IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS follows a standard selection process in all its recruitment examinations. It will conduct an online examination for IBPS SO 2021. The exam pattern of IBPS SO varies for different posts covered under Specialist Officers (SO). To be able to prepare in the best way possible, you should first know the IBPS SO exam pattern which will help you in making a preparation plan accordingly. The IBPS SO recruitment is divided into three phases:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

The IBPS SO Prelims exam for some of the posts is common and consists of three sections. The IBPS SO Mains exam is different for some posts and common for some. These two phases will be followed by the Interview stage which will lead to the final selection.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

The IBPS SO Prelims 2021 will be an online examination which will consist of three sections which will have sectional timings of 40 minutes each but with variable marks.The Prelims IBPS SO exam pattern differ for some posts. The total marks for IBPS SO Prelims for all the posts will be 125 whereas the total number of questions will be 150. The IBPS SO Prelims 2021 for Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I &Law Officer will have a common exam pattern and will consist of three sections: Reasoning, English Language & General Awareness (With special reference to Banking industry).

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Prelims for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is as follows.

S. No.Name of testMedium of ExamNo.of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1 English Language English 50 25 40 Minutes
2 Reasoning English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
3 General Awareness with Special reference to Banking Industry English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
Total1501252 Hours

The IBPS SO Prelims 2021 for the posts of Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer (Scale I) will also consist of three sections but will contain Quantitative Aptitude as a subject in place of General Awareness. The other two sections will be Reasoning and English Language. The number of questions here will also be the same as stated above - 150 and the total marks will be 125 with a total time duration of 120 minutes.

 IBPS SO exam pattern for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer is given below.

S. No.Name of testMedium of ExamNo.of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1 English Language English 50 25 40 Minutes
2 Reasoning English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
  Total   1501252 Hours

IBPS SO Mains Pattern 2021

If you qualify IBPS SO Prelims 2021, you will be called for the Mains. IBPS SO Mains 2021 is a bit different than the other IBPS exams. IBPS SO Mains exam pattern consists of either one or maximum two sections depending on the post you are applying for. For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, there will be two tests on Professional Knowledge: Objective & Descriptive. The total marks for this test will be 60 and time limit is one hour. Both the tests can be given in either Hindi or English Language.

Exam Pattern for IBPS SO Mains for Rajbhasha Adhikari is as follows.

Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 minutes

IBPS SO Mains for the posts of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer will consist of only one objective test of Professional Knowledge comprising of 60 marks, 60 questions and the time duration will be 45 minutes. The test can be given in both English and Hindi language. 

 Exam Pattern for IBPS SO Mains for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer is given below.

Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

If you qualify IBPS SO Mains you will be shortlisted for Interview and the scores obtained in IBPS SO Mains and Interview will be taken into consideration while making the final merit.

IBPS SO Final Selection & Interview

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The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview should not be less than 40% for the general category (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD category). The weightage (ratio) of Online CWE (Main Exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score shall arrive on the basis of the total scores obtained by you in the Online IBPS SO Mains exam and Interview. You need to qualify both in the IBPS SO 2021 Online CWE (Main Examination) 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:  

In IBPS SO  2021 Exam, can I choose Hindi language as the exam language?

A:  

Yes, IBPS SO  2021 Exam is bilingual (i.e, Hindi & English). You can choose your preferred language accordingly.

Q2:  

Is the IBPS SO  2021 Examination in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?

A:  

IBPS SO  2021 Exam will be in online mode.

Q3:  

Is there any sectional CUT-OFF in IBPS SO  2021 Exam ?

A:  

Yes, IBPS SO  2021 Exam will have sectional cut-off along with the overall cut-off.

Q4:  

Is IBPS SO  2021 Job transferable?

A:  

Yes, IBPS SO is liable to be posted anywhere in India, also depending on the job profile and department being served.

Q5:  

How many attempts are there in IBPS SO  2021 Exam ?

A:  

There is no such limit on the number of attempts for IBPS SO  2021 Exam. You can appear for this exam till the time you are eligible according to the eligibility criteria provided by IBPS in its notification.