About Exam:

Banking has become a sought-out career option for many, with the specialized educational background if you are thinking of joining Indian Banking system here is a golden opportunity for you.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has begun the recruitment process for the specialist officer through the common recruitment process. In the IBPS SO 2018-19 notification the specialist post available in the participating banks are I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer.

The examination is conducted in two-tier or stage: IBPS SO Prelims exam and IBPS SO Mains exam. Prelims is a screening test for Mains. The shortlisted candidates of Mains exam are called for common Interview. Both Prelims and Mains are conducted in online mode. Candidates in the final selection list after the interview process will be allotted a post in one of the participating banks.

IBPS SO Recruitment Important dates

Activity Dates
Starting of online IBPS SO application submission & Fee payment 06.11.2018
Last date for IBPS SO online application & Fee Payment 26.11.2018
IBPS SO Prelims Admit card download December 2018
IBPS SO Prelims Online Exam 29.12.2018 and 30.12.2018
Prelims Result announcement January 2019
IBPS SO Mains Admit card download January 2019
IBPS SO Mains Online Exam 27.01.2019
Mains Results announcement February 2019
Interview Call letters download February 2019
Interview Process February 2019
Service allotment April 2019


Participating Banks: (As per the IBPS SO Notification)

Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank Bank of Baroda Bank of India Bank of Maharashtra
Canara Bank Central Bank of India Corporation Bank Dena Bank IDBI Bank
Indian Bank Indian Overseas Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Punjab National Bank Punjab & Sind Bank
Syndicate Bank UCO Bank Union Bank of India United Bank of India Vijaya Bank

IBPS SO Eligibility:

Age Limit

To apply for the exam the candidate must have attained minimum age of 20 years and should not be more than 30 years. (Reference date 26.11.2018). Age Relaxations as per IBPS Norms

Category Years
PWD 10
Ex- service men & Military service. ECOs/SSCOs 5
Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir during 01.01.1980 and 31.12.1989 5
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5

Educational Qualification

Sl No. Post Educational Qualification
1 I.T. Officer Graduate or postgraduate Degree (4 Years) in Engineering or Technology in disciplines of

Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation

2 Agricultural Field Officer Graduate Degree (4 Years) in disciplines of 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
3 Rajbhasha Adhikari Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree level

Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

4 Law Officer A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5 HR/Personnel Officer Graduate and Post Graduate degree or diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.
6 Marketing Officer Graduate and Post-Graduation in MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/ PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern:

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern for Law officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Subject No. of question Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 50 25 40 min
Reasoning Ability 50 50 40 min
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Subject No. of question Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 50 25 40 min
Reasoning Ability 50 50 40 min
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Subject No. of question Maximum Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 min

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari

Subject No. of question Maximum Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 min
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 min

Interview: 100 Marks

Negative marking scheme: For every wrong answer in objective type question 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted.

How to Apply for IBPS SO Exam:

  • An applicant must visit the official IBPS website
  • Click on “CRP Specialist officer” and then “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP- Specialist Officers (CRP-SPL-VIII)”
  • Register with your basic information under “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION”
  • Registration ID and Password will be generated which will be sent to your provided email ID and mobile number.
  • Upload scanned documents: Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb Impression, and a hand-written declaration
  • Fill the application form as per the instructions and click on ‘Save and Next’ after verifying the details.
  • Review the application carefully before final submission as no further changes will be permitted.

Exam Fee

SC/ST/PWD Rs 100/-
For all other categories Rs 600/-

An online exam fee payment gateway is attached to the application form. Pay the exam fee through Debit Cards (RuPay/ Visa/ Master Card/ Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets

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Exam Centers:

State IBPS SO Prelims Exam Centre IBPS SO Main Exam Center
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur Guwahati
Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh/Mohali Chandigarh/Mohali
Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Surat, Jamnagar Surat
Daman & Diu    
Delhi Delhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram Delhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram
Goa Panaji Panji
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Yamuna Nagar Hissar
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una Hamirpur, Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Samba, Srinagar Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi Bengaluru, Hubli
Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrichur Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Lakshadweep Kavarrati Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain Bhopal
Maharashtra Amravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri Aurangabad, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
Manipur Imphal Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima Kohima
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur Bhubaneshwar
Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fategarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur Jalandhar, Ludhiana
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Jaipur, Udaipur
Sikkim Bardang/ Gangtok Bardang/ Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Vellore Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli
Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi Allahabad, Lucknow, Meerut
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri Greater Kolkata, Siliguri