IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus

IBPS is a recruitment organization which has been authorized to conduct the recruitment Exams on the behalf of 20 Public Sector Banks in India. IBPS conducts Common Written Exams for PO, Clerks and Specialist Officers vacancies in 20 Public Sector Banks. IBPS organization has been working more closely with Public Sector Banks to help them move forward in matters of recruitment by handling turn-key projects.

IBPS Released the Syllabus for IBPS Specialist officer recruitment written exam. IBPS Specialist officer question papers will be in 2 languages that of English and Hindi, except the only one section of test of English Language.

The written exam has 4 sections for 200 marks. Total number of questions in IBPS are 200. There are negative marks for wrong answers,0.25 marks will be reduce for every wrong option from your final score. The IBPS syllabus was not tough, it’s a commonly known syllabus having 4 different sections of test of Reasoning, Test of English language, Test of general awareness with special reference to banking industry and test of professional knowledge for law officer scale-I and II & Rajbhasa scale-I.

IBPS normally conducts Common Written Exams (CWE’s) three time in a year, one each for Clerk, PO and Specialist Officers vacancies. The CWE for Specialist Officers is conducted online by IBPS once every year. The latest tentative date for this exam is 8th & 9th February, 2014. The IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) 2014 Entrance Exam will be conducted for Scale 1 and Scale 2 officers and following are the post included under scale 1 and scale 2.

And the syllabus for IT Officer scale-1 and Scale-2& personnal,marketing HR Officers has 4 sections with 200 questions for 200 marks.For these posts also the syllabus is almost same but except test of general awareness with special reference to banking industry,you have test of quantitative aptitude. you can have the complete syllabus details for scale-1,scale-2,law,IT,HR,Marketing Etc listed below.

  1. Law Officer- Scale I & II & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus

2.  IT Officer Scales I & II, Agriculture Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I, Marketing Officer Scale I, Chartered Accountants Scale-II & Manager Credit /Finance Executive Scale-II.

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Quantitative Aptitude

This section will test your general mathematical aptitude. You should purchase a good book (like RS Aggarwal) which covers all the major topics in mathematics and learn some tricks and easy ways to solve the quant questions. Most of the topics in the syllabus are from basic 10th Level NCERT mathematics syllabus, like Number System, HCF, LCM, Probability, Quadratic Equations, Average, Arithmetic Progressions, Geometry, Ratio and Proportions, Time and Distance, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest etc.

Try to use the Elimination method: If an answer has 4 options out of which one is correct then start try figuring out which option cannot be the correct answer. Therefore you should try to eliminate the wrong answers to find out the correct one.


Reasoning tests your analytical and mental ability. This is a high scoring section but the questions often take time to get solved. Solving questions based on reasoning require quite lot of concentration, decision making and reasoning ability.

This section usually includes questions on number series, assertion and reason, logical problems, blood relations, encoding-decoding etc.

English Language

This section will test your proficiency in English language, mainly reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. You can improve your English language skills by reading novels, newspapers and watching English movies and news. Try to learn at least 10 new words every day along with their synonyms and antonyms. Watching English news daily will not only improve your English but will also enhance your knowledge about the current affairs.

This section mostly contains question on reading comprehension, tenses, synonyms & antonyms, verb, error correction, para-jumbles, fill in the blanks with articles, vocabulary etc.

General Awareness

General Awareness (or General Knowledge) can only be improved by reading books, newspapers and watching news. Study the major aspects of history and geography of India. Be enthusiastic to know about each and every change happening around the world.

This section will also contain questions related to banking. Study about the budget and the new budget changes made by the central government. This section mainly tests your knowledge about current affairs (both national and global), around the world, budget plans, books and authors, awards and honours, Sports, scientific inventions, common abbreviations, important days and dates.

Professional Knowledge

This section tests your domain specific knowledge, which is based on the post you have applied for ( like IT, Agriculture etc). Like if you’re from an IT background, this section might include questions related to databases, data structures, object oriented programming etc.

Quick Tips:
  • Start preparing early so that you’re able to identify your strong and weak areas. You can then plan your preparation accordingly.
  • Learn time management by solving sample or mock tests and tracking your progress.
  • Beware of the negative marking so that you don’t attempt all questions (or the questions you can’t solve). Avoid any guess work.
  • Don’t get stuck if you’re unable to solve a question. While overspending time on solving a question. Remember that you’re running out of time.
  • Keep an eye on your watch so that you could wisely spend the time you’re left with.
  • Always try to implement the Elimination Rule while answering a multiple type choice question.
  • Remember that there’s a sectional cut-off and you have to clear it in order to get through the test and receive interview calls.
BOOKS for IBPS Specialist Exam
  • Arihant’s IBPS-CWE Specialist Officer Recruitment Exam: Success Master
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Verbal and non verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal (English)
  • India 2013, by Govt of India ( General Awareness )
  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy (Professional IT knowledge)
  • IBPS IT Officers: Online Mock Test, Scale – 1 and 2 (Professional IT Knowledge)
  • Bank Agricultural Field Officer Common Written Exam (CWE) Guide ( Professional Agriculture Knowledge)
  • IBPS-CWE Recruitment of Specialist Officers: 25 Practices Test Papers
  • IBPS Bank Specialist Officers: Common Written Exam (CWE) Guide

If you’re preparing for the IBPS specialist officers exam, you can post your IBPS coaching requirement in the comments below.

IBPS Syllabus for Law officer Scale-1,2 and Rajbhasha adhikari scale-1 officers syllabus.

  1. Test of Reasoning-50 marks(50 questions)
  2. Test of English Language-25 marks(50 questions)
  3. Test of general awareness with special reference to banking industry-50 marks(50 questions)
  4. Test of Professional Knowledge-75 marks(50 questions)
  • Total number of questions:200
  • Total Number of marks:200
  • Negative marks for each wrong answer:0.25
  • Total written Exam Time:120 min(2 hours)

Written exam syllabus for IBPS Specialist officer for IT officer scale-1 and 2,Marketing officer,HR Officer,Technical officer and Agriculture field officer scale-1.

  1. Test of Reasoning-50 marks(50 que)
  2. Test of English Knowledge-25 marks(50 que)
  3. Test of Quantitative Aptitude-50 marks(50 que)
  4. Test of Professional knowledge-75 marks(50 que)

All The Best for IBPS Exam!

  1. Law Officer- Scale I & II & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

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