IBPS SO Syllabus 2021-22 – Prelims & Mains Exam | Paper-wise Topics

The IBPS Specialist Officer 2021 Recruitment will be announced soon with the release of IBPS SO 2021 Notification. As per the notification IBPS SO vacancies will be released for the posts of IBPS SO IT Officer, IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer, IBPS SO Rajbhasha Adhikari, IBPS SO Law Officer, IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer, and IBPS SO Marketing Officer. All these posts are of Scale I level. Any Banking Aspirant who meets the required eligibility criteria should definitely apply for the IBPS SO 2021 Recruitment Exam. Now let’s have a look at the detailed IBPS SO Syllabus 2021. Here we are providing you with the complete section-wise list of topics to be prepared foIBPS SO Prelims and IBPS SO Main Exam.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021-22 – Full Details

Let’s first have a quick look at the IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern before moving on to the IBPS SO 2020 Prelims Exam Syllabus.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern – Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Subject No. of Questions Marks Time Medium
English Language 50 25 40 Minutes English
Reasoning 50 50 40 Minutes English & Hindi
General Awareness with Special
Reference to Banking Industry
50 50 40 Minutes English & Hindi
Total 150 125

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern – IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Subject No. of Questions Marks Time Medium
English Language 50 25 40 Minutes English
Reasoning 50 50 40 Minutes English & Hindi
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 Minutes English & Hindi
Total 150 125

IBPS SO 2021 Prelims Detailed Syllabus

IBPS SO 2021 Reasoning Syllabus -:

Topic Description
Alpha Numeric Series A list of numbers and letters is given arranged in a random sequence. To solve the questions candidate would need to find either the next value in the series or a missing value.
Analogy Here the candidate is expected to find the relative word, thing or number based on the given information.
Blood Relations Family relations are presented in a complicated format and the candidate is required to solve the given information and find the solution.
Circular Seating Arrangement This is part of the puzzles asked in the exam. Info about a group of people seating/standing in/around a circle/circular table in clock-wise or anti-clockwise direction is given and the candidate is expected to find the correct position of each individual mentioned in the problem.
Classification These are the odd man out questions based on general knowledge of things around us.
Coding & Decoding Questions are based on letter/Analogy based coding and the candidate is expected to decode the information to find the right answer.
Data Sufficiency In this topic, the question contains 2 statements with some information. The candidate is expected to find which of the statement/s are required to find an answer to the given question.
Directions & Distances As the name suggests, in this topic questions contain information base on direction and distance. The candidate is expected to find the right direction and distance from Point A to Point B.
Double Line Up It is a type of seating arrangement based puzzle questions Here info about a certain number of people standing/seating in 2 lines/rows are given and the Candidate is expected to find their correct position.
Inequalities Questions are asked based on a given set of criteria and information. The candidate is required to solve the given equation based on the mentioned criteria and find the correct answer.
Input-Output A pattern is followed for the arrangement of numbers and letters and the candidate is expected to identify the pattern to solve the given questions.
Linear Seating Arrangement Another Puzzle based question type where information is provided about people standing/ in a line and based on the info the correct arrangement is to be identified.
Ordering and Ranking Based on the given info, the candidate is expected to identify the right order or ranking of the variable which can be people, their age, Height, or even building floors.
Syllogisms A set of statements are given and the candidate has to determine whether the conclusions given are correct or not.
Verbal Reasoning Questions are based on statements and inferences/assumptions/arguments/conclusions, Cause, and effect, critical reasoning, etc are asked.

IBPS SO 2021 English Language Syllabus -:

