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26th October 2018

IBPS SO Notification 2018

A Common Written Examination (CWE) is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Specialist Officers. The specialist officers are from different fields: Law, Marketing, Finance, HR, Agriculture Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, and Information Technology. The Institute Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the official notification for the recruitment of IBPS Specialist Officer 2018. A total number of 1590+ vacancies have been mentioned by IBPS in its IBPS Specialist Officer notification 2018.

Click Here to download the official notification

About Exam

Institute of Personnel Banking Selection conducts CWE Specialist Exam every year for filling up I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer vacancies into the various participating banks.


Exam Dates/Notifications

Events Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 06.11.2018- 26.11.2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 06.11.2018- 26.11.2018
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2018
Online Examination – Preliminary 29.12.2018 and 30.12.2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary January 2019
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main January 2019
Online Examination – Main 27.01.2019
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination February 2019
Download of call letters for interview February 2019
Conduct of interview February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

Application Process

Candidates can apply online only from 06.11.2018 to 26.11.2018 and no other mode of application will be accepted.

Application Fees/ Intimation Charges [Payable from 06.11.2018 to 26.11.2018 (only Online payment, both dates
inclusive) shall be as follows
- Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
- Rs. 600 /- for all others

Procedure for applying online
(1) Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website and click on the Home Page to open the link “CRP Specialist Officers” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP Specialist
Officers (CRP-SPL-VIII)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
(2) Candidates will have to click on “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form. After that a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration and password and edit the particulars, if needed.
(3) Candidates are required to upload their
- Photograph
- Signature
- Left Thumb Impression
- A hand written declaration
as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of documents.
(4) Candidates are advised to carefully fill in the online application themselves as no change in any of the data filled in the online application will be possible/ entertained. Prior to submission of the online application candidates are advised to use the “SAVE AND NEXT” facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. No change is permitted after clicking on FINAL SUBMIT Button. Visually Impaired candidates are responsible for carefully verifying/ getting the details filled in, in the online application form properly verified and ensuring that the same are correct prior to submission as no change is possible after submission.

Note: Your Online Application will not be registered unless you upload your Photograph, signature, left thumb impression and hand written declaration as specified.


A total number of 1590+ vacancies have been mentioned by IBPS in its IBPS Specialist Officer notification 2018.

Selection Process

  • This year, IBPS SO 2018 Exam will be a 3 phase process: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process.
  • The preliminary exam will be a qualifying phase for the mains and candidates will have to clear the cut-offs of prelims to be allowed to appear for Mains exam.
  • The preliminary exam of IBPS SO will consist of questions from English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude/General Awareness based on their choice of post.
  • IBPS SO 2018 mains exam will test the candidates on their professional knowledge

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality / Citizenship:
A candidate must be either -
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or

Age Limit

Age (As on 01.11.2018)

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 30 years

i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1988 and not later than 01.11.1998 (both dates inclusive)

Educational Qualification

A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1987 and not later than 01.11.1997 (both dates inclusive). Also, IBPS has fixed different educational criteria for different IBPS Specialist Officer posts.

  • 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
  • For H.R. 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.
  • For I.T. Officer (Scale-I) : 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation

    OR Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

  • Agriculture 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.

  • For Law Officer (Scale-I): A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.


Once you are familiar with the exam pattern for IBPS SO Prelims, move to our next section of the article viz. IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus 2017.  

Since there is a predefined time slot for each section, you need to be well informed regarding all the topics specific to each section of IBPS SO Prelims 2017. We have mentioned the entire IBPS SO Prelims syllabus 2017. Scroll down to read more

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus for Prelims

The Preliminary stage of IBPS SO Prelims consists of three sections viz.English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude/General Awareness. Have a look at the syllabus for each of the topic

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement, and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

General Awareness

  • 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

Exam Pattern

Below mentioned is the exam pattern for the post of law officer & Rajsabha Adhikari and other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I

For the post of law officer & Rajsabha Adhikari

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
English Language 50 25
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

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
English Language 50 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125  
  • There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Job Profile

Once you crack SO Exam and Interview, you are recruited as a Specialized Officer. But as a Bank SO, you are designated a particular department. Each department in a Bank has its own set of functions. Your job description as a Bank SO depends on the department you are assigned with. The various departments and duties assigned to a Bank SO in them are as follows:

Bank SO (IT Officer)

A Bank SO in the IT Department holds the key to managing, controlling and optimizing numerous tasks of the banking system. As a Specialist Officer in the IT Department, you could be handling either one of these services.

  • Data Center Maintenance and Support
  • Queries related to ATM
  • Maintenance of Computer Systems in the Bank
  • Software and MIS Maintenance
  • Network Security Maintenance and Query Processing

Bank SO (Marketing Officer)

The job profile of a Bank SO in the marketing department can be quite hectic. The primary responsibility of Marketing Officers is usually around bringing more business to the bank and increase profit. Some of the important tasks assigned to a Specialist Officer in the Marketing Department are as follows.

