IBPS SO Syllabus 2020: Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS) will release the Specialist Officer (SO) notification along with the IBPS SO 2020 syllabus tentatively on the first week of November at the official website. To crack the exam, candidates need to be thorough with the syllabus of IBPS SO 2020. Aspirants willing to apply for the vacancies can go through the post wise important concepts and topics with the IBPS SO syllabus 2020. Candidates can plan their studies and focus on topics accordingly with the help of IBPS SO 2020 syllabus. To ace IBPS SO, aspirants should follow the syllabus and exam pattern of each stage.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims, Mains and Exam Pattern

The exam for IBPS SO is held in three stages - prelims, mains and interview. The preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2020 will be conducted on December 26-27 and mains on January 30, 2021 in online mode across various centres of the country. IBPS SO is held to recruit eligible candidates in Scale I posts for I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer in the nationalised banks of India.

IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus - Stages

The examination for IBPS SO is conducted in three stages - prelims, mains and interview. IBPS SO preliminary and mains stage is held in computer-based mode. The test for prelims consists of multiple-choice questions. However, questions in IBPS SO mains consist of post-specific objective and descriptive type questions. Candidates are called for IBPS SO interview on the basis of ranks and the choice of preference of banks made during IBPS SO application form 2020.

IBPS SO 2020 Stages





Mode of exam




IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Prelims

Aspirants must know the topics covered under each section of the subjects for IBPS SO 2020 prelims. With the help of IBPS SO syllabus 2020, a candidate is able to plan the studies and focus on topics. Along with the syllabus of IBPS SO 2020, a list of important books is also provided here so that candidates can actually start their preparation for the recruitment test. Candidates need to score sufficiently high marks in IBPS SO tier 1 to qualify for tier 2.

IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus - Stage I Subjects

  • English Language

  • General Awareness

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • Reasoning Ability

IBPS SO Prelims 2020 Topics



Best Books

English Language

  • Spot the Error

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Synonyms/ Homonyms

  • Antonyms

  • Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words

  • Idioms & Phrases

  • One word substitution

  • Improvement of Sentences

  • Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs

  • Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration

  • Shuffling of Sentence parts

  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage

  • Cloze Passage

  • Comprehension Passage

  • Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis

  • English Grammar & Composition: Wren & Martin

  • Objective English: S. P. Bakshi

  • Plinth to Paramount (Volume I-II): KD Publication

General Awareness

  • History

  • Culture

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • General policy and scientific research

  • General Knowledge: Lucent Publication

  • India Year Book: Publications Division

  • Manorama Year Book

  • Yojana Magazine

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers

  • Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work

  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations

  • Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics: M. Tyra

  • Quantitative Aptitude: R.S. Agarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exam : Pearson Guide

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic: Rajesh Verma- Arihant Publication

Reasoning Ability

Verbal and Non-Verbal Types

  • Semantic Analogy

  • Symbolic operations

  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy

  • Trends

  • Figural Analogy

  • Space Orientation

  • Semantic Classification

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Symbolic/ Number Classification

  • Drawing inferences

  • Figural Classification

  • Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding

  • Semantic Series

  • Figural Pattern-folding and completion

  • Number Series

  • Embedded figures

  • Figural Series

  • Critical Thinking

  • Problem Solving

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Word Building

  • Social Intelligence

  • Coding and de-coding

  • Numerical operations

  • Reasoning: M.K. Pandey

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Aggarwal

  • Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Agarwal

  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal: Arihant Publication

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Mains

The syllabus of IBPS SO 2020 exam is post specific. The test for IBPS SO is held for recruiting eligible candidates in Scale I posts for I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer. The post specific IBPS SO syllabus for mains for all the six posts are tabled underneath:

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - I.T. Officer

C Programming Basics

MS Office

Windows OS

Network security

Advantages function

Operating system function

Web technologies

Software engineering

Basic programming concept


Data communication and networking

Basic knowledge of hardware

Database management system types


IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Agricultural Field Officer

Agriculture current events

Women and child development schemes

Rural welfare activities in India

Crop Horticulture Vegetables

Spacing time of sowing seed rate

Various diseases and its causes

Herbicides and pesticides

Agriculture small industries

Different varieties of animals

Important points – plants, fruits and vegetables

Preservation of fruits and vegetables

Types of cropping systems

Green Manures

Indian soil

Soil resources

Animal husbandry and technology

Seed technology – different government schemes

Agriculture economics – agriculture costs and schemes

Different diseases

Various types of agricultural practices


IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Rajbhasha Adhikari

Official Language: Brief Intro

Arrangement in Constitution: Use of Hindi

Official Translation of Central Act

Power of making Rules

Article 343: Official Language of Union

Purpose of Official Act 1976 and main features

Official Language

Implementation Committees

Difference between National Language and Official Language

Hindi Grammar and its usages



Knowledge of Administrative Hindi and English

The language of Union, Languages of States, Language of Supreme Court, High Court etc.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Law Officer

Foreign Exchange


Consumer Protection Act

Banking Ombudsman Scheme

Offences and Penalties



Contract Acts

Information Technology Act

Prevention of money laundering






Negotiable Instruments

Law and Acts with direct and Indirect Implication on the banking sector

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - HR/Personnel Office

Performance appraisal

Promotion, transfer and demotions


Information Technology-Concepts & Issues

Factories act

Gratuity act

Training and development


Industrial relations


HR Introduction

Strategic Role of Information in HRM

Principles of management

HR Planning

Job analysis

Job design

Leadership styles

Provident fund act

Industrial Relations Act

Wage and Salary Administration


Job evaluation


Information Technology- Concepts & Issues

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 - Marketing Officer

Sales Management

Rural Marketing


Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

Marketing Process and Marketing Planning

Consumer/ Buyer Behavior

International Marketing

Marketing Environment


Meaning, Functions and Importance of Marketing Management

Marketing Program

Distribution: Definition, Channels

Marketing Research

Marketing Organization

Marketing Decision-Making

Insurance Marketing


Bank Marketing

Services Marketing

Sales Promotion and its Objectives

Personal Selling

Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights, Consumer Protection Act

