About IBPS SO 2018

IBPS SO 2018 is held in online mode for the recruitment of Specialist Officers across 20 participating banks. The exam is held in 3 stages – preliminary, mains and interview. Candidates qualifying the prelims exam are shortlisted for appearing in mains exam while qualifying candidates of mains are considered eligible for appearing in the interview. The interview is conducted by the participating organizations (individual banks) and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each state/ UT. IBPS SO exam 2018 is held for recruiting eligible candidates for the posts of I.T. Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) and Marketing Officer (Scale I). 

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English, Hindi
Conducting Body: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam - Duration 2 Hours +1 More

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IBPS SO 2018 Important Dates

07 Nov, 2018 - 27 Nov, 2018 (Tentative) Application - Application | Mode: Online
29 Dec, 2018 - 30 Dec, 2018 IBPS SO Preliminary Exam - Exam - Exam | Mode: Online
27 Jan, 2019 IBPS SO Mains Exam - Exam - Exam | Mode: Online

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2018

The eligibility criteria of IBPS SO 2018 has been divided as per age, citizenship and educational qualification. 

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Citizenship 

  • Candidates need to be citizens of India or Bhutan or Nepal

  • If the candidates are refugees from Tibet, then they have to be migrated to India before January 1, 1962 for permanently settling in India.

  • Candidates with Indian origin, migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Uganda, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia and Vietnam for settling permanently in India are also eligible.

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2018 – Age (As on 01.11.2018)

Candidates must be minimum 20 years and maximum 30 years. In other words, candidates must have been born between November 2, 1988 to January 11, 1998. 

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Educational Qualification

                                                                                                                                                                               

            

Post

        
            

Educational Qualification

        
            

I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

        
a) Passed 4 year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Electronics & Instrumentation/Information Technology/Electronics/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & telecommunications

or

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

or

Graduation with DOEACC ‘B’ level        
            

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale)

        
Graduation (4 year) in Agriculture/Veterinary             Science/Animal Husbandry/Fishery Science/Agri/Pisciculture/Dairy Science           

Marketing & Cooperation/Co-operation & Banking/Agro-Forestry/Forestry/Horticulture/Agricultural     Biotechnology/Agriculture Business Management/Food Science/Food Technology/Dairy Technology/Agricultural Engineering

        
            

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

        
Post graduation in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at graduation level.

or 

Post graduation in Hindi with English as a subject at graduation level.        

            

Law Officer (Scale I)

        
A bachelor degree in Law (LLB) with enrollment with Bar Council as an advocate.        
            

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

        
Graduation and ‘Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree’ or two years full-time diploma in Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/HR/Social Work/HRD/Labour Law.        
            

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

        
Graduation and two-year full-time MMS (Marketing)/MBA (Marketing)/PGDBA/PGPM/PGDBM/PGDM with specialization in Marketing                
                    


Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 600
OBC Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 600
General PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100
OBC PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100
SC PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100
ST PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 100

IBPS SO Application Form 2018

The application form of IBPS SO 2018 will be available in online mode from November 7 to 27, in online mode. Candidates have to complete the following stages in order to complete the application procedure. Check all the stages below. 

Step 1: Registration

Candidates have to register online by clicking on the new registration link. Post registration, provisional registration number, and password will be generated which will also be sent to candidates' registered mobile number and email ID. Now they have to enter their name, email id, date of birth, contact number, category, educational qualification, etc. 

Step 2: Upload Photograph and Signature

The second stage is to upload the scanned photograph and signature of the candidate. Candidates have to click on two separate links for uploading the signature and photograph by clicking on ‘Open/Upload’ button. The photograph and signature must be uploaded as per the prescribed size and format. 

Step 3: Fill Basic Details of IBPS SO Application Form 2018

Enter details related to educational qualification, address, etc. at this stage. Candidates can also save the application form of IBPS SO 2018 at this stage. Use save and next option to verify the filled in details in the application form and change them if required. Do not opt for final submission of the form in case you are not sure about the details filled. 

Step 4: Preview of IBPS SO Application Form 2018

After filling the application form, candidates can verify all their entered details and then make changes accordingly, if required. 

Stage 5: Fee Payment 

The next stage in the application form of IBPS SO 2018 is fee payment. General category candidates have to pay Rs. 600, while SC/ST/PwD candidates have to pay Rs. 100 as application fee. The fee payment of IBPS SO 2018 can be done using credit card, debit card, IMPS, Internet, Cash Card/Mobile Wallets.