  • Prepare a cost-effective budget for advertising. In addition to this, they also might be a part of the negotiation team.
  • Manage various marketing channels such as posters, televised commercials, newspaper ads etc. It is also necessary to check and cross-check content shared through these channels.
  • Most importantly, handle certain aspects of Bank PR Department in order to foster a positive image of the Bank in from of customers and possible clients.

Bank SO (HR Officer)

As the name suggests, Specialist Officer in the HR Department will be looking into Human Resource Activities. The set of important tasks and duties of a Bank SO in the HR Department are:

  • Analyse existing HR policies. Suggest changes if need be.
  • Implement new policies fostering a positive attitude among the people working in the Bank.
  • Handle all cases of misconduct which require attention from the HR department.
  • At times, be a part of the Selection and Recruitment Committee.

Bank SO (Law Officer)

A Specialist Officer in the Department of Law handles all the legal work of the Bank. A set of tasks assigned a Bank SO in IT Section are:

  • Look into the current policies and detect errors, if any.
  • Draft legal notice and documents for various processes in a Bank.
  • Provide Legal Assistance in issues related bank frauds, accusations, etc.
  • Safeguard the integrity and reputation of the Bank.

Bank SO (Agricultural Field Officer)

The tasks on a Bank SO as an Agricultural Field Officer can be quite challenging. Here is a brief overview of the various tasks and duties.

  • Provide detailed information to all the customers about various banking processes and schemes.
  • Explain government related schemes and benefits plan to the people.
  • Promote loans of all the people who fulfill the criteria and norms of the bank.

Bank SO (Rajbhasha Adhikari)

Hindi is our National Language. Yet the mainstream industry is dominated by English. Hence, in order to promote Hindi in a Bank, a highly qualified candidate gets assigned to the position of Bank SO Rajbhasha Adhikari. The essentials tasks under the post are.

  • Translate and Proofread all the important documents that are circulated in the Bank. These documents can be internal or outbound. It is the duty of Rajbhasha Adhikari to complete this task efficiently.
  • Organize workshops for training bank personnel in the language that is spoken by most of the customers.
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari officers also have to ensure that the official notifications and directives send between the banking government organizations must be in both Hindi and English Language.

Here we will discuss the salary package given to an IBPS SO.

IBPS SO: Salary Package
The salary structure for the IBPS SO is calculated considering all the perks offered to them. However, an SO under Scale I is provided — Rs 14,500 – 600/7 – 18,700 – 700/2 – 20,100 -800/7 – 25,700/- approximately. So, the cash-in-hand will be around Rs. 24,000-32,000 nearly.

Those under IBPS SO Scale II, the BASIC PAY given is Rs 19,400 700/1- 20,100 – 800/10 – 28,100/ approximately. During appointment, the salary will be Rs. 34,000-40,000 approximately. After completion of the first year, an increment of Rs. 700 will be due on the basic pay. After that the increment on the basic pay is Rs. 800/- for the next 10 years.



Yet to Announce.


IBPS SO Cutoff 2017: Check Here

The Maximum Score, Minimum Score for Provisional Allotment and the minimum score for those kept in the Reserve List are provided below: [su_table]

Post NameCategory
I.T. Officer (Scale-I) 41.00 32.27 46.73 50.93
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I) 41.40 38.53 46.07 46.87
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) 38.67 NA 43.07 45.53
Law Officer (Scale I) 47.67 46.00 52.93 59.00
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I) 50.00 47.67 59.33 63.07
Marketing Officer (Scale I) 63.33 55.67 67.00 70.53


How many posts available under IBPS SO Recruitment? 

Ans: The posts available are:

  • 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)

In what mode will the examination be conducted?

Ans. The Common Written Exam for IBPS SO will be conducted in online mode all over the country.

What is the age criterion to apply in this common written exam?

Ans. In order to apply for the IBPS SO Exam, the candidate must be older than 20 years and must be younger than 30 years. That means the maximum age is 30 years and minimum age is 20 years.

What is the changed pattern for IBPS Exams?

Answer: The IBPS SO Exam Pattern was changed in the year 2017. Before it was conducted through written exam but from 2017, the IBPS started conducting this exam in 3 phases i.e. the Pre and Main Exam (both Online), followed by the interview.

Is there any relaxation provided?

Ans. Yes, depending on the category, relaxation is provided to the candidates appearing for IBPS SO exam.

What is the pattern of IBPS SO exam?

Ans.  The IBPS SO will be held in two phases – 1 is the CWE or the Common Written Exam and 2 is the Interview round. The candidates who clear the CWE exam will be called for personal interviews and it is on the basis of performance in the interview and the CWE the candidate will be recruited by the bank.



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