IBPS SO exam 2017 – Syllabus, Pattern and Question papers

IBPS SO Question Papers

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) invited applications for the 2017-18 session of the The online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process (CRP VII) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre posts in the Participating Organizations

IBPS SO exam 2017-18 - Important Dates
On-line registration Period 07.11.2017 to 27.11.2017
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 07.11.2017 to 27.11.2017
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2017
Online Examination – Preliminary 30.12.2017 & 31.12.2017
Result of Online exam – Preliminary January 2018
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main January 2018
Online Examination – Main 28.01.2018

IBPS Specialist Officer Posts Available

  1. I.T. Officer (Scale I)

  2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

  3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

  4. Law Officer (Scale I)

  5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

  6. Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Eligibility Criteria

In general, the candidates should have bachelors degree in the respective subject for applying for the posts.. For detailed eligibility requirements visit the IBPS SO Notification CRP VII 2017-18

 Structure and Pattern of Question papers

The Common Recruitment Process (CRP SPL- VII)  examination will be two tier i.e. The online examination will be held in two phases, preliminary and main. Candidates who will qualify in Online Preliminary Examination and shortlisted will have to appear for Online Main Examination

Preliminary Exam Pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari


No. of Questions Total Marks

English Language

50 25


50 50

General Awareness or GK (special focus on Banking Industry)

50 50


150 125

Preliminary Exam Pattern for IT/ Agricultural/HR/ Marketing Officer Posts
Subject No. of Questions Total Marks
English Language 50 25
Reasoning 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125
Main Exam Pattern for Law/IT/ Agricultural/HR/ Marketing Officer Posts
Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 Minutes
Main Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhiakari
Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 45 30 Minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 15 30 Minutes

Negative Marking Scheme

For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a negative mark. If a question is left blank, there will be no penalty for that question.

Exam Syllabus

English Language:
Reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, sentence corrections, Para jumbles, Vocabulary, Grammar Corrections, Identification of Errors,  sentence corrections,  Vocabulary, Grammar Corrections, Identification Of Errors, Synonyms/ Antonyms, Choosing the appropriate word and Spelling Check questions

Questions are asked from both Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning. In verbal reasoning – Completing number and alphabetical series, Coding and decoding, relations and ranking, Simple arithmetical reasoning, Analogies / decision making, Classification, odd one out, time sequence test, analytical reasoning, directions/distance sense test, input /output /seating arrangements etc.

In non verbal reasoning – series completion, finding missing figures, Mirror Images etc.

Quantitative Aptitude:
Number system,  decimal fractions,  Ratio and proportions, Percentage, Time and distance, Time and work, Speed and Distance, Profit and loss, Average, Simple and compound interest, Data Interpretation and sufficiency includes Data Tables, Charts and Graphs, and Probability

Professional Knowledge syllabus for Specialist Officer examination

IBPS Specialist officer examination is having 50 questions from the professional knowledge of the candidate based on the post they are applied for. Expect questions in graduation level, a good reference of text books in your degree class with some current affairs on the subject will make things easy. The following areas are considered important based on the previous year examinations.

IT officer syllabus for professional knowledge
C Programming Basics, MS Office, Windows OS and Programming, DBMS, Data Communication & Networking , Network Security, Web Technologies, Basic Programming concepts,  Basics of hardware (Microprocessor, timer, ALU etc. ), Software Engineering

Law officer syllabus for professional Knowledge
Law and Acts with direct and Indirect Implication on the banking sector like Contract Acts, Partnerships, Companies, Firm, RBI Constitution, RBI Acts, Important laws and rulings related to negotiable instruments, securities, Foreign Exchange, Prevention of money laundering, Limitation Act, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act, Offenses and Penalties, SARFAESI, Consumer Protection Act, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, RTI Act, Information Technology Act. The above sections need detailed study.

Free Study Materials for IBPS Specialist officer preparation

Please follow the following links to access the study materials for the examination in various subjects. A lot of books, collection of MCQ Questions and study notes are updated in the forum, and it will be very useful to you in your preparation.

