IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020

The IBPS SO official notification 2020 can be expected to be release in the upcoming month. Before applying for the IBPS SO exam you must be aware of the IBPS SO exam pattern so that clear understanding of the exam can be gained. IBPS SO exam pattern consists of three phases and they are as follows:

  • Prelims examination
  • Mains examination
  • Interview

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern 2020

The first stage of an IBPS SO exam is the preliminary examination which consists of three sections. The IBPS SO exam pattern for prelims is different for different posts for example the exam pattern of IBPS SO  for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer is different and the IBPS SO Prelims exam pattern for the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is different. Each exam pattern of IBPS SO will be discusses below:

Exam Pattern of IBPS SO Prelims for the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

The exami pattern of IBPS SO 2020 Prelims for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer consists of three sections namely English language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The IBPS SO 2020 exam is bilingual in nature except the section of English language. For complete details on the IBPS SO exam pattern 2020 for Prelims, please refer to the table below:

Section 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

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 Exam Pattern of IBPS SO Prelims for the Post of  Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

The exam pattern of IBPS SO Prelims for the post of Law officer and Rajbhasa Adhikari also consist of three sections but in this instead of Quantitative Aptitude there will be a section name as General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry. A total duration of 2 hours will be provided in this exam and 40 minutes is the sectional timing provided for each section. The IBPS SO Prelims exam is bilingual in nature which means you can attempt the exam in either of the language except the English Language section which is to be attempted in English Language only.  For complete details on the IBPS SO exam pattern for Prelims 2020  for the post of Law officer and Rajbhasa Adhikari please refer to the table below:

Section 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
Total 1501252 Hours

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You have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks that will be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for IBPS SO Main exam.

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

If you qualify the IBPS SO Prelims exam you will be called out for the IBPS SO Mains exam. The IBPS SO Mains exam will test your knowledge in your professional area. The exam pattern of IBPS SO Mains exam is different for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer and is different for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari. Each IBPS SO exam pattern is discussed below in detail:

 Exam Pattern of IBPS SO Mains for the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

The exam pattern of IBPS SO Mains for the post Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer consists of a section known as Professional Knowledge in which question related to the respected subject will be asked. For further details on the IBPS SO exam pattern 2020 for Mains please refer to the table below:

Name of testNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

 Exam Pattern of IBPS SO Mains for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

For the post of IBPS SO 2020 Rajbhasha Adhikari, you will be asked questions related to your subjects in the IBPS SO Mains exam. Two sections will be there i.e. Professional Knowledge (Objective) and Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) and the total duration of the IBPS SO Mains exam will be 1 hour or 60 minutes. For further details on the exam pattern of IBPS SO Mains please refer to the table below:

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

IBPS SO Marking Scheme

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the IBPS SO 2020 Objective Tests for (both Prelims and Mains). Each question for which a wrong answer has been given, 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 you, there will be no penalty for that question.

IBPS SO Exam Marking scheme

IBPS SO Exam Marking schemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -1/4 or -0.25 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

IBPS SO CUT-OFF SCORE (Online Main Examination)

  • The corrected scores obtained by you 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.
  • You will be required to obtain a minimum score in the test of Online IBPS SO Mains exam 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 you will be shortlisted for interview.
  • Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online IBPS SO Mains exam will not be shared.
  • Please note that, marks obtained in the IBPS SO Mains exam will be considered for shortlisting for interview and also for final merit listing.

IBPS SO Final Selection & Interview

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview should not be less than 40% for 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 be arrived on the basis of total scores obtained by you in the Online IBPS SO Mains exam  and Interview. You need to qualify both in the IBPS SO 2020 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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