IBPS SO Syllabus 2018
Team Careers360, 03 Jul 2018

IBPS SO Syllabus 2018 – Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) prescribes the syllabus of IBPS SO. The syllabus of IBPS SO 2018 includes topics based on different sections. IBPS SO syllabus 2018 is prescribed for 6 Specialist Officer posts - I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer. It is important that the candidates are familiar with IBPS SO syllabus 2018 and IBPS SO exam pattern before they start preparing for the exam. Syllabus of IBPS SO 2018 will be provided on this page for preliminary stage and IBPS SO mains exam (professional knowledge of Specialist Officer posts). Read the article below to get the complete information on IBPS SO syllabus 2018.


IBPS SO 2018 prelims will be conducted on December 29 and 30, 2018, mains will be conducted on January 27, 2019 and IBPS SO interview will be conducted in February 2019.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2018 – Prelims


As per IBPS SO exam pattern 2018, there are total 4 sections – English, General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. Topics in syllabus of IBPS SO prelims will be based on these four sections.


IBPS SO candidates taking the exam for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer will have to attempt 3 sections – English, General Awareness and Reasoning Ability.


IBPS SO candidates taking the exam for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officerwill have to attempt 3 sections – English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.


This means that candidates appearing in the test for different posts need to appear in different set of papers/sections.


Given below in the table is section-wise IBPS SO syllabus 2018 for preliminary exam.


Section-wise IBPS SO Syllabus 2018 (Prelims)


General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Reading comprehension

Current affairs

Number systems


Para jumbles

Banking awareness


Series test

Error detection

Countries/ currencies

Linear equation


Fill in the blanks


Quadratic equation

Odd figures

Cloze test

Indian economy

Profit and loss

Eligibility test

Sentence improvement/ correction

International economy


Blood relations

Para/ sentence completion


Time and work

Data sufficiency




Input/ output


Awards and honors

Ratio and proportion

Coding/ decoding


Books and authors

Simple and compound interest


Active and passive voice

Fiscal monetary policies

Speed, time and distance


Direct and indirect speech


Complex numbers

Seating arrangment (linear and circular)

Phrases and idioms

Social function of banks


Venn diagrams

Word meanings

Socio and economic developments


Miscellaneous tests




Alphabet and alpha-numeric sequence



Binomial theories




Modern maths


Post-wise IBPS SO Syllabus 2018 – Mains

IBPS SO syllabus 2018 mains will depend on the post for which the candidate is taking the exam. Post-wise syllabus for IBPS SO 2018 is given below.


IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for 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

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

Hindi Grammar and its usages



Knowledge of Administrative Hindi and English

Note: It must be noted that IBPS SO mains exam for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari is conducted in Hindi as the description in the job profile reflects that a Rajbhasha Adhikari is responsible for using Hindi (official language of India) in banking operations like circulars, notices, etc.


IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for IT Officer

C Programming Basics

MS Office

Database managemnet system types


Network security

Advantages function

Operating system function

Data communication and networking

Web technologies

Software engineering

Basic programming concepts

Basic knowledge of hardware

Windows OS

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for Agriculture Officer

Agriculture cureent events

Women and child development schemes

Rural welfare activities in India

Crop Horticulture Vegetables

Spacing time of sowimg 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 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for Marketing Officer

Marketing overview

Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing

Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies

Wholesale Trade

Product Planning and Development

Retail Trade

Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation

Sales Forecasting

Branding, Packaging, and Labeling

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

Personal Selling

Sales Promotion and its Objectives

Services Marketing

Bank Marketing


Insurance Marketing

Marketing Decision-Making

Marketing Organization

Marketing Research

Distribution: Definition, Channels

Marketing Program

Meaning, Functions, and Importance of Marketing Management


Marketing Environment

International Marketing

Consumer/ Buyer Behavior

Marketing Process and Marketing Planning

Social Responsibility and Business Ethics


Rural Marketing

Sales Management

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for Law Officer

Foreign Exchange

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

Important laws and rulings related to negotiable instruments


Consumer Protection Act

Banking Ombudsman Scheme

Offenses and Penalties, SARFAESI


Contract Acts

Information Technology Act

Limitation Act, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act

Prevention of money laundering


Partnerships, Companies, Firm

RBI functions

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus (Mains) for HR/Personnel Officer

Performance appraisal (Process, uses, and techniques)

Promotion, transfer, and demotions (Types, policies)

Placement (Induction, procedure, and benefits)

Information Technology-Concepts & Issues

Factories act

Gratuity act

Training and development (Types and methods)

Compensation (Theories of wages, compensation administration and criteria to develop compensation plan)

Industrial relations


HR Introduction

Strategic Role of Information in HRM

Principles of management

HR Planning

Job analysis (Procedures, Methods, and techniques)

Job design (Meaning and techniques)

Leadership styles

Provident fund act

Industrial relations act

Strategic Role of Information in HRM

Industrial relations

Interview (Types of tests, Types of interviews and limitations)

Job evaluation (Pre-requites, principles, and process)

Motivation (Theories, Importance, Factors impacting)

Information Technology-Concepts & Issues

Wage and Salary Administration

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