IBPS SO Syllabus

Syllabus 2021


IBPS SO holds equal importance just like IBPS PO. The only difference between the two is the kind of job and the professional qualifications that are required to apply for it owing to the job requirements. You need to be well prepared for the IBPS SO exam and for that, you should be well aware of the IBPS SO syllabus which will give you the right direction to start off with the preparation. IBPS SO will have two written examinations: Prelims and Mains, where the questions will be asked from different subjects and by knowing the complete and correct IBPS SO syllabus 2021 you will be in the right direction to achieve it.

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus 2021

IBPS SO 2021 can be counted among the most difficult exams as IBPS surprise every time with the level and changing question pattern. So to ace the IBPS SO exam you should be aware of the IBPS SO exam syllabus in order to avoid missing any important details. You can go through the entire IBPS SO syllabus for Prelims given below and plan the strategy accordingly. 

Quantitative Aptitude Time and Work, Mensuration, Average, Average, Mixture and Allegations, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentages, Set Theory, Approximation, Surds & Indices, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound interest, Partnership, Ages, Quadratic Equations, Number Series
General Awareness Current Affairs – National & International, Budget, Awards and Honours, Important Days, International & National Organizations, Sports, Books and Authors, Science – Inventions & Discoveries, Countries & Capitals
English Language Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Passage Making, Error Spotting, Jumble Words, Sentence Framing, Fill in the Blanks
Reasoning Puzzles, Seating Arrangement - Circular, Square and Linear, Data Sufficiency, Directions and Distance, Coding Decoding, Blood Relations, Inequality, Syllogism, Machine Input Output, Verbal Reasoning, Ordering and Ranking, Arrangement and Pattern, Scheduling, Distance and Direction, Ranking

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus 2021

IBPS SO Mains exam is the next stage. The IBPS Specialist Officer exam syllabus for the Mains exam is very different from Prelims. For all the posts you need to know the syllabus of your Professional Field. So proficiency in the respective field is important. For eg post like AFO or Agriculture Field Officer will test the knowledge in the agriculture field. Different topics will be covered under this and will carry a different weightage of marks. The detailed IBPS SO syllabus for Mains for different streams is mentioned below.

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus: Professional (Agriculture)

For the syllabus of IBPS AFO 2021 you should know all the basics of agriculture, its type, its importance, soil fertility. Since India is an agrarian land so you must be aware of the agricultural dynamics of it and various schemes that the government has introduced. Further insight into the IBPS SO (AFO) syllabus can be obtained from our IBPS AFO exam dedicated page.


The syllabus for IBPS SO IT officer, HR, Marketing, Law Officer and others can be inferred from below.

