IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus and Important Books

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Apr 12, 2021

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IBPS recruits Specialist Officers for several banks in the country every year. For this, it conducts the exam IBPS SO which is very popular amongst the candidates wishing to enter the banking sector. This exam is taken by thousands of students even though the vacancies are limited, thereby making the exam very competitive and tough to crack.

To crack an exam like this one, it is important to know as much about it as possible. The syllabus is one most the prioritised things that the students must know much before applying for the exam.


IBPS SO 2021 Important Dates

The Application form of IBPS SO 2021 are not out yet, however here is a list of tentative dates based on previous years to help the students get an idea about the schedule of the exam.

Events Tentative Dates
IBPS SO Registration 2021 began on November 2021
Last Day to fill IBPS SO Application Form November 2021
Payment of IBPS SO Application fees November 2021
Issue of IBPS SO Prelims Call letter December 2021
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Dates December 2021
IBPS SO Main Exam Date January 2022
IBPS SO Interview Dates February 2022
IBPS SO Syllabus

Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 

IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus

IBPS SO Syllabus is based on the general graduation level curriculum. Listed below are some of the important topics to be studied for IBPS SO 2021 Exam under each section for both Prelims and Mains. Keeping in mind the exam pattern of IBPS SO, one should go through the syllabus to derive a smart strategy.

Syllabus for IBPS SO Prelims

Topics Syllabus
English Language Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Word Formation, Topic Comprehension, Theme Detection, Passage Completion, Rearrangement of Passage, Spelling, Sentence
Logical Reasoning Data Sufficiency, Syllogism, Input Output. Coding Decoding, Analogy, Blood Relation, Puzzle Test, Direction Sense, Logical Venn Diagrams, Alphabet & Alpha Numeric Sequence, Arrangements-Linear & Circular, Odd figures, Analogy, Series test
Quantitative Aptitude Number Series, Data Interpretation, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Average Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Work, Time and Energy, Time and Distance, Probability Relations, Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination
Current Affairs/General Awareness Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, GK Updates, Currencies, Important Places, Books and Authors Awards, Headquarters, Prime Minister, Schemes, Important Days

Syllabus for IBPS SO 2021 Mains

Topics Syllabus
IT Officer Database Management System, Data Communication and Networking, Operating System, Software Engineering, Data Structure, Computer Organization and Microprocessor, Object-Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer Basics of Crop production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Practices, Soil resources, Animal Husbandry, Agroforestry, Ecology, Government Schemes
Marketing Officer Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, Retail, Business Ethics, Market Segmentation, Market research and forecasting demand, Product Life Cycle, Corporate Social Responsibility, Service Marketing, Marketing Strategies
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, Consumer Protection Act, SARFAES, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act
HR/Personnel Officer Human Resource Development, Business policy and strategic analysis, Transnational Analysis, Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Rewards and Recognition, Industrial Relations, Business Policy and Strategic Analysis, Grievance and Conflict Management, Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO 2021 Important Books

Here is a list of popular reference books for IBPS SO 2021. Candidates can refer to these books for the understanding of fundamental concepts as well as practice frequently asked questions.

Subject Name of Book Author/Publisher
Logical Reasoning Modern Approach to Verbal and Non – Verbal Reasoning RS Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning (BSC Publication) M K Pandey
Quantitative Aptitude Fast track Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude RS Aggarwal
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
English Language Objective General English SP Bakshi
Mirror of Common Error Ashok Kumar Singh
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewi
Professional Knowledge Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams 1st Edition R Pillai
IBPS Specialist Officers I.T. Officers CWE SPL for IT Officer (Scale-1) & IT Officer (Scale-2) Professional Knowledge Practice Work Book Pratiyogita Kiran
CWE IBPS Bank IT Specialist Officer Exam Chandresh Aggarawal
CWE-IBPS Bank IT Specialist Officer Exam RPH Editorial Board


Ques: How many stages are there in total for IBPS SO 2021?

Ans: There are 3 stages in total for IBPS SO 2021- Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview.

Ques: Is there a sectional timing in IBPS SO 2021 Prelims?

Ans: Yes, there is a sectional timing of 30 minutes each for IBPS SO 2021 Prelims.

Ques: Is the Syllabus for Prelims the same for all the posts?

Ans: Yes, the syllabus for Prelims is the same for all the posts.

Ques: Are the Mains papers different for different posts?

Ans: Yes, the Mains paper differs according to the knowledge relevant for each post.

Ques: Is vocabulary important for IBPS SO Prelims?

Ans: Yes, the vocabulary is very important for the English Language section of IBPS SO Prelims.

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

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