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IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2022: Check Post Wise Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

Updated By Vaibhav Bansal on 14 Jun, 2022 11:15

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IBPS SO 2022 Exam Pattern

The IBPS SO 2022 exam pattern describes the type and structure of the question paper that the candidates are about to face. Exam pattern helps candidates to understand the pattern of question paper, type of questions, the number of questions in each section, marks allotted to each question and duration of the examination.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) announces the exam pattern for aspirants of IBPS SO Prelims, on its official website. Candidates are advised to go through the pattern before they start preparing for the examination. Candidates can check out the content below for a better understanding of the IBPS SO 2022 exam pattern.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern Highlights 2022

  • The IBPS SO exam will be organised into three levels, Preliminary, Main, and Interview.
  • The question paper will be available in English as well as in the Hindi language.
  • All the candidates will have to first appear for the Preliminary examination.
  • The Preliminary exam of IBPS SO will include questions from English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude/General Awareness based on their choice of post.
  • IBPS SO 2021 Mains examination will examine the candidates based on their professional knowledge.
  • Based on the performance in the Preliminary, candidates will be selected for the Mains examination.
  • Candidates qualifying for both Preliminary and Mains exam will be called to appear for the Personal interview.

IBPS SO Prelim Exam Pattern - Post-wise

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Sections

Number of Questions

Marks (per section)

Medium of language

Total Duration

English Language

50

25

English

2 Hours

Reasoning

50

50

English and Hindi

General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry

50

50

English and Hindi

Total

150

125

For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

Sections

Number of Questions

Marks (per section)

Medium of language

Total Duration

English Language

50

25

English

2 Hours

Reasoning

50

50

English and Hindi

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

English and Hindi

Total

150

125

    IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern - Post-wise

    For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

    Sections

    Total Number of Questions

    Total Marks

    Medium of language

    Total Duration

    Professional Knowledge

    60

    60

    English and Hindi

    45 Minutes

    For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

    Sections

    Total Number of Questions

    Total Marks

    Medium of language

    Total Duration

    Professional Knowledge (Objective)

    45

    60

    English and Hindi

    30 Minutes

    Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)

    2

    English and Hindi

    30 Minutes

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      IBPS SO 2022 Marking Scheme

      As the exam for IBPS SO 2022 is conducted in 2 parts, the marking scheme for both of their papers is also different.

      Marking Scheme for IBPS SO Prelims

      Paper Number-SectionsNumber of QuestionsFor Correct ResponseNegative Marking
      Paper-1
      Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer
      Reasoning50 Questions each1 mark0.25 marks
      English Language0.5 mark
      General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry1 mark
      Paper-2
      post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1
      Reasoning50 Questions each1 mark
      English Language0.5 mark
      Quantitative Aptitude1 mark

      Marking Scheme for IBPS SO Mains

      The marking scheme for IBPS SO 2022 Mains is mentioned below.

      Paper NumberNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedNegative Marking
      Paper-1 (post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1)6060 Marks0.25 Marks
      Paper -2 (post of Rajbhasha Adhikari)45
      • Question paper is to be answered in Objective as well as Descriptive type questions for Part A and Part B respectively.
      • Part A which is Professional Knowledge (Objective Type Question) contains 45 questions.
      • Part B which is Professional Knowledge (Descriptive type Questions) Contains 2 questions.
      • For Rajbhasha Adhikari, 1 mark each for MCQs and 15 marks for the 2 descriptive questions.
      • For other posts, 1 mark each for all the MCQs.

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      FAQs about IBPS SO Exam Pattern

      Is there sectional timing in IBPS SO exam?

      Yes, there is sectional timing in IBPS SO prelims and mains examination.

      Does IBPS SO have a descriptive paper?

      As per the IBPS SO exam pattern, a descriptive paper is only included in the mains examination conducted for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari.

      Is there a provision for negative marking in IBPS SO?

      Yes, 0.25 or 1/4th of the allotted marks are deducted for every wrong answer in IBPS SO.

      What is the difficulty level of IBPS SO?

      The difficulty level of IBPS SO is moderate.

      What kind of questions are asked in Prelims?

      All the questions asked in Prelims are objective in nature.

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