The IBPS SO 2018 exam date has been announced. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conduct the recruitment exam for selection of candidates for the different posts such as I.T. Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), Marketing Officer (Scale I). IBPS will conduct the examination in two-tier i.e. Preliminary and Main. Candidates who will qualify in Online Preliminary Examination and shortlisted will have to appear for Online Main Examination and shortlisted candidates of the Main examination will subsequently be called for a Common Interview. To apply for IBPS SO 2018, the aspirants need to register online, upload images, fill in required details, and finally pay the application fee. Those who will successfully register for the exam will be issued admit card and can appear for Preliminary Examination. The Prelims exam is scheduled to be held on December 29 and 30, 2018 and the Main exam will be conducted on January 27, 2019. Candidates can check more details regarding the IBPS So 2018 in the article below.

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IBPS SO 2018

Last year, the exam was conducted for approximately 1,315 Specialist Officers (SO)in various public sector banks and other participating organizations. The vacancies for IBPS SO Recruitment 2018 will only be confirmed once the official notification is released, Candidates can check the exam date and the expected schedule for IBPS SO 2018 in the table below.

Events Date
Application Form will be available from 01st week of Nov 2018
Last date to submit the online application Last week of Nov 2018
Download of call letters for Online examination Preliminary A week or two before the examination
IBPS SO 2018 Prelims exam date 29 and 30 Dec 2018
Declaration of Preliminary Result January 2019
Issuance of Admit Card for Main examination January 2019
IBPS SO 2018 Main exam date 27 Jan 2019
Declaration of Result Of Online Main Examination February 2019
Download of call letters for interview February 2019
Interview shall be conducted by February 2019
Provisional Allotment will be done from April 2019

Participating Organizations

The list of participating organizations for IBPS SO Recruitment 2018 shall be as follows:

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

Eligibility Criteria

Interested aspirants who wish to apply for IBPS SO 2018, must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility conditions as laid down by IBPS. The eligibility criteria to aply for IBPS SO 2018 shall be as given below: Age Limit

  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Maximum: 30 years

What is the minimum Age Relaxation for Reserved Categories?
As per last year’s information, the candidates belonging to unreserved categories shall be given a benefit of Age Relaxation, which is given in the table below.

Category Age relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Classes 3 years
Persons With Disability 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers
(SSCOs) 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 one year from the last date of receipt of
application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment
5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Educational Qualification
The minimum educational qualification required for applying for the desired post is as follows:

Name of the Post Educational Qualifications
I.T. Officer (Scale-I)
    • Should possess a graduation degree in Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR
    • Should possess a Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunication/Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications OR
  • Should be a Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) Should possess a Graduation in the related field.
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • The candidate should possess a Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level OR
  • Should have a Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
Law Officer (Scale I) Should have a graduation degree in the related field and should be enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Should be a Graduate and possess a Two Years Full-time Postgraduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.
Marketing Officer (Scale I) Should be a Graduate and possess a 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 Application Form 2018

The registration process for IBPS So 2018 will be done through online mode only and there shall be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination, wherever applicable. The applicants need to register first, only then they will be able to complete the rest of the application process. After the registration is done, the applicants can proceed to fill in details, upload images and pay the application fee. The application fee shall be payable by online mode.
Application Fees
As per last year’s information, it is expected that the application fee to be paid by the candidate shall be as follows:

Categories Application Fee Charges
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 100
For all other categories Rs. 600

IBPS SO Admit Card 2018

After the application process is over, those who will successfully register for the exam will be issued the admit card. The exam conducting body will release separate admit card for Prelims and Main. The IBPS SO Admit Card will be available for download by online mode. To download the admit card, the candidate need to enter details such as Registration Number, Password, etc. It is important that he candidate should carry the admit card on the day of the examination. Also, along with the IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card, the candidate should bring along a valid Photo ID proof.

