The much-awaited IBPS SO Mains Examination is over and all of you must be now wondering how you have fared and whether it would be enough to sail you through to the next stage of selection process i.e. the interview. Since this is a job for specialist officers, the mains examination was all about finding out how good you are in your area of expertise. Yes, it was only about the professional knowledge paper.
The papers were mainly objective apart from the Rajbhasha Adhikari post which consisted of both descriptive and objective tests.
IBPS SO Mains 2018-19: Exam Pattern
Before going into the details of the exam that was held today, first find out the exam pattern:
For all the posts except the Rajbhasha Adhikari, the paper was of 60 marks with 45 minutes allotted to attempt the same. There were 60 objective questions in the paper. There will be 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer in the objective test.
For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, there were both the objective test and descriptive tests. While the objective test was made of 45 questions the descriptive test had 2 questions. The time was allotted was 30 minutes each for the objective paper and the descriptive paper. The total marks of the paper were 60 in this examination.
How was the IBPS SO 2018-19 Mains Exam?
The IBPS SO Mains Examination was conducted for recruitment in the following posts:
- IT Officer
- Rajbhasha Officer
- Marketing officer
- Legal Officer
- Agriculture Field Officer
- Human Resource / Personnel Officer
For the IT Officer post, the questions were mainly from the following areas:
- Networking: 12-15 questions
- Data Structure: 8-10 questions
- Operating System: 4-5 questions
- Database Management System: 2-3 questions
- Logic Gates: 3-4 questions
- Software Engineering: 2-3 questions
- C Language: 2-3 questions
- Computer Security: 3-4 questions
- Data Communication: 4-5 questions
- Discrete Mathematics: 2-3 questions
The overall level of the paper was MODERATE. The cut-off is expected to be around 23-25 for the General Category candidates whereas for SC/ST, it is expected to be around 18-20.
For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, the questions were mainly from the following areas:
- Error Detection: 5 questions
- Rajbhasha Adhiniyam: 10 questions
- Comprehension Passage: 5 questions
- Cloze Test: 5 questions
- Translation: 15 questions
- Miscellaneous: 5 questions
- Descriptive Test (Translation of passage related to banking / Economy): 2 questions
The level of this paper was MODERATE. The expected cut-off for an interview call is 20-22 for the UR category whereas for SC/ST, it is going to be around 13-15 to get an interview call.
For the Post of Agriculture Field Officer, the questions were mainly from the following areas:
- Diseases related to crops
- The Schemes related to agriculture in India
- Crop loans and its types
- Various cropping seasons in India
- The conditions required for production of various crops
- Soil and its consumption
The level of the examination was Easy to Moderate. The expected cut off for this paper is 22-24 (UR) and 17-19 (SC/ST).
For the post of Law Officer, the questions were mainly asked from the following areas:
- Banking laws
- Recent developments in banking laws
- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
- National Company Law Tribunal
- Debt Recovery Tribunal
- RBI Act 1934
- Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002
The level of the examination was MODERATE. The expected cut off for an interview call may hover around 33-35 (UR) and 25-27 (SC/ST).
For the Post of HR Officer, the questions were mainly from the following areas:
- HR Laws in Banks
- Provident Fund related acts
- Superannuation Benefits
- Maternity Leave
- Review system in banks
- Motivation theory
- Rewards and punishments
- Management principles
- Human Resource Management
The overall level of the paper was Moderate. The cut off expected for the UR category is 31-33 whereas for SC/ST, it is expected to be around 24-26.
For the Post of Marketing Officer, the questions were mainly from the following areas:
- Marketing theory
- Definitions of marketing
- 4 P’s of Marketing
- Branding and Packaging of products
- Research and Development
- Training and Development
- Product Life Cycle and Banking Services
- Various types of banking services
The paper level was DIFFICULT. The expected cut-off for the UR Category will be 33-35 whereas for SC/ST Category, it should be around 26-28.
The IBPS SO Mains Examination is over and all of you must be waiting patiently for the results of the examination. It will determine if you are going to get a shot at the job. The results are expected to be out by 10th February, at the most. So, don’t just hang up your boots since the race is not finished yet. Whatever you have done in the mains examination, you can’t change it by over-thinking about the same. If you are sure about getting around the cut-off marks mentioned above, start for interview since you don’t really want to falter in the last hurdle.
All the Best!!