IBPS SO 2018 Overview

Exam Type:
National Level
Format:
Online/CBT
Language:
English,Hindi

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, Specialist Officer (IBPS SO) is a national level examination for recruitment of Specialist Officers (SO) in various public sector banks in India. It is conducted by IBPS every year. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is the autonomous body that conducts IBPS SO exam every year. The body conducts this exam every year at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks. The major objective of the exam is to hire deserving and talented human resource via personal assessment. Candidates applying for IBPS SO 2018 exam need to take Preliminary and Main common written exams (CWE) followed by the personal interview. Candidates who clear both the preliminary and main exam will only qualify for the final round that is Interview by a selection panel.

IBPS SO is conducted online in two different examination pattern – examination pattern I for Law Officer Scale I/ RajbhashaAdhikariScale I and examination pattern II for IT Officer Scale I/Agricultural Field Officer Scale I/ HR or Personnel Officer Scale I/ Marketing Officer Scale I. 

IBPS SO Participating Banks

Various public sector banks looking for officers intimate their requirements to IBPS and participate in the complete recruitment process. Participating banks in IBPS SO 2018 include:

Allahabad Bank

 Indian Bank

 Andhra Bank

 Oriental Bank of Commerce

 Bank of India

 Punjab & Sind Bank

 Bank of Maharashtra

 Punjab National Bank

 Bank of Baroda

 Syndicate Bank

 Central Bank of India

 Union Bank of India

 Corporation Bank

 UCO Bank

 Canara Bank

 United Bank of India

 Dena Bank

 Vijaya Bank

 Indian Overseas Bank

 

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IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

IBPS has set criteria for every post it conducts exam for. Be it PO, Clerk or SO, candidates need to meet some conditions like age, qualification, and experience to apply for the exam. Aspirants planning to apply for IBPS SO 2018 must check eligibility criteria and proceed further only when they meet every requirement.

Nationality:

·         A citizen of India

·         A subject of Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee, who came to India before January 1, 1962 with the objective to settle here

·         Migrants of East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam

Age Limit:

Candidates who want to apply for IBPS SO 2018 should be between 21 to 30 years of age. Candidates before November 2, 1987 and after November 1, 1997 do not qualify for the exam.

Educational Qualifications:

Posts (Scale I)

Eligibility Criteria

IT Officer

Engineering graduate or a Post-Graduate in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation from any university, institution or board recognised by Govt. of India.

Graduate candidates who have passed DOEACC ‘B’ level can also apply.

Agricultural Field Officer

Graduate in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agri. Engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing & Cooperation/ Cooperation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry

RajbhashaAdhikari

Post-Graduate degree in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at graduation level

OR

Post-Graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at graduation level.

Law Officer

BA LLB degree

Listed advocate with the Bar Council.

HR/ Personnel Officer

Graduate with a full-time Post-Graduate degree or full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ Human Resource/ Human Resource Development/ Social Work/ Labour Law

Marketing Officer

Graduate with a full-time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/ PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialisation in Marketing

 

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IBPS SO 2018 Application Details

IBPS SO 2018 application forms will be released online in October 2017. Aspirants willing to join public sector banks at the post of Specialist Officer will be able to fill the online application forms after official notification of the same. As there is no option of submitting the application form in offline mode, candidates should go through the form filling process guidelines carefully.

Candidates interested in applying for the post of Specialist Officer in participating public sector banks should register themselves online for the Common Recruitment Process (CRP) conducted by IBPS on its official website. Applicants must fill in the application form by entering the required information and uploading scanned photograph and signature. 

The application procedure will be completed with the payment of application fee. All candidates are advised to fill-in the application form before the last date.

IBPS SO 2018 Tentative Schedule

Though official IBPS SO 2018 schedule hasn’t been released yet, tentative dates have been given. Candidates planning to apply for IBPS SO 2018 exam can check important dates in the table below:

Events

Exam Dates

Online Registration Start Date

October, 2017

IBPS SO Online Registration Last date

November, 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

March 2018

IBPS SO Declaration of Final Result/ Provisional Allotment

April 2018


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Application fees detail

Category

Application Fee (INR)

SC/ ST/ PWD 

100

Other categories

600

 

Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Change in IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS has announced a change in the examination pattern in IBPS SO 2018 exam. As against one paper and personal interview earlier, from coming year, the exam will consist of three stages including Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. Candidates who clear Prelims will only be allowed to sit for Main Exam and those who clear both the exams will qualify for a personal interview. However, for the final selection, only the performance in the Main exam and personal interview will be considered.

Negative marking

IBPS SO 2018 exam will also have negative marking. Candidates giving wrong answers will get a penalty of 0.25% marks of the total marks assigned to the specific question.

Further IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern for various posts has been decided separately. Check IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern below: 

For applicants of Law Officer (Scale I) and RajbhashaAdhikari (Scale I) - 

S. No.

Name of the Tests

Maximum Marks

Total Time

1.

Reasoning

50

 

 

 

120 minutes

2.

English Language

25

3.

General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry

50

4.

Professional Knowledge

75

 

Total

200

2. For applicants of IT Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), HR/ Personnel Manager (Scale I) and Marketing Officer (Scale I) –

S. No.

Name of the Tests

Maximum Marks

Total Time

1.

Reasoning

50

 

 

 

120 minutes

2.

English Language

25

3.

