The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the Specialist Officer Exam Every year to fill in various posts like Law Officer, HR Officer, IT Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, and many more. As the Mains exam is about to begin, know the detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2019 here.

  • As per the IBPS SO Notification, there are three stages involved in Specialist Officer Recruitment which include Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
  • The IBPS SO Mains Exam is scheduled on January 25, 2020, in online mode.
  • For best preparation results, candidates are advised to follow experts IBPS SO Preparation Tips in order to crack all stages in the first attempt.
  • In this post, we explain the post-wise exam pattern for IBPS SO Prelims and Mains 2019.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020

The IBPS SO Prelims and Mains Exam are conducted in online mode i.e., computer-based exam. After going through the pattern, go through the IBPS SO Syllabus in order to study all the important topics under each section.

  • The total duration for completion of Mains is 60 minutes as it is descriptive exam. 
  • To begin with the preparation for mains, candidates must go through IBPS SO Important Topics to study all the important topics. 
  • Check the detailed paper pattern in this post and plan your preparation accordingly.

IBPS SO Mock Test Series

IBPS SO Mock Test Series

IBPS SO 2020 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
IBPO SO Total marks Prelims- 125 marks; Mains- 60 Marks
Negative Marking 0.25 Marks
Exam Duration 2 hours each
Exam language Hindi and English

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

The IBPS SO Mains Exam is also conducted in online mode which includes just one subject i.e., Professional Knowledge. Below is the IBPS SO Mains Paper Pattern tabulated. Candidates must ensure to know what is expected and previous year IBPS SO Cut Off Marks in order to score above those marks.

1. For 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

2. For 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 second stage of IBPS SO is scheduled on 25th January 2020. Candidates can practice IBPS SO Important Questions to be well prepared for each section of the Mains exam. The IBPS SO Mains Exam includes a descriptive test for a total of 60 marks. 

IBPS SO Online Coaching

IBPS SO Online Coaching

IBPS SO Interview Pattern 2020

Candidates qualifying the Mains Exam above IBPS SO Cut Off will be eligible for Interview round. The IBPS SO Interview is the final stage of the Recruitment Process. Candidates are advised to perform well in the last stage and do not neglect it. Based on the performance of the candidate in all stages, he or she will be offered an appointment for Specialist Officer. 

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern 2020

  • For Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari posts, the subjects involved in the prelims exam are Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry
  • For remaining posts i.e., Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), & HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I), the subjects involved in Prelims Exam are Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude.

1. For Law Officer (Scale-I) & Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes 
English Language 50 25
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
Total 150 125

2. For Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), & HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
English Language 50 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125

IBPS SO Online Coaching

IBPS SO Online Coaching

FAQ's

How many stages are there in IBPS SO Recruitment?

There are three stages in IBPS SO 2019 which includes Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

For how many marks is IBPS SO Prelims conducted?

The IBPS SO Prelims Exam is conducted for a total of 125 marks.

How many sections are there in IBPS SO 2019 Prelims Exam?

There are three sections in IBPS SO Prelims which includes 

For Law Officer (Scale-I) & Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I): Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness

For Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), & HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I): Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude

For how many marks is IBPS SO Mains Exam conducted?

The IBPS SO Mains Exam is conducted for 60 Marks. 

What is the mode of IBPS SO 2019 Mains Exam?

The IBPS SO Mains Exam is conducted in offline mode i.e., it is descriptive exam.