IBPS SO 2018

Preliminary Examination Dates : 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018

Mains Examination Date : 18th November 2018


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IBPS SO Exam 2018

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an organization, which comes up with a large no. of vacancies for different posts in banking field like the one mentioned here is IBPS SO Recruitment 2018 that offers vacancies in Specialist Officer filed. This process of selection is done in a profound way of personnel selection, assessment, and recruitment. Likewise the last year, registered candidates will give exam in this coming January. Here, we have given all the necessary and important details about IBPS SO 2018 Recruitment Vacancy Details, Age limit, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, exam dates, how to fill an application form, application fee, selection process, etc.

IBPS SO Exam Notification

THe notification for IBPS SO 2018 is expected to be released in November 2018, and the IBPS SO Prelims is scheduled to be held in the month of December as per the IBPS calender 2018-2019.IBPS SO (Specialist Officer) is an online exam conducted annually by IBPS, and more than 1.5 Lakhs candidates applied for the same exam every year.IBPS offers a job in various fields IBPS SO IT officer,IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer,Marketing Officer, agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari posts.Check Notification Updates.

IBPS SO Vacancy Details

IBPS will be declaring the vacancy for IBPS SO 2018 exam in its official notification. The notification will be released shortly by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Board. Last year IBPS released a total of 1315 vacancies for the recruitment of Specialist Officers(SO). Only a handful of vacancies are available for this post as the post of SO involves really skilled and specialized officers excelling in their respective domain. The vacancy is expected to be same for the year 2018-19.

Let's have a look at the post wise total number of vacancies for IBPS SO 2017 to get a fair idea of the number of vacancy for the year 2018-19.

IBPS SO Exam Dates

Name of the EventTentative dates
Start of online Registration November 2018
Last date of online Registration November 2018
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Date 29th and 30th December 2018
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 27th January 2019
Declartion of Result February 2019
Conduct of Interview February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

IBPS SO Exam Eligibility Criteria

The IBPS SO eligibility criteria is different for recruiting candidates to different positions for which the candidates are selected through IBPS SO 2018 Exam. There are three parameters (citizenship, age limit and educational qualification) that a candidateneeds to fulfill to be eligible for IBPS SO 2018 Exam.

Educational Qualification:Candidates must have completed Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent.

Language Proficiency:Candidates applying for the posts of Office Assistant in any particular RRB are required to possess proficiency in the local language of the State/ UT in which the RRB is situated to be eligible for interview.

Nationality / Citizenship:-

A candidate must be either -

IBPS SO recruits candidates for various posts like that of I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer etc. The educational qualification is different for all these different posts.

Name of the PostEducational QualificationAge
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
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) nary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry Min – 20 years Max – 30 years
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
Law Office (Scale I) A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council Min – 20 years Max – 30 years
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
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

IBPS SO Age Limit

A candidate is required to be of minimum 20 years to be eligible for IBPS SO exam. The maximum age limit is 30 years. Candidates belonging to reserved categories are given age relaxation by the Government of India. The category wise age relaxation given to candidates for the post of IBPS SO is discussed below:

CategoryRelaxation in age
The people affected in the 1984 riots. 5 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs), Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs) who have worked for not less than 5 years in military and have left on conclusion of project. 5 years
Of the State of Jammu and Kashmir the original habitats of Kashmir Division during the period ranging from 01 January 1980 to 31st December 1989. 5 years
Other backward classes OBC-NCL. 3 years
Physically disabled applicants (PH). 10 years
Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes (SC/ST). 5 years

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

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

New chanages in IBPS SO 2018 Exam are stated below:

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018:

IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Exam Pattern for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I.

S.No.SectionMedium of ExamNumber of questionTotal MarksTotal Duration
1 Reasoning Syllabus Paper Hindi/English 50 50 2 hours
2 Numerical Ability Syllabus Paper Hindi/English 50 50
3 English Language English 50 25
 Total 150125 

 

IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Exam Pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasa Adhikari

S.No.SectionMedium of ExamNumber of questionTotal MarksTotal Duration
1 Reasoning Syllabus Paper Hindi/English 50 50 2 hours
2 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry Hindi/English 50 50
3 English Language English 50 25
 Total 150125 

 

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2018:

S.No.SectionMedium of ExamNumber of questionTotal MarksTotal Duration
1 Profession Knowledge Hindi/English 60 60 45 minutes

 

For the Rajbhasha Adhikari Post

S.No.SectionMedium of ExamNumber of questionTotal MarksTotal Duration
1 Profession Knowledge (Objective) Hindi/English 45 60 30 min
2 Profession Knowledge (Descriptive) Hindi/English 2 30 min

 

There will be a penalty for each wrong answers marked in the Objective type questions.the 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer as the penalty for each wrong answer. If a question is left blank means no answer is marked by the applicants then there will be no penalty for that kind of questions.

IBPS SO Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam will be finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. It is really important for candidates to fare well in the Interview Process as the final selection of a candidate is based on how he/she fares in this final round of the IBPS SO Recruitment Process.

IBPS SO syllabus

Exam Syllabus for IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 includes Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness as the baseline syllabus for all departments along with that every department you have applied for also conducts a professional knowledge exam which includes topic from your professional area. The number of paper conducted will be one consisting of four sections. The duration of the test will be two hours and the language used in the paper will be bilingual i.e. Hindi and English. A Negative marking of 0.25 marks will be provided against each wrong answer. Here we are mentioning both the professional Knowledge syllabus and the common syllabus for all branches.

