IBPS SO 2018 – Exam Details, Changes in Exam Pattern, No. of Vacancy, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Cut-Off

IBPS SO 2018:

IBPS SO 2018 notification has been released by the official website of IBPS i.e www.ibps.in and the preliminary exam of the same will be held on 29th & 30th of December 2018 and the main exam will be held on 27th January 2018.

  • Agriculture Field Officer – Scale I
  • Marketing Officer – Scale I
  • Law Officer – Scale I
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari – Scale I
  • HR/Personnel Officer – Scale I
  • IT Officer- Scale I

IBPS SO 2018 will be held in two different phase’s i.e. Preliminary exam followed by the Mains exam. But the only candidates who qualify the Prelims will get to appear for the Mains exam and after qualifying both the phases, the candidate will be called for the Final round which is called to be Interview.

IBPS SO 2018 Notification and the Number of Vacancy for the post of Specialist Officers:

Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) has not yet declared the official notification for the post of Specialist Officers for 2018 yet but it is expected to get updated on its official website by June End of July.

Also, the number of vacancy for the post of Specialist Officers in 2018 is yet not declared, as this will be again declared in the same official notification by IBPS. However Last year i.e. in 2017-18 IBPS has declared the vacancy for the post of 1315 Specialist Officers which was later increased due to high demand in various PSB’s.

Exam Dates of IBPS SO 2018:

Activity Dates
Online registration Nov 2018
Payment of Application Fees Nov 2018
Download of call letters for Prelims Dec 2018
Commencement of Preliminary Exam 29th & 30th Dec 2018
The result of Prelims Will get updated
Download of call letters for Mains Will get updated
Commencement of Mains Exam 27th Dec 2018
The result of Mains Will get updated
Download of call letters for interview Will get updated
Conduct of interview Will get updated

Application Fees for the IBPS SO 2018:

For General & OBC: Rs. 600/-

For SC/ST/PWD: Rs. 100/-

Changes in the IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern:

Before this year, for IBPS Specialist Officer Preliminary exam, there was a total of 2 hours for all three subjects of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and English, But from this year, IBPS SO 2018, it’s expected to have set a time limit for each of the subjects in the Preliminary exams.

Note: It’s not certain yet.

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS SO 2018:

The basic eligibility criteria are listed below:

1.) Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either –
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

2.) Age Limit:
Age (As on 01.11.2017): Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. a candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1987 and not later than 01.11.1997 (both dates inclusive).

3.) Educational Qualifications:

Name of the Post Age Educational Qualifications: (from  a  University/  Institution/  Board recognized by  Govt.  Of  India/ approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies)
I.T. Officer


Min- 20 Years

Max-30 Years

a) 4 year Engineering/  Technology  Degree in Computer  Science/  Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation


b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/  Electronics  & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications


Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 Years

Max-30 Years

4 year Degree (graduation) in 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
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Min- 20 Years

Max-30 Years

Post  Graduate  Degree  in  Hindi  with  English  as  a  subject  at  the  degree (graduation) level


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

Law Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 Years

Max-30 Years

A  Bachelor  Degree  in  Law  (LLB)  and  enrolled  as an advocate  with  Bar Council
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 years

Max- 30 years

Graduate and Full-time Post  Graduate  degree  or Full-time Post  Graduate  Diploma  in Personnel Management / Industrial  Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work  / Labour Law.*
Marketing Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 years

Max- 30 years

Graduate and Full time MMS (Marketing) / MBA (Marketing) / Full time 2 years PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing *


Age Relaxation:

Category Age relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Classes 3 years
Persons With Disability 10 years
Ex-Servicemen,  Commissioned  Officers  including  Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due  to  be  completed  within  one  year  from  the  last  date  of  receipt  of application)  otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct  or  inefficiency  or  physical  disability  attributable  to  military service or invalidment 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled  in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the

period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89

5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years


IBPS SO 2018 Cut-Off for different phases of Exam:

The cut-off for each exam for the post of IBPS SO in 2018 will be released after each exam. i.e. when Prelims of IBPS SO 2018 is finished only then the Cut-Off will be declared for different category’s candidates.

Let’s have a look on the Cutt-Off scores of IBPS SO 2017 Exam:

Posts General OBC SC ST
Marketing Officer 53.30
IT Officer 61.50
Law Officer 52.95
HR/Personnel Officer 60.75
Agriculture Field Officer 41.65
Rajsabha Adhikari 44.15

How to Apply?

Candidates can apply online only till November 2018 (Date hasn’t been declared yet) and no other mode of application will be accepted. Pre–Requisites for Applying Online Before applying online, candidates should:

(i) scan their photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) and signature adhere to the required specifications as given in Annexure III to this Advertisement.

(ii) Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS will NOT be accepted.

(iii) Keep the necessary details/ documents ready to make the Online Payment of the requisite application fee/ intimation charges.

(iv) have a valid personal email ID, which should be kept active till the completion of this round of  Common Recruitment Process. IBPS may send call letters for the Examination etc. through the registered e-mail ID. Under no circumstances,  a candidate should share with/ mention e-mail ID to/of any other person. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID, he/she should create his/her new e-mail ID before applying online and must maintain that email account.

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