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IBPS SO 2018 – IBPS has released notification for IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment. IBPS SO 2018 is seventh common selection process therefore termed as IBPS SO VII. Professional qualification (graduation / post graduation) is necessary. Eligible candidates can fill and submit IBPS SO 2018 Application Form from November 7 to 27, 2017. Those who apply can download admit card to appear in online preliminary examination which is scheduled to be held on December 30 and 31, 2017. Provisional allotment will be done after preliminary exam, main exam, interview.

Latest: Application form of IBPS SO 2018 has been released. Go to application form link under quick links.

IBPS SO 2018

Events of IBPS SO Recruitment 2018 include application form submission, admit card download, exam date, result declaration. Dates on which events are taking place are as per following schedule.

Event Date
Commencement of online application form submission 07 Nov 2017
Last date to apply 27 Nov 2017
Availability of admit card for prelims Dec 2017
Conduct of IBPS SO 2018 Prelims 30, 31 Dec 2017
Declaration of prelims result Jan 2018
Availability of admit card for mains Jan 2018
Conduct of IBPS SO 2018 Mains 28 Jan 2018
Declaration of mains result Feb 2018
Availability of interview call letters Feb 2018
Interviews Feb 2018
Provisional allotment Apr 2018

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is looking after conduct of Common Recruitment Process for recruitment of Specialist (CRP SPL-VII). Interview is conducted by participating bank in coordination with nodal bank.

IBPS SO 2018 Vacancy

Participating banks namely – 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 & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, Vijaya Bank – have a total of 1315 vacancies.

S.No. Post Vacancy
1 IT Officer Scale 1  120
2 Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1  875
3 Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 1  30
4 Law Officer Scale 1  60
5 HR / Personnel Officer Scale 1  35
6 Marketing Officer Scale 1  195
Total 1315

IBPS SO 2018 Apply Online

Candidates must apply online only. No other form is accepted for Specialist Officer recruitment. Highlights of process are as follows.

How to apply for IBPS SO 2018?

  • Visit Here you get apply online link (also available on application form page whose link is given above). Click on application form link to reach registration page.
  • Use a valid email ID to register.
  • Once basic details are keyed in and submitted, provisional registration number and password are generated.
  • Use above details to log in to complete IBPS SO 2018 application form.
  • Scan passport photograph and signature to upload to application form of IBPS SO 2018.
  • Application fee is Rs 100 for SC / ST / PWD, whereas, it is Rs 600 for others. Application fee payment is also online.
  • Keep print out of e-receipt and application form after submitting form.

Bank Preference List for IBPS SO 2018

Dear candidates

Now that IBPS SO 2018 apply online link is active, several applicants want to know best preference list of banks. This decision, however, needs to be your own. A few factors that you can keep in mind while filling bank preference order in IBPS SO 2018 Application Form are as follows:

Where is headquarter of bank?

For example, state wise choices can be like this

State candidates Suggested order
Delhi, Punjab, UP, UK, JnK, HP, Haryana ECGC, Punjab National Bank, Bhartiya Mahila Bank, Bank of Baroda, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Allahabad Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Canara Bank
Odisha, WB, Bihar, Jharkhand Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, UCO Bank, United Bank of India, Canara Bank, Union Bank
Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, Chhattisgarh, Goa Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Exim Bank, Corporation Bank

There can be other factors such as growth opportunities, allowances. You must research these at an advanced level before taking a decision.

IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility

Nationality: either of these

  • Indian citizen
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before 01 Jan 1962 with intention of permanently settling in India.
  • PIO migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age: Should be as follows as on 01 Nov 2017

  • Min 20 years (born not later than 01 Nov 1997)
  • Max 30 years (born not earlier than 02 Nov 1987)

Age relaxation

  • SC, ST – 5 years
  • OBC – 3 years
  • PWD – 10 years
  • ExS – 5 years
  • Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 – 5 years
  • Persons affected by 1984 riots – 5 years

Educational Qualification: Depending upon post

IT Officer Scale 1 Either 4 year Engg / Tech Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics and Telecommunications / Electronics and Communication / Electronics and Instrumentation
OR PG Degree in Electronics / Electronics and Tele Communication / Electronics and Communication / Electronics and Instrumentation / Computer Science / Information Technology /  Computer Applications
OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1 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 1 Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level
OR OG degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
Law Officer Scale 1 A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR / Personnel Officer Scale 1 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 1 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

IBPS SO 2018 Books For Preparation

Using a good set of books to prepare for IBPS SO / Officer recruitment is important. A list of highly recommended books is given below.