Exam Pattern for IBPS SO 2018

The exam pattern for IBPS SO 2018 for Prelims and Main shall be as follows:
Preliminary Exam

  • For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari
Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration of the exam
English Language 50 25 English 02 hours
Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi
General Awareness with Special
Reference to Banking Industry
50 50 English and Hindi
Total 150 125
  • For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration of the exam
English Language 50 25 English 02 hours
Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi
Total 150 125

Main Examination

  • For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English and Hindi 45 minutes
  • For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari
Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English and Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 02 English and Hindi 30 minutes

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for IBPS SO 2018 for Prelims and Main shall be as follows:
IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus

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

IBPS SO Result 2018

Th result for IBPS SO 2018 will be released online at the official website of IBPS. The candidates To check the result, the candidate need to enter details such as Registration Number/ Roll Number, Password etc. First, the result for Premis will be published, The qualifiers of Prelims will then appear for the Main examination. Further, the qualifiers of the Main examination will then be shortlisted for INterview and Document Verification. To qualify each Selection Process, the candidate need to obtain minimum qualifying marks. The candidates who are selected after the interview will be getting provisional allotment in one of the participating organization based on that particular organization’s needs.

IBPS SO Cut-off 2018

Each candidate will have to obtain a minimum score in the test of Online Main examination and also obtain sufficiently high scores to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. The cut off for 2018 is not yet available. However, the candidates can check the previous year cut off to get an idea of the level of the competition for the recruitment.
For 2017
IBPS SO 2018: Application Form, Syllabus, Dates [Complete Notification]

IBPS SO 2018 Interview

Candidates who will be shortlisted in the Main examination for IBPS SO 2018 will be eligible to appear for an Interview. The Interview shall be of a total of 100 marks and will be conducted by the Participating Organisations. The candidates should bring along the relevant documents in proof of Date of Birth, Academic Background, Category, etc at the time of Interview.
Cut off marks for Interview
As per last year’s information, the candidate shall have to obtain the below mentioned cut off marks in order to qualify the Interview Round:

Category Cut off for Interview
SC/ST/OBC/PWD 35%
Unreserved 40%

Provisional Allotment

On completion of the interview process, depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the financial year 2019-20 based on the business needs of the Participating Organisations and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations, on the merit-cum-preference basis. In the event of two or more candidates having obtained the same score, merit order is decided as per date of birth (the candidate senior in age is placed before/ above the candidate junior in age), as per the prevailing practice.

How to Prepare for IBPS SO 2018

The best way to start IBPS SO 2018 preparation is by joining online training classes. IBPS SO exam is conducted in three phases, Prelims, Mains and Interviews. Hence, it is important for you to crack Prelims first. Online coaching classes will help and guide you in your preparation and will make you serious in your preparation. Here are some more pointers given below to help you in your preparation for IBPS SO 2018:

  • Plan your schedule: To prepare plan your strategy and your study hour. How much you need to work on which topics. Find your weak topics in which you are lacking and prepare that more. Take a proper sleep so that this will help you to get rid of your laziness and you feel fresh everyday.
  • Know the complete Exam: The IBPS IT Officer Exam consists of Objective test which has 200 questions with 75 Questions based on what you have studied in your graduation.
  • Reasoning: Most of the questions in the reasoning section focus on choice making based on critical and scientific thinking. It is very important to practice as many questions as you can from reasoning section.
  • English Language: You should focus on improving your Vocabulary and English grammar knowledge. must read Newspapers, articles etc and try to find out the meaning of the words which you don’t know.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Try to work on your calculation speed and get good understanding of various concepts which you have studied from class 8th, 9th and 10th. Solve NCERT Books.

Recommended Books for IBPS SO 2018

This is true to crack any exam you need to refer the top-notch study material and reference books. Given below are a list of books which will help in preparing for different sections of the IBPS SO Exam 2018:
Books for Reasoning:

  1. A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition By: R. S. Aggarwal
  2. The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning By: BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal
  3. A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 1st Edition By: Peeyush Bhardwaj

Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations By R.S.Agarwal
  2. Magical Book on Quicker Maths By M Tyra
  3. Quantitative Aptitude Test By N.K.Singh

Books for English:

  1. Objective English for Competitive Examinations By Hari Mohan Prasad and Uma Rani Sinha
  2. Objective General English By R.S.Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal
  3. Objective English By Edgar Thorpe

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

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