IBPS SO Syllabus & New Exam Pattern 2021: Get the Latest Syllabus for the Prelims and Mains Exam and Exam Pattern of IBPS SO 2021 and prepare for the IBPS SO 2021 exam.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers cadre – IBPS SO for various posts once a year. Through this exam, candidates can apply for the posts of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer.

IBPS SO 2021 Vacancies
IT Officer -220Agricultural Field Officer – 884
Rajbhasha Adhikari – 84Law Officer – 44
HR/ Personnel Officer – 61Marketing Officer – 535

IBPS CRP Specialist Officers-XI Examination 2021 – 1828 Vacancies

In this article, applicants will get full knowledge about the common recruitment process for recruitment of Specialist Officers in various organisations. You will get details about eligibility criteria, registration dates, application fee, syllabus and exam pattern. As per the IBPS Calendar for 2021, here is the complete schedule of all the important events.

Schedule of Events
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates03-11-2021 – 23-11-2021
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)23-11-2021
Online Examination – Preliminary26-12-2021
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryJanuary 2022
The download of the Call Letter for the Online exam – MainJanuary 2022
Online Examination – Main30-01-2022
Declaration of Result of Online Main ExaminationFebruary 2022
The download of call letters for the interviewFebruary 2022
Conduct of interviewFebruary/ March 2022
 Provisional Allotment April 2022

Candidates are advised to regularly keep in touch with the IBPS Recruitment page for details and updates.

IBPS SO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for CRP SO-XI should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by the organisation. Candidates should ensure that they must have the required age limit and educational qualification.

I. Nationality/ Citizenship: A candidate must be either
(i) a citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

II Age Limit & Educational Qualification

Name of the Post and AgeEducational qualification (from a University/ Institution/ Board recognised by Govt. Of India/ approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies)
IT Officer
Min- 20 years
Max-30 years
(i) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation Or
(ii) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications Or
(iii) Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer
Min-20 years
Max-30 years
4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Cooperation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture
Rajbhasha Adhikari
Min-20 years
Max-30 years
Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level Or
Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
Law Officer
Min-20 years
Max-30 years
A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/ Personnel Officer
Min-20 years
Max-30 years
Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law.
Marketing Officer
Min-20 years
Max- 30 years
Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

A lot of changes have been seen in the recent Exam Pattern of IBPS SO 2021. To crack the IBPS SO Exam 2021 it is important to be acquainted with the updated exam pattern for the paper. The exam includes three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. It is mandatory for every applicant to clear all levels of examination to get selected to the post of Specialist Officer in participating in multiple Public Sector Banks.

Changes Introduced in IBPS SO Exam:-
(i) The sectional timing of 40 minutes for each section in the Prelims exam has been introduced by the exam conducting body.
(ii) Exam will be conducted in three stages: Preliminary Exam, Mains and Interview Round.
(iii) Prelims exam pattern for Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Officer is the same.
(iv) The Mains will cover questions only from Professional Knowledge Subjects.
(v) 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.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari
Name and Medium of TestsNo of Questions-Max MarksDuration
English Language (English)50 Questions – 25 Marks40 minutes
Reasoning (English and Hindi)50 Questions – 50 Marks40 minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry (English and Hindi)50 Questions – 50 Marks40 minutes


For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Name and Medium of TestsNo of Questions-Max MarksDuration
English Language (English)50 Questions – 25 Marks40 minutes
Reasoning (English and Hindi)50 Questions – 50 Marks40 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude (English and Hindi)50 Questions – 50 Marks40 minutes

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. The adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Name and Medium of TestsNo of Questions-Max MarksDuration
Professional Knowledge60 Questions – 60 Marks45 minutes


For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari – Max Marks: 60
Name and Medium of TestsNo of QuestionsDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)4530 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)2 30 minutes

IBPS SO Interview
Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main Examination for CRP SPL-XI will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Banks in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews will be conducted at select centres. The centre, address of the venue, time & date of the Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

It is necessary for all the candidates applying for the SO Exam to once go through the detailed IBPS SO Syllabus 2021. To perform well in the exam we recommend you to go through all the topics and prepare accordingly. Please note the provided syllabus is only for reference purposes, we may not guarantee that the same topic is asked in the SO Exam 2021. Some of the topics that aspirants can cover are listed below.

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection round of the IBPS SO 2021 Exam. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains exam.

Quantitative AptitudeReasoning Ability
Number SeriesSeating Arrangements
Data InterpretationVerbal Reasoning
Simplification/ ApproximationDistance and Direction
Quadratic EquationAlphanumeric Series
Data SufficiencyOrder and Ranking
Work, Time and EnergyBlood Relations
Simple and Compound InterestData Sufficiency
Profit and LossInput-Output
Permutation and CombinationInequalities
Relations Puzzles


English LanguageGeneral Awareness
Cloze TestCurrent Affairs
Reading ComprehensionBanking Awareness
Spotting ErrorsGK Updates
Sentence ImprovementCurrencies
Sentence CorrectionImportant Places
Para JumblesBooks and Authors
Fill in the BlanksPrime Minister Schemes
Para/Sentence CompletionAwards
Vocabulary Based QuestionsImportant Events

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus

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 tabulated below.

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 Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Soil Resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Brand Management
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Advertising
  • Retail
  • Business Ethics
  • Market Research and Forecasting Demand
  • Market Segmentation
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Services Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for Law Officer (Scale-I)
  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with the direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act
Professional Knowledge Syllabus for HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Human Resource Development
  • 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 Appraisal

IBPS SO Exam Admit Card 2021

The Centre, venue address, post applied for, date and time for both Preliminary and Main examination and interview shall be intimated in the respective Call Letter. Keep checking the IBPS Admit Cards page and eligible candidates can download his/her call letter by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. It is important to note that no hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.

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Posted on November 2, 2020 by vandana doll