IBPS SO 2019: IBPS SO Notification, IBPS SO Dates, Pattern & Syllabus

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:26

IBPS SO 2019 Notification, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2019 is going to be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for various posts like that of Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I, Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I.

IBPS has released IBPS SO 2019-20 Official Notification to recruit 1163 posts of Specialist Officers (SO). IBPS SO 2019 is going to be conducted on 28th and 29th December 2019 (preliminary Exam) and on 25th January 2020 (Mains Exam) by IBPS or the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

Click Here to Download Specialist Officer Prelims Exam Admit Card

Click here to download the official notification

Click here to Apply Online for IBPS SO 2019

IBPS SO Vacancy 2019:

IBPS has introduced around 1163 Specialist Officers (SO) vacancies for IBPS SO 2019-20 exam. Last year, the total number of vacancies was 1590. Let's have a look at the post wise total number of vacancies for IBPS SO 2019-20.

Name of Post No. of Vacancies
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 670
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 310
IT Officer (Scale-I) 76
Law Officer (Scale-I) 60
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 20
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 27
Total 1163

IBPS SO 2019: Exam Dates

Activity Tentative Dates
IBPS SO Notification 2019 5th November 2019
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts From 6th November 2019
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO 26th November 2019
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2019
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 28th and 29th December 2019
Result of SBI SO Online exam – Preliminary January 2020
Download of call letters for Online examination – Mains January 2020
Commencement of IBPS SO Mains Exam 25th January 2020
Conduct of Interview February 2020
IBPS SO 2019-20 Final Result April 2020

IBPS SO 2019: Eligibility Criteria

Application for the Specialist Officer (SO) will be subject to various eligibility criteria as mentioned in the official IBPS SO Notification. Applicants need to fulfill the required eligibility to apply for IBPS SO 2019.

Age Eligibility(as on 01.11.2019):

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1989 and not later than 01.11.1999(both dates inclusive)

Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe
5 years
Other backward classes(Non-Creamy Layer) 
3 years
Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”
10 years
5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period of 1-01-1980 to 3-12-1989
5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots  
5 years
Educational Qualification(as on 26.11.2019) :
All candidates must check their eligibility before applying for the post that they are eligible for the post or not. Eligibility Criteria of SO Exam covers participant education qualification, age criteria, etc. Qualification standard different for every post checks it.
Name of the Post Educational Qualification
I.T. Officer (Scale I) 1)Four years of engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) 4 years graduation degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
Law Officer (Scale I) A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full-Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

IBPS SO 2019: Exam Pattern

It consists of a paper of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carries a maximum of 125 marks. This is a screening test only to qualify for the next step and its marks will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Preliminary Exam Pattern :

The scheme of this test for IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer, and Agricultural Officer is given below in a table.

Test name
Max. questions
Max. marks
Time duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 40 Min
2 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 Min
3 English Language 50 25 40 Min
  Total 150 125 2 hours

The scheme of this test for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is given below in a table.

Test name
Max. questions
Max. marks
Time duration
40 Min
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry
40 Min
English Language
40 Min
2 hours

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern :                                     

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Office
Test name Max. questions Max. marks Duration
1 Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 min
For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari
Name of the Test
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Medium of Exam
Profession Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 min
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 min

Interview Detail :       

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Main examination for CRP SPL-VII under the latest IBPS SO exam pattern will subsequently be called for an Interview. The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates). Candidate should qualify both in the Online CWE (Main Examination) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.

IBPS SO 2019:  Syllabus

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Syllabus
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection round of the IBPS SO 2019 Exam. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains exam. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO 2019 comprises three major sections: Reasoning, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude / General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry.

Quantitative aptitude
General Awareness
Number system
Series completion
Error locations
Current affairs
Analogy Synonyms International economy
3 Decimal fraction Classification Antonyms UNO
4 Square root & cube root Coding-decoding Phrasal verbs Marketing
5 Percentage Distance and direction Words often confused & misused Award & honors
6 Ratio and proportion Ranking and number Preposition Sports
7 Average Blood relation Passage completion Finance
8 Simplification Mathematical operation Fill in the blanks Agriculture
9 Quadratic equations Sitting arrangements Reading comprehensive History of banking
10 Problems on ages Puzzle test Rearrangements Country currency capital
11 Partnerships Venn diagram Sentence improvement Books & authors
12 Profit and loss Data sufficiency Misspelled for inappropriate Banking terms
13 Simple and compound interest Input and output - -
14 Allegation and mixture Eligibility test - -
15 Time and distance Statement conclusion - -
16 Trains Statement course of action - -
17 Boat and streams Statement assumptions - -
18 Pipe and cistern Critical reasoning - -
19 Mensuration 2D & 3D - - -
20 Permutation & combination - - -
21 Probability - - -

IBPS SO Mains Exam Syllabus

Professional Knowledge Syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

Database Management System, Data Communication and Networking, Operating System, Software Engineering, Data Structure, Computer Organization, and Microprocessor, Object-Oriented Programming.

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

Basics of Crop Production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation. Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Practices, Soil resources, Animal Husbandry, Agroforestry, Ecology, Government Schemes.

Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, Retail, Business Ethics, Market Segmentation, Market research and forecasting demand, Product Life Cycle, Corporate Social Responsibility, Service Marketing, Marketing Strategies.
Law Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

Banking Regulations, Compliance, and Legal Aspects, Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange, Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act, Consumer Protection Act, SARFAES, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act.

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

Human Resource Development, Business policy and strategic analysis, Transnational Analysis, Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Rewards and Recognition, Industrial Relations, Business Policy, and Strategic Analysis, Grievance and Conflict Management, Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO 2019: Pre - Exam Training

The Pre Exam Training is conducted for the candidates who belong to SC/ST and Minority Communities. The main aim of the Pre Exam Training is to provide training facilities to improve the abilities and to enhance the capabilities of under privileged candidates. The training is free of cost, but all the other expenses like traveling, accommodation, food, etc. must be paid by the candidates themselves. Pre Exam Training for IBPS Bank Exam is specially conducted for candidates who could not afford to take admission in private coaching institutes. During the training, candidates will get to know the exam pattern, expected questions, tips & techniques to solve the problems, how to manage time during the IBPS exam and how to prepare for the Exam. Training is conducted for five days just before the start of the Preliminary Exam. Candidates who wish to appear Pre Exam Training must select the relevant option at the time of Online Registration. Administrative body has all the rights to cancel the program anytime at any of the centers, depending upon the response and feasibility or add some more centers or make alternate arrangements.

IBPS SO 2019:  Interview Details

Interviews are not only being conducted to test your knowledge and abilities required for the job but also to assess your personal behavior and attitude as well. Right from the moment you enter the Interview hall, you’re judged for your every gesture and words you speak.
Things to do before going for the IBPS SO Interviews!
As soon as you receive the IBPS SO Results, start preparing yourself for the Interview rounds!
To make your preparations sure shot, we are presenting some quick tips below. Let’s have a look!
  1. Research for the Indian Banking Policies & Financial System well!
  2. Read & Learn the Most Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for SO Interviews.
  3. Try to improve your communication skills and learn the Interview Ethics to create a first great impression on Interviewers.
  4. Keep all the Required Documents up to date.
  5. Stay Updated with Daily Current Affairs & General Knowledge.
  6. Understand the Roles of a Specialist Officer & his Job profile.
  7. Don’t Lose Confidence & Keep Yourself Healthy.
  8. Download the IBPS SO Interview Call Letter & Note Down the Venue, Date and Time Details!

IBPS SO Interview Questions that are asked frequently!

Personality Based Interview Questions:
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What do you consider as your Most Significant Strengths
  3. What is/are your weakness/weaknesses?
  4. What is the difference between hard work and smart work?
  5. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
  6. Describe the difference between being a Manager and a Leader and a Follower?
  7. Why do you choose the banking sector?
  8. What's your management style?
  9. How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
  10. What are your hobbies and interests?
Profile Based Questions:
  1. Who is a Specialist Officer and what are his duties and responsibilities?
  2. Who are our major competitors and what differences do you notice in our Banking products?
  3. What changes do you want to bring in your job field?
Professional Knowledge Questions:
  1. How is your professional knowledge going to be useful for the bank?
  2. What is Priority sector lending?
  3. Should farmers be given a loan at cheaper rates when they’re already getting a subsidy on fertilizer and diesel?
  4. We should abolish the concept of CRR, and we should have just insurance of deposit? Do you agree?
  5. What are the two main problems banks are facing today? And what should be done to solve them?
  6. What do you think about the deregulation of savings accounts? Is it a good step?
  7. What is no frill account? How does it help in Financial Inclusion?
  8. Which banking sector is stronger: Indian or Western? And why?
  9. What provisions did this year’s budget have for the banking sector?
  10. Do the Agricultural crops sold by the farmers in the market comes under income tax?
Banking Related Questions:
  1. What is CBS?
  2. Who is the Governor of RBI/chairman of SBI?
  3. Who are the deputy governors of RBI?
  4. What does CORE stand for?
  5. What are the basics of Monetary policy?
  6. What is Plastic Currency?
  7. What is the 'Green Channel'?
  8. What are the functions of RBI?
  9. What are the important products or schemes launched by various banks recently?
  10. What the below terms mean and also name their full forms–
  • IMPS
  • SLR
  • CRR
  • NPS
  • NBFCs
  • CAG
  • ATM
  • KYC
HR Based Questions:
  1. Why do you want this job?
  2. Share your thoughts on an ideal company.
  3. What attracted you to this company? Or Why do you want to work at our company?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. What is the difference between confidence and over-confidence?
  6. How do you feel about working nights and weekends?
  7. What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
  8. What do you know about our company?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. What are your goals?
Important Topics for Current Affairs Based Questions:
Current Affairs is an essential asset to crack any Banking Interviews/Exams. Stay updated with the latest happenings and events across the world!
Below we are sharing some topics that will be asked in the IBPS SO Interview Questions.
  • National & International Events
  • Bills & Acts
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Mergers & Appointments in Banks
  • Name of CEO’s of Famous Banking Bodies
  • Important Dates
  • Economics & Banking Related Questions

