IBPS conducts a common IBPS SO Exam across the country to fill SO vacancies in various banks that participate in this exam. Once you qualify, you are hired as a Specialist Officer in one of the participating banks as per your preference, merit and IBPS SO cut off. Different branches for the exam is being held are IT, HR, Agricultural Field, Rajbhasha, Marketing, and Law. If you are wondering about IBPS SO salary, then you should know that after you are selected as an IBPS SO, you will be getting a decent salary in the initial period of your service.
The basic pay will be Rs. 30,000 – 38, 000/-. On top of it, Dearness Allowances are also released by the banks on quarterly term based on the Consumer Price Index.
In the IBPS SO 2018 Exam, Every year there are 20 banks participating in the recruiting process. These are, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank. On being selected, you will be posted to any one of these banks on the basis of your preference and merit.

Dates to Remember

Events 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 Dec-18
Online Examination – Preliminary 29.12.2018 and 30.12.2018
Result of the Online exam – Preliminary Jan-19
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main Jan-19
Online Examination – Main 27.01.2019
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination Feb-19
Download of call letters for interview Feb-19
Conduct of interview Feb-19
Provisional Allotment Apr-19



As per the Notification, there are 1599 numbers of Vacancies to be filled for these Posts. Check the detailed Vacancies for various Post:-

  • I.T. Officer - 219
  • Agricultural Field Officer - 853
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari - 69
  • Law Officer - 75
  • HR/Personnel Officer - 81
  • Marketing Officer - 302


Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit ( As on 1st November 2018)

Minimum Age:- 20 Years

Maximum Age:- 30 Years

Age Relaxation 

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 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Educational Qualification 

I.T. Officer (Scale-I)


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




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




Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level


Agricultural Field 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/ Sericulture


Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)


Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level




Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.


Law Officer (Scale I)


A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council


HR/Personnel 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.*


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 *

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




(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued

by the Government of India

Exam Pattern & Selection Process

The Selection process of IBPS Specialist Officer (Scale-I) 2018 will Consist of 3 stages. As mentioned below:-
  1. Prelims Exam (CBT)
  2. Mains Exam (CBT)
  3. Interview

Preliminary Examination (CBT)

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 50 25 English 40 Minutes
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 Minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English & Hindi 40 Minutes
Total 150 125   2 Hours


For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Name of Test No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 50 25 English 40 Minutes
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 40 Minutes
Total 150 125   2 Hours

Mains Examination (CBT)

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari


Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 Minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 60 English & Hindi 30 Minutes


For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Name of the Test No of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam  Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 30 Minutes
  • Sectional Timing has been introduced in Prelims.
  • You have to qualify each test viz there is sectional & overall cut off.
  • There will be 0.25 penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.
  • You will have to appear for Prelims first.
  • You will then be selected for the Mains exam on the basis of your performance in the Prelims.
  • The Mains exam will consist of questions only from the Professional Knowledge
  • The Marks that you obtain in the Prelims exams will not be included in the final merit list.
  • The Marks that you obtain in the Mains will only be considered for shortlisting for Interview
  1. Upon clearing the written test, you become eligible for the interview.
  2. The interview is conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the nodal banks with the help of IBPS. The interview is of 100 marks.
  3. The minimum qualifying marks in an interview should not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).



Check the Syllabus as mention below:-

Quantitative Aptitude English Language Reasoning Ability General Awareness
Percentage & Ratio Proportion
Data Interpretation
Mensuration & Geometry
Quadratic Equations
Linear Equations
Profit & Loss
Number Series
Speed, Time & Distance
Time & Work
Number Systems
Data Sufficiency
Permutation & Combination
Mixtures & Alligations
Reading Comprehension
Error Spotting
Phrase Replacement
Fill in the Blanks
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Verbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangements
Linear Seating Arrangements
Double Lineup
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions & Distances
Ordering & Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding & Decoding
Coded Inequalities
Analytical Decision Making
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge


Preparation Tips

Now you have known the syllabus for IBPS SO 2018, you Can start your preparation accordingly. Please check the Following IBPS Exam Preparation so that you can Buckle up to Start your preparation.

Know the IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018
You should know the Latest IBPS SO Mains exam pattern including negative marking scheme. Moreover, you should be aware of the complete IBPS SO syllabus & nature of question paper asked before you start preparing.
Know the Expected & Previous Years IBPS SO Cut Off
You should go through the previous years cutoffs, especially IBPS SO Cut Off 2016 & IBPS question papers. Make sure you analyze the IBPS SO Cut offs closely before Appearing for the exam.
Preparation for all Sections with Equal Importance
You should give equal importance to each & every section such as Quant, Reasoning & English and try to work on the topics which are frequently asked. Also, you need to work on your weak areas and improve them accordingly.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis for 9th December 2018: Exam Review

Notification Type :Notifications

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS is conducting Prelims Exam for IBPS Clerk 2018 today i.e 9th December 2018. Today is the Second Day of IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelims Exam. The exam is scheduled to be Conducted in 4 Shift. Candidates who are appearing in th Prelims Exam for IBS Clerk 2018. You Can check the difficulty level and Good attempts for IBPS Clerk PRelims 2018. Here is the details exam analysis and Question asked for IBPS clerk PRelims 2018. Read the Article carefully and check you Exam Analysis for IBPS clerk Prelims Exam Analysis for 9th December 2018.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2018

Shift 1

Name of tests Difficulty Level Good Attempts
English Language Easy 23-25
Reasoning Ability Easy -Moderate 26-27
Quantitative Aptitude Moderate 24-25
Total Easy- Moderate 73-77

English Language

Reading comprehension (Technology & Education) - 10 Qs
Sentence Joining - 5 Qs
Para Jumbles - 5 Qs
Sentence Rearrangements - 5 Qs
Spelling Error Corrections - 5 Qs

Reasoning Ability

Linear Arrangement - 5 Qs
Coding Decoding - 5 Qs
Pizzles - 5 QS
Circular arrangements - 5 Qs
Syllogism - 5 Qs
Order & Ranking - 3 Qs
Numerical Series - 5 Qs
Mis - 2 Qs

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Series - 5 Qs
Simplification - 10 Qs
Data Interpretation - 5 Qs
Caselet - 5 Qs
Application Sums - 10 Qs

IBPS SO Application Form 2018 | Apply Online for Specialist Officers

Notification Type :Notifications

IBPS SO Application form 2018 – IBPS has activated the online application link to apply online for IBPS Specialist Officer exam 2018-19. Eligible candidates can apply for IBPS SO before 6th Nov 2018