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IBPS SO Examination 2016: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

IBPS SO examination is conducted every year to recruit candidates in various posts in the participating organizations. This year the exam was conducted on 29th January. Now it’s time to get into the details of each section with detailed analysis.

Feb 7, 2017 15:29 IST
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IBPS conducted the Specialist Officer examination for various posts in the participating organizations on 29th January 2017. This year, there was a drastic change in the examination pattern as all the sections except the professional knowledge paper are qualifying in nature. That implies your marks in the professional knowledge section will be taken into account for merit listing for the next round i.e. the interview round.

 IBPS SO 2017: Exam Pattern

The online examination for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre posts mention below in the Participating Organizations.

  • IT Officer
  • HR/ Personnel Officer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  • Legal Officer
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari

The examination pattern for the posts of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is as follows:

Sr No.

Name of the Test

Number of questions

Max Marks allotted

Duration of the test

1.

Test of reasoning

50

……

30 minutes

2.

General Awareness with special reference to banking industry

50

……

30 minutes

3.

Test of English

50

……

25 minutes

4.

Professional Knowledge

50

80

35 minutes

 

Total

200

80

120 minutes

Apart from the above mentioned posts, the other posts have the exam pattern as follows:

Sr No.

Name of the Test

Number of questions

Max Marks allotted

Duration of the test

1.

Test of reasoning

50

……

30 minutes

2.

Quantitative Aptitude

50

……

30 minutes

3.

Test of English

50

……

25 minutes

4.

Professional Knowledge

50

80

35 minutes

 

Total

200

80

120 minutes

This makes it very clear that you need to have thorough command over your field of specialization so that you can score well in the professional knowledge section and get selected in the final list.

Reasoning Ability: Analysis and Expected cut off

This section was moderate in nature since most of you are well aware of the question pattern of this section. The pattern of the questions was as follows:

Topic of questions

Number of questions (Total-50)

Difficulty level

Puzzles (including sitting arrangement, linear puzzle, scheduling puzzle etc)

20

Difficult

Coding Decoding

5

Easy

Syllogism

5

Moderate

Input Output

5

Easy

Logical Reasoning

5

Moderate

Data Sufficiency (Blood Relation questions were asked in this section)

5

Moderate

Inequalities

5

Moderate

Total

50

Moderate

Based on the overall analysis, the sectional cut off for this section is going to be high. Apart from the puzzles, other questions were overall easy and with sincere practice, you can attempt these questions correctly. The sectional cut off may be as follows:

Category

Sectional Cut Off marks

General

14-16

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

12-13

Quantitative Aptitude: Analysis and Expected cut off

This section was overall moderate in difficulty level and most of you will be able to score well in this section if you have sincere practice in various common topics of mathematics. This section was, however, not there for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari. The exam pattern was as follows:

Topic of questions

Number of questions (Total-50)

Difficulty level

Data Interpretation (tabular DI, Pie Chart, paragraph DI)

15

Easy

Number Series

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency

5

Moderate

Quadratic Equation

5

Easy

Approximation and Simplification

5

Easy

Misc questions on time and distance, average, ratio and proportion, time and work, SI and CI, pipe and cistern etc

15

Moderate

Total

50

Easy to Moderate

This section was overall moderate in difficulty level and that will result in the cut off soaring high. You need to score well in order to even cross the sectional cut off in this section. The sectional cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Sectional Cut Off marks

General

12-14

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

10-11

English Language: Analysis and Expected Cut off

This section was again the most difficult one in the whole paper and surprised a lot many students. You needed to give your best shot in order to stay afloat in this section. Your basics and in depth knowledge are tested to the core for this section. The pattern for this section was as follows:

Topic of questions

Number of questions (Total-50)

Difficulty level

Reading Comprehension

20

Moderate

Sentence Correction

5

Difficult

Para Jumble

5

Difficult

Error spotting

10

Difficult 

Double Fillers

5

Moderate

Inference based questions 

5

Difficult

Total

50

Difficult

This section proved to be very difficult for the aspirants because of the surprising nature and the unexpected level of difficulty in this examination. The sectional cut off is expected to be adjusted according to that:

Category

Sectional Cut Off marks

General

9-10

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

5-6

General Awareness: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

The General Awareness section was based on questions from banking industry, static general knowledge and current affairs. The pattern was not at all unique and most of you will be scoring well in this section with your daily preparation. This is going to affect the cut off towards an upward revision and the same is expected as follows:

Category

Sectional Cut Off marks

General

16-18

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

12-14

Professional Knowledge: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

This is the most important section for this year’s examination since your marks in this section will only be added to the list for short listing candidates for the interview. The section for most of the disciplines is moderate to difficult in nature. You were expected to know in depth of your subject in order to clear even the sectional cut off (if there will be one but chances are bleak since your marks in this section will only be counted for interview selection). However, for the time being, the expected cut off may be as follows:

Category

Sectional Cut Off marks

General

20-22

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

16-18

IBPS SO 2017: How much I need to score to get the Interview call?

You will get to know the answer of your question very soon whereas your result status is going to be declared on or before 16th February 2017. The expected cut offs for various posts have been predicted based on the following factors:

  • Number of vacancies
  • Previous year cut off
  • Difficulty level as compared to previous years
  • New pattern of selection

For I.T. Officer (Scale I), the cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

45-50

Scheduled Caste (SC)

32-35

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

28-30

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

40-42

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

27-30

Hearing Impaired (HI)

26-28

Visually Impaired (VI)

28-30

For Agricultural Field Officer, the cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

42-45

Scheduled Caste (SC)

35-37

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

32-35

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

37-40

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

30-32

Hearing Impaired (HI)

27-30

Visually Impaired (VI)

28-30

For Rajbhasha Adhikari, the cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

40-42

Scheduled Caste (SC)

30-32

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

28-30

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

35-37

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

28-30

Hearing Impaired (HI)

26-28

Visually Impaired (VI)

27-30

For Legal Officer, the cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

40-42

Scheduled Caste (SC)

28-30

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

25-27

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

35-37

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

26-28

Hearing Impaired (HI)

25-27

Visually Impaired (VI)

27-29

For HR/Personnel Officer, the expected cut off is as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

40-44

Scheduled Caste (SC)

32-34

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

28-31

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

37-39

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

26-28

Hearing Impaired (HI)

27-29

Visually Impaired (VI)

26-28

For Marketing Officer (Scale I), the cut off is expected as follows:

Category

Expected range of Cut Off  (Out of 80)

General

40-42

Scheduled Caste (SC)

30-32

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

28-30

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

38-40

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

27-30

Hearing Impaired (HI)

28-30

Visually Impaired (VI)

27-29

 Disclaimer: The above cut off is just an analysis based on various factors responsible for affecting the cutoff of an examination. However, the cut off will be released officially by IBPS in due course of time and that will be final and binding on the aspirants, as and when it comes.

The IBPS Specialist Officer Examination results are coming on or before 16th February 2017 and all of you must be waiting for that. In some aspects, specialist officer job is actually better as compared to PO and for people who are eyeing  for banking career only as a stepping stone for something bigger, SO is the a better choice any day, hands down. Wish you all the best for the results and may you achieve what you deserve.

All the best!!

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