IBPS SO 2019

IBPS SO 2019– IBPS rolls out an online application for the post of ‘Specialist Officers’ Posts on the official website, ibps.in. The IBPS SO Preliminary examination is planned for December 28 and 29, 2019. The  IBPS SO Application Form will be only available online. IBPS has rolled out the application for the Scale 1 posts like I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, and more. For smooth processing of the candidates, the IBPS has designed a two-phase selection process- Common Recruitment Process (CRP) and Common Interview. This article will help you understand more about the recruitment process for IBPS SO 2019.

IBPS SO 2019

To identify the required skill set and knowledge, the IBPs has integrated the Common Recruitment Process (CRP SPL- IX) with two phases. In the first phase, the candidates need to clear IBPS SO Prelims Exam. Candidates that qualify the preliminary exam are called for IBPS SO main exam. CRP is followed by the Common Interview round, where document verification and interview take place. For the final merit list, scores from the interview round and main exam are considered. Here are some important dates for IBPS SO examination:

IBPS SO 2019 Date:
IBPS SO Online Application Form Nov 2019
Payment of application fees/intimation charges Nov 2019
IBPS SO Preliminary Examination Call Letter Dec 2019
Preliminary Examination of IBPS SO 28 and 29 Dec 2019
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Result Jan 2020
IBPS SO Main Examination Call letter Jan 2020
IBPS SO Main Examination 25 Jan 2020
Main Examination Result of IBPS SO Feb 2020
Call Letter for IBPS SO Interview Feb 2020
IBPS SO Interview Feb 2020
Provisional Allotment April 2020

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Pattern

Exam plays a vital part in the IBPS SO Examination. One needs to have a clear understanding of the exam pattern to start the preparation::

Phase 1: Common Recruitment Process (CRP)

Candidates appear for Common Recruitment Process or CRP in two phases. CRP is outlined differently for every position:

Part 1: IBPS SO Preliminary Examination for Various Positions

The preliminary examination of IBPS SO is of 120 minutes. IBPS has allocated 40 minutes to every subject. this 150-question exam bears 125 marks. The exam is conducted online in English / Hindi medium.

a. Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

IBPS SO Prelim Subjects Questions / Marks Time Allotted to Subjects
English Language 50 / 25 40 Minutes
Reasoning 50 / 50 40 Minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference
for Banking Industry
50 / 50 40 Minutes

b. IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

IBPS SO Prelim Subjects Questions / Marks Time Allotted to Subjects
English Language 50 / 25 40 Minutes
Reasoning 50 / 50 40 Minutes
Quantitive Aptitude 50 / 50 40 Minutes

Part 2: IBPS SO Main Examination

Prelim-qualifying candidates appear for the IBPS SO main exam. The 60 marks exam is conducted in English / Hindi medium.

a. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale – 1)

IBPS SO Mains Subjects Questions Time Allotted to Subjects
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 30 Minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 Minutes

b. Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer (Scale – 1)

IBPS SO Mains Subjects Questions / Markes Time Allotted to Subjects
Professional Knowledge 60 / 60 45 Minutes

IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus

Start preparing the right way as the exam dates for IBPS SO are out. Here is an exam-wise list of subjects and syllabus:

Part 1: IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Subjects IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus
English Language – Reading Comprehension
– Vocabulary
– Grammar
– Identification of Errors
– Para Substitution
– Spelling Check
– Para Jumble
– Passages
– Synonyms/ Antonyms
– Sentence completion
– Passage Completion
– Choosing the appropriate word
Reasoning Ability – Alphabet and Numbers
– Series Test and Mathematical Operations
– Syllogism and Analogies / Decision Making
– Classification & Coding/ Decoding
– Blood Relations & Odd One Out
– Number, Ranking, Time Sequence Test0
– Assumptions & course of action
– Assertion and Reason
– Statement and Courses of Action
– Analytical Reasoning
– Cause and Effect
– Directions/Distance sense test
– Input and Output Arrangement
– Seating Arrangements
– Coded Inequalities
– Decision Making
– Statement and conclusion
Quantitative Aptitude – Number system and simplification
– Number series & Problem based on numbers
– Decimal Fraction & simplification
– Ratio and Proportion
– Percentage
– Partnership
– Mensuration (2 dimensions)
– Speed and distance
– Permutation and combination
– Probability
– Data Interpretation and sufficiency
– Simple interest & compound interest
– Time, work and Distance
General Awareness
(Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari)
 – Banking awareness
– Current affairs of past 6 months
– Books & Authors
– Currencies
– Important Places
– Awards
– Sports
– Folk dances
– Rivers
– Cabinet Ministers
– Person in news
– Capitals
– Abbreviations
– Wildlife centuries/National park,
– Important Days
– Headquarters
– Prime Ministers Schemes

