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IBPS SO | IT Officer Syllabus 2018-19 & Exam Pattern

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By Saloni Jain October 26, 2018

IBPS SO Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2018-19

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IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus is the very first thing every aspirant who want to take the
IBPS SO exam , seek for, as it gives a clear picture of the complete course.

The IBPS SO Syllabus can tell you nearly everything which you really need to know about
which topics are important to cover, how the course will be run, how can you schedule and
prioritize your study flow etc.

In 2018, IBPS made many changes in the IBPS SO Exam Pattern. Check the updated Exam
Pattern for all posts in this blog.

Before initiating the exam preparation, the aspirants are required to have the complete
knowledge about –

IBPS SO Exam Pattern {Updated}

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for IT Officer Scale 1, IBPS SO IT Officer Syllabus 2018-19,
IBPS Specialist Officer HR Syllabus, IBPS SO Syllabus 2018-19 for Law, Agricultural and
Marketing Officer.

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available in a prescribed format.

*However, the official website doesn’t provide any details regarding the IBPS Specialist
Officer Syllabus.

Please Check below to get the complete syllabus for all the following sections of IBPS SO –

IBPS SO Syllabus for Reasoning

IBPS SO Syllabus for English

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS General Awareness Syllabus for Specialist Officer

IBPS SO Professional Languages Syllabus

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for Reasoning

Please mark the topics given below as important-



Cubes and Dice

Data Sufficiency


Clocks & Calendars

Arithmetical Reasoning

Mathematical Operations




Blood Relation

Puzzle Test

Direction Sense

Logical Venn Diagrams

Alphabet & Alpha Numeric Sequence Test

Eligibility Test

Arrangements-Linear & Circular

Series test

Odd figures

Miscellaneous test.

Must Read - IBPS Reasoning (PO, Clerk, SO and RRB) | How to Conquer It?

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for English
Please cover each and every topic very carefully as your English skills are very important in
both the selection rounds – Online Test and Interview Round.

Please mark the Important Topics given below-











Error Correction

Fill in the Blanks

Sentence Completion

Word Formation

Theme Detection

Passage Completion

Rearrangement of Passage


Sentence Framing

Active-Passive Voice

Indirect-Direct Speech

Phrases and Idioms.

Must Read – IBPS English Preparation for Bank Exams 2018- 2019 – Tips & Study

IBPS SO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

The IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude consists all the Mathematical
Questions and Calculations like – Arithmetic and Data Interpretation.

This section is designed to measure how fast and accurate you are in dealing with
numbers, viz. computation, quantitative reasoning, interpretation of tables and graphs.

Below are some important topics-




Pie Charts

Bar Graphs



Line Graphs





Profit & Loss

Time & Work

Number System

Boats & Streams

Pipes & Cisterns

Problems on Ages

Time & Distance

Problems on trains

Stocks & Shares


Decimal & Fractions

Ratio & Proportions

Mixtures & Allegations

Volume & Surface Area

Permutation & Combination

Simple & Compound Interest

Heights & Distance Relationships

Must Read - IBPS Quantitative Aptitude: Exclusive Strategies to Target the Cut Off!

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for General Awareness

The IT Officer Syllabus, IBPS SO Syllabus for IT Officer Scale 1,IBPS Specialist Officer HR
Syllabus, Law, Marketing and Agricultural Officer Syllabuscovers complete Current Affairs
of past 6 month and General Knowledge with reference to banking Industry, banking terms
and terminologies and Fiscal-Monetary Policies to assess candidate’s knowledge of past
and present events.

Apart from Current Affairs & General Knowledge, the candidates are also required to cover
the topics given below-




Indian Economy

International Economy


General Politics

Scientific Research

Indian Constitution

Countries and Capitals

Budget & Five Years Plans



Awards & Honors Sports

Financial News


Science & Technology

Bills – New & Amendments

Memorandum of Understanding

Appointments & Companies Mergers

Must Read - Tips to Score Well in IBPS General Awareness Section!

