IBPS SO 2018


Important Dates

Eligibility Criteria

! Application Fee

! Vacancies

! Changes in IBPS SO 2018

! Exam Pattern

! Application Process

! Syllabus

! Admit Card

! Previous Year Cut Off

! Official Notification

! Video Lectures

IBPS SO 2018


The Institution of Banking Personnel Selection is an autonomous body set up evolve and implement world class process of assessment and selection of personnel for various client organizations. The foundation of the institute is based on the philosophy of Speed, Accuracy and Confidently in all its activities and it  strives to achieve this through a blend of modern technology and academic expertise.

It provides its services to all Public sector banks,SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, few co-operative Banks, LIC & insurance companies. In fact, in other words we can say IBPS conducts examination for all of the above firms.

Over the year, IBPS has gained reputation of being a major “Personnel Selection Test Conducting Agency” of the country. Its strength lies in its capability to develop and construct Multiple Choice Objective Test & Tools used for mass level testing  programmes and its ability to conduct its ability to conduct these exams simultaneously for lakhs & lakhs of candidates in about 200 cities/towns all over India and also in few foreign locations.

If you are wondering about IBPS SO salary, then you should know that after you are selected as an IBPS SO, you will be getting a decent salary in the initial period of your service. The basic pay will be Rs. 30,000 – 38, 000/-. On top of it, Dearness Allowances are also released by the banks on quarterly term based on Consumer Price Index.

This year, 20 banks are participating in the IBPS PO 2017 Exam. They are Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank.

Important Dates

Important Dates for IBPS SO 2018

Event Important Dates
Application Start Dates October 2018 (tentative)
Application End Dates November 2018
Download of Call Letter December 2018
Online Preliminary Exam 29.12.2018 30.12.2018
Prelims Result & Call Letter for Mains January 2019
Online Mains Exam Date 27.01.2019
Mains Result & Call Letter for Interview February 2019
Conduct of Interview February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

Eligibility Criteria


IBPS SO Education Qualification (as on 27th November 2017)

I.T Officer (Scale I)

4-year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Information Technology/ Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunications/Electronics & Communication/Electronics  & Instrumentation


Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/Electronics & Tele Communication/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications


Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/Agri.Marketing & Cooperation/Co-operation & Banking/Agro-Forestry/Forestry/Agricultural Biotechnology/Food Science/Agriculture Business Management/Food Technology/Dairy Technology/Agricultural Engineering.

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Postgraduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level


Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

Law Officer (Scale I)

A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work/Labour Law.

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Limit (As on 01.04.2018)

The candidate’s age should not be below 20 and not more than 30 years as on 01. 04. 2018 which means he/she must not be born before 01.04.1997 and not after 02.04.1988 . Check out the age relaxation for various categories in the table below.

Relaxation Of Upper Age Limit:

Sr. No. Category Age Relaxation
1. SC/ST 5 Years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 Years
3. PWD(GEN) 10 Years
4. PWD (SC/ST) 15 Years
5 PWD(OBC) 13 Years
6 Persons Domiciled in Jammu & 5 Years

! Application Fee


Sr.No. Category Total
100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2. General and OBC 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

! Vacancies


The total no. of IBPS SO Vacancies 2017 is 1,315. Since the IBPS SO exam takes place for various specialist posts, the number of vacancies differ from post to post. The detailed vacancies for various posts are as follows:

  • I.T. Officer - 120
  • Agricultural Field Officer - 875
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari - 30
  • Law Officer - 60
  • HR/Personnel Officer - 35
  • Marketing Officer - 195

! Changes in IBPS SO 2018

Changes in IBPS SO 2018

From 2017 onwards stage 2 i.e mains stage has been added. This signifies the competitiveness of the exam. However, this isn’t the only change in IBPS specialist officer exam pattern. A couple of more changes have been introduced which have been mentioned below –

1st Change Mains Stage added to the overall recruitment process
2nd Change Mains Stage will comprise of professional knowledge
3rd Change Professional knowledge only testing criteria for mains
4th Change Marks of prelims will not be added to mains
5th Change Different duration in mains for different subjects
6th Change  Prelims for 200 marks (as contrast to other IBPS exams)

! Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern:

The IBPS SO selection takes place in 3 stages - Prelims, Mains & Interview. The Preliminary exam is just a qualifying exam and the marks that you score in the Prelims are not counted towards final merit list preparation.

Once you clear the Prelims stage, you qualify for the Mains exam. Thereafter, the selected candidates will be called for the Interview. Your final selection depends upon your collective performance in Mains Exam & Interview.

Read the table given below to know about the IBPS SO Selection Process & Exam Pattern in detail.

