IBPS SO Notification | IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2018


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) would conduct the Specialist Officer (SO) exam to recruit specialist officers for various roles. The exam is conducted to fill the posts of IT officers, Rajabhasha Adhikari, Field, Law, Marketing Officers in various public sector banks. The official notification has been released and the IBPS SO Dates has been announced. According to the official IBPS SO notification, the prelims exam is scheduled to take place in the month of  December 2018.  The Mains exam would be held in January 2019. Here would be talking about the information given on the official IBPS SO notification. To apply for IBPS SO, you can click on the following button

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Overview of IBPS SO Notification for 2018

Let us take a quick look at the notification for IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment. We would delve into more details later on.

Name of the Exam IBPS Specialist Officer Exam 2018 – 19
Name of the Conducting authority Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Minimum Eligibility Minimum Undergraduate (Completed)
Type All India Type
Mode Application – Online

Examination – Online

Exam Pattern Preliminary – Objective

Main – Objective and Descriptive

Post Offered
  • Agriculture Field Officer
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer
  • IT Officer Scale I
  • Law Officer
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I
Pay Scale Rs. 23700 – Rs. 51490
Number of Vacancies Approximately 1300

IBPS SO Recruitment 2018 – Important Dates

Let us now take a look at the important dates like the last for IBPS SO application date, the exam date for prelims and mains and things like that.

Event Date
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application November 2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) November 2018
Download of Admit card for Online examination – Prelims December 2018
Dates for Preliminary Exam December 2018
Result of Online exam – Prelims January 2018
Download of Admit Card for Online exam – Main January 2019
Commencement of Mains Exam January 2019
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination February 2019
Download of call letters for interview February 2019
Conduct of interview March 2019

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IBPS SO 2018 Exam Dates

Application Form for IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment

If you are looking to get the job of an IBPS SO IT officer, or any other specialist officer roles, the first step is filling in the application form. Don’t take it lightly. A lot of candidates actually do a lot of mistakes, when they are filling up the online form for IBPS SO Recruitment. So, it is better to stay focus when you are filling out the online application. You need to follow these simple steps to fill up the online application form

  • Log in to the official website www.ibps.in
  • Find apply online link on the official website or you can find IBPS Specialist Officer CRP SPL-VII Exam 2018-19 Apply Online link below.
  • Pay the IBPS Exam Application fee via net banking or debit card, credit card or bank challan.
  • Upload the scanned signed and photograph.
  • Fill all the correct required details carefully and submit the IBPS SO Online Application form.

The application fee is different for each category, the details are given below:

Category Application Fee
General Rs. 600
Reserved Rs. 100

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Eligibility Criteria for IBPS SO Exam 2018

Candidates interested in applying for IBPS SO 2018 – 19 must check the conditions of eligibility mentioned in the IBPS SO notification article as below.

1. Nationality

A candidate must be either one of the following:

• A resident of India
• A subject of Nepal
• Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently
• A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam

2. Education and Age Requirements

The educational requirements according to the IBPS SO notification is as follows:

Serial Number Name of the Post Essential Qualification Age
1. I.T. Officer (Scale I) 1)Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) 4 years graduation degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
4. Law Office (Scale I) A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate for Bar Council Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
6. Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

3. Age Relaxation

The IBPS SO recruitment also details the age relaxation for certain candidates. The details are given below:

Serial Number Category Age Relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
2. Other Backward Class (OBC) 3 years
3. Person with Disability (PWD) 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of Assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 1 year from last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by the way of dismissal/discharge on the account of misconduct/inefficiency/physical disability attributable to military service 5 years
5. Person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.1989 5 years
6. Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

IBPS SO 2018 Vacancies and Job Profile

The following are the posts for which IBPS is recruiting in IBPS SO 2018:

1) IT Officer

2) Agricultural Field Officer

3) Rajbhasha Adhikari

4) Law Officer

5) Personnel Officer

6) Marketing Officer

These posts are vacant in several banks across the country. The following banks would take part in IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment

Andhra Bank Indian Overseas Bank
Bank of Baroda Oriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of India Punjab National Bank
Bank of Maharashtra Punjab & Sind Bank
Bharatiya Mahila Bank Syndicate Bank
Canara Bank UCO Bank
Central Bank of India Union Bank of India
Corporation Bank United Bank of India
Dena Bank Vijaya Bank

IBPS SO 2018 Vacancies, Salary and Job profile

IBPS SO 2018 Selection Procedure

The IBPS SO 2018 selection process is going to be conducted to recruit IBPS Specialist Officer through three phases:

  • Online Preliminary Exam
  • Online Mains Exam
  • Interview Process

A candidate must clear both preliminary and mains exams to progress to the interview round. The candidates selected after the interview round would be given the appointment letter.

IBPS SO Exam Centers 2018

The written exams will be conducted all over the country, the venues are listed below:

State Code State /UT / NCR Exam Centre
11 IBPS SO Exam Center in Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
12 IBPS SO Exam Center in Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
13 IBPS SO Exam Center in Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
14 IBPS SO Exam Center in Assam Guwahati
15 IBPS SO Exam Center in Bihar Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea,
16 IBPS SO Exam Center in Chandigarh Chandigarh
17 IBPS SO Exam Center in Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
18 IBPS SO Exam Center in Dadra & Nagar Haveli Surat, Jamnagar
19 Daman & Diu
20 IBPS SO Exam Center in Delhi Bahadurgarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon
21 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Center in Goa Panaji
22 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Center in Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara
23 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Center in Haryana Ambala, Panchkula
24 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centre in Himachal Pradesh Shimla
25 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Center in Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar
26 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
27 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in Karnataka Bengaluru, Hubli, Mangalore, Dharwad
28 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in Kerala Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
29 Lakshwadweep Kavarrati
30 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in MP Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur
31 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in Maharashtra Aurangabad, Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune
32 Manipur Imphal
33 Meghalaya Shillong
34 Mizoram Aizawl
35 Nagaland Kohima
36 IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Centres in Odisha Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Sambalpur
37 Puducherry Puducherry
38 IBPS SO Exam Centre in Punjab  Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
39 IBPS SO Exam Centre in Rajasthan Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
40  Sikkim Gangtok
41 IBPS SO Exam Centre in Tamil nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli
42 Telangana Hyderabad
43 Tripura Agartala
44 IBPS SO Exam Centre in Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
45 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
46 IBPS SO Exam Centre in West Bengal Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri

IBPS SO Exam Centres

If the IBPS changes any center exam change, it will be notified in this article.

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam 2018 will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview Process. It is mandatory for every applicant to clear all levels of examination to obtain the post of Specialist Officer in various Public Sector Banks participating in IBPS SO recruitment 2018.

Modifications relative to last year in IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment are stated below:

  • The exam will be conducted in three stages: Preliminary, Mains and Interview Process.
  • A candidate must appear for the Prelims first and the selected students after the Preliminary Exam would be eligible to take the Mains Exam.
  • The score of Preliminary Exam shall not be taken into consideration for final allotment. Final selection will be based on the performance in Mains Exam and Interview Process.
  • The Mains Examination will contain questions only from the Professional Knowledge Subjects.

IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment – Preliminary Exam Pattern

The prelims patterns differ based on the post that you are applying to in IBPS PO exam. According to the IBPS SO notification, the preliminary exam pattern for the post of law officer & Rajsabha Adhikari

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. General Awareness and Banking Industry Knowledge 50 50
Total 150 125

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125

IBPS SO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

Like the prelims, the mains exam pattern also differs from post to post. For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer, the mains exam pattern is as follows:

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

Complete IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam 2018 Syllabus

To prepare for IBPS SO 2018 – 2019 exam, it is very important to know the detailed IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus. Candidates must focus on the general sections of reasoning, quants, and English as well as the Professional Knowledge subjects to perform well in the upcoming IBPS SO 2018-19 Exam.

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is the first round of selection in IBPS PO Exam 2018. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam would be eligible to appear for the mains exam. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO 2018 comprises of three major sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language and one additional section namely Professional Knowledge. The syllabus for all of those sections is given below:

Reasoning English Langugae Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
Seating Arrangements Puzzles Inequalities Syllogism Input-Output Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Order and Ranking Alphanumeric Series Distance and Direction Verbal Reasoning Cloze Test Reading Comprehension Spotting Errors Sentence Improvement Sentence Correction Para Jumbles Fill in the Blanks Para/Sentence Completion Number Series Data Interpretation Simplification/ Approximation Quadratic Equation Data Sufficiency Mensuration Average Profit and Loss Ratio and Proportion Work, Time and Energy Time and Distance Probability Relations Simple and Compound Interest Permutation and Combination Current Affairs Banking Awareness GK Updates Currencies Important Places Books and Authors Awards Headquarters Prime Minister Schemes Important Days

Professional Knowledge Syllabus

If you are applying for IBPS IT officer, Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer or HR Personnel Officer, then you should write a test for a professional. The syllabus is different for different posts. The syllabus is given below

IT Officer (Scale-I) Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Law Officer (Scale-I) HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Database Management System
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economies
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes
  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Retail
  • Business Ethics
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Service Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act
  • Human Resource Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Industrial Relations
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

The IBPS SO admit card will be released once the application process is complete. Admit card for Preliminary Exam will be released first followed by the admit card for Mains Exam. The admit card for Mains Exam will be issued to candidates who have qualified the preliminary exam.

IBPS SO 2018 Result

The IBPS SO 2018 results will be released after the completion of each phase of the exam. A cumulative score of the preliminary, mains exam and the interview is considered to prepare the final merit list of selected students. The merit list is prepared in the descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Candidates who make it to the merit list will be given the appointment letter by the Bank chosen by the candidate.

IBPS SO 2018 Cutoff

The IBPS SO Cut Off 2018 will be released after each phase of examination has been conducted. The cut off for the IBPS SO preliminary exam will be released first followed by cut off for mains exam. Candidates can evaluate their selection chances by matching their score with the cut off marks released by the IBPS. The previous year’s cut off range is listed in the table below:

Post General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 74.95 to 55.30 66.80 to 51.90 59.40 to 47.35 62.05 to 35.50 33.70 to 33.70 58.10 to 39.40 NA
IT Officer 76.75 to 61.50 64.05 to 57.75 55.05 to 46.50 65.10 to 53.35 50.50 to 40.60 61.85 to 50.15 65.90 to 60.10
Law Officer 62.85 to 52.95 55.80 to 49.20 71.15 to 44.95 47.50 to 39.55 NA 54.40 to 39.85 43.30 to 36.30
HR/Personnel Officer 73.35 to 60.75 65.10 to 53.50 62.95 to 50.50 56.45 to 46.65 43.40 to 43.40 NA NA
Agriculture Field Officer 69.75 to 41.65 60.95 to 40.90 52.30 to 34.65 53.45 to 30.00 45.60 to 26.50 49.05 to 27.20 60.25 to 25.95
Rajsabha Adhikari 66.50 to 44.15 62.20 to 45.05 51.85 to 43.35 49.80 to 34.20 NA 43.55 to 38.73 69.05 to 69.05

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