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IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

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Apr 12, 2021

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IBPS SO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Specialist Officer Exam) is conducted every year for selection to several scale I officer posts in public sector banks. The test will be conducted in online mode. IBPS SO Exam Pattern will vary for different posts.

  • IBPS SO is conducted in 2 stages - Prelims and Mains, followed by Interview round.
  • Both Prelims and Mains are computer-based examinations.
  • Prelims Exam is an objective (MCQs) type examination.

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern is indicated below for different posts:

  • For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer (Prelims)
  • For the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer (Prelims)
  • For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari (Mains)
  • For the post of Law Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1 (Mains)

Also check- IBPS SO Application Process

IBPS SO Highlights

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam Mode Online
Number of Papers 2 (Prelims and Mains)
Number of Sections Prelims - 3 sections, Mains - 2 sections
Question Paper Type Objective type MCQs
IBPS SO Total marks Prelims- 125 marks Mains- 60 Marks
Exam Duration 2 hours each
Exam language Hindi and English
IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern in Detail

IBPS SO will comprise 2 tiers for selection namely Prelims and the Mains. Both the tests are computer-based objective-type questions primarily. Here is the section-wise distribution of questions in IBPS SO Prelims and Mains.

Section-Wise Distribution of Questions in IBPS SO 2021 Prelims

Name of Tests No. of Questions Medium of Exam
English Language 50 English
Reasoning 50 English and Hindi
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry/ Quantitative Aptitude 50 English and Hindi
  • 3 sections in the question paper- English Language, General Awareness, and Logical Reasoning.
  • Exam duration is 120 minutes.
  • Maximum marks allotted for the exam is 125 marks.
  • The Logical reasoning section comprises 50 marks, General Awareness for 25 marks and Logical reasoning for 50 marks.
  • This paper is also divided into 3 sections - Logical Reasoning, English Language, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Part A and Part C contain 50 marks respectively and Part B comprises 25 marks.
  • Candidates get 2 hours to complete the exam with the maximum score being 125 marks.
  • Both the papers for Prelims in IBPS SO contain 150 questions.
  • Negative marking of 0.25 marks is done in the case of the wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for questions left un-attempted.

Note: Candidates applying for Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officers need to attempt the General Awareness section.

Also Practice IBPS SO 2021 Prelims Sample Papers for free during your IBPS SO Preparation Time

Section-Wise Distribution of Questions in IBPS SO 2021 Mains

For Law Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1 (Mains)

Name of the Test No. of Questions Medium of Exam
Professional Knowledge 60 English & Hindi

For Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the Test No. of Questions Medium of Exam
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 English & Hindi
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi
Marking Scheme

IBPS SO 2021 Marking Scheme

As the exam for IBPS SO 2021 is conducted in 2 parts, the marking scheme for both of their papers is also different.

Marking Scheme for IBPS SO Prelims

Paper Number- Sections Number of Questions For Correct Response Negative Marking
Paper-1
Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer
Reasoning 50 Questions each 1 mark 0.25 marks
English Language 0.5 mark
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry 1 mark
Paper-2
post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1
Reasoning 50 Questions each 1 mark
English Language 0.5 mark
Quantitative Aptitude 1 mark

Marking Scheme for IBPS SO Mains

The marking scheme for IBPS SO 2021 Mains is mentioned below.

Paper Number Number of Questions Marks Allotted Negative Marking
Paper-1 (post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1) 60 60 Marks 0.25 Marks
Paper -2 (post of Rajbhasha Adhikari) 45
  • Question paper is to be answered in Objective as well as Descriptive type questions for Part A and Part B respectively.
  • Part A which is Professional Knowledge (Objective Type Question) contains 45 questions.
  • Part B which is Professional Knowledge (Descriptive type Questions) Contains 2 questions.
  • Maximum marks allotted for the paper are 60.
  • Both sections are allotted a time duration of 30 minutes each.
  • Question paper contains a single part i.e. Professional Knowledge with 60 Objective type questions
  • Negative Marking is also applicable to questions attempted wrong. 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • No marks will be deducted for questions left un-attempted.
  • For Rajbhasha Adhikari, 1 mark each for MCQs and 15 marks for the 2 descriptive questions.
  • For other posts, 1 mark each for all the MCQs.
IBPS SO FAQs

FAQs

Ques: What kind of questions are asked in Prelims?

Ans: All the questions asked in Prelims are objective in nature.