Stage 6: Printout of IBPS SO Application Form 2018

Post the submission of the application and payment of application fee, candidates must take the print of the IBPS SO Application Form 2018 and the e-receipt of the online fee payment. 

IBPS SO E-books and Sample Papers

IBPS SO 2018 Preparation Tips

IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2018

  •    Be familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern. 

  •    Divide the syllabus as per the time left for the exam.

  •    Get the best books to prepare and decide daily target for study. Meet the daily and monthly targets.

  •    Take lot of mock tests and practise ample sample papers and previous years question papers of IBPS SO. 

  •    Make short notes while preparing. Use these short notes during revision.

  •    Keep some days for revision. Make use of these short notes to revise the entire syllabus again.

  •    Do not take any new topic or chapter during the last lap of the preparation.

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam

IBPS SO exam pattern 2018 for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Prelims)

The prelims exam for these 2 posts will have 3 sections – English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry.  Reasoning and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry will have 50 questions each for 50 marks, while English will have 50 questions for 25 marks. This means that in English candidates will be given ½ or .50 marks per correct answer, but in the other two sections, each correct answer will fetch 1 mark. However, there is a negative marking too. For each incorrect answer in all the sections, .25 or -1/4th marks will be deducted. The exam will be held in online mode for 2 hours. Except for English, both the other 2 sections will be held in English and Hindi medium. 

IBPS SO exam pattern 2018 for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer (Prelims)

IBPS SO 2018 prelims exam pattern for the posts of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer will also have 3 sections, however, unlike General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry section for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari, here it’s Quantitative Aptitude. Rest of the 2 sections English and Reasoning are the same as that of the paper for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari. The marking scheme for these posts is also same – 1 mark for each correct answer in Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude, and .50 marks for each correct answer in the English language. The paper for these posts too will be held for 2 hours. There will be a total 150 questions for 125 marks in this paper which will be held in online mode. Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude will be held in both English and Hindi medium. Each incorrect answer will fetch negative marking of .25 or 1/4th of the allotted marks. 

IBPS SO Mains Exam

IBPS SO exam pattern 2018 for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer (Mains)

The mains exam of IBPS SO 2018 for these posts will have one professional knowledge paper of 60 marks wherein candidates have to answer 60 objective type questions. The paper has to be done in 45 minutes and will be available in Hindi as well as in English medium. 

IBPS SO exam pattern 2018 for Rajbhasha Adhikari (Mains)

Candidates applying for the posts of IBPS SO 2018 Rajbhasha Adhikari have to take one professional knowledge objective test which will have 45 questions and one professional knowledge which will have 2 questions. Candidates will be allotted marks out of total 60 for both the objective and descriptive test taken together. Candidates will be given 30 minutes each to complete both objective and descriptive test. 

IBPS SO Admit Card 2018 

IBPS SO admit card 2018 for preliminary exam will be available in December 2018. Candidates can download the admit card by entering their registration number and date of birth in the login panel. Candidates must download the admit card and take more than one printouts. IBPS SO admit card 2018 for mains exam will be available in online mode in January 2019. 

Details on IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card: 