IBPS SO 2019: Salary

Here in this portion, you can upgrade your knowledge with the detailed Salary Structure of a Specialist Officer in IBPS Banks.
Below we are discussing the Salary Details of Officer Scale 1 and Officer Scale 2.
Junior Management Grade Scale 1 Officer
Pay Scale - INR 14500+(600x7) - 18700+(700x2) - 20100+(800x7) – 25700/-In Hand Salary – INR 24000-32000 per month.
Middle Management Grade Scale 2 Officer
Pay Scale - INR 19400+(700x1) - 20100+(800x10) – 28100/-In Hand Salary – INR 34,000-40,000 per month.
#After completion of the 1st year, an increment of INR 700 will be due on the basic pay.
#After 1st Increment, the increment of INR 800 will be applied to the basic pay for the next 10 years.
IBPS IT Officer Salary Structure –
Pay Scale – INR 23700-(980x7)-30560-(1145x2)-32850-(1310x7)-42020.
It means that the –
Basic Salary of IT Officer in starting is – INR 23,700 but after 7 years it will be raised to INR 30,560 with the increment of INR 980 rupees.
 And later, after 2 years this incremented salary will be raised to INR 32,850 after applying the increment of INR 1145 rupees and so the procedure goes on.
Job Perks and Other Allowances are as follows!
Allowances    Amount
Dearness Allowance (DA)    39.80% of the Basic Pay (Revised Quarterly)
Special Allowance (SA)   7.75% of the Basic Pay
Human Resource Allowances (HRA) 9.0% or 8.0% or 7.0% (Depends on the place of posting)
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA)   4% or 3%

The Salary is credited in the account by the 25th of every month and the HRA is credited by the month-end.

IBPS SO 2019: Application Fees

A candidate is required to pay Rs. 600/- (General and OBC) as his/her application fee for IBPS SO 2019 exam. The same amount is narrowed down to Rs. 100/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category. The Online Application will start once the notification has been released by IBPS.

IBPS SO 2019: Admit Card & Other Info

IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2019

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has recently released Prelims call letter for the post of Specialist Officer (CRP SPL-IX). Prelims Exam will be held on 28 & 29-12-2019. Candidates who have applied for these posts can download their call letter at below link…

Click Here to Download Specialist Officer Prelims Exam Admit Card

How to download the IBPS SO prelims admit card 2019:

1. Visit the official website of ibps at ibps.in.
2. Click on the link, ‘download IBPS SO preliminary exam call letter,’
3. Login page will appear on the screen
4. Enter your credentials and login
5. Your admit card will be displayed on the screen
6. Download the admit card and take its print out of the same.

The link to download the admit card will be provided on this page. Candidates are advised to check the details on the admit card before downloading.

IBPS SO Exam Analysis:

No. of Q's
   Good Attempts
English Language
Logical Reasoning
50 Moderate      36-41
Quantitative Aptitude   50  Easy-Moderate  35-38
Total   150 Moderate 109-120
1. Reasoning Ability – IBPS SO Analysis
 No. of Qs
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement 
Syllogism  5
Inequality 5
Data Sufficiency  5
Order & Ranking 5
Miscellaneous 5
Total   50

Reasoning Ability Questions Asked – IBPS SO Analysis

5 Puzzles
  • Questions were asked on month based puzzle (birth month and persons)
Sitting Arrangement
  • Square arrangement
  • Parallel arrangement – 7 persons in each row facing North and South.
  • Linear sitting arrangement – a certain number of a person facing north
Order & Ranking
  • 3 Variable (Clerk, Birth Place)
2. Quantitative Aptitude – IBPS SO Analysis
Topic  No. of Qs
Data Interpretation 15
Quantity1, Quantity2   5
Missing Number Series  5
Approximation 5
Caselet 5
Miscellaneous Word Problems  15
Total 50  

Quantitative Aptitude Question Asked – IBPS SO Analysis
Data Interpretation
  • Tabular
  • Line graph
  • Pie Chart

Missing Numeber Series

3. English Language – IBPS SO Analysis
 No. of Qs
Reading Comprehension (2 RC) 
Cloze Test 6-7
Para Jumbles 5-6
Phrase Connector 5
Double Fillers  5
Error Detection 5
Sentence Correction 5
Total  50

The IBPS SO Cut Off 2019 will be released after each phase of examination has been conducted. The cut off for the IBPS SO preliminary exam will be released first followed by cut off for mains exam. Candidates can evaluate their selection chances by matching their score with the cut-off marks released by IBPS for IBPS SO Exam.

IBPS SO Final Cut-Off 2018-19: Category-wise


Let’s have a look at previous years’ (2017) cut-off for IBPS SO Exam:       

I.T. OFFICER (SCALE I) 61.50 57.75 53.55 46.50 40.60 50.15 60.10
52.95 49.20 44.95 39.55 NA 39.65 36.70
60.75 53.50 50.70 46.65 43.40 NA NA
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER (SCALE I) 41.65 40.90 34.65 30.00 26.50 27.20 28.95
44.15 45.05 43.35 34.20 NA 38.75 69.05

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