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.

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

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