IBPS SO 2018 Recruitment Notification, Dates & Syllabus

IBPS conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre  - IBPS SO for various posts once a year.  This is a bright opportunity for candidates having a technical or specialized degree in the fields of Information Technology, Agriculture, Law, HR, and Marketing to start a promising career in government banking sector. IBPS also conducts another recruitment process for all graduates for the posts of Probationary Officer and Clerk or Office Assistant.

The common recruitment process for the post of Specialist Officers in Banks is conducted for the following posts:
  • 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 SO 2018 Notification

IBPS has released the official notification for IBPS SO 2018 exam. The total number of vacancies is more than 1590. Also, there is a change in pattern for the preliminary examination i.e. introduction of sectional timings for prelims for the first time.


Click Here to Download IBPS SO 2018-19 Official Notification

Click Here to Apply Online for IBPS SO 2018-19


IBPS SO 2018 Exam Dates

As per the IBPS Calendar for 2018-19, here is the complete schedule of all the important events: 


Activity IBPS SO Dates 2018-19
Online 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
Commencement of Preliminary Exam 29th and 30th December 2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary January 2019
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main January 2019
Commencement of Mains Exam 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

IBPS SO 2018-19 Vacancies

The total number of vacancies for the post of Specialist Officers, as notified by IBPS, is more than 1590. The bifurcation of the vacancies under different posts is as follows:
  • IT Officer-219
  • Agriculture Officer-853
  • Rajbhasgha-69
  • Law-75
  • HR Personnel-81
  • Marketing-302

IBPS SO Exam Centres

The examination will be held at the various centres across the country and the address of the venue will be advised in the call letters.

Note: IBPS, however, reserves the right to cancel any of the Examination Centres and/ or add some other Centres, at its discretion, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc. IBPS also reserves the right to allot the candidate to any centre other than the one he/she has opted for.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:


No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125


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



Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination. 


Mains Exam

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


Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 Professional Knowledge 60 60 English and Hindi 45 minutes

For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English and Hindi 30 minutes
2 Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 English and Hindi 30 minutes


IBPS SO Syllabus 2018-19


IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

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)


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)


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)

IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus

The syllabus of Professional Knowledge is field specific for each post.

Marketing Officer Syllabus

Marketing Overview and Marketing Process and Marketing Planning; Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing; Functions, and Importance of Marketing Management; Consumer/ Buyer Behavior; Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation; Marketing Research; Product Planning and Development Sales Promotion and its Objectives; Branding, Packaging, and Labeling; Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services Marketing; Bank and Insurance Marketing; Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights, Consumer Protection Act; Marketing Organization; Marketing Program; Marketing Decision-Making; Sales Forecasting; Product Distribution: Definition, Channels of Distribution; Advertisement; Sales Management; Marketing Environment; Rural Marketing; International Marketing; Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.


Agriculture Field Office

Agriculture current affairs; Crop horticulture vegetables; Spacing time of sowing seed rate; Herbicides Pesticides; Important points regarding plants fruits vegetables; Preservation of fruits and vegetables; Types of cropping system; Different Diseases; Seed technology – Different government schemes; Agriculture economics – Agriculture cost and schemes; Various types of agricultural practices; Soil resources; Indian soil; Green manures; Animal husbandry and technology; Different varieties of animals; Agriculture small industries like honey daily in the fisheries; Various diseases and its causes; Rural welfare activities in India; Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture; Development schemes.

IT Officer





Law Officer


Various Indian Laws and Acts with reading on the banking sector like contract acts; Laws related to partnerships; Laws related to companies; Laws related to firms etc. RBI functions; Relevant laws of negotiable instruments; Foreign Exchange; Securities; How to prevent money laundering; Bankers Book Evidence Act; Offenses and Penalties; Consumer Protection Act; Banking Ombudsman Scheme; RTI Act; DRT Act and Information Technology Act; The Banking Ombudsman Scheme; Procedure for Redressal of Grievance; Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation; Contracts of Guarantee; Contracts of Bailment; Contracts of Pledge; Contracts of Agency; Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale; Definition, Meaning, and Nature of Partnership.


HR/ Personnel Officer

Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Human Resource Information System; Transactional Analysis- Understanding TA- life stages; Recruitment & Selection; Training and Development; Rewards & Recognition; Performance Management & Appraisal; Management of Compensations and Benefits; Mobility of Personnel and Retirement; Business Policy and Strategic Analysis; Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness: Concept of EI, theories; Managing change and organizational effectiveness; Management Process and Organizational Behaviour; Managing Interpersonal and Group Processes; Collective Bargaining and Negotiation process; Conflict Management; Grievance Management; Industrial Relations & Trade Unions; Labour Laws; Discipline : Principles of Natural Justice, Disciplinary Proceedings, Domestic Enquiry; Personnel problems and employee counseling -Labour turnover, absenteeism, alcoholic and drug abuse. Employee health, safety, and welfare.

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Professional Knowledge test for this post is a test of Hindi Language, the syllabus includes Reading Comprehension (related to women empowerment), Grammar, Synonym (पर्यायवाची), Translation and Word Meaning. As it is a test of Hindi language and translation, candidates should be well versed with Hindi Grammar and build their vocabulary.


IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria:

A candidate's age should be minimum 20 years and maximum 30 years as on 01.11.2018.

Educational Background:

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
OR
b) 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

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.
OR
Post graduate 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 *

* In case of dual specialisations, one of the fields of specialisation should be in the field prescribed. In case of major/ minor specialisations, major specialisation should be in the stream prescribed. Candidates having PG Degree (MMS or MBA)/PG Diploma with more than two specialisations are not eligible to apply.

NOTE- For posts other than IT Officer Scale I: Candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/ Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/ College/ Institute.



IBPS SO Online Application 2018


The online application for the recruitment of specialist officer will start from 6th of November and end on 26th of November. 



IBPS SO Result 2018

As per the official notification released by IBPS, it will bring out the results of preliminary and mains examination in January and February 2019 respectively. The final results after the conduct of interview process will be declared in the month of April 2019.

IBPS SO Cut Off 2018

  • Following were the cut off scores for various posts of Specialist Officers  recruitment in 2016 (out of 100):
Posts SC ST OBC UR
Agriculture Field Officer 31.20 29.20 34.80 35.00
Rajsabha Adhikari 52.00 46.60 55.60 52.60
Law Officer 48.00 31.80 51.60 57.40
HR/Personnel Officer 57.20 55.40 57.60 60.60
Marketing Officer 62.40 51.80 65.40 67.20


  • Following were the cut off scores for various posts of Specialist Officers  recruitment in 2017 (out of 100):
POST UR SC ST OBC
IT Officer (Scale-I) 50.93 41.00 32.27 46.73
Agriculture Field Officer 46.87 41.00 38.53 46.07
Rajbhasha Adhikari 45.53 38.67 NA 43.07
Law Officer 59.00 47.67 46.00 52.93
HR/Personnel Officer 63.07 50.00 47.67 59.33
Marketing Officer 70.53 55.67 55.67 67.00