Topic Description
Cloze Test In this Questions type. A passage is given with some of its part left as blank. The candidate is required to select the correct option which is the best fit to fill the given blank. Most of the questions asked are grammar based questions.
Error Spotting In this questions type, the Question contain a grammatical or spelling error. Candidate is expected to spot the error and chose the correct option.
Fill in the Blanks These are vocabulary or grammar based questions in which blanks are to filled based on given options
Para Jumbles In this question type the candidate is required to identify the right sequence of sentence from given jumbled paragraph.
Phrase/Idiom Meaning Either Correct Meaning of the given phrase/idiom is to selected from given options or meaning would be given and the correct idiom/phrase matching it will have to be identified.
Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction A part of the sentence is highlighted and candidate is expected to replace or correct it.
Reading Comprehension Reading comprehension are long passages on various topics ranging from economics to environment and candidates have to read the passage carefully to answer the questions based the passage. Every passage has 4-5 questions.
Sentence/ Paragraph Completion An incomplete sentence will be given and candidate will have to complete it with the help of the given options
Spellings Candidate will have to know the correct spelling to solve these questions.
Synonyms/Antonyms A word would be given and candidate will have to choose the correct synonym or antonym from the given options.

IBPS SO 2021 Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus -:

Topic Description
Average Finding the average of student’s age in a classroom, average height, etc type questions are covered under this topic.
Data Interpretation Bar Graph, Tabular data, Pie Chart, Line Graph, etc are used to present data on which questions are asked.
Interest Finding principle, total amount, interest rates, the period for Simple and Compound interests are asked under this topic
Mensuration Finding Area, perimeter, volume, etc of geometrical figures like the circle, rectangle, cylinder, etc are asked in this type
Mixtures & Allegations questions related to mixtures of 2 or more solutions and their proportion etc.
Number System Questions on , multiples & factors, divisibility & remainder, LCM & HCF etc are asked in this question type.
Percentage This is a simple topic where questions are asked about Percentage of X with respect to Y etc.
Profit and Loss Profit or Loss on selling price, Profit or Loss on cost price, finding selling price, cost price or market price, etc are the types of questions asked here.
Permutation & Combination Questions like number of ways of forming a group, selecting products etc.
Probablity Questions related to coins, cards, colored balls and possibility of getting particular combinations
Quadratic Equations Algebraic equations with aim of finding the values of x and y.
Ratio and Proportion simple number ratios, compound ratios etc are the types of questions asked in this topic.
Simplification solving arithmetic questions involving BODMAS rule, fractions, approximation, decimals and surds & indices.
Speed, Time and Distance speed of boat, train, stream, vehicle etc., Distance and time related questions are part of this topic.
Work and Time Work rate, number of days to complete a work by X people, etc are the questions asked here
Series and Sequence Identifying the missing number in a series, the next number in a sequence, etc are the types of questions asked in this topic.

IBPS SO 2021 General Awareness (Banking) Syllabus -:

  • Banking Terms and Abbreviations
  • RBI and its Functions
  • Monetary Policy
  • Financial Sector Regulators
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Committees
  • National Income
  • World Financial Institutions
  • Recent Banking Updates
  • General Awareness topics like Important Dates, Important Personalities, etc.

IBPS SO 2021 Mains Syllabus

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Test Name No. of Questions Marks Time Medium
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 Minutes English & Hindi

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern – Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Test Name No. of Questions Marks Time Medium
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 Minutes English & Hindi
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 Minutes English & Hindi

IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus -:

IBPS SO IT Officer Syllabus -:

Topic Sub-topics
Data Base Management Systems (DBMS) RDBMS (Relational Algebra), E- R diagrams (Concepts of Entity, Attribute, and Relationship etc.), Normalization (Concepts of 1NF, 2NF, 3NF and BCNF), Transaction Management, Overview of SQL Queries, Relational Database Model, Data Constraints, Database Administration, Sequences and Indexes, Implicit and Explicit cursors, Database triggers, Control Structure, Keys, Data director, etc.
Data Communication and Networking Network Architecture: – It is the basic layout design of the communication network and includes the entire component (hardware, software, mode of connectivity etc.), Types of Networks, OSI Model (Open Systems Interconnection Model), Network Devices and Models, TCP- IP Model (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol Model), IP Addressing, Network Security.
Operating System Types of OS, File concepts, Access methods, Semaphore, Page Replacement, Distributed Operating System, Memory Partitioning, Scheduling, Process, Thread, Security and Threats protection.
Computer Organization + Hardware 8085 and 8086 (Flags and Interrupts), Memory Hierarchy, System Bus, RAM, ROM, CPU, Hard Disks, Peripheral Devices, etc.
Network Security Cyber Crimes, Risk Management, Firewall, Cryptography, Etc.
Software Engineering SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) Software Configuration Management (SCM), Software Development Models, Requirement Elicitation, Software Design and Maintenance, etc.
Data Structure Stacks, Linked Tests, Array, Sorting: Internal and External, Graphs, etc.
Web Technologies HTML, XML, Search Engines, Java Scripts, etc.
Programming Languages (Basic) OOP (Objected Oriented Programming), C, C++ , JAVA, etc.