Branding, Packaging, and Labeling

Sales Forecasting

Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation

Marketing overview

Concept, Nature, Scope, and Importance of Marketing

Pricing Decisions

Wholesale Trade

Retail Trade

Product Planning and Development

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

The recruitment process, as per IBPS SO exam pattern 2020 is 3-staged - prelims, mains and interview. The tests of prelims and mains in IBPS SO are conducted online. As per the IBPS SO 2020 exam pattern, the questions are set in English and Hindi except for the test in English. 1/4th of mark assigned for each question will be deducted for each wrong answer marked in the objective tests. Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage mark on aggregate to be considered IBPS SO 2020 qualified.




Exam mode



Exam duration

2 hours

Rajbhasha Adhikari: 1 hour

All others: 45 mins

Medium of exam

English/ Hindi

English/ Hindi

Type of questions


Rajbhasha Adhikari: Objective+Descriptive

All others: Objective

Total questions


Rajbhasha Adhikari: 47

All others: 60

Total marks



Minimum qualifying marks

To be decided by IBPS

IBPS SO Question Paper 2020

It is encouraged that an aspirant of IBPS SO solve previous year question papers of both prelims and mains to get an insight about the difficulty level of exam, nature of questions asked and weightage of topics from each section of the topics to form a solid approach and crack IBPS SO. Solving the previous year IBPS SO question papers enhances the ability to know the pattern of questions, sources from where the questions are asked and thereby increase the possibility of selection.

IBPS SO 2020 Preparation Tips

  • Be acquainted with the IBPS SO syllabus

  • Get accustomed with the exam pattern of IBPS SO

  • Solve previous year question papers

  • Analyse the mistakes

  • Revise the strengths

  • Work and refine the weaknesses

  • Take online mock test

  • Stay hydrated and trust the process

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims, Mains and Exam Pattern

Question: Who prescribes the IBPS SO syllabus?


An indicative IBPS SO syllabus is prescribed by the exam conducting authority, IBPS.

Question: Is the syllabus prescribed for all tiers of the IBPS SO exam?


IBPS SO is a three-tier exam, prelims, mains and interview. The syllabus is mentioned for prelims and mains stages in the official notification released by IBPS.

Question: Does IBPS SO syllabus change every year?


No, IBPS SO syllabus does not change every year. However, if any changes are made, IBPS will definitely inform the necessary changes made beforehand so that aspirants get sufficient time to prepare for the recruitment test.

Question: What are the required minimum qualifying marks for IBPS SO?


The minimum qualifying marks required to be considered for IBPS SO recruitment will be decided by the exam conducting authority as per the number of vacancies in the nodal banks.

Question: How many questions are there in the IBPS SO Tier I exam?


There are 150 questions in IBPS SO tier 1 exam.

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Is 55% marks in LL.B enough for appearing on IBPS SO Law Officer Exam?

Aniket Sharma 26th Mar, 2020

hi Chandu,

there is no marks criteria of llb to appear in ibps so law officer exam

To appear in this exam here is a proper eligibility criterion for law officer job –
Candidate must hold a “University Degree,” i.e. he/she must be a graduate.
Candidate must have an age between 20 to 30 years.
He/she must hold an LLB Bachelor degree and enrolled with Bar Council as an Advocate.

I hope this answer will help !!

all the best for the future!!


i want to know about nimset and preparing for 2021

Hrisheekesh Singh 19th Feb, 2020

Hi Bibhas,

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET), is the national level entrance exam conducted every year by one of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) for taking admissions on merit basis to Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme.

This exam works across the NITs located in Agartala, Allahabad, Kurukshetra, Calicut, Raipur, Warangal, Surathkal, Durgapur, Trichy, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Kurukshetra.

The application form of NIMCET 2020 will be released soon through which the candidates can fill the form and appear in the entrance exam. NIMCET admit card will also be released to be downloaded by candidates. The exam will be conducted in offline mode and the result of the same will be declared on the official website of NIMCET 2020.

Total 809 seats are available and duration of exam is 2 hours.

NOTE:- NIMCET scores are used by many other universities and institutes for admissions to the MCA programmes offered by them.

You may refer to the source article for more information about NIMCET 2020 Exam.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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qualification is required for IBPS Exam

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

To be eligible for IBPS PO, you need to be a graduate in any stream. You should have completed your Graduation in any stream from a recognised University. There is no specific discipline that you should be completing your Graduation in. It can be BA, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Tech, etc. You should have computer proficiency.


I complete diploma then I complete 3 years BTECH..... Can I apply ibps so?

Shareef 15th Nov, 2019
Yes, you are eligible for applying for IBPS PO examination. Have a look at Eligiblity criteria.
  • Must be An Indian citizen
  • Minimum age  must be 20
  • maximum age is 30
  • OBC has 3 years relaxation
  • SC/ST has 5 years relaxation
  • PWD candidates have 10 yrs relaxation
  • J&K domicile students have 5 years relaxation
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from any stream.
  • there's no upper attempt limitation

I am doing mba with dualspecicalization. my major is finance and minor in marketing. can i apply for marketing officer in ibps so.

Vemireddy Rushitha Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

It doesn't matter if your minor is marketing in MBA, as long as you have knowledge and skills in the field you can apply for any marketing related jobs. So you need not hesitate to apply for the job. So you are definitely eligible to apply for any marketing and finance jobs as you have both these as your major and minor specialisations.

Good luck!

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