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IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021: Check section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:01 AM IST

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Check out IBPS SO Exam Pattern here with Safalta. Get to know the section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme.

Are you interested in a banking job? Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS SO Exam every year to recruit eligible and interested candidates to the post of Specialist Officer. IBPS SO exam pattern highlights the details regarding the selection procedure, marking scheme, time duration, etc regarding the exam. Candidates should ensure that they know the exam pattern in detail to strategize their preparation effectively.
  • There are three stages in IBPS SO Exam- prelims, mains, and personal interview.
  • The duration of the preliminary round is 120 minutes and a total of 150 questions are asked in the exam.
  • Interview round carries 20% weightage in the final merit list.
In this article, we have explained all the details regarding the IBPS SO exam pattern for the benefit of the candidates.  If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs E-book- Download Now
 
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IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

There are three stages of selection in the IBPS SO Exam:
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Personal Interview

The details regarding each of these stages are given below.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern: Preliminary Exam

The exam pattern is different for different posts.

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The details are as given below:
For Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I officer
Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
English Language 50 25 40 minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I
Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
English Language 50 25 40 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes
 

IBPS SO Exam Pattern: Mains

For the Post of Law Officer:

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge Related to Law 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

For the Post of IT Officer.

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge Related to IT 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Agriculture Field Officer.

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge Related to Agriculture 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Marketing Officer.

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge Marketing Officer 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of HR/Personnel Officer.

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge Related to HR 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
 

IBPS SO Exam Pattern: Personal Interview

All those candidates who clear IBPS SO Mains Exam have to appear for the personal interview.

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Interview carries 20% weightage in the final merit list. 

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IBPS SO Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. How many stages are there in IBPS SO Selection Process?

A. There are three stages in IBPS SO Selection Process- Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview.

Q. What is the duration of the IBPS SO Prelims Exam?

A. IBPS SO Prelims Exam duration is 120 minutes.

Q. Is the score of the preliminary exam taken into consideration while preparing the IBPS SO final merit list?

A. No, the scores of the preliminary exam are not taken into consideration while preparing IBPS SO final merit list.

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