IBPS SO Syllabus for Professional Languages

The IBPS SO Syllabus for Professional Languages 2018-19 is available for following fields

IBPS IT Officer Syllabus

IBPS Specialist Officer HR Syllabus

IBPS Agricultural Officer Syllabus

Syllabus for IBPS Specialist Officer in Law

IBPS Specialist Officer Marketing Syllabus

The candidates belonging to one of these fields will have to appear in the paper of
professional language for their concerned field and qualify it by gaining score more than
the cut-off marks.

IBPS IT Officer Syllabus

At Eduncle, the aspirants are provided the prescribed IBPS IT OfficerSyllabus 2018-19 in
a well-structured manner.

Below you can find the complete IBPS SO Syllabus for IT Officer Scale 1.

Database Management System

File Based Data Management – Disadvantages of file system

Database systems – Need for Database, Advantages of using a database

Characteristics of data in a database – Functions of DBMS, Components of a database,

Comparison between Database and file-processing systems

Data dictionary – Data abstraction, Data independence – Logical and Physical data

Architecture: Overall Architecture of DBMS

Three level architecture – Hierarchical, Networking, Relational Data Models (E-R Model, E-R
Diagrams, EER Model), Advantages and Disadvantages of each model.

Advanced Concepts: Introduction to Data warehousing and Data mining – Different types
Client/Server Technology: Client – Server – Distributed and Co-operative processing –
Peer- to – Peer processing – Application components – Transaction management.

Relational Structure – Characteristics of Relational Database Model – CODD’s rules –

Tables (Relations), Rows (Tuples), Domains, Attributes, Extension, Intention.

Keys: Candidate Key, Primary Key, Foreign Key, Super Keys, Unique Keys.

Data Constraints: Referential Integrity Constraints, Entity Integrity Constraints, Constraints

like Primary key constraint, Unique, Check constraint strong Entity, Weak Entity.

Normalization: Introduction – Purpose of Normalization – Definition of Functional

Dependence (FD) Relational database Design, – Normal forms: 1NF, 2NF, 3NF, BCNF, 4Nf
and 5 NF.

Database Administration: DBA Tasks – DBA Tools – User Privileges – Performance

monitoring and tuning – Query tracing – Backup and Recovery

Introduction to SQL: Advantages of SQL – Invoking SQL*PLUS, The Oracle Data-types, Data
Definition Language (DDL), Data Manipulation language (DML), Data Control Language
(DCL), Data Query Language ( DQL) and all related commands.

Queries using Group by and Order by clause & Join: Querying a Single Table, Ordering
results, grouping the results, Joins, Types of Joins, Sub queries.

Operators: Logical, Value, Syntax and Query expression operators – Set operators.

Functions: Character, Arithmetic, Date and time, Group and Miscellaneous Functions,
Commit, Rollback, Savepoint.

Format models: Character, Numeric & Date Format models.

Views: Introduction – Advantages of views – The Create View Command, Updating Views,
Views and Joins, Views and Sub queries – Dropping Views.

Sequences: Creating Sequences, Altering Sequences, Dropping Sequences.

Indexes: Index Types, Creating of an Index: Simple Unique and Composite Index, Dropping

Snapshots: Creating a Snapshot, Altering Snapshot, Dropping a Snapshot.

Introduction to PL/SQL: The PL/SQL Syntax, The PL/SQL Block Structure, Fundamentals of
PL/SQL, Advantages of PL/SQL data Types.

Control Structure: Conditional Control, Iterative Control, Sequential Control.

Exception handling: Predefined Exception – User defined Exception.

Cursors: Implicit and Explicit Cursors

Procedures: Advantages – Creating – Executing and Deleting a Stored Procedure.

Functions: Advantages – Creating – Executing and Deleting a Function.

Database Triggers: Use of Database Triggers – How to apply database Triggers – Types of
Triggers – Syntax for Creating Trigger – Deleting Trigger.

Data Communication and Networking

Data Communication: Components of a data communication – Data flow: simplex – half

duplex – full duplex; Networks – Definition – Network criteria – Types of Connections:
Point to point – multipoint; Topologies: Star, Bus, Ring, Mesh, Hybrid – Advantages and
Disadvantages of each topology.

Types of Networks: LAN – MAN – WAN – CAN – HAN – Internet – Intranet –Extranet,
Client-Server, Peer To Peer Networks.