  •    Roll number

  •    Name and address of the candidate

  •    Registration number

  •    Venue code

  •    Date and day of examination

  •    Time of examination

  •    Venue of examination

  •    Candidate's passport size photograph

  •    Space to paste passport size photograph

  •    Space for candidate's signature

  •    Space for candidate's left thumb impression

  •    Space for invigilator’s signature

  •    Exam Instructions

Documents to be carried to the exam centre along with IBPS SO Admit Card 2018

  •    Passport

  •    Aadhar Card

  •    Driving license

  •    Voter ID

  •    PAN Card

  •    Bank Passbook

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Centers

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam, 2018

State City
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala
Chittoor
Guntur
Kakinada
Kurnool
Nellore
Ongole
Puttur
Rajahmundry
Srikakulam
Tirupati
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Kokrajhar
Silchar
Tezpur
Bihar Arrah
Aurangabad
Bhagalpur
Bihar Sharif
Darbhanga
Gaya
Hazipur
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Purnea
Samastipur
Siwan
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Bilaspur
Raipur
Gujarat Surat
Jamnagar
Ahmedabad
Anand
Gandhinagar
Himatnagar
Mehsana
Rajkot
Vadodara
Haryana Bahadurgarh
Faridabad
Gurgaon
Ambala
Hisar
Karnal
Kurukshetra
Palwal
Panipat
Sonipat
Yamuna Nagar
Delhi Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
Greater Noida
Agra
Aligarh
Allahabad
Bareilly
Bulandshahar
Gorakhpur
Jhansi
Kanpur
Lucknow
Mathura
Meerut
Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar
Unnao
Varanasi
Himachal Pradesh Baddi
Bilaspur
Dharamshala
Hamirpur
Kangra
Kullu
Mandi
Shimla
Sirmour
Solan
Una
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Kathua
Srinagar
Samba
Jharkhand Bokaro
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
Karnataka Belgaum
Bengaluru
Bidar
Gulbarga
Hubli
Mangalore
Mysore
Shimoga
Udupi
Kerala Alappuzha
Kannur
Kochi
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Malappuram
Palakkad
Thiruvananthapuram
Thrissur
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Sagar
Satna
Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati
Aurangabad
Chandrapur
Dhule
Jalgaon
Kolhapur
Latur
Mumbai
Navi Mumbai
Pune
Thane
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Ratnagiri
Sangli
Satara
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Ri Bhoi
Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Angul
Balasore
Bargarh
Baripada
Berhampur
Bhubaneshwar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Jharsuguda
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Bathinda
Fatehgarh Sahib
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Mohali
Pathankot
Patiala
Phagwara
Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer
Alwar
Bhilwara
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Sikar
Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Dindigul
Krishnagiri
Madurai
Nagercoil
Namakkal
Perambalur
Salem
Thanjavur
Tiruchirappalli
Thoothukudi
Tirunelveli
Vellore
Telangana Hyderabad
Karimnagar
Khammam
Warangal
Tripura Agartala
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Haldwani
Haridwar
Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol
Bardhaman
Berhampore
Durgapur
Hooghly
Howrah
Kalyani
Kolkata
Siliguri

IBPS SO Mains Exam, 2018

State City
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Bihar Purnea
Patna
Assam Guwahati
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Gujarat Surat
Ahmedabad
Haryana Faridabad
Gurgaon
Hisar
Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
Greater Noida
Allahabad
Lucknow
Meerut
Goa Panaji
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Solan
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Srinagar
Jharkhand Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru
Hubli
Kerala Kochi
Thiruvananthapuram
Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Aurangabad
Mumbai
Thane
Navi Mumbai
Nagpur
Pune
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Mohali
Rajasthan Jaipur
Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Madurai
Tirunelveli
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Siliguri
Delhi Delhi
Chandigarh Chandigarh

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Voter’s Card
  • Bank Passbook with photograph
  • Photo identity proof issued by a Gazzetted Officer/People’s Representative along with a photograph
  • Identity Card issued by a recognised college/university
  • Aadhar card with a photograph
  • Employee ID

IBPS SO Result 2018

IBPS SO result 2018 will be declared in online mode separately as per the different stages of the examination. IBPS SO 2018 result would be announced for prelims, mains and interview. In order to check the result of IBPS SO, candidates have to enter their registration number/roll number and password/date of birth. IBPS SO result 2018 will be declared separately as per the different posts - IT, Agriculture, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law, HR/Personnel and Marketing Officers. Along with the result of IBPS SO 2018, the scorecard will also be released. As per the number of vacancies, the exam authority will decide separate qualifying marks as per the different posts. Further, a merit list for IBPS SO 2018 is prepared for all the qualified candidates. Based on the ranks and preferences of the candidates will be recruited as Specialist Officer in participating banks.

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam

IBPS SO Result 2018 – Prelims 

IBPS SO result 2018 for prelims exam would be announced in January 2019, in online mode. Candidates have to check their result by entering their registration number/roll number and password/date of birth. Candidates have to secure the minimum qualifying marks, sectional as well as the overall cut off of prelims. Candidates will be considered eligible for appearing in the subsequent stage of the exam – Mains, only if they qualify in the prelims exam. 

How to check IBPS SO 2018 result?

  •    Click on the result link

  •    Enter your registration number/roll number and date of     birth/password

  •    Click on submit button and the result of prelims will be on display

IBPS SO Mains Exam

IBPS SO Result 2018 – Mains 

The result of IBPS SO 2018 mains exam will be declared in online mode, in February 2019. Candidates can check the result for mains exam by entering the required details -  registration number/roll number and date of birth/password. The result of IBPS SO mains exam would be declared only for those candidates who would have taken the mains test by securing the minimum qualifying marks, sectional and overall cut off of IBPS SO 2018. The mains exam is held to test the professional knowledge of the candidates. 

