apply Online Edit, Modification of Application & Fee Payment: 23-11-2020
  • Last Date for Printing Your Application: 23-11-2020
  • Date of Downloading Call Letter for Online Preliminary Exam: Dec 2020
  • Date of Online Preliminary Exam: 26 & 27-12-2020
  • Date of Declaration of Result of Preliminary Exam: Jan 2021
  • Date of Downloading Call letter for Online Main Exam: Jan 2021
  • Date of Online Main Exam: 24-01-2021
  • Date of Declaration of Result of Online Main Exam: Feb 2021
  • Date of Download call letters for interview: Feb 2021
  • Date of Interview: Feb 2021
  • Date of Provisional Allotment: April 2021

#6. IBPS SO Salary Structure

If you are wondering how much salary does an IBPS SO get, here is a glimpse that might motivate you further!

IBPS SO Recruitment Pay scale: Rs 14500 – 600/7 – 18700 – 700/2 – 20100 -800/7 – 25700/-
The approx. IBPS SO Salary Cash in hand of Officer Scale 1 after appointment will be around Rs. 30000-38000/-. Perks, allowances and all benefits will depend upon the bank that you are posted in. Almost all of these banks provide you allowances.

This Salary structure is subject to change according to the terms and conditions of the banks as well.

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