IBPS SO 2018: All You Need To Know

Snigdha updated on : 09 Nov 2017

IBPS SO 2018 examination is conducted for recruitment of specialist officers in the participating banks. Candidates who want to appear for the exam can get all the details like application form, application fee, exam dates, result etc. in the article.

IBPS SO 2018: All You Need To Know

IBSP SO common written exam is conducted every year by IBPS for the recruitment of specialist officers. IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted for recruitment of 1315 specialist officers for the participating banks. Eligible candidates will be selected through a three-stage recruitment process which includes two written exams and a personal interview round. Candidates successfully qualifying in all three rounds will be appointed in different branches of participating banks. Online application process for IBPS SO 2018 started from November 07, 2017, last date of which is November 27, 2017. Candidates can submit their IBPS SO application forms without late fee on or before November 27, 2018. To know more about IBPS SO 2018 including the important dates, eligibility criteria, application process, exam dates, result etc. read the complete article below.

Applicants who get through IBPS SO examination will be recruited for one of the following posts –

  • Rajbhasha Adhikari
  • Marketing Officer
  • IT Officer
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  • Law Officer
  • HR/Personnel Officer

IBPS SO 2018 - What's New?

There are some changes IBPS has announced in IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern. As per the previous exam pattern, IBPS SO recruitment process had two stages: written exam and personal interview. But as per the new pattern, the exam will have three stages: prelims exam, mains exam and personal interview. Candidates qualifying prelims will be allowed to appear for mains exam and aspirants qualifying both the exams will get a call for the interview round.

IBPS SO 2018 Important Dates

As per the official notification of IBPS, upcoming IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted on two consecutive days on December 30 and 31, 2017. Aspiring candidates can refer to the list of important dates for IBPS SO given below to stay updated with any development in the exam. Missing any event related to IBPS SO 2018 can be seriously dangerous for the candidates as it can lead to cancellation of their application. 


Exam Dates

Online Registration Start Date

November 07, 2017

IBPS SO Online Registration Last date

November 27, 2017

Last date for IBPS SO application form correction

November 27, 2017

Last date to take printout of the application form

December 12, 2017

Prelims Hall Ticket

First week of December 2017

Preliminary Exam Date

December 30 and 31 2017

Prelims Result Declaration

January 2018

Mains Exam Admit Card

January 2018

Mains Exam Date

January 28, 2018

Mains Result Declaration

February 2018

Call letters for IBPS SO Interview

Last week of February 2018

Interview Dates

February 2018

IBPS SO Declaration of Final Result/ Provisional Allotment

April 2018


However, all candidates should note that these dates are subject to change after any official notification by IBPS stating a change is released.

Know more about IBPS SO 2017 Important Dates here.

IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates planning to apply for the exam need to meet IBPS SO 2018 eligibility criteria, which is a set of conditions like age, academic qualification etc. To be eligible to apply for IBPS SO 2018, candidates should be aged between 20 & 30 years of age and should be an Indian citizen. Citizens of some other countries can also apply after providing an Eligibility Certificate. Age relaxation will be provided for candidates belonging to certain reserved categories. Moreover, all candidates applying for the exam should be a graduate or equivalent from any recognised university or institution. Candidates should have also studied the subject specialisation for the post they are applying for.

IBPS SO 2018 Application Procedure

The registrations-cum-sale of application forms for IBPS SO exam has already started from November 07, 2017. Aspiring candidates will have to get themselves registered for the Common Recruitment Process (CRP) carried out by IBPS on its official website. They will have to then fill in the online application forms available on the website by entering the desired information and uploading all the required documents. As part of the application form, all candidates will be required to upload a scanned copy of their signature and photograph. The last date of IBPS SO 2018 application form filling is November 27, 2017. Candidates all need to pay given IBPS application fee to complete the process.

IBPS SO 2018 Application Fee

The application process also carries an application fee, which needs to be paid, in order to submit the application forms. Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/PWD category will have to pay an application fee of INR 100 while candidates applying through any other categories will have to pay an application fee of INR 600.

The application fee payment can be made online by use of Net Banking, Debit cards, Credit cards, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets and IMPS. Candidates will receive an e-receipt on successful payment of application fee. 

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2018 examination will be conducted online, wherein applicant will be required to answer 200 multiple-type questions within 2 hours. One mark will be awarded for every correct answer. No negative marking at all.

The IBPS SO question papers will be in two different sets. The first set will be given to candidates appearing for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari & Law Officer while the second set will be given to the candidates applying for rest of the posts. However, both the sets will be divided into four different sections including English Language, Professional Knowledge, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude/ General Awareness.

As per changed IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern, there will be two exams: prelims and mains. There will be different subjects and topics from which questions will be asked in the exams. 

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus of IBPS SO 2018 will cover different topics under four different sections of question paper with the fourth section varying according to the post. Under the English language section, candidates will be asked questions on Grammar, Vocabulary, Unseen Passage, etc. The reasoning section will have questions on Analytical Reasoning, Statement & Conclusion, Coding & Decoding, etc. Topics like Probability, Permutation & Combination, Calculus, etc. will be covered under Quantitative Aptitude section. Questions testing the candidate’s general awareness and knowledge relating to banking sector will be asked under the General Awareness section. Candidates appearing for the post of IT Officer will be asked questions on Database Management System, Programming Language, Computer Design, Software Engineering, etc.

IBPS SO 2018 Admit Cards

The admit cards for IBPS SO 2018 will be released on the official website. Candidates appearing for the exam can download their admit cards from the IBPS’s official website by entering the details asked. They are advised to download their admit card and carry it along to the examination venue on the day of the exam. The information on exam date, venue and time will be given on the candidate’s admit card along with their name and roll number. Applicants who fail to bring their admit card to the exam venue will be denied permission to appear for the exam.

IBPS SO 2018 Results

IBPS is expected to announce the results for IBPS SO 2018 in the month of January 2018. All those candidates who appeared for the IBPS SO exam will be able to check their results by logging onto the official web portal of IBPS after they enter the desired information in the column specified.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interview before the final selection is made. The call letters will be released in the month of March 2018 for the interviews, which are also expected to be conducted in the same month. 

Provisional recruitment for different posts will be made in the month of April 2018, after all the interviews have been completed.

Know more about IBPS SO 2018 Results here.

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