Let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus of IBPS SO 2018 exam:

Reasoning Ability
Seating Arrangements Puzzles
Inequalities Syllogism Input-Output
Data Sufficiency Order and Ranking Blood Relations
Alphanumeric Series Distance and Direction Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Aptitude
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
Simple and Compound Interest Permutation and Combination  
English Language
Cloze Test Reading Comprehension Spotting Errors
Sentence Improvement Sentence Correction Para Jumbles
Fill in the Blanks Para/Sentence Completion  
General Awareness
Current Affairs Banking Awareness GK Updates
Currencies Important Places Books and Authors
Books and Authorsa Awards Headquarters
Prime Minister Scheme Scheme

Apart from these subjects, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge in his/her area of expertise as well. The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

IT Officer (Scale-I)
  • Database Management System
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Object Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economies
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
  • 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
Law Officer (Scale-I) 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
  • SARFAES
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Industrial Relations
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Performance Management and Appraisal

Mode of Selection

It is two step process which includes an online test of total 125 and 60 marks for paper-I and II, respectively. The candidates who qualify this online exam will have to go through the second level i.e. Interview which comprises of 10 marks. After evaluation, the final result is declared after few months and the Provisional Allotment list will be released for selected candidates with the respective post.

IBPS SO Exam Admit Card

IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2018 will be released in mid of December on the official website. According to the updates, IBPS Specialist Officer Prelims exam is going to be held on 29th and 30th December 2018 and IBPS SO Admit Card 2018 for prelims exam is expected to be released in 2nd week of December 2018 on the official website.

IBPS SO Exam Result

IBPS SO Prelims exam will be conducted via online mode on 29th and 30th December 2018. Candidates who will successfully appear in the prelims examination will be able to check IBPS SO Prelims Result 2018 by using their login details. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is expected to declare IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Result on the official website for the Preliminary exam in January 2019.

IBPS SO Cut Off

The IBPO SO 2018 Cut-Off Marks for the exam will be released with the result declaration or some days before of result declaration. The final cutoff marks will be based on the number of candidates appearing for the examination, the level of the paper, etc. Cut-Off marks are the minimum marks required for the candidate to qualify the examination. After the declaration of Written result Medical examination will be done. The candidates who will pass this examination will be called for document verification process.

Application Form

IBPS SO 2018 Application Form is very simple to fill. The IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Application Form link will be activated to apply online November and it will be closed after 1 month of starting date. Candidates will have to do IBPS SO 2018 Online Registration before the last date otherwise they will not able to fill online application form for their desired post. For the reason that, it is the online process and will be conducted via Online mode, so we have given some simple steps, which will help you while filling the IBPS SO Application Form 2018.

Application Details

Application Fee

Candidates will have to pay IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Application fee via online mode like net banking, debit card, credit card, etc.

IBPS SO Admit Card

IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2018 will be released in mid of December on the official website. According to the updates, IBPS Specialist Officer Prelims exam is going to be held on 29th and 30th December 2018 and IBPS SO Admit Card 2018 for prelims exam is expected to be released in 2nd week of December 2018 on the official website. Candidates will be able to download IBPS SO Admit Card 2018 from the official website by using their credentials.

IBPS SO Result

IBPS SO Prelims exam will be conducted via online mode on 29th and 30th December 2018. Candidates who will successfully appear in the prelims examination will be able to check IBPS SO Prelims Result 2018 by using their login details. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is expected to declare IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Result on the official website for the Preliminary exam in January 2019.

IBPS SO Cut Off

The IBPO SO 2018 Cut-Off Marks for the exam will be released with the result declaration or some days before of result declaration. The final cutoff marks will be based on the number of candidates appearing for the examination, the level of the paper, etc. Cut-Off marks are the minimum marks required for the candidate to qualify the examination. After the declaration of Written result Medical examination will be done. The candidates who will pass this examination will be called for document verification process.

IBPS SO Exam Online Test Series

Candidate who wants to make sure whether their study level is up to date or not can avail this offer. Here, we provide you the Online Test Series for IBPS SO to get preparation of final examination for getting good marks. With the help of IBPS SO 2018 Online Test Series, you will practice more and more same structured paper as the original ones. We will provide you with free IBPS SO Mock Tests and 3 sectional test just to improvise your hold on selective subjects or topics. This Online test series is based on updated IBPS specialist officer syllabus and exam pattern. We have even launched our User-friendly android app which you can download from playstore. This app will give you easy access to all the new updated Mock test. It will also make you aware about the latest pattern and structure of the question paper.

IBPS So Previous Year Paper

We are providing you some IBPS SO Previous Year Papers that will help you to understand the exam pattern and the final IBPS Specialist officer question paper structure and format. It will make you acquainted with the type of questions asked in the examination. To take the advantage of all the Specialist Officer previous question paper, you can log on to our official website.

IBPS SO Exam Preparation Tips

Here, we have tried to provide some important tips that you can follow for the IBBP SO 2018 exam preparation. These tips are important for the preparation which you can consider in order to make your preparation stronger and better. Here are some of the tips:

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