Part 2: IBPS SO Main Exam Syllabus

Subjects IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus
HR/Personnel Officer Human Resource Development
Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
Transitional 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
Law Officer Banking Regulations
Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments
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
Marketing Officer Basics of Marketing Management
Brand Management
Business Ethics
Market Segmentation
Market research and forecasting demand
Product Life Cycle
Corporate Social Responsibility
Service Marketing
Marketing Strategies
Agricultural Field Officer Basics of Crop production
Seed Science
Agronomy and Irrigation
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Practices
Soil resources
Animal Husbandry
Government Schemes
IT Officer (Scale-I) Database Management System
Data Communication and Networking
Operating System
Software Engineering
Data Structure
Computer Organization and Microprocessor
Object-Oriented Programming

Books for IBPS SO 2019

Following is the list of books for clearing IBPS SO 2019:

IBPS SO 2019 Books
Reasoning Ability Modern Approach to Verbal and Non –Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal and  Analytical Reasoning (BSC publication) by M K Pandey
Quantitative Aptitude Fast track by Rajesh Verma and Quantitative Aptitude by R S Aggarwal
English Language Objective General English by S P Bakshi and Mirror of Common Error by Ashok Kumar Singh

How to Prepare for IBPS SO 2019 Exam

Strategy to prepare for IBPS SO 2019 Exam is as follows:

  1. Basics need to be clear: Make sure to clear basics before moving on to the advanced topics
  2. Plan out: To cover everything on time, create a time management system
  3. Updates matter: Make sure to develop a habit of reading a newspaper
  4. Practice as much as possible: Appear for as many practice sessions or online mock tests. Attempt last year’s sets.
  5. Create notes: For everything difficult, create notes.
  6. Paln your topics: After clearing the basics, start working on subjects that you find difficult.

IBPS SO Eligibility 2019

Check the eligibility criteria defined by IBPS SO exam:

  1. Nationality/Citizenship

To fill the online application for IBPS SO, one needs to be a citizen of India. Subjects of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibetan Refugees (who arrived in India before 1st January 1962) can also apply. Person of Indian origin that wishes to migrate back to India permanently can also apply.

  1. Age (as on 01.11.2019)

A candidate needs to be between 20-28 years age to appear for IBPS SO exam.

Upper Age Limit Relaxation:

IBPS SO 2019 Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Classes 3 years
Persons With Disabilities 10 years
Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen 5 Years
Domicile from State of Jammu & Kashmir (01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989) 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
  1. Candidates with Benchmark Disability

Under ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’, the candidates with benchmark disability can also apply for IBPS SO recruitment process

  1. Educational Qualifications & Experience

Educational qualification for IBPS SO is different for all posts. A person should possess a degree from a university / institute that is recognized by the government of India.

IBPS SO 2019 Posts Educational Qualifications
I.T. Officer (Scale-I) Computer Science / Computer Applications / Information Technology / Electronics / Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics & Communication / Electronics &
Instrumentation subjects – Engineering / Technology Degree (4 Years)
Electronics / Electronics & Tele Communication / Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation / Computer Science / Information Technology / Computer Applications – Post Graduate Degree
DOEACC ‘B’ level passed graduates
Field Officer
(Scale I)
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 / Sericulture – 4 year Degree (graduation)
(Scale I)
Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation level
Post Graduate in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the graduation level
Law Officer
(Scale I)
Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB)
Advocate with Bar Council (Enrolled)
(Scale I)
Specialization in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / HR / HRD / Social Work / Labour Law – Graduate and Post Graduate Degree (2 years) / Post Graduate Diploma (2 years)
(Scale I)
Specialization in Marketing – Graduate and Full-time MMS (2 years) / MBA (2 years) / PGDBA or PGDBM or PGPM or PGDM (2 years)

IBPS SO Application Form 2019

Following is the process for applying for IBPS SO examination:

Step 1: Register Online

On the official website, scroll down and click on ‘CRP Specialist Officers’. Click on ‘Common Recruitment Process for VIII‘ on the new page. On the next page, click on ‘Click here for New Registration‘. To generate Registration Number and Password, fill up basic details.

Step 2: Upload Signature, Thumb Impression, Photo, and Declaration Impression

Candidates must upload scanned documents (in a pre-defined format) to advance to the main section of the IBPS SO application form.

Step 3: Application Form

Candidates need to fill in educational and personal qualification, experience, and more.

Step 4: Preview

Ensure to check the preview page to make sure every information is correct.

Step 5: Payment

Final submission of the online application is only possible after the submission of fee online.