IBPS SO Marketing Officer Syllabus -:

Topic Sub-topics
Marketing Management Introduction to marketing; concepts, marketing environment; segmentation, targeting & positioning, marketing mix (4Ps, 7Ps, etc.), Marketing Research, PLC, New product development process, pricing, pricing methods, promotion basics, promotion methods & strategies, Demand forecasting.
Product Management Product Life Cycle, levels of a product, product mix, product portfolio decisions, BCG matrix, and its applications, Product planning, new product development process, Innovation and Creativity, product testing, product placement & commercialization
Sales Personal Selling, selling processes, types of the sales organization, Sales forecasting, sales strategies, sales force incentive plans, sales promotion, and its objectives, sales monitoring, sales reporting, motivating the sales force, Advertising, PR.
Retail Marketing Retail marketing and management, strategic retail marketing, retail marketing mix, CRM and retail marketing, CBB & retail marketing , Retail location, retail store operations, retail organizations & structure, SCM , Retail pricing and promotional pricing, retail branding strategies, store & non-store brands, merchandising and warehousing, global retailing, modern trade and new trends in retailing.
Services/Digital Marketing Services, nature, service product & pricing, service positioning, CRM and services, CBB and services marketing, promoting & services , MIS, service processes, service distribution, employees (people) and services marketing, Customer relationship management (CRM), internet marketing, Social Media Optimisation (SMO), Social Media Marketing (SMM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Brand Management Introduction to brands and brand management, brand research and brand equity, branding for different product categories, branding & differentiation, brand image, brand element and brand association, Brand equity measurement, competitive analysis, brand positioning, brand hierarchies, CBBE (Customer-based brand equity), Branding & IMC, branding and marketing mix, branding and product mix, brand attributes, branding and segmentation,brand strategies, brand image and awareness, brand equity systems, brand value, brand extensions.
Consumer Behaviour Consumer personality & brand personality, buying influences, buying process, factors influencing buying decisions, models of buying behavior, post-purchase behavior. Marketing research, methods, data collection techniques, sources of secondary data for marketing decisions
Integerated Marketing Communications (IMC) IMC definition, elements, IMC and brand communication process, role of advertising in branding process BTL, OOH, etc., promotions in IMC – consumer, trade sales, co-branding, in-branding, etc., packaging and labeling in IMC, PR.Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights.Consumer Protection Act,1986.
Advanced Marketing Techniques Global marketing, Strategic Marketing Process, value chain, value creation. Nature & scope of rural markets, marketing to cooperatives, channels of distribution in rural India.Inbound marketing, reverse marketing, up-selling, down-selling and cross-selling techniques, CSR.

IBPS SO Law Officer Syllabus

Banking Regulation & Compliance and Legal Aspects Banking Regulated Important Laws Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation
RBI’s Constitution and Objectives Limitation Act, 1993 Contracts of Guarantee
Banking Regulation Act, 1949 Banker’s Books Evidence Act, 1891 Contracts of Bailment
Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 The Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions (DRT) Act,1993 Contracts of Pledge
Credit Information Bureau (India) Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002 Contracts of Agency
Banker-Customer Relationship Miscellaneous Provisions Consumer Protection Act, 1986 Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale
Payment and Collection of Cheques and Other Negotiable Instruments The Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006 Definition, Meaning and Nature of Partnership
Types of Collaterals and their Characteristics Procedure for Redressal of Grievance Dissolution of a Firm
Foreign Exchange Management Act,1999 Lok Adalats Effects of Non-Registration
i) The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 Definition and Features of Company
Types of Companies
Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association
Doctrines of Ultra/Constructive Notice/Indoor Management
Transfer of Property Act, 1882
The Right to Information Act, 2005
Right to Information and Obligation of Public Authorities
Information Technology Act, 2000

