IBPS SO Syllabus 2022: Download Syllabus PDF Here

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Specialist Officers 2023 ( IBPS SO )


Exam On: 30 Dec '23 - 31 Dec '23

Anangsha Patra

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Updated on Jun 23, 2022 18:23 IST

IBPS SO syllabus 2022 comprises the topics and sub-topics that candidates need to prepare for the prelims and mains exams. IBPS SO prelims syllabus comprises topics from English Language, Reasoning, and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry. IBPS SO syllabus for the mains exam comprises topics from professional knowledge. The prelims exam of IBPS SO carries a total of 125 marks. The mains exam of IBPS SO carries a total of 60 marks. Read below for more details on IBPS SO syllabus.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2022 Overview

Given below is the overview of IBPS SO exam pattern 2022.

IBPS SO Parameters IBPS SO Prelims IBPS SO Mains
Mode of exam Online Online
Total number of questions 150 60(For Rajsabha Adhikari, 45 objectives and 2 descriptive questions are being asked)
Total marks 125 60
Number of subjects 3 (Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude/ General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry) NA (Questions in the exam will be based on the subject/ post chosen by the candidate)
Exam duration 120 minutes 45 minutes (For Rajsabha Adhikari, duration is 60 minutes)
Sectional timing Yes (40 minutes for each section) Yes (30 minutes for each section in case of Rajsabha Adhikari)
Negative marking 0.25 0.25

IBPS SO Syllabus 2022 for Prelims

Topics from which questions are asked in the prelims exam are.

IBPS SO Prelims Subjects

IBPS SO Prelims Topics

IBPS SO Syllabus for Reasoning Ability

  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Puzzle
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output

IBPS SO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS SO Syllabus for English Language

  • Cloze Test
  • Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
  • Sentence correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Miscellaneous

IBPS SO Syllabus for General Awareness

  • Current affairs
  • Government schemes and policies
  • Sports, awards
  • Banking awareness
  • Important days
  • Important places
  • Book And Author

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IBPS SO Prelims Books 2022

Refer to the following books for IBPS SO exam.

IBPS SO Prelims Subjects IBPS SO Prelims Books


  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition by RS Aggarwal
  • The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning by Peeyush Bhardwaj
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 1st Edition by BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal

English Language

  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations (5th Edition)
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha

General Awareness

  • Guide to Banking General Awareness by R.Gupta
  • Manohar Pandey Book by Arihant Publications
  • Manorama Yearbook 2021 ( English) Paperback

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Teach Yourself Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma (Arihant Publication)
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 17th Edition by R S Aggarwal

IBPS SO Syllabus 2022 for Mains

IBPS SO Mains syllabus comprises the following topics:

IBPS SO Mains Papers

IBPS SO Mains Topics

IT Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Database Management System
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Data Structure
  • Operating System

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Agricultural Economies
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes

Law Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • DRT Act
  • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector

Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Market Segmentation
  • Business Ethics
  • Retail
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Service Marketing
  • Product Life Cycle

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Training and Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Human Resource Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Industrial Relations
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Recruitment and Selection

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Important IBPS SO Mains Books 2022

Following books are helpful for IBPS SO mains:

IBPS SO Post Names

Post-Wise IBPS SO Mains Books

IT Officer


  • Computer for Competitive Exams
  • Fundamentals of Computer with Multiple Choice Questions 1st Edition by RPH Editorial Board
Law Officer


  •  IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan
HR Officer


  • CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal officer Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan

Marketing Officer

  • CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan

Agriculture Field Officer

  • CWE-IBPS Bank Agriculture Field Officer Exam Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan

IBPS SO Syllabus 2022 FAQs

Q: Is Banking Awareness part of IBPS SO syllabus?

A: For Law Officer & Rajsabha Adhikari posts, questions from Banking Awareness come in the prelims in the General Awareness section.

Q: In IBPS SO prelims, do questions are asked from the Computer Aptitude section?

A: In IBPS SO prelims exam, questions are not asked from the Computer Aptitude section. However, candidates might expect a few questions in the General Awareness part.

Q: What is the level of questions asked in IBPS SO mains exam?

A: Questions in IBPS SO mains exam are asked to assess professional knowledge of the candidates. Hence, it is expected that the level will be on the higher side.

Q: Which are the best books for the English section of IBPS PO exam?

A: For the English section, candidates can refer to Objective English for Competitive Examinations (5th Edition) , Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis and Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha for IBPS SO prelims English. 

Q. What are the different sections of IBPS SO exam?

A. The preliminary exam consists of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. The mains exam tests the professional knowledge of the candidates

Q. What are the scoring topics of the Reasoning section in IBPS SO?

A. Some of the most scoring topics in the Reasoning section of IBPS SO exam are Number Series, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relation, Direction and Distance, Sitting Arrangements, Syllogism, Cause and Effect, and Data Sufficiency.

Q. Which are the scoring topics in the English section of IBPS SO exam?

A. The scoring areas in the English section of the IBPS SO exam are Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Rearrangement, Spotting Errors, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms).

Q. Which are the important topics for the IBPS SO Quantitative Aptitude section?

A. The important topics for the Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS SO exam are Number Systems, Ratio, and Proportion, Profit and Loss, simple and Compound Interest, Sequence and Series, Simplification questions

Q. Do I need to prepare for high-level Data Interpretation questions in IBPS SO exam?

A. Yes, high-level or moderate level DI questions are highly anticipated for IBPS SO. 

Q. Which are the important topics for the General Awareness section in IBPS SO exam?

A. For the General Awareness section, candidates should prepare topics such as Awards and Honours, Books and their authors, Banking terms, RBI guidelines and Policies, Sports news, etc.

Q. How can I prepare for the professional knowledge section of the IBPS SO mains exam?

A. There is no specific syllabus for this section, questions are expected to come from different applied theories and working knowledge related to the subject.

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