I.T. Officer DBMS: DBMS Schemas (Hierarchical, Network, Relational), Relational Model Concepts, DML, DDL, Basic SQL, Oracle concepts, Basics of Indexing, Normalization, Entity Relationship Model
Operating Systems: Functions of OS, Basics of Memory Management, DML, DDL, Basic SQL, Oracle, concepts, Process Concept, Threads, Security, Multiprogramming, Synchronization Concepts, Spooling, Page Replacement Policies
Data Communication and Networking: OSI Model, TCP/IP Suit, IPv4 Addressing, IP header, Subnet Mask, Mac Address, ARP and RARP and DHCP, Switching and Routing, Common Network Protocols (Telnet, HTTP, FTP, SNMP, PPP,UDP, ARP etc., Network Devices (Switch, Hub, Repeater, Router, Modem etc), LAN, MAN, WAN, Network Security
Basics of Programming and Data Structures: C, C++, Java Basics, OOPS Concepts, Array, Strings, Heap & Priority Queue, Queue, Linked List, Stack
Software Engineering: Software Development Models(Waterfall, RAD, Prototyping, Spiral), Design and Analysis, Data Flow Diagram, Software Requirement, Software Testing (Black, White, Grey Box), Software Maintenance and CASE tools
Computer Organization & Architecture: 8085 and 8086 (Flags and Interrupts), Memory Hierarchy & System Bus
MS Office & Windows and Web Technologies: HTML, Javascript Basics, Cookies, Search Engine Basics Client Server Model
Miscellaneous: Recurrence Relation, Planar Graphs, Relation, Regular Expression, Data Mining, Sorting, Finite Automata, Data Mining, Sorting, Algorithms to Find Shortest Path
Digital Logic: Logic Gates, Combinational Circuits, Number System, Hamming Distance, Basics of Counters
Computer Hardware: ROM/RAM, BIOS, Bootstrap Memory, Hard Disks, Peripheral Devices, Compiler, Assembler, Linker, Macro Processor, Loader, translator
Marketing Officer Marketing Management: Introduction to marketing; concepts, marketing environment; segmentation, targeting & positioning, marketing mix (4Ps, 7Ps, etc.), Marketing Research, PLC, New product development process, pricing, pricing methods, promotion basics, promotion methods & strategies, Demand forecasting.
Product Management: Product Life Cycle, levels of a product, product mix, product portfolio decisions, BCG, matrix, and its applications, Product planning, new product development process, Innovation and Creativity, product testing, product placement & commercialization
Sales: Personal Selling, selling processes, types of the sales organization, Sales forecasting, sales strategies, sales force incentive plans, sales promotion, and its objectives, sales monitoring, sales reporting, motivating the sales force, Advertising, PR.
Marketing Management: Introduction to marketing; concepts, marketing environment; segmentation, targeting & positioning, marketing mix (4Ps, 7Ps, etc.), Marketing Research, PLC, New product development process, pricing, pricing methods, promotion basics, promotion methods & strategies, Demand forecasting.
Retail Marketing: Retail marketing and management, strategic retail marketing, retail marketing mix, CRM and retail marketing, CBB & retail marketing , Retail location, retail store operations, retail organizations & structure, SCM , Retail pricing and promotional pricing, retail branding strategies, store & non-store brands, merchandising and warehousing, global retailing, modern trade and new trends in retailing.
Services/Digital Marketing: Services, nature, service product & pricing, service positioning, CRM and services, CBB and services marketing, promoting & services , MIS, service processes, service distribution, employees (people) and services marketing, Customer relationship management (CRM), internet marketing, Social Media Optimisation (SMO), Social Media Marketing (SMM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Brand Management: Introduction to brands and brand management, brand research and brand equity, branding for different product categories, branding & differentiation, brand image, brand element and brand association, Brand equity measurement, competitive analysis, brand positioning, brand hierarchies, CBBE (Customer-based brand equity), Branding & IMC, branding and marketing mix, branding and product mix, brand attributes, branding and segmentation,brand strategies, brand image and awareness, brand equity systems, brand value, brand extensions.
Product Management: Product Life Cycle, levels of a product, product mix, product portfolio decisions, BCG matrix, and its applications, Product planning, new product development process, Innovation and Creativity, product testing, product placement & commercialization
Consumer Behaviour: Consumer personality & brand personality, buying influences, buying process, factors influencing buying decisions, models of buying behavior, post-purchase behavior. Marketing research, methods, data collection techniques, sources of secondary data for marketing decisions
Integerated Marketing Communications (IMC): IMC definition, elements, IMC and brand communication process, role of advertising in branding process BTL, OOH, etc., promotions in IMC – consumer, trade sales, co-branding, in-branding, etc., packaging and labeling in IMC, PR.Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights.Consumer Protection Act,1986.
Advanced Marketing Techniques: Global marketing, Strategic Marketing Process, value chain, value creation. Nature & scope of rural markets, marketing to cooperatives, channels of distribution in rural India.Inbound marketing, reverse marketing, up-selling, down-selling and cross-selling techniques, CSR.
HR/Personnel Officer HRM in Banks: Human Resource Management in Banks
Industrial Relations: Industrial Disputes Ordinance, 1949; Payment of Wages Act, 1936; The Minimum Wages Act, 1948; Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972; Employers Provident Fund Scheme; Miscellaneous Provision Act; Maternity Benefit Act 1961; The Payment of Bonus Act 1965; Equal Remuneration Act, 1976; Industrial Employment Act, 1946.
Introduction to HRM: Nature and Scope of HRM, Functions of HRM, Models of HRM, Personnel Policies, Principles of HRM
Human Resource Planning Definition, Objectives and elements, Importance of Human Resource Planning
Recruitment: Theory and Meaning, Process of Recruitment, Training and Development, Definition, Process and Ideas, Induction and Orientation
Personnel Related: Employee Socialization and Orientation, Promotion and Demotion in HRM, Transfers in HRM, Separation in HRM, Retirement Compensation and Benefits, Management by Objectives (MOB), Performance Appraisal, Productivity and Morale, Employee Counselling, Turnover, Absenteeism, Employee Welfare, Employee Safety and Health, Disciplinary Procedure, Grievance Procedure, Theories on Motivation, Job Satisfaction
Union Management: Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining, Workers Participation in Management
Job Design, Analysis and Evaluation: Job Design: Definition, Importance and Factors Affecting Job Design, Elements of Job Design; Job Analysis: Process, Importance of Job Analysis; Job Evaluation: Overview
Law Officer Banking Regulations
Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
Consumer Protection Act
Bankers Book Evidence Act

 Books 2021

Gathering all information about the exam like the syllabus, exam pattern is a good step but it would not prove helpful if you do not accompany it with good quality study material. Talking about the study material, books play a very important role even in this online digital era. To have a book by your side to refer at any point is always beneficial and you cannot totally do away with books. Therefore it is better to research well and get hold of some best quality IBPS SO books that guide you in the right direction and provide you with the right information. Also, you can refer BeePedia for preparing for the General Awareness section. 

Name of bookAuthor
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition R. S. Aggarwal
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 1st Edition BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal
The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning Peeyush Bhardwaj
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 17th Edition R. S. Aggarwal
Magical Book On QuickerMaths 3 Edition M Tyra
Quantitative Aptitude Test N. K. Singh
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha
Objective General English 22nd Edition R. S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
Objective English 4 Edition Edgar Thorpe
Computer for Competitive Exams: Fundamental of Computer with MCQs : Fundamentals of Computer with Multiple Choice Questions 1st Edition RPH Editorial Board
Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams 1st Edition R Pillai
IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book Kiran Prakashan
CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal officer Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan
CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan
CWE-IBPS Bank Agriculture Field Officer Exam Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan

Online Course 2021

A well-planned strategy along with the right guidance can help you achieve your target. Understanding your need ixamBee has various online courses for various streams covered under IBPS SO exam. 

Details about Online course for IBPS SO AFO Phase I and Phase II Officer 2021

Details about Online course for IBPS SO AFO Officer Mains 2021

Details about Online course for IBPS SO AFO Officer Interview 2021

Details about Online course for IBPS SO IT OFFICER 

Details about Online course for IBPS SO (IT/AFO/MARKETING/HR-PERSONAL AFO) OFFICER Prelims 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


What are resources I can avail for IBPS SO preparation?


You can check the list of books mentioned in the books section above. Besides that, you can refer ixamBee BeePedia for updates on current issues.


In how many days can I cover the whole syllabus of IBPS SO?


It depends on how much time you are devoting to the preparation.