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IBPS SO 2018 - Specialist Officers Notification and Exam Date

About IBPS SO Exam

As the name suggests, you are performing niche tasks and which is why it is known as IBPS SO. IBPS SO is a prestigious post for all candidates who dream of working in the banking sector. There are varieties of specialties when it comes to Specialist Officer. IBPS SO offers a promising career for experienced candidates. We have provided information on notification, eligibility, exam date, selection process, exam pattern, syllabus and application form on this page.

IBPS SO Exam Date 2018

The table below shows IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Date as per the official notification.

Exam Exam Dates
Start Date of Online Registration 6th Nov 2018
Last Date of Online Registration 26th Nov 2018
Prelims exam 29th and 30th December 2018
Mains exam 27th January 2019
Interview February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

IBPS SO Notification 2018

The official IBPS Specialist Officer Notification 2018 has been released on 26th October. The IBPS SO exam will be held in December and January. The exam is conducted to recruit Specialist Officers in participating banks across India. IBPS will select candidates for various posts like IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR Officer and Marketing Officer.

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IBPS SO Application Form:

Direct Link to Apply for IBPS SO 2018

  • Visit the official website of IBPS.
  • Click on the IBPS SO online form 2018.
  • Register yourself for IBPS SO 2018.
  • Enter all personal, academic and work related details.
  • Upload scanned files of photograph, signature, left hand thumb impression and Hand written declaration.
  • Submit the application form.
  • Pay application fee.

Application Fee

Category Application Fees
Gen/UR/ OBC Rs. 600
SC/ST/ PWD Rs. 100

IBPS SO Vacancy

This year IBPS has released more number of vacancies as compared to last year. The Vacancies are shown in the table below:

Post Vacancy
IT Officer Scale 1 219
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1 853
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 1 69
Law Officer Scale 1 75
HR Personnel Officer Scale 1 81
Marketing Officer Scale 1 302
Total 1599

Selection Process

IBPS SO Selection Process comprises of the following

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview Round
Preliminary Examination:

The Preliminary exam will vary according to the post. The pattern of the exam will be different for law officer and Official Language officer or Rajbhasha Adhikari. Sectional timing has been introduced in the prelims stage this year for all posts. The detailed exam pattern is given below.

Exam Pattern

Paper Pattern for IBPS SO Preliminary exam for Law officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Test Name Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 Mins
General Awareness (Banking) 50 50 40 Mins
Total 150 125 120 Mins

IBPS Preliminary Paper Pattern for IT Officer, HR Officer, Agricultural Officer, Marketing Officer.

Test Name Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 mins
Total 150 125 120 mins
Mains Examination

Candidates who clear the IBPS SO Preliminary exam with necessary cut off marks will be eligible to write Mains exam. The mains exam will also be different for Law officer and Official Language Officer.

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern for Official Language Officer /Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Test Name Questions Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 min

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Medium of Exam Duration Maximum Marks
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 English and Hindi 30 minutes 60
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 English and Hindi 30 Minutes

Interview Round Candidates who cleared the Mains exam will qualify for interview.

Syllabus

  1. Reasoning:

    Seating Arrangements Puzzles, Inequalities Syllogism, Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Order and Ranking Alphanumeric Series, Distance and Direction Verbal Reasoning.

  2. English:

    Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Para/Sentence Completion.

  3. Quantitative aptitude;

    Number Series, Data Interpretation, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Average, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion Work, Time and Energy, Time and Distance, Probability, Relations, Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination.

  4. General Awareness:

    Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, GK Updates, Currencies, Important Places Books and Authors, Awards, Headquarters Prime Minister Schemes Important Days

  5. IT Officer (Scale I)

    Database Management System, Data Communication and Networking, Operating System, Software Engineering , Data Structure, Computer Organization and Microprocessor, Object Oriented Programming

  6. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

    Basics of Crop production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation, Agricultural Economies, Agricultural Practices, Soil resources, Animal Husbandry, Agroforestry, Ecology, Government Schemes

  7. Marketing Officer (Scale I) :

    Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, Retail, Business Ethics, Market Segmentation, Market research and forecasting demand, Product Life Cycle, Corporate Social Responsibility ,Service Marketing, Marketing Strategies

  8. Law Officer (Scale I) :

    Banking Regulations, Compliance and Legal Aspects, Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange, Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act, Consumer Protection Act, SARFAES, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act

  9. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) :

    Human Resource Development, Business policy and strategic analysis, Transnational Analysis, Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Rewards and Recognition, Industrial Relations, Business Policy and Strategic Analysis, Grievance and Conflict Management, Performance Management and Appraisal

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