IBPS - SO (Specialist Officers)

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 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 Exam Pattern Details.

IBPS SO (Specialist Officers) Exam Pattern

The structure of the Written Examination will be conducted in Online Mode as follows

All the Tests will be in Objective Type & is printed in Bilingual Format, except for English Paper.

Law Officer- Scale I & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I
SubjectNo. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning50 30 minutes
English Language50 25 minutes
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry50 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge50 80 30 minutes
Total 200 80
IT Officer (Scale I), Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I), HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I) & Marketing Officer (Scale I)
SubjectNo. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning50 30 minutes
English Language50 25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude50 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge50 80 30 minutes
Total 200 80

Negative Marking: 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: Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test and also a minimum total score 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 examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Scores: 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

All tests other than Professional Knowledge Test shall be qualifying and marks obtained in such tests shall not be added for merit listing for interview.


  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Word formation
  • Series
  • Alphabet
  • Ranking/Arrangement
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood Relation
  • Distance and Direction
  • Symbol & Notation
  • Password
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Scheduled Day or Date
  • Mathematical problem
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Problem Solving: Data Analysis.

Non Verbal

Quantitative Aptitude: The questions might be based on following topics :

  • Numbers
  • Simplification
  • HCF & LCM
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Profit & Loss
  • Partnership
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Allegation
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Mensuration
  • Number Series
  • Approximate Values
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Probability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Data Interpretation

General Awareness This section may consist of questions on basic Knowledge of the following topics :

General Awareness section of Banking exams consists of almost 90% questions from current events Hence the candidates are advised to make a proper study of National Newspapers Magazines and prepare News Capsules In addition to it the candidates must read magazines namely Pratiyogita Kiran, Renu General Knowledge & World Vision , Pappu Current News & Current Questions to make this section enriched.

  • Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • Banking Knowledge
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Current Events
  • Polity
  • Persons in News
  • Places in News
  • Important Awards & Honors
  • Commissions /Appointments/ Resignations
  • Sport etc.

General English The questions in this section may be asked from the following topics :

  • Passage
  • Comprehension
  • Common Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Paragraph Rearrangement/ Antonyms and Synonyms

Marketing/ Computer : An aspirant should study the following topics :

  • Theory of Economics
  • Indian Economy
  • Concept of Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Investigation
  • Appointment of company, management and employees
  • Staff Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Importance of Marketing
  • Marketing and Advertisement
  • Responsibilities of Marketing
  • Market and Business
  • Division of Market
  • Business Concept
  • Marketing Concept
  • Buyer and Seller
  • Concept of Buying and Selling
  • Needs of Consumers
  • Consumer Index Prices
  • Consumer Satification
  • Techniques of Consumer Satisfaction
  • Total Customer Value
  • Total Customer Cost
  • Factor Affecting Consumers
  • Theory of Bargaining etcIntroduction of Computer and History
  • Operating and DOS
  • PC and System Software
  • Computer Net work
  • Computer Device
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