Steps to check IBPS SO Main Result 2018

  •    Candidates have to click on the result link

  •    Enter IBPS SO 2018 registration number/roll number and date of     birth/password

  •    Click on submit button and see your result

IBPS SO Cut off 2018

The cut off of IBPS SO 2018 will be released along with the result of the different stages of the exam – prelims, mains and interview. IBPS SO cut off marks would include the post-wise, section-wise and category-wise qualifying marks for prelims and mains. After candidates qualify the mains exam, they have to appear in the interview. Post the interview conduction, the marks of the candidates in mains and interview are normalized to 100. Thus, the allotment of the posts happen as per the normalized scores of the candidates and their preference. The combined final score is arrived at by giving 80% weightage to the marks of mains exam and 20% weightage to interview marks.

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam

IBPS SO Cut off 2018 – Prelims 

Candidates appeared in prelims exam and secured the post-wise, category-wise and section-wise cut off of IBPS SO 2018 prelims exam would be considered qualified for taking the mains exam. IBPS SO cut off is the minimum marks candidates must secure in order to take the subsequent stage of the recruitment procedure. 

IBPS SO Mains Exam

IBPS SO Cut off 2018 – Mains 

The mains cut off of IBPS SO 2018 would be released by the examination authority alongside the result of the exam in February 2019. IBPS SO mains cut off is the minimum marks out of 60 which candidates have to secure as per their category, for each section and as per the post they have applied for, in order to be considered for appearing in the interview. Post the mains exam, if candidates qualify in this, the exam authority will also release another cut off which is applied for shortlisting candidates for appearing in the interview. IBPS will also release cut off score for provisional allotment and reserve list. 

IBPS SO 2018 Selection Process

IBPS SO Selection Procedure 2018

The selection procedure of IBPS SO 2018 includes preliminary exam, mains exam and interview. Candidates who qualify in prelims exam, would be eligible to sit for the mains exam, while candidates qualifying in the mains exam would be considered for appearing in the interview. 

The interview will be conducted by the respective participating banks and coordinated by the Nodal Banks of each State/UT with the help of IBPS. The exam authority will inform the shortlisted candidates about the interview centre, address, time, day and other details shortlisted candidates via their call letter. Candidates are allotted marks in the interview out of 100. General category candidates have to score 40% marks in the interview, while SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates have to secure 35% marks (which is the minimum cut off score for qualifying in the interview). 

The mains online exam and interview will be given a weightage (ratio) of 80:20 respectively. The combined final score will be calculated on the basis of total scores secured by the candidates in mains and interview. Candidates must qualify in mains as well as in the interview with sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment. 

IBPS SO 2018 GD and PI Process

Interview Process

After candidates qualify the mains exam, further they have to to appear in the interview. The interview will be held by the respective participating banks and coordinated by the Nodal Banks of each State/UT with the help of IBPS. Marks are allotted in the interview out of 100. General category candidates have to secure at least 40% marks, while reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC/PWD) candidates must score minimum 35% marks to qualify in the interview. The mains examination and interview will be given weightage in the ratio 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of the candidates will be arrived at based on their total scores in mains exam and interview. It's mandatory for candidates to qualify in mains and the interview with high scores so as to be shortlisted for provisional allotment.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Printout of the valid Interview Call Letter
  • Printout of the online application form of IBPS SO 2018
  • Date of Birth Proof (Birth Certificate issued by the Competent Municipal Authorities or SSLC/ Std. X Certificate with DOB)
  • A valid photo ID proof prescribed by the exam authority
  • Marksheets & certificates for educational qualifications
  • Caste Certificate issued by the competent authority (for claiming reservation)
  • Disability certificate in the prescribed format (if applicable)
  • Copy of the Service or Discharge book alongwith pension payment order (for ex-servicemen)
  • No Objection Certificate from the employer (for candidates serving in Government/quasi govt offices/Public Sector Undertakings)
  • Domicile certificate (for age relaxation)
  • Certificate of eligibility (if applicable)
  • Certificate from district magistrate (For rehabilitation Package for 1984 Riot Affected Persons)

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