Quantitative Aptitude

50

4.

Professional Knowledge

75

 

Total

200

There will be negative marking for each wrong answer in both examination patterns.

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IBPS SO 2018 Counselling/Interview

Based on the CWE score, candidates will be shortlisted and called for an interview by the participating organisation in coordination with nodal banks and IBPS. The candidates will have to download the call letter from the official website of IBPS that will contain information regarding the centre, venue, date and time of interview.

The shortlisted candidates should carry the following original documents and their self-attested copies at the time of the interview. Without these documents, the candidates will not be allowed to appear for the interview.

1. Printout of Call letter
2. Printout of online Application form
3. Age proof - Birth Certificate/ Class 10th certificate
4. Photo Identity Proof
5. Marksheets and Educational certificates
6. Caste Certificate for SC/ST/OBC category
7. Disability Certificate
8. Discharge Certificate/ Pension Payment Order and documentary proof of the last rank held
9. No Objection Certificate for Government officials by their last employer
10.  Domicile Certificate
11. Non-Indian citizens to produce Eligibility Certificate issued by Govt. of India

Candidates who have cleared the interview will be provisionally allotted to one of the participating organisations based on their merit and preference. 

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 syllabus will evaluate candidates on various sections including English, reasoning, general awareness, computer and quantitative aptitude. To ensure that you perform well in the exam, you should pay equal attention to every section and the topics covered under them. As IBPS SO is a subject based exam, candidates are expected to have an exhaustive knowledge of their subjects which is possible only when they are aware of the syllabus.

Apart from the normal topics from Reasoning, English, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude, candidates also need to have some professional knowledge.

IT Officer Scale I: Those who want to apply for IBPS Specialist Officer Exam need to prepare some topics from technical. The topics include:

·         Web technologies

·         Programming languages

·         DBMS, RDBMS, Normalization, SQL Server

·         Data communication and networking

·         Operating system: Process, thread, types of OS, dead lock, page replacement etc.

·         Data structures

·         Software development life cycle

Law Officer Scale I: Professional knowledge of the candidates applying for this post covers the topics:

·         Law and acts with direct and indirect implication of the banking sector

·         RBI constitution

·         RBI acts

·         Partnership, companies, firm

·         Limitation act

·         Consumer protection act

·         RTI Act

·         Offences & Penalties, SARFAESI

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IBPS SO 2018 Exam Centres

Both IBPS SO prelim and main exam will be conducted at various examination centres decided across the country. Candidates will get the list of exam centres with the official IBPS SO 2018 notification. After checking the location and codes of the examination centres, candidates can indicate their preference of the center while filling IBPS SO 2018 application form. However, the final decision to allot an examination centre to the candidates will be of IBPS. If the centre opted by candidates gets filled or gets cancelled due to unavailability, the different centre will be allotted to them. Candidates can appear for the exam in the examination centre allotted to them. If they go to any other centre, they will not be given entry in the examination hall.  

State Code

State/UT/NCR

Centre

11

Andaman & Nicobar

Port Flair

12

Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad

Tirupati

Vijaywada

Vishakhapatnam

13

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

14

Assam

Guwahati

15

Bihar

Bhagalpur

Darbhanga

Muzzafarpur

Patna

Purnea

16

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

17

Chhattisgarh

Bhilai

Bilaspur

Raipur

18

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Surat

Jamnagar

19

Daman & Diu

20

Delhi

Bahadurgarh

Delhi

Faridabad

Ghaziabad

Greater Noida

Gurgaon

21

Goa

Panaji

22

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Gandhinagar

Vadodara

23

Haryana

Ambala

Panchkula

24

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

25

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu

Srinagar

26

Jharkhand

Bokaro

Dhanbad

Jamshedpur

Ranchi

27

Karnataka

Bengaluru

Dharwad

Hubli

Mangalore

28

Kerala

Kochi

Kozhikode

Thiruvananthpuram

29

Lakshwadeep

Kavarrati

30

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

Gwalior

Indore

Jabalpur

31

Maharashtra

Aurangabad

Greater Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai

Nagpur

Nanded

Pune

32

Manipur

Imphal

33

Meghalaya

Shillong

34

Mizoram

Aizwal

35

Nagaland

Kohima

36

Odisha

Berhampur (Ganjam)

Bhubaneshwar

Sambalpur

37

Puducherry

Puducherry

38

Punjab

Amritsar

Ludhiana

Mohali

Patiala

39

Rajasthan

Ajmer

Bikaner

Jaipur

Jodhpur

Udaipur

40

Sikkim

Gangtok

41

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

Coimbatore

Madurai

Thiruchirapalli

Tirunelvelli

42

Telangana

Hyderabad

43

Tripura

Agartala

44

Uttar Pradesh

Agra

Allahabad

Gorakhpur

Kanpur

Lucknow

Meerut

Varanasi

45

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

Roorkee

46

West Bengal

Bardhaman

Berhampur

Durgapur

Greater Kolkata

Siliguri

 

IBPS SO 2018 Contact Details

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

IBPS House,
90 feet, D.P. Road,
Off. Western Express Highway,
P.B. No. 8587, Kandivali (E),
Mumbai – 400101 (India)

E-mail – ibpsp@ibps.in

Toll-free helpline – 1800 222 366
1800 103 4566 (9:30am to 6pm)

Fax – 91-22-2854 2076

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