IBPS SO Agricultural Officer Syllabus

Topics Subtopics
Priority Sector Advances Categories of Priority Sector, Targets/Sub-Target’s under Priority sector lending, General Guidelines for Priority Sector Lending, etc.
Contemporary Topics Food Security Bill, Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme, MGNREGA, History Of MGNREGA, Features of MGNREGA, Aim of MGNREGA, Stakeholders of MGNREGA, etc.
Agriculture Agriculture in India, Types of Cultivation, Major Crops of India, Irrigation in India, Agriculture based Research Institutes in India, Animal Husbandry in India, Genetically Modified Crops, etc.
Agricultural Finance Short-term Loans, Medium/Long-terms Loan, Crop Loan and Kisan Credit Card, Agricultural Term Loan, Land Development, Minor Irrigation, Farm Mechanisation, Finance to Horticulture, Land Purchase, Lead Bank Scheme, Agriculture Advances, Advance Against Warehouse, Receipts, Produce Marketing Scheme, Crop Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana, Financing of combine harvesters, Financing of Tractors and Old, Tractors, Advance against, Gold//Silver ornaments, River Lift Irrigation Schemes, Forums for Co-ordination, Service Area Approach, State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC), Preparation of Credit Plan
Government Sponsored Schemes Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), Million Wells Scheme (MWS), Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana, Urban Self Employment Programme (USEP), Urban Women Self-Help Programme (Revolving Fund), Skill training For Employment Promotion Amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP), Urban Wage Employment Programme (UWEP), Urban Community Development Network (UCDN), Community Structures Urban Programme for Poverty Reduction amongst SCs and STs (UPPS), Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) Scheme of Liberation and Rehabilitation of Scavengers (SLRS), Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS)
Self-Help Groups Intro, Need Structure and Functions of Self Help Groups
Self-Help Groups and SGSY Scheme
Bank Documentation Types of Collaterals Credit, Documentation, Securitisation, Different Mode of Charging Securities, Types of Charges, Assignment Hypothecation Pledge, Mortgage Charges, Lien Set-Off
Financial Inclusion Financial Literacy, Financial Inclusion by Extension of Banking Services, Use of Business Facilitators and Business Correspondents, Business Facilitator Model, Business Correspondent Model.
Irrigation Methods Lift Irrigation, Drip Irrigation, Sprinkler Irrigation
Related Fields Diary, Piggery, Fish Culture, Dry Land farming, Watershed Management, Horticulture, Plantation Crops, Mushroom Cultivation

IBPS SO HR Officer Syllabus

Topics Subtopics
HRM in Banks Human Resource Management in Banks
Industrial Relations Industrial Disputes Ordinance, 1949; Payment of Wages Act, 1936; The Minimum Wages Act, 1948; Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972; Employers Provident Fund Scheme; Miscellaneous Provision Act; Maternity Benefit Act 1961; The Payment of Bonus Act 1965; Equal Remuneration Act, 1976; Industrial Employment Act, 1946.
Introduction to HRM Nature and Scope of HRM, Functions of HRM, Models of HRM, Personnel Policies, Principles of HRM
Human Resource Planning Definition, Objectives and elements, Importance of Human Resource Planning
Job Design, Analysis and Evaluation Job Design: Definition, Importance and Factors Affecting Job Design, Elements of Job Design; Job Analysis: Process, Importance of Job Analysis; Job Evaluation: Overview
Recruitment Theory and Meaning, Process of Recruitment, Training and Development, Definition, Process and Ideas, Induction and Orientation
Personnel Related Employee Socialization and Orientation, Promotion and Demotion in HRM, Transfers in HRM, Separation in HRM, Retirement Compensation and Benefits, Management by Objectives (MOB), Performance Appraisal, Productivity and Morale, Employee Counselling, Turnover, Absenteeism, Employee Welfare, Employee Safety and Health, Disciplinary Procedure, Grievance Procedure, Theories on Motivation, Job Satisfaction
Union Management Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining, Workers Participation in Management

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