Transmission Media: Classification of transmission media – Guided – Twisted pair,

Coaxial, Fiber optics; unguided – Radio waves – Infrared – LOS – VSAT – cabling and

Network devices: Features and concepts of Switches – Routers (Wired and Wireless) –

Network Models: Protocol definition – standards – OSI Model – layered architecture –

functions of all layers..

Data Link Layer: Framing & its methods, Flow Control, Error control. DLL Protocol,
Piggybacking & Pipelining. MAC Sub layer, Media access control for LAN & WAN, collision,
IEEE 802 standards for LAN & MAN & their comparison. Ethernet, Wireless LANs,
Broadband Wireless, Bluetooth.

Network Layer: Routing, Congestion Control Algorithms, IP protocol, IP Addresses,

Comparative study of IPv4 & IPv6, Mobile IP.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) – User Datagram Protocol, Data Traffic, Congestion
Control and Quality of Service

Network Security: Cryptography, Message Security, Digital Signature, User Authentication,

Key Management, Security Protocols Internet,DNS,SMTP, FTP, HTTP, WWW, Virtual
Terminal Protocol.

Operating System

Introduction to System Programs & Operating Systems, Buffering & Spooling, Types of
Operating System.

File concepts, access methods, free space managements, allocation methods, directory
systems, protection, organization, sharing & implementation issues, etc.

Process: Concept, Process Control Blocks (PCB), Scheduling criteria Preemptive & non
Preemptive process scheduling, Scheduling algorithms, algorithm evaluation, multiple
processor scheduling, real time scheduling, threads, critical section problem, semaphores,
and classical problems of synchronization, etc.
Memory Hierarchy, logical and physical address space, swapping, contiguous and non-
contiguous allocation, paging, segmentation, Concepts of virtual memory, Cache Memory
Organization, demand paging, page replacement algorithms, allocation of frames,
thrashing, demand segmentation.

Distributed operating system:-Types, Design issues, File system, Remote file access, RPC,
RMI, Distributed Shared Memory(DSM), Basic Concept of Parallel Processing & Concurrent

Security & threats protection: Security violation through Parameter, Computer Worms &
Virus, Security Design Principle, Authentications, Protection Mechanisms.

Software Engineering

The Software Product and Software Process Models, Software Process customization and

Requirement Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification Functional and Non-functional

requirements, Validation, Trace ability.

Software Design, Architectural Design, User Interface Design, Function-oriented Design,

SA/SD Component Based Design, Design Metrics.

Software Analysis and Testing, Software Test Process, Testing Levels, Test Criteria, Test
Case Design, Test Oracles, Test Techniques, Black-Box Testing, etc.

Software Maintenance & Software Project Measurement: Software Configuration

Management (SCM), Re-engineering, Reverse Engineering. Project Management Concepts,
Feasilibility Analysis, Project and Process Planning, Resources Project Scheduling and
Tracking, etc.

Data Structure

Introduction: Basic Terminology, Data types and its classification, Array Definition,
Representation and Analysis of Arrays, Single and Multidimensional Arrays, etc.

Stack, Array Implementation of stack, Linked Representation of Stack, Queue, Array and
linked implementation of queues, Circular queues, D-queues and Priority Queues. Linked
list, Generalized linked list.

Trees: Basic terminology, Binary Trees, Complete Binary Tree, Extended Binary Trees, Array
and Linked Representation of Binary trees, etc.

Internal and External sorting ,Insertion Sort, Bubble Sort, selection sort Quick Sort, Merge
Sort, Heap Sort, Radix sort, Searching & Hashing: Sequential search, binary search, Hash
Table, Hash Functions, etc.

Graphs: Introduction, Sequential Representations of Graphs, Adjacency Matrices, Traversal,

Connected Component and Spanning Trees, Minimum Cost Spanning Trees.

Compiler Design
Introduction to Compiler, Phases and passes, Bootstrapping, Implementation of lexical
analyzers, LEX: lexical analyzer generator, Input buffering, Recognition of tokens, Error

Basic Parsing Techniques: Parsers, Shift reduce parsing, operator precedence parsing, top
down parsing, predictive parsers, LR parsers , an automatic parser generator

Syntax directed definitions, L-attributed definitions, Syntax directed Translators,

Intermediate code, etc.