Ques: Is there a provision for negative marking in IBPS SO?

Ans: Yes, 0.25 or 1/4th of the allotted marks are deducted for every wrong answer in IBPS SO.

Ques: What is the difficulty level of IBPS SO?

Ans: The difficulty level of IBPS SO is moderate.

Ques: Is there a round of Personal Interview after the Mains exams?

Ans: Yes, the candidates who pass the cut-offs of the Mains exam are called for the Personal Interview.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


12 Comments
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abhijit ghosh
Hi.. i have done my bb.llb can i apply for hr so ppst or only law officer post
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abdul nazir

Hi Abhijit, With LLB qualification, you are definitely eligible to apply for Law Officer post. As far as HR post is considered, the required qualification is either a PG degree or diploma in Labor Law/Social Work/HR/HRD/Industrial Relations/Personnel Management. Apart from academics, there are other criterias as well that needs to be followed. Find details at IBPS SO 2021.

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puja sao
how to prepare for ibps so marketing officer interview?
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kavita rani

Hi Puja. Preparing well for the interview is very importance as your selection is dependent on your performance in the interview round. Candidates must prepare well for the interview questions, frame your answers and do more Mock Interviews by answering the various banking questions by looking in the mirror. All these exercises improve your confidence level.

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puja sao
how to crack ibps so prelims?
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kavita rani

Hi Puja. Do more IBPS SO Free Mock Tests as it helps a lot in judging your performance. Also make an effective study plan and focus on all the important areas or topics to get a higher score. You can get free mock tests for IBPS SO prelims by referring to the link here.
 

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vipasha
how to prepare for ibps so interview?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. First of all, stay updated with latest Current Affairs & General Knowledge. Candidates must understand the Roles of a Specialist Officer & Job profile as questions related to the same can be asked in the interview. Also stay confident. Check out further details here.
 

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kashish tomar
how to prepare for ibps so law officer?
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kavita rani

Hi Kashish. Candidates must make notes of important formulas, shortcuts, tricks, etc. while doing preparation for IBPS SO exam. Practice with IBPS SO Law officer mock test mentioned here to understand the exam pattern and also to check your level of preparation.
 

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vipasha
how to prepare for ibps so IT officer exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. In addition to referring to the best books, candidates are advised to Practice IBPS SO Prelims Sample Papers for free by referring to the link here to ace your IBPS SO Preparation.
 

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sambhavi
What is the cut off for ibps so prelims exam?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Shambhavi,

The Cut-off of IBPS SO prelims varies from posts to post. There are two kinds of cut-off, a sectional cut-off and an overall cut-off. The section cut-off remains the same for all the posts and the overall cut off is different for different posts and different category. To check the post-wise cut-off, visit- IBPS SO Cut-Off.

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arvind kumar

Hi Sambhavi, Greetings from Collegedunia. IBPS SO exam will be conducted on 26 and 27 december 2020. The cut off for different sections are:

English- 5-6

general awareness- 13-14

quantitative aptitude- 8.5-9.5

logical reasoning-11-12

For more details visit: IBPS SO 2020

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vanam sowjanya
I am a Bsc(hons) homescience graduate , can i apply for IBPS SO ?
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surendra

Hi Vanam

You can visit on our official website of IBPS SO to check out all the details and eligibility criteria of the exam and whether you are eligible for the exam or not.

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divakar sharma
What is the total number of questions that are given in the IBPS Specialist Officers Exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Divakar. There are 3 sections in this exam having a total of 150 questions in total with a maximum score of 125 marks. Detailed exam pattern is mentioned here.
 

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palakkad
What will be the approax cut off
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kapila.gandrola

Hello,

The cut-off depends on which post you’ve applied for. For expected cut-off based on last year trends, kindly visit – IBPS SO Expected Cut-off

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ravina kalra
I want to know LAW OFFICER(SCALE-1) exam would be having General Awarness section and quants section or any one of them.
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abdul nazir

Hi Ravina, There is a section for General Awareness of 50 marks in Law Officer Scale, however there is no section for Quantitative Aptitude. For detailed IBPS Syllabus click here.

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rishabh singh
i want to know if BCA graduate is eligible for ibps-so IT officer exam ?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rishabh, no, BCA graduates cannot apply for this exam. Only those candidates who have done B.Tech (any stream) from a recognized university are eligible to appear in IBPS SO exam.