IBPS SO (IT Officer)- Professional Knowledge : Syllabus and Weightage

Dear Aspirants,

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is slated to conduct the IBPS SO 2016-17 Exam on 28th and 29th of January, 2017.

First, let’s have a look at the IBPS SO 2016 Exam Pattern:

IBPS SO 2016 Exam pattern for Law Officer Scale 1 & Rajbhasha Abhikari Scale 1
Sr. No Name of the section No of Questions Marks Duration (Mins)
1 Reasoning 50 * 30
2 English Language 50 * 25
3 General Awareness 50 * 30
4 Professional Knowledge 50 80 35
  Total 200 80 120


IBPS SO 2016 Exam pattern for IT Officer Scale 1, Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1, HR/Personnel Officer Scale 1 & Marketing Officer Scale 1
Sr. No Name of the section No of Questions Marks Duration (Mins)
1 Reasoning 50 * 30
2 English Language 50 * 25
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 * 30
4 Professional Knowledge 50 80 35
  Total 200 80 120

The above tests except the test of English Language will be available bilingually i.e. English and Hindi

*Only qualifying. Marks obtained will not be added for merit listing for interview.

Among others, IBPS SO IT officer exam is the most popular choice among the aspirants and Professional Knowledge is a scoring section. Hence, it becomes necessary to be well prepared for IBPS SO Professional Knowledge section.

In the following article, Oliveboard brings you a detailed analysis of the topics under IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus and their corresponding weightage which you can expect in the Professional Knowledge section of the IBPS SO 2016-17 Exam.

Following are the topics under IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus:

1. Data Base Management Systems (DBMS) –15 to 20 Questions.

DBMS (Data Base Management System) is the technology which is responsible for capturing and analyzing data and retrieving them with appropriate security measures. DBMS is the most important section and carries the highest marks. 15-20 questions can be expected from this topic, mostly concentrating on the following sub topics.

a) RDBMS (Relational Algebra)

b) E- R diagrams (Concepts of Entity, Attribute, and Relationship etc.)

c) Normalization (Concepts of 1NF, 2NF, 3NF and BCNF)

d) Transaction Management

e) Overview of SQL Queries

f) Relational Database Model

g) Data Constraints

h) Database Administration

i) Sequences and Indexes

j) Implicit and Explicit cursors

k) Database triggers

l) Control Structure

m) Keys

n) Data directory

2. Data Communication and Networking– 10 to 15 Questions

Data Communication is the exchange of digital data between two or more computers. Computer Network is a set of interconnected computers and peripherals (printers, webcams etc.). The following sub topics are important for the exam:-

a) Network Architecture: – It is the basic layout design of the communication network and includes the entire component (hardware, software, mode of connectivity etc.)

b) Types of Networks

c) OSI Model (Open Systems Interconnection Model)

d) Network Devices and Models

e) TCP- IP Model (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol Model)

f) IP Addressing

g) Network Security

3. Operating System: –4 to 5 Questions

Operating System is the software needed to support the basic functions of a computer. The important sub topics for the exam are:-

a) Types of OS

b) File concepts, Access methods

b) Semaphore

c) Page Replacement

e) Distributed Operating System

d) Memory Partitioning

e) Scheduling

f) Process

g) Thread

i) Security and Threats protection

4. Computer Organization + Hardware: – 4 to 5 Questions
5. Network Security: – 2 to 3 questions

All steps and policies undertaken to prevent the networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malfunction, modification, and destruction come under ‘Network Security’. Important sub topics are:-

a) Cyber Crimes

b) Risk Management

c) Firewall

d) Cryptography

6. Software Engineering: – 2 to 3 Questions

a) SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle)

b) Software Configuration Management (SCM)

b) Software Development Models

c) Requirement Elicitation

d) Software Design and Maintenance

7. Data Structure: – 3 to 4 Questions

a) Stacks

b) Linked Tests

c) Array

d) Sorting: Internal and External

e) Graphs

8. Web Technologies: –1 to 2 Questions

This is of slightly lesser importance. You are expected to know HTML, XML etc.

9. Programming Languages (Basic):- 1 to 2 Questions

You are expected to know OOP (Objected Oriented Programming), C, C++ etc.

Please note that the list is not exhaustive and it is based on the trends of past year papers. You may encounter significant variations in the actual exam.

It is important that you strategize your IBPS SO 2016-17 Exam preparation well in advance. Knowing and analyzing the previous years’ cut off marks will help you strategize it better. Therefore we are providing you the previous year’s cut off marks and analysis for IBPS SO Exam.

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