IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018 | IT Officer for Prelims and Mains Exam | Cut-offs

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released this year’s exam calendar. One of the important announcement given in that calendar is, authorities have taken decision to conduct Specialist Officer (SO) exam in two-tier from this year. Official notification for this upcoming exam has not yet been published. Only in that notice IBPS will clearly indicate the IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017. Most probably the notice will be let out on October/ November 2017. But the tentative dates for upcoming SO exam has been announced in the calendar. Candidates who are waiting for this opportunity to become a Specialist Officer in banks might be very eager to start their preparations for exam, in advance. Lot of confusions and questions will arise in their minds. How will be the new exam pattern? What will be the selection method followed on upcoming CWE SPL-VII? etc. For helping those candidates here we have generally given some ideas about changes made in IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017 – Highlights
Exam Name IBPS CWE SO VII Exam 2017 Exam Type Objective
Information IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017 Exam Phase  Prelims & Mains
Exam Date Jan 2018 Exam Mode Online
Authority IBPS Official Site www.ibps.in

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017

IBPS conducts recruitment based Specialist Officer exam only once in a year. So many public sector banks will participate in this recruitment and SC/ ST/ VI/ HI/ EX-SM/ General/ OBC/ OC, etc. category aspirants are eligible for making attempt. Hence it is called as Common Recruitment Process.

But only based on available number of vacancies in banks and based on government reservation guidelines etc. appointment will be done. The different categories of Scale-I posts that will be filled through IBPS SO Exam 2017 are,

No Categories of SO Posts
1 IT Officer
2 Agricultural Field Officer
3 Rajbhasha Adhikari
4 Law Officer
5 HR/ Personnel Officer
6 Marketing Officer

Till last year, the SO exam has been conducted by IBPS in single phase. After that, there will be interview for candidates who are performing well in Common Written Exam. But nowadays the competition for SO jobs has been increased. That’s why IBPS has decided to make the exam more complex from this year onwards. The changes that will be followed in IBPS CWE SPL-VII are listed below.

  • First Preliminary Exam will be conducted by IBPS.
  • IBPS will fix cut-off for prelims round of selection, only after exam.
  • Those who are scoring marks above the cut-off fixed by IBPS shall be given with admit cards to participate in Main Exam.
  • Only professional knowledge questions will be asked for main exam.
  • As like prelims, IBPS will fix cut-offs for main exam also.
  • Individuals scoring more marks than the cut-offs fixed by IBPS for main exam will be next issued with call letters to participate in Personal Interview.
IBPS SO-VII Exam Tentative Dates
Preliminary Exam 30th and 31st December 2017
Main Exam 28th January 2018
Interview February/ March 2018

Both the preliminary and main exams will be conducted on online only i.e. Computer based mode. Only objective type questions will be drafted for this SO exam in the following format.

Preliminary Exam Pattern:

For IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer Posts:

No. Topics No. of Questions Marks Time Limit
1 Reasoning 35 35 60 minutes
2 English Language 30 30
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total 100 questions 100 marks 1 hour

For Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari:

No. Topics No. of Questions Marks Time Limit
1 Reasoning 35 35 60 minutes
2 English Language 30 30
3 General Awareness 35 35
Total 100 questions 100 marks 1 hour

Main Exam Pattern: For all SO Posts

No. Topics No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. Professional Knowledge (Marketing/ Law/ Agriculture/ Human Resource Management/ Information Technology/ Hindi with English) 100 100 1 hour
  • For both the exams 1 mark will be given for each correct answer.
  • For marking of wrong answer 25 marks will be deducted.
  • No marks will be reduced for unanswering questions.

IBPS SO Selection Process 2017:

Upto last year, the marks of single phase exam and interview are counted together for preparation of final select list. But from 2017 onwards, selection for Specialist Officer posts will be done in following manner.

  • Prelims is just a screening exam to reject the least knowledgeable persons among appliers in the initial stage itself.
  • The main exam and interview marks are very essential. Because only these two marks will be counted together for preparation of final select list from 2017 onwards.
  • Provisional allotment = Main Exam Marks + Interview Marks
Reference Links
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Aspirants might have got idea about upcoming IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017 from above section. Syllabus details have been already published on our website. Refer that article for more information.

Updated: 2017-07-31 — 10:01 am

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