Symbol Tables, Run-Time Administration, simple stack allocation scheme, storage

allocation in block structured language, Code Optimization and Code Generation

Parsing control statements, syntax diagrams, Error Recovery, Interpreting control

statements, parsing programs, procedures and Functions.

Computer Organization and Microprocessor

Computer System: Basic Computer Operation, Machine Instructions, Addressing Modes,

DLX Architecture,

Computer Configuration, Memory organization, Memory Architecture and Interface, DMA,

Synchronization, etc.

Microprocessor As A CPU– types of Microprocessor, Microcomputers, Computer

Languages, Flags, Program Counter(PC), Stack Pointer, OPCode Format, etc.

Input-output System.

Object Oriented Programming (OOPS)

General concept OOPS– Object, Classes, Data Abstraction, Encapsulation, Inheritance,

Polymorphism, Methods and Messages, Dynamic Binding.

Features, Advantages and Applications of OOPS

Aggregation and Association, Generalization, Multiple Inheritance.

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IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus for Human Resource Management

The candidates who seek their future as Human Resource Manager in Reputable Banking
Organizations should follow the complete IBPS Specialist Officer HR Syllabus given

HR Introduction


Wage and Salary Administration

Principles of management

Leadership styles

HR Planning

Job analysis (Procedures, Methods and techniques)

Job design (Meaning and techniques)

Recruitment and selection (Procedure, Process and barriers)

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

Placement (Induction, procedure and benefits)

Training and development (Types and methods)

Performance appraisal (Process, uses and techniques)

Promotion, transfer and demotions (Types, policies)

Job evaluation (Pre-requites, principles and process)

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

compensation plan)

Motivation (Theories, Importance, Factors impacting)

Industrial relations

Factories act

Industrial relations act

Gratuity act

Provident fund act

Strategic Role of Information in HRM

Information Technology-Concepts & Issues

HRIS Implementation and Control

Designing an HRIS Department

Compensation and Benefits Management

Transactional Analysis

Rewards & Recognition- types of rewards, monetary and non-monetary, performance



Mobility of Personnel and Retirement-transfers

Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness

Managing Changes and Organizational Effectiveness

Management Process and Organizational Behavior

Managing Interpersonal and Group Processes.

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IBPS SO Syllabus for Marketing

Marketing Jobs are trendy these days! Most of the graduates seek for a career in
marketing and IBPS provides them an opportunity to fulfill their dreams with the IBPS
Marketing Officer Exam.

The IBPS Marketing Officer Syllabus is given below, please have a look and prepare

Marketing Overview

Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing

Meaning, Functions and Importance of Marketing Management

Marketing Process and Marketing Planning

Consumer/ Buyer Behavior

Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation

Marketing Research

Product Planning and Development

Sales Promotion and its Objectives

Branding, Packaging and Labeling

Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies

Wholesale Trade

Retail Trade

Personal Selling

Services Marketing

Bank Marketing

Insurance Marketing

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

Marketing Organization

Marketing Program

Marketing Decision Making

Sales Forecasting


Distribution: Definition, Channels of Distribution


Sales Management

Marketing Environment

Rural Marketing

International Marketing

Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.

Syllabus for IBPS Law Officer

The candidates who are having an interest in law field should definitely apply for IBPS SO
Exam as it gives candidates a great platform to showcase their excellence in Law with the
help of IBPS Law Officer Exam.

Those who qualify the exam, get placed in reputable government organization on the
position of Law Officer.

Below is the complete IBPS SO Syllabus for Law Officer, Please read it carefully and start
your preparation accordingly!

You can check the Important Banking Terms to practice well for this section!

Banking Regulation & Compliance and Legal Aspects

RBI’s Constitution and Objectives

Banking Regulation Act, 1949

Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934

Credit Information Bureau (India)

Banker-Customer Relationship

Payment and Collection of Cheques and Other Negotiable Instruments

Types of Collaterals and their Characteristics

Foreign Exchange Management Act,1999

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Banking Regulated Important Laws

Limitation Act, 1993

Banker’s Books Evidence Act, 1891

The Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions (DRT) Act,1993

Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest

(SARFAESI) Act, 2002

Miscellaneous Provisions Consumer Protection Act, 1986

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006

Procedure for Redressal of Grievance

Lok Adalats.

Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation

Contracts of Guarantee

Contracts of Bailment

Contracts of Pledge

Contracts of Agency

Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale

Definition, Meaning and Nature of Partnership

Dissolution of a Firm

Effects of Non-Registration

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 Specialist Officer Exam Syllabus for Agriculture Field
The candidates appearing for IBPS SO Agriculture Exam must have a basic knowledge of
general topics such as Agriculture, seeds, soil, vegetables, animal husbandry etc. Check
topics given below.

Please check it out to score more!

Agriculture current affairs

Crop horticulture vegetables

Spacing time of sowing seed rate

Varieties important only

Herbicides pesticides

Important points regarding crops fruits vegetables

Preservation of fruits and vegetables

Types of cropping system

Different Diseases

Seed technology – Different government schemes

Agriculture economics – Agriculture cost and schemes

Different types of agricultural practices

Soil resources

Indian soil

Types of facts

Green manures

Animal husbandry and technology

Different varieties of animals

Agriculture small industries like honey daily in the fisheries

Different diseases and its causes

Rural welfare activities in India

Before independence

After independence

Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture

Woman and child development schemes.

The above topics are important to gain respectable score in each section. It’s not
necessary to cover each and every topic but candidates should at least be well aware of

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IBPS SO Exam Pattern – Understand the Paper Format to

Prepare Smartly!
The Exam Conducting Body, IBPS accomplishes Specialist Officers’ Selection Process in
three rounds – Online Test (Prelims & Mains) and Interview.

The IBPS CRP SPL-VIII is administered for five different fields to provide the opportunity to
eligible job seekers belonging to IT, Agricultural, Human Resource Management, Law and
Marketing Field.

The Online Test consists of four Sections which includes – Reasoning, English, Quantitative
Aptitude, General Awareness and Professional Language (related to the concerned field).

As per the Latest IBPS Specialist Officer Notification, the IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern has
been changed now.

Below we are sharing the latest facts about IBPS SO Exam Pattern. Must Read!

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018-19! See the Highlights here!

There will be different exam patterns for various posts. The Mains exam Pattern for
Rajbhasha Officer will have both type of questions Objective & Subjective.

Reasoning, English, General Knowledge and Quantitative Aptitude Section will be in Prelims
paper only. Candidates will only have to qualify these sections by scoring more than the
IBPS SO Cutoff Marks to be eligible to appear in Mains.

But for the Mains Exam, Candidates can score maximum 60 marks. The Professional
Knowledge section will solely cover it.

The candidates will not be shortlisted for the Interview round only on the basis of their
qualifying marks. They will have to score more points to create their places in the list of
Interview Nominees.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR /

Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer
The Exam Pattern for all the posts has been changed significantly. Check the latest
changes in marking scheme & exam duration.

Prelims Exam:

No. Paper name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time

1 Reasoning 50 50 2 Hours

2 English Language 50 25

3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50

Total Questions: 150

Total Marks: 125

Mains Exam:
There will be only one section in IBPS SO Mains Exam 2018 for IT Officer, Agricultural Field
Officer, HR / Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer. The exam duration has been reduced to
45 minutes.

No. Paper name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time

1 Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 Minute

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Mains will be same for all the posts. In the Mains Exam, only
Professional Knowledge paper will be given to candidates.

Prelims Exam:
The paper pattern for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Officer will be similar for the Prelims Exam.
In this, Quantitative Aptitude section will be replaced by General Awareness.

No. Paper name No. of Maximum Total

Questions Marks Time

1 SO Reasoning Paper 50 50 2
2 SO English Language Paper 50 25

3 General Awareness with Special Reference 50 50

to Banking Industry Paper

Total Questions: 150

Total Marks: 125

#Note: As per the marking scheme, the candidates will have to suffer from the deduction of
0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Mains Exam Pattern For Rajbhasha Officer:

The Mains Paper Pattern of Law officer is similar to IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR
/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer but there will be subjective & objective questions in
Rajbhasha Adhikari Mains Paper.

Name of the Test No. of Questions (Total 60 Exam

Marks) Duration

Profession Knowledge 45 30 minutes


Profession Knowledge 2 30 minutes


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