IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Syllabus will help candidates to prepare well for the upcoming IBPS SO 2018 Exam. IBPS SO Notification 2018 has been released by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Board. To ace the upcoming IBPS SO Exam, it is necessary to remain acquainted with the new Exam Pattern and IBPS SO Syllabus 2018. IBPS SO Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 29th and 30th December 2018. The Mains Exam will be conducted on 27th January 2019.

Before discussing detailed IBPS SO Syllabus 2018, let’s have a look at IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

A lot of changes have been seen in the recent Exam Pattern of IBPS SO 2018.

  • IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted in three phases- Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, Interview Process
  • The IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern for selecting candidates for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I and Law Officer is same.
  • The Exam Pattern for all the other posts is different from the exam pattern of Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari Officer.
  • The Mains Examination will have just one section, i.e. of Professional Knowledge
  • Only three sections will be asked in the Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO 2018 Exam. For Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Officer sections asked are English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness and for other posts sections asked are of English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • The score of Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. Cumulative score of Mains Exam and Interview process in the ratio of 80:20 will be taken into consideration for final allotment.
  • Sectional Timings are provided for each section to be attempted in the Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO 2018 Exam

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Rajsabha Adhikari

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. General Awareness 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)

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 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

The IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus is designed separately for Rajsabha Adhikari and Other Specialist Officers. The syllabus is designed for IBPS SO Preliminary Exam and IBPS SO Mains Exam separately. It is necessary for all the candidates applying for IBPS SO 2018 Exam to once go through the syllabus as mentioned in the IBPS SO 2018 notification released by IBPS to prepare judiciously for this exam.

Apart from the major three sections of:

A candidate is required to be fluent in his/her area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects.

Let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus of IBPS SO 2018 exam:

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus


Reasoning Ability English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Inequalities
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Distance and Direction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Cloze Test
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para/Sentence Completion
  • 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
  • Banking Awareness
  • GK Updates
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime Minister Schemes
  • Important Days

Apart from these common subjects asked for all the posts, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge as well. The syllabus for the same is discussed below:

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus


IT Officer (Scale-I)
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
Law Officer (Scale-I)
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
Rajsabha Adhikari

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