Online (Objective Type) Exam for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I officer

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 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 Mains Exam Pattern

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

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

! Application Process

How to apply for IBPS SO 2018

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in and click on the Home Page to open the link “CWE Specialist Officers” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- Specialist Officers (CRP-SPL-VII)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates should have valid email ID and mobile no.which should be kept active till the declaration of results. It will help him/her in getting call letter/advices etc. by email/SMS.
  • Submit the Application Form.
  • The payment can be made by using debit card/credit card/Internet Banking by providing information as asked on the screen. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidates.
  • On successful completion of the transaction, e-receipt and application form with fee details will be generated; which may be printed for record.
  • Take out the Print Out of the Application Form for future reference.

! Syllabus

Syllabus For IBPS SO Prelims 2018

Given below is a list of all topics and subjects, from which the questions will be asked. You can prepare and plan for the exams by knowing the topics you have to cover.

Quantitative Aptitude English Language Reasoning Ability General Awareness

- Simplification

- Average

- Percentage & Ratio Proportion

- Data Interpretation

- Mensuration & Geometry

- Quadratic Equations

- Interest

- Linear Equations

- Profit & Loss

- Number Series

- Speed, Time & Distance

- Time & Work

- Number Systems

- Data Sufficiency

- Permutation & Combination

- Probability

- Mixtures & Alligations

- Reading Comprehension

- Error Spotting

- Phrase Replacement

- Fill in the Blanks

- Cloze Test

- Para Jumbles

- Verbal Reasoning

- Syllogisms

- Circular Seating Arrangements

- Linear Seating Arrangements

- Double Lineup

- Scheduling

- Input Output

- Blood Relations

- Directions & Distances

- Ordering & Ranking

- Data Sufficiency

- Coding & Decoding

- Coded Inequalities

- Analytical Decision Making

- Financial Awareness

- Current Affairs

- General Knowledge

! Admit Card

Admit Card for For IBPS SO 2018

IBPS SO preliminary examination is scheduled to be held tentatively in the month of December 2018.According to the notification examination call letter can be downloaded tentatively from September , 2018.The IBPS SO mains exam will be tentatively held on 27th January 2019.

The Centre, venue address, date and time for both Preliminary and Main examinations and interview shall be intimated in the respective Call Letter. An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorised IBPS website www.ibps.in by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.

How to Download Admit Card

  • Go to http://www.ibps.in/ and click on careers section.
  • Select download IBPS SO call letter for preliminary examination
  • Then enter your Registration Number/Roll Number and Date of Birth/Password
  • Finally click on the submit button, your IBPS SO admit card 2018 will generated and take a print.
  • The IBPS SO admit card is issued and available 10 days prior to the examination. It will be available in the official website of the bank. Candidates are required to download the admit card and get a printed copy of the same.

! Previous Year Cut Off


This exam will be conducted in the month of July. IBPS officially releases separate sectional and overall Cut off marks for each phase of Specialist Officer selection process. Candidates need to score marks equal to or greater than those cut off marks in each phase to get selected for the subsequent stages of the IBPS SO recruitment process. IBPS releases Cut off marks along with the IBPS SO Result  of each stage of SO selection process viz, prelims, Mains, Interview.
IBPS SO Prelims and Mains objective Cut off Marks are different for each section (ie., Cutoff marks for English, Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness). These cutoff marks may vary according to categories like General, OBC, SC, ST, PWD.  Here we are providing you the Previous Year Cut-Offs. This list will help you in having the rough idea about cut off of the upcoming exam.


Post Category
I.T Officer (Scale I ) 41.00 32.27 46.73 50.93 47.00 38.67 NA 31.33
18/04/94 14/05/93 16/11/94 02/12/94 29/08/86 8/12/94 25/09/92
Agricultural Field Officer 41.40 38.53 46.07 46.87 29.00 44.00 37.33 25.33
21/04/89 11/11/91 03/03/88 21/05/94 12/05/88 23/10/92 22/04/92 04/04/94
Rajbhasha Adhikari 38.67 NA 43.07 45.53 NA NA 43.73 NA
15/09/84 06/12/87 04/12/87 12/09/89
Law Officer 47.67 46.00 52.93 59.00 NA 53.93 NA 45.67
03/05/89 24/0387 18/12/91 28/05/88 29/03/90 13/08/91
HR/Personnel Officer 50.00 47.67 59.33 63.07 NA 48.40 NA NA
28/05/90 14/10/93 09/12/92 17/02/89 13/10/91
Marketing Officer 63.33 55.67 67.00 70.53 NA 60.33 NA NA

! Official Notification


For more details download official notification of IBPS SO 2018

Official Notification

! Video Lectures