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IBPS SO 2018 Cut Off

Cut off varies for each post – IT Officer Scale 1, Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1, Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 1, Law Officer Scale 1, HR / Personnel Officer Scale 1, Marketing Officer Scale 1. Cut off for IBPS SO 2018 will be available when result releases. Until then you can check past year cut offs to get an idea.

Minimum score in CWE and interview out of 100.

IT Officer Scale 1 62.6 58 52.6 60.6
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1 35 31.2 29.2 34.8
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 1 52.6 52 46.6 55.6
Law Officer Scale 1 57.4 48 31.8 51.6
HR / Personnel Officer Scale 1 60.6 57.2 55.4 57.6
Marketing Officer Scale 1 67.2 63.4 51.8 65.4

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2018 Prelims Exam Pattern

Exam pattern of preliminary exam for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari are as follows.

Test Questions Marks Medium Duration
English language 50 25 English 2 hours
Reasoning 50 50 English, Hindi
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English, Hindi
Total 150 125

Exam pattern of preliminary exam for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer are as follows.

Test Questions Marks Medium Duration
English language 50 25 English 2 hours
Reasoning 50 50 English, Hindi
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English, Hindi
Total 150 125

There is sectional cut off in prelims.

IBPS SO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

Exam pattern of main exam for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer are as follows.

Test Questions Marks Medium Duration
Professional knowledge 60 60 English, Hindi 45 minutes

Exam pattern of main exam Rajbhasha Adhikari is as follows.

Test Questions Marks Medium Duration
Professional knowledge (objective) 45 60 English, Hindi 30 minutes
Professional knowledge (descriptive) 2 30 minutes

Negative Marking

  • Negative marking in IBPS SO 2018 is applicable for prelims as well as mains. In any objective question, penalty for wrong answer is 0.25 of marks assigned to that question.

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

It is pertinent to look for syllabus to prepare for IBPS SO 2018. To start with you need syllabus of prelims and then mains. However at this point you may note that IBPS only specifies exam pattern officially, syllabus is outlined on basis of past year paper analysis and inputs from subject experts.

Quantitative Ability

  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Data interpretation
  • Mensuration and geometry
  • Quadratic equations
  • Interest
  • Linear equations in one, two or more variables
  • Profit and loss
  • Number series
  • Speed time and distance
  • Time and work
  • Number systems
  • Data sufficiency
  • Permutation and combination
  • Probability
  • Mixtures and alligations

English Language

  • Reading comprehension
  • Error spotting
  • Phrase replacement
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze test
  • Para jumbles

General Awareness

  • Financial awareness
  • Current affairs
  • General knowledge


  • Verbal reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Circular seating arrangement
  • Linear seating arrangement
  • Double lineup
  • Scheduling
  • Input output
  • Blood relations
  • Directions and distances
  • Ordering and ranking
  • Data sufficiency
  • Coding and decoding
  • Coded inequalities
  • Analytical decision making

IBPS SO 2018 Notification

Detailed Advertisement Of IBPS Specialist Officer Exam has been released in the month of October. It contains details including posts, vacancy, dates, eligibility, exam pattern, how to apply, call letter. You can read complete notification here.

IBPS has released the notification to commence the common recruitment process for the Specialist Officers for various posts in the participating organisations. The application process for IBPS SO 2017 will begin from 07 November 2017 and will continue till 27 November 2017. Interested aspirants can apply for IBPS SO 2017 through online mode only. The IBPS conducts entrance exam in two tiers-Preliminary which is qualifying in nature and the Mains exam, by which the candidates will be shortlisted for Interview and also for final merit list. The recruitment is conducted for the posts such as I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer. Candidates can check more details about IBPS SO 2017 from the article below.

IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

The IBPS will issue the admit card for Prelims and Main Exam. The IBPS SO Admit Card can be downloaded by entering the details such as Registration and Password. Candidates must bring the hard copy of the admit cards and a valid id proof at the examination center. The timings and venue of the examination will be printed on the admit card.

IBPS SO 2018 Result

The result for the IBPS SO will be uploaded online at the IBPS website, the candidates who appeared for the entrance exam can check their result by entering the details such as ApplicatioN Number, Password/ Date of Birth, etc. the candidates who will qualify the Prelims will be allowed to appear for Main exam and subsequently the qualifiers of the Main exam will be allowed to appear for the Interview. In case of two or more candidates obtaining equal marks in the entrance exam, their inter-se merit will be determined by considering the age of the candidate.


After the declaration of Mains result, the candidates who will make through the merit list will called for the Interview. The Interview will conducted by the [participating Organizations and it will be of total 100 marks. The selected candidates will be required to report for the Interview as per the schedule printed on the call letter for the Interview. At the time of interview, candidates have to bring along the relevant documents.

To know more, read IBPS SO 2018 notification, click here.

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