IBPS SO Fees 2019 Details

Candidates can only apply for IBPS SO online. Same stands true for the application fee submission. IBPS official website offers various options to make payment online. Candidate can pay using a debit card, credit card, internet banking, IMPS, cash cards, or a mobile wallet. Following are the fees details:

Category Application Fees
General/others 600/-

Selection Process for IBPS SO 2019

IBPS SO selection process starts with a candidate attempting and qualifying exams of Common Recruitment Process. Based on the scores from IBPS SO main exam (CRP), the candidate is called for the IBPS SO Common Interview round. The interview round is carried out by Participating Banks in the association with Nodal Banks and IBPS. Final merit list is created on the score obtained in IBPS SO Main examination and Interview. Based on the Final merit list, a participating bank releases a provisional allotment list.

IBPS SO 2019 Salary

In-hand salary for the position of IBPS PO ranges between Rs. 23,700/- to 42,020/-. Salary of a Scale-1 officer also includes allowances. The SO is entitled to a Leased Accommodation, Traveling Allowance, Newspaper Reimbursement, and Medical Aid. the break-up of the salary is as follows:

  • Basic Pay: Rs. 23,700
  • Dearness Allowance (DA): Rs. 7,986 (33.7% of the Basic Pay. Revised quarterly.)
  • House Rent Allowance (HRA): Rs. 1,659 (7-9% of the Basic Pay. Varies according to the area.)
  • Special Allowance: Rs. 1836.75 (7.75% of Basic Pay)
  • City Compensatory Allowance (CCA For Metro Cities): Rs. 600 – 870 (3-4% of Basic Pay)
  • DA on Special Allowance: Rs. 618.98 (33.7% of Special Allowance)

Admit Card of IBPS SO 2019

Admit card of IBPS SO is one of the most important documents. Candidates are requested to download, print, and preserve the same. IBPS rolls out admit cards in 3 phases for IBPS SO. Candidates can only download the admit card online. IBPS will not post a hard copy of the admit card to the candidate’s address. On the day of admit card issuance, IBPS will send auto-generated intimation through an email or msgs.

Result of IBPS SO 2019

IBPS rolls out IBPS SO result in 3 phases for different exam and interview rounds. The admit card of IBPS SO can only be accessed on the official website. Candidates need to check the result and take a print of the same. IBPS result process with issuance of IBPS SO Prelims exam result. Release of Final Merit List is the last mile in the result release marathon by IBPS.

IBPS SO 2019 Cutoff

Cutoff of IBPS SO is defined on the basis of the vacancies and number of candidates appearing for the examination. It also depends on the difficulty levels of the exams conducted in different shifts. Candidates are expected to obtain a minimum or more score in the IBPS SO entrance. Cutoff for IBPS SO is released on the day of result announcement.

IBPS SO Interview 2019

Interview process of IBPS SO is conducted by particiapating banks in association with Nodal Banks and IBPS. Call letters for SO Interview are issued by IBPS a few days before the interview round. Scores of the interview round are considered before IBPS SO Final Merit list. On the day of the interview, a candidate needs to carry important documents for verification. Carry following documents on the day of interview:

  • Copy of the system-generated online application form
  • Interview call letter
  • Mark sheets
  • Graduation degree
  • Caste Certificate
  • Disability Certificate

IBPS SO Exam Centers 2019

Exam centers for the IBPS SO examination are decided on the basis of participating banks. The Exam Centers are as follows:

State Code State /UT / NCR Preliminary Examination Centre Main Examination
11 Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair Port Blair
12 Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam
13 Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun Naharlagun
14 Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur Guwahati, Silchar
15 Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh/Mohali Chandigarh/Mohali
17 Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
18 Dadra & Nagar Haveli Surat, Jamnagar Surat
19 Daman & Diu Surat, Jamnagar Surat
20 Delhi Delhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram Delhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram
21 Goa Panaji Panaji
22 Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Ahmedabad, Vadodra
23 Haryana Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Yamuna Nagar Ambala, Hissar
24 Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una Hamirpur, Shimla
25 Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Samba, Srinagar Jammu, Srinagar
26 Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
27 Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi Bengaluru, Hubli, Mangalore
28 Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrichur Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
29 Lakshadweep Kavarrati Kavaratti
30 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain Bhopal, Indore
31 Maharashtra Amravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Solapur Aurangabad, Mumbai / Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
32 Manipur Imphal Imphal
33 Meghalaya Shillong Shillong
34 Mizoram Aizawl Aizawl
35 Nagaland Kohima Kohima
36 Odisha Balasore, Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur Bhubaneshwar
37 Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
38 Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fategarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
39 Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Jaipur, Udaipur
40 Sikkim Bardang/ Gangtok Bardang/ Gangtok
41 Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Vellore, Virudhunagar Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli
42 Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal Hyderabad
43 Tripura Agartala Agartala
44 Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Banda, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Sitapur, Varanasi Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
45 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee Dehradun
46 West Bengal Asansol, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri Asansol, Greater Kolkata, Kalyani, Siliguri

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