IBPS SO exam free online model exam and mock test

We, educatiobserver.com is providing free model examinations for IBPS Specialist Officer preparation and exam practice in online mode with free practice examinations at www.exams.educationobserver.com section of our website, You can try these live IBPS SO practice examinations by visiting the following links

 Previous year question papers of IBPS SO examination

 Previous year question papers of Specialist Officer examinations are a great way to prepare for IBPS SO examination. We are providing all the previous year question papers with answer key to help you to prepare for IBPS SO examination 2017-18

IBPS SO Exam 2016 Question Paper and Key

IBPS SO 2015 previous paper with key

IBPS SO exam March 2013 solved question paper

 SO exam March 2012 previous year solved paper

IT Officer March 2012 professional knowledge section solved paper

IT Officer 2013 professional knowledge section solved paper

 IT Specialist Officer exam 2014 Question paper with Key

IT SO exam 2015 Complete solved paper

 Rajbhasha Adhikari previous year solved paper

MO Marketing officer exam Feb 2014 Previous paper with key

Marketing Officer previous year solved paper

Law Officer previous year solved papers

SO Agricultural Officer previous year solved papers

 IBPS Specialist officer exam- Model question papers

 Most of the bank examination follow almost the same pattern and syllabus of IBPS SO examination, except in the professional knowledge part. So practicing with the previous year bank PO papers and other model questions provide an excellent way to prepare for the IBPS SO examination. The following links below will provide some model papers for the general part as well as the professional knowledge part of the Specialist officer recruitment examination.

100 model question papers for the IBPS Specialist officer examination

Sample papers for IBPS SO exam

 IT Specialist officer model question papers set 1

IT Specialist officer model question papers and Question Bank

New set of mock papers for IBPS IT Officer professional Knowledge section

Model Question papers for IBPS Marketing Officer

 Law Officer Model question papers set 1

 Law Specialist officer model question papers set 2

Law Officer sample papers set

Agriculture officer professional knowledge model papers

317 thoughts on “IBPS SO exam 2017 – Syllabus, Pattern and Question papers

  1. please add 2016 session of IBPS so question papers

  2. shamina Malhotra says:

    Please add ibps so 2017 question paper and answer key

  3. kumar satyam says:

    Sir plzzzzz plessssss.give.me ibps specalist officer rajbhasa adhikari 2016 jan question paper in my website- “satyamkumar4@mail.com”

  4. I have applied for SO law officer. Kindly suggest me which book should I refer for professional knowledge and also suggest me were can I get complete portion for professional knowledge.

  5. hemant singh says:

    sir plz send me the sylabuss of for marketing officer…


    which book is best for ibps so marketing

  7. Jule Quant says:


  8. Poonam Meinam says:

    Please suggest me reference books for HR for Specialist officer

  9. Agriculture so previous year….solved peper….sand…plzzzz

  10. Sir,can be specialist officer exam mechanical b.tech students apply or not
    Please tell me…

  11. i have completed B.E. in INSTRUMENTATION can i apply for IT officer

  12. plz send me ibps spl officer rajbhasha adhikari syllabus to my mail.

  13. MOHIT JAIN says:

    Sir. I am a Chartered Accountant.I have applied for IBPS exams for the post of Chartered Accountant. So please suggest me books i will refer for Professional Knowledge relevant for me.

  14. Rajendra kewat says:

    Sir I have done B.E. for mechanical branch can I apply for specialist officer

  15. im doing my BE Computer Science Engineering 3rd yr now.. im interested to face so it officer aftr completing my degree.. am i elligible or not? pls reply..

  16. maitreya bhatnagar says:

    Sir, Please send last year papers of IT especialist officer scale- 2 & syllabus.Thanks.Waiting your reply.

  17. Sachin sharma says:

    Sir. Give me some agriculture field officer examination paper

  18. Thank you very much..

    I got study material of each section of IBPS SO IT officer. Also got previous year paper with answer key. Only one suggestion is that please give detailed solved previous year paper of IBPS SO IT officer.

    Thank you….

  19. plz send me previous question papers of ibps so it officer

  20. Maheswar Bauri says:

    Please send agriculture officer previous year question paper & syllabus.

  21. Sir
    I have first time apply this post rajbhasha adhikari so pls give mecomplete syllabas and notification and previous papers

  22. Some pdf’s are password protected and Where is professional knowledge pdf???

  23. Sir please provided previous solved paper of rajbhasha adhikari scale 1

  24. Sir please provide previous solved paper of Rajbhasha adhikari scale 1

  25. Sir…please send me IT officer previous year ques.paper

  26. Sir please send me the previous year que.papers of IT officer….i eagerly waiting…for this